National Geographic Gets Romantic with ‘Love Snap’ [Big Picture]

National Geographic announces new assigment, devoted to Valentine’s Day.

National Geographic has launched a new assignment on Valentine’s Day on their online photo-sharing platform, Your Shot (, titled Love Snap.

The new photo contest entered into force from Feb. 14 and it will last till March 7. The popular network urges its readers to submit photos of the people and things they love expressed with light, movement and color, images that inspire the ideas of love.

“We tend to be casual about using this powerful word, so stop for a moment and consider what love actually means to you. Now is the time to turn words into images. Don’t tell us who or where or what makes your heart sing—show us,” official website claims.

“Your images can be superreal or dreamlike, journalistic or imagined; they can speak to a person or to a moment in time. We challenge you to go beyond the saccharine-sweet clichés and show us the intimate and personal aspects of your ideas on love.”

“Elevate us. Surprise us! Inspire us with what you love, and we’ll share it with the world,” organisators said.

A leader in capturing our incredible world with outstanding imagery, National Geographic has all right to set the standard for photographic excellence.

Back in December National Geographic closed its annual photo contests for professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts from over 150 countries who submitted more than 7,000 entries.

“The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts comprising National Geographic magazine Senior Photo Editor Susan Welchman; and documentary photographers Stephanie Sinclair and Ed Kashi,” claims the network’s official site.

The best photo of the year was made by Seattle-based photographer Paul Souders who captured a polar bear positioned right beneath the surface of Hudson Bay’s freezing waters. He called the once-in-a-lifetime shot Ice Bear.

“The bear swam up to the iceberg, ducked under and stayed underwater for several seconds as I moved my zodiac into position and then held out the camera on a six-foot boom near the entrance,” he revealed to reporters how the photo was taken.

“I didn’t fire until she came up to breathe and take a look at me, and I kept firing the shutter as she submerged again. She hung there, just below the surface, watching me, then came up for another breath before swimming away.”

“I couldn’t see her from where I sat in my small zodiac boat; I was shooting blind with the wide angle. I sensed it was a unique situation, but the first thought in my mind was that I really didn’t want to screw up,” he added.

“I’d already dunked the remote radio trigger and camera into the salt water, and had to jury rig a replacement cable by chewing off the copper wires and hand-splicing it together. I don’t know how, but somehow it worked.”

There’re other two winners: Cecile Baudier of Jylland, Denmark placed first in the People category for the image Together, Alone while Adam Tan of Selangor, Malaysia, nabbed the top spot in the Places category for Long Road to Daybreak.

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