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The Love of Parents

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Published Jul 10, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 25 Contributors

    26 photos selected by

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer
    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    A few moments of silence shared by a mother and her 3 year old daughter

    #quiet_moments #child #mother__child #baby #mother #family #love #quiet_moments_assignment

    We received more than five thousand images for this "Love of Parents" assignment, and we enjoyed looking at so many great images. Many of you captured vulnerability and connection in your images, and as a collective group you spoke volumes about love trumping hate. Your photographs showed that love exists in the world, in families, and in homes, across cultures and geographic locations. A common thread that weaves through so many of our lives is the love between parents and children. Our final story is diverse, showing young and old, people and animals, and all sorts of situations, but in each picture, the photographer captured the "Love of Parents" with heartfelt intimacy.

    I attended the peaceful home birth of this sweet baby girl. The first time mother was strong and ...

    #midwife #father #born #birth #mother #womb #homebirth

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Ivan Lesica who commented, "I do not know what to say and I mean it in a good way... Love this photo... So personal... Thank you for sharing such special and int... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Intense relief after delivering her baby.

    #relief #birth #mother #love #victory #childbirth

    Editor's Note

    The intense exhaustion is palpable in this image. The photographer did a great job getting close and seeing this image.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    An Hindu devotee making a kiss to his new born baby during Charak Festival as per traditional pra...

    #moment #festival #emotion #life #street #places #culture #india

    Editor's Note

    This is so beautiful Avishek. I love how complex your composition is, with so many elements leading my eye to the moment between the father and child. Thank you the details in your caption, explain... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It's 10:44pm in Sacramento, CA and I'm still awake rocking my newborn to sleep, while my other th...

    #motherhood #selfportrait #documentaryfamilyphotography

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful layering and beautiful moment!

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    My husband tried for hours to calm our twins until finally all three conked out on our living roo...

    #takingcareofbabies #twingirls #doubleblessing #tiredparent #fatheroftwins

    Editor's Note

    This is a fun and funny image. The symmetry of their bodies is great.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Being a great parents, we are not only just providing foods and protections for our kids, but als...

    #the_love_of_parents_assignment #animal #swan

    Editor's Note

    This image totally surprised me. To see the babies on the swan’s back AND to see the swan’s head underwater is great. Nice job!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Parent, the world's best title.Every word, facial expression, action on the part of a parent give...

    #oliveridleyturtlehatchling #oliveridleyturtle #nature

    Editor's Note

    The photographer did a nice job seeing this image and stepping back just a little to let the whole scene play out.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Luckily i met with an accident.!.and got 60 days off from my mundane corporate life. I didn't was...

    #happy_life #kids #home_sweet_home #faher_and_son_bond

    Editor's Note

    This is a great look by the photographer. Funny. I love the visual game the photographer is playing and that a nice moment was captured too!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Can not really describe the moment. My first kid when she was 3 months old holding tight my finge...

    #reem #father #baby #hand #eye #black #gift #love #girl

    Editor's Note

    The stark background helps this image and I like how the photographer filled the frame. We saw many images of babies clutching parent’s fingers but the eye at the right of the frame made this one ... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Every time I have a moment of sadness or frustration, I want to remind myself how lucky I am in r...

    #thegiftoflife #son #father #trust #family #love

    Editor's Note

    Comment by Your Shot user Lara Kantardjian: "I added this to my favourites some time ago. I loved everything about it from the instant I saw it. To be honest I could not write a comment at the time... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Of all the things my hands have held the best by far is you

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Rose Ungvari who commented, "Your narrative is so powerful and so perfectly said. Your image is so stunning, no words needed... the bond, the love, the emotions ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    No wash and go here--hair is part of our every day routine--spray, lotion, detangle, lather, rins...

    #hair #blackandwhite #childhood #dailyroutine #fatherhood #curls

    Editor's Note

    As a new Dad just learning the ropes I am learning more and more about tending to my daughter’s hair. It is one of my great joys of being a father! This image touched me and stood out to me. The da... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    I’ve not brushed my hair. I have acne. I’m in my husbands boxers. There’s a hungry baby biting at...

