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The Story of Hunger and Hope

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Published Dec 8, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 17 Contributors

    17 photos selected by

    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer

    Thanksgiving Lunch. Sharing food has become an integral part of the service at this church on the...

    #yourplate #thehumanstory #blackandwhite #food #people #style #culture #ngmadvances

    First, I want to congratulate all those photographers who had the courage to submit work. I hope that you'll all take the time to look through the 5,000-plus submissions and learn from each other. I've been learning by looking at my colleagues’ pictures for more than 30 years. And I’m still learning!

    The images that rose to the top were those in which the photographer worked with light, composition, and moment to tell a story in a single image. This was a photojournalistic assignment, so all these elements were important—but storytelling was most crucial. Captions are really important, so be sure to include the when, where, why, and how of your images to to give your work context.

    I was most impressed by the images that showed compassion and the human spirit. I was least impressed by pictures that seemed to simply record the tragedy of a homeless or destitute person, without any creativity or investment by the photographer.

    It says story line in a photograph is THE IMPORTANT part, here the little kid helping his dad to ...

    #sun #sunrise #child #child_india #people_at_work #people

    Editor's Note

    This beautiful photograph shows a child helping a father take food to market. It has all the elements of a great picture: light, moment and story. Simply beautiful.

    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer

    Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki Dargah : There is food distribution for the poor people every evening...

    #hunger #dargah #food #poverty

    Franciscan Father Michael Duffy, greeting a guest at the soup kitchen in kensington Philadelphia....

    #hunger_ #soup_kitchen #poor #hope #hunger_and_hope #philadelphia

    People are gathering for Annakut (heap of grains) festival. Annakut is worship of Hindu God Lord ...

    #gathering #foodgrains #food #annakut #people #india

    Editor's Note

    I love everything about this image. It's the perfect angle on a ceremony that celebrates food. Beautifully shot.

    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer

    Homeless lady lies under a famous luxury brand name in Manhattan, NYC. Such a contrast used to be...

    #bw #nyc #society #people #travel

    Editor's Note

    I rarely applaud an image of the homeless. But this image is special. We do not see the individ... More

    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer

    coconut sells man with his son at village joypur in bengal

    #photooftheday

    According to a government report shows that the total number of beggars all over the Bangladesh i...

    #bbc #reuters #nationalge

    Villagers are collecting water from community tub well.

    #bangladesh #water

    Editor's Note

    This elegant composition brilliantly tells the story of climate change, survival and hope. If I ... More

    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer

    I was visiting a family in ultra-poverty in the Philippines who's been a recipient of food aid. ...

    #feed #toy #hunger #kids #aid #charity #food #against

    X-ray is a photo on a project in somalia in 2011 when i was documentary the drought of the horn o...

    #somalia #sick #drought #xray #child #africa #baby #black #aid

    up to 4 millions of Haitians currently live in Domenican Republc. This emigration started many ye...

    #haiti #child #feeding #domenican #mother #meal #haitian #republic

    I lived in India for a year. This is my favorite photograph from my time there...and the one that...

    #streetphotography #sunrise #hungerandhope #endpoverty #people #culture #kolkata #travel #india

    Editor's Note

    I love the intimacy of this shot. It shows that you earned the right to be there at this simple, lovely moment.

    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer

    Women in Black was preparing food on an anniversary of death. This is a tradition of most people...

    #yourplate #cooker #life #black #woman #anniversary

    Editor's Note

    A beautiful look at the intensity of preparing food. This image has light and drama and moment. ... More

    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer

    Women stack bundles of freshly harvested rice in preparation for the annual "hunger season" when ...

    #madagascar #rice #harvest #africa #hunger_and_hope

    Before potato, delicious and healthy vegetable ends up on our tables this is how its being harves...

    #yourplate #uglyfoodisbeautiful #thehumanstory #poland #endpoverty #dailylife #foodforthecity

    A young homebound boy is surprised at the sudden dawn of an unusual evening mist as he heads home...

    #dusk #letsexplore #assam #anticipatethemoment #people #india

    Editor's Note

    Ankit, I love your understanding of light and moment. Those who grow food for the world work long days, and have a keen understanding of the world. This image honors that profound connection.

    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer

    It was also important to me to see creativity in how each subject was shot. The best photos interpret a story in a creative way. They go beyond the literal, i.e., Here is a poor person, here is food, here are people helping. Photojournalism succeeds when the photographer is also a reporter who plans ahead, looks for telling moments, and tries to record them creatively. The other key element is time. Great photos usually come because the photographer is willing to spend time with people—sometimes hours, sometimes days. Important pictures must be earned.

    To those who earned the stunning images in this story, thank you for the privilege of seeing your work.

    About the Editor
    Annie Griffiths
    National Geographic Photographer
    An award-winning contributing photographer to National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries and worked on dozens of magazine and book projects. She is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world and is the founder and executive director of Ripple Effect Images, which documents programs ...

    Photographers Published In the Story