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Celebrating the Planet

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Published Feb 14, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 30 Contributors

    30 photos selected by

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Mangroves are a primary line of coastal defense for a country battered by typhoons each year. Man...

    #sky #water #sunset #nature #philippines #travel #coastline #mangrove #environment #seas #seascapes

    There are around 7.5 billion people who call the Earth home. We come from all different kinds of backgrounds and locations, but we all share this planet as home base. That is why it is so important that we take care of our one true home, at the moment it feels as if a wake up call is needed for all humans. We have seen the facts and figures, National Geographic has reported on the production of 300 million tons of plastic that is being produced each year, a significant amount of said plastic will find it's way into the ocean. The call to action for this assignment was to share images that celebrate the planet, but also show visually locations and things that could be in jeopardy if we don't stop the negative impact that plastic and human waste can have on the environment.  

    Northern gannets greet one another as a mate returns to the nest, east coast of Canada.

    #nature #wildlife #bird #wild #gannet #northerngannet

    Editor's Note

    Love this moment, Brittany. Gannets and birds of all life should be celebrated on this planet. When I think of human impact such as plastics, birds are a major wildlife who can be effected by this.... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My daughter, who is 6, knows how to take care of our planet. She is on the lookout for recyclable...

    #beach #environment #pollution #black_and_white #plastic_bag #clean_up #planet_or_plastic

    Editor's Note

    Love the story and framing of this image, Toni. It's amazing to see young people stepping up and caring about the planet and knowing that we have to start young when think of how to take care of th... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An aerial view of the characteristic channels and sandbars of one of NZ's braided rivers. A large...

    #landscape #aerial #new_zealand #braided_river #waimakariri_river #mynewzealandstory

    Editor's Note

    Love how this terrain looks from an aerial view. Imagine if this whole area had been damaged by plastic or by humans not caring about their surroundings. Views of locations such as rivers in New Ze... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This image has everything I loved about French Polynesia! Pristine, remote islands and an abundan...

    #paradise #split #shark #overunder #frenchpolynesia #blacktip #blacktipshark

    Editor's Note

    This is one awesome perspective, Hannes! I love seeing the thriving environment under the surface of the water while being able to see how close the shore is to this shark population. My favorite d... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A female polar bear walking along the shoreline of Svalbard as we observe from the dinghy. The fo...

    #svalbard #polarbear_svalbard #plasticocean #plastic_beach #canon5dmiv

    Editor's Note

    While polar bears should certainly be celebrated, they are also stuck in the middle of two huge problems, climate change as well as plastics use and how damaging that can be to their environment. G... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Being big puppies of the ocean, Sea Lions don't have owners to bring them chew toys, so they find...

    #mexico #underwater #diving #scuba #photography #sealion

    Editor's Note

    Oceanic wildlife can be in serious trouble if we don't figure out how to fix our plastics issue. I love this overhead look of the sea lion from above. It would be devastating to lose a species like... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Taken on a foray to capture beach photos during the spring of 2017. The changing temperatures lea...

    #sunrise #michigan #trash #marquette #greatlakes

    Editor's Note

    You found a way to take an image of plastic and also make it kind of beautiful! I applaud the efforts here Cameron, really well done. I love that were able to get such a low composition as well to ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In some ways we have the mindset if we don't see it happening its not. A whale died with nearly 1...

    #planetorplastic #ichooseplanet

    Editor's Note

    This scene makes such a powerful statement about society's "consumption" of plastic and the over-abundance of single use plastics. The light is simple but dramatic on the textures of the plastics i... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    4.567 Billion years old. We are here at the behest of our host. Fresh water and life itself hang...

    #ice #candles #globe

    Editor's Note

    I love how creative you got with this image, Lizabeth. The Earth has been around for a long time and we should keep it that way by not destroying it. On Your Shot it is always amazing to see the cr... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Two things I love most, photography and jungle trekking/hiking. Every month, me and my group will...

    #forest #hiking #hiking_adventure #forest_adventure

    Editor's Note

    When selecting images for this story I thought about amazing locations like this how we should take care and celebrate them, because one day they could be gone or worse changed via human impact. Lo... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This deer family was grazing on desert bushes and I couldn't see them at all until they put their...

    #sunset #deer #california #highdesert #chasing #easternsierras

    Editor's Note

    Could you imagine if we lost this amazing landscape to our own doing? It would be devastating. I love the use of light here and how you framed the deer running through the field. Excellent timing a... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Hopefully, there is still places like this. In my opinion, this is very important to capture thes...

    #sunset #earth #mountains #landscape #iceland #space #purity #mars

    Editor's Note

    I love how you mentioned in your caption that this is a place that needs to be preserved. I think that gets to the heart of the assignment, celebrating some of the locations and things that make th... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A bald eagle in pursuit of a fish at sunrise on a foggy morning in Northern Maryland.

    #nature #fishing #wildlife #bird #animal #eagle #bald #conowingo

    Editor's Note

    Excellent moment to capture and I love how you were able to expose for the light. This is a moment that you have to have absolute patience for and it paid off well for you. Excellent work.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    These are the moments I will cherish for the rest of my life. Witnessed a newborn sea turtle gett...

    #beach #sunset #turtle #ocean #magic #birth #seaturtle #goldenhour #everydaymoments

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Pam Hanlan who commented, "Congratulations! This is amazing. We usually see the small turtles heading toward the ocean. I never expected to see a baby in the gol... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This sea lion bug stayed for hours trying to understand what I wanted with my lens close to him. ...

