Picture of orange Garibaldi fish swimming through sun rays underwater off the coast of California
Off the coast of California, Your Shot photographer Adam Martin was rewarded for his patience. "I sat for 30 minutes and watched an explosion of color unfold before my eyes," he says. "Bright orange Garibaldi, the state fish of California, bathed in the sunbeams on a warm and sunny day."
Picture of a herd of sheep traveling in the same direction in Vietnam
After a day of grazing in Ninh Thuan province, Vietnam, a herd of sheep makes the journey home. The province is heavily forested and the least-industrialized province in the country.
Picture of a soap maker stacking green bars of olive oil soap in Turkey
In Nizip, Turkey, a soap maker stacks bars of traditional olive oil soap. Your Shot photographer Metin Burak Kınacılar managed this picture by placing his camera in the bottom of the tower and using controls on his phone to make the necessary adjustments.
Picture of one red fox sniffing another red fox's breath on a snowy day in Japan
Wild red foxes, also called kitsune, play in the snow on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's islands. Foxes are common in Japanese folklore, often displaying magical properties.
Picture of fishermen pushing a small, round boat out to sea on a beach in Vietnam
On the beach of Binh Thuan, a coastal central province of Vietnam, fishermen push their boat, called a coracle, out to sea. Your Shot photographer Tran Tuan Viet explains, "Fishermen who navigate the coracle must have excellent health and special skills to keep the boat balanced by high waves and precise operation."
Picture of a church on a small island in Lake Bled, Slovenia, after a snowfall
Snow on Lake Bled, Slovenia, makes the scene look like something out of a fairy tale. A functioning church stands on the small island in the middle of the lake, as it has since the late 17th century.
Picture of a rock climber hanging upside down on a limestone overhang
A rock climber navigates a difficult overhang in Austin, Texas. The route, called Cuttin' Cards, is part of a limestone wall along Barton Creek.
Picture of a lappet-faced vulture kicking a tawny eagle as they fight over a carcass in Kenya
In Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, a lappet-faced vulture kicks a tawny eagle as they battle over a wildebeest carcass. While tawny eagle populations thrive, lappet-faced vultures are classified as endangered due almost entirely to destructive human activities.
Picture of a sunrise behind the Canadian Rockies, next to a lake with large chunks of ice floating in it
The sun rises behind Abraham Lake in the Canadian Rockies. Fluctuating water levels make ice conditions on the lake unpredictable—even in winter.
Picture of dancers in traditional clothing celebrating the Carnival of Oruro in Bolivia
Folk dancers in traditional clothing celebrate the Carnival of Oruro in Bolivia. Originally an indigenous celebration, Bolivians transformed the festival into a Catholic ritual around Candlemas, observed in the first week of February each year.
Picture of a freediver ascending in a cenote in Mexico
After three minutes of holding her breath, a freediver rockets to the surface for air, backlit by lights on the bottom of Cenote Nah Yah in Mexico. Freedivers swim without oxygen tanks, training to hold their breath for longer and longer stretches.
Picture of an adult male lion growling as two cubs try to play with him
A male lion growls after being roused from his nap by two cubs. "His growl did not phase either cub," says Your Shot photographer D. Eric Johnson, "and they proceeded to use him as a jumping mat. After another short growl, he just laid back and let them climb all over him."
Picture of diners sitting at a table and floor featuring an intricate tile pattern in Marrakesh, Morocco
Morocco is known for its zellige, the handmade tiles that form interesting and colorful patterns. In this photo, taken in Marrakesh, women take a snack break on a floor and table featuring the art form.
Picture of deadly plants growing on the Finger Lakes in New York
It's not a marble painting—it's an aerial photograph of cyanobacterial blooms on the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. "These blooms are deadly to people, fish, and animals and require treating the drinking water before it comes out of the lake," explains Your Shot photographer Matt Champlin. "I think it's important to sometimes show in our photography the perils that this planet faces because of human actions."
Picture of a barber cutting a young man's hair in a shop full of interesting items in Mexico
A barber cuts a young man's hair in his shop in Mexico. He has worked out of the same shop for more than 40 years, collecting interesting and unique items for his collection along the way.
Picture of two ants communicating with their antennae while hanging upside down from a leaf
Ants communicate with each other on a leaf in Tripura, India. Their antennae have smelling capabilities, in addition to touch. The combination helps ants recognize friend from foe.
Picture of green northern lights shining in the sky behind old ships wrecked on a frozen shore in Russia
The northern lights glow behind old, abandoned ships in the village of Teriberka, Russia. Once a hub for shipping and fishing, Teriberka experienced an economic downfall that started when the town's administration was taken over by nearby Severomorsk, the home of the Russian Northern Fleet.
Picture of a widow in a yellow sari dancing in a Holi celebration in India
Breaking with tradition, widows participate in the colorful and joyful celebration of Holi in Vrindāvan, India. Superstition has long taught that widows would bring bad luck to the other celebrants, but at this particular festival, more than 800 widows danced anyway.
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