Through this assignment, your images have transported me to communities of all sizes around the world. Each day the Your Shot feed was filled with images that chronicled significant and transformative moments in people’s lives. What a treat!
I anticipated that a large number of submissions would come from universal life experiences like birth, marriage and death. But, I was struck by the variety of ways we mark these ubiquitous moments around the world. The rites of passage you shared were often unique, depicting sacred customs and traditions celebrated by people from a particular region, specific belief system or culture. And, the moments were sometimes unexpected, revealing the beauty and significance in the otherwise routine.