#1. Kim MacDonald Cameron I guess none of us really know where we’re going as the new year starts, but I do hope there’s something at the end at least as beautiful as this walk in Banff that Kim has given us. It’s her son in the bitter cold, moving forward regardless....

#2. Steffi Harker Carunchio   My old, legendary photojournalism professor told us that when your subjects eat YOU should eat. I have followed his advice several thousand times and have regretted it almost never. His thinking was this: 1. At some point you’re...

#3. Kerry Gibson‎ This picture is all about juxtaposition—childish play meets warrior. The bending of those legs with the knees locked together makes her look so vulnerable and the camouflaged uniform so powerful. I’ve now spent about 10 minutes staring at this...

#4. Tammy Thomas Farming is not easy in western Canada…or anyplace else for that matter. This is a portrait of one farmer at work, clearing drinking water for his cows, taken by his photographer wife. Her words: “He is alone here on this barren wasteland...

#5. Karen Rice Daughterity I’m tempted to say “Oh, those crazy Canadians!” but I don’t think Canadians are crazy at all. In fact, I think they’re completely brilliant. In the interest of full disclosure, as a North Dakotan I feel about half Canadian, anyway. As I’ve...

#6. Betsy Ambrose I can clearly remember my father getting all twisted when a six-year-old me did this mid-sermon. (My shoes were not as nice.) He was a decent photographer but I don’t think it ever dawned on him to shoot a photograph.   Betsy, however, recognized the...

#7. Liz Sharp Griffin I am not sure we’ve ever had a photograph on this site that was more eye walking friendly. Your eyeballs just gets to take a little stroll around the picture and continue to find unexpected little details. I guess what I’m trying to say is this:...

#8. Denise Wilton I remember a fancy travel photographer telling me that Scotland has the world’s best clouds. (Maine has beautiful clouds, too. And one of the reasons we moved to upstate New York is because the clouds here are regularly stunning.) The sunlight on...

#9. Abbie Winter It just takes a few seconds, not that really, and then you realize there’s a bait and switch going on here. The power of the photograph takes over. Look how simple this photograph is! Think about how it has been pared down to the simplest of...

#10. Tom Reese OK, two in one week is excessive even for Tom. But….   This may be the very best one, my friend. Big laugh out loud, all by myself. Humor is so important. Thank you for sharing yours. Photos are the heart of this project; your comments ae the...

#11. Vicki Winton The effort and commitment by both of these people is nothing short of profound. Words really don’t touch this. Has it been almost 5 years? Really? You are both amazing. We are blessed to have you in our world.   Here’s what Vicki said: “ Against the...

#12. Ivan Richardson The Richardsons happen to live down the road a piece from us here in upstate New York. Ivan is one of boys the same age as our kids and they are all dear friends. And they have a family of foxes that live near their barn that has a second floor...

#13. Nikki Melcher-Wagner Catching air on a sled is one of the great thrills of winter sports. I totally love the look on this little girl’s face. She is one step away from putting out her hand and touching the face of God. ( A reference to John Gillespie Magee’s poem...

#14. Kellie Anderson Llewellyn I know I’ve said this so many times I sound like a broken record, but I wish someone had said it to me back in the old days. The very best sports photographers see the little life moments that happen on the edges of the game, the moments...

#15. Jennifer Smart A good background is like a good bass line. It supports the melody and keeps everything grounded. The mural behind our subject reinforces everything about the woman but says it in a very different way. Together the two become one and you have what...

#16. Cori Mayfield In yet another chapter of just exactly how upside down our world is, this is smoke and flame on the West Coast. Seriously, just how much can people take? Those of us thousands of miles away send our condolences and heartfelt prayers. It’s just...

#17. Arlett Sailer Gerde The alignment needs to be perfect and it certainly is here. Can’t you just picture, or hear, Arlette directing her subjects so that everything is perfectly Picasso. It’s really a wonderful idea and one of those, gosh, I wish I would’ve thought...

#18. Diane Steever Anderson Every year Grandpa Tracy measures all of the grand kids to see how much they’ve grown. It’s all recorded there on the wall of his barn.   What a lovely end of year tradition that is. Diane, a grandmother on the other side of the family,...

#19. Erin K. Crouse It’s little brother learning from big brother about the world. Lesson One: Toys are good. (They are.) Lesson Two: Mom is a good photographer. (She is.) This picture works so well because it is stripped to its most basic essentials. The little guy...

#20. Kristin Pehl Kristin said she had no words for this photograph. She couldn’t describe the feeling. Only the picture would do it for her.   What a little oasis of calm and serenity this photograph is. I hope all of you Americans can experience that today on this...

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