Week 2015-37: Painted Pink

Week 2015-37: Painted Pink

Photograph by Grant Glendinning, National Geographic Your Shot

Sunset surrounds the late 19th-century Rattray Head lighthouse in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Your Shot member Grant Glendinning captured the dusk’s changing light with a long exposure and a neutral density and polarizing filter attached to a wide-angle lens.

Week 2015-36: Skin and Bones

Week 2015-36: Skin and Bones

Photograph by Mario Cardenas, National Geographic Your Shot

Having succumbed to the forces of man or nature, an Arabian oryx leaves behind its skull and well-weathered horns. The “fascinating” remains were captured by Your Shot member Mario Cardenas in Al Gharbia, a region in the western United Arab Emirates. The camel and riders head in the direction of the annual camel festival in Madinat Zayed.

Week 2015-35: New Tricks

Week 2015-35: New Tricks

Photograph by Chuan Teik Heng, National Geographic Your Shot

Towing his dog behind him, a man bicycles down a sidewalk in Taipei, Taiwan. Your Shot member Chuan Teik Heng’s touching picture brings into individual focus a vibrant capital city that’s home to millions.

Week 2015-34: In the Frame

Week 2015-34: In the Frame

Photograph by Sarawut Intarob, National Geographic Your Shot

A woman harvests rice from a field in Thailand in this picture by Your Shot member Sarawut Intarob. The photo was included in the final story for the recent Your Shot assignment What’s in a Frame? “This picture comes together so well,” says National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, who curated the assignment. Alvarez praised the light, the woman's expression, and the way Intarob shot through the bundled rice plants to provide a low view.

Week 2015-33: Hands of Time

Week 2015-33: Hands of Time

Photograph by Dolon archi, National Geographic Your Shot

“Sometimes texture shows ... time,” writes Your Shot member Dolon archi, who captured this shot of an elderly man’s hands in Bangladesh.

Week 2015-32: Water for Elephant

Week 2015-32: Water for Elephant

Photograph by Szakács Cukrász, National Geographic Your Shot

A bull elephant fully emerging from the Shire River in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park surprises a boat ferrying Your Shot member Szakács Cukrász, who snapped this picture as the vessel quickly reversed. Cukrász and others had thought that the water was much deeper, having only seen the elephant’s head and trunk as they approached in the boat. “The bull suddenly [stood] up in the shallow water and ran toward us,” he writes, adding that this “was the last shot.”

Week 2015-31: Step Sellers

Week 2015-31: Step Sellers

Photograph by Quang Tran, National Geographic Your Shot

In the mountain city of Dalat in southern Vietnam, women work on market steps—adapted to the sloped terrain—after a heavy shower. Your Shot member Quang Tran was walking through the city “observing people do different things to earn [a] living ... and that way I caught this moment in front of an old market.”

Week 2015-30: Planet Iceland

Week 2015-30: Planet Iceland

Photograph by Sophie Carr

“This [was] taken at the volcanic beach at Stokksnes in southeastern Iceland in February 2015,” writes photographer Sophie Carr. “I used a two-second exposure to capture the water trails as the waves receded over rocks at the edge of the beach, just as the sun was setting behind me, illuminating the mighty Vestrahorn mountain and some peaks in the far distance.”

This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest.

Week 2015-29: Hill of Crosses

Week 2015-29: Hill of Crosses

Photograph by Hideki Mizuta, National Geographic Your Shot

Thousands of religious tributes—said to have first appeared in a peaceful show of resistance to foreign oppression—are amassed on the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, Lithuania. “Many people pray for God and [mourn] the death of people killed by war,” writes Your Shot member Hideki Mizuta. “When I visited here, a girl ran through ... It was a strange sight.”

Week 2015-28: Put a Wing on It

Week 2015-28: Put a Wing on It

Photograph by Mohd Khorshid, National Geographic Your Shot

In this picture by Mohd Khorshid, a willow warbler splashes in a pool of water in Al Ahmadi, Kuwait. Willow warblers pass through the country in large numbers during their long seasonal migrations.

Week 2015-27: Power Lines

Week 2015-27: Power Lines

Photograph by Nilton Quoirin, National Geographic Your Shot

In this entry to the Traveler Photo Contest, two power plant workers walk over a generator cover in Itaipu, a hydroelectric power plant on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.

This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. 

Week 2015-26: Dome Sweet Dome

Week 2015-26: Dome Sweet Dome

Photograph by Michael O'Brien, National Geographic Your Shot

“Today in Istanbul, Sultan Ahmet Mosque [also known as the Blue Mosque] and Hagia Sophia are surrounded by busy streets and streams of visitors,” writes Traveler Photo Contest entrant Michael O’Brien. “Yet it is still possible to glimpse a timeless and ancient view.” O’Brien captured this perspective from an upper window in the Hagia Sophia, now a museum.

