Cloud of Tadpoles
Photograph by Eiko Jones
Recently, National Geographic launched a new initiative called Your Shot that allows photographers from all walks of life to connect with Nat Geo photographers and editors over virtual assignments. Centered around a specific theme, each assignment asks photographers to share their best shot. Then, Nat Geo photo editors offer their expert photography tips to show everyone what made that particular photo stand out. If they love your shot, your photo may even get published in National Geographic Magazine!
The current assignment is called Explore Our Changing World. Over 10,000 photographers have submitted their photos that capture the idea of change, whether that be in nature, in urban areas or within ourselves.
Courtesy of National Geographic, here are 10 standout photos from that assignment, which ends on October 22. You still have 12 days left to submit your own best photo.
Photograph by Jonathan Tucker
Photograph by Dimitris Maroulakis,
People at Prayer
Photograph by Junaid Ahmed
Camp inside Hang Son Doong
Photograph by Ryan Deboodt
Photograph by Allen Rooke
Night of Lightning at Grand Canyon
Photograph by Rolf Maeder
The Most Beautiful Pond in the World
Photograph by Kent Shiraishi
Photograph by Wayne Panepinto
The Ice Caves
Photograph by Andrew Inaba
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Please Draw Me a Wall is a playful photo series by photographer Julien Coquentin. In each scene, the French photographer documents his subjects as they creatively interact with a variety of colorful graffiti. His compositions incorporate a single person perfectly arranged next to an illustration, which creates the illusion of a three-dimensional world.
In reality, the scenes are just flat, fictional places where a guy fishes for cartoon fish, a young girl attempts to capture the illustrated birds flying overhead, and a child carries an umbrella to avoid the light blue paint dripping down the side of a brick wall. However, viewers are invited to create narratives based on Coquentin’s creative visual stories that blend real life with imagination. In addition to this work, Coquentin has been known to concoct many other bizarre worlds, including this series in which he brings to life the secret story of a discarded TV.
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For his project titled “Tree,” South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee found solitary trees out in nature and then erected giant white canvas backdrops behind them. He then created photos showing the trees surrounded by artificial boxes in their natural surroundings.
The trees are of different species, and the photos — captured with a 4×5 camera — were shot in different seasons and at different times of the day.
The canvases are roughly 60 feet tall and 45 feet wide. They’re so big that the photographer has no way of putting them up himself, so he enlists the help of a production crew and two heavy cranes to do the job.
There’s a dash of digital trickery involved in the production: rather than have the canvases stand by themselves, Lee has them hung from a support system attached to the crane. These ropes and bars are later edited out of the photograph using “minimal digital retouching.” The photographer says that this creates “the illusion that the backdrop is floating behind the tree.”
Mr. Lee allows the tree’s natural surroundings to fill the frame around the canvas, transforming the backdrop into an integral part of the subject. Centered in the graphic compositions, the canvas defines the form of the tree and separates it from the environment. By creating a partial, temporary outdoor studio for each tree, Mr. Lee’s “portraits” of trees play with ideas of scale and perception while referencing traditional painting and the history of photography.
Here is a selection of the photographs in the series:
You can see more of these works over at the Yossi Milo Gallery.