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Our World in Motion

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Published Aug 25, 2016 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 24 Contributors

    25 photos selected by

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer
    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    A circus performer spinning as part of the circus display at the annual local agricultural show. ...

    #color #movement #entertainment #circus #slow_shutter_speed

    Thanks everyone for participating in this assignment. It has been an absolute pleasure and an honor looking at your images for the last three weeks and seeing how each of you interpret our world in motion through photography.

    While looking at the submissions, we saw a world truly in motion and constantly in flux. We saw birds in flight and crashing waves, galloping horses, and kids at play. We saw extraordinary moments of peak action and ordinary moments of everyday life.

    While making selections we found ourselves attracted to the subtlety of movement expressed with a delicate touch: a strand of hair caught in the wind, ripples made by a swimming body, or snow falling from branches. These express motion within the context of story and serve the needs of the photograph rather than the photograph serving the need to express motion.

    I think this is one of my best photographs because I like the balance between the characters - I...

    #shadows #people #sports #places #street_photography #scateboarding #ngmhealth

    Editor's Note

    Ivan, I really like this photograph - where each character is in the frame, their body language, the light, the story the image tells, the layering. This type of photograph - a wide scene with mult... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    A Butterfly after Rain!

    #butterfly #plants #people #underwater #swimming #flying #nikon #texture #colour #gender #d3200

    Editor's Note

    Wow - I love this image. I am always telling my students to photograph how something feels becaus... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    A guy doing a burnout on his Harley-Davidson.

    #motorcycle #burnout #harley_davidson #motorcycle_culture

    Editor's Note

    Justin - I really like how you shot through the riders from a slightly lower angle - an intimate and engaged perspective that allows the viewer to feel part of the scene. The casual body language o... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    I captured this image while sitting inside the Canada Line train in Richmond, B.C. The girl appe...

    #wind #people #candid #train #canada #blackandwhite #rush #black_and_white #street_photography

    Editor's Note

    I love this image – the light, her hair blowing across her face and the look in her eye. She looks powerful and vulnerable all at the same time. Nice image!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    A man is passing through the rail line in front of train. i took this photo from mymensingh railw...

    #man #people #light #train #bangladesh #nightlife #passanger #mymensingh #low_light #rail_line

    Editor's Note

    This image has tons of mystery and a tension that jumped out at me. The man’s body language is ve... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    In the station a man hold his window and frightened.anyone can come anytime to go inside

    #people #blackandwhite #dhaka #crowed #frightened #train_at_platform

    Editor's Note

    Enamul - great job catching a real moment - so much going on! I love the texture of the train, the symmetry of the windows each framing in a story of distress told with elegance through the charact... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    There is something in the way these creatures move that takes me beyond the boundaries of this re...

    #birds #bird #flight #animals #wings #hummingbird #motion #movement #hummingbirds #ourworldinmotion

    Editor's Note

    Matt and I were excited to see this different perspective on a hummingbird. The contrast between ... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Some zebras are braver than others when it comes to having a midday drink from the infamous Mara ...

    #zebra #africa #wildlife #flight #monochrome #motion #kenya #run #slowshutter #greatmigration

    Editor's Note

    Morkel, the best wildlife photographs - like the best people photographs - make us feel something about the subject rather than just showing us something about the subject. This image captures a gr... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    When motion is measured by sound.

    #shoes #people #blackandwhite #noir #newyorkcity

    Editor's Note

    This image has wonderful symmetry and energy. I really like how the photographer shot through the... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Pedestrians crossing paths in the late afternoon light of Avignon, France.

    #motion #walk #commute

    Editor's Note

    Sally, I like this image because it works when it shouldn’t. It breaks many “rules” – there is no separation between the figures, the subject is dead center in the frame, the out of focus man is ob... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    In amongst the rush of people on the concourse of Waterloo Station London, this man alone stood s...

    #bike #travel #escape #rush #commuters

    Editor's Note

    Finding a strong point of focus that draws the viewer in and additionally having enough secondary elements to make a whole image work is always a challenge when photographing a crowd like this. The... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    Our editing process started each week with us individually selecting the images that jumped out at us, that moved us in some way, and then we would compare our selections. Most of the time we selected the same images but invariably a few of our selects were different. That’s when the really interesting (and at times heated) discussions would start! We are happy to say we are still married, and we finally decided on 25 images.

