Week 2014-53: Wedding Colors

Week 2014-53: Wedding Colors

Photograph by Robin Hammond, National Geographic

In Nigeria it’s common to ask guests to wear color-coordinated outfits, called aso ebi, at social events, such as this wedding at the Yoruba Tennis Club in Lagos.

See more photos from the January 2015 feature story “First City.”

Week 2014-52: Double Vision

Week 2014-52: Double Vision

Photograph by Stéphane Scotto, National Geographic Your Shot

Kayakers navigate a watery fairway on the Bay of Arcachon in southwestern France. Your Shot member Stéphane Scotto was shooting aerial images from an ultralight motorized plane while the subject of a TV segment about his work on the bay. “The tide was changing, and I saw these two kayaks,” he writes. “[The scene] looked like an iris in which clouds were reflected."

See more aerial images in the Your Shot feature "Trending: View From Above."

This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.

Week 2014-51: Floating Season

Week 2014-51: Floating Season

 

Photograph by Nhiem Hoang, National Geographic Your Shot

“During the floating season on the Mekong Delta, wild water lilies grow in the rice fields now covered by water,” writes Your Shot member Nhiem Hoang. “They become a traditional food, processed into special dishes such as salad and sour soup with fish.” Hoang travels to the region each year to photograph what many consider its most beautiful season. “I saw this situation happening from the road while riding my motorbike alongside the Vinh Te Canal. I was lucky that day because it had just stopped raining and the woman and her boat appeared in the right place. First I used a telephoto lens but felt dissatisfied, so I tried to cross a muddy yard to fill the action using my superwide 16mm, with different shooting angles from high to low. Finally, I got the shot I expected."

Hoang’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

​Week 2014-50: Bodybuilders

​Week 2014-50: Bodybuilders

Photograph by Adhi Prayoga, National Geographic Your Shot

Ants build a bridge with their bodies to reach food on a higher branch in Mataram, Indonesia. “I often observe and take pictures of ants when the sun rises in order to [capture] their activity in a beautiful light,” writes Your Shot member Adhi Prayoga. “I was lucky to get a moment of cooperation.”

Prayoga’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot's Daily Dozen.

 

Week 2014-49: The Bagualero Way

Week 2014-49: The Bagualero Way

Photograph by Tomás Munita, National Geographic

In the wilds of Patagonia, cowboys called bagualeros pit themselves against the meanest livestock on the planet. Here, bagueleros pause in their search for cattle on Antonio Varas Peninsula, in Chilean Patagonia. Few choose the bagualero way. “It’s a beautiful life but a tough one,” says Sebastián García Iglesias (at far left).

See more pictures from the December 2014 feature story “Cowboys on the Edge.”

Week 2014-48: Tasty

Week 2014-48: Tasty

Photograph by Rob Daugherty, National Geographic Your Shot

While visiting Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park, Your Shot member Rob Daugherty planned to photograph coastal brown bears. He saw 21 bears on the first day alone. He came across this one about two hours into a boat ride on Crescent Lake. “He had just finished eating a salmon,” Daugherty writes. “It was an epic moment to photograph him as he licked his fishy, post-meal chops.”

Daugherty’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot's Daily Dozen.

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Week 2014-47: A Perilous Profession

Week 2014-47: A Perilous Profession

Photograph by Aaron Huey

In April 2014, a devastating avalanche killed 16 expedition workers on Mount Everest, becoming the worst accident in the peak’s hundred-year climbing history. For the Sherpas—13 of whom were victims of the avalanche—the climbing profession brings both prosperity and peril. Here, Da Nuru Sherpa coils rope at Camp II on Ama Dablam, perched like a spectacular bird’s nest at 19,600 feet.

See more pictures from the November 2014 feature story “Sorrow on the Mountain.”

