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For National Geographic's Photo of the Day

Published Mar 13, 2019
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Features Photos From 32 Contributors

32 photos selected by
David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Thank you for helping me curate content for National Geographic’s Photo of the Day series. Out of more than 18,870 photos submitted to this assignment, and 1,266 Editor's Favorites, I wish I had taken each of the 32 photos selected for this final story. Each of these images captured my attention, whether it was the light, composition, and/or moment that made me care about what you documented. Sometimes I learned something new. Other times I shared in your experience behind the photo. Each of these photos are more than just a beautiful frame; they all told me a story. Well done.

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "I love the scale and angle of this image Hamish. The body angle at which Mr. Boswell is positioned looks physically challenging. I like how you did not include the start or end of this mountain, as it creates a sense of never ending; how far will ... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Vanessa Egerdahl's comment: "I love this photo! There is something quite unnerving about it, seeing the wolves teeth barred in such an aggressive way and yet it is beautiful. I find myself laughing at the side eye of the wolf in the back -- she reminds me of a mother, rolling ... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Sydney Harter's comment: "The flames seem to curl up the faces of the worshippers, Eric. Shooting from across the fire really intensifies the scene! The information in your [caption] provides equally deep background! Superb composition!"

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I love the light flaring in from the left, I love the peak action you photographed. I love that you are also in the water. This is an awesome portrait of Martin Suter. I feel the intensity of his passion in your frame. I love it. On a side note, I wish I could dedicate my days "traveling the world to find ... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Alexander Glavtchev's comment: "Excellent flamingo action, Rakesh! Love the sparkling water, and how the sunlight's energy seems to transfer to the flamingos."

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Alexander Erkiletian's comment: "This photo makes me laugh because in my day, this would have been a bunch of lighters held up in the air. The outline of the silhouetted figures along with the spheres of light mingling at the top makes me think of a backlit glass of champagne... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Marie Smith's comment: "Beautiful shot the tail of this whale! The layers of color provided by the setting sun adds to the moment. I like your narrative:)"

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I love how your photo connected with Your Shot photographer Chris Rowe: "I can relate Cerrina. At this girl's age I was on hand birthing Hampshire sheep lambs from our flock. The experience stays for a lifetime. Truly beautiful capture." This is such a beautiful and intimate moment. I love it. Well done C... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I love Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "I love your depth of field in this image Christine. The focus on the baby penguins in the foreground, and the lines of penguins that move from the middle to the back of the frame makes it feel as if there are endless penguins and endless babies to... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Neelima Azad's comment: "Love the magical feel here. The light, the ice tunnel all looks so out of this world."

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I see a lot of photos of the Northern Lights, so the inclusion of the illuminated salmon farm adds a new level of intrigue to the scene. It feels so mysterious, my curiosity is peaked -- so thank you for the detailed caption explaining what I am looking at. This feels like a scene from a sci-fi thriller, m... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I love the way my eye follows the surfers down the steps as they head to the beach. I find myself look for the waves. I love how I don't feel your presence in this frame. I love that you saw these surfers approaching, patiently waited, and then gracefully paused this moment in time. Well done.

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Hamir Singh's comment: "I love the composition of this photo with the vibrant sky driving you towards a beautiful destination along with the silhouette of the man and the caption complementing the picture, helping it build the story really well."

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I agree with Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson who commented, "This is a truly unique perspective from the cockpit! The way you framed the inside of the cockpit so that the lights mimic those of the outside world is perfect. This could have easily been an image without focus, but the shallow depth o... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Naveen Chakravarthy's comment: "I love the composition of this image! The low angle captures the moment and the features of all those in the image very well."

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

Fantastic job photographing this scene wide -- I love how you are taking advantage of the curvature from the line of men standing in icy waters. My eye follows them through your frame. They look like they are having fun. I love that there is a man on the microphone, I can almost hear him emceeing the event... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Pam Hanlan's comment: "Perfect title for an amazing photo, Mohd! You have captured a bond and emotion and curiosity. The bond between the buffalo and the child. But also the bond between the child and the herd. And the curiosity of the herd as a group. The emotion is powerful ... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

Wow -- this scene is so dramatic. I can feel the sun disappearing behind the incoming storm. I can hear the winds, I can feel the temperature changing. I love how the light illuminates the islands in the foreground. I loved learning about the legend of the two evil trolls in your caption. Well done.