This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. 

Week 2015-25: Snow Falls

Week 2015-25: Snow Falls

Photograph by Mark Duffy, National Geographic Your Shot

Niagara Falls takes on an otherworldly pallor when the windchill temperature plummets to minus 40º below zero in Ontario, Canada. For photographer Mark Duffy, seeing everything frozen was a “beautiful sight.”

This photo was submitted to the 2015 Traveler Photo Contest. 

Week 2015-24: Residence Life

Week 2015-24: Residence Life

Photograph by Jing Wei, National Geographic Your Shot

Monastic dormitories crowd a mountain that’s home to the Seda Larung Wuming Tibetan Buddhist Institute in China’s Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The monastery is the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist academy, with tens of thousands of male and female attendees. According to Your Shot member Jing Wei, the impressive site is worth visiting “to experience the peculiar landscapes and local life of the people there.”

Week 2015-23: Light in the Dark

Week 2015-23: 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 Niño, or child Jesus, whose statue is held aloft here by a colorfully costumed “queen.”

Jumangit’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

Week 2015-22: Mother of the Forest

Week 2015-22: 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 water—it can store up to 4,000 liters of water in its trunk. For Africa, it is literally the tree of life.”

Week 2015-21: The Fiercest Form

Week 2015-21: The Fiercest Form

Photograph by Raja Subramaniyan, National Geographic Your Shot

A young girl’s face is painted for a festival honoring the guardian deity Angalamman, “the fiercest form,” evoked in participants’ expressions. The festival is held every year in the village of Kaveripattinam in Tamil Nadu, India.

Week 2015-20: Changeable Spring

Week 2015-20: Changeable Spring

Photograph by Tatiana Touraeva, National Geographic Your Shot

While traveling through Vladimir, Russia, Your Shot member Tatiana Touraeva and her family stopped to stroll around a historic section of town. “The weather seemed to be pretty changeable that day,” Touraeva writes. Though a freezing wind was blowing, the sun could still be seen through the clouds. “We were having fun, riding scooters and playing tag” when the snow began to fall. “That was quite unexpected, with all that sunshine and green grass almost out of the ground here and there,” she writes. “The church’s domes seemed lit up by the rays, and the snowflakes—so big and light—moved slowly in the air ... That was really a rare moment I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Week 2015-19: Boatman of Mathura

Week 2015-19: Boatman of Mathura

 

Photograph by Andrew Louis Kleynhans, National Geographic Your Shot

While taking pictures of Hindu holy men in the Indian city of Mathura—birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna—Your Shot member Andrew Louis Kleynhans came across a boatman on the Yamuna River who asked to have his picture taken. To get this angle Kleynhans got on his stomach in the boat’s stern, his feet dangling in the water. “In the end ... the boatman was very happy with his image,” he writes.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot.

Week 2015-18: Lavender Avenue

Week 2015-18: Lavender Avenue

Photograph by Jeff Berkes, National Geographic Your Shot

While traveling in Tuscany last summer, Your Shot member Jeff Berkes wanted to experience the culture and vibe of each of its small towns. “I came across this bicycle in Montepulciano, Italy, and the color palette was the first thing that caught my attention—the yellows and purples just stood out to me,” he writes. “I also loved the difference in the type of light there, the direct light on the bike, and the cooler color temperatures of the shaded corridor in the background.”

This photo was submitted to Your Shot.

Week 2015-17: A Life Apart

Week 2015-17: A Life Apart

Photograph by Mohd Irman Ismail, National Geographic Your Shot

“The Sanskrit term sadhu (‘good man’) refers to renouncers who have chosen to live a life apart from or on the edges of society to focus on their own spiritual practice,” writes Your Shot member Mohd Irman Ismail, who made this portrait in Kathmandu, Nepal. “I was visiting Pashupatinath Temple and saw this lone sadhu relaxing near the bank of the river that passed through the temple. I smiled at him and gestured at the camera, asking for his permission, and he nodded. I lifted the camera and captured him with [this] deep and steely look.”

This photo was submitted to Your Shot.

Week 2015-16: Shake It Off

Week 2015-16: Shake It Off

Photograph by Michael Pachis, National Geographic Your Shot

“The Memphis Zoo houses bald eagles that have been injured too badly to be returned to the wild,” writes Your Shot member Michael Pachis. “Usually the eagles are perched in their tree watching the visitors. However, this time I noticed one ... hopping on the ground toward a water pool in the aviary. He surprised me by dunking his entire head in the water” before coming up shaking.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot.

