It’s been such a pleasure returning as a guest editor of Your Shot for the recent assignment, Go Beyond. We asked this massive photo community to “Go Beyond” and gain a deeper understanding of the world, to challenge yourself to discover something that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the wide selection of creative photographs that were submitted. The range of subject matter was impressive and showed how you as photographers explored things in extraordinary ways. There were many images that I liked and saw sophisticated use of light, shadows, motion and reflections. A number of the pictures also had great gesture, which can often make the difference between a good photo and something great.
The images I selected were those that evoked emotion to me. By going beyond the surface to reveal a deeper understanding or something new about the subject, the photographers who captured these moments illustrated exceptional creativity. This assignment challenged all of you to look past a surface level understanding of the subject you were trying to photograph and reveal something more. As a photographer with over twenty years of experience, I find that sometimes I am given an assignment that I have read a lot about, but I don’t really know the full potential and full story that comes to life in that assignment until I get out and experience it up close. That is what you were tasked with, getting out from behind your computers and going out into the world to explore and uncover new perspectives, new meaning and hidden detail that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
You all accepted the challenge and submitted images that were impressive, fascinating, and made me want to have a better understanding of each moment that was presented to me.
During the assignment, it was noted that one of these images from the final story will appear in National Geographic magazine! I have made my selection, and the image will be revealed in the November issue.
I had so much fun curating this story and I hope you take your time to study each image that was selected. I hope that each photographer will continue to pursue their individual vision, push the creative boundaries and explore the unknown!
National Geographic Photographer
This assignment was sponsored by T. Rowe Price, who encourages you to ‘Go Beyond’ and discover something that might otherwise go unnoticed.