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A Visual Diary: August 2019

This assignment ran from Aug 25 to Sep 1, 2019.

THE PROMPT FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT IS SIMPLE: SHARE YOUR BEST THREE PHOTOS TAKEN BETWEEN AUGUST 1-31, 2019. If your submission was NOT taken during the month of August 2019, you will NOT be selected for the final story. The deadline is September 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

For this visual diary assignment, I invited Your Shot alum Doug Gimesy to guest edit with me. “About seven years ago, my partner and I decided to travel to Antarctica and South Georgia. It was a great opportunity to pick up a camera again, and after the trip I posted some images on Your Shot,” shares Gimesy. “To my surprise, an image was selected as a Photo of the Day. This gave me the motivation to take more images and submit more to Your Shot. I then did well in a few Your Shot assignments, and had a series of images selected as Editor’s Favourite or in the Daily Dozen. Then in 2015, an image was selected to appear in National Geographic’s new book, Getting Your Shot: Stunning Photos, How-to Tips, and Endless Inspiration from the Pros. Then I was contacted by National Geographic to publish a few images in a book and a story on Melbourne. All this gave me the confidence to really focus on becoming a professional photographer.

Since then I have dedicated myself to being a conservation and wildlife photojournalist. Now over 50, I hope people will take inspiration to see that it is never too late to follow your dream. (Read his National Geographic picture story “Meet Australia’s urban flying foxes — and the people trying to help them.")

To become a better photographer and more thoughtful storyteller, you need to keep practicing and making new pictures. What I love about these monthly visual diary assignments is that anyone can participate and every community member has the same starting chance to receive an Editor’s Favorite, Editor’s Note, to be published in the final story — and now a portfolio review. I will use one of two ways to verify the date your photo was taken:

1. In the photo details section, the “Date Taken” field reveals your submitted image was made between August 1, 2019.

2. If the “Date Taken” field does not appear in your photo details section, your submitted image must also include the following language in your caption: This photo was taken on (EXACT DATE – month, day, year) in (CITY, COUNTRY). By including this language in your caption, I am trusting that the photo was taken on the date you write.

Follow Doug Gimesy to see his favorites from this assignment, this is where I’ll be curating my Editor’s Favorites from.

Every month together as National Geographic’s photo community, we are producing visual diaries documenting our planet for future generations. For example, see how we spent August 2018 — each photo has aged even better as a visual story, these images beautifully document moments and memories, and still resonate one year later.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

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David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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Published Sep 22, 2019.
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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.