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The 30 Best Photo Essay Topics for High School Students

A photo essay is indeed one of the most interesting projects during high school. The traditional style of essay writing can get monotonous for students. A photo essay, on the other hand, helps to keep the students motivated and energetic for their assignment. Every student wants to beat the rest of the competition to collect best photos and use them in his or her essay. These can be symbolic, direct, abstract and concrete. If you have to write a photo essay for your high school then you must use a great topic to create a strong essay.

Remember you should choose that topic for which you can collect relevant data easily. If your surroundings do not have, hills nearby you should not select hills as the focus of your essay. You should pick something that you are passionate about and have enough resources to collect relevant photos.

Below is a list of thirty interesting topics you can use to create your photo essay

  1. An essay depicting all the important moments and climaxes in your life can be a great idea. Life is full of surprises, if you put them together in form of a photo narrative, your readers will love it
  2. Sample photos and their importance and purpose
  3. A photo shoot of a football or baseball match in your neighborhood featuring street kids
  4. Amazing things about your pet
  5. Capturing one landscape at different times of the day and month can reveal interesting things
  6. Life behind the camera can be another interesting topic for your essay
  7. The easiest way to create a photo collage
  8. Experience life in motion
  9. The truth is only a click away
  10. Poverty is a crime
  11. The Cinderella story
  12. If superman existed for real
  13. Life through an immigrant driver’s eye
  14. The untold story of the man behind the gun
  15. Unsung heroes of the civil war that you did not know existed
  16. Living in the moment and being grateful for what you have
  17. Urban vs rural life an interesting contrast
  18. Life of a farmer
  19. Siblings- homemade friends
  20. Family
  21. Friends
  22. University life
  23. College years
  24. Architecture depicts culture
  25. Stamp collection
  26. Gardening can teach you a lot about life
  27. Matter forms
  28. Water
  29. The butterfly effect
  30. Shapes

This month's Photojournalism Links collection highlights 10 excellent photo essays from across the world spanning five continents, including Pete Muller's powerful work shot in the Ebola-ridden Sierra Leone. His two sets of photographs, featured below, were made on assignment for National Geographic, and are the first two in a four-part series examining the epidemic in West Africa. Muller's pictures document the battle fought by medical workers, body collectors, and burial teams to bring the crisis ravaging Freetown and the country, under control. The story and images from the city's King Tom cemetery are particularly harrowing; in just a few months, it has been expanded to three times its former size and the large number of fresh burial mounds make it look more like a construction site than a typical graveyard.

Pete Muller: How Ebola Found Fertile Ground in Sierra Leone's Chaotic Capital | How the Fight Against Ebola Tested a Culture’s Traditions (National Geographic News)

Uriel Sinai: In Africa, Mosquito Nets Are Putting Fish at Risk (The New York Times) These stunning photographs by Uriel Sinai from Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, show how mosquito nets meant for Malaria protection have ended up being widely used in fishing, since they are cheaper than actual fishing nets and can be even more effective, especially in shallow waters.

Andy Spyra: The enemy within: Boko Haram’s reign of terror across Northern Nigeria | The enemy within: A closer look at survivors of Boko Haram attacks across Northern Nigeria (The Washington Post In Sight) The German photographer has spent more than three years documenting the northern Nigeria. His pictures provide a rare view into communities under Boko Haram's terror.

Mosa'ab Elshamy: Exploring the Mawlids of Egypt (TIME LightBox) These excellent photographs capture spiritual celebrations within Egyptian Sufism.

Manu Brabo: In Ukraine, The Frozen Tears of Donetsk (Paris Match L'Instant) The Spanish photographer, known for his work in Syria, is now in Ukraine to document the upsurge in fighting. | See also Brabo's work on the MSNBC and Al Jazeera America websites

Lynn Johnson: Healing Soldiers (The National Geographic) Compelling portraits of U.S. soldiers treating their war traumas by participating in art therapy, where they create painted masks to express how they feel. The images painted on them symbolize themes such as death, physical pain, and patriotism.

George Steinmetz: Treading Water (The National Geographic) These pictures from Florida's southeastern coastline capture a region with a lot to lose as sea levels continue to rise.

Álvaro Laiz: Ninjas: Gold Rush In Mongolia (Wired Raw File) These photographs document the hard and dangerous work of amateur gold miners.

Mark Abramson: An Immigrant’s Dream for a Better Life (The New York Times Lens)Extraordinary, in-depth photo essay that follows the life of a young Mexican immigrant woman and her family in California.

Emanuele Satolli: In the Bag for North (TIME LightBox) Revealing still life images of Central American migrants' sparse belonging on their journey toward the United States.

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