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While on a Walk...

This assignment ran from Apr 4 to Apr 25, 2018.

Right now, as I type this assignment introduction, it is snowing in Washington D.C. With the National Geographic Headquarters closed, I worked from home, and after leaving Editor’s Notes on the Daily Dozen, I decided to take a walk.

With no final destination other than to return home, I wandered around for 30 minutes. I found myself walking slower on the streets I normally rush on to get somewhere. It was so beautiful. It was meditative. I found myself very present.

And then I saw a mural I have passed hundreds of times. This time — with the way the snow was falling, the way I was feeling — the mural connected with me differently, and I shot some photos and videos to remember this moment. It was definitely an inspiring experience. As I started walking home, I found myself making a lot of pictures. Many were not very good, but it was fun.

This assignment is simple: I invite you to share photos taken while on a walk — from your commute to work to an evening walk with the family to an epic climb over the peak of a mountain, I want to go on a walk with you.

Yes, you can submit photos from your archives, but I really hope you all make the time to go for a walk and make some pictures — submission deadline is April 25, 2018, so you still have plenty of time to participate.

Go off the beaten path, follow the light, observe the lines, patterns, and textures, anticipate and chase the moment. Have fun as a photographer. If a scene captures your attention, take your time and work the frame until you are really happy. If there is a story behind the photo, share it with us. Use your caption to reveal where in the world you are on your walk. And as always, I advise you to take advantage of the assignment discussion board and ask the community for advice and feedback before submitting.

Because we are a global community representing 195 countries, together this assignment will make us all feel like we went on a walk around the world.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

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David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
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Published May 9, 2018.
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Vote for our next Assignment

Posted aug 15, 2018

Hi everyone —

Recently the Your Shot team went through your suggested assignment list and selected four assignment themes that were submitted by the community. We are asking you to vote on which assignment you think we should run next? This poll will be open until Monday, August 20th at 12pm EST. Assignment with the most votes will be a real assignment running in early September!

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Final Story Published

Posted may 9, 2018

Thanks for participating in my "While on a Walk..." assignment. I had fun. In case you missed it, I wanted to let you know that the final story has published. I also wrote an Editor's Insight discussing my editing process.

I also want to let you know that we have opened back up our Google Q&A form for you to ask the editors of Your Shot anything you would like! See the previous answers to questions asked by you the community here. For example, you'll learn how I curate the Daily Dozen where your votes lead to the Your Shot Top Shot, which is then featured on our @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

Looking forward to your new questions!

David Y. Lee

Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Submission Deadline is April 25, 2018 at 12PM EST

Posted apr 24, 2018

The submission deadline for the "While on a Walk…" assignment is tomorrow (April 25, 2018) at 12PM EST. You have four submissions, so I look forward to taking a walk around the world through your photos.

Through your submissions, you have taken me from Dubai on a foggy morning to White Sands in New Mexico, from the submerged forest of Shirakawa Lake in Japan to a trek on Pitztal Glacier in Austria. And I love it.

Remember Your Shot is a global community representing 195 countries, so every photo you share takes all of us to another place in the world that maybe we have not yet visited — and are now inspired to travel to. That is what makes Your Shot so special. Through these assignments, you are sharing stories from around the world.

So, keep your photos coming, I love taking a walk with you. Also keep voting for your favorite Daily Dozen — one day it might be you selected as the community's Top Shot.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Update 04

Posted apr 19, 2018

In case you missed it, I opened the assignment up to four submissions.

Because of you, I am feel like I am exploring the world while on a walk… Your Shot photographer Mary Hamilton made this beautiful frame of ice bubbles in Abraham Lake in Canada while Les Zeppelin Baran took me to Death Valley. I love it.

Doris Enders peeked through a window while David Bodden found a “Gateway to Paradise” rock formation at the beach. Katrica Kapulica made a compositionally fantastic frame during a morning walk while Fariha N. saw “the colors, the lights, and the symmetry of [a] building” during a night time walk. Di Lu photographed surfers in the snowstorm while Luis Moreira documented his expedition to the Musandam Peninsula.

I could go on and on. I love it.

