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May 28, 2015 [May. 28th, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of dancers at the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, Philippines

Light in the Dark

Photograph by Mel Kevin Jumangit, National Geographic Your Shot

Dancers pause during the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City, the capital of the Philippine province of Cebu. The large festival of cultural and religious pageantry honors the Santo Nio, or child Jesus, whose statue is held aloft here by a colorfully costumed queen.

Jumangits image was recently featured in Your Shots Daily Dozen.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community. Check out the new book Getting Your Shot for more photos, plus tips and creative insights from Nat Geo experts.

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May 27, 2015 [May. 27th, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of a boy carrying a calf in Purulia, West Bengal, India

Cow-Eyed

Photograph by Jawed Alam, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Jawed Alam was passing through a village near the Purulia district of West Bengal, India, when he saw a boy and his calf standing in a field of wildflowers. Alam saw the perfect frame in the background of colorful flowers, the boys yellow T-shirt, and the black calf. I quickly adjusted my camera setting and started clicking pictures, he writes.

Alams image was recently featured in Your Shots Daily Dozen.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community. Check out the new book Getting Your Shot for more photos, plus tips and creative insights from Nat Geo experts.

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May 26, 2015 [May. 26th, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of meerkats looking into the distance

Staring at the Sun

Photograph by Clemens Capek, National Geographic Your Shot

A meerkat family warms up at sunrise in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Shortly after waking up, a meerkat familyalso called a gang or mobwill warm in the sun to harvest energy for the day, writes Your Shot member Clemens Capek. The animals are normally shy, but one family in the area became accustomed to humans in close proximity, allowing Capek to capture them in their natural surroundings.

Capeks image was recently featured in Your Shots Daily Dozen.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community. Check out the new book Getting Your Shot for more photos, plus tips and creative insights from Nat Geo experts.

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May 25, 2015 [May. 25th, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of workers hauling bricks in Kolkata, India

Pure Life

Photograph by Shibasish Saha, National Geographic Your Shot

Laborers work among the dust and debris at a brick field in Kolkata, India. Men and women work together every day to earn some money for their family, writes Shibasish Saha, a member of our Your Shot community.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community. Check out the new book Getting Your Shot for more photos, plus tips and creative insights from Nat Geo experts.

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May 24, 2015 [May. 24th, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of an ice crack on a frozen lake in Russia.

Cracking the Surface

Photograph by Alexey Trofimov, National Geographic Your Shot

Ice on Lake Baikal is a very interesting phenomenon, writes Your Shot member Alexey Trofimov. Ice ridges, cracks, tears, hugging. All this creates unique and fantastic stories. Trofimov spends a few months a year photographing landscapes at the lakethe worlds deepest and oldestin southeastern Siberia. On this trip, he hoped to make an unusual picture of the ice, showing elements not normally visible. When one morning brought a strong frost and wind, which created unusual patterns in the cracks, Trofimov had only to wait for sunrise to make this picture.

This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. Find your best travel photos and join the competition.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community. Check out the new book Getting Your Shot for more photos, plus tips and creative insights from Nat Geo experts.

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May 23, 2015 [May. 23rd, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of children looking at their reflection in a puddle

Friendly Reflection

Photograph by Pablo Ponti, National Geographic Your Shot

It had been raining all day in Luanda, Angola, where we live, writes Pablo Ponti, a member of our Your Shot community. Just as the last raindrops fell and the sun broke through the clouds ... I took my daughter and her two best friends out for a snack, and when we approached a large puddle, the opportunity to show their silhouette in the water's reflection was formed in my mind. Since they are best friends, I wanted to show them in a different light, through their feet and their reflections. The kids enjoyed it, and I loved the end result.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community. Check out the new book Getting Your Shot for more photos, plus tips and creative insights from Nat Geo experts.

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May 22, 2015 [May. 22nd, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of girl standing near Baobab trees, Madagascar

Mother of the Forest

Photograph by Marsel van Oosten, National Geographic Your Shot

These baobab trees on Madagascar are up to 800 years old, writes Your Shot member Marsel van Oosten. Locally known as mother of the forest, the baobab forms a micro-ecosystem of its own, supporting life for both animals and humans, van Oosten says. Old hollow baobabs are a home to snakes, bats, bush babies, bees, and sometimes even humans. More importantly, the tree is an important source of waterit can store up to 4,000 liters of water in its trunk. For Africa, it is literally the tree of life.

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May 21, 2015 [May. 21st, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of a Newari living goddess putting on makeup, Nepal

Goddess Dressing

Photograph by Stephanie Sinclair, National Geographic

In Nepals Kathmandu Valley, young Newari girls called kumaris are worshipped as living goddesses. Like other kumaris, Dangol, pictured here, wears special makeup for festivals. But its more than makeup that changes on these occasions. Former kumaris have described feeling bigger and stronger and said that heat radiates from their foreheads.

See more pictures from the June 2015 feature story "Meet Nepal's Living Goddesses."

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May 20, 2015 [May. 20th, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of vendors at the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea

Market Talk

Photograph by Brian Hammonds, National Geographic Your Shot

While at the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea, Your Shot member Brian Hammonds was drawn to the contrast of the blues in the displays and the reds and pinks worn by the women seen here. An elevated walkway at the front of the market allowed Hammond to capture the scene from above.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community. Check out the new book Getting Your Shot for more photos, plus tips and creative insights from Nat Geo experts.

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May 19, 2015 [May. 19th, 2015|11:00 am]
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Picture of a camping tent near Half Dome in Yosemite National Park at night

Dome Light

Photograph by Matthew Saville, National Geographic Your Shot

As technology shrinks the world around us, it becomes more and more difficult to find ourselves truly lost in the outdoors, writes Your Shot member Matthew Saville. This makes those particular moments and scenes that much more special. Saville captured this shot of a tent on Half Domes Diving Board while camping in Yosemite National Park. Getting to the Diving Board was quite a challenge, as there is no official trail, he writes. For anybody who is prepared, careful, and respectful of nature, the reward is one of the most breathtaking views in all of Yosemite, in my opinion.

This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. Find your best travel photos and join the competition.

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