Week 2014-46: Royal Velvet

Week 2014-46: Royal Velvet

Photograph by Szymon Bakota, National Geographic Your Shot

Victorious in autumn clashes with rivals, a fallow deer luxuriates in the fog of London’s Richmond Park. “This is a great time to simply wander around the park with a camera,” writes Your Shot member Szymon Bakota. “I found the ideal place in a small woodland, where bucks rub their foreheads and antlers against the bases and branches of trees. There were a couple of deer competing and clashing antlers. After one fight, the winner made this magnificent, royal pose. I got the camera as low to the ground as possible. My intention was to underexpose the photo a bit to capture an almost fairy-tale mood.”

This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.

Week 2014-45: Leap of Faith

Week 2014-45: Leap of Faith

Photograph by Nicole Cambré

A migrating wildebeest leaps into the low waters of the Mara River in Tanzania. Wildebeests begin their annual migration at the edge of the Serengeti Plains. On their enormous loop following seasonal rains, the more than 1.5 million animals encounter deadly crossings like this one at the Mara, infamous home of the giant Nile crocodile.

This photo was submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Photo ContestEnter your best shot by October 31 for a chance to win.

Week 2014-44: The Blue Universe

Week 2014-44: The Blue Universe

Photograph by Hiroki Kondu

About 4.5 million Nemophila menziesii—a California wildflower commonly known as baby blue eyes—carpet the hills at Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan. According to photographer Hiroki Kondu, who calls this landscape “the blue universe,” the flowers peak from the end of April to the first week of May.

This photo was submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest.

Week 2014-43: Autumn in Aomori

Week 2014-43: Autumn in Aomori

Photograph by Sho Shibata

The morning sun kindles a view of fall foliage on Lake Towada in Aomori, Japan. Sitting at the base of Mount Hakkoda, the lake and the annual autumn display of its forested banks are a popular tourist draw.

This photo was submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest.

Week 2014-42: Golden Goal

Week 2014-42: Golden Goal

Photograph by Florian Goppold, National Geographic Your Shot

“I was sitting in a small bar watching the kids playing soccer in the sunset,” writes Your Shot member Florian Goppold, whose trip through Brazil took him for a few days to Salvador da Bahia. “It was one of these great moments on the Praia do Farol da Barra. I was fascinated—the waves were high and the sea was roaring. The setting sun produced amazing colors.” Goppold waited for the right moment to capture the silhouettes of the soccer players with the lighthouse in the background. “It was my golden goal,” he writes.

Goppold’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

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Week 2014-41: Dangerous Beauty

Week 2014-41: Dangerous Beauty

Photograph by Garth Lenz

Disguised by the beauty of a reflection, this toxic tailings pond in Alberta, Canada, is a considerable health risk. Such vast lakes—made up of oil sands development residue, or tailings—are completely unlined, and 19 of them lie on either side of the Athabasca River. Individual ponds can range in size up to 8,850 acres.

Garth Lenz’s aerial photographs of landscapes transformed by energy production were recently featured on our photography blog, Proof.

Week 2014-40: Wishful Thinking

Week 2014-40: Wishful Thinking

Photograph by Sherry Zhao, National Geographic Your Shot

“The sky transformed itself into a splendid and surreal sea of lanterns carrying all kinds of wishes,” writes Sherry Zhao of the scene at the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here, a couple makes a wish before releasing a lantern into the night sky. “This enchanted moment is truly embedded in my memory,” Zhao writes. “I’m glad I was fast enough to lie down on the ground and capture the serene moment between this young couple, who drew my attention with their sincere expressions before sending out the lantern, sending up hope.”

Week 2014-39: Adoption Day

Week 2014-39: Adoption Day

Photograph by Lisa Sidorsky

Molly has her new daddy wrapped around her little paws. This was adoption day and they have already bonded. It's the start of a beautiful relationship that will last many, many years. I snuck up on a private moment. Everyone in my family loves animals and we were all there to meet Molly her first day home; she is my brother's dog. We were also there to make a big fuss over Riley, their older pup. Molly is one lucky dog and I think this is the last time Molly was ever calm and quiet :)

For the National Geographic Assignment: The Animals We Love

Week 2014-37: Cold Encounter

Week 2014-37: Cold Encounter

Photograph by Nicolas Le Boulanger, National Geographic Your Shot

Hoarfrost settles on a moor along the border of Espace Rambouillet, a wildlife reserve near Paris, France, that’s home to deer like this stag and other wildlife. Having heard noises on the moor one day, Your Shot member Nicolas Le Boulanger returned early the following morning “to see the author of these sounds.” He had just arrived at the path when the deer appeared. “It literally jumped up in front of me as if to block access to its secret garden,” Le Boulanger writes. “We watched each other for five minutes, and I took hundreds of photos, but many of the others were missed due to the hoarfrost on the subject, my own shivers, and the rising morning mist that blurred the perspective.”

