When I envisioned the assignment for Places We Love, I thought I would see some great cityscapes, learn something new about a destination I’ve never traveled to, or see some incredible sights from our vast international photo community. That’s the interesting thing about a Your Shot assignment—once you dive into more than 11,000 submissions, everything begins to change. I found myself in awe of some of the locations and places you revealed as a place that you love. I saw places I haven't been to in years or places that I have always wished to visit someday. The important thing is that I was able to view images of so many places that meant something to our vast community of photographers.
We saw Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital, where a mother’s love for her newborn child shone through in a photograph by Meg Brock. Photographer Aleš K. shared with us an amazing view of Lake Braies, and photographer Athikhom Saengchai took us behind the scenes of the stained glass artwork inside the Masjed-e Nasir-al-Mok (Pink Mosque) in Shiraz, Iran. And photographer Agathe Bernard went underwater to show us a special view of a lake that means a lot to her family.
As usual, the Your Shot photographers did not make this easy on me, and I hope the final selection showcases a nice variety of places that our photographers love. I continue to be inspired by the work shared here and by the thoughtful feedback you give one another on the discussion boards. Thanks for your participation, and I’m already looking forward to the next assignment.