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Assignment

My Home

This assignment ran from Apr 15 to May 6, 2019.

What do you think of when you see the word “home”? Do you think of your childhood bedroom or a landmark that you visit often? Maybe you think of your family or a special landscape. Perhaps it’s the feeling you have while sitting on your couch, with your favorite blanket, soaking up the light pouring in from the window.

Home can mean the place where you were born or raised, but it can also be a different concept if you moved around a lot. For this assignment, we want to see what makes you feel most at home, no matter where you are.

Your captions are crucial. We want to understand why you chose this photo to represent how you define home. With that, we look forward to seeing what you view as home!

Kristen McNicholas
Christina Shorter

Assignment closes May 6, 2019 at 3pm EST. 

Curated by:

Kristen McNicholas
Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

Christina Shorter
Community Manager
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Published May 22, 2019.
Thank you for your contributions!

Christina and Kristen's First Update

Posted apr 26, 2019

Hello everyone!

We are loving your submissions and seeing little bits of your home. We wanted to take a moment to drop a comment Kristen left on the discussion board earlier this week but wanted to make sure everyone has the chance to see the thoughts she posted:

“I’m seeing loooooots of photos from archives and this is a little gentle reminder that you're at 'home' everyday so no excuse to not make new pictures instead of dip back into your archive...😉


If you like a photo from your archive, my challenge to you is to find a way to improve it and make a new photo with the improvements on the old photo and submit the new version! 


If you're interpreting the assignment in a different way than your own home, your caption *has* to tell us how you're conceptualizing the idea of 'home.'

I'm appreciating the travel images of other's homes that you've seen along the way, but if it's a travel photo and not of your own home, your caption should have extra information about this place and why it fits the assignment. Ask yourself: would a magazine photo editor hire you for an assignment if you don't make sure your photo is appropriate for publication?

Lastly, I'm a huge animal lover and I'm seeing lots of animals in this assignment but some wild animals that don't appear to have anything with their habitats/homes so be sure you're tying your submissions and captions back to the assignment!”

We are looking forward to the remainder of this assignment. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the coming week that you all might be interested in taking advantage of!

Keep up the good work, everyone!

Kristen McNicholas & Christina Shorter

Kristen McNicholas

Kristen McNicholas

Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
Kristen is an Associate Photo Editor with the Your Shot team. She interned at the White House Photo Office under the Obama Administration as well as Education Week. A proud RIT alumna, dessert enthusiast and Finger Lakes, NY native, Kristen is excited to guide your photographic journey!

Christina Shorter

Christina Shorter

Community Manager
Christina is the Community Manager for Your Shot. Prior to joining Nat Geo, she had studied online communities, and also worked in global communications. Her interest in community started back with her first internship, where she cultivated community for families of U.S. diplomats abroad. When she’s not working, you'll most likely find her checking out the latest art exhibit in D.C. or playing with her dog.