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Beauty & Awe

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Published Dec 18, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 25 Contributors

    25 photos selected by

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Dettifoss did not look as big as it did walking up at first. Going down and seeing the scale of t...

    #portrait #iceland #waterfall #dettifoss #exploreiceland #dettifoss_iceland #iceland2018

    Beauty is everywhere, there is proof within the 8,000 images that were submitted to this assignment. A big thank you for your enthusiasm, it was a real pleasure to watch each of your images.

    Through this selection, I give you a glimpse of beauty in all its different forms and its cocktail of emotions. I hope you enjoy this final story as much as I enjoyed being the editor for this assignment.

    During my time as the editor I learned that n the four corners of the world, nature offers grandiose landscapes, breathtaking panoramas. Being a spectator of this beauty within the photographs, makes me feel so small, almost insignificant to face such splendor.

    A man walks into the sunset on Chesterman Beach, in Tofino, BC. At a certain point, he becomes o...

    #time #tranquil #movement #tofino #chestermanbeach #minimalistlandscape #lisanixonphotography

    Editor's Note

    This is so beautiful. I agree with Your Shot photographer Sue Lockhart who commented, "Wow, what a stunning shot Lisa. I love the colours and the absolute simplicity of it. The reflections on the w... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A Copper-rumped Hummingbird feeds on the flowers from a Pride of Barbados Tree in our garden. We...

    #flowers #beauty #nature #wildlife #bird #tropical #hummingbird #caribbean #natural #beautyawe

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "This hummingbird reminds me of Tinker Bell floating gracefully in this decor of flowers with giant pistils and bright colors, dancing in the subtle fr... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    the Dead Desert , East SAUDI Arabia ,Stay stronger there are no ways of life , and have full re...

    #nature #camel #wild #animal #life #colors #dessert #widlife #natego

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer wrote "The animal looks great in its beautiful white dress adorned with colorful accessories. Astonishing is the superposition of these colorful lines of the des... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    "Ohana" means "Family" in Hawaiian. This family of dolphins decided to give me a visit during a p...

    #nature #wildlife #animals #underwater #travel #adventure #top #dolphins #featured

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "The underwater world is full of wonders. Today marine animals are threatened by overfishing, pollution and the destruction of their natural environmen... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Heading out one morning to get some early morning shots I instead found a number of dew-laden web...

    #dew #web #adirondacks

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "If nature sometimes offers grandiose shows by its incredible landscapes, it also knows how to create amazing little jewels. The spider's web is alread... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Buildings reflection at Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany, New York. I have never seen such r...

    #abstract #water #reflection #nature #nikon #ngmh2o

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "Abstract beauty. A nice combination of shapes, attractive colors ... but what is it? I like this picture even if I do not know what it is, it looks li... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Macro close up of a soap bubble. It looks like a planet with a swirling atmosphere.

    #macro #planet #refraction #bubble #soap #close_up #roygbiv #dish_soap

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer wrote "At first glance, I wondered which planet this thermographic vision came from. Reading the caption, I discover that it is a soap bubble. I got caught like ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Yellow stairs taken during my trip in Switzerland

    #architecture #yellow #stairs #style #spirale

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer "I love this hypnotic vision of this endless staircase. In which museum can I admire this work of art? After a quick investigation, what was my surprise to disco... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    For this experiment I used water, oil , vinegar and a feather in a plastic cup . I positioned the...

    #abstract #water #feather #bird #color #conceptual #letsexplore #natuire

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "What I like about abstract photography is when it manages to make me see something other than reality, this is the case here. I thought to observe in ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Bubble show in lamps theater

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot Marc Henauer commented "Because it awakens in each of us many memories, the vision of a child playing is always pleasing to the eye. I do not get tired of looking at every detail of this ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An Adventure into the Beauty of Colors. Some 4,000 pigments are on display at this location in To...

    #people #culture #colors #travel #japan #adventure #photography #natgeo #natgeo100contest

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "Art allows the expression of beauty. These thousands of colored flasks are each as many sources of inspiration for the artists. Creativity is limited ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Pre-Raphaelite face of Nortje inspired me to get closer, to drown in her eyes...

    #green #outdoors #red #portrait #natural #gaze #redhead #renaissance #freckles #preraphaelite

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "What is rare is precious. Redheads represents only 1-2% of the population. All the beauty is there, no need for artifice. The naturalness and simplici... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I like to think that the human being is good by nature. Through their creative minds, humans are able to express beauty in different forms. Architecture, art, culture, traditions convey ideas and emotions that can change the world. A portrait can reveal the personality of someone, through the light that focuses on the eyes we get a glimpse into the soul of someones character. This assignment also involved the selection of one image from the final story to receive a copy of Spectacle. I want to congratulate all the photographers for the work they did in capturing these moments.  For my final choice, my heart vibrated for an emotion that I believe to be unifying: the love of a mother for her child. I think this is a deep, universal and hopeful value. Thats why I have chosen Kimberly Walla's image of a mother and her daughter. Congratulations Kimberly!

