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My Home

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Published May 22, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 34 Contributors

    34 photos selected by

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    For this assignment I asked myself “What is home for me?” As the sun was peaking through the win...

    #trees #reflection #house #sunrise #backyard #warmth #my_home #green_grass #taking_picture

    The prompt for our assignment was simple: What do you think of when you see the word “home”? Thank you to every single photographer who participated. It takes courage to share something that can be so deeply personal.

    As we went through all of your submissions, we were looking for the ones that explained why they represented home. We discovered that everyone finds home in different ways. People, food, our workplaces, or simply a feeling can make one feel at home. We also found some common themes. We saw rooms in a home, like the kitchen or a bedroom. We saw world travelers who find home anywhere. We saw how our loved ones can represent home no matter where we are.

    My mom used to encourage my sister and I to decorate our own rooms to not only represent our pers...

    #play #light #window #home #portrait #love #pretty #environmental #parenthood #goldenhour #herhome

    Editor's Note

    I love my parents but I wished they had instilled the bedroom as a "safe haven" aspect long before I learned about it through the notion of self-care. Your daughter's safe haven looks warm, welcomi... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Golden hour over my home city - London where I live for more than 17 years now and know most of i...

    #sunset #city #london #thames #cityscape #aerial #fromabove #aerial_photography #notadrone

    Editor's Note

    I'm so happy to hear that it was this experience of seeing your name in a new light that also kick started your aerial photography work, Andro! Something I always admire is finding new ways to view... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    Coming home one evening in the dark I was just struck by how warm and welcoming the house was as ...

    Editor's Note

    There is something so comforting about the light we can see behind the door. Something so simple ... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    Me standing in my garage looking into my wife’s car. Sometimes it seems I spend more time in the ...

    #reflection #home #garage #selfie

    For five years this was the view from my deck. I owned a small home in the hills above Berkeley, ...

    #landscape #fog #home #california #layers #norcal #home_assignment

    My home is always a place of peace & joy for me. My house is humble, but every day here I am bles...

    #beauty #nature #landscape #wildlife #rural #countryside #horses #myhome

    Editor's Note

    The light, the light, the light, Rory! Wow, this looks like such a magical scene. I would love to consider this place home. I can relate to your caption as I feel the same about the Finger Lakes in... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I think everyone has found home in another person, at some point in time or another. I feel very ...

    #blue #soft #pink #virginia #portrait #frances #film #richmond #35mm

    Editor's Note

    There is something so poetic about the "even if just for a season" line in your caption. I think you've accurately captured how sometimes you can find home in another person, but it may not be fore... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    Since we move so frequently, their grandma's house is a welcome constant. When they describe our...

    #light #family #generations #sewing #focused #let_them_be_little #art_inspired

    Editor's Note

    What a beautiful, tender moment. I can feel the love and dedication between the two of them, and the light only adds to it. Thank you for letting us know the importance of this sewing lesson at Gra... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    Sunday special breakfast, home made. Clicked during our stay at Darjeeling, also known as the Que...

    #food #bread #eggs #breakfast #food_photography

    Editor's Note

    I love how food transcends just nutrients on a plate to an emotional experience that connects to other parts of our lives. Just the smell of certain foods can give us the power of time travel and p... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    For me home isn’t a place. Our roots are with him, where he goes we go. We’ve planted little seed...

    #home #america #army #military #usarmy #myhome

    Editor's Note

    Your caption really resonates with me, Jessica. I like that you said "home is us." As a kid who grew up moving around in a similar style as the military since my parents were diplomats, home tends ... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    while my 3rd cousin was learning the proper way to make a southern breakfast complete with biscui...

    #myhomeassignment #silverefxpro2fineartprocess

    Editor's Note

    This photo immediately puts a smile on my face, Linda. I could already sense the feeling of home, but your caption really made this clear. There's something beautiful about sharing a recipe with fa... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    A mother & a child, enjoy the early morning winds, at the windows of a freshly painted building, ...

