We received more than five thousand images for this "Love of Parents" assignment, and we enjoyed looking at so many great images. Many of you captured vulnerability and connection in your images, and as a collective group you spoke volumes about love trumping hate. Your photographs showed that love exists in the world, in families, and in homes, across cultures and geographic locations. A common thread that weaves through so many of our lives is the love between parents and children. Our final story is diverse, showing young and old, people and animals, and all sorts of situations, but in each picture, the photographer captured the "Love of Parents" with heartfelt intimacy.
As photographers it is a special gift to be able to photograph our own families. So often the casual photographer has everyone look at the camera and "say cheese." But the body of work you all created shows the special power of capturing real moments. Those moments of tenderness and love say so much more than a standard, posed snapshot.
And those images will have even more power as time passes and those images become collective memories passed down through the generations. This is our goal with turning our cameras on each other and on our daughter. We are creating a visual record of her and our life together. This is an incredibly important and wonderful assignment we will both work on for the rest of our lives.
Thanks to all of you who contributed images and showed us how beautiful the world can be.
Amy Toensing and Matt Moyer
National Geographic photographers