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Because of Her

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Published Nov 13, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 26 Contributors

    26 photos selected by

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Before I married my wife I had no kids and lived as many bachelors do. The day I married my wife ...

    #bw #daughter #moments #snow #snow_angel #black_and_white #portraits #patience #love #portrait

    Editor's Note

    I love the mood in this image and the caption only reinforces the sweetness and honesty I see in the relationship between the photographer and this beautiful snow angel.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Thank you for introducing us to such amazing women over the course of this assignment. Because of you, we have produced a beautiful archive of photos and stories featuring inspiring women from around the world. Because of you, we are celebrating the women in our lives who encourage us to be better, and who love us in good times and bad.

    Because of her, I get inspiration to photograph cool places and to make music with her. She is an...

    #sounds #canton #bridge #concrete #city #exploration #guangzhou #music #recording #china #urban #asia

    Editor's Note

    This is a fantastic "on assignment" portrait; now I want to hear the sounds she heard and recorded, and can imagine how lovely it must be to combine your photos with her sounds. I really like Your ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is my friend Velintina, a counsellor to those suffering from PTSD after Sri Lanka's bloody a...

    #faith #prayer #srilanka #church #woman #postwar #mullaitivu #dawn

    Editor's Note

    First, thanks to your friend Velintina for her important work. This is a beautiful portrait of her; I can feel Velintina praying and you being quiet out of respect. Your wonderful use of silhouette... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Suraiya, 28 y.o., is a survivor. Attacked by her husband for dowry, she had a facial disfigureme...

    #acid #bangladesh #acid_survivor_foundation #strong #woman #survivor #portrait #crime #hero #attack

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Saikat Mukherjee, who commented "Perfect example of bold and beautiful! She is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing her story. " This is a very lovely portrait cel... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Lady Liberty has been an inspiration to millions of immigrants who have aspired to come to Americ...

    #bw #nyc #architecture #brooklyn_bridge #stature_of_lliberty #culture #statue

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic Victor. I love how you composed this frame, and your decision to present this photo in black and white; it feels so timeless. Thanks for writing a thoughtful caption. I agree with Your Sh... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My beautiful, intelligent granddaughter Isabella. A few weeks ago she called me to tell me that s...

    #independent #freespeech #becauseofher #fierce #strong #queen #girl

    Editor's Note

    Way to go Isabella who understands our constitution and her legal right to protest. This beautiful portrait of her reveals her strength and integrity - really nice.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    The strength it takes for a woman in Cambodia to become a computer teacher is astounding. Boys le...

    #pepyride #technology #olpc #cambodia #becauseofher #futureisfemale #pepy #computers

    Editor's Note

    I love the young boy peeking behind the computer teacher instruct his classmate. I love how close you are to the situation; I feel like I am another student sitting at the table, waiting for the te... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    With all the bad news these days, the future sometimes looks bleak but because of my daughter, an...

    #student #becauseofher #millennial #woman #people #doctor

    Editor's Note

    So great that you chose to turn your camera towards your daughter and tell her story in this moment of her life - I love the found moment and story behind it.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    There are not many women directors and screenwriters. My friend is both and an actor on top of it...

    #female_filmmaker #bts_photography #screenwriter #director #because_of_her #actor

    Editor's Note

    I love the layering in your photo, and how you are leading my eye through your composition to your friend, the subject of your "Because of Her" submission. But what I really love is the larger them... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Heroic humanitarian work of Daniela Gironda who rescue abandoned, abused or stray cats. Her two d...

    #ngmadventure #feeding #cats #dog #friendship #animals #volunteer

    Editor's Note

    Really nice perspective and layering in this image - from the catch light in the cat's eye in the foreground to the dog in the back, my eye is lead through the whole image. The light on the subject... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Solio is the oldest black rhino on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. She has birthed 5...

    #landscape #blackrhino #lewa #wildlife #kenya #epic #africa #clouds #rhino

    Editor's Note

    I love it Martin. I love how you interpreted this assignment beyond humans. Solio has definitely earned her nickname: "Grandmother of Lewa" with five generations of rhinos. Thank you for a detailed... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In my late 30's my wife convinced me to put aside my career as a firefighter/medic and return to ...

    #blue #diver_and_fish #ocean #socorro_islands #underwater #diver #shark #scuba_diver

    Editor's Note

    I love it Darryl. I hope you have repeatedly thanked your wife for encouraging you to pursue your original aspirations to be a professional photographer. Look again at your photo: you are underwate... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Of all the colorful underwater creatures I have photographed and all the exotic landscapes I have...

