Independent Photojournalist (New Paltz, N.Y.),
New ways to teach and tell stories of women through photos and documentaries Judge
Amy Toensing is a photojournalist who has contributed to National Geographic magazine for more than a decade and recently completed her fifteenth feature story for the publication. She is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people and has covered cultures around the world, including the last cave-dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Maori of New Zealand and the Kingdom of Tonga. She also has reported on issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in Western culture. Her recent work illuminating the plight of widows worldwide, a project for National Geographic in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, was selected for the 2017 Visa Pour L’image, the International Festival of Photojournalism held in Perpignan, France. She attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine and has a bachelor’s degree in human ecology. She has a master’s degree in visual communication from Ohio University.