National Geographic Your Shot

National Geographic Your Shot

Photo by Trần Tuấn Việt @vietsui | A farmer feeds ducks in the Ba River, Phu Yen Province, central Vietnam. Locals use the mudflats on the banks of the river to grow vegetables, grow grass for cows, and raise ducks. #animal #bw #vietnam #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Tetsuya Sato @tetsuyasato11100825 | I took this photo in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The sea of clouds had been here since before dawn, covering the city. It was a very beautiful morning scene. This is an Editor’s Pick chosen from #YourShotPhotographer. Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the account!
Photo by @tomashavel | Sometimes Mother Nature leaves us with something quite remarkable. The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is seen during an unforgettable sunrise in the middle of Bali. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @justin_anantawan | I met this man wearing this unique face mask during a food outreach program for the homeless in Toronto. I wondered if he was wearing it because of COVID-19. He told me his name was Wes Trotman and that the mask was not for protection but an expression of his personality. He explained that he was an artist of stone jewelry and that he had made his mask using the tabs from aluminum cans of Monster Energy drinks. Although the mask could not protect him from the virus, he believed it scared people enough to keep them six feet away. He said that people had been gawking at him and that I was the first person to approach him. When I asked him how he intended to spend the day, he answered that he planned to buy popcorn and eat it on his couch—not surprising, given the quarantine we are under. #YourShotPhotographer #ViewFromQuarantine
Photo by Jassen Todorov @jassensf | Andalusia, Spain's colorful and picturesque marshlands from above. Photographed from a plane during the golden hour. Nikon D810, 70-200 mm, 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 400. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @fdilekuyar | From my window during quarantine. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @taylorthomasalbright | A brown bear in Alaska feeds mid-river on a freshly caught salmon. When salmon are plentiful, a bear will mainly eat the brain, eggs, and skin, which make up the fattiest portions. It efficiently uses its energy to allow for the greatest possible weight gain. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @juliawimmerlin | A train departs from New Delhi, India. Seven windows with seven different stories, like a set of short stories all in front of your eyes. It brought to my mind the concept of "sonder." According to the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, “sonder is the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own ... with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra"—in this case, photographing their departure from Delhi. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @grantswinbourne | The iconic Crawley boathouse on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia, just before sunrise. This is an Editor’s Pick chosen from #YourShotPhotographer. Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the account!
Photo by @daisygilardini | Two young males spar on the coast of Hudson Bay in Manitoba. Polar bears are normally solitary, but each year, usually in November, they congregate in this area and wait for the water in the bay to freeze. They have to wait until the ice is thick enough to support their weight, so they can hunt for seals. Play-fighting during this period is normal behavior. It’s practice for more serious standoffs during mating season. #YourShotPhotographer #polarbear #bear #wapusknationalpark #manitoba
Photo by @veronika_k_ko | Holland polders look like a green leaf from above. The effects of global warming and accompanying sea level rise are threatening many of the world's lowland areas. Most of these lands do not have the resources to protect themselves, but the polder regions of the Netherlands are examples of such efforts. Polders are low-lying tracts of land enclosed by dikes that form artificial hydrological entities, which water veggies or the famous tulip fields. #YourShotPhotographer #veronikakko #polders #travel #aerial
Photo by Brittany Crossman @bkcrossman | A red fox curls up to keep warm. Its cross color morph is due to being partially melanistic and makes up roughly 30 percent of Canada's red fox population. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @irina_sigl_photography | The Miroir d'Eau in Bordeaux is the largest mirror fountain in the world at 3,450 square meters (37,135 square feet). This huge water feature, surrounded by splendid 18th-century houses, fascinates with alternating mirror and fog effects. The regular metamorphosis of the two-centimeter-deep water on a gigantic granite slab transforms the place into a magnificent play area for children and a wonderful backdrop for photographers. Nikon D600, 35mm, f8, 1/2000s, ISO 250. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Luke Scott @lostwithlukes | Outrigger canoe paddlers glide through the water as they head back to shore after sunset in Hagåtña, Guam. Sony a7rii + Samyang 35mm F2.8 + AquaTech underwater housing. This is an Editor’s Pick chosen from #YourShotPhotographer. Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the account!
