Published on National Geographic
On May 17th, 2018 I was published on National Geographic for the first time. National Geographic does a contest called the daily dozen, in which editors pick what they feel are the best shots of the day from photographers all around the world. This is a part of their "Your Shot" section featuring every day photographers that submit their work through an online segment.
This was the second photo that I ever submitted to their site. This was a very humbling experience to be included in such a prestigious contest with other great photographers. While I did not win and I came in 4th place, I could not have asked for a better opportunity and I cannot thank my friends and family enough for supporting me over the years.
The contest for my submission can be viewed at:https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/2018-05-17/
About This Photograph:
I took this shot in Glacier National Park in Montana. If you have never been there you should go when you get the chance. I have been to national parks across the country and I can attest there is nothing quite like Glacier. The Going-To-The-Sun-Road goes to the top of the park, and as such, is typically only open a few months of the year due to brutal snow piling up on the road. This was my first time in the park when the road was open. The sheer amount of wildflowers is overwhelming, coupled with the beauty of the park, and waterfalls seemingly around every corner, it can be tough to concentrate on getting a good shot in one place. As I was coming around one of the bends on the road, I looked down and saw this beautiful array of wildflowers outlooking into the gorge, and I knew this was the shot I needed to get. I almost died looking out onto a ledge shortly after this as I jumped up on the ledge but did not realize that there was a 1,000 foot drop from there- so stay off the ledges of this road if you go up there :) Ironically, when I got to the top of the road, I could not see anything. As you can see from this picture there was so much cloud cover that you could not see further than your hand in front of your face at the top of the mountain. This was still such an amazing experience and I am so happy that National Geographic was able to share this experience of mine with the world. If you ever get the chance to visit Glacier National Park in Montana, please do yourself a favor and make it happen.