A Planet in Balance – National Geographic

Nat Geo Assignment: A Planet in Balance - Kristian Bertel
Lawn, India submitted to ‘A Planet in Balance’ on Nat Geo.



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Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot photo community with an assignment called ‘A Planet in Balance‘. Curated by Kristen McNicholas, an associate photo editor at Nat Geo Your Shot and Matt Adams, a senior producer at Nat Geo Your Shot, they want to see photographs of our planet and they are open to the photographer’s interpretation, but our caption must be informative and relate back to the need to bring balance to our planet.

We can achieve this by showing timeless vistas that are vulnerable, iconic wildlife that are at risk, the dangers our planet faces such as pollution or the overabundance of plastic or even your view from your backyard that illustrates why you love our planet. We meet with local people around the globe in our photos to learn about the cultures, dishes and flavors unique to each location.

As Kristen and Matt are saying it: ” – Our planet takes care of us each and every day, so we must make sure that we take care of it in return. For us to allow our home planet to thrive, we have to achieve a planet in balance to maintain its brilliant vistas, breathtaking sceneries, and unforgettable landscapes”, they say.


”Every ingredient we harvests and dish we taste will inspire a new recipe from scratch, created to represent the heart of that culture. Together, we can achieve a planet in balance”


Photofest in Mexico
This assignment is in partnership with Photofest, a photography festival held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. With this partnership we are offering the Your Shot community a chance to have your images featured in a gallery exhibit at Photofest in Mexico. Published images from the final story will be featured in an exhibit titled Our Last Call to Achieve a Planet in Balance.

The exhibition will highlight our relationship with animals through the Photo Ark, as well our relationship with plastic in our everyday lives through National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? initiative. This is your chance to have your photos displayed at Photofest and show the audience the importance of protecting our planet.

Nature photograph from India
The contributing photographer Kristian Bertel took a photo of an Indian man walking on a lawn behind the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

”- Lawns are a common feature of private gardens, public landscapes and parks in many parts of the world. They are created for aesthetic pleasure, as well as for sports or other outdoor recreational use. Lawns are useful as a playing surface both because they mitigate erosion and dust generated by intensive foot traffic”, the photographer Kristian Bertel says.


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