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A Visual Diary: May 2019

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Published Jun 16, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 35 Contributors

    35 photos selected by

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Badlands National Park has to be one of the most photogenic places that I have ever visited. The ...

    #national #travel #parks #badlands #midwest

    I love these visual diary assignments and stories. Together we are documenting the history of our world each month. On May 1st we were in Badlands National Park with Beth Mancuso, on May 2nd Meg Brock shared with us the moment when “Heather got to hold the hand of her baby boy for the first time.” Pay attention to the date of the taken photos. Not only is this story in chronological order, but there are also some photos taken on the same day. It is very cool. See you on June 24, 2019 for “A Visual Diary: June 2019” and June 31, 2019 for “A Visual Diary: On July 1, 2019, I…” assignments.

    The blue curtain dropped and Heather got to hold the hand of her baby boy for the first time.

    #birth #familydocumentary #birthphotographer #cesection

    Editor's Note

    May 2, 2019 // Fantastic composition Meg. I feel like I am right there, experiencing this unbelievably intimate moment — that touch between Heather and her son is beautiful. Very well done.

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Hokkaido's spring in Japan ends in long winter, snow melts, farming starts, and planting of crops...

    #earth #spring #nature #farmland #farm #japan #hill #landscapes #hokkaido

    Editor's Note

    May 4, 2019 // I love the way you took advantage of the lines created in the fields to lead my eye through your photo. I love how it leads to a tractor in the distance, which offers a sense of scal... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In a busy street all people are very busy in their work, but in the evening the sun was going to ...

    #sunset #india #people #candid #travel #street #kolkata #daily_dozen #strret_photography

    Editor's Note

    May 5, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan who commented, "This is such a pleasant image Monojit. The morning sunlight, creates wonderful shadows and contrasts in the Image, even p... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Monks of Fayu Temple. It's the second largest temple (out of more than 30) in Mount Putuo, one of...

    #china #temple #monks #buddhism #zhejiang #putuoshan #putuoisland

    Editor's Note

    May 5, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan's comment: "Wonderful Image Attila. I like how wonderfully you have utilized the shallow depth of field to create layers in this image an... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    May 6, 2019. Dad is away on a prescribed burning fire assignment, so he had made his evening cal...

    #cat #technology #childhood #talk #phone #wildlandfirefighter #ozarklife #frontporchdiaries

    Editor's Note

    May 6, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad's comment: "I love moments like these and the way you document them as if we are right there with you. I love your daughter speaking to her... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    As a kid some of my favorite memories were swimming until the sun went down or mom yelled at us i...

    #pool #play #boy #summer #swimming #relaxing #childhood #boyhood

    Editor's Note

    May 8, 2019 // I love how timeless this photo feels. I love how this moment resonates with you, how it reminds you of your childhood. You could have easily asked your son to look at you and smile. ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I was walking around a giant sculpture in a gallery when I noticed a security person standing by ...

    #art #sculpture #man #people #blackandwhite

    Editor's Note

    May 8, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer David Smith's comment: "Perfectly conceived shot Ivan. Everything to love in this one-scale, simple geometry, basic tones, composition — just brilliant ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My son taking his first wade of the year in 38 degree Lake Superior water when the dog walked int...

    #sunset #spring #dog #michigan #marquette #lakesuperior #greatlakes

    Editor's Note

    May 10, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Tim Barnsley's comment: "I love happy accidents through photography... planned or not you were there to capture 'something' and you did :) The dog make... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Florida alligator just swimming by

    #underwater #florida #alligator #underwaterphotography #alligatoralligator

    Editor's Note

    May 10, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Elizabeth Paoletti's comment: "This is menacing and beautiful at the same time. I love how the alligator's reflection adds an abstract feel to the phot... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I clicked this picture in the Salt Panes spreaded across the outskirts of Mumbai. After packing t...

    #salt #saltpanes

    Editor's Note

    May 11, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad's comment: "This is a fantastic frame and POV, I have seen many salt panes photos but never a frame like this. Well done."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Indian Muslims collect traditional sweet drinks to break their fast at the Nakhoda Mosque during ...

