In pulling together my presentation for my Fundamentals of Digital Journalism class a few weeks ago, I looked more deeply into the National Geographic Photography website. As mentioned previously, I have always been enamored with the photography included in the print edition of National Geographic Magazine and was thrilled to see the same incredible level of images in the online edition and throughout the site.
One excellent feature of the NatGeo photography site is its “Assignments,” an opportunity for readers to submit their own shots for consideration in this monthly piece. A recent assignment centered around macro photography, which I’ve always found fascinating.
As National Geographic photographer and submissions judge Anand Varma in his blog post highlighting his favorite entries, “The wonderful thing about macro photography is its power to transport us into tiny new worlds.” That certainly was evident in the 17 amazing photos that Varma selected as the best. But there were literally thousands of great photos entered by readers and photographers from around the globe.
Here’s a look at the “winners.” Scroll to the bottom of the page to view some of the more than 15,800 other entries.
Here were mine:
A week later I came across a feature showcasing black and white photos, another of my favorite categories. I decided to upload a few of my favorites:
It’s been great getting feedback on my shots – and seeing people select them among their favorites – but it’s even more valuable to see the way others compose their photos. It has certainly opened my eyes to news ways of envisioning a shot.