An aerial shot taken from a U.S. Navy helicopter shows the tsunami devastation in Banda Aceh on January 8, 2005. The magnitude 9.1 December 2004 quake washed away entire communities, killing more than 200,000 people in 14 countries, according to CNN.
"Reading the news headlines today," Skinner, 21, said on Wednesday, it "was so exciting to see that people knew what to do this time around—they ran for higher ground—because there was a lack of education before."
In 2011 Skinner—on her first trip abroad—had photographed sites that were exhaustively chronicled in 2004 and 2005. The journey was part of a National Geographic-sponsored effort to "inspire collective concern for cultural recovery following devastating natural disasters," according to Skinner's grant application.
Wan, who owns this Banda Aceh rice field, holds a picture of a tsunami-tossed mosque top taken in 2005.
Swept a distance of about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers), the structure has now "been turned into kind of a monument and memorial for tsunami victims," said Skinner, who said this is her favorite photograph of the trip.
"At night they light up the top of the mosque, and you can see it from the road. It's a really cool symbol of the power of nature and remembering the victims."