This was a tough month for the health of our planet. There is much concern about climate policy in the United States and those who will be leading the important conversations of our time. Will we protect this planet?
I suppose that’s why many of the images that I chose for the final story made me smile and laugh out loud. They made me feel good—they reinforced the positivity of this community. They made me feel at home. Because while we may be able to make Mars home in the future, I think we'd all rather just keep the one we have now. Earth has been good to us thus far—we better reciprocate.
Want to learn more about Mars? Watch the National Geographic Channel series which illuminates how research and development is creating the space technology that will enable our first attempt at a mission to Mars.
The Your Shot community includes a photographer from every country in the world, but only one planet as far as we know. Sixty-five percent of the community lives outside of the United States. Approximately 15% of that group, or roughly 105,000 members, hail from India. I’m sharing this information because we often get asked why many of the editors’ favorite photos were taken by Indian photographers. Not only is it a numbers game—there are more of them represented than every country besides the United States—but, more importantly, there are some very talented photographers from this subset of our community.
India is often described by its colors and this image by photographer Vipul Chejara reflects that—colorful spices that make a place feel like home.
Thank you Your Shot. Thank you for the thoughtfulness in the feedback you provide each other. Thank you for the care you put into composing and creating your images. And thank you for continuing to share your world with us. With each photo uploaded we learn something new about each other and this planet we call home.