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For Your Shot Instagram (@natgeoyourshot)

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Published Feb 13, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 33 Contributors

    33 photos selected by

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The underground adventure begins where the last rays of sun stop. The entrance to Alum Pot cave i...

    #vertical #adventure #caving #speleo #cavephotography #yorkshire_dales_national_park #alumpot

    When I was a freelance photographer, Instagram reminded that there were a lot of extremely talented photographers also following their dreams — and that if I wanted to succeed, I needed to continue pushing myself to work harder to be a better photographer and more thoughtful storyteller. As the manager of the Your Shot Instagram account (@natgeoyourshot) for over the past two years, it has been my honor to curate beautiful photos by the Your Shot community and share them with our growing Instagram audience, now at 1.7M followers, many who I hope find inspiration in your work like I still do.

    A hairy frogfish underwater, an animal that not many people in this world even know about. Th...

    #sea #fish #ocean #underwater #hairy #frogfish

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari's comment: "This shot definitely grabbed my attention. So unusual, so surreal... I have never seen such an underwater oddity as this hairy frog fish befor... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    "A story like mine should never be told. For my world is as forbidden as it is fragile; without i...

    #woman #portrait #japan #geisha

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson who commented, "This is a beautiful portrait Federico. I love how the silky, blue robe compliments the bright, tan colors of the space. The lig... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    While driving around LAX Airport in Los Angeles I had noticed that some of the planes were flying...

    #lax #airport #airplane #lax_airport

    Editor's Note

    Like Your Shot photographer Dave Weldon, I have eaten at this In-N-Out — and now your frame makes me wish I was back in Los Angeles hanging out with my friends. I love that you observed this scene,... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I stood overwhelmed by the full-on assault on all the senses in St Andrews Bay, South Georgia. A ...

    #wildlife #penguins #blackandwhite #antarctica

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson who commented, "Wow Jonathan! You've managed to capture the dense population of penguins in your image through highlights and shadows, which cr... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Warning calls of Spotted Deer and Grey Langur showed us that some predator is near by, but we cou...

    #tiger #eyes #wildlife #powerful #bigcats #camofluge

    Editor's Note

    I love the story behind this photo, I love that you "realized that she is watching us carefully from the bushes." I feel the intensity of this tiger staring right back at me. And then my imaginatio... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A referee for a lucha libre match seeks vengeance.

    #lucha #libre #lucha_libre

    Editor's Note

    I love it. I feel like I am right there, in the audience, loudly cheering on this referee as he jumps into the crowd. I even love the tilt of the frame which works really well the energy of this mo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A mass of Sardines swarm around a small rock Island of Los Islotes in Espiritu Santo Marine Park....

    #mexico #underwater #photography #sealion #losislotes

    Editor's Note

    Wow, this is awesome. Great seeing, fantastic job composing this photo. I love how the silhouette of the seal lion pushes the flow of the sardines off frame, as they try to escape during this hunt.... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Of the 33 photos selected for this final story, 9 Your Shot photographers were published for the first time. Congratulations to Rémi Flament, Danté Vincent, Ramachandiran Govindaraj, Maggie Machinsky, Daniele Monfredini, Mark Forder, Sausthav Negi, Nilanjan Chatterjee, and Ioana Sand. Keep up the great work.

    In a time when approximately 1/3 of the world's population can no longer see the Milky Way with t...

    #madagascar #baobab #astrophotography #startrails #madagasikara #baobabtrees

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Tanya Ambrose's comment: "This is a beautiful and dramatic photo. The baobab trees soar towards the stars. I like that the stars' orbits are 'in your face' rather than... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Shot taken from the 29th floor of a residential skyscraper in Shanghai. It is not easy to get per...

    #cityscape #lights #china #highway #snake #shanghai #streets #intersection #bluehour #elevated_road

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "I love the energy in this image. The way the cars and roads lead straight in to that busy city — it feels so alive. The way you framed th... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    When you're in Iceland for less than 24h with no other plans than getting a good night sleep be...

    #river #landscape #wild #iceland #2018 #marcograssiphotography #aerailphotography #volcanopilot

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Srijita Nandy's comment: "Absolutely mesmerizing this is!! Such a beautiful landscape with colours and textures to be observed. The use of light is also nice and the w... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The closer you think you are to heaven the closer you must be when you are here. This small churc...

