Picture of dark smoke coming out of the Volcano of Fire in Guatemala
Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, is one of the most active volcanos in the world. Two months after this photo was taken, in June 2018, the volcano erupted, killing and injuring hundreds of people.
Picture of an endangered hawksbill sea turtle swimming off the shore of Cuba
Picture of a man grimacing while mud wrestling in India
In India, mud wrestling is a fierce sport called Kushti. Your Shot photographer Anirban Mandal explains that the sport is actually a way of life, passed down from teacher to student while living in communal residences called akharas. He says, "The brotherhood of the men living in Akharas practice strict diet, discipline and sacrifice from distractions in order to prepare their bodies and minds, learning techniques, gathering strength and speed for the sport."
Picture of a sea star underwater inside Olympic National Park
Surrounded by giant green anemones, a lone ocher sea star feeds on mussels and barnacles. Since 2013 sea stars along the Pacific coast have been dying in unprecedented numbers. Scientists suspect that warmer seas are weakening the species’ resistance to disease. Buy a print of this photo. This photo was originally published in “How the Parks of Tomorrow Will Be Different.”
Picture of a woman in a large pink feathered headdress dancing in a parade in New Jersey
A woman smiles and dances her way through the Caribbean Carnival Parade, held last July in Jersey City, New Jersey. The parade, now in its 23rd year, features bands and people in elaborate costumes celebrating the culture and history of the Caribbean islands.
Picture of elephants walking through Botswana's Okavango Delta
Picture of the sun setting over Cuba's Gardens of the Queen National Park
Sunset casts a golden glow over corals flourishing in the Gardens of the Queen, a sprawling marine reserve located off Cuba's southern coast. Named by Christopher Columbus in honor of Queen Isabella, this remote set of keys, mangroves, and reefs appears nearly unchanged by time and human hand. Buy a print of this photo. This photo was originally published in “Cuba’s Underwater Jewels Are in Tourism’s Path.”
Picture of two male lions fighting each other in the Kalahari Desert
In Botswana's Kalahari Desert, two male lions fight over either territory or the right to mate with a nearby female. These fights can sometimes end in death.
Picture of a large crowd of people watching an enormous fireworks display at night
The Celebration of Lights Festival is an international fireworks competition held every year in Vancouver, British Columbia. Crowds gather to watch different countries' displays set to music. In 2018, the theme for the shows was "love," and the participating countries were South Africa, Sweden, and South Korea.
Picture of sunrise on the Great Wall of China
Morning light sets the Great Wall of China aglow. While the Wall is indeed thousands of miles long, it is a myth that the structure is visible from space.
Picture of flamingos resting and eating in a pond in Tanzania
Greater and lesser flamingos rest and eat in the shallow waters of a small pond in Tanzania. Greater flamingos are taller and paler in color, while lesser flamingos have shorter legs but darker coloring.
Picture of two Arabian red foxes silhouetted against colorful lights
Two Arabian red foxes are silhouetted against the backdrop of city lights. The animals are most active at night, looking for meals of small rodents, birds, and sometimes roadkill.
Picture of cross country skiiers in the backcountry of the Italian Alps
Cross country skiers criss-cross through the snow in the Italian Alps. The skiing season in the Alps can go from early fall to late spring.
Picture of divers working to remove nets laid by poachers in the Sea of Cortez
In the Sea of Cortez, divers remove poachers' nets which kill turtles, seals, and other animals. Poachers lay the nets with the hopes of catching and selling rare fish parts on the black market.
Picture of a young fox nuzzling its mother within tall grass
Your Shot photographer Shane Kalyn has been following the mother fox (left) for years. "That trust we have built over the years has allowed the distance between us to shrink," she says, "and now it's common for her to bring herself and her kits very close allowing me the ability to capture these beautiful interactions she has with her offspring."
Picture of brightly colored houses along the seaside town of Vernazza, Italy
Vernazza is one of the five towns that comprise Cinque Terre, Italy. The fishing village is almost 1,000 years old, and is close to car traffic.
Picture of a silver miner with silver dust on his face in a mine in Bolivia
A silver miner in Bolivia pauses for a portrait before resuming his work. Your Shot photographer Giacomo Bruno explains the hardships of the job: "The life expectancy of these miners is 40 years, due to the frequent accidents and the almost systematic onset of silicosis, widespread among the miners, caused by the continuous, prolonged exposure to dust which builds up in the lungs, leading to a slow, painful death by respiratory failure."
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