An African lioness rests in the rosy light of the setting sun in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Lionesses are the primary hunters of their pride, doing so usually at dawn, dusk, or night; however, some lions in the Okavango Delta have adapted to hunting during the day, timing their meals to the movement of the herds of Cape buffalo that also live there. This photograph was submitted to the 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. Submit your best photo for a chance to win >> Browse galleries of editors’ favorites >>
Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0400
Reef Manta Ray, Bali
This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures
A reef manta ray dwarfs a researcher in the waters off of Nusa Penida, near Bali.
"On one special day we encountered dozens of reef manta rays feeding at the surface in Nusa Penida," Marine Megafauna Foundation cofounder and National Geographic explorer Andrea Marshall says. "When these giant animals feed they are distracted, and snorkelers can approach them quite closely without disturbing them. It is almost like they go into a trance.
"This individual spent about a half an hour with us, in quite shallow water, weaving in and out between us while feeding on densely concentrated plankton in the surface waters," she says. "As it approached me it reared up a bit and flashed its ventral surface (belly) at me, giving me a glimpse of its natural spot patterning on its underside, which we use to identify between different rays."
Marshall and her team recently created Manta Matcher, an automated online manta ray database. It "stores the patterning of each manta ray sighted across the world and automatically checks for a match every time a new entry is uploaded," Marshall says. "This system will allow researchers to follow the lives of these elusive animals and learn more about their movements and behavior over time." Learn about National Geographic Emerging Explorer Andrea Marshall »See a gallery of explorer moments »
Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400
When Lightning Strikes
While on a beach in Thailand’s Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Your Shot member Mike Leske received a visual treat. “A single cloud passed the remote island ... sending lightning bolts to Earth in two-minute intervals,” he writes. The park covers 150 square miles. 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 >>
Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0400
Early to Rise
“The place has its unique appeal,” Your Shot member Hardik Desai writes of Iceland’s Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. “Dawn happens two hours before sunrise, and the sunrise colors usually last almost 90 minutes if there are no clouds.” A day after scouting out the location, Desai drove 30 minutes to arrive at the lagoon in time to capture the sunrise, hoping for exactly this result. Desai's shot was recently featured in the Reflection story. 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 >>
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0400
“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, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more.
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Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400
The Pitcher and the Carpenter
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.
A forested park is suffused with the golden glow of autumn in the northern European country of Lithuania. Bordering the eastern Baltic Sea, the country’s landscape consists of gently rolling plains and extensive forests. Regina's picture recently appeared 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.
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400
When Your Shot member Larry Abraham grew bored with the photos he was capturing from a third-floor fire escape in Tacoma, Washington, he decided to change his perspective. Rather than look out, he looked down. “Color and pattern caught my eye,” he writes, “and I went to work.” 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 »
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Flashes of Summer
Fireflies flash and streak through a Tennessee summer night, putting on a spectacular light show to seduce prospective mates. The summertime ritual is one of the most familiar examples of bioluminescence on land. See more photos from the March 2015 feature story “Luminous Life.”
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400
Waiting for What's Next
Looking like a world unto itself, this moonlit landscape of snow-covered peaks looming over a village in the Lofoten Islands seems to beckon to Ana Beatriz Ribeiro, who submitted this image. She calls this photograph “Disquietude,” reflecting a desire “to see the world, get free of patterns, accept differences, and prefer the uncertainty of a loose life [rather] than the predictability of an ordinary life.” 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 >>
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0400
An Exquisite Eye
Vertebrate eyes—like this eye of a juvenile female southern ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)—are all variations on the same basic design, which functions much as a camera does. See more pictures from the February 2016 feature story "Inside the Eye: Nature’s Most Exquisite Creation."
Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0500
Reed Frog, Botswana
This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos
A reed frog blending in with a water lily awaits its meal of flies in Botswana. (This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)
What Makes This a Photo of the Day? I have seen many tightly composed shots of creatures on flowers, quite often beautiful and well done. What I love about this one, though, is the presence of the flies. They add an element of grit to an otherwise pristine-looking scene. Here, it’s not only about capturing the creature on the flower but also conveying the broader environment—in this case, the next meal. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor Get tips on photographing nature »Download flower wallpapers »
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500
A man trains a horse at his mother’s ranch in Utah. Photographer Brice Portolano was trying to “get the horse's shadow in its own dust cloud.”
Portolano visited the man, Ben, and his wife, Katherine, several times to learn about their self-sustaining lifestyle in urban Salt Lake City. “They have organized their house and backyard in order to produce most of their own food,” Portolano explains. “Each fall, Ben leaves Salt Lake City and drives into the mountains of northeastern Utah to hunt elk and game birds. With a horse in tow, he hikes up the 10,000-foot-high mountains where he can spend up to a week tracking elk.”
Portolano’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.
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Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Of Silhouettes and Pirouettes
Your Shot contributor Tanya Kirnishi captured the shadow of a ballerina friend at Montreal's Palais des Congrès, a meeting and convention center known for its multicolored facade. "We had been exploring the neighborhood, and when we saw the colored light falling on the ground, we wanted to experiment a little," Kirnishi says.
"There is something very magical and playful about the colors, so [ballet] poses seemed like a natural fit, equally beautiful and mysterious. I wanted only the hint of my friend's body in the frame of the shot so that the focus could be on her shadow. This way, the shadow and the lights were almost part of another world, playing off of each other." 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. See more pictures of our multicolored world »
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400
Traditions endure in the Svaneti region, high in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Here, a bull with candles on its horns is blessed at a tenth-century church near the town of Mestia before
being sacrificed for a February feast dating from pre-Christian times. See more pictures from the October 2014 feature story “Medieval Mountain Hideaway.”
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400
A Walk in the Park
Photographer Graham De Lacy captured this shot of an African elephant taking a sunny-day stroll in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve. “[It was] one of the many close encounters … I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing,” De Lacy writes. African elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth. 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 >>
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