Nejib Ahmed “Threshold of Destruction
Omar Alasem “Moving Forward
David Schweitzer “Toddy Tapper
Andy Dines “A Quiet Moment in the Mountains
Amir Sezavar “A Fire Fighter
Ivan Vukelic “Old Man
Jenny S. “Walter’s Vision

Check out my Editor’s Favorites to see more. I have already liked over 600 photos.

If you also want to study more about the type of photos I like, see our Daily Dozen. Every day I curate 12 of my favorite photos submitted to Your Shot, and I leave an Editor’s Favorite on each of them explaining why. This is a great way to learn more what I look for as an editor. Plus I encourage you to vote for your favorite to be the community's Top Shot. One day, it could be you...

As always, thanks for taking me on a walk. I have been walking home from work recently, but I haven’t taken any pictures good enough to submit to the assignment. Maybe tonight…

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Opening Up for a 4th Submission...

Posted apr 18, 2018

The assignment is now open for a fourth submission. I hope you have taken advantage of the advance notice to go out, take a walk, and make some pictures — even if just for fun. I like that Your Shot photographer Albert Dros wasn’t planning on taking pictures but “just had to get this one :)”

Submission deadline is Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 12PM EST.

I am having fun going on a walk with you. I love the way Your Shot photographer Oscar Diaz observed and anticipated this colorful composition. Check out S. Garcia’s unexpected encounter, and Stefan Plank’s epic walk. I love the Julia Luckett shared this frame of a bride and groom. I just love going on a walk with you.

Keep up the great work everyone. I am having fun with this assignment.

I hope you will also consider participating in Your Shot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas’ first assignment, “Pop of Color.” This is going to be fun assignment. I am going to submit, maybe this photo

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Update 02

Posted apr 13, 2018

I hope everyone is enjoying this assignment as much as I am. Even Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams participated. There are over 5,000 submissions and I have already favorited over 390 images — and this is only week one! Through your photos, I feel like I am exploring the world. I love it.

Your Shot photographer Lynn Fraser took me on an early morning run in Shanghai, China while Tiplea Remus documented the last walk at a priest’s funeral in Romania. I have gone a walk with Emilia Wilgosz-Peter’s daughter in Poland, and a night time walk with Abi M. Pulikeezh in India. I shared a moment with Michael Dickens as he reflected one last time before “leaving [his] old home for its new owners.” Lorenzo Mittiga got thoughtful about “walking to the unknown.” I love that Jelena Osmolovska made this beautiful portrait while on a walk near the Baltic Sea.

There have been a lot of submissions documenting the literal action of walking. What I love is the photos of what you observe while on a walk.

I love that Rene B. Bernal was inspired while walking in a local mall on her wait to get something to eat, and that Richard Gooch made this beautiful frame outside his hotel while on vacation. I love that Devashish Pradhan looked up while visiting the British Museum in London. I love that Sandy P. photographed people sheltering from the rain while on a walk.

I love it — you are my escape as I am sitting in front of a computer inside an office building. Keep it up.

I am going to open up this assignment to a fourth submission on April 18th. I am telling you now to encourage you to make the time and go take a walk. As the weather gets warmer here in DC, I have been trying to walk home instead of riding the metro. I love it. I am not on my phone, looking at what other people are doing. Instead I am present and experiencing my world in real time. I would love for everyone’s fourth submission to be recent photos.

Keep it up. I am having fun.

Until then, I hope you all vote for the community’s Top Shot which are selected from the Daily Dozen that I curate. The Top Shot gets featured on the Your Shot Instagram — maybe one day this will be you.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

For Inspiration

Posted apr 4, 2018

While I was working on this assignment introduction, curating photos to inspire you, I noticed that I was choosing a lot of photos of people walking. I encourage you to ALSO share photos and stories of what you see and experience on the walk, not just of the literal action of people walking.

To further inspire you, my advice is to take the time and review these previous assignment, including…

Built to Walk
Cities in Black and White
Off the Beaten Path
Lines, Textures, and Patterns
Chasing Moments
Wow! What an Adventure
We are All Explorers
Resolutions to Travel
The Trip That Changed My Life
Exploring Community

Use the introductions, editor’s favorites and notes, and final stories as inspiration. You can learn a lot from these previous assignments. Because many of these images could have been taken while on a walk…

I look forward to going on a walk with you.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

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.