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Explore Your State

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Published Oct 17, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 33 Contributors

    33 photos selected by

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Witnessed the Dhai-handi during the Janmashtami occasion in Mumbai.

    #india #festival #mumbai #indianfestival

    This whole assignment came to life thanks to the contributions of Your Shot photographer Noah Brooks. The edit you are seeing below was entirely selected by him and shows us how each photographer was able to explore their state. Noah's idea for this assignment was to ask each community member to share with us images that showed off your exploration skills, as you were tasked with finding moments and locations that showed off your location or state. Now state did not mean we had to stay within the confines of America. A state can be an area or land that is near you, it could be a state of mind, or it could be the current state in which you call home. I believe each of Noah's final selections show off a diverse set of places and people that all make up the state of Your Shot. 

    Watching the sunrise on a late August morning.Capured in one of the most picturesque region from ...

    #mountain #nature #landscape #rural #sunrise #romania #maramures #transyvania

    Editor's Note

    Just a beautiful moment to take in. The sunrise light piercing through the right side of the frame really sets the tone for this image. I'm sure this sight in Romania is a moment that needs to be w... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    SABAR,is a tribe,who live in West Bengal,Puruliya.They are a forest-dwelling tribe.Still now they...

    #forest #boy #eagle #exploring #sharp_eyes #puruliya #sabar_tribal

    Editor's Note

    Just an excellent moment here! Your Shot photographer Noah Brooks commented "Great photo. I love the intense look in the eyes of the eagle, and the curious look of the boy. Thanks for showing us yo... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Our home for two days was a small chum, a portable, teepee-style tent constructed from a frame of...

    #girl #winter #russia #nomads #expedition #siberia #chum #nenets #arcticcircle #polarurals

    Editor's Note

    Thank you for the additional information within your caption, Darya. This is an excellent capture and I love the moment between the dog and this young woman. Excellent work.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I captured this photo during the Pattan kadoli village festival ,The Vittal Birdev Annual Yatra i...

    #yellow #culture #natgeotravel #devotees_of_lord_shiva #maharashtra_culture #haldi_festival

    Editor's Note

    Love the overhead vantage point that you went with for this image, Dnyaneshwar. By taking in this point of view I am able to taken in the entire scene and study each moment as it comes alive. Nice ... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I was born attached island, wild and beautiful that is Cu Lao Cham Island. The island is about 15...

    #painting #hoianancienttown #fishshermem #polang #exploreyouestate

    Editor's Note

    The moment is nice, but what I really enjoyed about this image was the clash of colors that is happening. The light pinks and oranges in the net work nicely with the blues and greens of the boat th... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    As a regular visitor to this place from almost 1 year, It inspires me a lot to see the various pe...

    #birds #river #india #red #fog #color #street #moment #inspiration #delhi #winters #creative #thought

    Editor's Note

    The natural frame that is created from the handle of the bucket is such a nice layer in this image. I love how you saw this and took advantage of it with your composition. Excellent work, Navin.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An abandoned warehouse sits next to a spinach field somewhere in Illinois.

    #landscape #farmland #exploration #fields #illinois

    Editor's Note

    "Nice photo, Eric. I like the Betsy Ross flag on that unique, rustic looking building," Your Shot Photographer Noah Brooks. Yes, the addition of the painted flag adds another layer to this scene an... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    reflection

    #reflection #football #oxalis

    Editor's Note

    Shirsenndu, what a fun photo! I love shooting into reflective pools and puddles. My favorite part about this photo is the action and the framing of the green plants. Against the dark background of ... More

    Becca Skinner
    Nat Geo Explorer

    Just a girl telling us to "come on" in the big city. We love it and we listen to her.

    #people #life #manhattan #street #nyc #monochrome #walk #childhood #nbc #studios #rockefeller_center

    Editor's Note

    A very nice portrait, Candy. I have always appreciated that you have shown us this inside look at your family as they continue to grow. These moments and memories are special to document and I am g... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    London's moment with typical colours - blue shirt of a pedestrian, red bus and yellow ambulance v...

