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For National Geographic's Photo of the Day

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Published Mar 13, 2019 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 32 Contributors

    32 photos selected by

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Greg Boswell making the third ascent of Dave MacLeod's 2010 route, 'Anubis' XII/12 on Ben Nevis. ...

    #mountains #winter #climbing #climb #scotland #highlands #bennevis #winterclimbing

    Thank you for helping me curate content for National Geographic’s Photo of the Day series. Out of more than 18,870 photos submitted to this assignment, and 1,266 Editor's Favorites, I wish I had taken each of the 32 photos selected for this final story. Each of these images captured my attention, whether it was the light, composition, and/or moment that made me care about what you documented. Sometimes I learned something new. Other times I shared in your experience behind the photo. Each of these photos are more than just a beautiful frame; they all told me a story. Well done.

    The dynamics of a wolf pack will forever be mysterious to me. The one who the does the most work ...

    #quebec #grey_wolves #parc_omega #montebello_quebec #canada_2019 #grey_wolf_family

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Vanessa Egerdahl's comment: "I love this photo! There is something quite unnerving about it, seeing the wolves teeth barred in such an aggressive way and yet it is bea... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Chinese New Year began the Year of the Pig, which is my wife's 本命年 (Ben Ming Nian)--the zodiac of...

    #religion #people #fire #culture #china #temple #places #chinese #tradition #newyear

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Sydney Harter's comment: "The flames seem to curl up the faces of the worshippers, Eric. Shooting from across the fire really intensifies the scene! The information in... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Martin Suter is one of the best Swiss surfer. In the winter month he is following he's passion an...

    #water #sunset #switzerland #action #wave #surfer #surfing #wakesurfing #lake_zurich

    Editor's Note

    I love the light flaring in from the left, I love the peak action you photographed. I love that you are also in the water. This is an awesome portrait of Martin Suter. I feel the intensity of his p... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is Lake Pulicat which is the second largest lagoon in India. Every year thousands of flaming...

    #birds #sunset #india #bird #flamingo #silhouette #flamingos #lagoon #tamilnadu #pulicat #fanmail

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Alexander Glavtchev's comment: "Excellent flamingo action, Rakesh! Love the sparkling water, and how the sunlight's energy seems to transfer to the flamingos."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I love music, and even more than music I love concerts. I love the atmosphere that one breathes, ...

    #music #light #concert

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Alexander Erkiletian's comment: "This photo makes me laugh because in my day, this would have been a bunch of lighters held up in the air. The outline of the silhouet... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Iceland, a few miles off the coast of South-East iceland a group of whales shows us their tails a...

    #clouds #sea #sunset #surf #ocean #coast #travel #sunrise #whale #seascape #horiz

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Marie Smith's comment: "Beautiful shot the tail of this whale! The layers of color provided by the setting sun adds to the moment. I like your narrative:)"

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In her father's shop in Bushnell Nebraska, she watches over a newborn calf that had a difficult d...

    #people #animals #culture #places #portraits #photooftheday

    Editor's Note

    I love how your photo connected with Your Shot photographer Chris Rowe: "I can relate Cerrina. At this girl's age I was on hand birthing Hampshire sheep lambs from our flock. The experience stays ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This photograph was taken on a recent visit to Snow Hill Island on the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebni...

    #penguins #antarctica #emperoropenguins #snowhillisland

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "I love your depth of field in this image Christine. The focus on the baby penguins in the foreground, and the lines of penguins that move... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Beautiful light coming through the tunnel of ice in the Icelandic Glacier. It seemed that one can...

    #blue #light #ice #cold #lonely #mood #landscapes #tunnel #cave #person #freezy #peter_svoboda

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad's comment: "Love the magical feel here. The light, the ice tunnel all looks so out of this world."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Northern lights over the iconic island of Sanna, Træna archipelago, 60km off Norwegian coast with...

    #night #nature #norway #aurora #auroraborealis #northernlights

    Editor's Note

    I see a lot of photos of the Northern Lights, so the inclusion of the illuminated salmon farm adds a new level of intrigue to the scene. It feels so mysterious, my curiosity is peaked -- so thank y... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I shot it in Tel Aviv, Gordon Beach. I saw them, Surfers from miles away. As soon as they get...

