Picture of women carrying bricks in a cloud of dust
In India, women working in a brick kiln are covered with dust. As urbanization in India yields more buildings, the demand for bricks is high. Workers often face harrowing conditions, 18-hour days, and low pay.
Picture of a crowded neighborhood on a canal from above
From above, this neighborhood in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, looks cheery and peaceful. But on the ground, it's a different story, says Your Shot photographer Tan Diep Bao. The area, called, Black Water Hamlet was originally inhabited by immigrant workers who built stilt houses on the canals. "It has now become a slum with an extremely bad environment," says Tan Diep Bao. "These canals are increasingly polluted with waste."
Picture of a woman cuddling with a large lion
An Italian lion trainer rests with one of the lions she works with. Your Shot photographer Nader Saadallah photographed her while she worked, and says, "She treats the lions like her children. She sleeps and plays with them everyday."
Picture of children playing in the water of a stepwell in India
Children play in waters off of a stepwell in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. The stepwell, called Toorji ka jhalra, was built in the 1740s, and remains a popular destination today for tourists and locals alike. Your Shot photographer Shyam Prasad S. explains, "The architecture of this stepwell is so unique and the water is so clean that many come to cool their bodies and head back into their busy lives."
Picture of a flamingo with its beak submerged in water
At the Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough, England, a Chilean flamingo stops to eat. In conservation efforts, the Centre works with zoos all across England and Ireland to breed and care for healthy flamingos.
Picture of a young girl holding a cello
A young cellist holds her instrument as Your Shot photographer Graham de Lacy takes her portrait. De Lacy got five minutes with each member of the Buskaid Soweto String Orchestra in Johannesburg, South Africa-- an after school music program that gives disadvantaged kids the chance to learn an instrument. De Lacy says his goal in photographing the students "was to capture the relationship each musician has with their instrument."
Picture of a wildfire overtaking a mountain
The Eagle Creek fire was allegedly started by teenagers throwing lit fireworks into a dry valley. After a month of constant burning, the fire has destroyed more than 76 square miles of land in the state of Washington, and is still only 46% contained. Your Shot photographer Dylan Taylor captured the destruction outside of Moffetts Hot Springs. The Columbia River Gorge, he says, is now like "a scene out of the apocalypse."
Picture of a woman wearing brightly colored powder while sitting in a wheelchair
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a Hindu celebration of spring. During the celebrations, participants fling colored powder on each other as they dance to music. One participant in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India, was this woman with paralysis. Your Shot photographer Raj Sarkar says that she may be 102 years old, "but her courage is huge."
Picture of a tribal hunter and his dog waiting by a lake filled with duck decoys
In Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, a duck hunter and his dog wait in a quiet morning. Decoys float on the lake, luring in Siberian ducks as they make their seasonal migration.
Picture of wildebeest jumping into a river
Wildebeest migrate from Tanzania to Kenya, across the Mara River. "The wildebeests were a bit hesitant to cross because there was a lion walking around earlier," says Your Shot photographer Matt Grimsley. "The water was deeper than normal, so that resulted in a more successful crossing than the one the day before."
Picture of marshland in Spain
Marshlands in Cádiz, Spain, form intricate patterns where they meet salt flats. Your Shot photographer Aya O. took pictures from a small plane at sunset, circling back multiple times to get just the right shot in the sunset light.
Picture of an elephant spraying itself with dust
In Botswana's Chobe National Park, an elephant gives itself a dust bath. Using its trunk to spray dirt over its body helps keep the skin healthy and parasites at bay.
Picture of the moon rising behind the Space Needle in Seattle
For Seattle native and Your Shot photographer Tim Durkan, photographing the city's iconic Space Needle never gets old. And last summer, Durkan was in the right place at the right time to capture this shot. "The full moon rose just after sunset," he remembers, "and took on quite the moody appearance behind some clouds."
Picture of a sea lion playing with bubbles underwater
A sea lion plays with the bubbles coming from Your Shot photographer Camallonga Emmanuelle's oxygen tank. Emmanuelle was photographing the animals while diving near Los Islotes, an island off of Baja California. Sea lions' whiskers help them not only navigate in dark waters, but also find food nearby.
Picture of a man inside a deflated hot-air balloon in Vietnam
A man prepares a hot-air balloon before taking off in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. While fueled and in the air, the average hot-air balloon will weigh more than two tons.
Picture of an orangutan crossing a river to get to a tree in Indonesia
In Indonesia's Tanjung Puting National Park, a male orangutan crosses a river. Your Shot photographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan stood in chest-high water to take this picture. He explains that orangutans typically avoid water, especally in situations like this one, where crocodiles may be present. But, he says, "rapid palm oil farming has depleted their habitat and when pushed to the edge these intelligent creatures have learnt to adapt to the changing landscape."
Picture of an island of trees in the middle of blue water
More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines. This one, called Snake Island, is named after a sandbar that is only visible at low tide.
Picture of an elephant calf and a worker at a wildlife trust in Kenya
A worker at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya shares a tender moment with an elephant calf. Your Shot photographer I. Ogila explains, "When poachers kill adult elephants for ivory, the young ones are usually left desperate and unlikely to survive alone in the wild." But by being in the care of the Trust, "they get a chance to live and die of old age."
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