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Top Shot: A Sunrise Walk | Photograph by Asaf Amran
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“One of the most amazing places in Israel is the Agamon Hula, located in the center of the Afro-Syrian Rift; it is also one of the most significant bird migration routes in the world,” writes Your Shot photographer Asaf Amran. “During every migration season (fall and spring), over 500 million birds from more than 400 species migrate in the skies above us. Thousands remain at the Agamon Hula during this season.”

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer


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[ #TBT From November 23, 2015 ] Top Shot: Catch of the Day | Photograph by Jose Luis Rodriguez
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Your Shot photographer Jose Luis Rodriguez documented a kingfisher flying off with its recent catch in the Adaja River in Avila, Spain.

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer


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Prayer of Thanks | Photograph by Joe Buth
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“This Thanksgiving meal was meager compared to some,” writes Your Shot Joe Buth, “but the prayer of thanks was just as powerful.”

“I am drawn to the simplicity of this image: the modest meal, the hands embraced and the little boy’s hand raised. The empty setting in the foreground gives me a sense of intimacy.” — @natgeo photographer Amy Toensing (@amytoensing) #HappyThanksgiving #YourSh


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Thanksgiving Tradition | Photograph by Benjamin Jordan (@pillowlava1)
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“Boy Scout Troops in our community hold an annual fundraiser that involves cooking Thanksgiving holiday turkeys in a traditional Hawaiian Imu, or a ground oven,” writes Your Shot photographer Benjamin Jordan. “The boys work several hours: cutting banana stalks and leaves, digging out the pit, and building a bonfire to heat rocks from local streams. The turkeys, wrapped in aluminum foil, are steamed overnight in the ground — and the meat literally fall off the bone.”

“Great job using the available light, and taking advantage of the steam to make a moody and beautiful frame documenting a fantastic community tradition. Well done Benjamin.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) #HappyThanksgiving #YourShotPhotographer


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Dawn | Photograph by Ben Tibbetts (@bentibbettsphotography)
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“On a very snowy, very cold clear morning,” writes Your Shot photographer Ben Tibbetts, “Valentine Fabre hikes on the South Ridge of the Dent Blanche in Switzerland. The Matterhorn is in the background.”

“Ben, all I can think about when trying to describe this image is the word ‘epic,’ The break of dawn happening in the background really gives this image an amazing feeling and mood. You just get a sense of the thrill of adventure that climbing is and how views like this are absolutely worth it. Thank you for sharing this image with us on Your Shot.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams) #YourShotPhotographer


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Magical Morning | Photograph by Miroslav Ašanin
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“For years, I drove past this tree but never stopped to photograph it,” writes Your Shot photographer Miroslav Ašanin. “Finally I stopped and took this photo at 6:20 in the morning.”

This photo was submitted to our “Exploring Time” assignment — curated by @natgeo photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel and #Sponsored by @rolex. They are inviting you to share photos that encapsulates time, defining what a particular hour of the day looks like, tells a story about time, or captures a moment in time. To submit, go to the link in our profile. #YourShotPhotographer
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@natgeo and @rolex are committed to a Perpetual Planet. #partneredcontent


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Top Shot: Between Two Worlds | Photograph by Jordan Robins (@jordan_robins)
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“While out snorkeling late one afternoon on Jervis Bay, I stumbled across this Common Stingray gracefully gliding over the shallow sand flats,” writes Your Shot photographer Jordan Robins. “As the sun was setting, I managed to captured this over under image where you can see above and below the water captured in a single exposure.

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer


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Exploring Time: Savannah Dusk | Photograph by Mattieu Rivart (@matthieu.rivart.official)

“Photographs have a special relationship with time. The very process of making an image involves time exposures of shorter or longer durations – and the end result is a moment of time,” writes @natgeo photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel (@cookjenshel). “For our Your Shot assignment we want you to delve into describing the idea or concept of time. We are looking for images that encapsulate time, defining what a particular hour of the day looks like, tells a story about time, or captures a moment of time that clearly shows what life looks like at - say midnight, or 5:00AM, or noon. With clarity, coherence, and a point of view, show us a segment of life that defines a specific time, in the cycle of a 24-hour day.
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The goal of this assignment is to publish a final story, with a full 24 hours in the life of our Your Shot community. What moment, scene, or activity tells us what a particular hour of the day look like? How do you frame it, what details are important to include?”