    #beach #sea #urban #people #street #blackandwhite

    Editor's Note

    I love the way my eye follows the surfers down the steps as they head to the beach. I find myself look for the waves. I love how I don't feel your presence in this frame. I love that you saw these ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It was a cold and crisp winter night under the full moon. There was no wind and complete silence ...

    #sunset #mountain #norway #skiing

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Hamir Singh's comment: "I love the composition of this photo with the vibrant sky driving you towards a beautiful destination along with the silhouette of the man and ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I'm sitting in the observer's seat of an A319, enjoying a smooth & colorful approach into Guayaqu...

    #night #lights #street #aerial #pilot #lowlight #aviation #airbus #cockpit #flightdeck

    Editor's Note

    I agree with Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson who commented, "This is a truly unique perspective from the cockpit! The way you framed the inside of the cockpit so that the lights mimic thos... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Assamese weddings are an elegant yet a simple affair.This Assamese ritual is known as Nuoni. Firs...

    #colorful #wedding #assam #ritual #assamese

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Naveen Chakravarthy's comment: "I love the composition of this image! The low angle captures the moment and the features of all those in the image very well."

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The Ice Horo is an annual custom in Kalofer, Bulgaria. The horo, also called male horo, is played...

    #ice #dance #travel #monochrome #bulgaria

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic job photographing this scene wide -- I love how you are taking advantage of the curvature from the line of men standing in icy waters. My eye follows them through your frame. They look li... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A young boy named as Syukor (14 years old) taking care of numbers of buffaloes belonging to his f...

    #boy #buffalo #emotion

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Pam Hanlan's comment: "Perfect title for an amazing photo, Mohd! You have captured a bond and emotion and curiosity. The bond between the buffalo and the child. But al... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Risin og Kellingin is the local name of these sea stacks that stand near Eidi at the Faroe island...

    #storm #mountains #nature #landscape #winter #travel #drama #faroeislands #seastack #kalsoy #eysturoy

    Editor's Note

    Wow -- this scene is so dramatic. I can feel the sun disappearing behind the incoming storm. I can hear the winds, I can feel the temperature changing. I love how the light illuminates the islands ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Tens of thousands cranes migrating to the Hula Valley in Israel for the winter.

    #birds #cranes #bird_migration

    Editor's Note

    Your frame feels like a painting, I love the shapes creates by the flying birds. This is so beautiful. I love the hints of cranes on the ground, visually implying that there are more birds not seen... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    With millions of fish directly in it's path, the silvery Tarpon moves purposely through the dense...

    #fish #ocean #underwater #scuba #tarpon #caymanislands

    Editor's Note

    Wow — I love it Jason. And after reading your caption, explaining what I am looking at, I love this frame even more. I love knowing that this tarpon is purposefully moving through this scene to fee... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Every year in Shetland, a group of islands around 100 miles off the northern coast of Scotland, t...

    #festival #scotland #shetland

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic decision photographing this event wide. I really get a sense of scale to this moment, the fire is huge in comparison to the torch bearing participants. I can feel heat, I can hear the roa... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This escalator leads to the transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur where all the trains and tram come...

    #city #building #architecture #urban #malaysia #escalator #kualalumpur #urbanphotography

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Tammy Neufeld's comment: "I love the composition and angle of this shot, Raymond! It's delightfully confusing to me -- I couldn't tell for sure if it was looking up, d... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Two white tailed eagles confronting each other to gain superiority over the food around in Hortob...

    #birds #nature #wildlife #hungary #hortobagy #birdofprey #whitetaled_eagle #european_eagle

    Editor's Note

    Awesome. Fantastic job capturing this moment Mohammed. I love the two birds' body language — you can easily distinguish between the one on offense, and the one of defense. It almost looks like they... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It is amazing how heli pilots operate their machine. After a drop off, as they are off to pick up...

