Picture of a parent and child watching a sea lion swim in its enclosure at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC
A parent and child share a moment with a sea lion at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Though they may be awkward on land, the animals can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour while swimming.
Picture of a mother bear playing with her cubs at Cabarceno Natural Park in Spain
A mother bear plays with her cubs in Spain's Cabarceno Natural Park. The park covers 3 square miles and was reclaimed from a closed pit mine. It is now home to approximately 100 different animal species.
Picture of an elderly man kissing his wife's forehead while sitting on a couch in front of family photographs
Joan and Carl sit in front of family photographs that decorate the home they've owned for 54 years. "After 67 years of marriage the mutual love and respect they have for one another still shines brightly," says Your Shot photographer Meg Brock. "Love in it's newness is sweet. Love that flourishes through trials and time is inspirational."
Picture of homes on Cebu, Philippines, taken from a plane
Your Shot photographer Takashi Hanai captured this aerial photograph of Cebu, Philippines, while in a plane piloted by a friend. The island is the most densely populated of the Philippines' provinces, and is also home to the country's oldest city: Cebu City.
Picture of a surfer getting splashed while riding the back of a wave off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A surfer catches the backside of a wave off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil's coastline runs more than 4,600 miles along the Atlantic ocean, making it a popular destination for surfing enthusiasts.
Picture of a wolf howling at a wolf sanctuary in Germany
A Hudson Bay wolf howls inside its habitat at Wolfcenter, a wolf sanctuary in Bremen, Germany. The sanctuary cares for and rehabilitates wild wolves that have been injured, mistreated, or illegally owned.
Picture of a woman making a traditional conical hat out of palm leaves in Vietnam
In Tay Ninh, Vietnam, a woman makes a traditional hat—called a non la—out of palm leaves. The hat is still a common, and necessary, accessory in rural, agricultural regions of Vietnam.
Picture of the city of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, at sunset
The sun sets over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one spring evening. The city was founded by Portuguese explorers in 1565 and has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Picture of backcountry skiers cutting through snow while ascending a mountian in Italy
Backcountry skiers ascend Punta Calabre, a mountain that sits on the border between France and Italy. By the end of the trek, the skiers will have gained almost 4,000 feet in elevation.
Picture of a shpiwreck surrounded by tourists on a beach in Greece
Navagio Beach, on the Greek island of Zakynthos, hosts the remains of the MV Panagiotis. While the ship wrecked on the island in October of 1980, the scene now delights visitors and photographers alike.
Picture of a young boy hugging a young pig in Arkansas
Your Shot photographer Terra Fondriest snapped this picture in the Arkansas Ozarks while visiting some neighbors who raise pigs. "One of them has become like a pet dog because they had to keep it at the house and care for it special," she explains. "My son couldn't get enough of it. Their dog Chewy, who is coming to check me out here, is very protective of Miss Piggy."
Picture of an airplane nestled in the trees of a forest in Oregon
It's not an accident—this grounded Boeing 727 is someone's home. Nestled in the forest of Hillsboro, Oregon, the refurbished airplane belongs to Bruce Campbell, who bought it and began working on it almost twenty years ago.
Picture of visitors to the Vatican walking along a spiral staircase
All visitors to the Vatican leave by the Bramante Staircase. The staircase is actually composed of two staircases—one for each direction of travel.
Picture of orange Garibaldi fish swimming through sun rays underwater off the coast of California
Off the coast of California, Your Shot photographer Adam Martin was rewarded for his patience. "I sat for 30 minutes and watched an explosion of color unfold before my eyes," he says. "Bright orange Garibaldi, the state fish of California, bathed in the sunbeams on a warm and sunny day."
Picture of a herd of sheep traveling in the same direction in Vietnam
After a day of grazing in Ninh Thuan province, Vietnam, a herd of sheep makes the journey home. The province is heavily forested and the least-industrialized province in the country.
Picture of a soap maker stacking green bars of olive oil soap in Turkey
In Nizip, Turkey, a soap maker stacks bars of traditional olive oil soap. Your Shot photographer Metin Burak Kınacılar managed this picture by placing his camera in the bottom of the tower and using controls on his phone to make the necessary adjustments.
Picture of one red fox sniffing another red fox's breath on a snowy day in Japan
Wild red foxes, also called kitsune, play in the snow on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's islands. Foxes are common in Japanese folklore, often displaying magical properties.
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