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I Want to Go There...

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Published Aug 22, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 29 Contributors

    29 photos selected by

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    "Greed and expectations lead to attachments. Hopes and conscious actions lead to destiny." -Shayn...

    #utah #usa #roads #solitude #shayne_skower #monument_valley #valley_of_the_gods #desert_highway

    As I wrote in my introduction, this assignment is simple: I want to see photos that make me, and the rest of the Your Shot community, think, "I want to go there." And you have succeeded! I had more than 1,500 Editor's Favorites. I got to explore the world one photo and story at a time, from the comfort of my desk in Washington DC. You took me to physical and emotional destinations.

    In between breaths, And steps, And the space from me to you, I find the quiet beauty of love, ...

    #grass #mountains #summer #people #hand #walking #couple #hands #love #fingers #warmth #hold #devine #poem

    Editor's Note

    I love it Eastlyn. I love that you are making me want to go not to a physical destination, but to a moment of emotional and spiritual connection. That is absolutely so beautiful. I love how thought... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    i've hiked up to this location at least a dozen times, but this visit was totally spontaneous. i ...

    #night #la #long_exposure #los_angeles #hollywood_sign #adventures_in_the_city

    Editor's Note

    I love how your photo connected with Your Shot photographer Jiawei L.: "Great perspective! I usually hike the hill that is right next to Griffith Observatory, but this photo really makes me want to... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I want to go there, but be careful...my son and his friend are in the middle of this shot taking ...

    #nature #people #travel #places #page_arizona #horseshoe_bend #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic job making me want to go there. I agree with Your Shot photographer Saikat Mukherjee who commented, "Everyone wants to go there, no doubt! Loved the brooding sky which sets the mood and t... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Night surfing session at the urban surf wavepool Zurich during the beautiful sunset with surfer M...

    #sunset #city #switzerland #night #action #sport #surfing #zurich #wavepool #prime_tower #prime_tower_1

    Editor's Note

    This looks like fun — to ride AND to watch. This is very cool, I love it Dalia. I agree with Your Shot photographer Yannick H. who commented, "Wow, I really like the lighting, with a great momentum... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A fisherman in Kayseri. This photo was captured in Sultan Rushy in Kayseri. This place lays down...

    #landscape #fisherman #travel #turkey #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer June Preugschat's comment: "This photo depicts aspects of photography I strive for when taking an image. Subject matter, lighting and the scene and mood. This image ha... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is London - the place I love, my home and the place from which I venture all over the world....

    #clouds #city #london #river #thames #aerial #blackandwhite #helicopter #fromabove #mytown

    Editor's Note

    This is awesome Andro. What a magical helicopter ride this must have been. I love how thoughtful your caption is. I feel your love for London. I love Your Shot photographer Kevin Haggith's comment:... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Henningsvær is a fishing village located on several small islands off the southern coast of Austv...

    #sky #fly #ocean #norway #island #winter #snow #lofoten #henningsvr

    Editor's Note

    One of these days, I need to figure out a Your Shot event in Norway, because I would love to witness this type of beautiful scene. The light is gorgeous. The aerial perspective just takes my breath... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Minimalistic photos of cross country ski routes in Italian Alps.

    #mountains #nature #landscape #color #winter #fujifilm #minimalism #crosscountry

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Sydney Harter who commented, "What delicate shadows on the stark white snow, Martin. Love all the crisscrossing lines!" I love how wide you made this frame, I fe... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A drone shot of lake kerkini which is the heaven of Dalmatian Pelicans

    #lake #wildlife #wild #greece #dalmatian #pelican #pelicans #breeding #drone #kerkini

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Tom Earwaker who commented, "This is gorgeous, I love the clean reflection and the way the pelicans are gliding into the scene just above the water." I love Tom'... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An evening of clearing storm and rising full moon resulted in this spectacular landscape. We were...

    #reflection #reine #full_moon #lofoten_archipelago

    Editor's Note

    Wow. This is so beautiful. I love Your Shot photographer Frank Hawkins' reaction: "Hardik, you have fired up my desire to visit the Lofotens. We were just in Norway, but, alas, didn't get to that p... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A group enjoys a "pop-up-dinner" under the Arizona night sky.

    #desert #sunset #alone #dinner #isolated #dinnerunderthestars

    Editor's Note

    I assume my invite got lost in the mail... next time I want to come, this looks like so much fun. What a lovely place to have a dinner with friends. I also really love how you shot this frame reall... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Summer 2018. One of the typical pictures from our holidays spent in the north-east Poland :) Eve...

    #child #children #water #fun #lake #summer #childhood #documentary #doc_holiday #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    i love Your Shot photographer H. Tan's comment: "I love your photos of your family having fun together. You always manage to capture the essence of happiness. What I love best about this photo are ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Life is a journey & we all are travelers. We travel to new places with our own perspectives. Some...

    #morning #people #fog #travel #winters #traveling_to_heaven

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Sukanya De's comment: "What I really love about this image is how it evokes in me the feeling of venturing into the unknown, discovering untrodden frontiers and drench... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Sometimes, being disabled and therefore not being able to go where everyone else goes, can be an ...

    #landscape #people #animals #places #waterscape #horses #camargue #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari who commented, "The lighting you captured in this shot is beyond beautiful Marketa! I like how you took this opportunity to photograph this unique s... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Pilgrims swamped the entrance to the grotto of the Birth Place of Christ in Bethlehem. It looks ...

