Hashtag Challenge: #Wildfire2014
Mark Thiessen is a staff photographer for National Geographic. He manages the photo studio and regularly goes out on assignment for National Geographic magazine.
I’ve been shooting wildfires for nearly 20 years, and I’m always impressed by the photographs taken by firefighters. It usually goes something like this: “Hey Mark! You should have been here yesterday, check this out!” And they whip out their cameras and show me killer images that I wish I had shot. It never fails. Everyone says, “You should have been here yesterday!” At Your Shot we want to give you, the firefighters, an opportunity to share your images far and wide. Upload your images to yourshot.nationalgeographic.com using the hashtag #Wildfire2014. (Those of you not in the fire community, you can still participate by engaging with the photos that come in by commenting and favoriting the images and sharing your own stories). You are right in the middle of it and have the unique opportunity to show your friends and family what it’s like to be on the inside. Maybe it’s a dramatic burnout operation at night, a portrait of your soot-covered squad boss during mop up, or a Nomex (fire-resistant suit) so dirty it can stand up on its own.
The key to getting great fire pictures is being there for the next “yesterday.” A few disclaimers:
DON’T BURN YOUR BUDDY: If you include firefighters in your pictures, make sure they’re wearing appropriate PPE for the situation.
STAY FOCUSED: Don’t let your desire for a great shot distract you from your firefighting duties.
Stay tuned to the blog, as I’ll be giving regular updates and picking your photos to feature.
See more of Mark’s photos in his Your Shot gallery.