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.
Of the 50 images selected for this final story, 16 Your Shot photographers were published for the first time:
Sharkawi Che Din
Jilson Seckler Tui
Thanks to the 17 Your Shot photographers who left thoughtful comments articulating why they liked the photos of their fellow community members.
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