    There were so many other wonderful images but our final selections are photographs that moved us on all levels. They excited our eyes with composition or light and moved our souls with an expression of emotion or mood.

    Nothing says summer like watermelon at a pool party, unfortunately this melon was too big to jump...

    #watermelon #actionshot #swimmingpool

    Editor's Note

    This image is hilarious. The hole in the floating watermelon seems too small for the person who slipped through. The tipped over palm tree represents an epic fail. The direct flash and frozen actio... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    When I saw lightning in the distance, I had to try and capture it, despite the fact we were still...

    #storm #clouds #rain #nature #landscape #lightning #travel #portrait #adventure #blackandwhite

    Editor's Note

    The slight smile on the woman’s face and the casual way her hand is holding the fast-food cup con... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Inadvertent Actions connects the world. As breathing and other actions we perform unintentionall...

    #face #art #reflection #food #eat #think #street #walk #blackandwhite #follow #equality #conected_world

    Editor's Note

    This a a wonderfully complex and energetic frame. I love the colliding moments of the woman and the child. The delicate reflection of the hand in the straw holder, the highlights in the woman’s gla... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    An 8 inch spring snow storm came to NW Ohio. It left a gorgeous blanket of snow with wonderful sc...

    #park #sunrise #ohio #picnic #springsnow #windblownmist

    Liquid energy rising from the deep and morphing over a shallow reef before exploding and completi...

    #clouds #water #sea #nature #ocean #wave #energy #motion #seascape #aqua #teal #mutant

    Joe is hit by a moving herring gull on the beach at Whitby after enticing them with fish and chip...

    #whitby #north_sea #east_coast #herring_gull #north_yorkshire #people_and_nature

    Editor's Note

    I realize that seagulls don’t really have very expressive faces, but the contrast of this stone-faced bird and hysterical boy heightens an already emotional moment. Nice catch!

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    I photographed these doves for around 3 hours around ridge area near my home in Delhi, India and ...

    #bird #freedom #blackandwhite #dove

    Editor's Note

    I like how the repetition of perched birds is broken by the moment of flight - beautiful. This im... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    A thin white line flashing with evening sunlight before it disappears in moments.

    #sky #moon #nature #flight #blackwhite #creative

    Editor's Note

    This image make me feel small in a wonderful way - like I do when I am in a forest with tall trees or on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean. I like the strong horizontal line of the jet trail br... More

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    My girls trying to stay cool on a record-hot day in Toronto.

    #summer #kids #toronto #kids_of_summer #ngmh2o

    Editor's Note

    This image transports the viewer to a secret garden full of mist, light and sisterhood. Thank you, Julia, for the journey!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    from a cricket match near kornofuli river bank field

    #game #life #football #action #jumping #sport #cricket #moment #sony #daily_dozen

    Editor's Note

    The foot in the air gives this image energy and the kid about to throw something in the back left leads my eye back through the frame - nice composition and wonderful light.

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    It was heavy rainfall all the day. we got engaged to a offecial tour near at a harbour called dia...

    #rain #people #bath #harbour #monsoon #ganga #black_and_white #heavy_rain #hilsa_fish #mascular

    Editor's Note

    Somnath, I like this image for several reasons but mostly I love how it plays visual tricks on me. It looks like it could be the same young man, standing with arms crossed on the right and in mid a... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    My daugher on the monkey bars in Sunridge, Ontario.

    #ontario #summer #kids #kids_of_summer #sundridge

    Editor's Note

    Julia - I like how you framed in the landscape with the jungle gym. Your daughter's reaching hand and flowing hair give the image energy. Nice!

    Amy Toensing
    National Geographic Photographer

    My sister blowing the bubbles mom had in her Easter basket.

    #abstract #people #easter #home #portrait #blackandwhite #bubbles #sister

    Editor's Note

    We so often see images of smiling kids blowing bubbles but in this image there is something about the glistening bubbles and the contemplative look on the girls face that says so much more while sa... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    We are bummed to see our assignment come to an end, but every frame you submitted represents a moment forever frozen: a unique time capsule we can return to again and again for inspiration, reminders of what it means to be human, and a celebration of the power of photography.

    Thank you again for sharing that power with us.

    —Matt & Amy

    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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