My Best Photos of 2018
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
Thank you for your contributions!
My Best Photos of March 2019 is Now Open
In case you missed it, “My Best Photos of March 2019” assignment is now open. The prompt is simple: share your best two photos taken from March 1 to 31, 2019. Submission deadline is April 1, 2019 at 12PM EST.
Also, because I loved the “On January 1, 2019, I…” and “On March 1, 2019, I…” assignments, I am doing this again for April 1, 2019. The prompt for this assignment is simple: share your best two photos taken on April 1, 2019. The assignment will open on March 31, 2019 at 12PM EST and close on April 2, 2019 at 12PM EST.
I hope you will also recognize that these “On (Day), I…” and “My Best Photos of (Month)” assignments as an opportunity — whether you are a professional or an amateur, these assignments require you to submit NEW photos. These assignments reset the playing field for every participating community member and is a new chance to receive Editor’s Favorites, Editor’s Notes, and be published.
"My Best Photos of February 2019" assignment is open
In case you missed it, “My Best Photos of February 2019” assignment is now open. The prompt is simple: share your best two photos taken from February 1-28, 2019. Submission deadline is March 1, 2019 at 12PM EST.
Also, because I loved the “On January 1, 2019, I…” assignment and final story, I am doing this again for March 1, 2019. The prompt for this assignment is simple: share your best two photos taken on March 1, 2019. The assignment will open on February 28, 2019 at 12PM EST and close on March 2, 2019 at 12PM EST.
On March 11, 2019, I will be launching a one-week assignment for anyone who has NEVER been published — this includes Daily Dozen, final story selection, Photos of the Week, or Photo of the Day.
Three Upcoming Your Shot assignments
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.
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.