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Mother and Child

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Published Jul 13, 2015 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 32 Contributors

    32 photos selected by

    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer

    our daily nap

    #child #mother #nap_time

    I’d like to start of by congratulating everyone who participated in the Mother and Child assignment. This is the first Your Shot assignment I’ve edited and I am so impressed with the images you've shared. You are giving National Geographic photographers a run for our money!

    It’s truly been a wonderful experience to edit this project. There is a tenderness in so many of your images that transported me into the most intimate worlds of the people and animals you've photographed. As a viewer, I felt like a spy at times, witnessing a moment so intimate that it felt as if you had shared it with me alone. Other times, I felt your essence in a clearly public situation, but the moment shared became something only you could see. I was impressed by the clear command of light, framing, and correct use of color or black and white. Appropriate use of these tools will help you best communicate the moment you want to share with us.

    With these tools, you have captured moments that resonated in the hearts of everyone who viewed them. It was a true privilege to witness the mother-child dynamic through your eyes. And for this, I thank you.

    The're always festivities during Pentecost week-end; this year there was a temporary camping with...

    #festivity #children_ #bath_in_a_car #volkswagen_beetle

    Editor's Note

    While you cannot see any faces in this image, the chaos of family life is present. And in each part of the frame, there is another surprise... an upside-down foot coming out of the water, hand reac... More

    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer

    Masai mother and her child, Tanzania 2015

    #massai

    Some labourers were working right below my house, I climbed up on the terrace & found them restin...

    #empathygapassignment #family #people #places #travel

    As a mother and daughter finished breakfast and prepared for school, this beautiful and honest mo...

    #nepal #rural #mother__child #mother__children_relationship #solukhumbu #mother__daughter

    I love how this mother and daughter have a sense of style that mimics each other.

    Bubble Day takes place every summer on Margaret Island, one of Budapest’s most popular green area...

    #motherhood #white #outdoor #child #city #life #black #street #portrait #hungary #people #urban #nikon

    This image was taken when Alex was 8 months pregnant. The eggs cradled in her arms are represent...

    #loss #ivf #sadness #infertility #eggs #joy #children #pain

    While my wife and son are one IN a million, I titled this to reflect the endless tasks and moment...

    #removal #tooth #child #mother__child #blackandwhite #mother #loose_tooth

    After many years abroad I visited home. Academically girls are doing better than boys at scho...

    #survival #life #hope #culture #girls #gender

    Mothers Love ...

    #mother__children_relationship #black__and_white

    The only suggestion I will leave you with is to continue working on your caption information. We are lucky to have a global audience at National Geographic and I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity—to not only tell the visual story of your subjects but their written tale as well. Supplement your beautiful images with the information that is hard to photograph, like your subjects' names, backstories, or relationships to the rest of the world. Every being has a story that makes them unique: Take advantage of the many ways you can tell it.

    I leave this editing experience feeling like a mother of sorts myself, proud of your success and hoping that I provided at least some helpful guidance in your journey.

    Another photograph from my long-term project «The Backyard's Society». It illustrates impressivel...

    #relationship #letsexplore #pregnancy #youth #natgeoinspires #supermoon #birth #family

    Editor's Note

    This is a great image and the caption is helpful, adding just right amount of additional info. The composition, background, emotion, use of BW are all spot on. Well done!

    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer

    A orphaned baby elephant enjoys a playful scratch from a carer at the elephant orphanage. The orp...

    #kenya #elephant #baby #orphan

    Editor's Note

    This image is successful because it has all the elements working for it. Good moment, nice use of detail, the color, composition and light are all spot on. Well done!

    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer

    A baby and a mom gorilla in a cozy moment.

    #mothers_day #gorill #wildlife #blackandwhite #baby #mother #portrait #love #animals #cozy #nature

    Mom and son swimming in the Kurile Lake, Kamchatka (RU). Mom is teaching how to catch salmons to ...

    #wildlife #kamchatka #kurile #grizzlybears #mom_son

    Her name is Malaika. She is well known in Masai Mara reservation (Kenya). her behavior towards he...

    #kenya #wildlife #wild #africa #cheetah #places #travel #animals #nature

    Mare pulls in her newborn colt.

    #colt #mare #horse #newborn #baby #horses #foal #filly #animals #nature

    Editor's Note

    This is absolutely gorgeous. The soft light and movement mimics the emotion.

    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer

    In the depths of Wapusk National park, just 2 weeks ago, this mother polar bear emerged from her ...

    #bear_cubs #polar_bear_and_cubs #polar_bear #canada #polar_bear_snow #wapusk #sunset #arctic

    Every year,humpback whales congregate in the warm waters of the Kingdom of Tonga to mate and bree...

    #motherandchild #letsexplore #wildlife #underwater #bestsummertrips #animals

    Here's the thing about being a mother that I never quite get over: finding signs of my child in o...

    #refrigerator #childhood #children #boys #lol #starwars #surprise

    Editor's Note

    There is an intimacy in this image. Even if there are no people in this photograph, their presence is there -- as is the tenderness needed to notice this moment.

    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer

    ...passing time

    it was thundering too loud so she cover her child ears

    #badweather #thunder

    A baby decides to place his palm on a window pane at Sinquerim, Goa, while his mother tries to ma...

    #hands #child #blackandwhite #window #mother #anticipatethemoment #love #india

    While travelling in Rajasthan I saw this villagers travelling from one village to another on the ...

    #jaipur #rajasthan #black__and_white #people #india

    Some days as a mother are more glamorous than others......and some simply about survival......lik...

    #motherchild #blackandwhite #lifestyle

    In the pediatric ward of understaffed Sonam Norboo Hospital in Leh, India, a Ladakhi mother tends...

    #photojournalism #hospital #ladakh #family #documentary #portrait #healthcare #people #india #leh

    Editor's Note

    This is a powerful image. The contrast of the color with the mostly monotone ward emphasizes the moment between the mother and child. It is composed well and the natural light is soft. Great captio... More

    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer

    "A young Hmong mother in Sapa, Vietnam. While child marriage still exists in some Hmong communit...

    #hmoong #mather #vietnam #hope

    Taking advantage of the dark environment inside the hut where this family lived, I noticed the be...

    #safe #rice #lowlight #kengtung #tradition #festival #child #myanmar #sweet #dark #home #cozy #sleeping

    A mother who lives in poverty embraces her daughter with tender affection. Vasile Aurelia, 40 yea...

    #village #daughter #embrace #woman #mother #love

    Ila helps Mom get ready the bath ready! These little everyday moments are such a significant par...

    #motherhood #bath #cute #bathtub #mom #baby #mother #family #love #people #culture

    A boy wanted to go to the sea.

    #morocco #sea #essaouira #boy

    The lady in the picture is from a rural part of West Bengal, India. She earns her livelihood and ...

    #mother__children_relationship #mother #potter #mother__daughter

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful image. The moment, light, graphics, composition area all spot on. Caption is good too. Well done!

    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer

    About the Editor
    Stephanie Sinclair
    National Geographic Photographer
    Stephanie Sinclair is an American photojournalist known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. After university, Sinclair worked for the Chicago Tribune, which sent her to cover the lead up to the war in Iraq. She later moved to the Middle East covering ...

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