Photo by @karimiliya | Volcán de Fuego violently explodes at dawn, sending lava into the sky. I slept very little on the side of the mountain that night, as the sound of explosions came from the neighboring volcano. This is a one-second exposure with my camera on a tripod. #YourShotPhotographer #Guatemala
Photo by Beth Mancuso @intothewild.wego | In my last house, my backyard overlooked a crop field. It made for the most impressive views of the sky. This shot was taken one summer as I watched a storm rolling in from my patio. My settings were 24mm, 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 320. #YourShotPhotographer #minnesota
Photo by @denemiles | Olympic National Park in spring really showcases all the moss and new growth. It's one of my favorite times to hike there. The trails are endless, and it's easy to find moments of solitude if you go to the less popular areas. I chose a longer shutter speed to relay the calmness I felt when I was there. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @Nadia.Aly.Photo | We were playing with this Cape fur seal in South Africa for almost an hour. It was a magical day with some rare crystal clear blue water. It does not get better than this! Canon 5DM3 with Canon 8-15mm lens. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @peter_houlihan | After many years wading through the swamps of Florida and thousands of encounters with alligators later, there are always new experiences. With each passing day, the light hits our surroundings differently. With patience, great creative opportunities abound. I was recently walking along a beautiful black water river, appreciating the tranquility of the cypress swamp and observing the impressive concentration of alligators around the water source during the dry season. The dark tannic water of the swamp is an ever changing canvas. As this juvenile alligator swam through the river, a sea of water beetles scurrying across the surface parted. I slowly moved into position to capture the reflection of the last rays of light on a cypress tree from the opposite bank. The effect felt otherworldly, as if the swamp was reflecting constellations and the northern lights of the night sky. To me, this is the magic of the swamp. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @navinvatsa | Street photography is all about how our mind reads the story before the moment disappears. It needs a quick and aggressive approach that may produce an extraordinary story from an ordinary-looking situation. I took this image in my city, Delhi, at the Yamuna Ghat, where traditional wrestlers practice almost every morning. The sunlight was very bright and was creating an additional scene on the yellow wall. As the wrestlers came to practice, I took a position to capture two defined elements. Each and every corner is communicating here. I consider capturing such an unpredictable moment as the fourth-dimensional approach in photography. This is an Editor’s Pick chosen from #YourShotPhotographer. Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the account!
Photo by Juan Carlos Fajardo @jc_fajardo | Time to fly | With the arrival of spring, one of the most exciting moments begins for everyone who likes birds: migration. In Spain we are lucky to be one of the most biodiverse places in Europe, and spring is when it reaches its maximum splendor. Many birds that spend the winter in the Iberian Peninsula say goodbye by taking the flight to northern Europe, making way for the birds that have spent the winter in Africa. The bee-eaters are usually the first to be seen announcing the beginning of the arrival of these birds. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @fdilekuyar | San Gimignano is a small town in Italy known for its medieval skyscrapers. I took this photograph while visiting Italy before the SIPA award ceremony in Siena. I wish for Italy to have healthy days as soon as possible. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @justin_anantawan | The boredom of quarantine has compelled me to go through my photo archives from the past decade. I'm estimating that I have maybe half a million photos, if I count the unedited ones. I am surprised to find gems I never bothered to edit—photos I did not think were good enough to show to the public—like this one from 2014. I recall that I was living in an apartment for three months in Kenya during the summer of that year. The young man in the photo was named Joseph, and he was my piano student whom I had met at a Catholic outreach center. I decided to let him stay with me for two months, as he was financially struggling at the time. I photographed him cooking chapatis (a type of Kenyan flatbread that is fried in a pan) for my last meal before getting on a plane that night to go back to Canada. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Tran Tuan Viet @vietsui | Street vendors are a common sight in Hanoi, Vietnam. They often wear conical hats and ride bicycles. This vendor is riding on Ceramic Road, which was made to celebrate Hanoi's 1,000th anniversary. #hanoi #vietnam #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Michel Godimus @yosomono.photography | A white-eye stands on a blooming plum tree branch in Tokyo, and seems to be intrigued by the camera. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @zhayynnjamesphotography | Huge elephants are dwarfed by the low hill and the towering Ngorongoro crater wall during sunrise in Tanzania. Unlike other places in East Africa, the fog lingers much longer here, as the sun doesn’t crest the crater walls until much after sunrise. This makes for a very primordial habitat image. This is an Editor’s Pick chosen from #YourShotPhotographer. Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the account!
