That’s beautiful, Awais. I often think women are the best photojournalists in some situations, and that photojournalism is often the most challenging form of photography.

These two quotes from Carol Guzy, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner, stick with me:

“Truly the only way to tell a story with genuine moments is to walk the journey with people and establish trust that you are there not to merely take pictures but to give an understanding of their situation to others.”

“To be a photojournalist or even just a caring person you can’t overemphasize having empathy,” she adds. “It’s a blessing and a curse — it undoubtedly helps me create images that resonate and connect viewers to the narrative of others, but also makes any heartbreak a thousand times harder. We are not walking cameras and what we witness changes our soul.