    #because_of_her_assignment #woman #portrait #muse #black__and_white

    Editor's Note

    This is is a striking portrait that says everything you describe in your caption in an instant. You have celebrated her in such a beautiful way.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    This is my girlfriend and soon to be wife. Every month I took photo of her and our baby. This is ...

    #siargao #black_and_white #because_of_her #pregnant #portraits #people

    Editor's Note

    I like the dreamy feel of this image - the shallow depth of field, the textures of the water and the moment she is in - Really beautiful.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Here I photographed a fleeting moment in our everyday life at home. My wife hugging our son in a ...

    #onthefloor #becauseofher #motherandson

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful, real emotion in this moment and I love the tuft of hair twisting upward on the little boy.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    family love is simple yet so complicated , we are terrified from losing the same people we never ...

    #sister #family #love #girl

    Editor's Note

    A number of elements drew me into this quiet and strong image - the light, the positions of their feet and hands, the serious looks of the sisters to different directions. There's an intimacy here ... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    My favorite music festivals are the ones with an abundance of children and family. It brings a co...

    #mothersanddaughters #colorado #natgeoyourshot #musicfestivals #arisemusicfestival #natgeo

    Editor's Note

    The layering in this image is really wonderful - it works all the way through, from the man and girl dancing in the front, to the boy looking back to the beautifully framed mother and daughter and ... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    She was a nurse for 25 years, but her job wasn't over after retirement. She is the mother of a...

    #daughter_and_mother #grace #diversity #nurse #family #lowlight_photography #love #smile #unique

    Editor's Note

    Thank you for writing such a lovely caption; I love the story you share about this Mother. I love the first line of your caption: "She was a nurse for 25 years, but her job wasn't over after retire... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Time with grandmother is priceless. My daughter loves to cook and who will teach her better than ...

    #child #becauseofher #grandmother #blackandwhite #relations

    Editor's Note

    This is such a wonderfully shown moment - the light, the gestures and so much love - beautiful!

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Girls are back in moments of joy

    #swing #oman #joy #girls

    Editor's Note

    Really beautiful energy and spirit in this image.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Valentina and I were dating for about a year when I got a dream job as a guide in Patagonia, she ...

    #because_of_her #love #partner

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful portrait Eduardo. I am happy you kept Valentina's head separated from the reflected mountains. I love how her gaze is looking up to the sunlit peaks. And then after reading your caption, ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar disorder this year, my mother has suffered in silence for the maj...

    #becauseofher #invisibleillness #ptsd #mentalillness #superwoman #trauma

    Editor's Note

    Really beautiful light in this image - catches just enough of the photographer's mother and the mood created helps tell her story. Well done.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    As my mother's memory faded, she required 24/7 supervision in a Memory Care Unit. They suggested ...

    #momentos #photos #dementia #memoryloss #becauseofher #memories #family #comfort #memory_care

    Editor's Note

    Thank you very much for sharing your story with us Jodie. I love your use of the mirror as a compositional tool, to frame her reflection with other framed memories from your mother's past. But what... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photo was taken just before 2 days my best friend Eric’s wife pass away, her name is Fang. ...

    #lastmoments #because_of_her_assignment #hospital #mybestfriends

    Editor's Note

    Thank you for sharing your friends' story. I love your decision to shoot this frame from above, to take advantage the light streaking in from the window which is illuminating your friend's face as ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Son embraces his father while crying at his wife's grave on Mother's Day

    #faith #death_and_life #family #love #black__and_white #people

    Editor's Note

    Really powerful image and moment captured here - really well done.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Captured this just before my wife wake up in the morning, she is truly the gift of my life, her i...

    #sleep #because_of_her #gift_of_life

    Editor's Note

    I like how the photographer used the design of the blanket, a tight composition and sleep to make a really interesting portrait.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    We were most impressed by the intimacy in so many of your images. We met women at work and play, and women who love and give with strength. We could see the love you have for these women, who have impacted you directly or on a daily basis. You went beyond just submitting pretty pictures by sharing photos with a purpose and giving us the story behind the image. You have inspired us with your commitment to push yourselves and become better photographers and more thoughtful storytellers.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic photographer

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editors
    Amy Toensing
    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer
    Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. Toensing has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine for over a decade and recently completed her fifteenth feature story for them. She has ...
    David Y. Lee
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Before joining the Your Shot team, I covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project featuring people connected by the decision to say yes to the gift of ...

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