Photo by Aya Okawa @labyrinthiansmile | These days, I'm exploring more of my immediate surroundings as we stay at home on quarantine. I try to take walks (socially distanced) near home during the day to stretch my legs between Zoom meetings and computer time for work, and I always watch the light that hits these flowers in the apartment complex. I took this shot at a time in the afternoon when the yellow blossoms caught light but the inner stalks fell into shadow, and I liked the firework-like look. I have more time than usual right now, staying in one place to observe the patterns of light throughout the day. Stay safe and healthy everyone! #YourShotPhotographer #stayathome
Photo by Sunil Gopalan @birdtog | Atlantic puffins touch bills as a mating ritual. These birds are returning soon to their breeding grounds on both sides of the Atlantic and don't have to worry about social distancing for now. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Brittany Crossman @bkcrossman | A red fox trots along a frozen shoreline in eastern Canada at dusk. It was heading toward a marsh where I often see it hunting for meadow voles. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Meg Loeks @meg_nlo | My son gets a better view of a storm, which passed over our home just as quickly as it rolled in. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @veronika_k_ko | Riding the waves | In an optical illusion, a bicyclist seems to be riding the waves of a patterned square. These kinds of pavements, called "calcada portuguesa," are traditional and typical for Portugal. The geometrical or flower-shaped patterns can be seen in many cities. #YourShotPhotographer #calcadaportuguesa #patterns #travel #veronikakko
Photo by @timdurkan | The full flower moon set behind the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, on May 7. This is an Editor’s Pick chosen from #YourShotPhotographer. Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the account!
Photo by @juliawimmerlin | The coconut crab is a terrestrial hermit crab with an impressive size. It can grow up to a meter (three feet) wide from leg to leg and can weigh up to four kilograms (nine pounds). It can live up to 60 years. It reaches sexual maturity around five years old, which is when it gets its coloring. The blue color of this male is highlighted with an external flash to the camera’s left with a high-speed sync setting to bring the luminosity of the sky down. This was photographed on one of the uninhibited islands of Palau. 23mm, 1/640 sec, F/9, ISO 200. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @irina_sigl_photography | A city as romantic as Prague attracts many lovers in every season. How many kisses, hugs, marriage proposals, and promises of eternal love has this city witnessed so far Nikon Z7, 70mm, f11, 1/320s, ISO64. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @taylorthomasalbright | My first grizzly bear of 2020. As the temperature begins to warm heading into spring, it reveals the animals that were unfortunately unable to survive through the harsh winter. This grizzly—along with coyotes, ravens, eagles, and others—works as the clean-up crew, completing the circle of life. This was taken in March just prior to Yellowstone National Park closing due to COVID-19. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @denemiles | A beautiful spring morning hiking near the Quinault River in Olympic National Park. The fog that morning created interesting rays of light when the sun hit it. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Andrei Stoica @ArizonaPhotoAdventures | The Superstition Mountains at sunset are a sight to be seen! While brownish and somewhat washed out during the day, the western side of the mountains has incredible red hues in the warm light of the sunset. The golden hour is always great here, but the last few minutes before the sun sinks under the horizon are the real prize for us photographers. The desert scenery also helps quite a bit—no complaints there. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Tran Tuan Viet @vietsui | A road is flooded in Nam Phuong Tien, a commune of Hanoi, Vietnam. This was taken in the middle of the historic flood in 2018, which isolated this commune for more than three weeks. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @tomashavel | A photographer's dream: a magnificent morning in Saxon Switzerland National Park in eastern Germany. #YourShotPhotographer
Video by @nathanielwise | Mountain reflections in North Cascades National Park, Washington. After a day and a half of hiding from the rain in our tent, we were treated to this view. Worth the wait, I'd say. I shot this video on my phone before meandering a short distance back to camp to make coffee and some backcountry breakfast. This is an Editor’s Pick chosen from #YourShotPhotographer. Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the account!