This photo was submitted to our “Exploring Time” assignment — curated by @natgeo photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel and #Sponsored by @rolex. To submit, go to the link in our profile. #YourShotPhotographer
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@natgeo and @rolex are committed to a Perpetual Planet. #partneredcontent


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Another World | Photograph by Alexander Brown
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“[Before] packing my things to go film the whales in Tonga, and before returning home to Europe after an epic three-year trip around the world; I had one last thing to do: hike Tongariro National Park in mid-winter,” writes Your Shot photographer Alexander Brown. “I wanted to camp under the stars, and photograph my tent with one of the volcanoes and Milky Way in the frame. It was cold, below 15 degrees that night. But my partner and I kept warm in this little tent we set up on the South Crater Lake.”

“Lovely! Nice mood and simplicity, but technically well executed.” — @natgeo photographer Charlie Hamilton James (@chamiltonjames) #YourShotPhotographer


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Top Shot: Dancing Snow | Photograph by Morio Okubo
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Your Shot photographer Morio Okubo used a slow shutter speed to capture the movement of snow across the sky, as he composed an image of the Blue Pond, located in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan.

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer


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Unsung Hero: My Cousin Gabe | Photograph by Rex Jones (@rexjonesphoto)
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“Without arms or legs, my cousin Gabe Adams (@no_limbs_) has already accomplished more than what most people ever will,” writes Your Shot photographer Rex Jones. “As a motivational speaker, he talks about excelling without limits, and how he has continued to achieve his goals with arms or legs. I wanted to photograph him in a location that portrayed him in a place where most people would not expect him to be, to visually emphasize his overall message of not letting a handicap stop him.”

Inspired by the @natgeochannel series, “The Long Road Home,” that relives the ferocious ambush the American First Cavalry Division endured in Sadr City, Iraq in 2004, @natgeoyourshot is launching a new assignment called “Unsung Hero,” curated by @natgeo photographer Matt Moyer (@mattmoyerphoto). Matt is inviting you to share who is your hero, and more importantly, why? Who lifts you up, inspires you, protects you, even saves you? To share your photos and stories about your unsung hero, go to the link in our profile. #YourShotPhotographer


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Lovely Family Trip | Photograph by Ritagnik Bhattacharya
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“We traveled four hours through the rough terrains of Nelliyampathy in Kerala, and on our way, we stopped at the hill top to appreciate the beauty of nature and hills,” writes Your Shot photographer Ritagnik Bhattacharya. “As my grandmother enjoyed the view from the jeep, my mother looked the other direction where my uncle and our driver took in the scenery and the calmness of the place. What a lovely trip it was.”

“Beautiful example of layering and a complex composition. Love it!” — @natgeo photographer Matt Moyer (@mattmoyer). This photo was submitted to our “Quest for Happiness” assignment, curated by @natgeo photographer Matthieu Paley (@paleyphoto); he is asking you to photograph what makes a community happy — the ecosystem of happiness. To submit, go to the link in our profile. #YourShotPhotographer
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This assignment is inspired by the November 2017 @natgeo magazine cover story, “The Search for Happiness,” looking at some of the happiness places around the world, and what makes them so.


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Top Shot: Light Show | Photograph by Marc Harris (@harriswildlife)
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“From a recent trip to one of my favorite places to shoot. The town of Pine Island, Florida,” writes Your Shot photographer Marc Harris. “Upon arrival very early, I noticed a small thunderhead forming and grabbed my gear to scurry to an opening in hopes of getting a few shots. I had just enough time to set up, compose, choose settings and get off the first 15 sec exposure started. The thunderhead dissipated almost as quickly as it formed.”

