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Close Encounters

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Published Nov 7, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 28 Contributors

    28 photos selected by

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Towards the end of the year last minute my friend Ty asked me if I wanted to go on assignment to ...

    #africa #safari #wildlife #wild #animal #tanzania #hippos #hippopotamus

    Each editor on this story realized very early on that the title Close Encounters could have many different meanings. It could be an up close view, it could be you the photographer getting to know a location, person, or species on a deeper level, or it could be that brief moment where things just appear closer than normal. The following images are a collection of three points of view that make up one final story. This was our close encounter with the incredible images submitted to this assignment.

    Thank you for sharing your Close Encounters with us. There were over 13,000 submissions and we were all impressed with the stories and moments you shared with us. Once again the community finds a way to take a theme, submitted by community member Subhojit Dutta and can tell a single story with their photos! 

    A Lovely Pet For A Few seconds . but Will Be A Great Memory For A Long time At Least To Me When ...

    #smile #eyes #shell #snail #fun #macro #joy #pet #portrait #egypt #alexandria #lol #seasnail

    Editor's Note

    I love how close you were able to get with this image, Essam! Having the two eyes be so in focus really caught my attention and I haven't seen an image like this before! Great work!

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Masai Mara keeps surprising me! while watching a lioness on the hunt, a tower of giraffes popped ...

    #lion #monochrome #moment #giraff

    Editor's Note

    Excellent moment! The lioness on the prowl is a nice added layer to this image and I love how there is something to view in the foreground and background. Great composition!

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    this is the most hard moment I have ever seen when the vulture eye come in the middle of the othe...

    #africa #nature #wildlife #bird #animal #vulture #dailydozen

    Editor's Note

    You can't have a more perfect time to capture a moment then the one you took advantage of here, Ali. I love how the beak of one of the vultures becomes a natural frame that you were able to use for... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This egg has just been laid, the first in the short arctic spring. At Svalbard loons do not get s...

    #birds #north #arctic #egg #loons #respect #svalbard_archipelago #breeding_behavior #close__up

    Editor's Note

    "Wow! Wonderful exploration! The scene makes me feel like I'm not seeing this image, I'm living the scene in person. You take me closer to this beautiful duck species and it's habitat. The complete... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Little male Seahourse, pregnant, waiting for kids Diving in Raja Ampat - Indonesia

    #underwater #diving #raja #ampat #pigmy #hourse #raja_ampat

    Editor's Note

    It took me sometime to even figure out what I was exactly looking at here. Once I was able to figure out it was a seahorse I was amazed at the details you captured here, Sergio. Great work! I love ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Young sperm whale babysitter, upset that I was too close to a 2 week old calf came charging at m...

    #sperm_whale

    Editor's Note

    Wow, Peter, talk about close encounters at a 20mm focal length! What an incredible moment to be able to capture and still emerge from the water safely. This is certainly a perspective we don't ofte... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Bubble coral shrimp in the bubbles. Also called Crustaceans, Carid Shrimps, Commensal Shrimps, B...

    #nature #animals #life #diving #scuba #marine #coral #shrimp #bubble #anemone #underwter

    Editor's Note

    What a special perspective and view of a world most will never see in person. I love the soft colors and how you framed the coral shrimp within all the surrounding bubbles. The details are great, h... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Up close and personal with Gambit, a 12ft long American Crocodile in Banco Chinchorro, Mexico. Sh...

    #wildlife #underwater #teeth #split #crocodile #croc

    Editor's Note

    I really love this image, but reading in the caption that you could hear this crocodile's teeth against your camera glass just makes this image so real. Just staring at this image from my office de... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    On my opinion, this photo reflect the real life in Portugal. People are so relaxed, always smile,...

    #portugal #relax #porto #streetphoto

    Editor's Note

    I can't get enough of how comfortable and relaxed this man is! He is living his best life. Great job with your framing and composition, Dzmitry! The moment is cleanly framed and balanced through yo... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Throughout Central Asia long braids are symbols of beauty, often with tassels plaited in as adorn...

    #culture #dance #hair #detail #explore #centralasia #closeencounters

    Editor's Note

    I love that through this faceless portrait, we are learning both about this woman and her physical adornments but also the history of symbols of beauty in her culture. This photo is all about the d... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    For the Cubans the funeral of Fidel Castro was a long, painful mourning in which old and childr...

    #people #cuba #funeral #santiago #emotions #mourning #fidel #fidel_castro #cuban_peolple

    Editor's Note

    "The moment is just perfect. The flag in the girl's hand is playing a very important role in the frame. A complete storytelling image!" - Your Shot photographer Subhojit Dutta.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Haldi, is the most beautiful ritual of any wedding. After applied (turmeric paste) Haldi on Bride...