Le Boulanger's picture recently appeared in Your Shot's Daily Dozen.

Week 2014-36: A Devilish Display

Week 2014-36: A Devilish Display

Firecrackers douse raucous revelers in a steady stream of sparks during a celebration of Correfoc, or “fire runs,” in Sant Quintí de Mediona, Spain. A Catalan tradition, the festival features groups of participants known as "devils" running wild among the narrow streets, igniting fireworks along the way.

“The shooting conditions are really dangerous for the photographer,” writes Your Shot photographer Anibal Trejo. “I had to protect myself to avoid burnings, dressing up with long sleeves, protective glasses, a hat, handkerchief, and even gloves.”

Trejo’s picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment How Close Can You Get?

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Week 2014-35: Hats Off

Week 2014-35: Hats Off

Photograph by Huynh Jet, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was drawn to an older woman who was working very hard on crafting these hats," writes Your Shot member Huynh Jet, who captured this photo in a traditional dwelling in Duc Hoa, Long An Province, Vietnam. "I climbed on a ladder and stood there until I caught the moment when she put the threads into the hat. A big traditional family in Long An has made and sold hats for over a hundred years."

Week 2014-34: Those Lion Eyes

Week 2014-34: Those Lion Eyes

Photograph by Hannes Lochner, National Geographic Your Shot

When photographer Hannes Lochner set up his camera at a water hole in South Africa's Kalahari, he tried hiding it from curious lions because "they might play with it or carry it off," he writes. "On this particular evening, I was in my vehicle just as the sun was setting, the dust in the air creating a special kind of Kalahari light, and a pride of lions arrived. By repeatedly clicking the shutter, I coaxed the ever curious cubs forward."

Lochner's picture recently appeared in Your Shot's Daily Dozen.

Week 2014-30: En Masse

Week 2014-30: En Masse

Photograph by Nicola Chilton

Thousands of performers dance in unity at the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea. In the background, schoolchildren hold colored booklets to create each “pixel” of the nation’s flag. The two-month-long festival depicts the story of North Korea through gymnastic and artistic expression.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.

 

Week 2014-29: Sands of Time

Week 2014-29: Sands of Time

Photograph by Bonnie Flamer

Sand dunes spill through the doorway of a reclaimed home in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. Kolmanskop, formerly home to a diamond mine, was abandoned in 1954 after the precious mineral was depleted.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Week 2014-28: Autumn Fairy Tale

Week 2014-28: Autumn Fairy Tale

Photograph by Jonathan Chua Kiat

A timeless trio goes on its way in Xiapu, a county in eastern China. "I like the mood and the character in the scene," writes photographer Jonathan Chua Kiat. "It’s just like a fairy tale come alive."

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Winners will be announced July 31.

Week 2014-27: A Fragile Livelihood

Week 2014-27: A Fragile Livelihood

Photograph by Robin Hammond, National Geographic

In this picture from the July 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a girl tends goats in the mountains near Shiikh in the Somaliland region of Somalia. Though big farms make headlines—a subject explored as part of our Future of Food series—small farmers still produce most of the food in Africa. Both are crucial for the continent to be able to feed its own growing population—much less the rest of the world.

See more pictures from the July 2014 feature story “The Next Breadbasket.”

Robin Hammond goes behind the scenes of the goat trade in Somaliland »

Week 2014-26: Rock of Ages

Week 2014-26: Rock of Ages

Photograph by Nicholas Roemmelt

After a heavy thunderstorm, a small pond grants a mirror reflection of a hiker at the Wave, the most famous landform in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona and Utah. Says Nicholas Roemmelt, who submitted this picture to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, it was "a calm and solemn place on a perfect day."

