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On January 1, 2019, I...

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Published Jan 7, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 26 Contributors

    26 photos selected by

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My daughter excited for what 2019 brings!

    #candid #nikon #childhood #dreams #newyears #windowlight

    Happy New Year Your Shot photographers. I have curated “My Best Photos of (Year)” and “My Best Photos of (Month)” assignments, so I was really excited to do a “My Best Photos of (Day)” — and I loved seeing how our global community spent the same 24-hours on January 1, 2019. Notice the similarities and differences. Your Shot photographer Nidhi Raman made a very smart observation on our discussion board: “The best thing I like about this assignment is that everyone is starting anew within the same time frame whether they are pros or hobbyists and sharing fresh and incredible content from around the world.” I absolutely agree, and love that she recognized this opportunity.

    On the 1st of January 2000, I saw an image of the London fireworks display not unlike this one of...

    #london #fireworks #celebration #display

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Victor Mirontschuk who commented, "What an amazing fireworks display, how lucky you were to be upfront and center to capture this fantastic image. I fully understand the... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Ms. MC in the new year's welcoming moment, in a party.

    #people #travel #place #party #newyear

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Dee Dee: "This exemplifies this assignment by showing an event on January 1 that personifies a personal experience. Love that the balloon colors make the moment pop, her... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This New Year's Eve and welcoming the New Year was spent with my husband, just the two of us and ...

    #people #light #i #2019 #2019_1 #2019_1_1 #onjanuary1

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Marketa Zvelebvil: "Beautiful! What a lovely way to spend your New Year's evening. Love the play of lights and shadow."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My husband and I let our son stay up until midnight for the first time. We watched Star Wars, ate...

    #family #bedtime #familydocumentary

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Suvendra Dasgupta: "Such a simple and innocent act, yet the result is so heart touching! Makes me want to go back to those days when my heart did the thinking!"

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    traffic jam after people watch fireworks

    #firework #saigon #peope #trafic_jam #2019 #2019_1 #2019_1_1

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Suvendra Dasgupta: "Beautiful! The seamless merging of the static and of being in motion creates a notion of chaos about to break out; the pulse of suppressed energy in ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Deep in the forest around Dimovo, this forest almost all year long leaves remain red / orange, a ...

    #forest #nature #fog #mist #bulgaria #january #deep #1st

    Editor's Note

    What a beautiful location to bring in the new year. I love how you are taking a walk first thing in the morning. It is amazing how the leaves keep its color, which pops against the blueish hue of t... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    New Year’s Day: I took my (inflatable) kayak out on Saguaro Lake early in the morning before the ...

    #desert #mountains #lake #canyon #arizona #sunrise #kayak

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan: "What a wonderful start to the New Year Kevin. Such wonderful visuals of colorful and dramatic skies, coupled with water shining with rays of sun and you... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My brother archs upward to capture a unqiue angle on this frozen waterfall in Spearfish Canyon. W...

    #ice #winter #exploration #adventure #photography #caving #caves #southdakota #newyears #2019 #2019_1

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari: "A most beautiful and unusual shot Jeff. From the small thumbnail, I thought your brother was looking out of an ice covered window — the road in the distan... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    On January 1st, 2019 I found myself in one of the most beautiful places in Cincinnati, the Cincin...

    #architecture #beautiful #museum #cincinnati #wide_angle #union_terminal

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan: "Superb David. I like the way you have framed tightly, highlighting the intersection of lines of dome and ceilings. They create an interesting intertwine... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Of the 26 images selected for this final story, 13 Your Shot photographers were published for the first time: Melissa Richard, Đăng Lê, Thien Pham, Naoki Hase, Lyuboslav Lyubomirov, Kevin Antol, Jeff Young, David Murray, Clarence Schramm, Nikhil Brahma, Fabrizio Bonifazi, Tatiana Vasilyeva, and Hanna Wolf. Congratulations.

    I also featured in my Editor’s Note the comments from 11 Your Shot photographers articulating WHY they liked the photos of their peers: Anirudh Ranjan, Victor Mirontschuk, Dee Dee, Marketa Zvelebvil, Suvendra Dasgupta, Rose Ungvari, David Miller, Nicholas Paoni, Terra Fondriest, Michelle Zheng, and Stephanie Thomson. Thanks for supporting your fellow photographers. This type of encouragement is what truly makes Your Shot a special community. Keep it up.

    This has been the year of new challenges and new explorations. One of these has been learning to ...

    #abstract #beach #sunset #ocean #light #aerial #explore #protecttheseplaces #yourshotadventure

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson: "Will — I love this image and your caption. We are always in transition and this split moment in time where your feet are on either side is fleeting. ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Every New Year's Day thousands of adventurous people gather at Easton Beach in Newport for a swim...

    #aerial #happynewyear2019

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari: "What a wonderful annual charity event where the proceeds go to children in need through the Make-a-Wish Come True organization. I especially like how your... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The annual Polar Bear swim happens again. Cold, reinvigorating and fun. Some people think so, wh...