    #face #culture #portrait #wedding #bride #ritual #daylight #happines #watersplash #bengali_wedding

    Editor's Note

    This is an awesome point of view, Avismita, and you perfectly captured the emotion in the moment. I feel like I'm right there in front of the bride, feeling of her joy radiate through this ritual f... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Blue eyes are very rare in Asia and Heterochromia (two colors) is even rarer. In traditional soci...

    #eyes #women #culture #travel #portrait #medicine #portraits #science #biology #health #ophthalmology

    Editor's Note

    Shivesh, this is a lovely portrait with beautiful light but what I appreciate most is the information you provide in your caption. You tell us her name, the conflicts she faces and her goals despit... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The cockfight is part of the culture of many countries in the world, being forbidden in most of t...

    #peru #people #animals #culture #colors #travel #photojounalism #yourshot #documentalphotodraphy

    Editor's Note

    This image made our final curation of the Close Encounters story. While for some this image does show harm happening to animals, I think it reveals that different cultures have different perspectiv... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Mourning of Muharram (or Remembrance of Muharram or Muharram Observances) is a set of rituals...

    #child #travel #tehran #iran #bla_and_white

    Editor's Note

    The toning in this photo is so nice! But it's the moment where we connect with the child that this photo stands out to me. Great work capturing this.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I hav submitted this photograph in a unique perspective of close encounter A prayer is the c...

    #prayer #afghan #shuttlecock #burqa

    Editor's Note

    I love how the light casts across the fabrics and textures in this frame and that you composed in such a way that the surroundings fall into shadow. Your interpretation of a close encounter has a l... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An Afghan child interacts with Marine Cpl. J.W. Morris through a checkpoint barrier at forward op...

    #child #afghanistan #humanity #curiosity

    Editor's Note

    This moment is excellent. During the edit of this assignment the editors stopped on this image and just had to study the detail of what was happening. Great work with this capture, Alejandro.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My children have enjoyed "airplane" on my feet since before they could walk. We always laugh and ...

    #clouds #play #fun #fly #airplane #family #blackandwhite #happiness #happy #motherdaughter

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Sukanya De's comment: "Absolutely love this Kimberly!!! Fantastic POV that looks up at the little one's radiant face, as she soars up to the sky, on the wings of her m... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My daughter had open heart surgery at 8 months old. For much of her childhood she was sick. As ...

    #heart #strength #past #future #present #scar #closetomyheart

    Editor's Note

    This is quiet, intimate, "close" encounter with your daughter on a multitude of levels. I love how you made this photograph commemorating a difficult experience she had while also including a subco... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It was fascinating getting so close to this amazing creature.

    #bee #beeonflower #beepollen

    Editor's Note

    Great macro image here, Phoenix. I love being able to see the pollen on the bee while it does one... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    At first glance, one might wonder “what the heck…?”. There’s something soft and fuzzy about the ...

    #nature #macro #wildlife #insect #adventure

    What appears to be a literal close encounter by something alien was captured as part of special b...

    #california #stars #meteor #glow #night_sky #twin_lakes #desolation_wilderness

    Raise hands.night club photography.

    #canon #night #music #man #people #light #amazing #club #dance #japan #nightclub #mans

    Editor's Note

    I love how the hands stand out so distinctly against the background representing a crowd all gathered around this DJ concentrating on the music. I love how the light lets us focus in on this moment... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The booming music from cowbells, goat skin drums, and brass sections fills the streets and serves...

    #music #culture #caribbean #bahamas #parade #junkanoo

    Editor's Note

    Love the expression in his eyes as he plays in this parade. Brass instruments take a lot out of the performer so it's great to see this musician putting all he's got into this performance. Great wo... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    On 13th April , Bengalis celebrate “Neel Puja”. This puja or worship is done mainly by married wo...

    #purulia #hindu_festival #women_devotee #bhokta_porob #fire_taker

    Editor's Note

    Visually this is stunning. Fantastic use of ambient light to capture the mood of this scene. Your photo is so captivating — thank you for updating your caption to include details further explaining... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Lots of kea came to me that day at the summit of Avalanche peak, what appeared to me as a reward ...

    #mountains #wildlife #bird #animal #glacier #newzealand #kea_bird #mynewzealandstory

    Editor's Note

    It was hard for me to pick which one of your kea photos I like best. I appreciate that the bird and mountain share the same scale. The light is absolutely exquisite.

    Erika Larsen
    National Geographic Photographer

    A close up look at mop-up: spray, mix, feel, repeat. The most efficient use of water when digging...

    #art #woods #forest #firefighters #hardwork #wildlandfire #nightshift #deltafire #fireseason2018

    Editor's Note

    Your caption and image both set the scene so perfectly, Eli. I love how the headlamps are illuminating the water in this photograph. A great documentation of this moment.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editors
    Kristen McNicholas
    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Kristen is an Associate Photo Editor with the Your Shot team. She interned at the White House Photo Office under the Obama Administration as well as Education Week. A proud RIT alumna, dessert enthusiast and Finger Lakes, NY native, Kristen is excited to guide your photographic journey!
    Matt Adams
    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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