Despite his evil attire, "stormtrooper" Jacob French—shown meeting a young kindred spirit on a Perth, Australia, bridge on July 15—aims to be a force for good in the universe.
To raise money for the Starlight Foundation, which seeks to brighten the lives of sick children, French is walking 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) from Perth to Sydney in full Star Wars armor.
Why We Love It
"This photo captures a genuine moment in what might otherwise be a contrived situation."—Alexa Keefe, photography producer
"As a huge Star Wars fan, this shot takes me back, and the composition of the shot, combined with the emotions of the 'stormtrooper' meeting the child, are fantastic."—Web Barr, associate photo producer
"The reaction on the face of the young Star Wars fan is so raw, you can't help but smile."—Andy Gottesman, photo intern
"The boy's Darth Vader shirt and the sneakers of the 'stormtrooper' are just a few details I love."—Chris Combs, news photo editor