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Aerial Terrace | Photograph by Evgeny Vasenev (@vasenevphotography)
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Rice terraces form intricate patterns in Bali, Indonesia. Using terraces to farm in hilly or uneven areas of land prevent soil erosion and help with irrigation.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Feeling Crabby | Photograph by Steve Ellwood
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A ghost crab faces off with two least terns after getting too close to their nest in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Both least tern parents protect and incubate their nests, and both tend to their young after they hatch.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Low Tide | Photograph by Andrew Lane
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Sunset on Cannon Beach, Oregon, "was a magical and humbling experience," says #YourShotPhotographer Andrew Lane. "As the sun set, people started to gather towards the base of the rock, looking at the sea life and creatures normally not exposed."

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod.

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Silly String Celebration | Photograph by Bobby Ellis (@bobbydellis)
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“Trinity Flora celebrates with her teammates after finishing second in a local pee-wee softball tournament. Yes, you read that correctly, this is a celebration over a second-place finish,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Bobby Ellis. “I normally try to follow the winners of a tournament, but a parent told me that this team was going to have a silly string fight no matter how the game ended, so I took a chance and went with them.”

“Excellent image. Great job getting close and filling the frame with the moment. Also, good instinct on following your gut. It definitely paid off.” — @sfchronicle staff photographer Scott Strazzante (@scottstrazzante). This photo was submitted to our “Exploring Community” assignment, curated by Scott Strazzante.

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Værøy, Norway | Photograph by Isabelle Bacher
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“[This is the] view of the southern part of the impressive island of Værøy,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Isabelle Bacher. “Værøy is an island and municipality in Nordland County, Northern Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Lofoten.”

“This is a thrilling image with a sense of place and depth that draws you in. Beautifully composed and deeply alluring. Well done.” — @natgeotravel Editor in Chief George Stone (@georgewstone)
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This photo was submitted to our “The Trip That Changed My Life” assignment — which is your chance to be featured on the cover of @natgeotravel’s upcoming “Epic Summer” issue (June/July 2018). Go to the link in our profile to submit your photos.

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Top Shot: King of the Mountain | Photograph by Jean-Michel Pouy
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A male Alpine ibex stands in front of Mont Aiguille in the French Alps during the rutting season. #YourShotPhotographer Jean-Michel Pouy says, “These animals are not dangerous and we can approach them without danger. However, it is always impressive to approach the big males very closely." This photo was selected for the February 22, 2018 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams).

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

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Stairway to Heaven | Photograph by Mike Kane
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“I love the negative space in this location,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Mike Kane. “I framed the lone figure within the leading lines as a human element to add scale and a hint of mystery. Who is he? Where is he coming from? Where is he going to?”

“There’s not too much to say. You simply have to stop and look at this photo. The background is just soft enough that it could be the sky, and the stairs lead straight up to it. The composition is so pleasant and straightforward. The stairs enter and leave the frames just at the corner, the man has begun his journey but still has a bit of walking to do through the frame. The way the light changes across the stairs makes me curious about the rest of the space. What’s so funny to me about this photograph is it is probably extremely direct, a staircase in a museum, possibly, that leads to the next exhibit, but when I look at it, I can’t help but think deep and dream big.” — @natgetravel Producer Marie McGrory (@mariemcg23)

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[ #TBT from February 22, 2017 ] Top Shot: Icy Zoom | Photograph by Sebastian Wahlhuetter (@wahlhuetter)
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In this single image exposure, #YourShotPhotographer Sebastian Wahlhuetter photographed an ice climbing athlete soloing a small ice fall in Austria beside a tunnel while traffic is rushing through. This photo was selected for the February 21, 2017 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams).

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

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Top Shot: Quarrel of the Equines | Photograph by Xavier Ortega
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Wild horses fight in the marshy Camargue region of Southern France. The white horses of Camargue are considered one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world. This photo was selected for the February 21, 2018 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams).

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. #YourShotPhotographer

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Taxi | Photograph by Matt Pycroft (@mattpycroft)
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“Out in the desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan, Salim pulled up to the side of the road to see what we were up to. We told him we were making a film about the changing lives of the Bedouin. ‘I am Bedouin,’ he replied,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Matt Pycroft. “’What’s wrong with her?’ we asked, pointing to the camel. ‘Nothing,’ he replied, laughing. ‘I am taking her to town. She has a date.’ He winked, smiled, rolled up his window, and drove on.”

