Adventures of a Lifetime on Nat Geo

Nat Geo Assignment: Adventures of a Lifetime - Kristian Bertel
Taj Mahal Mosque in India submitted to ‘Adventures of a Lifetime’ on National Geographic.


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Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot photo community with an assignment called ‘Adventures of a Lifetime‘. The photo assignment curated by Anne Farrar, director of photography at National Geographic Traveler and George Stone, an editor in chief, National Geographic Traveler and Maura Friedman, an associate photo editor at National Geographic Travel are looking to see memories and experience life-changing images from the most amazing adventures we have had during our travels.

These are photographs that feature our most epic adventures in beautiful places in the world. This assignment also comes with an incredible opportunity and they are partnering with National Geographic Traveler once again to offer one of their photographers the chance for their photo to be on the cover of Traveler magazine.

National Geographic invokes the spirit of wonder and exploration
We should show breathtaking vistas of mountains, icebergs, waterfalls, beaches, forests, cliffs, lakes—places that are almost too spectacular to be real. Now, maybe we cannot get to somewhere which make us feel is epic. What kind of adventure can we have close to home? Maybe we went on an adventure in our city or on a nearby trail. They want to see how the entire community envisions an adventure of a lifetime.

As Maura is saying it: ”- A good travel photo gives me a sense of place. If your perspective is much too close, I don’t know where we are. If the camera is much too far, sometimes we lose what makes the place you’ve photographed special. It’s a balancing act. The aim is to immerse your viewer in what caught your eye and inspired you to raise your camera. If you take that perfect perspective and add something extra a golden pocket of light or the exact moment a person turns their head that’s an excellent travel photo. Excellent travel photos don’t just show me a place, they make me feel a certain way about it”, she says.


”Magazine covers must have an emotional quality that encourages people to get out and see the world for themselves”


Travel magazine photography as a topic
As Nat Geo is looking through our travel photos or set out to take new ones, here are some things to think about for instance that as always, captions are important. In addition to naming the location, please include details about who is in the image, what are we seeing, where we are, when was the image made, and how you got there. The very best travel magazine cover photos make readers wish they were in the picture.

Our photograph should also demonstrate a strong sense of place. The location we have photographed does not have to be immediately recognizable, but the scene should not feel like a generic landscape. Another thing is that magazine covers require a photo with vertical orientation. We can submit horizontal images, but we will have to crop them to fit. Additionally, their National Geographic Traveler logo will appear across the top, so too-busy backgrounds can make the type hard to read and the photograph will ideally have been taken within the last five years. Places change quickly and the image should reflect the destination as it is today.

”It is a wide and wonderful world out there and National Geographic cannot wait to be amazed and inspired by your pictures of it”


About the photograph
Kristian Bertel participated with one of his photos from India, which depicts a hallway in the enhancing and the already present splendor of the Taj Mahal is a building that stands on the western side of it, a Mosque made up of red sandstone. “- It serves two purposes, first, it was obligatory according to the Muslim law for each mausoleum to have a place of worship nearby. Second, the mosque and a mirror image of the mosque, a guest house that stands on the opposite side of it, together provide a perfect symmetrical balance to the architecture of whole of Taj Mahal”, Kristian Bertel says.


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