    #india #life #candid #culture #nikon #moment #kolkata #streetphotography #streetphotographer

    Editor's Note

    May 12, 2019 // Fantastic decision to photograph this scene from an above perspective. This elevated view allows you to compose a visually captivating frame documenting a busy moment. I love the ou... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Just a cool and sunny day in my city. People having fun. Finally summer is here.

    #sky #blue #fun #people #germany #dusseldorf #amusement_park #human_adventure

    Editor's Note

    May 12, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan's comment: "What a fun minimalist image this is Gustavo. The happy faces of the couple are contagious and make this image fun in watchi... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is the home where I grew up.This is the kitchen where my mom prepared the foods that I love,...

    #cat #shadows #light #weloveanimals #weloveourpets #a_visual_diary_may_2019 #ep_214

    Editor's Note

    May 12, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari's comment: "Love your engaging story Elizabeth [as you] shar[e] your endearing memories of your life through the years in this home. The l... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Perfect time to enjoy the beach.

    #nature #landscape #travel

    Editor's Note

    May 13, 2019 // Fantastic moment you captured here Jesse. I can feel the excitement of running into the ocean. I love how wide you made this frame, revealing the stunning beauty of this scene at su... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is what Wadi Rum desert can offer - a wonderful and quite sunset with a light that creates t...

    #desert #sunset #nature #lights #jordan #goldenhour #wadirum

    Editor's Note

    May 14, 2019 // Beautiful — I love how epic this moment feels. I love the motion it creates. This frame feels like a car commercial, as if we are going to start zooming down to the vehicle moving t... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Spring time in Texas is full of wildflowers. This patch of blue and purple flowers was the perfe...

    #wildflowers #sisters #drone #fromabove #texasflowers

    Editor's Note

    May 14m 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Elizabeth Paoletti's comment: "Wow. This is just amazing! A work of art! You have filled the frame so perfectly and completely with absolutely no distr... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A beautiful evening at Jama Masjid of old Delhi during the month of Ramadan. As people prepare fo...

    #children #festival #balloon #red #evening #golden #playing #hour #magenta #delhi #ramadan #jamamasjid

    Editor's Note

    May 18, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan's comment: "My eyes straight away go to the kids playing on the top of this structure in the lawns of Jama Masjid. The boys getting down... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    a father guides/teaches his child to ride a bicycle on a beautiful path in my society building. W...

    #people #drone

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari's comment: "I can tell that you have taken your time to observe the scene unfolding below you, following the light along the ornate path to include the fa... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I live in Dubai and it’s really difficult to find a new perspective in such over exposed city but...

    #architecture #cityscape #skyline #sunrise #dubai

    Editor's Note

    May 20, 2019 // I applaud your effort specifically for this assignment; you were rewarded with an awesome photo of the Dubai skyline. Fantastic job using these arches in your composition. I love th... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It was unusually cold in Northern Arizona last last week. On the way to Monument Valley, we had s...

    #landscape #rainbow #double__rainbow #monumen_valley

    Editor's Note

    May 20, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Yoo-Sang Choo's comment: "Gorgeous composition of the sunset scene in Monument Valley. The panoramic view, with threatening cloud formations, is highli... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Daily life,Jharia on May 21 ,2019 at 4:17 PM,India. Jharia coal field has been burning for 100...

    #people #travel #lifestyle #daily_life #jharia #jharia_polution

    Editor's Note

    May 21, 2019 // This is a powerful photo Nihal. Thank you for the detailed caption explaining exactly what I am looking at, which makes me care further about the scene you are documenting; seeing t... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    So every evening during summer there is this light that comes form the window of our house and I ...

    #shadows #light #portrait #sunlight #portraiture #minimal #naturallight

    Editor's Note

    May 22, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "I love your observation of the light, Prashant. I like how you used a subject to play with the natural light, creating a ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Skyline of Kuala Lumpur at dawn. The landscape of modern buildings in contrast to the residential...

    #morning #twilight #cityscape #sunrise #dawn #kualalumpur #southeast_asia

    Editor's Note

    May 23, 2019 // This is so beautiful Keita. I love how the light casts a gorgeous purple hue across this scene. I love your use of long exposure. You are right, the contrast between the skyline and... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    With Ramadan (a month where we fast) going on I and my daughter rarely gets to go out as its very...

