A traditional outhouse stands alone in a wide, open field
A traditional outhouse surrounded by mountains

In July 2015, the National Geographic Your Shot team created this photo assignment:

“For most people, “energy” means having the ability to flip a switch to turn on overhead lights or adjust a knob on the stove for morning tea - we often take for granted our access to energy that powers our lives.

We'd like to challenge you to think about what the world would look like without any connection to energy - to envision how it would affect your life and impact everything you see, touch and do each day of the year.

Here's the thing: energy is nearly as important as the air we breathe and the water we drink, yet not everyone has ready, reliable access to energy.

This special Your Shot assignment asks that you show what a world without energy might look like. As you look to compose striking images for this assignment, consider the themes of energy access, energy innovation and ideas, and how having no access to power can - and in some parts of the world, does - affect people in their day-to-day lives.”

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