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My Best Photos of 2018

This assignment ran from Dec 11 to Jan 1, 2019.

The prompt for this assignment is simple: share your best photos made between January 1 to December 31, 2018.

In 2018, Your Shot photographers have shared moments from the Yasukini Shrine in Tokyo (Takashi Furo) to summertime in Poland (Agnieszka Maruszczyk) to their fight against cancer (April Nocifora). Your Shot photographers shared images from Florida (Brandon Verdura) to Abu Dhabi (Neelima Azad) to a sailing adventure from Canada to Greenland (Ivan Kutasov). Because Your Shot is a global community of photographers representing 195 countries, your submissions to this assignment will share and archive the history of the world in 2018, one picture at a time. For example, think about what you were doing on March 22, 2018? Witness a variety of moments from the same day as seen through the eyes of Your Shot photographers Smita M., Richard Joseph Coughlin, Melissa Willaerts Bohorquez, Kelly Giardina, Joshua Masters, Esmaeil Sinaei, Satish Kumar Tripathy, Toni Minchev, and Takahiro Bessho. Your Shot is more than a photo platform, Your Shot is a community. Together we can do anything.

This assignment will be curated by Your Shot mentees Shannon Hunt ("Everyday Moments"), Rose Ungvari ("Superstitions Around the World"), and Sukanya De ("Opposites"). Make sure your notifications are turned on if you want to be alerted when we open the assignment to a fourth, and maybe even a fifth submission. Submission deadline is January 1, 2019 at 12PM EST.

Remember, you get 15 uploads per week, so take advantage. Upload your best photos taken in 2018 — 15 per week for a three-week assignment totals 45 potentially new photos to consider submitting to "My Best Photos of 2018." And because of the follow feed, you will be reflecting on the past year through the eyes of your favorite Your Shot photographers.

Photos previously selected for final stories in 2018 will be accepted for consideration. We’ll restart the “My Best Photos of (Month)” assignment starting in January 2019. 

In the meantime, to get inspired, check out a gallery of the best images from this year — curated by the Your Shot team from thousands of photographers and over a million photographs.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Curated by:

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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Published Jan 16, 2019.
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Three Upcoming Your Shot assignments

Posted dec 28, 2018

I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday. I want to tell you about three upcoming Your Shot assignments:

On January 1, 2019, I… // The prompt for this assignment is simple: Share photos taken on January 1, 2019 (your local time zone). Launching on December 31, 2018 at 12PM EST. Deadline is January 3, 2019 at 12PM EST.

For Your Shot Instagram (@natgeoyourshot) // I will be curating for photos to feature on the Your Shot Instagram account. You do not need to be on Instagram to participate. Launching on January 2, 2019 at 12 PM EST. Deadline is January 23, 2019 at 12PM EST.

My Best Photos of January 2019 // The prompt for this assignment is simple: Share photos taken from January 1-31, 2019. Launching on January 25, 2019 at 12PM EST. Deadline is February 1, 2019 at 12PM EST.


Upcoming Fourth Submission on December 26th, 2018.

Posted dec 20, 2018

Today is December 20, 2018. In six days, we will be opening up the assignment for a fourth submission on December 26, 2018 at 12PM EST. The Your Shot mentees (Shannon Hunt, Rose Ungvari, and Sukanya De) and I advise you to take the time to consider what you have already submitted, and what you wish you could submit if there was a fourth. Plan and think ahead, do not waste the fourth. Take advantage of the assignment discussion board and ask each other for advice and feedback.

Remember the prompt of the assignment is to share your best photos taken in 2018.

There was recently a fantastic discussion board conversation started by Your Shot photographer Pam Hanlan: “Entries for Assignments — New Or Old” — where I talked about the difference between “best” and “favorite” that you might find relevant for this assignment.

And finally, a note from Shannon, Rose, and Sukanya:

“The year is almost at an end and it has been a joy to have the privileged of going on a journey with the Your Shot photographers. You have allowed us to climb the peeks of mountains that rewarded us with amazing views. You have welcomed us into your homes and shown us such beautiful and heart-breaking moments with the people you love. We have been allowed to celebrate your traditions from around the world bring us to a better understanding of so many cultures. We have even been invited to see the beginnings of new life and new families. It has been an amazing year and you have created that amazing year with your photography. Thank you for showing us your world.”

Keep up the great work everyone.

David Lee

David Lee

Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Before joining the Your Shot team, David covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project humanizing the statistics of organ donation.