Photography is a beautiful way to tell a story. In fact, a photograph has the power to tell several stories, each unique to the viewer. It draws parts of reality as well as parts of the imagination by creating a character and an image that sparks emotion. When you look at a photo, whether for the first, fifth, or fiftieth time, that story behind it continues to shine through and you are connected in that moment to the person in the photograph.

For our most recent photo contest, we asked you to share with us your best family storytelling photo. We wanted to see that unspoken narration of your family, your friends, your life. We asked Tracy Sweeney of Elan Studio to be our guest judge this month and choose our winner.

We received many submissions and each one touched our hearts. With so many stories to share, this round Tracy chose a winner, runner up, and honorable mention. Check them out:

Winner: Murray Cater

Runner Up: April Bryant

Honorable Mention: Allexandra Torres

Thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for our next Photo Contest on the Insider!