Week 2015-15: Holding Fast

Week 2015-15: Holding Fast

Photograph by Syed Hassan, National Geographic Your Shot

Light and smoke commingle to cast a misty glow over devotees during Rakher Upobash, a Hindu fasting festival, in Bangladesh. This is what lured Your Shot member Syed Hassan to photograph the scene. But he was also drawn to the expressions of the devotees. No matter which religion is practiced, “I love to capture the feeling,” he writes.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot.

Week 2015-14: Sacred Feathers

Week 2015-14: Sacred Feathers

Photograph by Marco Vernaschi

In Argentina’s Jujuy Province, the Suris, also known as Samilantes, are a cultural group within the Quechua community. This woman is Belén Cruz. Her feathered costume represents the nandu, or rhea, sacred bird of the Suris. Photographer Marco Vernaschi’s Biophilia Foundation looks to help indigenous groups preserve their cultural heritage by developing their own local economy through native products.

Vernaschi’s pictures are featured in the April 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine. His series, Bitter Harvest, is also featured on our photography blog, Proof.

Week 2015-13: Crabbing a Ride

Week 2015-13: Crabbing a Ride

Photograph by Nancy Leigh, National Geographic Your Shot

"The setting was very eerie,” writes Your Shot member Nancy Leigh. “In the darkness [of] an overcast early morning, there was a large gathering of black juvenile iguanas on the rocks of Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island in the Galápagos.” While completely surrounded by iguanas, Leigh spotted a bright-red Sally Lightfoot crab climbing onto one of the lizards. “It was a delicate balance ... acting fast to capture the moment while respecting their space and not disturbing either animal," she says.

Leigh’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

Week 2015-12: The Pinnacle

Week 2015-12: The Pinnacle

Photograph by Chris Prescott, National Geographic Your Shot

“We were near the summit of Sgurr Dearg, [also called] the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a famous feature of the Cuillin Ridge on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of 'The Ridge,’” writes Chris Prescott of the Cut Media short film featuring trials cyclist Danny MacAskill.

“MacAskill grew up on Skye and wanted to make a film that showed off the beauty of the island. A traverse of the full Cuillin Ridge is considered one of the classic mountaineering challenges in the U.K. The film was shot over two weeks and meant transporting a lot of filming equipment onto the ridge every day. Fortunately we were very lucky with the weather!

“The shoot on the Inaccessible Pinnacle was one of the key moments of the film and meant a 3 a.m. start in order to get the best light and catch the cloud inversion. This was taken at around 6 a.m. in the middle of summer, and the sun was still low in the sky. I used the shadow of the pinnacle to block the sun and create the halo effect around Danny. It was taken handheld using a 17mm lens and a graduated neutral density filter.”

Prescott’s image recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment Behind the Adventure.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot.

Week 2015-11: The Pitcher and the Carpenter

Week 2015-11: The Pitcher and the Carpenter

Photograph by Christian Ziegler

The fanged pitcher plant and the carpenter ant (seen here in Borneo) have a mutualistic relationship: While the plant’s pitcher stem provides a home for small ant colonies of up to 30 individuals, the ants keep the chemistry of the pitcher’s liquid balanced by removing large insects that have found their way inside. If the insects were to rot in the liquid, it would spoil.

See more images of Borneo’s carnivorous pitcher plants on Proof.

Week 2015-10: Pronking Springbok

Week 2015-10: Pronking Springbok

Photograph by Charles Jorgensen, National Geographic Your Shot.

“I was on vacation in an area of South Africa where springbok are quite common, and I had a goal of capturing this behavior, called pronking,” writes Charles Jorgensen, a member of our Your Shot community. “On a self-drive safari in Mountain Zebra National Park, we found a plateau that attracted many herds of springbok, among other animals. After a few failed attempts at getting the shot, I came across a small herd. They started running, and one of them started to pronk, jumping to amazing heights. I fired away and managed to capture this animal in its acrobatic display.”

Jorgensen’s image recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

Week 2015-9: Tyrolean Night

Week 2015-9: Tyrolean Night

Photograph by Torsten Muehlbacher, National Geographic Your Shot

Moonlight floods snow-covered peaks in this high-altitude selfie captured in the Tyrolean Alps. “I put my camera on a 25-second exposure and myself on a 25-second ‘do not move,’” writes Muehlbacher, a member of our Your Shot community. Muehlbacher’s headlamp provided additional lighting.

Muehlbacher’s picture recently appeared in the Your Shot assignment Behind the Adventure.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot, the National Geographic storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more.

