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Top Shot: Taking a Leap of Faith | Photograph by Gerald Burns
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Wood duck chicks leap from a cypress stump to their mother duck below. #YourShotPhotographer Gerald Burns waited four hours for the chicks to take their leap. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee writes, “I agree with both Your Shot photographers K. Orr and Noreen Underwood that this was well worth the wait. Great job being patient Gerald. I love it. I applaud that you observed and anticipated this moment. It is fantastic. I feel myself cheering on the chicks on their leap of faith. I love how the cypress stump looks like an open rhino’s mouth, like these chicks are escaping from danger. Well done.” This photo was selected for April 18, 2018 Daily Dozen.

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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A Tornado of Starling Birds | Photograph by Bachir Badaoui (@bachir01)
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“An incredible formation from thousands of starling birds from the sky above. [It is] almost like a tornado going to touch down with many birds,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Bachir Badaoui. “Seeing thousands of starlings flying together in a whirling, ever-changing pattern is a phenomenon of nature that amazes those lucky enough to witness it. The speed, movements, motions, and formations all connected together and work in a remarkable team effort. Not only [does] this experience inspire me, but I’m also researching on how murmurations really works.”

“There is a lyrical quality to this image. It’s simple while being graphic and dynamic at the same time. The serendipity of the single larger bird flying through the swarm elevates this image in my mind. And, the information in the caption is what takes this frame to the next level. I love learning that this shape is made up of thousands of starlings but also to understand more about the how and why behind this behavior.” — Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute for Technology Jenn Poggi (@jennpoggi)


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Laos, Land of a Million Elephants | Photograph by Gloria Salgado Gispert (@gloriasalgadogispert)
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“A rescued logging elephant in Northern Laos and the moment when Anna says good bye,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Gloria Salgado Gispert. “We are facing the prospect of elephants becoming extinct in a few generations. The consigning of these beautiful and magnificent creatures to history would be a tragic loss to wildlife and to our planet.”

“I agree with Your Shot photographer Lara Kantardjian (@larakantardjian) who commented, ‘Beautiful image and words Gloria. I love that you took this so close — you can feel everything about this moment. It draws you in and captures our heart. The touch of the hands resonates with us who are in turn touched by the immense beauty and message conveyed. Congrats on this very fine and special photo.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)


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Top Shot: The Light of Bagan | Photograph by DiRong Da Nang
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#YourShotphotographer DiRong Da Nang captured this quiet moment during an afternoon at the temples of Bagan in Myanmar. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) writes, “I see a lot of variations of this scene, and today, this is my favorite. I love the way the smoke plays in the light — and that light, it is just so fantastic. I can also feel the silence in the temple. Well done.” This photo was selected for April 17, 2018 Daily Dozen.

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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Sunrise | Photograph by Les Zeppelin Baran
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“The Mesquite sand dunes [in Death Valley National Park] is one of my favorite places for studying light,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Les Zeppelin Baran. “Before I took this shot, there were strong winds over night that washed out footprints and created fantastic patterns on the dunes. Sunrise here takes me to other dimensions combined with light, shadows, and colors. Unforgettable spectacle.”

“The way the lines in the sand dunes lead my eyes to the mountains and the morning sunrise in the background is fantastic. I love this Les. I love how quiet this frame feels, it is so peaceful in this landscape, just me and my thoughts. I bet this was an amazing way and place to witness the sunrise. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)


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Their World | Photograph by Nadia Aly (@nadia.aly.photo)
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“This octopus came out of nowhere and put on quite a show for me! I was a little unprepared as I noticed him at the very beginning of my dive,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Nadia Aly. “This huge octopus was sprawled out over the incredibly beautiful reef off Port Elizabeth, South Africa. There is nothing more amazing than getting to view these beautiful creatures in their world!”

“The octopus and the coral garden look like a vibrant artwork — an eclectic mix of wildlife. It is so wonderful to see a healthy reef from such a beautiful part of the world.” — Photographer and filmmaker Michaela Skovranova (@mishkusk)
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This photo was submitted to our “Underwater Beauty” assignment curated by Michaela Skovranova. To submit your photos to her assignment, go to the link in our profile.


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Top Shot: Alpe di Siusi | Photograph by Aleš K. (@dreamypixels)
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The Alpe di Siusi (translated to Seiser Alm in English) is the largest high-altitude Alpine meadow in Europe and is a major destination for skiing and hiking tourism. #YourShotphotographer Aleš K. captured this mystical moment on an early March morning as the sun rose and the fog faded. This photo was selected for April 16, 2018 Daily Dozen.

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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My Yosemite Dream | Photograph by Stephen Valera (@srkvalera)
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“When I started photography, the first photographer that I admired was Ansel Adams. He was introduced to me by my father, when he handed me his Canon F-1. Since I am from the Philippines, I never had an opportunity to capture Yosemite,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Stephen Valera. “After graduating from law school and taking the bar exams, I finally get to be in the spot where Ansel Adams once created magic. Yosemite was always a dream to me, and now it’s a reality.”

“I agree with Your Shot photographer Joan Rankin Hayes who commented, ‘Wonderful story and image — so glad you finally got to see it and capture it with such beauty!’ I love how you were inspired by Ansel Adams, and then found yourself making your dream a reality. I love it Stephen. I love it. Thank you for sharing.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)


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Planet Ocean | Photograph by David Palfrey
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“A free diver enters another world made entirely of fish,” writes #YourShotPhotographer David Palfrey. “Returning to the source of all life and becoming one with it.”

“She looks like she’s going into a death star of fish! Of a fishnado underwater! So wicked that you were able to capture bait ball human interaction in such an interesting way.” — @natgeo Explorer and Creative Conservationist Asher Jay (@earthheiress)
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This photo was submitted to our “Underwater Beauty” assignment, curated by photographer and filmmaker Michaela Skovranova (@mishkusk). To submit your photos to her assignment, go to the link in our profile.


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Top Shot: Snakes in the Grass | Photograph by David Higgins
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A pair of rat snakes display a mating dance in the grassland outside of The Machan, a nature-centric resort in the Western Ghats of India. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) writes, “I love Your Shot photographer Annalia S.’s comment: ‘All the shots you posted of the snakes mating are fascinating, but this one really shows their abandonment and passion, as well as giving a sense of the synchronized mating dance.’ I do not like snakes, and I probably would have also shot this frame with a 700mm lens. But by doing so, you’ve make everything else out of focus to concentrate my attention on the mating snakes. Well done.” This photo was selected for April 13, 2018 Daily Dozen.

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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Dragon Fight | Photograph by David Somali-Chow
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Two male Komodo dragons fight on the beaches of Komodo Island, Indonesia. They're likely competing for the chance to mate with a female dragon; only one will be victorious.

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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Ship Shape | Photograph by Haitham Al Farsi (@haithamalfarsi)
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A shipmaker works on a boat in Sur, Oman, an area renowned for centuries of shipbuilding. "Traditional fishing boats are still produced by craftsmen from memory, without plans and drawings," explains #YourShotPhotographer Haitham Al Farsi.

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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