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A few weeks ago, we challenged the GOOD community to send us a picture of someone they admire. I chose my younger brother, Reed. My twin brother (see above) was not pleased. So this time around, I'm making sure he knows I admire him, too.
We received hundreds of submissions from people declaring who they admire.
Unfortunately, we couldn't include every entry, but we want to share a few of our favorites. Have a look at the slideshow above. All the captions are by the photographers.
Now we need your help: Vote on your favorite submission by selecting the photographer's name below through June 3. The winning entry will be announced shortly after, featured on our homepage, and printed in the next issue of GOOD. We’ll also send a GOOD T-shirt and a free subscription (or gift subscription) to the winner.
This is my son. He is significant to me because of the coolness he possesses at such a young age. He has inspired me to create a special photo project geared towards the celebration of fatherhood. He makes me want to be a better me and I am setting the bar high so he can go above and beyond daddy.
I love you son,
By Marlon Cole
I admire my brother & sister. At a young age, in a new country, they had a hard start to life. They didn't have very much money and didn't speak English. Since then, over 15 years ago, they've achieved and adapted. I love and admire my siblings because they overcome the past and they protect me from their mistakes.
By Lily Do
This is Maxo. He has lived in a tent camp with his family since the 2010 quake and has never stopped smiling and being in action, raising funds for kids to go to school or to make things better for families who have virtually nothing. When he asks for funding and hears "no," he asks, "When will you send it!" He has learned to live in struggle and not let it stop him. He’s so great, I want everyone to know about him!
By Clay Kilgore
Mukhtar is a student, comic whiz (author/illustrator of “Rabbit Samurai”) and self-appointed spokesperson for Mighty Writers, the nonprofit where I work. His sincerity, generosity and excitement about books (and life) remind me to see the good in everyone and everything.
This is Michael Quinn, my partner and band mate. He is one among many struggling musicians, but he keeps a light heart, and works to create something new every day. I admire him for never losing sight of his dreams.
By Rose Llera
In yoga we often talk about the Perusa, or the true, divine self. This is a hard concept to grasp, as it suggests that the Divine dwells within us all. Now, it's not hard for me to recognize the divine within other people; it's the whole "divine within myself" concept that I struggle with. So, here I am, no make-up, no photoshop, just laughing at something silly. I am learning to see myself as someone I admire. I am learning to see the light within me...and that, well that's just beautiful.
My grandmother is a woman to be admired. At 84 years of age with various aches and pains, she can still outdo me at the gym. She can teach me a thing or two about determination.
By Lauren Modery
Paul is a passionate local who spends his days on street corners holding his sign. He keeps it real with a startling tenderness. His ability to overcome the stigma of HIV is truly moving for anyone who knows his story.
By Alexis Ortega
That girl just has a way about her. That girl is Maggie. She is someone who has impacted my life more than she even knows. She wants to live life...really really live it. She always has some crazy (I say brilliant) idea up her sleeve, always has a new and innovative approach to problem solving and is so genuinely nice that even a passing smile from her instantly brightens your day. She makes me think big and live without reservations. It is her kind of thinking and lifestyle that keeps me motivated to live with intention, think deeper and shoot for the stars. Thanks for making my world brighter.
By Katie Parish
After years of traveling the world and exploring her numerous interests, Maricar Lagura celebrates year one in the Blue Bottle Coffee business as owner and head barista of Spin City Coffee in San Francisco. With a curious mind and genuine heart Lagura is an inspiration to friends, customers, and family.
By Amy Powell
My middle school literature teacher, Paul de Benedictis, who, at 89, has recently stopped teaching, but continues as an active mentor. I am lucky to consider him my honorary father, and my hero. e.e. cummings put it well: "My father moved through theys of we,singing each new leaf out of each tree (and every child was sure that spring danced when she heard my father sing)."
I admire Warren Thomas because he's able to completely be himself, appreciate the differences in others and be humble all at the same time.
By Colleen Thomas
Claire Komujuni is an M.F.A. in Graphic Design student originally from Uganda. She inspires me because all the efforts she has made in order to study at SCAD. She is willing to make a change in Uganda, and is hoping that her thesis project will be the beginning of change in the agricultural economy in Uganda.
Claire speaks about her thesis project: "Ugandan women represent the majority of the agricultural labor, especially in crop production. Their marketable surplus of the fresh produce is wasted because of a lack of good storage facilities. It is through designing a sustainable packaging system that I would like to watch these women sell more of their fresh produce, which will in turn increase their income to help support their growing families."
By Carla Torres
My mother: kind, caring, considerate, and my biggest supporter. My favorite dinner companion, mostly because she works so hard that she never takes the time to do those things for herself, making her friendship and the time we spend together all the more valuable.
By Annie Wu
Meet Thad. He has overcome tremendous disadvantage—including gangs, poverty and discrimination—to become an amazing artist and teacher. He is constantly immersed in art and books for the sake of making the world more tolerant and beautiful.
By Michelle Zerzanek