Future space crusaders, a natural wonder at peace and a uniquely touching animal portrait: Your Photos of the Week

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

By Kristen McNicholas
Published 28 Jul 2019, 08:00 BST

Photography documents specific moments for generations to come, connecting us all across space and time. It gives us the power to travel through time to see moments that happened yesterday or 50 years ago, when the first person put his foot on the moon.

Your Shot photographer Juan Osorio always finds a fun way to photograph for Your Shot assignments. This past week, his astronaut-aspiring daughters made their appearance again “on the moon” in Arizona. If not for those early images of space travel decades ago, the current generations might not be as enamoured with science, space, and travel to other worlds. Photography did that for us.

Sometimes an image’s visual narrative is metaphorical, slightly more nuanced than the average snapshot. Your Shot photographer Holrich Jacques Paul’s photograph depicts layers of arms holding up phones to make pictures of a scene out of frame, while a single eye peeks out from the centre. It made me wonder what was outside the shot inspiring these people to make a picture.

Every day on Your Shot, I see photographers glean inspiration from scenes from other eras. Photography lets us connect and share time like other mediums simply don’t. That’s my favourite part about it.

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.
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