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Wow! What an Adventure!

This assignment ran from Dec 5 to Dec 26, 2017.

This Your Shot assignment is named after the reaction I want to have when I look at your photos: “Wow! What an adventure!” I find myself saying this after a lot of my trips underground. Because caving is so intense, and so physically and mentally demanding, my colleagues and I seldom take stock of our situation underground as we are living it. It is only once we are back on the surface that we think about our experiences, and what it meant in terms of character building and the way we look at the future.

The thrill of adventure is something I relish in any expedition I undertake. Like the time in October 2007, when I was deep underground in China, swinging around on a thin rope several hundred feet above the floor and several hundred feet below the roof, totally surrounded by empty black space in one of the world’s largest vertical pits. On the other hand, I emigrated to Innsbruck, Austria six years ago. My partner was offered an amazing job as a cave scientist at the University of Innsbruck, and so I moved my whole world to a completely different country with a different language, climate, and landscape. This was also a big adventure for me, as it was never part of my master plan to live in Austria.

So for this assignment, I invite you to share with us your own unique adventures. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an epic, swinging-on-a-rope-in-a-black-pit type of adventure. Maybe getting married or having children has been an adventure for you. Maybe you are the first person in your family to graduate from college. Maybe you have swum with dolphins or driven across the country on vacation. Or maybe you have seen the world from the top of Mount Everest.

I look forward to going on this adventure with you…

Robbie Shone
National Geographic photographer

Click HERE to see Robbie Shone's November 2017 Nat Geo Adventure story exploring strictly protected underground caves in Slovenia.

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Robbie Shone
National Geographic photographer
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Published Jan 9, 2018.
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Be Published on the Cover of Nat Geo Traveler magazine

Posted feb 14, 2018

FYI — there is a new Your Shot assignment right now called “The Trip That Changed My Life,” which is your chance to be featured on the cover of National Geographic Traveler’s upcoming “Epic Summer” issue (June/July 2018). Click here to submit your photos.

Check out our blog post featuring Your Shot photographer Victor Lima, who was previous winner of this opportunity. Victor bought his very first camera in November 2014; five months later he made the photo that was published on the cover of National Geographic Traveler magazine. This could be you. I hope you will all submit — I know I wish I could. Good luck Your Shot photographers. I cannot wait to see whose photos will be featured.

David Y. Lee
Producer, National Geographic Your Shot

Opening Up for a 4th Submission...

Posted dec 21, 2017

As the producer of this assignment, I am having fun “going on” the adventures you are sharing with Robbie Shone. As I sit at my desk, underneath the fluorescent lights, in front of a computer, your photos and stories are my escape from my office life. So, I am going to open up the assignment to a fourth submission, because I want to see more. Keep taking me on your adventures…

Submission deadline is still Tuesday December 26, 2017 at 12PM EST.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Update 01

Posted dec 19, 2017

Thanks for all of your great submissions so far—I’m loving going through them! I know this assignment title is very broad, especially as you all have different definitions of adventure and ways of living it. But I have been really impressed with the content so far.

A few notes of constructive feedback. First, detailed captions are great. If I can understand more about the photograph and the adventure, then I am more likely to give the picture more attention, make a comment, and potentially select it for the final set.

Second, it’s difficult to relate to your adventure if I can’t picture myself there. What I mean is that I want to see some human element. I want to interact with the adventure, so I need to see emotion. Obviously, that can be depicted in the face of your characters, but it can also be depicted in the posture and the appearance of a figure. Several of the submissions that have come in have featured strong, dynamic, and energetic human postures. They scream adventure!

Finally, one of my pet peeves with modern digital photography is over-manipulation. Please don’t go crazy on your photograph in post. Keep it true to how it was when you shot it.

Great job, everyone, and please keep submitting your photographs!

Robbie Shone
Nat Geo photographer

About Robbie Shone

Posted dec 12, 2017

Hi everyone —

I want to share with you a story about your guest editor, Nat Geo photographer Robbie Shone. As I was getting this assignment together, I noticed these five photos in his Your Shot profile, and that he had been published in Daily Dozens and our “The Night” story:

A Cicada Shortly After Emerging
Crossing Lake Cadoux
Thunderous Waterfalls
Icy Cold Blue Moulin
Moulin Exploration

I was confused, and asked him about this. Here is what Robbie emailed back to me:

“These five photographs were all shot before I was a National Geographic photographer and was a member of the Your Shot community. These photos must have caught the eye of the Your Shot editors and then they were published as Daily Dozens and in a Your Shot story. That’s why I am so keen to help you with the Your Shot assignments because I was once one of them and I fed off the enthusiasm gained from reading more detailed comments by proper Nat Geo photographers! :) It was so encouraging and gave me the hope and the confidence to continue with my dream, because the ‘right’ people had noticed me and my work.”

I remember when I was starting out my freelance career, there were a couple of established photographers who took the time to give me advice and feedback — they “gave me the hope and the confidence to continue with my dream…” This is why I love Your Shot, because like Robbie, I can now give back and repay the kindness those photographers shared with me.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Check out this Nat Geo article about “How to Photograph Inside a Cave” featuring Robbie Shone.

Robbie Shone

Robbie Shone

National Geographic photographer
National Geographic photographer Robbie Shone is recognized as one of the most accomplished cave photographers in the world. He has hung on a thin rope while photographing 200m above the floor in the world’s deepest natural shaft and has explored the far ends of a 189 km long cave system. For his book “Gouffre Berger – L’esprit d’equips,” Robbie spent a continuous 94 hours underground photographing the first cave to hold the 1000m depth record.