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The Walk

This assignment ran from Dec 1 to Dec 22, 2014.

Walking forces you to slow down and think, and the end of the year is a time when everyone starts to think about what's ahead. What path do you want to take this year? Where do you see yourself going?

As the year closes and everyone looks back reveling in what they've done, you're looking ahead planning where you want to go. What lies ahead? Take us with you as you take your next steps into the new year, and your new journey.

And keep walking—it'll do your mind and body good.

Anyone is welcome to participate in this sponsored assignment and the Your Shot community, however in order to be eligible for the contest prize associated with this assignment participants and submissions must adhere to the Official Rules. The prize is an eight-day National Geographic Adventure for two, Hiking Scotland’s Highlands and Islands, plus round-trip air tickets. Please note that any images depicting alcohol consumption and tobacco use may be removed without notice.

Curated by:

Monica C. Corcoran
Former Director, Your Shot
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Published Jan 9, 2015.
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Make The Time

Posted dec 19, 2014

Recently I’ve been reminded that finding the time to take photos is half the battle. Which is why I love my phone—it’s always with me. It’s more about making the time rather than finding it. It enables me to be creative each and every day.

It’s small but powerful. Plus, the file quality is terrific and will only get better as the technology improves. And it’s perfect for shooting pictures when you don’t want to be noticed.

Next time you go to grab your DSLR, put your phone in your pocket instead and see what happens. You might be surprised by the possibilities that open up. Maybe you’ll even feel liberated to try something new, just in time for the New Year!

Next Steps

Posted dec 10, 2014

Here’s my advice—stop being so literal! Yes, this assignment is called The Walk. But really, the heart of this story is about what’s next in your life. Some people create a list of New Year’s resolutions that will help guide them through the next year. What will you focus on in 2015? What milestones will you be working toward?

I’d like to see photos that are more creative and even a little risky. Get conceptual—be bold. What people, places, and things represent the journey you’d like to take next year? Think outside the box. A journey can be spiritual, physical, and even emotional.

Think about what’s next in your life. Now focus in on what you are feeling at this very moment. Can you capture that feeling and emotion in a photo? What is the story you are trying to tell?

This is not easy but if you can master it, your photos will be much more meaningful to both yourself and the viewer.

Take The Long Way Home

Posted dec 1, 2014

Have you ever tried to take pictures while in motion? Well, it’s not easy and can actually be a little dangerous, as I’ve learned from snapping photos and biking concurrently. If you are like me, it’s best to focus on one activity at a time.

Walking is a great way to connect with the world around you. To stop and smell the roses, as they say. It’s easy to get swept up in this fast-paced world so it’s not often that we get to take the long way home. To walk…when we should be running. 

Enjoy the moment. Use all of your senses to feel it. Then capture it and show us where you are going.

Monica C. Corcoran

Monica C. Corcoran

Former Director, Your Shot
Monica C. Corcoran is an award-winning photography producer with 20 years experience in visual storytelling. She is a former director at National Geographic for the Your Shot photo community.