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A Visual Diary: On July 1, 2019, I...

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Published Jul 24, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 20 Contributors

    20 photos selected by

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I spent today, July 1st, 2019, in Washington, D.C. I started with an early morning 4:00AM wake-up...

    #washington #dc #washington_dc #reflecting_pool #washington_memorial

    Thanks for participating in this visual diary assignment. I love seeing how the global Your Shot community spent the same 24-hour period; think about where you were on July 1st as you look at this final story. I look forward to seeing you for “A Visual Diary: On August 1, 2019, I…” assignment, which launches on July 31st. I have invited Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson to guest edit this upcoming assignment with me because of her tremendous effort in articulating WHY she likes the photos of her peers in this and "A Visual Diary: June 2019 final story".

    Crowds of patriotic spectators, wearing the red and white colours of Canada, were entertained by ...

    #bridge #city #reflection #night #fireworks #urban #vancouver #celebration #travel #canada #holiday

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I agree with Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad who commented, "Wow. This is spectacular! You found a great spot to capture the view with the fireworks." It is so cool to imagine t... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is local travel destination for whom want a trip to go further by bus but limited time. A co...

    #far_far_away #local_travel_destination #top_roof_coffee

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // What a fun travel destination — this looks like such a cool place to hang out. I love how wide you made this photo, revealing the cityspace of Hanoi in the background.

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The tight-knit relationships people share with their smartphones and other mobile devices have ch...

    #darkness #culture #mobile #portraits #technology #virtual_reality #avisualdiaryonjuly12019i

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Sydney Harter's comment: "This is such a powerful image, Saikat. Your composition shows a woman ‘wired’ to her smartphone to the exclusion of everythin... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My husband watching our son riding his bike in the park yesterday night.

    #night #park #father #sheraton_doha

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "This is quite the park, Chaitra! His silhouette is perfect against that structure, which serves as a leading line into an... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An another essence to feel...an another moment to define from the most ordinary activities from t...

    #river #india #nature #landscape #rural #life #village #moment #visual_diary

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Megan Garcia's comment: "I love the way the triangular net frame really creates an excellent focal point and also movement as the boys push it through ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Auction of fresh catch of fish at Meena fish harbour at early dawn. The gentleman in arab kandura...

    #sea #fish #canon #food #street #marine #arab #auction #uae #price #bargain #abudhabi

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // Fantastic use of the light to create a visually captivating frame at this fish market scene. The light creates an awesome mood, I can hear the chaos of the auction. Thanks for going... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Kids are playing football in front of Dattatreya temple at Bhaktapur, Nepal

    #fun #life #football #nepal #kids #bhaktapur

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I love how wide you made this frame, revealing a sense of place to this scene. I love the moment you captured, I love the concentration in the boy with the incoming football — and h... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One aircraft was landing by central streets of Ho Chi Minh City to Tan Son Nhat International Air...

    #reflection #vietnam #aircraft #landing #motorbike #tansonnhatinternationalairport

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // Fantastic job observing the composition — noticing the potential with this reflection — and then anticipating a moment when the plane would cross through the sky above with commuter... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Before my local climbing gym opens each day at 6 a.m., Mitch is always there vacuuming the climbi...

    #work #climbing #worker #street_photography #manual_labor #climbing_gym #july_1st #real_moments

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "This is such a fun, curious scene, David. I like how focused Mitch is, trying to make the gym as clean as possible before... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    As I sat watching sunset, two kayakers paddled into my view and continuing to focus my exposure o...

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // What an awesome way to spend sunset — for you and the kayakers. Perfect timing with the kayaker's silhouette, capturing him/her mid-stroke which subtly reveals their movement throug... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Local surfer Ross Loehr noseriding his new blue longboard at the Mayport Poles this morning.

    #light #underwater #waves #florida #surfer #surfing

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Megan Garcia's comment: "This image is absolutely breathtaking!! The glistening of the sun as it pierces through the water is magical! The angle showin... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An aerial shot of a junior synchronized swimming team. This is the very first year for these you...

    #synchronized #synchronized_swimming #jr_synchro

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari's comment: "Such an inviting and refreshing scene James! I like this amazing overhead view and the way you composed this with the junior s... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Mine and my friend's kids, minus the youngest, eating ice cream. There are five girls in the back...

    #children #summer #hot #countryside #childhood #heatwave #ice_cream

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "Hehe! This is precious, Magda. I love the body language - not only is he sitting alone, but his back is turned toward all... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Today is Monday. For Oishi it is a very long school day. She came home tired. She sat on the sofa...

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "This is another beautiful image of Oishi. I love how the patterned shadows fall down up on her; they add drama to her dee... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The baths in our house involve scuba gear.

    #kids #daily_activities #visual_dairy

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Christina Garley's comment: "Adorable capture. I love the lack of color in the photo except for that which is focused on your main subject. They young ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Installing a children's shelf in the usual day of July 1. mammm, mamma, can I sit on the closet...

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Megan Garcia's comment: "I love all the layers of this shot! The way the open window frames your son sitting on the freshly installed shelves; your bac... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Looking Towards the Philippine Sea. A view from the large window at a tropical resort in the Mar...

    #sky #sea #nature #landscape #people #ocean #travel #adventure #photography #blackandwhite #natgeo

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "Oh, wow Hiro! I love the feeling that I am somehow perched on a floating restaurant. I like how the windows create symme... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It is a rare cloudless day at Iceland on 7/1/2019. I decided to photograph the sunset of Seljalan...

    #sunset #iceland #waterfall #seljalandsfoss

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Glenn Traver's comment: "A couple of my favorite elements in a photo just happen to be water and light, a nice starburst and great light that is illuminating the water... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    July 1, 2019. A small hike after dinner. This image is a stack of 10 consecutive images with exac...

    #sunset #city #night #california

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I love how you continue to photograph and see Los Angeles, I love how you use these visual diary assignments as an opportunity to make these frames. I love how you hike around and f... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Of the 20 images selected for this final story, 4 Your Shot photographers were published for the first time:

    David Morring
    Alexander Kelly
    Christina Hodgen
    Mary Berezkina

    Thanks to the 7 Your Shot photographers who left thoughtful comments articulating WHY they liked the photos of their fellow community members.

    Neelima Azad
    Sydney Harter
    Stephanie Thomson
    Megan Garcia
    Rose Ungvari
    Christina Garley
    Glenn Traver

    I have selected Your Shot photographer Hiro Kurashina for the portfolio review. I really love that he observed this scene and patiently waited for the moment when the person pointed to something out the window with the other individual also paying attention. I also agree with Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson’s comment, which I featured in my Editor’s Note. When I looked at his 100 Editor’s Favorites, I remember favoriting a lot of his images. I loved that he uploaded his first photo in 2013 and six years later, is still participating — he was published in my “A Visual Diary: June 2019” final story yesterday.

    Tomorrow (Thursday July 25, 2019) I will be launching “A Visual Diary: July 2019” assignment — I have invited Your Shot alum Esther Horvath, who did an assignment for National Geographic. Together we will select one community member published in the final story for a portfolio review. “As a photographer you always have to ask yourself what interest you, which direction do you want to go,” says Horvath. “And portfolios should reflect that.”

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, National Geographic 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.

    Photographers Published In the Story