Picture of lava entering the Pacific Ocean off of Hawaii
Steam and smoke rise into the sky as lava from Kīlauea meets the Pacific Ocean off of the big island of Hawaiʻi. The volcano is one of the most active in the world; it recently began erupting in May 2018.
Picture of Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Florence Cathedral, in Italy
Florence's famous cathedral, formally named Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Italian, appears prominently in the city's skyline. The historic basilica—one of the largest churchs in all of Italy—began construction over seven centuries ago. "You can feel the aura from the medieval era," remarked Your Shot photographer Stefanos Politis.
Picture of a girl floating in a swimming pool in Cyprus
Your Shot photographer Abigail Fahey's daughter floats in a swimming pool while her family vacations in Kyrenia, Cyprus. This bustling port city, located on the island's northern coast, is a popular tourist desintation.
Picture of pottery workers in Twante, Myanmar
Two women work at a pottery in Twante, Myanmar. The township is famous for its pottery tradition and its clay wares are in high demand throughout the region. Many visitors to the capital city of Yangon will take a day trip out to this rural village for an opportunity to glimpse these craftspeople in action.
Picture of a praying mantis exploring vegetation
Your Shot photographer R. M. Félix captures a praying mantis exploring some vegetation. "Always a surprise to discover a tiny creature moving amidst the green," he remarked.
Picture of a diver underwater in Egypt's Red Sea
Your Shot photographer Karim Iliya shot an otherwordly scene while diving in the Red Sea off of Egypt's coast. "Creative photograph!" remarked National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry. "Really love the approach you took here and the lighting."
Picture of a cowboy wrangling a horse in Wyoming
The sun rises over a ranch in Shell, Wyoming as a cowboy wrangles one of the last stragglers from a herd of over 100 horses during a morning roundup.
Picture of two bears wrestling
Your Shot photographer Patrick A. Martin captured two bears while they were wrestling during a rainy day. Your Shot producer David Y. Lee remarked, "I realize that these bears are wrestling, but I interpret this moment as a human one—that they are hugging. And that makes me smile."
Picture of laborers breaking fast at the end of the day during Ramadan
As the sun sets during the month of Ramadan, construction laborers gather in Dubai so that can break their day-long fast and feast together. Your Shot photographer Kimberly Coates commented, "I love how you can zoom into any aspect of this photo and find a unique interaction."
Picture of children swimming and playing on floating logs in the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar
Kids play on some floating logs in the Irrawaddy River in Mandalay, Myanmar. The river is the country's largest, stretching more than 1,300 miles.
Picture of a baby elephant getting a dust bath from adult elephants
Elephants spray dust on each other at sunset. The animals use mud and dust as sunscreen, protecting their skin from the sun's harsh rays.
Picture of a dancer with a colorful mask and outfit celebrating a festival in Nepal
A masked dancer performs at a festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. The festival, held at a monastery, brings together the Yolmo people as they pray for world peace.
Picture of a river flowing across black sand into the sea in Iceland
This isn't an abstract painting—it's an aerial photograph of a glacial river flowing into the sea in Iceland. The black sand on either side of the river comes from volcanic origins.
Picture of women wearing yellow dresses with blue polka dots while dancing and singing in rural Tanzania
Women dance and sing in celebration in a rural village in western Tanzania. Approximately 70 percent of Tanzania's population lives in rural areas.
Picture of people playing beach volleyball in Vietnam
In the coastal city of Nha Trang, Vietnam, beach volleyball players appear to fly through the air during a game. With its beautiful beaches, Nha Trang is a popular destination for Vietnamese vacationers, and most of its economy relies on tourism.
Picture of a burrowing owl shaking off rain while standing on a stick
In Florida, a burrowing owl shakes off the rain. Owls have extremely flexible necks, which allow them to compensate for fixed vision.
Picture of a man adjusting a camera on a snowy peak in Japan
A photographer prepares his camera at the top of Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Your Shot photographer Takashi Karaki reports that the temperatures that day were near 30 degrees below 0.
Picture of a waterfall surrounded by tall rocks in Japan
A beam of morning light shines over a quiet waterfall in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
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