Thank you for submitting to our Sustainability assignment. I’m so proud to say that you’ve exceeded my expectations with the quality of your storytelling—both in your photography and in your captions. As a Your Shot producer, my mission is not only to encourage you to be better photographers, but also to become more thoughtful storytellers. National Geographic is not just a name, it’s also a standard of quality. Remember this, and take pride in the work you’ve accomplished.
I noticed some strategies for improvement that I want to applaud. Some of you took advantage of the discussion board, asking your fellow photographers for advice and feedback before entering your submissions in this assignment. And some of you kept going back to the same location or scenario to improve upon photos you’d taken before. I really love this effort. The only way to get better is to keep shooting—to push yourself creatively, intellectually, and visually. You’ve got to fail, learn from your mistakes, motivate yourself to improve, and then try again.
I hope you are also participating in our current assignment, "Traditions Around the World." We're doing this type of themed assignment every month, and my advice is to approach them like photography school. Use these monthly assignments to continue growing as a photographer and storyteller. Learn from your peers. Encourage one another. Be inspired by the Your Shot community. My favorite part of the job is engaging with you on these assignments, so keep up the good work! I love it.
David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot