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Assignment ends on Nov 27, 2018

Your Shot is launching a mentorship program, and we have selected Shannon Hunt, Rose Ungvari, and Sukanya De as the first three mentees. This assignment from Shannon is the first in a series to be curated by them. Click here to learn more.

Op·po·site (noun): a person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else.

Life is a combination of mixed emotions. We are always on a roller coaster ride of positives and negatives, yes and no, similar and different. This combination of opposites keeps life from being monotonous, and thereby more interesting. For this Your Shot assignment, I want you to share scenes and moments that visually define the concept of opposites.

A successful photo in this assignment will have at least two different elements to illustrate the theme of opposites. I want to see this juxtaposition, whether it’s a visible difference in tones, color and light as evident in this moment at school by Saeed Kouhkan; to a contrast of natural elements present in this landscape image by Emanuele Zallocco; to an intimate portrait featuring an elderly lady reminiscing her youthful memories as captured by Raffaele Montepaone.

Be creative and think outside of the box while looking for concepts that visually express the theme of this assignment. Look around your homes and communities to discover the essence of opposites in our everyday lives, like in this image between a father and son by Akanksha Srivasatava. Or here may a moment of opposites when we witness modern technology present in rural cultures, like in this frame by Alexandros Tsoutis.

We are all unique — yet there is always a powerful harmony resonating through our differences as we co-exist on our planet. This assignment invites you to observe the literal and metaphorical opposites in our world. You can submit three images for this assignment, the deadline is November 27, 2018 at 12PM EST. Good luck to all!

Sukanya De
Your Shot photographer

Curated by:

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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Your Shot photographer Sukanya De's First Editor Update 01

Posted nov 6, 2018

Hello Your Shot! This is Sukanya De from Kolkata, India. I have always treasured being a part of the Your Shot community, a place where meaningful photography finds a most powerful voice!! I am so fortunate to share this space with some amazingly talented photographers from all over the globe and to witness their stunning work on visual storytelling. I’m truly honored and humbled to be a part of this inspiring mentorship program and delighted to share with you this assignment on the theme of opposites.

I want to see the juxtaposition of opposites through layers in your frame — it could be in the form of subjects or the opposing balance of light and darkness. It could be created from a sense of scale or a creative use of shutter speed. You can also take the advantage of your point-of-view to bring out the essence of opposites. Here are some more examples to inspire you as you decide which photos to submit:

“Waiting for the Rain” by Cerrina S.
“Surviving Tree” by Wachira KL
“Eski Mahalle Ara Sokklar” by Ramazan Yildirim
“Big World” by Alicja Yusupov
“How Big is the World” by Tariq Hijjawi

Sukanya De
Your Shot photographer

David Y. Lee

David Y. 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.