    #blue #fun #outdoors #shadows #light #daughter #scooter #footbridge

    Editor's Note

    May 23, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Toni Minchev's comment: "Absolutely fantastic, Neelima! It looks like a spaceship and your daughter speeding up to start her adventure in outer space! ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Every year, Muslims around the world wait for the month referred as the HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN to ...

    #sunset #mosque #architecture #islam #evening #ritual #ramadan #fasting #iftaar #religious_activity

    Editor's Note

    May 23, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Souvik Banerjee's comment: "Excellent composition with the mosque to the left reaching upto the sunset sky, the road on the right leading the view arou... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This weekend's (mini) photo road trip was a total success. I drove to Tuscany, all the way down t...

    #flowers #spring #italy #landscape #travel #adventure #poppy #tuscany #picturesque #wandergraphy

    Editor's Note

    May 25, 2019 // This is a beautiful portrait documenting your awesome weekend road trip. Fantastic composition, great job taking advantage of the pops of color and epic vista of this location. I lo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A classical view of Los Angeles after fresh afternoon rain. Photo was taken during blue hours, bu...

    #reflection #night #california #losangeles

    Editor's Note

    May 26, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Maureen Ravnik's comment: "Spectacular composition in black and white! Those reflections are awesome and love how you placed your camera on the ground... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    They love him because he feeds them his oranges from his garden.

    #australia #farm #land #love #cows #happy

    Editor's Note

    May 28, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan's comment: "This is such a wonderful image Claira. The joy so vividly visible on the face of the person and satisfaction exuding from hi... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A few days ago i had to paint something and while cleaning the recipients where i had the paint i...

    #water #light #grey #plastic #sink #cup #black_and_white #acrylic_paint

    Editor's Note

    May 28, 2019 // I love how you observed this scene and recognized the visual potential and then took the effort to carefully compose this frame. It feels like art — which makes sense because you ar... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    May 29, 2019 My daughter doing one of her favorite things, swimming in her grandparent's pool a...

    #pool #summer #swim #grandparents #gopro #girlhood

    Editor's Note

    May 29, 2019 // Thank you for including in your caption the correct date for this photo, because otherwise, I would not have selected it for the final story as it would not fit the assignment guide... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Waste from a paper mill is agitated by aerators, producing steam and foam, which are pushed by th...

    #oregon #aerial #waste #fromabove #papermill #aerators

    Editor's Note

    May 30, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Michelle Zheng's comment: "Very interesting patterns that you have captured in this frame, Jassen! The patterns are intriguing and provoke a lot of cur... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    What I love about these visual diary assignments is that every community member has the same chance to receive an Editor’s Favorite, Editor’s Note, or being published in a final story. See you on June 24, 2019 for “A Visual Diary: June 2019” and June 31, 2019 for “A Visual Diary: On July 1, 2019, I…” assignments.

    When the sky is angry in the big city.

    #sky #storm #city #home #travel

    Editor's Note

    May 30, 2019 // Wow. The sky is definitely angry right now, and yet it is so beautiful. I love the rain pouring in from the right, at this distance, it feels so gentle, like a fine mist. Up close I... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One rainy afternoon, I found my boys playing a game in the front room and was struck by the way t...

    #kids #portraits #everyday_beauty

    Editor's Note

    May 31, 2019 // I like Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan's comment: "What a fun Image Amanda. It is a creative way to capture rainy days, as I can recall the times from our childhood when we we... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Speaking of opportunities, I hope you are participating in our “Adventures of a Lifetime” assignment. One community member will be published on the cover of National Geographic Traveler magazine. 

    Check HERE to see other Your Shot assignments to participate in.

    DYL

    My daughter has been suffering from eczema since she was a baby. Dry air, chemicals and allergens...

    #flowers #purple #girl #petals #bath #dream #milk #relaxation

    Editor's Note

    May 31, 2019 // This is a beautiful portrait of your daughter and her story. Thank you for sharing this intimate detail of her life. I can feel your love for her through this photo. Thanks for bein... More

    David 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.

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