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer


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Sea of Nets | Photograph by Theerasak Saksritawee (@popumon)
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In Nakhon Si Thammarat, located in southern Thailand, a family sits in a heap of fishing nets. If you can look closely, you can see tools in their hands as the mother teaches her children how to repair the nets.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer


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Hot and Cold | Photograph by Jared Goodwin (@aloha.jared)
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Out of the Kīlauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii, a fountain of lava streams into the ocean. When the hot lava hits the cool waters, an explosive reaction sends rocks and debris flying.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer


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Strike a Pose | Photograph by Santiago Barreiro (@santiago_barreiro)
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Dancers-in-training pose in a hallway of the Cuban National Ballet School. With 3,000 students studying dance within its walls, it is the largest ballet school in the world.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer


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Take the Plunge | Photograph by Greg Lecouer (@greg.lecoeur)
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Fishing for mackerel is a competitive sport among gannets. Seen here off the coast of Scotland, the seabirds begin their dives as high as 50 feet above the water. By the time they plunge through the surface, they can be traveling as fast as 60 miles per hour.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer


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Smoky Show | Photograph by Radha Swami (@radha.swami)
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Bikers perform a street show, using a colorful smoke bomb for effect, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The city of Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer


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Light Trails | Photograph by Suneesh Sudhakaran (@suneeshpp)
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This long-exposure photo turns cars into neon lights on the Sheikh Zayed Road Interchange in Dubai. To make this picture, Your Shot photographer S. Sudhakaran stood on the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel and held the shutter on his camera open for thirteen seconds.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer


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Elephants in the Storm | Photograph by Bjorn Persson (@bjornpersson_photography)
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“I ended up in a big sandstorm in Namibia. The air became pure white, creating an almost unreal light. At some point, I could hardly see my hand in front of me,” writes Your Shot photographer Bjorn Persson. “When the elephants appeared, they looked like ghosts.”

“Bjorn, as you confirmed to me that little post processing had been applied to this image, I can only congratulate you — it is stunning! Well done. Great work.” — @natgeo photographer Charlie Hamilton James (@chamiltonjames) #YourShotPhotographer


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Love | Photograph by Ali Alshamsi (@_alshamsi)
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“When I saw this photo, I felt this lion falling in love,” writes Your Shot photographer Ali Alshamsi, “and his thinking about someone who loves him.”

“I usually never see lions in a pose like this. Usually they are standing very proud with their manes moving in the wind. This image gave me a different look as well as a different feeling when viewing it. I am wondering if this lion has had a few bad days and what was going through its mind when this image was taken. Great work leaving that bit of space on the left side of the frame as I feel it gives the photo more impact.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams) #YourShotPhotographer


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Top Shot: Young Pups | Photograph by Bence Mate (@brian.genge.photos)
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"Young African wild dogs playing with an impala leg. While adult wild dogs are ruthless killers, their pups play cutely with each other and anything they find, all day long,“ writes Your Shot photographer Bence Mate. "The rule applies in this case too: the brother’s toy is always more exciting. This is what happened on that very day, when they tried to drag the impala leg in three different directions. I was extremely lucky to shoot this special scene of these very rare and endangered animals.”

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer


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One in a Million | Photograph by Ron Watkins (@scubarews)
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“While searching for elusive salmon sharks in Port Fidalgo outside of Valdez, Alaska, we came across a vast moon jellyfish bloom. So we hopped in with our scuba gear to explore,” writes Your Shot photographer Ron Watkins. “While diving through this surreal environment of thick pulsating jellies, I came across a beautiful golden lion’s mane jellyfish feeding on the moon jelly.”

This photo was submitted to the Underwater category of the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year photo contest. The grand prize winner will receive $7500; their winning image will be published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine, and featured on the @natgeo Instagram account. To enter, go to the link in our profile. Good luck #YourShotPhotographer


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Lavender Waves | Photograph by Ernie Black (@saltyblackphotography)
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“I have photographed the Day Octopus in Hawaii on multiple occasions, and have never seen anything like this. I was lucky enough to intercept this one as it was shooting across the shallows from one patch of reef to another,” writes Your Shot photographer Ernie Black. “Although it did not ink, after a quick dart to its left, it stopped and took a flower shape. I can only assume this was in attempt to intimidate me. This interaction only lasted a couple of seconds, before it went to blend in with the reef, leaving me amazed.”

