My Best Photos of November 2018
The prompt for this assignment is simple: Share your best two photos taken from November 1-30, 2018. If your submission does NOT meet this one assignment criteria, you will NOT be selected for the final story. Deadline is December 1, 2018 at 12PM EST.
To really take advantage of Your Shot, a platform where you have the opportunity to receive expert feedback from National Geographic photographers and editors, you need to keep shooting and not just share older photo from your archives. The mission of these “My Best Photos of (Month)” assignments is to motivate you to take advantage of the 15 uploads you get per week. To become a better photographer and more thoughtful storyteller, you need to keep practicing, you need to keep shooting. Not just when you are in some exotic location, but in everyday situations in your community with family, friends, and neighbors. Practice now, so when you are on vacation, you are ready as a photographer to follow the light, observe the composition, and anticipate the moment.
For more inspiration, check out the “My Best Photos of October 2018,” “My Best Photos of September 2018,” and “My Best Photos of August 2018” final stories. Of the 92 photos selected for these three final stories, 36 Your Shot photographers were published for the first time. This can be you — if you take this opportunity seriously.
As I’ve written before, Your Shot is a global community representing 195 countries and through these “My Best Photos of (Month)” assignments, together we are creating monthly visual diaries of our world — and I really love that concept…
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.
My Best Photos of 2018 assignment
"My Best Photos of 2018" assignment has launched. Make sure you turn on your notifications, so you are alerted if we open to a fourth, and maybe even a fifth submission.
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.
Thanks for participating in "My Best Photos of November 2018." I am going to the submissions to find more Editor's Favorites. I am also going to start leaving Editor's Notes. I encourage you to leave thoughtful comments articulating WHY you like photos by your peers, as I'll feature my favorites in my Editor's Notes. This is definitely one way to get attention, from not just the Your Shot team, but also others in the community.
I also want to let you know that I will be launching a three-week "My Best Photos of 2018" assignment soon — so stay tuned. The prompt is simple, share your best photos taken in the 2018 calendar year. This past weekend, I did an edit of some favorite photos taken in 2018, and I was so impressed. I look forward to your submissions.