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

Your frame feels like a painting, I love the shapes creates by the flying birds. This is so beautiful. I love the hints of cranes on the ground, visually implying that there are more birds not seen in this scene. I feel like you paused a moment in time, and that many more birds will continue flying through... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

Wow — I love it Jason. And after reading your caption, explaining what I am looking at, I love this frame even more. I love knowing that this tarpon is purposefully moving through this scene to feed. I love how it is positioned and how it pops off the frame. I love the countless fish in the background, add... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

Fantastic decision photographing this event wide. I really get a sense of scale to this moment, the fire is huge in comparison to the torch bearing participants. I can feel heat, I can hear the roar -- and with your detailed caption explaining what I am looking at, I can experience this festival through yo... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Tammy Neufeld's comment: "I love the composition and angle of this shot, Raymond! It's delightfully confusing to me -- I couldn't tell for sure if it was looking up, down or sideways. I love the lines and repetitive patterns with the two figures to anchor and give perspective."

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

Awesome. Fantastic job capturing this moment Mohammed. I love the two birds' body language — you can easily distinguish between the one on offense, and the one of defense. It almost looks like they are dancing. Well done.

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

This scene feels so dramatic -- it feels like the helicopter is losing control and about to crash instead of diving into the valley. Thanks for the detailed caption explaining what I am looking at. What an amazing experience this must have been to witness, and then to snowboard down -- wow, I am jealous.

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "This is a great panning image Craig! I love how the cab seems to be encircled in all of the lights, and especially how the cab is also a touch blurred to emphasize how quickly life moves in this city. The photograph feels so energizing with all th... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

Wow -- I love the sun reflects off the road, and how my eye follows it to Monument Valley towering in the background. I love how quiet this scene is, I feel like I am having a meditative moment staring into nature. This is so beautiful. The golden light is so warm, so inviting. What an absolutely gorgeous ... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

Fantastic job visualizing this frame -- and finally delivering after years of trying. I love how simple this photo is, with the white snow filling the scene which allows me to focus on the bison working hard to plow through the snow. I love it Derek. What an absolutely amazing moment to witness. Well done.

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I love Your Shot photographer Ivan Lesica's comment: "I really like this shot. It is a special waterfall shot. I am feeling the energy of the flowing water. Brilliant." Fantastic decision to use a slow shutter speed to capture this feeling. Well done.

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Sue Lockhart's comment: "Amazing image Vadim. Thank you so much for sharing not only the image but the fascinating information. I love how you have not only captured the ring of bubbles but the whale in motion, at the point of entering the water."

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Stephanie Thomson's comment: "This is an amazing abstract Keshav! Great work excluding the edges of the building, as I have no sense as to just how large or how vast these windows are. The patterns of blue and red look so smooth until my eye hits the woman opening the window. ... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I love your reply back to Your Shot photographer Matteo Rossi's comment, answering his question how you took this photo: "I took these images during a very cloudy day. The whole sky was a big softbox which makes the light very soft and omnidirectional, which eliminates the shadows."

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Editor's Note

I like Your Shot photographer Irina Sigl's comment: "That’s an amazing shot dear Olga. I love the composition that gives space to the falling snowflakes over your daughters astonished face. I also love the softness and the black and white tones in this picture. The scene [reminds] me of a fairy tale and to... More

David Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

Of the 32 photos selected for the final story, 11 Your Shot photographers were published for the first time. Congratulations to:

Virginia Macdonald
Michele Andrea Tagliavini
Peter Svoboda
Omri Shomer
Stig Løland
Mohd Nazri Sulaiman
Eliya Rubinstein
Raymond Tang
Derek Jerrell
Keshav K.
Olga Abramova

More importantly, I featured the comments of 15 Your Shot photographers who articulated WHY they liked the photos of their peers:

Stephanie Thomson
Vanessa Egerdahl
Sydney Harter
Alexander Glavtchev
Alexander Erkiletian
Marie Smith
Chris Rowe
Neelima Azad
Hamir Singh
Naveen Chakravarthy
Tammy Neufeld
Ivan Lesica
Sue Lockhart
Matteo Rossi
Irina Sigl

Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

Each of these photos made me wish I were there, instead of sitting at my desk in front of a computer. Keep up the great work. Continue participating in our assignments. Engage with your peers by favoriting their photos and leaving meaningful comments. Build relationships with your fellow community members. Together we will become better photographers and more thoughtful storytellers, one photo at a time.

David Y. Lee
Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot


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