“What a fantastic and amusing moment that made me smile. I love how you composed this frame, getting down low to hide the camel's body, which further emphasizes the surprise of its neck and head popping up from the truck bed — and you are cleaning your composition (eliminating the truck cab coming through the camel's head). Also, thanks for taking the time to share the story behind your photo, which made me love this frame even more. Well done Matt!” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)

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The City That Freed Me | Photograph by Tejas L. (@advantej)
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“As I reflect back to the day I first visited San Francisco — it was just for a conference — little did I know that the calling would be so strong that I had to move here,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Tejas L. “I couldn’t stay away from this city for long. I had to come back.”
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This photo was submitted to our “The Trip That Changed My Life” assignment — which is your chance to be featured on the cover of @natgeo Traveler’s upcoming “Epic Summer” issue (June/July 2018). Go to the link in our profile to submit your photos.

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Top Shot: Catch Me If You Can | Photograph by Fabrice Guerin (@fabriceguerin)
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“When you take underwater pictures, you are focused on your subject and sometimes you forget about the environment,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Fabrice Guerin. “It’s funny to observe others. On this day, we looked for blue sharks when suddenly I saw one just behind my buddy. The blue shark was very curious and came very close, but there was no danger.” This photo was selected for the February 20, 2018 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams).

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

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Together | Photograph by Geoffrey Reynaud
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“Taking advantage of the favorable weather to take a flight over thousands of reindeers on their move,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Geoffrey Reynaud, “it was a wonderful moment.”

“You have made a beautiful photo of a simple sentence: Thousands of reindeers on their move. I love that you shot this scene from above, revealing just how many reindeers there are. Because what an epic moment to witness Geoffrey — I can only imagine how amazing this experience must have been, not just visually as a photographer, but also aurally, with the sounds of thousands of reindeers thundering together in one direction. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)

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Returning From the Deep | Photograph by Wendy Timmermans (@seadrops_photography)
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“On the coast of the Sinai desert is a small village called Dahab, where the famous Blue Hole is located in the Red Sea. An international community of free divers plunges into the deep, diving on one breath up to depths of 93 meters,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Wendy Timmermans. “Several times a year I co-organize competitions in this amazing place. This picture shows athlete Heike Schwerdtner on the final part of her ascent accompanied by safety free drivers and judges, and with spectators awaiting on the surface.”

“I agree with Your Shot photographer Janet Ellison, who commented, "This is incredible! So beautiful, wonderful lighting, great framing. I feel like I'm right there with them in the water!" This is so magical Wendy. I love the lyricism in this moment you captured, with everybody focused on the one free driver ascending from the depths of darkness. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)

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Split Screen | Photograph by Del Angharad (@welshpixiepics)
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#YourShotPhotographer Del Angharad photographed lightning over False Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. “We’re in the middle of a drought so severe that the government has declared it a national disaster,” writes Angharad. “So, the storm and the brief rain it brought was very welcomed.” This image was selected for the February 16, 2018 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams).

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

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Tongue of Flame | Photograph by Parivel Veerasamy (@parivel_veerasamy)
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A man prepares to swallow fire at a Navaratri celebration at the Sri Mutharamman Temple in India. Navaratri is a nine-day, Hindu festival celebrating the Divine Mother, with fire serving as a symbol of prayer and devotion.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod

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Circle of Life | Photograph by Yen Chao
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#YourShotPhotographer Yen Chao captures the moment a hyena catches a young wildebeest. Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams) commented, "Wow, what a moment and an excellent wildlife image that shows the circle of life and the struggle of being part of the animal kingdom. The expressions on both of the faces here make this an even more interesting image to view."

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod.

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Down Below | Photograph by Richard Johnston (@lonelyhunter)
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A surfer dives beneath a wave in the Mentawai Islands off the coast of Indonesia. The area's remoteness and consistent waves make it a premier destination for serious surfers.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Last Ice | Photograph by David Cothran (@davidcothranphoto)
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A polar bear rests on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean. As more polar ice melts each year, the polar bear's habitat will continue to shrink. Scientists estimate that their population will decrease by 30 percent by the year 2050.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Light Up the Night | Photograph by Vladimir Voychuk (@voy4uk)
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Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a volcano in Russia that stands more than 15,000 feet tall. The volcano has been active since at least 1697, when an eruption was first recorded.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Das Auto | Photograph by S. Kim Seong
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A car is retrieved from a storage tower at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The plant makes upwards of 800,000 cars each year.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Hatching Out | Photograph by Pam Voth (@pam_voth)
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An emu chick hatches at the Wild Rose Emu Ranch in Hamilton, Montana. #YourShotPhotographer Pam Voth waited for hours, watching the chick work on coming out of its shell. "What surprised me was the delicate, tiny little whistling call it made as it was hatching," she remembers. "In the wild, this chick's whistle would have been answered by the male on the nest."

