PhotographyPhotos of the Week

Your best photos of the week, January 18, 2019

Each week, our editors choose stunning photos submitted by members of Your Shot, National Geographic's photo community.

Some weeks I struggle with choosing what to write about, despite having a list of topics I like to turn to but might not be feeling particularly inspired. After a meeting I had with photographer, Amy Sacka, on Wednesday of this week, I quickly knew what to write about. Amy doesn’t have a formal education in photography but credits her start in photography with our beloved photo community, Your Shot.

Her enthusiasm about her experience with Your Shot filled my heart and reminded me the many reasons I, too, love this community and our shared relationship with photography. The nurturing in her love for photography started with the Your Shot community where she shared street photography around Detroit that led to Documenting Detroit and today she can say that less than 10 years later she is a National Geographic Explorer Grantee.

To me, that photographic journey is what our mission with Your Shot is all about. That you don’t need a formal education in photography to make beautiful images. By having an open mind to constructive criticism, a willingness to learn and kindness to yourself, you can make timeless storytelling photographs that will reach beyond “a pretty picture.”

The joy that Amy finds in photography was refreshing. It was gentle reminder for me to question what makes us love sharing stories in the form of photographs. What really gets us hyped up to make photographs? I love sharing photographs in such a way that finds little bits of everyday beauty in an approachable way.

You can see Amy’s website here and revisit her Your Shot profile here.

Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas looks at daily uploads from Your Shot, starting each day by sifting thousands of photographs. This series is a selection of her favorites from the past week.