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Look Up

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Published Dec 28, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 39 Contributors

    39 photos selected by

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator
    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Reflectionnof faith during dondi ritual in kolkata, India.

    #culture #natgeodailydozen #natgeoeditorchoice #superstition_around_the_world

    Earth, sky, humans. We are inextricably linked. The Earth and sky while changing, are the constants throughout human existence. The sky impacts us; and there are times when we impact the sky. This relationship forces us to expand our concept of self, how we connect to each other and how we connect to the greater universe.

    This Your Shot LOOK UP assignment celebrates this connection.

    The images selected for the LOOK UP story build perspective across the continuum of our lives and remind us to actively contemplate our relationship to the sky.

    • The sky and the Earth, independent of us.
    • Our physical, bodily presence connected to the sky.
    • The sky as ‘backdrop’ to our day to day lives
    • Technological connectedness
    • LOOKing Up as sentient observers.

    I have watched many sunrises and sunsets in my life and was always curious what a sunset or sunri...

    #sunset #nature #landscape #places #protecttheselands #look_up_assignment

    Editor's Note

    Mirror images often give us pause. The stunning spread of clouds captured in this photo creates a sense of awe at the beauty of Earth and sky. The stillness of the water and the perfect reflectio... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Beautiful day in Torres del Paine National Park

    #chile #patagonia #torresdelpaine #lookup

    Editor's Note

    Swirly and whirly; it is as though this cloud whipped itself around to posing atop the mountain just for this photo. There is a hint of the sun’s orange glow dotted across the mountain range that ... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    When I posted this picture for the first time, my dad, who has never commented on any of my pictu...

    #newzealand #moeraki #mars #milkyway #moerakiboulders #nightsky

    Editor's Note

    The rocks are glowing! This thrilling example demos how the sky can transform the way we experience our Earth. Under the Milky Way the ordinary becomes extraordinary. The range of electric blues... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    A cold but beautiful night spent in the Yukon photographing the Northern lights.

    #yukon #northernlight #yukon_canada #aurora_boeralis #yukon_aurora

    Editor's Note

    The aurora has long fascinated us as we look across the horizon. This photo shares the perspective not frequently captured- looking up through a tree. It brings the fire of the sky and the icy re... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    My first serious attempt at astro photography and what a great spot. Although the milky way and m...

    #australia #night #nature #landscape #travel #rock #stars #adventure #places #uluru #astro #ayersrock

    Editor's Note

    This rock is a vital part of aboriginal lore. And just above it is Mars, the planet in our myths that has held life.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Being a tiny tiny blue dot of color in this vast painting of the universe, yet there is so much o...

    #sky #reflection #india #light #dance #silhouette #longexposure #milkyway #lightpainting #longexpo

    Editor's Note

    Humans have celebrated the night sky since we’ve been on this Earth. This dance moves framed in colorful glowing orbs of light remind us that as we evolve so too does our connection with the sky.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    On January 31st 2018 a total lunar eclipse of a super moon lined up with a blue moon, that being ...

    #moon #night #people #space #eclipse #nighttime #nightphotography #bloodmoon #moonphotography

    Editor's Note

    The moon watches over us in the sky. We order the passage of time and it carries the tide. The moon is seen from every point on our planet.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    It was a long day and they were all fighting. So I packed them up, headed to our favourite hill w...

    #sunset #light #kids #canada #siblings #bubbles #brothers #sister #vancouverisland

    Editor's Note

    The backdrop of the sky makes this moment stand out. There is an innate purity in children playing outside and stretching their imaginations. This combination of Earth, sky and play can bring abo... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    in the sky

    #sky #window #littlegirl

    Editor's Note

    What do you see when you look at the sky? Excellent angle and perspective on this photo!

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Yes, I do like Led Zep, hence the title. It was a rainy morning in the beautiful hill state of Si...

    #india #landscape #sikkim #stairway #tea_plantation #look_up #look_up_assignment

    Editor's Note

    Stairs, slick with rain show evidence that the sky is not a passive backdrop.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    I want to inspire those who may not find the beauty in a flash of lightning or rain cloud above t...