    #abstract #london #rain #urban #colours #travel #street #streetphotography #impressionism

    Editor's Note

    I love how the colors clash in this photo and mix together to look like a painting. I have not traveled to London yet, but it is a place I hope to visit soon. I have heard the weather can turn on y... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Something I noticed within the selections that Noah chose was that he looked for a variety of angles and perspective that could make this story feel whole at the end. The image to the left captured by Andro Loria is such a simple idea, but works so well to convey the mood of a location and puts me right in the thick of this scene with the photographer. I love how it resembles a painting. It's a great example of being in the right location at the right time and having your camera ready.

    When I started to build this story, I wanted to make sure we were seeing each state that the Your Shot photographer captured from different points of view. We start outside and then make our way through a few indoor portraits, before heading outside again and ending near the water. I saw this edit as a way to travel from point A to point B, stories should be it's own form of traveling for the viewer so I hope you enjoyed the journey.

    A couple sneaks a kiss next to a sleeping businessman on the Yamanote Line platform of JR Shimbas...

    #japan #tokyo #storytelling #oldman #businessman #trainplatform #youngcouple #young_vs_old

    Editor's Note

    A nice slice of life moment captured here, Craig. I love the timing here and how you composed the image as we have a the ad in the background and the moment happening right in front of us. Great wo... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The season for the highly prized local pomegranates grown in the high altitude microclimate of Da...

    #market #people #oman #pomegranates #market_activity

    Editor's Note

    Interesting perspective to use in this photo, Haitham. I love the angle and how it gives me the whole scene of the market. Thank you for adding the detailed information in the caption as it gives m... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    this is one of my lovable shots where the devotee is doing piercing a metal rod from his chick to...

    #festival #photo_journalism #natgeo_yourshot #incredible_indian_culture #velvel_festival

    Editor's Note

    You can feel the emotion within this photo. I feel that I am right in this location and seeing this happen in real time. Although there is probably some pain felt you have a better understanding of... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    he was jumping into a stepwell to get relief from the extreme hot weather of Jodhpur, Rajasthan

    #water #city #boy #summer #travel #action #rajasthan #jodhpur #architectural #stepwell

    Editor's Note

    Great action moment. I have a seen many stepwell images, but love that this moment is new and taken at a different perspective. Great work.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I took this photo while exploring blue city Jodpur which is known for its blue color houses in a...

    #city #travel #street #adventure

    Editor's Note

    Love the action moment and the angle you captured this image at. The blue wall adds a nice clash of colors within the frame as well.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Woman in Çomakdağ Muğla Turkey. And the most interesting thing that I love was Atatürk's (the fou...

    #travel #portrait #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    Excellent portrait here, F. Dilek Uyar. Your Shot photographer Noah Brooks commented "What a lovely photo. And such an intimate look into her life and her community. Thanks for sharing!"

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Divine wave in the holy Ganges, Varanasi

    #people #ganges #varanasi #divine #kashi #banaras #holy_bath #manish_khattry

    Editor's Note

    I really enjoyed seeing this quiet moment as a submission to this assignment. The ripples in the water add such a nice storytelling layer to this photograph and the composition puts us right in the... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The white flowers suggest the advent of Durga Puja in the state of West Bengal... The fisherma...

    #purulia #west_bengal

    Editor's Note

    Slowing the action down in the frame works well here in this capture. We're given time to see how the net is casted out over the water and the framing of the young man in the right corner is a good... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    As I was out in my kayak on Lake Huron, I saw a plastic cup bobbing along the surface. It made m...

    #water #lake #drink #pollution #lead #freshwater #flint #greatlakes #redsolocup #planetorplastic

    Editor's Note

    The simplicity of this frame is what I love so much about it. The clean horizon line and the way you expertly employed rules of thirds for our subject, the cup, communicates the vastness of the pro... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I had heard about the shipwrecked sail boat that drifted from Jamaica to Colombia's wild northern...

    #beach #sunset #tropical #wild #travel #colombia #caribbean #shipwreck

    Editor's Note

    Excellent work here Laura, so many great layers within this image. Your Shot photographer Noah Brooks commented "Beautiful photo, Laura. The colors, clouds and rough sea really add to this peaceful... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is located in a remote town in Wyoming where the cows outnumber t...

    #horse #animals #travel #adventure #wyoming #cowboy #mustang #photooftheday #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    I love it Lauren. Fantastic job capturing this moment — I love the way you included the horse in the foreground, I love the silhouette of your husband. I love the light. Thanks for sharing the stor... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Exploring downtown Salida, CO with my son. This colorful alleyway was begging to be photographed.

