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Welcome to the final installment of the Weekly Photo Challenge. In wishing you a fond farewell, we wanted to share our all-time favorite photos with you. We welcome you to share your favorites with us. Happy photographic trails!

Jeff Golenski

In this shot, I captured the stars above the mountains just outside of Boulder, Colorado, USA. Views like this remind oneself of just how infinitesimal humans really are in the grand scheme of things. I’m always filled with wonder, curiosity, and hope when I’m able to settle my life and just enjoy the expanse of the cosmos above. — Jeff (Shot details: 20 seconds @ f/2.8 12mm ISO 12800 Custom WB. Shot with a Fuji x-t2 and Rokinon wide-angle 12mm f/2.8)


Michelle Weber

Not a single person stopped for these red lights. Anarchy!

I love this shot of runners as they turn onto Fifth Avenue for the final few miles of the New York City marathon: the sea of people, the riot of color, the perspective, the Empire State Building peeking through the threes. (Thanks, neon athletic gear, for making photo filters unnecessary!) And I love the memory of taking it: the satisfaction-by-proxy that came from being surrounded thousands of jubilant people about to successfully complete a huge undertaking. It was the perfect image for an “Achievement”-themed photo challenge. — Michelle


Erica Varlese

Sedona, Arizona, was one of the most unique places I’ve ever visited. When I think of nature, I always think of lush, green forests, which are such a contrast to the dry, red/brown desert of the American Southwest. In this picture, I love the contraposition of the bright red and green of the landscape against the bright blue sky. To me, it simultaneously shows the serenity of the location, as well as its power. I loved using it for the “Elemental” prompt, showcasing the diversity of our planet. — Erica


Cheri Lucas Rowlands

I featured this image of a woman walking in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul for my first photo challenge, “Solitary,” in 2012. It reminds me of what I’ve always loved about exploring and taking pictures — observing quietly and enjoying the meditative, intimate act of looking through a lens. — Cheri


Ben Huberman

Some photos stay with you because you’re delighted with how they came out. Others are meaningful because they remind you of a special moment. This photograph of the Trấn Quốc Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam, checks both boxes. I love the color and seriality of the pagoda’s design, set against the clouds for effortless Instagramability; I’m also filled with joy when I remember a week spent working and roaming the streets of Hanoi with a group of wonderful people. — Ben


Sheri Bigelow

Summer, for me, is steeped in carefree, untroubled moments. When I see pictures of summers at the lake, I am immersed in the strongest of memories. It’s an escape. It’s nostalgia incarnate. I love it so much. — Sheri


Donncha Ó Caoimh

Watching the lights of passing cars in Lanzarote, Spain, on a January evening was magical. I was there with a friend and we were both in shorts and T-shirts. I’m used to cold and dreary winter evenings so this was wonderful — but I have to admit the air started to get nippy after the sun set! This image is made from multiple photos merged together. — Donncha (Canon 6D, 24-105mm lens)


Jen Hooks

This was one of my first photo challenges, “Shadowed,” and it remains my favorite. My son and I were playing on the floor in a corner of our living room, next to a large window. The light and shadow on his face adds a beautiful moodiness and depth to an otherwise ordinary child portrait. This little boy will be five years old very soon! — Jen


Krista Stevens

This image of sunlight passing through these old glass bottles inspired my photo challenge “Ephemeral” in March 2015. For 11 months and two weeks of the year, these bottles occasionally refract electric lighting if we happen to occupy this room. These three second-hand bits of glass convey ephemeral to me in two ways: the angle of the sun must be just right for its light to illuminate the bottles, and even then, these colors appear only for a short time during late afternoons. It’s the time of year when winter has lost its grip as spring takes hold, a time of hope in what can feel like a bleak season. — Krista


Sara Rosso

When I suggested starting the Weekly Photo Challenge in 2011 (most of the early prompt topics came from me and then I started publishing them directly later that year) I never thought we’d still be doing it each week, more than seven years later! Photography and words are a wonderful way to express ourselves and while we respond to the writing, our eyes crave something visual, too. I hope you continue to express yourselves and reveal the “Layers” you have within. — Sara

Verza Cabbage, photo by Sara Rosso