    #storm #beauty #night #nature #landscape #light #lightning #weather #village #thunder #natural #outdoor

    Editor's Note

    The sky is with us. The dancing electricity across the sky is so fascinating to witness. Excellent capture!

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    With the sun fairly high in the afternoon sky I was able to capture this full rainbow very near t...

    #rainbow

    Editor's Note

    There is great beauty in the simplicity of this photo. An otherwise typical day in a typical suburban neighborhood is transformed by the presence of a full rainbow adding unexpected wonder to our ... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    This group of buildings known as "Monster Building" is the most densely packed residential area I...

    #city #building #architecture #crowd #apartment #hongkong #lookup

    Editor's Note

    Though this community has the same view of the sky through a common courtyard, the true beauty lies within what each individual sees, thinks and feels when she or he looks up to the sky. There is i... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    I came to downtown Chicago in hopes of capturing the sunset through the canyons of the high rises...

    #dusk #chicago #monroe_street_chicago

    Editor's Note

    All the hustle of moving cars and still the sky dominates the background.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Bit of an amazing race to get this shot. Flew from San Francisco to Paris and got on to a connect...

    #canon #italy #natgeo #manarola #milkyway #nightsky #cinqueterre #natgeotravel #natgeoexpeditions

    Editor's Note

    What is above is mimicked below. The sparkling Milky Way and the night sky balanced with the luminescence of civilization.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Update for Resolution to Travel:Just like every year, My resolution to travel is fueled by the de...

    #landscape #lightning #weather #thunderstorm #iowa #supercell #thunder_and_lightning

    Editor's Note

    Lightning strikes can be intimidating. Great work getting the entire landscape into this photo!

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Beautiful blue skies above a golden yellow canola field, Prince Edward Island, Canada. PEI holds ...

    #sky #clouds #nature #landscape #canada #canola #princeedwardisland

    Editor's Note

    The stillness of the ground and the dancing clouds above give this photo both complexity and simplicity. The gradients of the blue sky play well against the golden yellow field.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Dance teacher checks the makeup, looking in the mirror of the school bus. I made this comic pic...

    #reflection #people #culture #places #portraits #fashion

    Editor's Note

    The sky is there in the background with this creative angle for a photo. Love seeing the person in the reflection go with a “You do you” attitude!

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    The castle of Frías (12th century) surrounded by threatening clouds on a summer afternoon. This m...

    #sky #castle #clouds

    Editor's Note

    The colors and composition are breathtaking. But I am fascinated by the clouds that appear to be a standing wave pattern of water vapor almost centered above the turrets. The three-dimensional qu... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    There are a plenty of Pineapple Plantation on way to Thamarassery Mountain Pass. Beautiful View....

    #clouds #mountains #landscape #fog #travel #scenic #pineapple #plantation

    Editor's Note

    Our technology, farming, depends on our ability to harness the bounty of the sky.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Here is World EXPO Museum of Shanghai, I went to here at the public holiday of October. The build...

    #sky #architecture #landscape #place #outdoor #letsexplore #yourshotphotographer #ngmadventure

    Editor's Note

    Our sky enhances the beauty of the world we create.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    With the dry dry summer and now winter that we have had, there is a lot of dust, so when the Chin...

    #nature #landscape #weather #duststorms #prairielife #yourshotphotographer #myclimateaction

    Editor's Note

    Creating the energy to power our world from the sky. Love the toning done on this image!

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    As a child I always dreamt of becoming a pilot. I was fascinated with anything to do with flying,...

    #flight #aeroplane #dreams #everydaymoments

    Editor's Note

    We’ve all wanted to take to the sky and this is a great moment that you captured here!

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    After giving up the hunt for surf swell on the northeast coast, we decided to venture out to the ...

    #iceland #europe #auroraboealis

    Editor's Note

    The green washed sky gives us an intriguing image of the aurora breaking through the clouds. The spacing of the Arctic Henge give us a distorted sense of scale and the spaces between each structure... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    99.9% luck .1% skill

    #meteor

    Editor's Note

    The streaks of light connect us via the cars and the universe via the meteor.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    l love your statement:"...the sky is the portal across the planet and beyond." Growing up in the ...

