Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is
known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people.
Amy has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine for over a decade and
recently completed her fifteenth feature story for the publication. She has covered cultures around the world including the last cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Maori of New Zealand and the Kingdom of Tonga. She has also reported on issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in Western culture. For 4 years she documented Aboriginal Australia which was published in the June, 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine. Currently, Amy is working on a story about Widowhood for National Geographic magazine in partnership with The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
Amy’s work has been exhibited throughout the world and recognized with numerous awards,
including an exhibit at the 2012 Visa Pour L’image, Festival of the Photograph in Perpignan France. Her work has also appeared in Smithsonian, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler. A photograph she took in the Australian outback was chosen as one of National Geographic magazine’s all time 50 Best Photos.
Amy began her professional career in 1994 as a staff photographer at her hometown paper, The
Valley News, in New Hampshire. She then worked for The New York Times, Washington D.C. bureau
covering the White House and Capitol Hill during the Clinton administration. In 1998, Toensing left
D.C. to receive her Master’s Degree from the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.
In addition to her photojournalism work, Amy is committed to teaching photography to kids and
young adults in under-served communities. This includes working with the non-profit organization
VisionWorkshops on numerous projects including teaching photography to Somali and Sudanese
refugees in Maine, Burmese refugees in Baltimore, young Pakistanis in Islamabad and children and
adults in South Sudan and Jordan.
Amy lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her husband Matt Moyer, who is also a