This morning I got the following email:
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.
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.