Wishful Thinking

Photograph by Sherry Zhao , National Geographic Your Shot

The sky transformed itself into a splendid and surreal sea of lanterns carrying all kinds of wishes, writes Your Shot member Sherry Zhao of the scene at the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here, a couple makes a wish before releasing a lantern into the night sky. This enchanted moment is truly embedded in my memory, Zhao writes. I m glad I was fast enough to lie down on the ground and capture the serene moment between this young couple, who drew my attention with their sincere expressions before sending out the lantern, sending up hope.