During Your Shot assignments, we often have a rough idea of the types of images we want to see, and of how all of these submissions will eventually evolve into a published story. But this assignment was a little bit different, as there wasn’t a direct theme to tie everything together. Instead, we asked you to share not only your best images, but the ones that best represent you as a photographer. This is never an easy task, and there were a lot of questions on the discussion boards about how to find your style as a photographer. We believe the only way to bring some clarity to that answer is to continue taking photos. As you use your camera to document moments, create memories, and tell stories, you’ll eventually have a body of work that represents the kind of photographer you strive to be.
This assignment was an awesome way to be re-introduced to the Your Shot community. We were happy to see familiar images that we recognize and still love. In our time as editors, both of us have seen images that remain burned in our memories—pictures that compel us to say, “You have to see this!” to other members of our Nat Geo family. These images inspire us, and more importantly, represent how visually strong this community is.
From the 10,243 submissions to this assignment, there were a lot of images that we liked, maybe because of the light, composition, moment, or story. This final story includes photos that we LOVE because they include all four of those elements. Each of these photos documents a wonderful pause in time, transporting us somewhere far, far away from our cubicles—both visually and emotionally.
We are thoroughly impressed by the talent of our community. If you haven’t had the opportunity, we highly recommend you take the time to review our Editor’s Favorites. We encourage you to share the links to your favorite submissions on the story discussion board, and we’ll be sharing some more of our favorites on Instagram (@natgeoyourshot). This assignment has inspired us as we plan the future editorial calendar and partner opportunities for you. We look forward to following each other on this journey. We continue to believe that, together, we will become better photographers and more thoughtful storytellers.