This photo was submitted to the Underwater category of the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year photo contest. The grand prize winner will receive $7500; their winning image will be published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine, and featured on the @natgeo Instagram account. To enter, go to the link in our profile. Good luck #YourShotPhotographer


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Top Shot: Hedgehog Defense | Photograph by Brian Genge (@brian.genge.photos)
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Your Shot photographer Brian Genge captured this portrait of a hedgehog in its defensive position. “She tucked her legs in and curled into spiky ball in order defend against predators,” writes Genge. “You have a very interesting series of animal portraits, Brian,” writes Your Shot Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams), who selected this image for the Daily Dozen. “I’m sure if you were to show this image to @natgeo photographer Joel Sartore (@joelsartore) that you two would have a lot to talk about when it comes to photographing animals in a studio like setting. Great work here showing us this close up look at a hedgehog. I love all the details and layers that is revealed when this animal is looked at up close.”

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer


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Game of Stars | Photograph by Pedro Carrillo
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“A juvenile sea lion (Zalophus californianus) plays with a sea star near Los Lobos, La Paz, Mexico. Many times, it appears that a sea lion is playing with its food before it consumes it; they really aren’t,” writes Your Shot photographer Pedro Carrillo. “Instead they are turning it into the right position for easier digestion. Trust is that, in the occasions I have witnessed this behavior, they never ended up eating them. They just played a little time to quickly lose interest and release their involuntary playmate.”

This photo was submitted to the Underwater category of the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year photo contest. The grand prize winner will receive $7500; their winning image will be published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine, and featured on the @natgeo Instagram account. To enter, go to the link in our profile. Good luck #YourShotPhotographer


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Eyes at Night | Photograph by Diego Guerra Sabrido (@vagamundos.viajeros)
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“We were on a boat looking for night animals in the Amazonas jungle in Peru,” writes Your Shot photographer Diego Guerra Sabrido. “Suddenly the guide spotted something that looked like wood. We lit it up, and then looking closely, we realized it was not wood — it was a white caiman waiting in silence.”

This photo was submitted to the Wildlife category of the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year photo contest. The grand prize winner will receive $7500; their winning image will be published in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine, and featured on the @natgeo Instagram account. To enter, go to the link in our profile. Good luck #YourShotPhotographer


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Top Shot: Sunset Flight | Photograph by Phillip Chang
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“This picture was taken from a helicopter over Tanzania’s Lake Natron,” writes Your Shot photographer Phillip Chang. “A flock of flamingos were flying over the lake against the last rays of the sun. Reflections of the blue sky and golden cloud made the lake the perfect background for the pink birds.”

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer


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Hammerhead Aggregation | Photograph by Kimberly Jeffries (@kimberlyswimberly)
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“I was lucky enough to be at Darwin’s Arch in the Galapagos when we were swarmed with schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks,” writes Your Shot photographer Kimberly Jeffries. “Without the use of video lights or strobes, it was challenging to shoot straight up, but we didn’t want to disturb the sharks with our flash. It is beautiful witness nature in its untouched and wild form. I hope that increased areas are protected to preserve the life within.”

“What a moment to witness as all of these hammerhead sharks swim right over top of you! The light coming from the surface really adds some drama to this photo as well.” — @natgeo photographer Ami Vitale (@amivitale). This photo was published in our “Chasing Moments” story, curated by Ami Vitale and #Sponsored by @nikonusa. To see more from this story, go to the link in our profile. #YourShotPhotographer


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To Remember Us By | Photograph by Jodie Castellani (@castlelightimages)
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“As my mother’s memory faded, she required 24/7 supervision in a Memory Care Unit. They suggested we surround her with some of her favorite things for comfort, and in hopes of jogging her memory,” writes Your Shot photographer Jodie Castellani. “We loaded her bureau with photos of her children and grandkids, her prized bowling trophy, stuffed animals, and art — all which helped for a short time. However, on this day she vacantly stared ahead, showing little recognition. It ultimately just wasn’t enough to sustain her.”

“Thank you very much for sharing your story with us Jodie. I love your use of the mirror as a compositional tool, to frame her reflection with other framed memories from your mother’s past. But what I really like is that you are not just honoring your mom (an obvious ‘Because of Her’ submission), but that because of you — a daughter — you are helping preserve your mom’s memories and legacy by sharing her story. Jodie, you are also a ‘Because of Her’…” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee). This photo was selected for our “Because of Her” story, curated by David Y. Lee and @natgeo photographer Amy Toensing (@amytoensing).
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To submit to our current assignment, “Quest for Happiness,” curated by @natgeo photographer Matthieu Paley (@paleyphoto), go to the link in our profile. #YourShotPhotographer


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