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A Visual Diary: July 2019

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Published Aug 23, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 49 Contributors

    50 photos selected by

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photo was taken on 24th July 2019 during a heavy downpour in the city of Mumbai , I saw two ...

    #rain #mumbai #emotion #weather #street #friends #love #monsoon #streetphotography

    Thanks to Your Shot alum Esther Horvath for guest-editing this assignment with me — on September 1st check out the September 2019 issue of National Geographic magazine for her story “Eyes on the Ice.” As you look through the 50 images selected for this final story, pay attention to the “Date Taken” photo detail. Think back to what you were doing on the same day. If you follow Esther on Instagram, you’ll see how she spent July — and learn about the amazing adventure she will be part of this fall for National Geographic. I am very excited for her. As National Geographic’s global photo community, every month we are creating a visual diary of the everyday moments around the world — and I love that story-driven concept. The “A Visual Diary: August 2019” assignment launches on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

    This may look like a tractor on a farm but it's the early morning beach crew smoothing out the sa...

    #beach #sunrise #aerial #tractor #drone

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Laurens Kaldeway's comment: "I like the composition of this overview capture with the green tractor placed at a bottom third in the frame. I love the l... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One of the questions we get on every whale watching trip is, when do the whales breach? I truly ...

    #california #humpback_whale #monterey_bay

    Editor's Note

    July 1, 2019 // Wow. I bet this experience was absolutely breathtaking, I bet it was so exciting. I love how tight you made this photo, I love how the whale almost fills the entire frame. Thanks fo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photo was taken in Alaska on July, 3, 2019 from a float plane over the Knik glacier with Lak...

    #abstract #nature #alaska #aerial #landscapes

    Editor's Note

    July 3, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Eevie O.'s comment: "Wow! I am never likely to see [this] and it's amazing! I love the textures in the ice. The way you've photographed it makes the la... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    We try some artistic moves with Aurane, in the Mediterranean sea

    #water #sea #girl #underwater #mediterranee

    Editor's Note

    July 4, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "Florian, it is a well-composed and very mysterious image. The dark shade of the water looks beautiful. The gesture of the ha... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It was a rainy day so I wasn't sure if any fireworks would go off. Boy was I wrong! Walking out o...

    #beach #fireworks #people #celebration #family #fourthofjuly #myrtlebeach

    Editor's Note

    July 4, 2019 // I love this photo Amanda — I love how my eye explores the frame, studying the facial expressions in the moment you documented. I love the light, I love how wide you made this image.... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Usually we see marriage is a huge social responsibility for 2 persons to stay together. Since I a...

    #people #place #work #wedding #bride #marriage #behindthe_scene #behindthe_scene_1 #avisualdairyjuly2019

    Editor's Note

    July 6, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "Avismita, this is a beautifully captured moment of a happy and relaxed bride talking on the phone while others decorating th... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Coming from Ireland and not having any of my immediate family close to me, I love documenting my ...

    #family #blackandwhite #cousins

    Editor's Note

    July 6, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Vivek Sen's comment: "Beautiful frame Ali! Love the way you captured your daughter and her cousin. Your daughter is someone to her cousin who listens w... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Amazing sunrice in Misurina Lake, Dolomiti, UNESCO World Heritage.

    #italy #lake #alba #lago #sunrice #dolomiti #misurina

    Editor's Note

    July 6, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Janet Ellison's comment: "This is gorgeous, and when I first saw it, I said to myself, 'WOW! That is simply stunning!' Lovely photo with amazing colors... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    From a shooting in a river with Diana

    #water #river #woman #legs

    Editor's Note

    July 7, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "It looks like a painting. Beautiful composition and colours. Only looking at the image, I can feel the water on my own skin.... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photo was taken by my iphone 8plus , while i was travelling in bangkok thailand

    #shotoniphone #shotonphone

    Editor's Note

    July 7, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "This is a very new way of capturing flamingos. Very mysterious photo. Congratulations."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    After consistent rain and being stuck indoors I ran out of ideas !

    #rain #bath #kids #siblings #cabinfever

    Editor's Note

    July 7, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "I had to come back to this image to comment it again. This image deserves to be printed and displayed on the wall. Such a wo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An incoming storm on the beach meant a desolate beach, We stayed and played and had the area all ...

    #storm #beach #sand #florida #vacation #clearwater #stormclouds #bucket #beachvacation

    Editor's Note

    July 8, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Vanessa Egerdahl's comment: "This image is so visually interesting. I love the muted tones of the oncoming storm, sand, and ocean set against the pop o... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    During the hot summer months, kids in Cuba tend to spend a lot of time outside ( you know, as we ...