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod.

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Around the Bend | Photograph by Manish Mamtani (@mmamtani)
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Leaves turn into an autumnal rainbow along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. "This is my favorite place on the whole scenic route," says #YourShotPhotographer Manish Mamtani. "I always fly my drone here to capture the curve of the road and moving cars."

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod.

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Lucky Strike | Photograph by Lukas Neuwirth
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#YourShotPhotographer Lukas Neuwirth was on his way to photograph Mont-Saint-Michel at sunset when he was caught in a downpour. After the rain stopped, he set up his tripod and captured this scene of lightning striking around the island. "It was amazing to witness this spectacular sight and mood!" he remembers.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod.

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Bliss | Photograph by Anton Gorlin (@antongorlin)
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“This is one of the shots I waited three days for; this morning in Milford Sound was chilly and windy with torrential rain. But if you want to see the rainbow, which was behind me, you have to wait until the rain finishes, right?” writes #YourShotPhotographer Anton Gorlin. “This place is so awesome. You can just stand here all day and watch what happens with the light, if there is any light! Because Milford Sound is known for its bad weather — it is the rainiest place in the world.”

This photo was submitted to our “The Trip That Changed My Life” assignment — one Your Shot photo will be featured on the cover of the @natgeotravel magazine June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue. Go to the link in our profile to participate. Maybe it will be you. Good luck #YourShotPhotographer.

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Follow Me | Photograph by Fabrice Guerin (@fabriceguerin)
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“When you take underwater pictures, you are focused on your subject, and sometimes you forget the environment [so] it is funny to observe others,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Fabrice Guerin. “This day, we were looking for blue sharks when suddenly I saw one just behind my buddy. Blue sharks are very curious, and it came very close. [However] blue sharks are not dangerous; the greatest danger for [them] is the fishing.”

“I love it, and as Your Shot photographer Shawn Hendricks commented, ‘This photo works well with the [Caption This] assignment, inviting all kinds of biting comments.’ Funny Shawn, I am a sucker for bad puns. Fabrice, I love how you composed this frame, with so much space surrounding this moment, making it feel like they are alone in the empty sea. The trail of bubbles makes it feel like your friend is swimming fast. When your friend saw this frame, I bet you both had a good laugh. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)

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Italian Sunset | Photograph by Tomasz Wieczorek (@toomson_photographer)
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#YourShotPhotographer Tomasz Wieczorek captured this moment of the sun setting over the Italian Dolomites. “The colors were just amazing during this afternoon sunset,” writes Wieczorek. Your Shot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams) selected this image for the February 15, 2018 Daily Dozen. “I agree with Tomasz, the colors are amazing in this photograph,” writes Adams. “What also really struck me was the reflection happening in the tiny pond of water in front the lens. Excellent work including that detail.”

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

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Corumbá Jump | Photograph by Victor Lima (@victorlimaphoto)
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“This waterfall is a masterpiece of nature and is very close to where I live,” describes #YourShotPhotographer Victor Lima. “I was teaching myself long exposure photography and decided to try it at this waterfall. I still had not yet been there before. When I got close to it, I fell in love with its greatness. I made the photos I wanted and then went swimming at the foot of the waterfall, which is an amazing experience. It is 69 meters high and very strong. When I got home and saw the photos I realized that all my efforts were paying off. It was at this waterfall that helped me believe I could go far with photography and it will be in my memory forever.”

Victor Lima's photo was selected for the cover of @natgeotravel magazine’s December 2015/January 2016 “Best of the World” issue. Right now we are running our “The Trip That Changed My Life” assignment — and one Your Shot photo will be published on the cover of their June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue. Go to the link in our profile to participate. Good luck #YourShotPhotographer.

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[ #TBT From February 15, 2016 ] Top Shot: Samurai Crane | Photograph by C. Mei
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”The red-crowned cranes in Japan are typically a symbol of grace, but are hardly associated with bravery — until I witnessed this moment,” writes #YourShotPhotographer C. Mei. “I was at Akan International Crane Center in Hokkaido when the eagles waiting around on nearby trees came down to steal the fish. Most of the time, they were successful, but this crane fought back bravely just like a samurai.”

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

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The Other Side of Mount Rushmore | Photograph by Jesse Brown Nelson (@jessebrownnelson)
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“Here is a rarely seen view of the backside of Mount Rushmore [in the Black Hills region of South Dakota],” writes #YourShotPhotographer Jesse Brown Nelson, “and the rugged terrain that surrounds it.” This image was selected for the February 14, 2018 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams).

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

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