The end of National Geographic's YourShot :(

This morning I got the following email:

To our Your Shot community:

We are reaching out to let you know about some important changes regarding your Your Shot account. As of October 31, 2019, the current Your Shot platform will be discontinued and all engagement, assignments, and promotion of photos from our community will occur on National Geographic’s Instagram Your Shot feed. Please continue reading for further information about what this means for your account with us.

We are pleased to offer professionals and budding talents alike the opportunity to share their work, receive expert feedback and be featured on our platforms. We are excited about the move to Your Shot’s Instagram, as the community on that platform is over 2 million strong. This change will enable a robust continued conversation about photos and visual storytelling before and among a large and engaged audience. Find us if you haven’t already at @natgeoyourshot.

As a reminder, any images you have shared on the platform are subject to the Terms of Use and may be used by National Geographic in the continued promotion of Your Shot. Please refer to our Terms of Use sharing and use for more information on this.

Please note that after October 31, you will no longer be able to log in to access this information.

Thank you for sharing your moments with us.

Sincerely,

Your Shot + National Geographic

When I started my photographic journey, some 9 years ago, Nat Geo’s YourShot was probably the first platform I chose to present my work on. It was a bit awkward in the beginning, no real profile page, not many features etc., but you had the chance to be featured in daily dozen and get your photo published in the actual magazine. It happened to me in 2014. One of my photos was chosen and printed in the May edition. It was a huge morale boost and honor to be published in such a prestigious and well known magazine. I believe other amateurs whose work was published felt the same way.

In the meantime, the platform has grown, developed and evolved, to the point it has become a serious contender for the best photography centric site on the internet, in my opinion. It is a true community platform with unique features such as assignments, stories, daily dozen, discussions, editors’ feedback etc. It has been my daily source of inspiration and knowledge.

Words that define YourShot.

Words that define YourShot.

Such a bizarre decision could only be attributed to one thing, cutting costs. While I still love Instagram and use it regularly, it has been going in the wrong direction for a while. It is “free”, but its community features are far behind YourShot, visibility and discovery are governed by algorithms and people mostly use it for self-promotion and marketing. It is even hard to stay on top of people you follow and sponsored posts are everywhere!

I still do hope that Nat Geo will revise its decision and let YourShot live for a while. Otherwise, there are no decent photographic platforms out there where non-professional photographers can share their work, connect, learn and get real feedback from editors and other professionals.

Cheers!

Srdjan