Week 2015-8: Sunset Walk

Week 2015-8: Sunset Walk

Photograph by Terry Allen, National Geographic Your Shot

“I’ve long had a romance with wildlife and admired the work done by Marlice van Vuuren and her husband at the N/a’an ku sê Foundation in Windhoek, Namibia, especially in the area of cheetah conservation,” writes Terry Allen, who shared this picture with our Your Shot community. “Marlice hand-raised an orphan cheetah as part of her conservation efforts and enjoys educating visitors by providing the opportunity to walk with her and her cheetah. At the end of a sunset walk, [they] were interacting at the top of a small rise. I took several shots to get just the right positioning of both heads, conveying the great trust between the two.”

Allen’s image recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot

Week 2015-7: Ram’s Eye

Week 2015-7: Ram’s Eye

Photograph by Dawn Wilson, National Geographic Your Shot

“During a recent trip to Wyoming to photograph wildlife, I made a point of stopping in the North Fork Canyon outside Cody, Wyoming, to photograph the bighorn sheep during their annual rut,” writes Your Shot member Dawn Wilson. “The weather had been warm, so activity was a bit low. But on my final drive out of the canyon before heading home, I came upon two rams fighting nonstop, to the point that each had a bloody nose. An hour into the battle, this ram, which wound up being defeated, stopped for the briefest of moments to look at me, almost like a plea for help.”

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

Week 2015-6: Misty Morning Fog

Week 2015-6: Misty Morning Fog

 

Photograph by Malgorzata Walkowska, National Geographic Your Shot

“This beautiful pond is actually not too far from my home” in Poland, says Your Shot member Malgorzata Walkowska, who came across this scene while taking a shortcut home one December morning. "I really loved how it was surrounded by very old trees that reflect in the still water, especially on foggy mornings. Since I discovered this unusual place, I like to go back during different light and weather conditions and photograph it."

Walkowska's image recently appeared in Your Shot's Daily Dozen.

This photo was submitted to Your Shot

Week 2015-5: Fox Found

Week 2015-5: Fox Found

Photograph by Stefano Unterthiner, National Geographic

Once a royal hunting retreat, Gran Paradiso National Park preserves a wild side of Italy. Here, a red fox lies in wait, camouflaged in the autumn woods. Like all foxes, those in Gran Paradiso are adaptable opportunists; they’ll catch fish, hunt rabbits, or scavenge picnic scraps.

See more photos from the February 2015 feature story “Paradise Found.”

Week 2015-4: Morning Takeoff

Week 2015-4: Morning Takeoff

Photograph by Aijing He, National Geographic Your Shot

“Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is a well-known winter home for thousands of migrating sandhill cranes,” writes Your Shot member Aijing He. A particular pond in the refuge hosts a large flock of cranes at night. “Every morning they fly out, one by one, to the nearby grass field to feed.”

On a cold December morning, He waited patiently for the cranes’ morning takeoff. “At around 7 a.m., they started their daily routine. The early morning light was still very dim, so I decided to reduce the shutter speed to 1/30th of a second to give a blurring effect to the flapping wings, and with some panning techniques, I managed to make the eye and the red crown stay well in focus.”

This photo was submitted to Your Shot

Week 2015-3: A Day’s Work

Week 2015-3: A Day’s Work

Photograph by Hemad Nazari, National Geographic Your Shot

A shepherd carries heavy luggage on a snowy mountain in northern Iran. According to Your Shot member Hemad Nazari, shepherds must walk 12 miles a day when moving their flocks of sheep from the high mountains to the valley.

Nazari’s picture recently appeared in NatGeo Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

Week 2015-2: Gathered Greens

Week 2015-2: Gathered Greens

Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

A group of Wakhi women return from a daily excursion across Pakistan’s Hunza riverbed to gather fodder and wood for their cooking fires. Photographer Matthieu Paley has been traveling the world in search of our ancestral ties to the food we eat.

See more photos from Matthieu Paley's culinary explorations in Pakistan and around the world on Proof.

Week 2015-1: From the Top

Week 2015-1: From the Top

Photograph by Hendra Gunawan, National Geographic Your Shot

Sulphur streaks the rocky, lake-filled Ijen crater in East Java, Indonesia. Your Shot member Hendra Gunawancaptured this shot after climbing to the crater in the early hours of the morning. “I went to the top,” he says, “and found a beauty I cannot write in words.”

Gunawan's picture was recently published in Your Shot's 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 2015-38: Human Powered

Week 2015-38: Human Powered

Photograph by Danilo Dungo, National Geographic Your Shot

While walking with his camera on an elevated jogging and biking trail beside the Tama River in Tokyo, Your Shot member Danilo Dungo paused beneath rows of power lines that had caught his interest. Wanting to use the scene, he waited for a subject that would make for a dramatic combination of foreground and background, employing a tilting LCD screen for better framing and timing.

Dungo's shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.