    #safe #paint #child #india #morning #light #life #home #colors #mother #plant #delhi #wunlight

    Editor's Note

    The pops of color and human element made this a fun image for us to consider! I'll admit that the caption almost didn't pull us in enough but you mentioned the one teeny bit of context we needed, "... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Home means something different to me since I was home to my twins. My belly shows the scars of t...

    #twins #stretchmarks

    Editor's Note

    The moment paired with the interaction of your twins and the light is gorgeous. I love that you akin the womb to your twins first home because it's absolutely true! Home is about where we feel safe... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Baby is exploring again under the watchful eye of her father who knows she is fast on her knees a...

    #child #home #baby #childhood #curiosity #memories #explore #godson #secondhome

    Editor's Note

    I really like that we can see just a portion of the door frame behind his silhouette. It adds to your caption of how home is a place of moments. It's place for her to grow and be safe, yet also whe... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    However, many of the photos were missing a key piece of information: why this moment was special in their definition of home. When comparing two images, it was the caption that ultimately moved one forward into consideration for this final story. For example, Angela Amen's picture of her daughter's safe haven, or Ivan Lesica's grapes that transported him through time and space left us with narratives that we felt in our bones thanks to their visual and textual narrative.

    This assignment was about your home and where you find it. Each of these final selections of photos crafted a narrative between the visuals and text in your captions that brought a little piece of your home to us.

    We want to thank you again for opening your homes to us. We appreciate the heart and soul you all share with us. 

    The charming and cultivating city of Rio de Janeiro totally captured my heart. Rio is not my home...

    #sunset #sport #weather #places #brazil #soccer #riodejaneiro #whileonawalk

    Editor's Note

    I really enjoy how you captured this moment. Seeing all the various activities that are happening on the sand, with the soccer in the forefront emphasizes your caption. I too have visited places th... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    Home has been a couple of places. To me more than the place is the who. In November 2017, newly m...

    #sun #dog #light #home #sleep #precious #hannah #beagle

    Editor's Note

    Not only is the light and comfortable mood you documented here beautiful, I absolutely loved your text narrative. Home is about family, by blood and/or chosen family. You all learning what home is ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Every summer we sink into Lake Superior's brisk, clean water. We wade out near summer solstice fo...

    #water #sunset #teen #lakesuperior

    Editor's Note

    Growing up on Seneca Lake in New York, this screams home for me. Though we didn't have 10pm sunsets, we would often have late night swims in the summer or at sunset. The light is absolutely gorgeou... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Scelte 2011 - 2016 "Scelte" is a doublelife, the double life of Siria: my daughter. Divided...

    #city #people #animals #girl #countryside #black__and_white

    Editor's Note

    This is an outstanding visual representation of being split between two places, two identities, two homes. I love the repetition of you body language in the two "different worlds." It's a visual re... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Grapes are one of my favorite fruits and as a child I would eat them when ever available. My fath...

    #abstract #nature #shadows #food #grapes #letsexplore

    Editor's Note

    Wow, the light is just stunning in the way it makes the color of the grapes pop against the shadows. Your narrative is sweet and wistful. I love that part of your caption almost becomes a poem of t... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Being a wildlife lover, I always feel forests, a second home to me. This one is a glimpse of our ...

    #landscape #wild #winter #travel #smoke #nightscape #campfire #long_exposure

    Editor's Note

    I love this moment, Keyur. I really get the sense of this being a warming, welcoming place that's filled with stories and exchanges of adventures with others who may be passing through the park. Th... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    Home is wherever you are with your loved ones. Be it in the wild forest or in the developed city....

    #home #colors #family #together #doors #siblings #nephew #daily_life #yourshot #lights_shadow

    Editor's Note

    I couldn't agree more with your sentiment about where home really is, with our loved ones. This view of your loved ones, outside yet in the same realm of home and the inclusion of you through your ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Work has translocated me to the hot deserts of the middle east where I miss the cool mountains an...

    #lake #wales #snowdonia #2017 #llyn_gwynant

    Editor's Note

    I love this moody moment, John. I know after I've been gone from a spot I love in a place where I feel at home for a while, I like to just go there and take it all in by myself. I can feel the soli... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    I grew up in an era of memorable home-town sports immortals including Johnny Unitas, Brooks & Fra...

