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[ #TBT From July 19, 2016 ] Top Shot: Winter Sunrise | Photograph by Gregor Thelen
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“Just before dawn the sun rises over the Hintersee National Park in Germany. The mist clears over the dead calm lake giving a mystic view of the mountains greeting the morning sun,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Gregor Thelen. “Like a land untouched by human hand the quietness and peace is tangible in the delicate shades and majestic nature rising from the night.”

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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[ #TBT From July 19, 2017 ] Top Shot: Autumn Reflections | Photograph by Aleš K. (@dreamypixels)
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#YourShotPhotographer Aleš K. captured this scene of Lake Braies during the fall. The lake is located in South Tyrol, Italy and gives off a great view of the Dolomites. “Lake Braies was pretty dry, but it still offered beautiful autumn reflections on a cloudy day,” writes Aleš K. “Autumn larches are just a beautiful sight to observe.”

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: Shake it Off | Photograph by Subhash Nair (@itsmesubhash)
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#YourShotPhotographer Subhash Nair captured this moment of a male lion shaking off water droplets from his mane. “Awesome Subhash. As you can imagine, I see A LOT of photos of lions in nature, so I love the different moment that you are sharing," writes Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee). "Fantastic use of a slow shutter speed to capture the motion of this majestic animal drying off. I love the shape its mane creates, I love how its eyes are closed, I love the water spraying off. I just love this moment. Great seeing. Well done. Very well done.” This image was selected for the July 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 @natgeoyourshotInstagram account.


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The Rhythm of Mood | Photograph by Denis Zastanceanu (@denixoid)
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“I really want to go to Barmsee Lake in Germany again in the near future, and try and experience something new,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Denis Zastanceanu. “I wish I could upload a time lapse video of this sunset :)”

“Wow. I agree with Your Shot photographer Janet Ellison who commented, "So incredibly beautiful, Denis! Everything about it — colors, reflections, lighting, mist. Captured absolutely perfectly! :)" What an absolutely breathtaking sunrise. You are right, this moment would have definitely made for an excellent time lapse video. However no worries, because this frame is absolutely gorgeous. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)
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This photo was submitted to our “I Want to Go There…” assignment, curated by David Y. Lee. To participate, go to the link in our profile.


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Negative Film | Photograph by Doria Fochi
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“I am holding a black and white 35mm negative of myself with my mother, using natural light as a viewer. Luckily for me and my family, I found the rest [of the film] as well as many more rolls of memories,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Doria Fochi. “Photography is a scientific wonder for me, and seeing these precious childhood memories adds just another deep dimension to my precious mother’s gift of life. She has given me so much, and photography has brought back so many memories… and continues to do so.”

“This image sheds light on the chemical processes that were part of our life before the digitalization of photography. It was chemistry that gave this world photography, and I am glad that this simpe composition recognizes that.” — @natgeo Explorer Prasenjeet Yadav (@prasen88)
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This photo was selected for our “Everyday Science” story, curated by Prasenjeet Yadav. To see more, go to the link in our profile.


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Top Shot: Having a Whale of a Time| Photograph by Kyle Aiton (@jkaiton85)
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A whale breaches near the Chilkat Range in Alaska. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) writes, “Great job being patient, getting ready, and anticipating a second chance at capturing this moment. Well done Kyle. I love how wide you made this frame, including the mountain range in the background which offers a fantastic sense of place.” This photo was selected for July 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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Game of Light | Photograph by Michael Witkowski
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“It was a joy and pleasure to watch those two old friends playing a game. I came across those men while taking an evening walk on the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam and actually went back to my hotel to get my camera and tripod to capture this scene,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Michael Witkowski. “The mood was incredible as all the street lights were off to save electricity, it was an hour an Earth event, and all there was candle lights.”

“It’s all there, kids! Two friends playing, smoking, the light is low but bright where it needs to be… really love this as a documentary photograph. I can imagine the story between these two old friends.” — @natgeo photographer Maggie Steber (@maggiesteber)
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This photo was submitted to our “Not Just a Face” assignment, curated by Maggie Steber. To participate, go to the link in our profile.


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Friendship | Photograph by Jaana Eleftheriou
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“I loved going to the local schools. The buildings were bare, only seats and a blackboard. There was no electricity in the classrooms, hardly any books, but there were lots of eager kids to learn, and meet and talk to you,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Jaana Eleftheriou. “Yet I think I was the one who was enriched the most, by sharing few precious hours with these kids who don’t ask for much.”

"For me, this is the perfect portrait of friendship. It doesn’t hurt that the young men are wearing lilac-colored shirts which is one of my favorite colors, but also the color of royalty. We don’t have to see their faces to understand… it’s really lovely and clear in its story-telling assets. Great angle!!!” — @natgeo photographer Maggie Steber (@maggiesteber)
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This photo was submitted to our “Not Just a Face” assignment, curated by Maggie Steber. To participate, go to the link in our profile.


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Top Shot: On the Hunt| Photograph by Arash Shakoorzadeh Boloori (@arash.shakoorzadeh)
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#YourShotPhotographer Arash Shakoorzadeh Boloori captured a bat while hunting during the night. Your Shot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas) writes, “Thank you for awarding us the opportunity to see this nocturnal hunter in action. The reflection on water adds another level of information in this frame and I love the element it adds. Well done!” This photo was selected for July 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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Octopus Drying in the Sun | Photograph by Feray Umut
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“This is the Greek island of Samos; mathematician Pythagoras was born here,” says #YourShotPhotographer Feray Umut. “Octopus, which dries in the sun to be served in restaurants, has been a popular dish in Greece for thousands of years, and has been a menu staple in the country.”

“This image has haunted me in the most beautiful way since I first say it. I love what [Your Shot photographer] Brenda Snape said, ‘The light, the beach scene and the octopus… they meld together yet could be separate images all on their own.’ While they could absolutely be images on their own, this frame in its entirety feels unsettling and beautiful all at once, and that tension is what I love so much about it. Beautifully seen, Feray!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)


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Working Up the Courage | Photograph by Lauren Sanderson (@lauren___sanderson)
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“Learning to swim is a delicate balance of holding on and letting go,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Lauren Sanderson. “Of wanting to, but not being quite sure, of working up the courage to believe that you can do it, while making sure that Mom is still watching.”

“The light, the fierce connection with us in her eyes, the layers of the pool and your framing all make for one intense moment we’re sharing with this new young swimmer. I love that your caption brings a little poetry to the courage it takes to learn how to swim, and how learning to swim isn’t just as simple as the physical motions. Beautifully done, Lauren!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)


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Top Shot: As Fog is Rolling in… | Photograph by Gregor Thelen
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#YourShotPhotographer Gregor Thelen took an early morning hike on Almsee, known in English as “Lake Alm,” while the fog bank drifted through the valley and over the lake. “With the snow still lingering on the mountains, the clouds chasing across the sky reflecting in the calm lake, I could just feel the warmth getting stronger from the rising sun,” he writes. This photo was selected for July 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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