    #motherhood #boymom #mother #children #portrait

    Editor's Note

    I love the normalcy of this moment and the way it shows the devotion of this mom. In her devotion love shines through.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    This's children's favourite play, they can swing for hours

    #fun #father_and_children #kids #laugh #hammock

    Editor's Note

    The joy of the children playing really comes through in this photograph. Nice shot.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    on the way to home...all my love

    #urbantransit #trip #kids #baby #home #family #holiday #travel #india

    Editor's Note

    Sweet moment, Kasia. Feelings, the journey, touching, the aura of love, photographed well in eloquent light. Pleased you, like others, are thinking in lyrics that more than direct. The welcoming, g... More

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    What's survival for many, that's daily life for many too. A lot of poor and homeless people from ...

    #moment #survival #city #mother #food #kolkata #india

    Editor's Note

    So pleased you bring this important aspect of love to this assignment, Anirban. Thank you.

    John Stanmeyer
    National Geographic Contributing Photographer

    A beautiful photo of a father and son sitting in white traditional attire with beautiful blue sky...

    #faith #natgeoyourshot #tradition #compostion #dailydozen #photooftheday #family #travel #culture

    Editor's Note

    I love this moment, Jobit. There is some nice spacing at the top, but it's the connection of the father and son that just makes this image for me. I love the patience and though being showed here a... More

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    my daughter with her dad

    #famiy #blackwhite #people

    Editor's Note

    Such joy and happiness in this daughter’s face. The photographer did a great job capturing this moment. This image reminds me of another image we saw with a much older face. Amazing to see two such... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Like father like son - when exploring boyhood it's fascinating to watch father and son bond - ful...

    #fatherandson #childhood #parenthood #boys

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Patricia Przybylinski's comment: "Fabulous, genuine moment captured, Agnieszka! I love son's legs comfortably propped on dad's lap in trust — the chairs pull that bond... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A kiss from dad after the T-Ball game, nothing better for this little boy.

    #dadandsons #fatherandsons

    Editor's Note

    I love how it is clear the boy wants nothing to do with this kiss but his dad is doing it anyway. This shows a very real side of “Love of Parents”!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Infinite Love With Parents

    #sun #age #tension #mother #family #love #hope

    Editor's Note

    This is an example of a nice storytelling image that leaves a great deal of mystery.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Giap, 65, and Quy, 90, his mother, live in a small house in Duong Lam ancient village, 50km from ...

    #parent #soul #dumb #disabled_people #mother #love #portrait #deaf

    Editor's Note

    What a beautiful face and soulful eyes. The photographer did an excellent job capturing this image. The photographer’s use of depth of field helps our eye settle on the old woman’s eyes. Nice job.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    On my trip to the US, I stopped to visit my friend. His mother suffered a severe stroke. Now whe...

    #elderly #role #care #family #love #reversal #aging

    Editor's Note

    This image shows something that is going on around so many kitchen tables in so many homes. Children, now grown, taking care of their elderly parents. The tenderness of his hand and the gentlenes... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    The last blessing. The old age problem is inevitable fate. She does not recognise anybody, only s...

    #mother_chid #unconditional_love #mother #portrait #love #black__and_white #people #mobilclick

    Editor's Note

    This is an incredibly intimate moment photographed with respect. This is one of the most difficult things to do as a photographer but the most essential.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    This was my first try to capture new born baby's photo!!

    #touching #new_born #nephew #caring #baby #parents #portrait #love #boy #new_born_baby

    Editor's Note

    The framing of this image is what makes it. The child framed by parents. The touching of the parents heads also communicates their love. Well done.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    As photographers it is a special gift to be able to photograph our own families. So often the casual photographer has everyone look at the camera and "say cheese." But the body of work you all created shows the special power of capturing real moments. Those moments of tenderness and love say so much more than a standard, posed snapshot.

    And those images will have even more power as time passes and those images become collective memories passed down through the generations. This is our goal with turning our cameras on each other and on our daughter. We are creating a visual record of her and our life together. This is an incredibly important and wonderful assignment we will both work on for the rest of our lives.

    Thanks to all of you who contributed images and showed us how beautiful the world can be.

    Amy Toensing and Matt Moyer
    National Geographic photographers

    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 ...
    Matt Moyer
    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer
    Matt Moyer is a photojournalist committed to documenting the social and cultural issues that affect our world. His intimate photographs go behind the headlines to put a human face on the biggest issues of the day. For the past decade Moyer has spent his time photographing feature stories for National ...

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