It has been an honor looking through the thousands of photos of Strong Women and reading the stories behind them. We saw moments of friendship, love, motherhood, hard work, grief, bravery, vulnerability and beauty. In documenting these women with your camera, you celebrated their lives. Thank you for letting us be a part of that.
For our final story, we chose images with beautiful light and a strong composition. We selected photos that delighted and moved us. We also considered the captions in our final selections. In many cases, the captions helped enhance your submissions—a pretty picture alone isn’t enough. When deciding between two equally compelling images, the image with the stronger caption made the final cut. A robust caption should include the basics (who, what, where, when, and why), as well as the intention of the picture, which gives the viewer a deeper appreciation of what is happening in the image. Some of you included a quote from the subject or a relevant line of poetry—a lovely addition. We know it takes a great deal of courage to share your work, and we appreciate having the opportunity to learn a bit more about you and the strong women in your life—thanks again.
— Amy Toensing and Whitney Johnson