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Take a Walk

This assignment ran from Apr 5 to Apr 26, 2019.

Photography has taken me all over the world to cover global events and everyday life. Whether I’m in a faraway land like Timbuktu or in my own hometown of Minneapolis, my approach is always the same: Pack light, grab one camera I love, wear the right shoes, and start walking. Photographers don't usually walk in a straight line. We zigzag, double back, stop and stand by a pool of perfect light, explore, wander, and sometimes get completely and totally lost. 

Walking is the best way for me to begin to understand a new place. It allows me to enter intimate spaces, have meaningful encounters with gracious people, and capture serendipitous moments that I hope will transport others to that same space, inviting them to walk in my shoes and share my experiences. For my latest story, “Tokyo: The Walk,” in National Geographic magazine's April 2019 Cities Issue, I tried to do just that. Tokyo is the world's most populous city, and I spent many weeks making thousands of photographs and logging hundreds of miles on my GPS steps counter.

For this Your Shot assignment, I would like to invite you to do the same. Wherever you are with your camera, please put on your most comfortable, durable shoes and take a walk. Over the next three weeks we're looking for you to capture moments, light, people, cityscapes, anything that interest you as you make your way across your city or town. Make sure to include in your caption the location of where the image was made. 

Submissions Deadline: Friday, April 26th, 12 pm EST.

Curated by:

David Guttenfelder
National Geographic Photographer
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Published May 15, 2019.
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David Guttenfelder

David Guttenfelder

National Geographic Photographer
David Guttenfelder is a National Geographic Photographer focusing on geopolitical conflict, conservation and culture.