National Geographic Your Shot
Backpacking in fiordland national park | photograph by mikaela gregory
“i planned to move to new zealand when i had achieved some financial goals and an arbitrary amount of work experience. it was the goal,” writes #yourshotphotographer mikaela gregory. “but one day as i sat at my desk, hearing incessant phones ringing in my open-plan office, i felt completely free of societal expectations that used to matter to me. and that freedom allowed me to go for my biggest dream: living in new zealand. the first thing i did when i arrived was backpack the stunning milford track!” this photo was selected for the june 14, 2019 edition of our photos of the week series.
“a lot of people share similar photos of self in front of an epic landscape. however, your story is intimate and revealing, your photo resonates with me. i feel the weight of societal expectations lifting off your shoulders as you soak in the beauty in front of you. this is definitely an adventure of a lifetime.” — @natgeoyourshot producer david y. lee (@davidylee )