    #water #river #winter #cold #expressions #jan01 #new_year2019 #polar_bear_swim

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer David Miller: "We have these around here as well. Never taken the plunge myself but members of my family have. Great capture of the expressions on the participants, Not ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    ISO-200,SS-1/320,F-9,FL-18mm. On the occasion of new year's day the boys are enjoying leave by pl...

    #people #celebration #portrait #bw #kids #cricket #places #games #street_photography

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Nicholas Paoni: "I really like the sense of anticipation you captured here as the ball is headed towards the batsman. I also like how the line of the bowler is amplified... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It's customary for Chinese families to go out together for dim sum ("touch the heart" aka Chinese...

    #food #breakfast #dim_sum #mz_food

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari: "A very warm and inviting scene, Michelle. I love dim sum and this looks to be a delicious looking assortment. I like the overhead perspective, where I can... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    On January 1st, 2019, we make it very early to the Lancelin back beach. It is not difficult to wa...

    #beach #australia #summer #lancelin

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Terra Fondriest: "This is my favorite of your group of uploads from the 1st! I love how the puzzle pieces fit together here with both the people and the grasses. The ges... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    On jan 1st 2019 we woke early the six of us after a rough night and went on a snowmobile ride in ...

    #snow #powder #snowmobile #2019 #2019_1 #2019_1_1 #2019_1_1_1 #newyear2019

    Editor's Note

    I bet this was a fun way to spend January 1st — that is deep fresh snow. I love your composition, using the snowmobile track to lead my eye up the mountain to this specific moment. I also love how ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Traditional diving for Mr. Ok in Tevere River in Rome, Italy.

    #river #italy #rome #tradition #dip #roma #tevere #fabriziobonifazi #fabrizio_bonifazi

    Editor's Note

    Wow — what a tradition. I love how wide you shot this frame, revealing a sense of place, the height for this jump, and the number of people witnessing this event — including other photographers. Yo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I spent the first day of 2019 in NYC exploring various neighborhoods. This image was taken from t...

    #bridge #urban #usa #manhattan #skyline #nyc #places #transport #queensboro #shantanu

    Editor's Note

    What an awesome way to spend January 1st, exploring the neighborhoods of New York City. I love the perspective, I love how wide you shot this frame revealing a sense of place to your photo. I love ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I took photos at Tre Cime di Lavaredo from December 28, 2018 to January 1, 2019. In the 5 impress...

    #di #dolomiti #tre #cime #lavaredo #2019 #2019_1 #2019_1_1 #2019_1_1_1

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Michelle Zheng: "What a fantastic way to spend the first day of the year. Lavaredo is a beautiful section of the Dolomites and you have captured a wonderful part of the ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In attesa di colazione

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Michelle Zheng: "At first, when I saw the thumbnail, I thought the lady sitting was a bride. I was curious to learn the story behind this capture. While there is not a l... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Milan Train Station

    #italy #train #italia #station #milan #milano

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan: "Wonderful shot Pier. Nice use of the arch of the station roof top and trains on both sides to frame the subject. The platform acts so well as leading li... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    New year - better weather. Me and my girlfriend decided to visit the Old Man of Storr again after...

    #sunset #rain #scotland #newyear #skye #fuji #fujifilm #storr #isleofskye #oldmanofstorr #xt2

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Michelle Zheng: "What a spectacular view you had captured. Fantastic lighting and colour contrast in the composition. I like how the frame is captured wide to showcase t... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Snow was falling and I knew that I need to get to the Grand Canyon. Snow is not common so I wante...

    #sunset #nature #arizona #snow #grandcanyon #abstarct #blue_hour #earthshadow

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson: "The Grand Canyon is such a difficult place to photograph. Capturing the scope and scale of that area is a challenge. I feel like the snow creates bea... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    LA was perfectly clear on New Year, so I took this opportunity to explore some spots that I’ve ne...

    #city #mountain #night #dusk #park #downtown #light #colors #california #la #epic #losangeles #cbd

    Editor's Note

    This is such an awesome frame of Los Angeles — I am so happy that you motivated yourself to "explore some spots that [you've] never been to." I love how you stacked the city against St. Gabriel Mou... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Motherhood is so much about not losing yourself along the way. This year, I have made the choice ...

    #selfportrait #motherhood

    Editor's Note

    From Your Shot photographer Terra Fondriest: "Beautifully said and captured. Love this image... From one mama to another, this touches the soul."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    At National Geographic, we believe in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. As their photo community, Your Shot is your opportunity to contribute to this mission. Our “My Best Photos of (Day),” “My Best Photos of (Month),” and “My Best Photos of (Year)” assignments produce visual diaries documenting and archiving the moments of our world, one photo at a time.

    FYI — “My Best Photos of January 2019” launches on January 25, 2019. The prompt is simple: share your best photos taken from January 1-31, 2019. To become a better photographer and more thoughtful storyteller, you need to keep shooting. That is the mission of these “My Best Photos of (Month)” assignments.

    2019 is going to be a great year.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editor
    David 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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