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Scattered | Photograph by Kimberly J. (@kimberlyswimberly)
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“A school of fish I was using for cover scattered as hammerheads stalk through the area. With dark and nutrient filled waters, subject to swift current and rough seas, it was some of the most challenging and exciting diving of my life,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Kimberly J. “Diving there made me realize how essential it is to show people the beauty and necessity of the ocean, how vital it is to protect and preserve it for our survival.”

“I agree with Your Shot photographer Ivan Lesica (@ivan_lesica) who commented, ‘Love the explosion of underwater life!!! Love the lighting and the way the majestic hammerheads glide through the ocean… WOW!’ This is awesome Kimberly. Fantastic energy. I love your caption, I bet this was an inspiring experience witnessing this scene. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)


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Be Bold | Photograph by Kate von der Lieth (@wolfhawkstudio)
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“I took this photo when a huge storm hit the California coast. The waves off this famous surf spot in Santa Cruz were about 30-feet overheard and stormy. The water was moving with intense power from the swell. We stood and watched three surfers out in the distance catch a few huge messy waves,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Kate von der Lieth. “Then this surfer walked out to the point. He got engulfed in the spray while looking, planning, and trying to time his jump. He timed it perfectly. We onlookers cheered in awe as he paddled way out to surf.”

A terrific moment captured in this frame, Kate. The body language of the surfer as he jumps, surrounded by the spray from the ocean, just adds to the natural drama of the act. Great description in the caption, especially the onlookers cheering him on. Hard not to be inspired by this scene.” — Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute for Technology Jenn Poggi (@jennpoggi)


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Top Shot: Mother’s Love | Photograph by Connie Bowen
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A lioness carries one of her cubs in her mouth while the other swims behind. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) writes, “I love this moment that you captured. I love the tiny cub in the background, swimming to keep up — such a wonderful surprise to your photo. Great seeing.” This photo was selected for April 24, 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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Blame the Red | Photograph by Melih Ersahin
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“This photo was taken in the Salt Lake flats in Ankara, Turkey,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Melih Ersahin, “as part of an ongoing project named Fabric Stories.”

“The richness of the red in this frame is just breathtaking. I love the shape you created with the fabric and how the eye is pulled from one edge of the frame to another. Well done, Melih!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)


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At Home in Nature IV | Photograph by Halie West (@haliewestphoto)
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“At Home in Nature [series] aims to remind us of home that lies outdoors, the places we should seek to keep our adventurous spirits alive,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Halie West. “With furniture in frame, the landscape becomes a living room that is far too familiar. Great expanses and untouched places become a second home because you are home. This is where we began. Taken at White Sands National Monument at sunrise.”

“The premise of this project is thoughtful and well executed! I love that your model is wearing a color sweater similar to her surroundings and make us further focus on the television being out of place in this environment. Your caption akes me want to think a little bit more about keeping my adventurous spirit alive! I’m looking forward to seeing more of this project!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)


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Top Shot: Blossoms Under the Moon | Photograph by Yasutomo Kato
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#YourShotPhotographer Yasutomo Kato captured this scene of cherry blossoms under a full moon while photographing landscapes in Nara-shi, Nara, Japan. “This is so beautiful Yasutomo,” writes Your Shot producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee). “The light is so soft, I love how it wraps around the foreground trees. I love how quiet and peaceful this scene feels. I love it. Well done.”

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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Escape | Photograph by Stavros Kesedakis
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“An EF2 tornado posed a threat to everyone escaping its path in the streets on May 7, 2016 in Wray, Colorado. An amazing storm chasing experience that changed my life since it was my first real tornado chase,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Stavros Kesedakis. “A moment of mixed feelings of admiration and fear for nature’s power surfaced, and definitely shaped who I am today. While others prefer sun, beaches, monuments, or architectural destinations, I find my best experiences are a different kind of trip: chasing tornadoes in the U.S.”

“I’m fascinated by storm chasers and those who document powerful storms like this. From seeing this image I can just hear the wind picking up and the awe of witnessing the power that mother nature has. I’m also sure it would be terrifying to witness this as well, so great work being able to document this image as it happened before you.” — @natgeoyourshot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams)


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My Reflection | Photograph by Shelby Clowers (@shelbylclowers)
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“When I look into the eyes of my children, I see my reflection. I see my love. I see my strength. I see my accomplishments. I see my happiness. I know exactly where I am going,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Shelby Clowers. “I was once a wanderer. I am now a warrior. A leader. A teacher. A mother. My children have made me who I am. For them I am forever grateful.”

“Fantastic shot. What a perspective you’re sharing with us — one that not many get to experience. Love the angle, intimacy, and sweetness of this.” — Documentary photographer Kholood Eid (@kholoodeid)


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Top Shot: Sleeping Beauties | Photograph by Fabrice Guerin (@fabriceguerin)
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#YourShotPhotographer Fabrice Guerin captured this peaceful moment while on a scientific underwater mission and observed sperm whales half sleeping. He writes, “Nature provides us beautiful surprises. To meet the giant of the oceans is an unforgettable moment. Sperm whales are able to half-sleep in a vertical position. The scientist swam several times among them without disturbing them. He swam from one sperm whale to another like a guest to say hello. Amazing moment!” This photo was selected for April 20, 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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Magical Kirkjufell | Photograph by Zita Karádi (@zit_8_photography)
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“I love this little mountain at the west of Iceland. This land is really wild and untouched. Really the paradise of landscape photographers,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Zita Karádi. “I can spend any time around this area. The land is relaxing and quiet.”

“So beautiful Zita. Fantastic use of long exposure. The light is so gorgeous. The landscape is breathtaking. As I type this, I am sitting at my desk, underneath fluorescent lights, in front of a computer... Instead I wish I was there.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)
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Happy #EarthDay and to celebrate, today we will be sharing some of our favorite images featuring the beauty of Mother Earth.


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In Your Hands | Photograph by Geoff Coombs (@geoff_coombs)
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“Looking up from forty feet below I admired the view and texture of the ice above me,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Geoff Coombs. “It was surreal and truly beautiful to see two of my friends holding hands while being surrounded by a seemingly alien environment.”

“My heart stops while looking at this image! What a beautiful capture of a world we rarely get to see — I love seeing the two figures float between the ice galaxy — it showcases the scale of the vast environment.” — Photographer and filmmaker Michaela Skovranova (@mishkusk)
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Happy #EarthDay and to celebrate, today we will be sharing some of our favorite images featuring the beauty of Mother Earth.


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Spring is Coming | Photograph by Albert Dros (@albertdrosphotography)
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“Spring is coming. That means we get beautiful [tulips] again in the Netherlands,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Albert Dros. “It’s a joy to see and photograph them every year. This shot was taken during a sunset combined with a storm, creating a nice dramatic red color palette.”

“This is so lovely — just endless tulips as far as the eye can see… AND a beautiful sunset! I agree with Your Shot photographer Cathy Pepin-Toussaint who commented, “Wow, what a gorgeous shot, Albert. It’s like each tulip has captured the colors of the sunset and is reflecting them back to us.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)
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Happy Earth Day and to celebrate, today we will be sharing some of our favorite images featuring the beauty of Mother Earth.


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