I was honored to find out my image of the Ethiopian woman Tagitu was presented with the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup Nominee title in their Portraits category. Tagitu had lost her husband to illness two years ago; destitute, she became unable to care for her children and sequentially gave up her 2- and 5-year-old boys for adoption. I took this shot while working on a volunteer project for the nonprofit Wide Horizons for Children. As with so many of my shots from this project, I was working without a flash or reflector. I made the subject backlit and a reflection of light on the cement wall opposite the subject added a touch of fill.

Image details: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm IS USM, f/4, 1/125, ISO 400.

A lot of great photos made the final picks for the Photography Masters Cup contest. See the winners’ gallery by clicking here.