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Unsung Hero

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Published Dec 11, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 24 Contributors

    25 photos selected by

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    A little bit of parkour

    #daughter #positive_energy #old_car #scarf_in_the_wind

    It has been so inspiring to see how many Unsung Heroes there are out there. Our Your Shot community has submitted thousands of images honoring those who do important, often thankless tasks. First responders, doctors, journalists, teachers, garbage collectors. We have seen images honoring fathers and mothers who provide support and love. We have seen images that celebrate the important work of pollinators, and images that honor the devotion of our canine friends. It is easy to become cynical in a world full of hardship and division, but as I have looked at all of your photos I am filled with optimism and hope. There is so much good out there.

    She used to work for our hostel which we call mess. A 1200square feet apartment for 8 individual ...

    #unsung_hero #maid #dhaka #woman #house

    Editor's Note

    This image is dreamy and communicates with such power. I love the reflection and how it adds mystery to the image. Beautiful photograph!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Sometimes old way is the best way in life. During the Chariot festival in Puri,Orissa ,a massive ...

    #faith #festival #life #people #places #travel #india #humanity #worship

    Editor's Note

    The photographer used motion blur really well here to show movement and the urgency of the situation. It captures unsung heroes at work in a really nice way. Good job!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Though Charles Haislah -- a dancer trained at San Francisco Ballet School who performed professio...

    Editor's Note

    So many artists are unsung heroes. This image captures the passion and devotion of this dancer in a really nice way.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Kimber and her father were drawing art on the walls during her stay at the hospital while getting...

    #unsung_hero_assignment #unsung_hero #childhood #childhoodcancer #cancer

    Editor's Note

    This photograph shows a moment of connection between a father and daughter during an unimaginably difficult time. My heart goes out to them.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    I photographed artist, Coco Larrain, at her home the day before she had a double mastectomy and r...

    #breast_cancer #unsung_hero #bravery #beauty #cancer

    Editor's Note

    This is a very arresting portrait. Coco’s eyes say it all. Thank you for sharing your photograph that addresses such an important issue.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    The project PII (proximity to the isolated elderly), is a project that aims to combat the lonelin...

    #portugal #photo #light #bla_and_white #window #isolate #eldery

    Editor's Note

    A really nice image of a tender moment and an unsung hero at work. The light coming through the window takes it to another level. Thank you for sharing and celebrating the work this young woman does.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Teachers are unsung heroes, they are not war fighters like soldiers or saving people lives in eme...

    #unsung_hero_assignment #colegio_san_agustin_binan #teacher #people

    Editor's Note

    The wonderful light really makes this image. Teacher’s are such unsung heroes and this image honor’s them in a beautiful way.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    A trolley man collects the trollies left behind by departing passengers and returns it back to it...

    #lemjaylucasphotography #man #changi_airport #airportscenes #sg #lemjay_lucas #asia #singapore

    Editor's Note

    I really like the color palette of this image and that it really does celebrate someone who so often works in obscurity.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Firefighters work to extinguish a fatal house fire on March 7th, 2017

    #firefighters #fire #dwellingfire #housefire #structurefire #firefighter

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful light in this image. A really strong way to honor firefighters.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    My ophthalmologist who helps me recover my eye related problems...I took this shot while he was p...

    #black_and__white #opthalmology #iphone6_camera #people_at_work #mydubai #people #iphone6

    Editor's Note

    Really nice way to take a portrait and make it interesting.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    The Fred Hollows foundation has been working with the Tilganga Institute in Nepal to eradicate pr...

    #fredhollows #prosthesis #preventableblindness

    Editor's Note

    This image tells a story in such a powerful way. Very nice job!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    My mother holding portrait of her father. Remembering the ones we loved.

    #hands #holding #yourshotphotographer #time #blackandwhite #grandfather #mother #home #portrait

    Editor's Note

    This image speaks of history and one’s connection to the past. The information in the caption helps this image to have even more impact.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    September 2nd (July 12) is the National Day of Vietnam and also the zodiac day accroding to the E...

    #unsung_heroes #vietnam #eastern #national #chasing_moments

    Editor's Note

    What an amazing moment to capture. These doctors are certainly unsung heroes. I also really love the light and color in this image.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    My hero is strong and kind, he has endless patience, day by day, he is a father to our twins

    #daughter #father_and_daughter #father #black_and_white #love

    Editor's Note

    Very nice portrait of a father and son!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Being father is not easy... But is funny as well

    #dad #family #documentary #fathertobe

    Editor's Note

    This photo captures the chaotic moment of an unsung hero in action. Love it!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Chasing moments of childhood is what inspires me most. It is photography what allows me to be a c...

    #strongman #blackandwhite #childhood #children #portrait

    Editor's Note

    Simply wonderful portrait. The boy’s expression, his body language, the background, the composition. Everything about it! Really well done!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    On the mountain trail. Milena was collecting sticks and jumped on the stones. She did not look at...

    #child #children_unplugged #unplugged #girl #forest #nature #on_the_way #fighter

    Editor's Note

    What a wonderful portrait that says so much about Milena. The photograph captures her toughness and the angle - from below - makes us sense how heroic she is. Well done!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Remy is a young girl I met who is autistic and also has Down syndrome. The second I met Remy I kn...

    #unsung_hero_assignment #happiness #life #blackandwhite #livelaughlove #joy

    Editor's Note

    This is a joyful portrait of this little girl. I really like the expressiveness of her feet in the background. This little detail adds to the whimsical feel of the image.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    I was recently given the opportunity to join a remote medical mission. I went with a team of vari...

    #nonprofit #monochrome #bnw #life #blackandwhite #freemedicalcare #people #volunteer

    Editor's Note

    An interesting perspective of really important work. I love the connection between the child and the worker. Nice photo.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    To you children who walk and walk to get water for your family; to you children who till the land...

    #unsung_hero #uganda #africa #blackandwhite #portrait

    Editor's Note

    This is an image that really celebrates the older bothers or sisters or family members that help raise their younger siblings. The older girl’s hands say so much to me in this image. They are gentl... More

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Fatou, 25, and Farida, 19, are Senegalese half sisters with a very interesting relationship. As t...

    #canada #toronto #creative #sisters #sunday #blackwhite #school #portrait #newyork #muslim

    Editor's Note

    This image really communicates the connection between these two sisters but also hints at tension below the surface. It is beautiful to look at.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    After a 12 hour day running her restaurant, (left) Connie, 52, washes her 86-year-old mother's, L...

    #motherandchild #thegiftoflife #strongwomen #family #people #culture

    Editor's Note

    This is a really powerful storytelling image that tells a complete story in a beautiful way. The gentleness and devotion of this unsung hero is inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    Grandma setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner on a cold November afternoon, something she mos...

    #portraits #candid #people

    Editor's Note

    Capturing this quiet everyday event is such a nice way to honor the little things that our loved-ones do for us.

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    my best friend, my superhero, my son

    #superhero

    Editor's Note

    Excellent portrait! As a viewer I totally understand what the photographer wanted to say about his son. Power. Strength. Hero!

    Matt Moyer
    National Geographic Photographer

    It is often quiet and resides in the small, intimate moments in all our lives. It is carried out by those we know and love, and by strangers quietly giving themselves to the larger community. It is easy for it to go unnoticed, but you all have worked collectively to raise your voices and use your cameras to prove that there is more good in the world than bad. There is more hope than hate. And we are all stronger together than we are apart. This is the power that can live in a photograph. I have selected the final story photographs, and we present them here to celebrate the work you have all done to recognize that which is good in our neighbors, and in ourselves.

    Matt Moyer
    Nat Geo Photographer

    About the Editor
    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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