    #summer #street #cuba #kids

    Editor's Note

    July 9, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Nicholas Paoni's comment: "I really like what you've done here. The boy on the steps really sets the mood and the light and shadow helps to give me inf... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I captured this photo 2 weeks ago, during the Palkhi Festival start. Palkhi festival showcases th...

    #indian_culture #devotee_india #maharaashtra_culture #palkhi_festival #devotee_dance

    Editor's Note

    July 10, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Elizabeth Paoletti's comment: "The hands in the foreground are a stroke of genius in this frame! I love all the tall elements: the flag posts and that... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    What better to do on a warm day than play with water. I gave my daughter the hose and encouraged ...

    Editor's Note

    July 11, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "I truly enjoy seeing photos taken at home in own environment. Silvija, you beautifully captured your daughter playing with ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    As the sun sets slowly in Yallingup bay, neighbors gathered for the last swim of the day. Daddy I...

    #beach #sunset #surf #winter #mood #yallingup #western_australia #father_and_daughter

    Editor's Note

    July 13, 2019 // Excellent silhouette and moment right here, Gloria. Something you just can't recreate and you need to have your camera ready to frame this photo. I love the placement of the sun ju... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One of those ‘too hot but actually cold and definitely too tired to change so let’s just wear clo...

    Editor's Note

    July 14, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari's comment: "It melts my heart to see such a sad and tired face. An adorable portrait with lovely tones to your lighting and colors. I esp... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The dusty journey of the sheep herd in Bitlis .

    #sheep #animals #travel #blackandwhite #turkey #documentary

    Editor's Note

    July 14, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari's comment: "Breathtaking as the herd of sheep seems endless, entering and exiting your frame. Love the wide diagonal direction and dramat... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The first pieces of sulfur have already been torn from the jaws of the volcano between dangerous ...

    #indonesia #man #volcano #work #sulfur #java #worker #gas #porters #kawah_ijen #kawah_ijen_volcano

    Editor's Note

    July 15, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Michelle Zheng's comment: "This is an impeccable capture of these men doing their dangerous job! Sulfur collectors have one of the most deadly occupat... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A train window which is showcasing so many other windows and one such window where a lady is wait...

    #window #train #waiting #passengers #kolkata #empty #frame #stories #minimalistlook

    Editor's Note

    July 16, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Elizabeth Paoletti's comment: "You have a keen eye to have seen this! Normally trains are packed, so I especially like the idea that this one is not, ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The road runs across Da Mi lake, Binh Thuan, Vietnam

    #lake #vietnam #road #light #fog #binhthuan #dami

    Editor's Note

    July 16, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "I love this mysterious photo. It looks like from a movie scene."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Simon Nchoe, a Maasai guide, on a trek up Megwara Mountain just outside Kenya's Masai Mara, taken...

    #landscape #tribe #maasai #kenya #masai #masaimara

    Editor's Note

    July 17, 2019 // Beautiful portrait of Simon, I love how wide you made this frame, offering a sense of place to the visual story you are sharing. Thanks for the detailed caption explaining who Simo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This picture is taken from an island named Munroe in kerala,India.It was an amazing morning canoe...

    #india #nature #island #sunrise #nikon #kerala #dailydozen #photooftheday #yourshotphotographer

    Editor's Note

    July 17, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Sue Lockhart's comment: "What a stunning shot Mohammed. Congratulations on being voted Top Shot in the Daily Dozen yesterday. I love your story of how... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Boy in the active caldera of mount Bromo, in Indonesia. Part of my documentary shoot at Mount Bro...

    #indonesia #boy #volcano #bromo #ritual #caldera #avisualdairyjuly2019

    Editor's Note

    July 18, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Sue Lockhart's comment: "Wow, what a capture Anil. I can almost taste the sulphuric fumes. I like the way you have capture the shot with the boy in fo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Icelandic moss, so beautiful but so fragile and delicate. Once damaged, it takes a very long ...

    #lakes #mountain #nature #landscape #iceland #aerial #highlands #landmanalauger #marcograssi

    Editor's Note

    July 19, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad's comment: "Wow! This is one stunning view. Love the vastness, the rich colors and the light coming in. Great shot!"

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    During the summer on the California coast there’s a program called junior lifeguards. Kids learn...

    #beach #game #summer #ocean #sand #july #california #flags #lifeguard #lifeguards #jgs #juniorlifeguard

    Editor's Note

    July 19, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Vanessa Egerdahl's comment: "I cannot imagine taking a face full of sand like those kids are. Hahaha! There would be sand in my ears for days! Wonderf... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This says summer nights to me, albeit with a larger homage than the Skippy three-wheeled motor s...