    #culture #my_home_assignment #homeinthelandofpleasantliving #food_i_grew_up_with

    Editor's Note

    Looking at this photo immediately took me to Baltimore. Thank you for sharing more about why this represents home to you from hometown sports, Old Bay seasoned seafood, and a tasty beverage. Crabs ... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    Rosie winks at me as I step outside to get a shot of her in front of the garage. She has now clai...

    #cat #shadows #snow #holidays #rosie

    Editor's Note

    Oh, Rosie! I love her already. I've always known home with pets around but I love the narrative you've painted both visually and textually of Rosie becoming one of the family. The light on her is l... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Home for me is a warm bed that you can’t get out of in the morning, the sound of my husband's key...

    #family #blackandwhite #documentary #everyday

    Editor's Note

    "A home stays with you always," is such a beautiful way to describe how you see home, Gloria! I love how your caption really comes to life just seeing their little feet poking out from under the bl... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    My Grandmother painted the pictures on the wall in 1975. 42 years later, my Mother rests lovingly...

    #people #home #portrait #family #love #mom #dad #gift #theloveofparents

    Editor's Note

    Oh, this is so lovely, Audrey. The feeling of love and comfort in your parent's home. Them napping together is so beautifully wholesome. My favorite detail is that you included the paintings were p... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A home is built not by bricks or wood, but with the bond of family. We are a closely bonded famil...

    #home #family #coffee #milk #tea #cup #conceptual #unity_in_diversity

    Editor's Note

    This is such a fun way to display how family can have diverse tastes or interests, but all come together in the end. I like how you have all the handles facing one another to form another circle – ... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    This small RV camper is my home when I am away from home taking pictures. It's small but comforta...

    #man #travel #trailer #camper #rv #myhome_assignment

    Editor's Note

    Home doesn't always need to be twenty-room McMansions. They can be warm and cozy with enough great memories to fill twenty of those twenty-room McMansions and still be home. I love that my many def... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Desperate to take photographs wherever whenever. Hours at a job. This bar being my second home. S...

    #culture #hands #bathroom #style #selfie #my_home #night_life #at_work #dive_bar

    Editor's Note

    Work is definitely a second-home for me and I love that you find interesting ways to document your work-home. I'm getting lost in the details of this bathroom between the stickers and the infinite ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I still call my mom's house my home. I grew up in it and that's where I always go back to when my...

    #house #home #lighting #decor

    Editor's Note

    I have moved around so many times that I can completely understand the notion of having a place that you can always go back to. The light in this moment is so beautiful. It highlights the detailed ... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    Dash is waiting still. My home and Dash are used to the sounds of 5 children, 2 grandchildren an...

    #cat #house #home #portraits #empty

    Editor's Note

    This scene is delightful and sad at the same time. On one hand, I can feel the weight of absence in the air while Dash dutifully guards the door, waiting. On the other hand, your framing and light ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Shot this picture when I was visiting my old house in the village, it had everything different. I...

    #india #wall #house #rural #clothes

    Editor's Note

    I love the beautiful simplicity of this frame, Adarsh. I love how the surrounding green wall gives a sense of calm as my eyes wander over to see the articles of clothing that are hanging. As you de... More

    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager

    My childhood was in a house that we were away from almost every day because of an armed attack in...

    #flower #wall #light #home #iran #iphone

    Editor's Note

    I want to thank you, first, for sharing your deeply personal experience with us. It's heartbreaking to read the text narrative. I love the way you found away to connect to that space and time in yo... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editors
    Kristen McNicholas
    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Kristen is an Associate Photo Editor with the Your Shot team. She interned at the White House Photo Office under the Obama Administration as well as Education Week. A proud RIT alumna, dessert enthusiast and Finger Lakes, NY native, Kristen is excited to guide your photographic journey!
    Christina Shorter
    Christina Shorter
    Community Manager
    Christina is the Community Manager for Your Shot. Prior to joining Nat Geo, she had studied online communities, and also worked in global communications. Her interest in community started back with her first internship, where she cultivated community for families of U.S. diplomats abroad. When she’s not working, you'll most ...

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