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This assignment ran from Nov 6 to 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.

From Sukanya De: "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 Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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Published Dec 11, 2018.
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Final story discussion board post

Posted dec 18, 2018

I posted a final story discussion board post from Your Shot photographer Sukanya De , where you can ask her questions about editing the assignment and curating the final story.


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.


Opening Up for Fourth Submission

Posted nov 20, 2018

Greetings Your Shot!! Huge thanks to all of you for your most unique and thoughtful submissions! It has been a fantastic experience for me so far. I encourage you to reflect on the various possibilities and the wide range of artistic expressions that the theme of opposites invites. Advancing through the various levels while developing the assignment, I have witnessed vivid simple and complex frames, portraying multiple attributes of the theme of opposites!

I encourage you to look out for photos which are visually stronger as a composition AND also convey a deeper message taking the moment beyond a simple display of contrasts, like this one by Natalya Zhukova. The disconnected co-existence between the young and the old, reveals a strong emotion of loneliness and detachment. The younger girl engrossed in a virtual world seems far away from a real connection with her grandmother. This is extremely different from what we traditionally perceive as celebration!! The empty plates on the table and the way the two people look away from each other, takes the moment to a phenomenal level of expression!!

This thoughtful photo by April Nocifora moves me with its poignance and depth in a striking contrast of realities. The never-ending conflict between health and sickness and the determination to overcome some most difficult phases of life has been brilliantly expressed here. Courage, strength and hope co-exist with stress. struggle and pain thus depicting the powerful triumph of life!

This photo by Romeo Doneza conveys a powerful message on how the perceptions of beauty and physical appearance need to change towards developing a positive approach in life. Being confident in one’s own skin and feeling proud is essential!! Overcoming the opposites in perceptions that hold us back is really important and that is so thoughtfully expressed in this inspiring frame.

I encourage you to discover and feel the essence of ‘Opposites’ in your observed, created or juxtaposed visuals that convey a powerful contrast in thought, meaning and emotion. Here are some more of the inspiring frames from the assignment:

The Tiny World” by Lydia Ho
The Unsung Warrior” by Soumyo Chatterjee
Serenity Amidst Chaos” by Puneet Vikram Singh
The Calm and the Chaos” by Emmy Lou Virginia Canedo
Discord” by Tatiana Vasilyev
The Shadow Strikes Back” by Tihomir Trichkov

Please keep supporting each other with constructive criticism on the discussion boards. Do engage , explore and indulge more in the finer aspects of the assignment. I am opening up a fourth submission to celebrate your enthusiasm. I look forward to witnessing more of your fascinating imagery on thee theme of opposites!!

Sukanya De
Your Shot Photographer

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 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.