PhotographyYour Shot Photos of the Week

Your best photos of the week, June 28, 2019

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

We live in a beautifully colorful world. In the past few months, I’ve been paying closer attention to the relationships of color in photography and the tonal range of black-and-white photography. The Your Shot photo community is always serving up stunning imagery that leaves me intrigued, inspired, and—more often than not—with a huge smile on my face.

This week, my selections feel like a balance of strong color and black-and-white images. Rachel Mooney’s abstract image of trees completely took my breath away. The motion in her image creates a visual illusion of water falling with splashes of color found in the light and shadows of the trees. On the other hand, Jiawei Lai documented a timeless black-and-white landscape, heavily reminiscent of Ansel Adams’s iconic images made during the Group f.64 era. These two completely opposite images are a snapshot of the huge variety in Your Shot’s talented community.

Your Shot is an undeniably special platform that thrives on photographers eager to exchange inspiration and ideas among their peers while challenging themselves to be better photographers and storytellers every day. It’s a pleasure to be both an editor and a community photographer with these awesome folks from around the world.

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.