Picture of two whales swimming in dark blue water off the coast of Greenland
A mother humpback whale and her calf swim off the coast of Greenland. Humpback whales are protected in the area, visiting the Arctic waters every summer.
Picture of a sleeping rhino wearing a red blindfold as it waits to be transported to a safe area in Botswana
A young white rhino waits, blindfolded and partially drugged after a long journey from South Africa, to be released into the wild in Botswana as part of efforts to rebuild Botswana's lost rhino populations. Botswana is saving rhinos from poaching hotspots in neighbouring countries and translocating them to re-establish the populations of rhinos it lost to poaching by 1992.
Picture of a man surrounded by flying pigeons on a city sidewalk
The man in this photograph introduced himself as "Tweety" to Your Shot photographer Adam Schluter, explaining that he's cared for the pigeons on this block of Coney Island, New York, for 50 years. "I asked him to stand up for a picture," says Schluter. "When he did, they all swirled around him for the perfect photograph."
Picture of a person walking a highline suspended over Yosemite National Park
A bold adventurer walks a high-line in Yosemite National Park. High-liners learn to walk the rope, called a slackline, a few inches off the ground, then gradually increase the height until they can safely take on thrills such as this.
Picture of a pond reflecting a yellow lesserlegs bird sticking its head in the water to forage for food
In Ontario's Presqu'ile Provincial Park, a lesser yellowlegs forages for insects or small fish in shallow waters. The meal will bolster its strength to migrate to South America for the winter.
Picture of three boys jumping in the air while tossing a football
A group of boys warm up before their flag football game in Irvine, California. Your Shot photographer Lisa Hu Chen is the mother of one of the boys, and she says this shot, taken before the game even started, ended up being her favorite of the day.
Picture of a humpback whale calf diving underwater in Tonga
Your Shot photographer Leighton Lum encountered this young humpback whale while diving in Tonga. "It was amazing to see this wild animal so free and playful without a care in the world!" he remembers. "We spent over an hour with this curious calf and she even followed us back to the boat wanting to play some more."
Picture of a skiier on snow that has been textured by high winds
"The wind has been harsh all day, with these low clouds moving across the mountain sporadically, blanketing the slopes," says Your Shot photographer Adam Gearing of his day in Thredbo, Australia. "These grooves in the snow have been carved out by the winds, leaving a brilliant texture up the ridge-line."
Picture of a white spirit bear looking for salmon in a river of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia
A kermode bear, also known as a spirit bear, looks for salmon in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. Drought has kept the river levels low, meaning the salmon kermode bears depend on are unable to make their usual migrations.
Picture of a woman raking salt into starry patterns in a field in Vietnam
A worker rakes piles of salt at the Hon Khoi Salt Field in Vietnam. The workers are usually middle-aged women, and they wear rubber gloves and conical hats to protect themselves from the harsh salt and sun while tending to the salt.
Picture of an elderly man with glasses reading a thick book at a table
A man looks up from his book in Naples, Italy. The city is one of the oldest communities in the world, dating back thousands of years.
Picture of North Korean soldiers standing guard at the border with South Korea
North Koreans soldiers stand guard at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. The guards are arranged in such a way that if one of them tries to cross the border, the others intervene and execute him.
Picture of a hiker standing in an ice cave in Iceland
A hiker explores an ice cave in Iceland. The cave is in Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe.
Picture of a blue sea star and corals revealed at low tide on a coast in Vietnam
On the coast of Hon Yen, Vietnam, low tide is the time to see exquisite corals and sea life. Unfortuantely, environmental factors threaten the coast, making the underwater ecosystem more vulnerable.
Picture of a young boy holding a small lizard on his hand
A young boy inspects a lizard he captured while playing in the Arkansas Ozarks. "It's been a good summer for lizards," says his mom, Your Shot photographer Terra Fondriest. "We have babies everywhere!"
Picture of a giraffe standing by an acacia tree in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
A lone giraffe pauses under the shade of an acacia tree in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Acacia trees provide the giraffe's favorite meals; the animal's prehensile tongue and long neck help them take advantage of the leaves that no other animals can reach.
Picture of a young girl with albinism hanging laundry on a line outside her home in Malawi
A young girl with albinism hangs laundry outside of her home in Lilongwe, Malawi. Superstition around albinism is common, with traditional doctors selling organs from people with albinism at an exorbitant price.
Picture of a dramatic red sunrise behind snow-covered trees in Poland
A dramatic morning sky frames snow-covered trees in the Krkonoše mountain range of Poland. The mountains are on the border with the Czech Republic, with national parks designated in both countries.
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