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Week 2014-25: Cycling in Morocco

Week 2014-25: Cycling in Morocco

Photograph by Hielke Gerritse

"This picture was taken in the Central Atlas Mountains, Morocco," writes Hielke Gerritse, who submitted this picture to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. "This area is populated by the indigenous Berber inhabitants. The sign on the wall represents the Berber [Amazigh] flag. Tamazight is the local language. The word also stands for free man, noble man."

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Week 2014-24: The View from Imerovigli

Week 2014-24: The View from Imerovigli

Taken by Jim Nilsen and posted on 500px.com

Camera: Canon 5d mark iii

Lens: Canon 24

Focal Length: 24

Shutter Speed: 1/5 sec

Aperture: 16

ISO: 100

Taken on: 2014-06-04

Week 2014-23: Swimming for Supper

Week 2014-23: Swimming for Supper

Photograph by Narong Rattanaya, National Geographic Your Shot

"On Phuket, Thailand, monkeys [inhabit] the mangrove forest and tourists and locals come to feed them bananas and nuts," writes Narong Rattanaya, a member of NG Your Shot community. "The monkeys swim and dive in the water while they wait for the food."

Week 2014-22: Twin Beauties

Week 2014-22: Twin Beauties

Photograph by Muhammad Mochtar, National Geographic Your Shot

Pale butterflies mirror each other on a stalk in this macro image submitted by Muhammad Mochtar, a member of our Your Shot photo community.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.

Week 2014-21: Mount Fuji by Moonlight

Week 2014-21: Mount Fuji by Moonlight

Photograph by Danilo Dungo

Mount Fuji is reflected in the still water of Lake Kawaguchi in this National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest submission by Danilo Dungo. The moonlight, he says, was bright enough to illuminate the scene.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Week 2014-20: Shanghai Selfies

Week 2014-20: Shanghai Selfies

Photograph by Jian Gao

Women take pictures of themselves with their cell phones in front of the Shanghai skyline in this picture submitted by Jian Gao to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

This photo was submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Week 2014-19: Wolffish Den

Week 2014-19: Wolffish Den

Photograph by David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic

In this picture originally published in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a pair of Atlantic wolffish—named for their fangs—cozy up in a den in Bonne Bay, off the west coast of Newfoundland. The female departs after laying eggs, leaving their care to the male.

See more pictures from the May 2014 feature story "The Generous Gulf."

Week 2014-18: Burmese Rays

Week 2014-18: Burmese Rays

Photograph by Marcelo Castro

"In Old Bagan, Burma [Myanmar], a young monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside a pagoda," says Marcelo Castro of this picture he submitted to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Week 2014-17: Fête de la Mare

Week 2014-17: Fête de la Mare

Photograph by Sarah Jackson, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was working on a one-year assignment in Diankana, Guinea, a village on a tributary of the Niger River," says Your Shot contributor Sarah Jackson. "I had not been in the country very long before I began hearing about the annual Fête de la Mare (Festival of the Pond), which occurs in many villages throughout the eastern part of the country, where the Malinke culture predominates. This festival celebrates fishing and always takes place at the end of the hot season, when the water level of nearby ponds is at its lowest and the fish are easy to catch. Everyone waits at the water's edge for the signal to dash in with their fishing baskets and compete to catch the most and the biggest fish."

Jackson's picture, which was featured in the Daily Dozen, was taken while everyone waited for the signal to run into the pond. "It was a relaxed moment, with teenagers lounging on their fishing baskets and ladies chatting in the background, but there was an air of excitement for the festivities as well."

This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.

 

Week 2014-16: Strawberry Fields

Week 2014-16: Strawberry Fields

Photograph by Seyit Konyali, National Geographic Your Shot

Inhabitants of Hüyük, Turkey, make their living from strawberry production, says community member Seyit Konyali, whose picture was recently featured in the Your Shot Daily Dozen.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.