    It is a task to capture the depths of true love through a lens. This image speaks to my heart on ...

    #child #mother #motherhood #motherchild #motherdaughter #myheart #mysoul #motherandchld

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "The beauty of love. I fully feel the benevolence of the mother and the happiness of the child. The softness of the bed as a decoration and the beautif... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photo was taken on Manali Winter Carnival. People of different ages took part in the carniv...

    #india #people #carnival #fire #winter #culture #place #manali #himachalpradesh #tradiation

    Editor's Note

    Carnivals offer such a great scene for photography. Here in the this frame we see the vibrant and busy nature of a street carnival matched with the dangers and adventure of the fire breather. I par... More

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer

    Dance. Game of the body. One of the most ancient manifestations of human civilization. Model: ...

    #game #girl #dance #jump #bw #blackandwhite

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "The beauty of the human body highlighted by the movement of dance. The force and explosiveness of the muscles contracted in the explosion of talcum po... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Milions of candles and oil wick lamps were lit to commemorate Guru Ramdas, the Sikh Guru's birthd...

    #india #festival #celebration #travel #places #punjab #amritsar #sikh #goldentemple

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "The beauty created by man, here and elsewhere in the world. The Golden Temple in the city of Amritsar in India is an architectural feat. The illuminat... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is Lalita, everytime she talks about the day she got married, and how she saw her husband fo...

    #monochrome #wrinkle #blackandwhiteportrait #blackandwhitephotography #monochromeportrait

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer wrote "The cracked skin of her face and hands reveals a long way of life. Going through the years is not easy. Yet the expression of her face is quite different.... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Lava ocean entry from the 2016 Kalapana lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii. Watching new ear...

    #earth #new #surf #ocean #rocks #hawaii #waves #tide #lava #steam #creation #lava_flow

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Sukanya De: β€œAn extraordinary moment to observe, feel and be awe inspired by the power and magnificence of nature!!! It must be an incredible moment to witness t... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This image was taken during the rare celestial trifecta (super-blue-blood moon) happened at the b...

    #moon #nature #landscape #color #waves #sunrise #pier #pacific #waterscape #moonset #lunareclipse

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "The moon has always been a source of poetic inspiration for man. Here it takes a particular dimension by the rarity of the phenomenon. The "Super Blue... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A lonely seaweed farmer working on the sea at cool climate, he was trying to fix the supportive s...

    #people #culture #silhoueet #beauty__awe

    Editor's Note

    It feels like a painting. There's an abstract like feeling to the design and I feel myself as a viewer begin to get lost in the lines going through the water. Love the toning in this image as well.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Winter Storms battered the atlantic coast all over Europe. Huge waves about 30ft broken at Mouro ...

    #storm #nature #ocean #waves #lighthouse #spain #cantabria #fury

    Editor's Note

    Wow. This frame is so visually dramatic. I agree with Your Shot photographer Janet Ellison who commented, "This is amazing! When I first looked at it, for a split second I thought it was snow. You... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Squad Boss Connor MacPhee moves up and down the fire line checking in with members of our crew. W...

    #art #forest #firefighter #burn #forestfire #wildlandfire #nightshift #deltafire #fireseason2018

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Michelle Zheng: "Dangerous scene but a wonderful capture Eli. I have admiration for the work firefighters to protect people and nature alike. It's not easy to capture a ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A lone hiker on the top of the hill in the midst of the amazing out of this world geothermal Hver...

    #mountains #landscape #iceland #adventure #geothermal #highlands #kerlingarfjoll #hveradalir

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "Ice and fire offer spectacular landscapes and natural phenomena. The most incredible is that the man has taken advantage of this hostile nature to liv... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of the Souther...

    #beauty #italy #night #landscape #trecimedilavaredo #best2018 #beauty2018

    Editor's Note

    Your Shot photographer Marc Henauer commented "It is because nature offers incredible shows that man builds dwellings in unlikely places. From the lighted windows of the house, the peaks of the mou... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I would like to thank Matt Adams for giving me this opportunity to curate this assignment and share with you this very rewarding experience. I also want to thank you and to congratulate you because your images, testify the beauty of the world and reveal the intensity of the emotions which they arouse, the richness of humanity.

    To end this story, I just want to said that the book "Spectacle" is a wonderful gift idea, for you or for one of your loved ones!

    About the Editor
    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Matt is a Senior Producer on the Your Shot team. He curates and produces the Daily Dozen gallery as well as monthly assignments. Before Nat Geo, Matt was a photography instructor and freelance photographer working for publications such as Wired, Spin, and Pittsburgh Magazine.

    Photographers Published In the Story