    #colorful #ski #kayak #explore #salida #salidaco #colorful_colorado

    Editor's Note

    I love the added props to this image such as the kayaks and skis. Having these on either side of the frame add some weight to the image and my focus then goes to your son has he attempts to make hi... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Taken at Gagarin Park in Zhytomyr. This aircraft used to be a cinema for the children.

    #trees #park #aircraft #aeroflot #abandoned_aircraft #ukraine2018

    Editor's Note

    Excellent aerial image, Ondrej! Your Shot photographer Noah Brooks commented. "Nice photo, Ondrej. There are so many interesting and beautiful places in Ukraine. I have many photos from your countr... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Taken behind Stovepipe Wells Campground Death Valley National Park. There was a storm approaching...

    #desert #nature #light #sunrise #stormclouds #death_valley_california #protecttheselands

    Editor's Note

    Love the colors used here, Mark. Right away I saw how they clashed with the sky and thought how amazing of a sight this must have been.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This Traditional Boat Market is Situated on Manikgong,Bangladesh . You Can buy this boats in very...

    #boat #people #bangladesh #nikonasia #natgeotravel #worldpressphoto #hipaae #cgtn

    Editor's Note

    I love the spacing of each person in this image. The boats making up the rest of the image draw in my view and I love the wide angle you went with for this capture.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Rakov Škocjan valley is a karst valley at the northern base of the Javorniki hills which was ...

    #slovenia #karst #slovenija #rakriver #night__photography #rakov_skocjan

    Editor's Note

    This is an area in Slovenia that I did not know much about. Now this is a place I would love to explore. Great work capturing this moment at night and showing us a place many have not seen before.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    00h00, it's time to reach the surface and go back to our house. This caving session gave us the a...

    #forest #night #lights #adventure #france #caving #caves #explore #strobes #vegetal #cavers #explorers

    Editor's Note

    The light coming from the cave illuminating our character and the vegetation framing him feels so cinematic. There is this anticipation being built from the harsh light as this man emerges from the... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This was the first time we ran a poll to ask you our community to vote on the next assignment that would be presented on Your Shot. A big thank you to everyone who was involved with the voting process and sharing why you voted for a certain theme. I love that this community took the idea and style of letting us know what you love about a certain image and evolved that to what you loved about the themes that were pitch by your fellow Your Shot photographers.

    A thank you to Noah Brooks, who helped with the final selections and came up with an idea that seem to inspire those who submitted images. Please continue to pitch your assignment theme ideas to us, we do check those recommendations and are looking for more ideas from you, our community. 

    Low tide day at the coastline of Hon Yen is the time that you could witness the exposure of the s...

    #sunset #ocean #corals #ecosystems #exploreyourstate #protecttheselands

    Editor's Note

    That blue starfish jumped out at my right away upon viewing this photo. I love how it's just right there in the foreground and then as a viewer we start looking at it then peak up to the rest of th... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Looking up through the circular opening of the staircase at Fort Canning. It was once a secret bu...

    #travel #singapore #places #historic #heritage #wideangle #portecttheselands

    Editor's Note

    Love the use of scale by having the young man in this image sitting near the edge. The low angle lets me know how massive this location is and I'm in awe viewing this photo.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The bridge over the river Waal at Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands. It was a bit of p...

    #water #bridge #reflection #night #puddle #cityscape #evening #nijmegen #the_netherlands

    Editor's Note

    The colors and the reflection are all so well done that it makes for a compelling photo. Nice work!

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Sunset at Traigh Seileboist on the Isle of Harris, Scotland. The weather cleared after a day of...

    #beach #sea #sunset #uk #mountains #hebrides #dunes #britain #scotland #glow #harris #marram #seilebost

    Editor's Note

    Love the angle and the location. It almost has a postcard look to it as if a location you would want to share with the people around you.

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    SpaceX successfully launched and deployed their heaviest payload, the Telstar 18 VANTAGE, aboard ...

    #night #people #ocean #light #space #longexposure #rocket #launch

    Editor's Note

    I love this line from your caption, Lenny. "Moments like these are what inspire future generations to explore and achieve extraordinary feats." I agree, what an amazing moment, I have always wanted... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    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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