Week 2014-15: Deserted Palms

Week 2014-15: Deserted Palms

Photograph by Bill Brewer, National Geographic Your Shot

"This group of palms was planted as part of a planned real estate project in Lucerne Valley, a small town in the California desert," says Your Shot member Bill Brewer. "The development failed and years later these dead palms remain. I've shot this group of palms a few times, but never at night. [The night I shot this] I was returning home after shooting along old Route 66 and had driven up on these old friends. The palms were lit by a combination of moonlight and a streetlight. The artificial lighting gives the palms a weird glamour."

Brewer's picture was recently selected for the Your Shot Daily Dozen.

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Week 2014-14: Break Time

Week 2014-14: Break Time

MARCH 28, 2014

Break Time

Photograph by Karine Gabrielian, National Geographic Your Shot

"This photo was taken at the break wall at Marina del Rey in southern California," says Your Shot member Karine Gabrielian. "It's a hot spot for brown pelicans, seagulls, and other birds. The excretion patterns that cover the rocks of the break wall create the impression of artwork. The scenery changes every minute: You see birds landing, taking off, thinking, relaxing, and talking to each other."

Gabrielian, whose picture was a recent Daily Dozen selection, says one can spend hours watching the birds. "It's impossible to resist the temptation to take hundreds of photos, even if you're not a professional photographer. Since I'm not a professional, I didn't use any specific technique knowingly. I just put into it lots of emotions and feelings."

This photo was submitted to Your Shot. Check out the new and improved website, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.

Week 2014-13: A movable feast

Week 2014-13: A movable feast

Photograph by Merlin Tuttle, National Geographic

A pollen-gilded bat (Phyllonycteris poeyi) emerging from a flower of the blue mahoe tree (Talipariti elatum) demonstrates the carrying capacity of fur. This bat lives in eastern Cuba in a colony more than one million strong—a pollinating powerhouse.

For this shot, which appeared in a March 2014 National Geographic story on nectar-seeking bats, the feeder seen here was mist-netted as it approached the flower and released into photographer Merlin Tuttle’s portable studio. A set of blue mahoe branches and a flower indistinguishable from those where the bat was netted were placed in the studio. “After setting up a camera and flashes, we simply waited for the bat to come to the flower,” Tuttle says.

Week 2014-12: The Past in the Present

Week 2014-12: The Past in the Present

Photograph by Anastasiia Shikina, National Geographic Your Shot

"One day my friends and I went on a trip to the Ivangorod fortress, which is located on the border with Estonia,” says Your Shot contributor Anastasiia Shikina.

"I was walking [some] distance from the fortress, and these empty churches drew my attention. The general impression from this place is unforgettable—traces of past centuries in the present.

"From time to time I use materials [I find] nearby, such as paper or glass, to get more interesting pictures. In this case, I [had] found a piece of broken bottle. It was a rainy day, so there were a lot of raindrops on the glass. I held the glass close to my camera lens and got this shot.”

This photo was submitted to Your Shot.

Week 2014-11: Samba

Week 2014-11: Samba

A member of the "Grupo Especial Tom Maior" samba school performs during carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday, 1 March 2014.

Week 2014-10: Reflection...

Week 2014-10: Reflection...

"Behind the window holding her chin, old as the trees reflected in the glass, the direct light on her face amazed me, i captured the moment, this 82 years old….lady took me with her own reflections… and made me remember my mum that i lost when i was 11 years old.that lady made me miss her more, and i imagined myself growing old with that kind of look protecting me and leading me through a life full of grooves as her 82 years engraved her face." Tarek Touma

Week 2014-9: Study Hall

Week 2014-9: Study Hall

Photograph by Tian-yu Xiong, National Geographic Your Shot

"As a local born and raised in Beijing, I love to capture the historical moments that arise in the capital city," says Your Shot contributor Tian-yu Xiong. "This photograph was taken in the National Library of China, which resides in the middle of Haidian, also known as the educational district of Beijing. As I was wandering the hallways of the library I noticed the astonishing view and repetitive lines present in the architecture. The massive amount of people reading books and studying quietly with electronic devices by their sides also drew my attention to this stunning moment."

