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A Visual Diary: July 2019

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

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

For this assignment, I invited Your Shot alum Esther Horvath to guest edit with me. “Photography and becoming a photographer is not an easy path, but it is possible — and Your Shot is one of the biggest supporter to make this dream happen,” says Horvath. “Their assignments are extremely important for your journey, they encourage you to think differently, to shoot new topics. And personally, I love the wording ‘assignments’ because it makes you feel like being a National Geographic photographer from the very first day you join the community.

Many friends tell me that I can and should relax now after reaching my dreams of going on assignment for National Geographic. However, I feel that I have to work even harder, with more focus to prove that I deserve this recognition. And while I feel truly grateful for the assignments with National Geographic, I also feel that I haven’t arrived anywhere, that this is just the beginning of a very long journey where I have to keep moving forward.”

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, and be published in the final story. However, there are too many Your Shot photographers submitting images that do not meet the one prompt for this assignment.

To reward those that follow the prompt of the assignment, one community member published in the final story will receive 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 July 1-31, 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 Esther Horvath to see her favorites from this assignment, this is where I’ll be curating my Editor’s Favorites from. Click HERE to read the July 30, 2019 National Geographic story featuring Esther's photos. Click HERE to read the Your Shot Discussion Board post introducing Esther.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Curated by:

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
Assignment Status
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Published Aug 23, 2019.
Thank you for your contributions!

Introducing Your Shot Alum Esther Horvath

Posted jul 26, 2019

I wrote a discussion board post introducing Your Shot alum Esther Horvath, who is guest editing this assignment with me. Click HERE to read.

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.