Picture of glacier chunks in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Iceland
Seen from above, striped and grooved chunks of ice in Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in Iceland, reveal ages of wear and tear. The ice comes from the nearby Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest glacier.
Picture of a smiling man in a smokehouse in Gunjur, Gambia
Sunlight and an affable smile beam in a smokehouse in Gambia. “I took this photo on a recent holiday to Gunjur,” Your Shot member Justin Anantawan writes. “One afternoon, I decided to bike [along] the shoreline and came upon a fishery with a multitude of fishing boats and smokehouses. After chatting up one of the local fishermen and buying him some chakri (yogurt and millet), I convinced him to take me around [to] visit his friends.”
Picture of an Arabian oryx in the desert at sunrise, United Arab Emirates
An Arabian oryx welcomes a new day in the United Arab Emirates. “I was racing time to get from my hotel in Dubai to the Margham desert before sunrise to get this photo [of the] oryx in [its] natural environment,” photographer Ali Faisal Al-Houti writes. Though the animals faced extinction in the early 1970s when only six remained in the wild, their numbers have dramatically increased thanks to breeding programs and conservation efforts.
Picture of a gorilla peeking out from behind a tree in Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, Gabon
It’s World Smile Day, and even the animal kingdom can get in on the fun: Here, a gorilla flashes a mischievous smirk in south Gabon’s Moukalaba-Doudou National Park. Gorillas are vegetarians, and though they eat ants and termites, they prefer leaves, plant stems, roots, flowers, and plump fruit.
Picture of the inside of a double bass in Reghin, Romania
At first glance, the inside of a contrabass, also known as a double bass, could be mistaken for the inside of an old hall in this photo submitted by Your Shot member Adrian Borda. The instrument, he writes, was “open for repair in a workshop” in Reghin, Romania. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now >>
Picture of the city library in Stuttgart, Germany
Natural light floods the clean, modern interior of the city library in Stuttgart, Germany. The wide-open design of the central space shown was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.
Picture of an aerial view of a road and heavily wooded area in Sošice, Croatia
Though often vilified, drones have made capturing a bird’s-eye view easier than ever. Your Shot member Robert Klaric shared this image taken from his Phantom 3 Quadcopter over Sošice, Croatia. “This area is quite interesting,” he writes. “Beautiful hills, river, waterfall, and very well isolated. If you want to go and find peace … go there.”
Picture of a man riding a black horse while people look on, Greece
In Aitoliko, a small Greek island, a man takes a solemn ride past onlookers on the feast day of St. Agatha, patron saint of, among others, bakers, nurses, breast cancer patients, and victims of torture.
Picture of Thor's Well on the central Oregon coast
This fantastical sight, found on the central Oregon coast off of Cape Perpetua, is not an endless drop down to the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Rather, Thor’s Well is a hole in the underlying rock thought to be about 20 feet deep. “Worth the visit, but time it right,” warns Your Shot photographer Bill Young. “The tides can be a little scary.”
Picture of Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline
Two familiar sights—the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline—are seen from a new vantage in this image by Your Shot photographer Peter Alessandria. “This was taken from a very specific location in New Jersey with a … telephoto lens,” Alessandria writes. “Because of the telephoto compression, the iconic landmarks line up very nicely, even though they are five miles apart, plus another two miles from where I was shooting.”
Picture of a geyser vent emitting a small plume of steam, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Old Faithful in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park erupts, on average, every 90 minutes. Here, Aya Okawa shows us a view of the iconic geyser not often captured in photographs: the vent seen from above and at rest.
Picture of a person looking at a snow-covered tree in Saga, Japan
A lush tree turned silver with snow catches a wondering eye in Saga, the Japanese prefecture best known for the fine pottery produced there. Your Shot member Hideki Mizuta says that this photo captured a moment when a usually “green” region “turned into a snow world.”
Picture of lightning reflected on the surface of Upper Waterton Lake in Alberta, Canada
A column of lightning radiates a reflection on Upper Waterton Lake that outshines the lights of the lakeside village, in this dramatic scene captured by Your Shot photographer Ryan Peruniak. Upper Waterton, located in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, is the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies (444 feet).
Picture of a paper boat floating on a lake as a child stands by in Kiev, Ukraine
A humble paper boat is set adrift in this image submitted by Your Shot community member Tania Ruda. “I took this photo on a small lake close to our house in Kiev, [Ukraine],” she writes. “My husband [and I] were teaching our kids how to make paper sailboats the way we [made] them in our childhood … The kids were so happy!”
Picture of the Taj Mahal framed in a red sandstone archway, Agra, India
The gleaming white marble of the Taj Mahal's main mausoleum is framed by a red sandstone archway of the complex’s mosque and assembly hall. Arches feature prominently in Islamic architecture. The Taj Mahal was built in the 1600s in Agra, India, as a tribute by emperor Shah Jahan to his favorite wife, who died in childbirth.
Picture of a villager laying out bunches of gray sedge in Phù Mỹ village, Kiên Giang, Vietnam
Bunches of Lepironia articulata, also known as gray sedge, are laid out to dry in the Mekong Delta village of Phù Mỹ in Vietnam’s Kiên Giang Province. Villagers here have been harvesting Lepironia for hundreds of years, using it to make baskets, mats, bags, and other handicrafts.
Picture of waves rolling onto a beach in Goa, India
Frothy waves lick the beach in Goa, an Indian state on the country’s west coast. Now a popular travel destination, Goa was a Portuguese colony until 1961.
Picture of children wearing blue costumes and swan headpieces in Saignelégier, Switzerland
Children wearing flowy, blue costumes and swan headpieces represent the canton of Zurich at the Saignelégier Horse Show in Saignelégier, Switzerland. “Every year at the horse show, one of the Swiss cantons is invited as a special guest. This year it was Zurich’s turn,” photographer Markus Bolliger writes. Swans are a common sight on Zurichsee (Lake Zurich).
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