What’s Your One Photo?

What’s Your One Photo?

There’s nothing we believe in more than the power of visual stories. A single image can speak volumes — and often does.

With this in mind, we’ve set out to help tell your stories — stories that often lie within a single photograph. Because it’s become clear to us that every photographer has that one photo that rises above the rest.

Below, five photographers — including Ron Haviv, Ami Vitale, Robert Zaleski, Daniella Zalcman and Quinn Ryan Mattingly — share the single image that means the most to them and the story behind it.



In the video, Ron Haviv shares his photo of Vice President Guillermo “Billy” Ford being attacked by a dictator supporter in Panama back in 1989:

Supporters of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega attack elected Vice President Guillermo (Billy) Ford in Panama City, May 10, 1989. © Ron Haviv/VII Photo Agency

Ami Vitale shares her photo of a giant panda in a bamboo forest in China:

Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in Wolong Nature Reserve. © Ami Vitale

Robert Zaleski shares his photo of three paddle boarders at Bear Glacier in Alaska:

SUP paddling the lagoon at Bear Glacier. © Robert Zaleski

Daniella Zalcman shares her photo of a First Nations Canadian man, Mike Pinay:

Mike Pinay, pictured above, attended the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School from 1953 to 1963. © Daniella Zalcman

And Quinn Ryan Mattingly shares his photo of a boy with an extreme skin condition living in a hospital ward in Ho Chi Minh City:

Minh Anh, also called ‘Fish’ by other ward residents, has a skin affliction called Ichthyosis, which makes his skin very dry and scaly. © Quinn Ryan Mattingly

You can also read the full stories behind these images at blog.photoshelter.com/onephoto.

What’s your one photo? Email onephoto@photoshelter.com with your image and a few sentences telling us what it means to you.* We’ll pick our favorites to share.

*We strongly support your rights as a photographer. We will not use your images without your permission, and we claim no commercial rights to them. 

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