    #mountains #winter #canada #columbia #british

    Editor's Note

    This scene feels so dramatic -- it feels like the helicopter is losing control and about to crash instead of diving into the valley. Thanks for the detailed caption explaining what I am looking at.... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Just beating a red light, one of Tokyo's ubiquitous taxis speeds through the world's busiest pede...

    #japan #vertigo #taxi #tokyo #shibuya #modern_life #shibuya_crossing

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "This is a great panning image Craig! I love how the cab seems to be encircled in all of the lights, and especially how the cab is also a ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The towering silhouettes of Monument Valley can be seen from over an hour away, as you travel thr...

    #utah #arizona #nikon #monumentvalley #danamcmullens_imageroom

    Editor's Note

    Wow -- I love the sun reflects off the road, and how my eye follows it to Monument Valley towering in the background. I love how quiet this scene is, I feel like I am having a meditative moment sta... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I’ve been trying to get this shot for years now and it finally came together this past winter! I ...

    #wildlife #winter #american #bison

    Editor's Note

    Fantastic job visualizing this frame -- and finally delivering after years of trying. I love how simple this photo is, with the white snow filling the scene which allows me to focus on the bison wo... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    There is something mesmerizing about waterfalls that emotionally moves people. But they are mostl...

    #water #nature #landscape #ice #travel #portrait #iceland #weather #adventure #landscapes #portraits

    Editor's Note

    I love Your Shot photographer Ivan Lesica's comment: "I really like this shot. It is a special waterfall shot. I am feeling the energy of the flowing water. Brilliant." Fantastic decision to use a ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Bubble Net Feeding is a unique feeding technique employed by Humpback Whales, in which a group of...

    #feeding #ocean #whale #aerial #antarctica #antarctic #humpbackwhale #bubblenetfeeding

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Sue Lockhart's comment: "Amazing image Vadim. Thank you so much for sharing not only the image but the fascinating information. I love how you have not only captured ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I love the minimal apects , so i found the geometry and the glass alluring with the vibrant co...

    #architecture #kathmandu #nepal #geometry #geometry_in_architecture #streetphotograghy

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "This is an amazing abstract Keshav! Great work excluding the edges of the building, as I have no sense as to just how large or how vast t... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My wife and daughter. Playgrounds are full of surprises for a photographer. Pay attention to the ...

    #children #fun #colors #playground #geometry #drone #frombove

    Editor's Note

    I love your reply back to Your Shot photographer Matteo Rossi's comment, answering his question how you took this photo: "I took these images during a very cloudy day. The whole sky was a big softb... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It was the first snowfall for us this year so we went for a walk in the forest. My daughter was l...

    #beach #children #bali #batubolong

    Editor's Note

    I like Your Shot photographer Irina Sigl's comment: "That’s an amazing shot dear Olga. I love the composition that gives space to the falling snowflakes over your daughters astonished face. I also ... More

    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Of the 32 photos selected for the final story, 11 Your Shot photographers were published for the first time. Congratulations to:

    Virginia Macdonald
    Michele Andrea Tagliavini
    Peter Svoboda
    Omri Shomer
    Stig Løland
    Mohd Nazri Sulaiman
    Eliya Rubinstein
    Raymond Tang
    Derek Jerrell
    Keshav K.
    Olga Abramova

    More importantly, I featured the comments of 15 Your Shot photographers who articulated WHY they liked the photos of their peers:

    Stephanie Thomson
    Vanessa Egerdahl
    Sydney Harter
    Alexander Glavtchev
    Alexander Erkiletian
    Marie Smith
    Chris Rowe
    Neelima Azad
    Hamir Singh
    Naveen Chakravarthy
    Tammy Neufeld
    Ivan Lesica
    Sue Lockhart
    Matteo Rossi
    Irina Sigl

    Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

    Each of these photos made me wish I were there, instead of sitting at my desk in front of a computer. Keep up the great work. Continue participating in our assignments. Engage with your peers by favoriting their photos and leaving meaningful comments. Build relationships with your fellow community members. Together we will become better photographers and more thoughtful storytellers, one photo at a time.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editor
    David Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Before joining the Your Shot team, David covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project humanizing the statistics of organ donation.

    Photographers Published In the Story