Photo essays: Your stories in pictures

A boy is colored by the marks of the Hindu festival Holi in Chennai, Indian, by iReporter Ashok Saravanan.

(CNN)There are so many stories you can tell with photography. If you see the world through a lens, this is the place for you to get creative.

Here's the challenge: We are looking for feature photography and powerful photo stories. Whether you want to share photos that chronicle a personal story or capture a compelling slice-of-life scene, we're interested in your collections on a particular theme. Please upload a series of original photographs that were taken this year and tell us the stories behind the pictures.
Check out these amazing iReport photo essays for inspiration: