May 21, 2015

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."

May 20, 2015

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.

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May 19, 2015

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.

May 18, 2015

Picture of a dog playing with toy balls

Double Trouble

Photograph by Danielle Mussman, National Geographic Your Shot

Ethel the Great Dane attempts the impossible on a spring day in northern Kentucky. I am constantly drawn to her eternal optimism in attempting to catch balls thrown her way, only to be defeated by her gangly legs and just-a-beat-off timing, writes Your Shot member Danielle Mussman. Ultimately, the photos of her missing the ball are always more amusing than those of her finally succeeding in catching it. Mussmans husband thought he might improve the odds by slowly tossing two balls in Ethels direction. The result? writes Mussman. Double the confusion, double the frustration, and double the treats for our sweet girl who never gives up.

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May 17, 2015

Picture of a close-up detail of a fruit flys eye

Eye Sight

Photograph by Martin Oeggerli, National Geographic

A scanning electron microscope (SEM) captures the intricacies of a fruit flys eye. The compound eye is a tightly packed collection of single lenses that gives the fly a gridlike view of the world. Scientists suspect the bristles may help protect the lenses, which have no eyelids, from dirt and debris. Photographer Martin Oeggerli specializes in shooting very small things using an SEM at the School of Life Sciences in Muttenz, Switzerland. His images appear in the story Bug-Eyed in the June 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine.

May 16, 2015

Picture of a religious man with pins piercing his face in Bengal, India

Piercing Faith

Photograph by Avishek Das, National Geographic Your Shot

A believer pierces his face during the Hindu festival of Charak Puja in West Bengal, India. The rituals of Charak Puja, a way to show the miracle of God, are unique and, at times, a little risky, writes Avishek Das, who shared this photo on Your Shot. For Das, getting such a shot had its difficulties. People are in a hurry to complete the exercise soon, and huge mass gatherings are there, he writes.

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May 15, 2015

Picture of a young honeybee emerging from its cell for the first time

New Bee

Photograph by Anand Varma, National Geographic

A new honeybee emerges from a brood cell. In her six-week life span, this worker bee will forage for food, make honeyand raise the next generation. Photographer Anand Varma shares the story behind creating a stunning time-lapse of developing bees on Proof.

Image composed of 23 digitally merged photographs.

See more pictures from the May 2015 feature story Quest for a Superbee.

May 14, 2015

Picture of a boy looking over a balcony into a courtyard, Kolkata, India

Tale out of School

Photograph by Siddhartha Banerjee, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Siddhartha Banerjee captured this picture during recess at a secondary school in Kolkata, India. They had their midday meals and went to play, he writes. Suddenly, a student emerged from a classroom and leaned over to look below. It seemed he was invisible to the rest of the students already playing, but it seemed the boy was intently watching them, as if his soul [were] already there with the boys out there.

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May 13, 2015

Picture of a frozen spring pushing up through the ice in Nebraska

Spring Powered

Photograph by Mike Frosberg

A powerful spring pushes up through the ice of a Platte River backwater in Nebraska. Photographer Mike Frosbergs project, the Platte Basin Timelapse," attempts to capture a watershed in motion from the mountains to the plains.

See more of Frosbergs photography on Proof.

May 12, 2015

Picture of Goafoss, a waterfall in Iceland

Waterfall of the Gods

Photograph by Ed Graham, National Geographic Your Shot

Although the days are short in Iceland in February, the sun remains low on the horizon while its up, writes Your Shot member Ed Graham. This allows six to eight hours of shooting in a beautiful golden lightif the weather cooperates. Here, the winter sun falls on Icelands Goafoss, or Waterfall of the Gods, one of the largest in the country. To achieve this shot, Graham made a hazardous climb. The bare surface of the rock was slick from refrozen mist from the falls, he writes. I got as close to the edge as I dared.

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