    #israel #christmas #birth #christ #bethlehem #nativity #saviour

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic composition, I love how you framed this moment — my eye goes straight to the grotto, and then moves back, exploring the individuals experiencing their own special connection to this signi... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The first time I came to the Bisti Wilderness in Northwest New Mexico, I literally couldn't belie...

    #sun #sunrise #surreal #newmexico #epic #bisti #earthcanvas #yourshotadventure #iwantogothere

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari's comment: "The rock formations are truly so surreal to look at, they almost seem like launch/landing pads for alien space ships to land on! I love the my... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I drove 5 hours to this dam and spent a night in a deserted caravan park to shoot the dam that's ...

    #earth #lake #tree #fog #sunrise #photography #mist #dry #cracked #parched

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Alexander Glavtchev who commented, "Quite magical, superb work and great mood!" I love how quiet this moment is, the rising fog is beautiful. Thanks for sharing ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    That's the shot which was taken a few minutes later after taking this one: http://yourshot.nation...

    #water #reflection #mountain #lake #sunrise

    Editor's Note

    Wow. I agree with Your Shot photographer Janet Ellison who commented, "So incredibly beautiful, Denis! Everything about it — colors, reflections, lighting, mist. Captured absolutely perfectly! :)" ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    IFMGA Mountain Guide Jeff Banks, nearing the top of the 1400M long 'Kuffner Arete' on Mont-Blanc,...

    #mountains #nature #travel #adventure #climbing #alps #europe #inspiration #climatechange

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic Jayson. I love the perspective, I love how wide you made this frame — this climb feels so epic. My eye follows the ridge line to the clouds in the far distance, with no hint of anyone els... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The most amazing waterfall I've ever come across, Dynjandi (Icelandic for thunderous) in the West...

    #night #nature #silhouette #iceland #waterfall #europe #figure #long_exposure #dynjandi

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer April Nocifora who commented "I love that you put someone in the photo to show the scope. Incredible! I definitely want to go there!" Also great use of long expo... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    feet in clouds head in colors the water was cold on this October morning but it was to tempting t...

    #sky #water #nature #people #light #colors #north #autumn #time #fall #places #adk #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Shannon Hunt who commented, "Autumn is my favorite time of year and your image makes me long for it to arrive quickly. I want to be that person standing in the c... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Exploring one of the many temporary ice caves created as the vast expanse of the Vatnajökull ice ...

    #nature #ice #travel #iceland #cave #jokulsarlon #vatnajokull #breiamerkurjokull

    Editor's Note

    This feels like another world. What an amazing place, I bet it was inspiring. I agree with Your Shot photographer Cynthia C.'s who commented, "I love how my eyes wonder throughout the frame. The te... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Me, my girlfriend, a little cave, many dreams, my homeland Sardinia. Date taken: 2017.

    #sunset #beauty #landscape #people #travel #love #places #protectthesealands #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Michelle Zheng's reaction: "A fantastic shot, Alberto! The beautiful warm glow in the distance nicely compliments the rest of the picture. With your girlfriend looking... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    You are so tired of your journey after a long and difficult hike with a heavy backpack, finally i...

    #night #landscape #fog #hike #stars #adventure #summit #mood #france #alps #europe #natgeo

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer April Nocifora's reaction: "I want to be in that tent, away from the city and with that beautiful view!! Stunning!" As I type this Editor's Note, one of my best friend... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Dreams are a place where our fears, desires, needs, and everything in between live. Exploring the...

    #motion #nightscape #stillness #dreamland #dreamscape #subconcious

    Editor's Note

    I love it, great job technically executing this frame and documenting the moment. I love how thoughtful your caption is. I love Your Shot photographer Michael Collier's comment: "Fantastic exposure... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I just want to cross the curtain and sit in that rocking chair. I leave the window open, to be ab...

    #home #mood #quiet #blackandwhite #curtain #identity

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Charlotte C.'s comment: "I have looked at this for a while and am still trying to process my emotional reaction. I don't feel left out, but perhaps there's a bit of ap... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    July 29, 2018. We had just been exploring down at the neighbor's pond. The kids had caught and ...

    #feet #nature #summer #childhood #happy #letsexplore #ozarklife

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Shannon Hunt who commented, "I can see why you wouldn't want those feet in your car:) Another great moment in your families life captured in a picture forever. Y... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    sometime is better to be alone.. we all want sometime free time to our self to enjoy , relax what...

    #man #people #life #relax #blackandwhite #alone #unknown #someday #pandavleni #anticipatethemoment

    Editor's Note

    I agree with you, "sometimes it is better to be alone" — there is a difference between being alone, and being lonely. In today's digital/social media world, I have a tendency to rush. I need to lea... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I hope you noticed that in many of my Editor's Notes, I featured really great comments from the community that articulated why you love each others’ photos. I want to promote more thoughtful and supportive engagement within the community, and I also felt that your thoughtful words revealed why you also wanted to “go there.” Your Shot is not just how I, the editor, feel, but how we all feel.

    Similar my recent "We Love Animals" story, I started a discussion board post about the "I Want to Go There..." final story for you to ask questions about my curation process. I want help you to get to a moment where you recognize that you are maturing into a better photographer and a more thoughtful storyteller, one assignment at a time.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editor
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Before joining the Your Shot team, David covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project humanizing the statistics of organ donation.

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