Photo by @daisygilardini | Bow Lake in Alberta’s Banff National Park is one of my favorite locations to visit during the fall. The tundra turns red, and at sunrise the lake is often steaming because of the temperature difference between air and water. I woke up early on this morning to catch the first light, but soon realized that the stiff breeze would not allow for a good reflection. Instead of going back to the cabin to sleep, however, I decided to look around and enjoy the moment. While walking along the beach, I noticed a puddle. The depression in the ground where the puddle formed was deep enough to shield the water from the breeze. The magic happened when I lay flat on my belly: The perfect reflection appeared. #YourShotPhotographer #canada #bowlake #banffnationalpark #reflections
Photo by @navidbaraty | Over the years I’ve photographed reflections of New York City seen from atop various skyscrapers in Manhattan. I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I saw how much of a cityscape can be reflected down the sides of glass buildings from high above. It felt as if I'd discovered a sort of hidden dimension that had been there all along, waiting to be noticed. This was taken from a rooftop 50 stories above 6th Avenue and Bryant Park. I often use a wide-angle 14-24mm lens for these shots, but I decided to use a 35mm so that I could focus in more closely on the reflected shadows and trees to create a more abstract feeling. #YourShotPhotographer #NYC
Photo by Sunil Gopalan @birdtog | A bird of American grasslands, this dickcissel is singing full-blast from a prominent perch in hopes of attracting a mate. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @louisdavidphotography | Soon after reaching the camp on Acatenango at sunset, the sky opened up and offered this amazing view of Volcán de Fuego. Located near one of Guatemala's most famous cities, Antigua, the joined stratovolcanoes form the complex known as La Horqueta. Volcán de Fuego is almost constantly active at a low level, with eruptions happening every 15 to 20 minutes. This is an Editor’s Pick chosen from #YourShotPhotographer. Submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the account!
Photo by Juan Carlos Osorio @juancosoriophotography | While walking around Central Park, I saw a beautiful lotus flower in the middle of a small man-made pond. I wanted to shoot a macro of this beautiful flower, but I was not allowed to step inside the fountain. Fortunately, I had a telephoto lens and a 2X adapter, which increases the magnification by a factor of 2. This posed a challenge, because having a telephoto lens on a multiplier decreases the amount of light reaching the camera's sensor. In order to get as much depth of field as possible, I had to close the aperture to f/20. The pictures were too dark, or blurred, or with too much noise. With the help of a friend, I added a flash, and finally I was able to get an image that seemed like a macro from several feet away. 400mm 1/40 sec f/20 ISO400. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Jassen Todorov @jassensf | Forty years ago, on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens experienced a 5.1 magnitude earthquake and an eruption—the deadliest and most devastating in U.S. history. It reduced the cone-shaped summit from 9,677 feet (2,950 meters) to 8,363 feet (2,550 meters). Today, Mount St. Helens is a popular place for explorers, hikers, and mountaineers, offering spectacular views from above. In the distance is Mount Hood—another potentially active stratovolcano—at 11,249 feet (3,429 meters). This aerial image was taken while I was flying my plane. Canon 5DS R, 70 mm, 1/800, f/10, ISO 100. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @steve_woods_photography | A male cheetah is seen stalking in the tall grasses of Kruger National Park in South Africa. The effects of evolving to be the fastest land animal in the world are far-reaching. Cheetahs lose a large percentage of their kills to other predators because they have to rest before eating. They also have problems with impotence and inbreeding, making the future of cheetahs questionable—even before you factor in habitat loss. 1/400 f5.6 iso1000. Canon 1DXii - Canon EF 600mm f4 III - Canon EF 1.4x ext. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @denemiles | Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. It leveled the forest to the north and took out everything in its path. Ash fell like rainfall and the skies in much of Washington State turned dark. The recovery in the blast zone has been fascinating to watch. It's a great testament to how nature repairs itself over time. Forty years later, this special place is more alive and beautiful than ever. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by Meg Loeks @meg_nlo | Early morning walk collecting treasures along a trail. Normally this area is busy with snowmobiles in the winter. #YourShotPhotographer
Photo by @fdilekuyar | I was bored at home and gave myself homework: Stay in my window and wait. When I saw this old lady looking out her window, I took the photo. In Turkey, people under 20 and over 60 are forbidden to go out. #YourShotPhotographer