    #switzerland #mountain #church #heaven #lucerne #mt #top #luzern #suisse #pilatus #mforder

    Editor's Note

    I really love Mark Forder's comment back to Your Shot photographer Koushik Sen: "Thank you Koushik. There was just something about this place that just makes me want to see it again. If you are eve... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A housing complex in Hong Kong in the early evening as the lights had just come on. The density o...

    #architecture #canon #street #houses #hongkong #symmetry #5dmarkiv #petersize10

    Editor's Note

    The lines and pattern created in the repetition of these apartments is hypnotic. I love how you composed this frame, not including the edges of the building eliminates any sense of scale, allowing ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Main Station, Berlin, Germany. The train doors slide open, scarve and features remind me of Van...

    #blackwhite #diversity #train_staion #train_staion_1 #berlin2017 #train_staion_1_1 #commuters_in_the_city

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Debjit Chatterjee's comment: "What a beautiful and sensitive portrait of a woman while she waits and contemplates. The outline of her face glows while her mirror image... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I would also love to recognize the 18 Your Shot photographers who left thoughtful comments articulating WHY they liked the photos of their peers — which I featured in my Editor's Note. Thanks to Michelle Zheng, Rose Ungvari, Stephanie Thomson, Dave Weldon, Tanya Ambrose, Srijita Nandy, Debjit Chatterjee, Elizabeth Paoletti, Vanessa Egerdahl, Carole Mills Noronha, Sydney Harter, Marie Smith, Pierre-Emmanuel Guiberteau, Lawrence Sibley, Nele Horemans, Anirudh Ranjan, Volker Jeschonnek, and Shivesh Ram. I really appreciate your positive engagement with your fellow community members. I am seeing a lot of the same names again and again, you know who you are. Keep up the great work. I am paying attention.

    When you first pick up your camera and the first place you wanted to visit and after couple of ye...

    #blue #reflection #india #landscape #mirror #travel #spiti #protect_these_lands

    Editor's Note

    Wow — this is awesome Sausthav. Great use of light, shadow, and reflection to make a fantastic frame. I absolutely love the positive energy of hope from dreaming that you describe in your caption. ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I took this photo of my daughter so that I can remember these small beautiful details forever.

    #macro #details #nikon #childhood #moments #lashes

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Elizabeth Paoletti's comment: "This is so beautiful! You will now have this lovely memory forever. That is the beauty of photography." I bet your daughter loves this p... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I like images that trick the spectators, create an illusion... From my Pre-Raphaelite inspired se...

    #green #outdoors #portrait #sisters #twins #redhead #renaissance #freckles #twinsisters #finear

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson: who commented, "This is an amazing concept. I love how the red of the apple compliments the red hair of the twins. I love how you've captured ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I now carry my camera with me at all times, even to my day job as a mechanic. This night, I staye...

    #people #light #places #cars #mechanic #interestingpeople #workingpeople #adventire

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Vanessa Egerdahl's comment: "The lighting is gorgeous! I surprised myself that I was so immediately drawn to an image involving a car, but I love this shot. The two me... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    While a devotee pours milk over the offerings, Fasting married women devotees, stand waist-deep i...

    #water #india #morning #festival #god #women #light #food #life #sunlight #delhi #prayers #yamuna #chhath

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic job documenting this tradition, I really appreciate the detailed caption further explaining what I am looking at and its significance. Your caption really helped me appreciate the moment ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In the Taiga Forest, Northern Mongolia, reindeer are not only the pride of the community but thei...

    #woman #mongolia #nomads #reindeer #taiga

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Carole Mills Noronha's comment: "Stunning! Love the pop of colour on her belt and scarf against the background! Beautifully framed Audrey :-)" Fantastic portrait. Than... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Connor MacPhee walks the fire line on the Delta Fire. This fire closed i-5 for about a week, as w...

    #art #forest #fire #firefighter #wildfire #wildlandfire #wildlandfirefighter #fireseason2018

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Sydney Harter's comment: "I like your choice of perspective, shooting the fireman from behind as he walks into a scenario that will demand every fiber of his being to ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Visiting a ship wreck can look like science fiction. The play of lights, the reverberation of the...

    #sea #underwater #greece #shipwreck #freediving

    Editor's Note

    I love your underwater photography Marc — especially when you play with the viewer's perception of space which ultimately creates a captivating frame that makes me pause and peaks my curiosity. I d... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Transparent -see through water of River Dwaki is a real wonder for the travelers! During the ...

