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My Best Photos of September 2018

This assignment ran from Sep 23 to Oct 1, 2018.

The prompt for this assignment is simple: Share your best two photos taken from September 1-30, 2018. If your submission does NOT meet this one assignment criteria, you will NOT be selected for the final story. Deadline is October 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, AND encouragement from your community peers — and become a better photographer and more thoughtful storyteller, you need to keep shooting. Maybe you haven't picked up your camera this month, and yet your best photo of the month could be taken today. My advice is to follow the light; observe the lines, patterns, and textures; and chase the moments — from inspiring experiences to quiet, epic, and everyday ones. That is the mission of these "My Best Photos of (Month)" assignments: to motivate you to keep making pictures.

For more inspiration check out last month's "My Best Photos of August 2018" assignment and final story. Because Your Shot is a global community representing 195 countries, 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

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David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Assignment Status
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Published Oct 15, 2018.
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My Best Photos of March 2019 is Now Open

Posted mar 26, 2019

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.

DYL

"My Best Photos of February 2019" assignment is open

Posted feb 26, 2019

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.

DYL

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.

DYL

My Best Photos of 2018 assignment

Posted dec 11, 2018

"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.

DYL

My Best Photos of November 2018 launches today (November 24, 2018)

Posted nov 24, 2018

“My Best Photos of November 2018” launches today (November 24, 2018) at 12PM EST. The prompt for this assignment is simple: Share your best two photos taken from November 1-30, 2018. Deadline is December 1, 2018 at 12PM EST.

David Y. Lee
Your Shot Producer

My Best Photos of October 2018 launches tomorrow (10/25/18)

Posted oct 24, 2018

My Best Photos of October 2018 launches tomorrow (October 25, 2018). The prompt for this assignment is simple: Share your best two photos taken from October 1-31, 2018. If your submission does NOT meet this one assignment criteria, you will NOT be selected for the final story. Deadline is November 1, 2018 at 12PM EST.

DYL

My Best Photos of October 2018 launches on October 25, 2018

Posted oct 12, 2018

I want to remind everyone that My Best Photos of October 2018 will launch on Thursday October 25, 2018. Submission deadline will be Thursday November 1, 2018. I hope everyone has been out taking pictures. You get 15 uploads per week, so take advantage; I have already uploaded five images this week.

Follow the light, observe the compositions, anticipate the moments, and go have fun as a photographer. I look forward to your best photos from the month.

DYL

My Best Photos of October 2018

Posted oct 1, 2018

FYI — The "My Best Photos of October 2018" assignment is tentatively scheduled to launch on October 25, 2018. Because you participated in "My Best Photos of September 2018," this is your advance notice...

DYL

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.