I had traveled to Desolation Sound in British Columbia to meet up with a RCGS photographer in order to photograph the Grizzly Bears of Toba Inlet. We viewed bears and walked alongside Indigenous guides in one of the most mystical and beautiful places on earth. In our room, at the Klahoose Wilderness Resort, was a letter from the CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. They had set up a digital photo sharing platform within the Canadian Geographic Photo Club where we were encouraged to share our experiences and our work from Canada. Thereby becoming part of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Canadian Geographic family.
I’m pleased and honored to share a couple of these photos with you.
National Geographic has built an online photo community of more than half a million photographers, known as the “Your Shot Community.” As a member I’m fortunate to be able to enter into assignments where National Geographic editors might favorite one of your photos or even feature them. We do not get paid for our images, however, there are two steps that could graduate us into the National Geographic magazine. First, you are “Favorited” by an editor, which means that your photo fully represented an assignment. Second, & it’s a long shot, maybe never, your photo is chosen for the “The Daily Dozen.” Twelve photos are chosen to be viewed and voted on (within the community) over a 24 hour period. Should your photo have the most votes, you have the possibility of making it into the National Geographic Magazine. I was chosen for the Daily Dozen September 12, 2017, plus given editor’s comments with an online ribbon. You may Google me under National Geographic Betty Byrd Daily Dozen.
I am humbled & honored to receive this award. ~Betty Byrd