This photo was submitted to Your Shot

Week 2014-8: Cloud Fish

Week 2014-8: Cloud Fish

Photograph by Steven Chou, National Geographic Your Shot

"That day was a dual lucky day," says Your Shot contributor Steven Chou, who captured this shot of a "delicacy in the air" while walking around the ancient camp at Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia, in the hinterland of Badain Jaran Desert. Chou had finished taking sunrise shots of the ruins of the camp and, on seeing the formation, switched to a wide-angle lens to capture the cloud and towers in one shot.

During the shoot, Chou learned that it pays to linger. "Don't leave in such a hurry after you've done your main work," he says. "Take a walk a little bit farther and try a cool new perspective—that's when you'll probably get your 'wow' shots."

Week 2014-7: Green Waters

Week 2014-7: Green Waters

The dramatic colors of water and sky aside, the barren landscape of Lake Menindee in New South Wales, Australia, makes a perfect setting for an electrical storm. The branches of the trees mirror the jagged bolts of lightning—and give the impression they have been through this before.

"I cannot describe the eerie feeling I had when I walked in on this scene," writes Julie Fletcher of this photo, which received an honorable mention in the Places category of the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest. "I followed a massive storm front for several hundred kilometers hoping to capture something special, but this blew my mind. The surreal milky green water is a natural phenomenon caused by electromagnetic activity from the lightning hitting the water's surface. There was no rain where I was and not much wind either, but in the distance the sky was charged and angry, subjecting its wrath to the graveyard of dead trees in this normally very dry lakebed. I was able to capture a series of unique images, this being one of the best."

Week 2014-6: The young Phoenician man of Carthage

Week 2014-6: The young Phoenician man of Carthage

"The Young Phoenician From Carthage" in wax

A wax figure of "The Young Phoenician Man of Carthage" is seen during the opening of a special exhibition at the American University of Beirut (AUB) Archaeological Museum, Jan. 29, 2014. The reconstruction of a Phoenician man, whose 2,500-year-old skeleton was discovered in 1994 in Tunis, was created by French dermoplastic sculptor and specialist Elisabeth Daynes and will run from Jan. 29 to Feb. 26.

Credit:REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

Week 2014-5: Starry Sight

Week 2014-5: Starry Sight

A close-up of a sea star at Pomene Estuary, Mozambique.

14 January 2014: Photography by Peet J Van Eeden, National Geographic Your Shot

Week 2014-4: Three Boats

Week 2014-4: Three Boats

This is a really stunning and tranquil photo. I really like the composition and colours! Unfortunately I have no additional information on the location.

Photographer: Unknown, Camera: Canon 5D 24-105

Source: digitalslrphoto.com

Week 2014-3: Baby Doll

Week 2014-3: Baby Doll

A doll lies amid debris in a damaged house following an alleged shelling by Syrian government forces, Daraya, Jan. 10, 2014.

Week 2014-2: Bearing the Changes

Week 2014-2: Bearing the Changes

Photograph by Paul Souders

"A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows red from the smoke of distant fires during a record-breaking spell of hot weather," writes Paul Souders, who submitted this winning picture to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest. "The Manitoba population of polar bears, the southernmost in the world, is particularly threatened by a warming climate and reduced sea ice."

Week 2014-41: Basilica Hagia Sophia

Week 2014-41: Basilica Hagia Sophia

Phone photo by @michaelchristopherbrown. The nearly 1500 year-old Basilica Hagia Sophia, located in Istanbul, Turkey, was a Greek Orthodox patriarchal church, later an imperial mosque and is now a museum. Considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture, the Basilica is said to have “changed the history of architecture” and remained the world’s largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520. In this photograph, tourists photograph the Deësis mosaic. Constructed in the mid-13th century, the mosaic depicts the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgement Day. 

Week 2014-1: Water-skiing Santas

Week 2014-1: Water-skiing Santas

Two Lebanese women wave their national flag during a a show in the bay of Jounieh, near Beirut, Dec. 24, 2013.

Credit: PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images