This assignment was full of new ideas, stories, and surprises at every level. Whether you were peering down on elegant eyelashes from inches away or flying above a tie-dyed, flamingo-filled lagoon in Namibia, your photos did everything we could have hoped for. They made us curious. They made us giggle. Some hit us right in the heart; others had us doubting the reality of the beauty.
The new view made me excited to see our world all over again. Ritam captured this so well in the image below. That curiosity and eagerness to learn and explore, to fly around our globe. In this assignment, all of the submissions helped take us around the world in a new and exciting way.
Building this story with Brian and Jassen was a joy. They brought fresh views, tons of experience, and so much thought and care into each image we loved here—and each image we didn’t want to let go of. I think Brian said it best: “The final edit was the most interesting part, as it forces each editor to verbalize the reasons for their love of their favorite images. Of course, how can anyone expect men to express their love in words? It was Valentine’s Day all over again. As the debate rages, each editor starts to appreciate the point of view of the other editors. What started were scattered ingredients to a narrative, but what came out of the oven was a story baked to perfection.”