Sure: a picture is worth a thousand words. But in order for a photograph to be able to “speak”, it has to convey to the viewer what it is showing. To achieve this, photographers should master the technique and composition in order to press the shutter button at the right time and in the right place. The cover picture shows Fabiola Minda, an animal rights activist from Mompiche, Ecuador. It bristles with storm surges and earthquakes year after year to provide a home for the stray dogs, cats and horses. Even if that means building your hut on the beach again and again.