    #sky #sunset #colorful #night #dusk #trail #stars #longexposure #rocket #nebula #spacex #vandenberg_afb

    Editor's Note

    From Earth to sky and beyond. We relentlessly pursue technology to explore beyond our atmosphere.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    This is Chance Vought SLV 1 Blue Scout one of the displays in Strategic Air Command &Aerospace Mu...

    #planet #stars #space #aircraft #jupiter #astrophotography #chance_vought_slv_1_blue_scout

    Editor's Note

    Everywhere are examples of humans attempting to touch the sky.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Gods above the sky...

    #greece #ancient #history #athens

    Editor's Note

    The timelessness of the sky contrasts with human creations. Paying homage to the sky was integrated into our daily lives long ago.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Backed by the beauty and awe of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, China, the different commun...

    #mountain #nature #landscape #people #culture #travel #weather #places #portraits #style #fashion

    Editor's Note

    Standing along these rocks we really get a sense of scale and our relationship with Earth and sky. These ceremonial formations against the backdrop of the mountains and sky offer a feeling of trans... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Holy Kaaba is the Holy point in the world , Hajj 2015

    #city #architecture #travel #saudi #mecca #kaaba #makkah #haram

    Editor's Note

    A most holy place under an amazing sky. Great work with this capture.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Milky way rising over the field of Lupines near St. Matthew's Chapel in Sugar Hill New, Hampshire...

    #flowers #milkyway #astro #lupines #protecttheselands

    Editor's Note

    The colors in this image are dazzling. The flowers seem to have a glow of their own as they guard the serenity of the church under the Milky Way.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    A guy standing in the field of flowers where the sun was setting just in front.

    #flowers #garden #clouds #sunset #landscape #dusk #peace #punjab #nature_lover

    Editor's Note

    The converging rows of flowers pull me into this photo. It would be hard not to stop and look up when the sky is offering such beauty. The colors in the sky are reflected in the flowered rows.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Four Blue Cheeked Bee Eaters Squeezed Together Trying To Warm Each Others Of The Chilly Weather ....

    #birds #blue #feather #nature #up #bee #wildlife #bird #wild #animals #yellow #animal #feathers #look #eater

    Editor's Note

    Looking up together with awareness and curiosity.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    My cat is doing a bit of stretching on a tree and I was lucky to have my camera with me to take t...

    #cat #colors #leaves

    Editor's Note

    Looking up invites all beings to explore. This kitty seems to be headed toward adventure while standing on a colorful bed of leaves.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    The Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park allows for such an immersive experience with the...

    #tiger #zoo #nikon #cats #sandiego #luminar

    Editor's Note

    Strip away our tech and we are not the most powerful beings to contemplate the sky.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    I am in good company when I am shooting on the grounds of Golden Gate Park. Locals and tourists v...

    #people #portrait #photographer #cameras #black_and_white #candid_photography #look__up

    Editor's Note

    The relationship we have with our sky and the greater universe is put into perspective when we contemplate it together. Looking up together leads to conversation, exploration and innovation!

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    This is a portrait of Katka.. she has that classic beauty which photographers love to photograph....

    #beauty #light #portrait #friend #expression #katka

    Editor's Note

    Sometimes we need to be alone to contemplate our time on this planet along with our relationship to the Earth, sky and greater universe. We grasp time to leave behind the noise of our busy lives an... More

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    Sometime you do not have to look up to the sky to see the clouds, just look down...The photo capt...

    #vietnam #flooding #buffalos #herdboy #mekong_delta

    Editor's Note

    These buffalo take on a mythical persona as they appear to tread through the sky.

    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator

    “See ourselves by LOOKing UP.” ™

    The LOOK UP One Sky™ idea originated with the 100 Year Starship® initiative. The goal to help us see ourselves as Earthlings with the capacity to both value our home planet and expand beyond it. Download the free Skyfie™ app at the App Store or Google Play to upload your LOOK UP images and to see other from around the world displayed on an interactive digital globe.

    Look Up

    Thank you.

    About the Editors
    Mae Jemison
    Mae Jemison
    Astronaut, Engineer, and Educator
    Astronaut, engineer, entrepreneur, physician and educator, Dr. Mae Jemison is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship® (100YSS), a nonprofit global initiative to assure that capabilities for human travel beyond our solar ...
    Matt Adams
    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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