arrow-downarrow-leftarrow-rightarrow-upchevron-upchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-upclosecomment-newemail-newgallerygridheadphones-newheart-filledheart-openmap-geolocatormap-pushpinArtboard 1Artboard 1Artboard 1minusng-borderpauseplayplusreplayscreenArtboard 1sharefacebookgithubArtboard 1Artboard 1linkedinlinkedin_inpinterestpinterest_psnapchatsnapchat_2tumblrtwittervimeovinewhatsappspeakerstar-filledstar-openzoom-in-newzoom-out-new

A Planet in Balance

This assignment ran from Aug 7 to Aug 28, 2019.

Our planet takes care of us each and every day, so we must make sure that we take care of it in return. For us to allow our home planet to thrive, we have to achieve a planet in balance to maintain its brilliant vistas, breathtaking sceneries, and unforgettable landscapes.

This assignment is in partnership with Photofest, a photography festival held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. With this partnership we are offering the Your Shot community a chance to have your images featured in a gallery exhibit at Photofest in Mexico. Published images from the final story will be featured in an exhibit titled "Our Last Call to Achieve a Planet in Balance."

The exhibition will highlight our relationship with animals through the Photo Ark, as well our relationship with plastic in our everyday lives through National Geographic's Planet or Plastic? initiative. This is your chance to have your photos displayed at Photofest and show the audience the importance of protecting our planet.

This assignment is open to the photographer’s interpretation, but your caption must be informative and relate back to the need to bring balance to our planet. This can be achieved by showing timeless vistas that are vulnerable, iconic wildlife that are at risk, the dangers our planet faces such as pollution or the overabundance of plastic or even your view from your backyard that illustrates why you love our planet. 

Together, we can achieve a planet in balance.

Note: You can check out Photofest's Instagram and Facebook pages where information with be shared about the upcoming festival and exhibition. Feel free to use #photofest2019 on your social posts and Your Shot images, as well. 

Curated by:

Kristen McNicholas
Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

Matt Adams
Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Assignment Status
  • Open

    Everyone’s welcome to contribute their best shot to open assignments. Learn more.
  • Closed

    Completed assignments—with our favorite photos included—will be published online. Learn more.
  • Published

    Once the submission period is over, we'll review all contributions and select our favorite images to be included in the story. Learn more.
Published Sep 4, 2019.
Thank you for your contributions!

Fifth Submission

Posted aug 26, 2019

Hello Your Shot!

We're in the final days of this assignment and we have now added a fifth submission! We're very excited to offer the opportunity to have your images featured at an exhibition at Photofest. Now with one more submission added make sure you take your time and use the discussion board to figure out which image you would like to submit before the deadline. 

Woohoo, 4 submissions!

Posted aug 7, 2019

Hi everyone! 

For this special partnership with Photofest, the assignment is starting with four submissions! Use them wisely and utilize the discussion board to workshop your images before submitting. 

Remember that the final images will be exhibited in a gallery. 

Looking forward to how we all visualize a planet in balance.


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!

Matt Adams

Matt Adams

Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Matt is a Senior Producer on the Your Shot team. He curates and produces the Daily Dozen gallery as well as monthly assignments. Before Nat Geo, Matt was a photography instructor and freelance photographer working for publications such as Wired, Spin, and Pittsburgh Magazine.