    #summer #people #night_photogaphy

    Editor's Note

    July 20, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Tammy Neufeld's comment: "I love this shot, Rick! I love how you shot it after dark with the light spilling from the truck. I love the colors and how ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Sophia still wants to fly to the moon. Since astronaut training is many years away, we decided to...

    #arizona #crater #nasa #meteorite

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Lawrence Sibley's comment: "Your epic journey to the Meteor Crater in Arizona from NYC took you and your family 1% of the distance to the moon. Only 99% more miles and... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Taichi is very popular exercise among chinese older people and they do it at various places in th...

    #sunrise #shanghai #tradition #exercise #bund #taichi

    Editor's Note

    July 20, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Sydney Harter's comment: "They look like tough warriors, Prasad... drenched from the rain, yet with unwavering focus! The skyline is so dramatic with ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A man stands beside a blue fire in Kawah Ijen, East Java, Indonesia. Ijen Crater Lake is known to...

    #blue #indonesia #mountain #fire #crater #ijen #wonderfulindonesia

    Editor's Note

    July 20, 2019 // What a powerful portrait of Ijen Crater. Fantastic use of light to create a mysterious mood. This feels like a scene from a sci-fi movie. Thanks for detailed caption explaining fur... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    While heading offshore Costa Rica we found a Bottlenose Dolphin that was killed by a fisherman’s ...

    #death #pollution #pacificocean #commercialfishing #bottlenosedolphin #bicatch #longlines

    Editor's Note

    July 20, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "This is an extremely sad photo and in the same time a very important one, which can help raise awareness about longlines. T... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Wonderful day with my little boy in Rauðisandur in west Iceland.

    #sky #outside #boy #nature #iceland #rauisandur

    Editor's Note

    July 21, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "This is such a beautiful dreamy image. It is so wonderful how you captured your son stepping in the shallow water."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Sabah, Malaysia. July 21, 2019. The Sea Gypsy on a hand carved wooden canoe crossing their house ...

    #sabah #seagypsy #borneo_island #landscape_malaysia #sempornaseagypsies #tetagan_island

    Editor's Note

    July 21, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "It is a beautiful postcard looking image. Looking at the photo I feel I would like to know more about this community and ho... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Recently, I took my 6-year-old nephew who is very afraid of the dark to show him our city at nigh...

    Editor's Note

    July 24, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "I love this image and also the story behind. We don't have to travel to be able to shot beautiful images. This is a great e... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My daughter loves to make homemade rainbows with the garden hose... and drink from the garden hos...

    #water #summer #color #rainbow #childhood #hose #heatwave #lensbaby #yourshot #lensbabytwist60

    Editor's Note

    July 24, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Margaret Keizer's comment: "What a gorgeous moment you have captured here Holly. I love the summer feel of this image. I love that her bathing suit is... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    We were taking a scenic boat tour on Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park. It was extremely ...

    #boat #mountains #kids #glacier_national_park #low_light #rim_light

    Editor's Note

    July 24, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "Vanessa, you captured such a magical light in this photo. And because of the water covered window, the viewer spends even m... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Whenever I'm commuting, I always observe the fleeting moments of local travel. At first look, thi...

    #manila #commute #condensation

    Editor's Note

    July 24, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad's comment: "Excellent shot! The colors, the light and the silhouette seated there is so well captured with a sense of sadness as his post... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A photo of my husky mix (Motu) testing the water. It turns out that she is quite the swimmer. Pho...

    #pool #canon #surf #dog #wolf #scuba #summertime #natur #husky #underwaterphotography #dogsunderwater

    Editor's Note

    July 25, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "Devon, it is a very nicely captured moment, just a second before the dog gets into the water. It is beautiful that you can ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Tackling the kids summer bucket list included seeing an outdoor movie in the park after the sun s...

    #movie_at_the_park

    Editor's Note

    July 25, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "Susan, it is a very lovely moment. The lighting, especially the backlight looks so wonderful. Beautifully balanced photo."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It has been a while since I had gone surfing so when I found out that there is river surfing in t...

    #travel #sports #places #surfing #muenchen #mz_muenchen_july2019

    Editor's Note

    July 26, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Nicholas Paoni's comment: "What a neat shot of this unusual activity. The clarity you achieved really captured the energy of the rushing water and yo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    While adults prepare for a group photo on the wedding day.

    #photo #children #fun #girl #jump #portrait #kids #wedding #story #poses

    Editor's Note

    July 27, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Nicholas Paoni's comment: "This shot is priceless. I love the contrast between the posed adults and the carefree jump of the little girl. I also like ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    When we go there, to visit the old watermill of Vermondans, we first saw the old house, and a won...