    #boat #nature #landscape #color #flying #travel #love #wonder #incredible_india #natgeoyourshot

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Marie Smith's comment: "What a fun shot! Beautiful with the red color of the boat, paddle — even the man's pants contrasting against the clear green blue of the water.... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I arrived at Richmond Park in London just before sunrise on a cold frosty morning. I saw these th...

    #nature #morning #winter #sunrise #deer #stag #frosty #richmondpark

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Pierre-Emmanuel Guiberteau's comment: "Gorgeous capture that you had a few seconds to perform. The colors and composition are great. Yes, Richmond Park is a great plac... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Coming face to face with an European bison with nothing but a fence in between and seeing my refl...

    #bison #conservation #zimbru #european_bison

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Lawrence Sibley's comment: "I love the wild beast encounter in this photo with the dusky eye of this bison. The indigo eye is wonderfully framed with the lighter colou... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I caught the sun shinning in the window on this early morning as my daughter started her home stu...

    #children #shadows #people #window #school #lines #sunray #homework #homeschool

    Editor's Note

    We respond to the quirky way you framed this picture, with your daughter tucked into the bottom corner of the frame, while the window commands the dominant portion of the image. The beautiful light... More

    Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
    National Geographic Photographers

    The moment a Sperm Whale decides to dive, you get all but a few seconds to capture it. I managed ...

    #nature #ocean #whale #newzealand #kaikoura #spermwhale #mynewzealandstory

    Editor's Note

    I love how the shape of the tale mimics the mountains, so simple and beautiful.

    Erika Larsen
    National Geographic Photographer

    Framed by the glow of street lights along Kuwait city. One Arabian red fox kit explore the night ...

    #night #nature #urban #wildlife #wild #animals #animal #lights #color #colors #fox #rim #dust #smoke #bokah

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Nele Horemans's comment: "The backlight gives the fox its silhouette whereas the bokeh of the streetlights give us an idea on what this little fox is looking at! Toget... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    New Jersey Task Force One members watch as Sgt. Ralph Foy descends from a UH-60L Black Hawk MEDEV...

    #sky #light #rescue #air #aircraft #helicopter #training #aviation #medevac

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Anirudh Ranjan's comment: "This is such a unique POV Matt. It makes me feel as if I am right there with the task force, and seeing one of the colleague get down. I lik... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Amazing feeling to go down on Burj Khalifa, highesttower in the world with 828 m ! The view on D...

    #vertical #rope #vertigo #nigh_photography #urbain_view #nigh_shot #rope_access

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari who commented, "Phil, do you do any stunt work? This looks like something from a Sci-Fi or action movie like 'Mission Impossible!' Very gutsy of you... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A twenty second exposure as clouds and light move over the grand canyon and Colorado River. I had...

    #desert #art #nature #landscape #arizona #sunrise #grandcanyon #southwest #coloradoriver #eastrim

    Editor's Note

    This experience was definitely worth the wait — this moment is so beautiful Peter. The colors are gorgeous. Fantastic decision to shoot with a 20 second long exposure, helping create the epic feel ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    When we submit to the unknown, we often discover the boundaries of our potential are further away...

    #mountains #nature #camping #nepal #adventure #climbing #alpine #mountaineering #glaciers #himalaya

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Volker Jeschonnek's comment: "The Himalayas are a place that almost everybody has heard of and many have seen documentaries with stunning photography. What I love abou... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Postcard from the north-east of Poland, where we spent last summer holidays. We lived in the midd...

    #child #children #lake #summer #childhood #summertime #summerday #kidsplay #kidsfun #lakeholiday

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Shivesh Ram's comment: "Absolutely gorgeous light Monika. I love the carefree and playful activity — it brings back memories of childhood. The composition with the do... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In life, you have to seize opportunities when they are presented to you — and this assignment was your chance to be featured in front of our growing Instagram audience of 1.7M followers. Since launching the assignment on January 2, 2019, I have been using my editor’s favorites to identify content to consider sharing on our Instagram feed and story. I am doing the same thing with my “For National Geographic’s Photo of the Day” assignment; I will be using my editor’s favorites to help me with the curation process of the Photo of the Day franchise. Yes, have fun with these Your Shot assignments, but my advice is to also recognize and take advantage of the opportunity that is available to you right now.

    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