PhotographyYour Shot Photos of the Week

Your best photos of the week, June 21, 2019

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

Creativity is contagious, and the Your Shot photo community spreads it every day. One of the coolest parts of my job is being able to look at the daily uploads from photographers around the world. Inspiration goes hand in hand with creativity. It’s a huge pleasure to witness ideas spreading among Your Shot photographers as we constantly share inspirations that get our creative brains ticking.

This week I was inspired by this image by Vicky Enyeart. I love how she used the resources she had available to construct a multidimensional still life. Creativity doesn’t require traveling to the opposite corner of the Earth or having an expensive setup to make photographs. Creativity can be tapped into with any platform, any camera, any setup. It’s all about how a photographer challenges themselves and opens their mind.

Just because I’m an editor doesn’t mean I don’t get inspired by the photographers on Your Shot. They inspire me every day to push my creative boundaries and think differently about a scene. They make me think to myself, Wow, I wish I had made that photograph. Your Shot photographers motivate me to pick up my camera more often and keep seeing things differently. Creativity is cyclical and won’t always be in the “on” position. It will come and go, but as long as you run with it when you have it, that’s all any creative mind can ask for!

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