Amy Toensing has been a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine for over a decade and recently completed her fourteenth feature story for them. She has covered cultures around the world including the last the cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Maori of New Zealand and the Kingdom of Tonga. She has also covered issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in Western culture. For the last four years she has been documenting Aboriginal Australia which was published in the June, 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine.
Toensing’s work has been exhibited throughout the world and recognized with numerous awards, included 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.
Toensing has been committed to teaching photography to all levels throughout her career – from aspiring professionals at the Eddie Adams Workshop and during her semester as the Alumni Fellow at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies to serious amateurs attending her numerous courses taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. For the last decade she has been an instructor for National Geographic Photo Camps throughout the world – including teaching refugee children in the United States, young adults in Chad and Pakistan and most recently training Kenyan journalists photography so they can incorporate the visual medium into documenting their own communities.