    #beach #water #sea #sun #nature #lion #wildlife #wild #animal #galapagos #travel #baby #adventure #curious

    Editor's Note

    Love how close and how sharp the focus is on this seals face. The little bits of sand hanging out off the whiskers is a nice added touch to this photograph. We should definitely celebrate all of th... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Everything we see on this photo from Anilao, the Philippines, is very fragile and can soon disapp...

    #philippines #rays #underwater #jackfish #corals #anilao #saving_our_oceans_assignment

    Editor's Note

    Losing an ecosystem like this can be truly heartbreaking. You start to wonder when will we ever wake up and realize the damage that is being done. I love how the coral is set in the bottom foregrou... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    (Taken in the Japan Sea Coast,Niigata Pref, Japan.)Japan is the closest neighboring foreign count...

    #sky #cloud #sea #landscape #wave #japan #2019 #2019_1 #2019_1_1 #2019_1_1_1 #2019_1_1_1_1 #2019_1_1_1_1_1

    Editor's Note

    Love the composition here and the use of slow shutter speed to give us an idea of how the current was flowing. Your caption talks about relationships with countries and I think that describes the m... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Faroe Islands has more sheep than people. Everywhere you go you encounter these curious animals r...

    #sheep #mountain #island #land #europe #lamb #faroeisland #landofthesheep #motherhsheep

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful landscapes like this can not be taken for granted. Love the added sheep in the foreground of the frame as well and how you used the rule of thirds to not put them in the center of the fra... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Penguins molting on the Antarctic Island of South Georgia. We had particularly high winds that d...

    #water #sunset #reflection #penguin #ocean #antarctic #lenticular #southgeorgia #grytviken

    Editor's Note

    Amazing to hear that the numbers of these penguins have bounced back. We should certainly celebrate wildlife that also shares this planet with us, but also very much be aware of how we are impacted... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Planet or Plastic? This photo shows my wife walking to the sea. There was plenty of plastic at th...

    #sea #planet #japan #family #bottles #plastic #bottle #hokkaido #plastics #planetorplastic

    Editor's Note

    Your framing is intimate and compelling. It shows us just how real this problem is while making a point that this plastic travels from opposite sides of our Mother Earth. Thank you for making an im... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The sun was setting just after an august rain, and it's light was touching the flowers perfectly.

    #flower #beauty #nature #rainfall #simplysweet

    Editor's Note

    Lovely macro image, Isabelle. I love the focus on the waterdops and how the green colors pop right off of the screen. The focus here really draws in my eye and I'm reminded of why all the parts of ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A mother and daughter moose crossing a small creek in Potter Marsh, outside Alaska’s largest city...

    #wild #alaska #wetlands #marsh #moose #anchorage #pottermarsh #anchorage_alaska #moose_alaska

    Editor's Note

    I just really loved the moment here, Rudy. Great work capturing this image of a mother and her young making their way across the landscape. These moments need to be celebrated!

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A chestnut that hits the earth like a meteorite that strikes our planet

    #earth #planet #space #chestnut

    Editor's Note

    Incredible macro image, Teodora! This reminds me that there are important details, even if they are small, that need to be viewed. Excellent work here!

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    As I was walking through Boy Scout Trail in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern Ca...

    #forest #sun #rays #california #redwoods #sunrays #sunbeam

    Editor's Note

    I feel so small looking up at these giant Redwoods. The light shining is such as nice added layer to this image. Excellent work with the composition Larissa!

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Bees eat honey in their hive, France, October 3, 2018. This little animal, because of its impo...

    #bee #closeup #macro #animal #color #honey #hive #group #pollinator

    Editor's Note

    When thinking of things to celebrate on this planet, bees can definitely be ranked high on the list. There are lots of studies and articles out there regarding how devastating it can to this planet... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I have been to Yosemite many times before but I have never seen the place so majestic and moody. ...

    #clouds #landscape #fog #winter #travel #weather #yosemite #places #ynp #nationalpark #nps

    Editor's Note

    Wow, what a location to take in. I love the color tones in this photograph and how you framed the moment. National Parks are treasures that need to be preserved and celebrated.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Curlew landing near the carpet of waders

    #birds #waders #curlew #jamnagar #yourshot #inspirationofwaders #birdingornothing #ilovewaders

    Editor's Note

    Loved this moment and use of light, Yashodhan. The focus on the Curlew coming int for a landing is a great frame to capture and I love how you pulled the focus right to this bird so our eyes start ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The West Lake (the famous lake in Hangzhou) lotus leaf in winter gives me an inspired mood and a ...

    Editor's Note

    Just really love the tones and focus here in this image, Derek. Excellent work finding the right spot to capture this landscape image.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Light pollution is an issue that many people don't pay much attention to because we all enjoy the...

    #night #tree #car #califronia #places #milkyway #joshuatree #lightpollution

    Editor's Note

    Excellent night sky image, Jiawei. I'm reminded of the government shutdown when I see this image and the major impact that happen to Joshua Tree National Park. The damage that humans can do to a lo... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    While curating the images for this final story, I tried to imagine what some of these places would look like if we didn't take care of the Earth. Would a national park still have it's beauty? Would migration patterns of animals cease to exist? These are all very important things to consider as we decide which path we will take in the future, will it be planet or plastic? Choose the planet.

    National Geographic is working on a multiyear campaign in which we ask the question, Planet or Plastic? This has been a call to action to reduce plastic waste across the entire globe. Choose the planet and take the pledge today.

    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.

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