National Geographic : 2009 Oct
YOUR SHOT | ngm.com/yourshot READERS' CHOICE EDITORS' CHOICE • John Neville Nipomo, California A 63-year-old railroad enthusiast, Neville was visiting Pingdingshan, China, when he saw a woman sifting through train ashes for coal to heat her home. "The irony," says Neville, "is that this is a coal-mining region---coal is everywhere." Nicholas McElroy Grovetown, Georgia In New York's Adirondack Mountains, National Guardsman McElroy, 25, spied a boater and thought, "If she paddles into the center of the pond, it would make an amazing picture." Solitary Pursuits Some lone acts---like a person seeking coal in a busy rail yard or quiet on an idyllic pond---can be profound. If you can see the magic in those moments, take your best shot and send it our way; we might publish the results. Every month this page features two photographs: one chosen by our editors, one chosen by readers via online voting. For guidelines, a submission form, and more information, go to ngm.com/yourshot.