Picture of a team of archaeologists working in the mud of a mass grave in Egypt
A team of archaeologists works in the mud of a 3,000-year-old mass grave in Gebel el Silsila, Egypt. The grave holds the remains of an estimated 50 people, and appears to have been untouched all these years.
Picture of a surfer carrying his surfboard into the water at sunset
A surfer sets out to get the last few waves before night at a beach in Cape Town, South Africa. The city is frequently ranked as one of the best surfing destinations in the world.
Picture of five Jewish men praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel
Your Shot photographer Lior Sperandeo caught this moment of five men praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. "In Jewish numerology, the number five is especially unique," he explains. "There are five books of Moses and five divisions to the Psalms. Five is the number of protection."
Picture of a free diver swimming off the coast of Croatia
Free diver Mirela Kardašević trains in Cavtat, Croatia. After much intense practice, free divers can hold their breath for minutes at a time.
Picture of three puffins touching beaks and looking in each others eyes
Three puffins share a moment as they touch beaks and look into each others eyes. The birds come to the Farne Islands, UK, every spring to breed and raise their young.
Picture of a mountain covered in greenery and morning mist in the Icelandic Highlands
A drone captured this shot of a mountain kissed by morning mist in the Icelandic Highlands. The region is once of the most sparsely populated in all of Europe.
Picture of two dark colored foxes fighting over territory in the San Juan Islands, Washington
On Washington's San Juan Islands, two foxes fight over territory. While technically named red foxes, the animals can sport coats in a variety of colors.
Picture of three hippos mostly submerged, except for their heads, in a lake in Botswana
Three hippos watch and wait in a lake in Botswana. "They had no interest in me. As long as I kept my distance, didn't disturb their space, I was safe," remembers Your Shot Photographer Hellen Lisa Barbara. "Although I must admit, this encounter was a little too close for comfort -- I am deathly afraid of hippos."
Picture of a father holding his toddler son at a state fair while watching fireworks
A father shares a moment with his son during a fireworks show at the Alaska State Fair last August. Your Shot photographer Lindsay Saunder comments on the quality of the light: "This was taken around 11:30pm, our 'blue hour' in Alaska during the summer!"
Picture of natural stone towers covered with foilage in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
Millennia of erosion created the pillars that stand tall in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan, China. The ancient columns have become symbols of Chinese landscapes and are often depicted in ancient art.
Picture of a hotshot firefighter lighting a torch off some flames on the ground in a backfiring operation in South Dakota
A member of the Wyoming Hotshots crew lights a torch, getting ready to start a backfiring operation in Wind Caves National Park, South Dakota. Controlled burns literally fight fire with fire-- they burn up dried brush and other fuel that would strengthen a wildfire. When the wildfire runs out of fuel, it peters out.
Picture of a misty sunrise over terraced rice fields in China
In Yuanyang, China, the sunrise reflects off the waters of rice terraces. Since rice requires irrigation, growing it in a terrace formation helps prevent erosion and soil run-off.
Picture of a climber in a red shirt climbing over formations of gray limestone needles
An intrepid climber makes his way over the Grand Tsingy in Madagascar.
"In Malagasy, 'tsingy' means 'where one cannot walk barefoot.' And that's no joke," explains Your Shot photographer Marsel van Oosten. "This is the world's largest forest of limestone needles. The incredibly sharp limestone formations can cut through equipment and flesh easily, which makes traversing them extremely difficult."
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.
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