As you have probably figured out, we are huge National Geographic Photography fans. That is why we have prepared a special post about the story behind the amazing National Geographic Photo of the Day initiative. Find out everything about this project and the way your best shot can become one of them.

National Geographic Photo of the Day – Interesting Facts

National Geographic Photo of the Day page hosts inspiring images from photographers from all over the world. The mission of National Geographic editors is to discover challenging and creative photographers who can tell stories through such stunning and captivating shots.

Every day, for several years now, National Geographic magazine editors have selected their favorite photos from thousands of uploads featuring wildlife, culture, people, street art, environment, as well as a wide range of events. The richness and diversity of daily National Geographic images is almost impossible to imagine. That is why, you have to see it for yourself. Until today, the National Geographic Photo of the Day Archive comprises no less than 2, 369 photographs.

National Geographic Photography Creative Logo

National Geographic Photo of the Day is a NG initiative born of the editors’ desire to tell stories through big, bold photography send by people from around the globe.

Have you ever heard of Your Shot storytelling community? Your Shot is a NG project launched in 2006. What they had in mind at the time was publishing a special edition of National Geographic Magazine made-up entirely of photos submitted by readers every day.

National Geographic Your Shot Issue Special Edition Cover

First thing to point out, Your Shot is your opportunity to connect with fellow photographers and get international exposure. Over the years, National Geographic has nurtured an active photography community. Not only the NG editors are there to select the best shots photographers send each weekday, but they also offer expert advice and creative insights.

Whether you are a pro or an amateur, your shot can become a National Geographic Photo of the Day. Why don’t you choose your best shot and send it to them? If you are selected, you get the chance to appear on the National Geographic website and even in their magazine. Each day, the NG editors showcase 12 submissions under the generic title of Daily Dozen. The winners featuring in the National Geographic magazine are voted by Your Shot community after a careful selection.

If you already consider challenging yourself and send your best photograph, here’s what we recommend doing beforehand:

  • Have a look at the winning Your Shot There’s always room for inspiration.
  • Each photo is submitted according to an assignment theme. Check the assignments and submit a photo that best fits one of them. Here are some examples of Your Shot assignments: The Power of a Smile, Behind the Adventure, First Light, The Faceless Portrait, The Walk.
  • Visit nationalgeographic.com to learn everything about the submission process.
  • Create a Your Shot account where you can upload your best photos, keep track of your favs and awards (fingers crossed).

National Geographic Photo of the Day Categories

National Geographic magazine editors are open to all types of photography and encourage you to experiment with all kinds of styles and techniques. Here are the photo categories you can choose from:

  • Abstract
  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Architecture
  • Black and White
  • Culture
  • Food
  • Landscapes
  • Nature
  • People
  • Places
  • Portraits
  • Space
  • Sports
  • Style
  • Travel
  • Underwater
  • Weather

Where to Find the National Geographic Photo of the Day

National Geographic Photo of the Day Official Page:

Access photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day to have a look at the latest Your Shot winning submissions. You can also skim through the national geographic photo of the day journal, a photo archive comprising all winning photos from 2009 to present.

For more interesting facts and news about Your Shot Community, you can visit their blog.

Social Media is another option to delight your eyes with these stunning images:

  • National Geographic Photo of the Day: Facebook
  • National Geographic Photo of the Day: Twitter
  • National Geographic Photography: Pinterest
  • National Geographic Photography: Instagram

We hope this post proves useful to you. For any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us.

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