National Geographic : 2008 Dec
YO UR SH 0 T I DIGITAL PHOTO GUIDE For the Love of Pictures Shortly after eight in the morning, National Geographic senior photo editor Susan Welchman dashes into her office, stirring a cup of oatmeal. She's hungry for more than breakfast. She launches her computer and lowers the window shades. On-screen the latest Your Shot submissions pop up: "158 today," she says. Since Your Shot debuted in March 2006, readers have submitted more than 100,000 digital photos. Of those, the magazine has published an even hundred and put hundreds more online. All were first vetted by Welchman, who reviews new entries each morning, marking favorites with the speed of a camera's shutter. "Oh man, look at this," she says, laughing as a photo of cat food appears. "I love that one!" Bugs, birds, butterflies-lots of butterflies-rainbows, lightning, children playing, a boarded-up door. In 16 minutes she's cut 158 shots to 12-the Daily Dozen slated to appear on ngm.com. "It's a big responsibility, but I love editing Your Shot because it's so real," she says. "It's rewarding to see what people are drawn to." -Oliver Uberti A Create mystery "Having fun with my daughter," noted the caption. Photo editor Susan Welchman still wonders what they were doing: "I love to look through pictures and think of the people who shot them."