    #adventure #france #jungle #caving #caves #waterscape #backlight #spelunking #doubs #speleologie

    Editor's Note

    July 27, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Lalita Krishnamurthy's comment: "This photograph has a surreal quality despite its realistic location. The reflections, the light, the vividness of co... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Few Evenings are just perfect as you dream, specially when it comes to Sydney , A perfect Sunset ...

    #sunset #architecture #evening #sydney #operahouse #harbourbridge #dailydozen #photooftheday

    Editor's Note

    July 27, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad's comment: "Superb shot Gaanesh — the framing, the colors in the sky and that you caught that place with the Opera house is spectacular."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    MAMAIA, ROMANIA - JULY 27, 2019. Running in the water. Photo taken at Constanta beach on the shor...

    #beach #water #beautiful #summer #people #life #sport #place #motion #day #romania #running #creative

    Editor's Note

    July 27, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Nicholas Paoni's comment: "I love the energy you captured in this scene, and it conveys a refreshingly cool mood for the heat of summer. High contrast... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It was totally worth getting up at 3:30 AM to capture this amazing sunrise at Femöre nature reser...

    #sweden #clouds #landscape #morning #summer #light #colors #sunrise #waterscape #scandinavia #femore

    Editor's Note

    July 27, 2019 // I applaud your effort in getting up at 3:30AM to make this frame — it was totally worth it. I wish I had that kind of discipline. The colors in the sky are gorgeous, fantastic use ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The picture was shot on a small South-Estonian lake.

    #lake #summer #girl #estonia #drone #dji #dronephotography #visitestonia #dronephoto

    Editor's Note

    July 28, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Mel Karlberg's comment: "This photo is mesmerizing - like a lesson in using compositional diagonals! I love how the white boat and dress pop the subje... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Since moving at the beginning of June, we’ve visited a few new churches, and we still have a coup...

    Editor's Note

    July 28, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Laurens Kaldeway's comment: "An honest portrait of family worship on a Sunday morning... remind[ing] me of our own family’s search for a new church h... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Children having bath in foaming water of river Yamuna in Delhi. Due to industrial waste put in th...

    #children #river #bath #silhouette #industrial #pollution #waste #yamuna #kalindikunj

    Editor's Note

    July 29, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Melissa Nordan's comment: "The black and white edit tricked me. On first glance I thought this was a picture from some where cold and snowy. Thought ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    On July 30th 2019 I went with two horses down a red canyon in Iceland - and was once again overwh...

    #iceland #selfoss #icelandichorse #horsephotography

    Editor's Note

    July 30, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Esther Horvath's comment: "Such a beautiful image with a perfectly captured moment. I love the contrast between the red soil and the black and while h... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Thanks to the 17 Your Shot photographers who left thoughtful comments articulating why they liked the photos of their fellow community members.

    Laurens Kaldeway
    Eevie O.
    Vivek Sen
    Janet Ellison
    Vanessa Egerdahl
    Nicholas Paoni
    Elizabeth Paoletti
    Rose Ungvari
    Michelle Zheng
    Sue Lockhart
    Neelima Azad
    Tammy Neufeld
    Lawrence Sibley
    Sydney Harter
    Lalita Krishnamurthy
    Mel Karlberg
    Melissa Nordan

    Esther recommended five Your Shot photographers for the portfolio review and I selected one for the opportunity. I will announce who this community member is after his/her review. In the meantime, you can read a portfolio review experience from Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad, who was selected from “A Visual Diary: June 2019” story.

    For the “A Visual Diary: August 2019” assignment, I have invited Your Shot alum Doug Gimesy to guest edit with me. Click HERE to read his National Geographic story about Australia’s urban flying foxes — and the people trying to help them. Together we will select one community member published in the final story for a portfolio review. “I remember my first face-to-face portfolio review with a senior Nat Geo editor who said about a portfolio I had been working on for a couple of years, ‘They’re good, but nothing great,’” writes Gimesy. “Initially I was defensive, then disheartened, but I went back out and started reshooting. I still haven’t got the images I want on this project, but much more importantly, the feedback really helped change how I think, and because of this I think I’m now a much better photographer.”

    What makes these visual diary assignments a fantastic opportunity is each month, every Your Shot photographer has the same starting chance for an editor’s favorite, editor’s note, to be published in a final story — and now to receive a portfolio review. I love seeing the same Your Shot photographers submitting every month, you know who you are and yes, I am paying attention. I applaud the effort. For me, I am looking for those community members who recognize these visual diary assignments as a chance to learn and grow as a thoughtful visual storyteller. I can provide you with the opportunity and insight into what I am looking for, the motivation to act is up to you. “A Visual Diary: August 2019” opens for submissions on August 25, 2019.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo 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