Each editor on this story realized very early on that the title Close Encounters could have many different meanings. It could be an up close view, it could be you the photographer getting to know a location, person, or species on a deeper level, or it could be that brief moment where things just appear closer than normal. The following images are a collection of three points of view that make up one final story. This was our close encounter with the incredible images submitted to this assignment.
Thank you for sharing your Close Encounters with us. There were over 13,000 submissions and we were all impressed with the stories and moments you shared with us. Once again the community finds a way to take a theme, submitted by community member Subhojit Dutta and can tell a single story with their photos!