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The Smell of Freedom | Photograph by Sylvia Michel (@michelphotography_ch ) . “When I am on a hike with my dog Rasta, sometimes he stops on a hill and looks down to the valley and I think to myself, does he think the same about the beauty of our nature?,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Sylvia Michel. “And when I look into his eyes, I know he does.” — “This moment feels so serene and magical. The light on your dog’s ghostly fur separates him beautifully against this awesome landscape. Beautifully done!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas )
Bird’s Eye View of Central Park | Photograph by Czakó Balázs (@czakobalazsfotografia ) . “It was a fantastic, but at the same time a dangerous experience when I was flying in a helicopter without doors above New York City. The city lights were incredibly amazing, the skyscrapers touched the horizon,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Czakó Balázs. “The view from our little helicopter was unique, especially with the beautiful sunset and monumental clouds over the enormous and magical Central Park.” — “I love #YourShotPhotographer Michelle Zheng (@the.michelle.zheng )’s comment: ‘Kudos for capturing such a beautiful angle of New York City’s Central Park! And even more impressive was the fact that you took the photo on a moving helicopter! With the light and composition, it’s a fabulous photo — well done!” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee )
Top Shot: Waiting for a Drop… | Photograph by Victor Breyl . #YourShotPhotographer Victor Breyl captured this moment of a bird in Israel trying to get a drop of water. Your Shot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas writes, “The geometry of the moment is simple and effective. I love that the shapes are outlined so nicely against the background. I hope the bird got a little water!” This image was selected for the Daily Dozen on August 20, 2018. — Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.
Tourist Taxis | Photograph by Mike Kai (@lemikekai ) . “A boy and his mother wait for the local bus while tourist taxis line up all the way out the airport. Only in the past couple years after lifting the embargo have newer cars been imported into the country,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Mike Kai. “Unfortunately the only ones who can afford them are cab companies catering to tourists — locals continue waiting for the bus.” — “I love this young boy’s direct gaze at the camera paired with the body language of him holding hands with his mom. Great job framing this moment against the new taxi cabs to create a narrative about tourism in Cuba.” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas )
Hidden Oasis | Photograph by Leighton Lum (@photography_by_leighton ) . “After poking around the coast line, I stumbled upon this hidden cave,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Leighton Lum. “It was quite amazing hanging out all afternoon with these living dinosaurs.” — “What an incredible surprise to come across these creatures enjoying the sunset in their cave! I love the rich textures and colors in this scene. Great job using the cave opening as a frame within the frame and creating layers. Nicely done!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas )
Breast Cancer | Photograph by Huey Kidd . “Last year Deborah Stuckey was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent bilateral mastectomies and completed courses our chemotherapy and radition,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Huey Kidd. “She would like women to know what mastectomies look like in case they may require surgery.” With her permission, Kidd shared this photo with Your Shot; it was selected for our August 17, 2018 Photos of the Week series curated by Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas. ”If [my portrait] can help one person, one woman, it will be worth every bit of it,” said Stuckey in an interview with (@thisisalabama ). “My husband left me in the middle of my radiation and I finished my radiation by myself. Dr. Kidd took care of me every day. If it hadn’t been for him I don’t know where I [would be] today… I want women to go get their mammograms. Don’t skip it. I skipped mine for a couple of months. We could have caught it faster. Just be safe.” — “Wow Huey. Her courage and dedication to spreading awareness of this disease shines through brilliantly. Thank you so much for sharing such an impactful, evocative portrait of a strong woman. I have a great deal of admiration for her and her willingness to share her story with us.” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas )
Top Shot: It’s a Twister! It’s a Twister! | Photograph by Shaun Piegdon (@shaunpiegdon ) . #YourShotPhotographer Shaun Piegdon captured the moments before a tornado touched down in Prospect Valley, Colorado. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee ) writes, “Whoa, you shot this frame at 79mm — you were so close, three miles is not that far. I feel the energy, the raw power generated by this tornado. I bet it was such an adrenaline rush to witness this in real life, I don’t know if I would be calm enough to compose myself to take a photo. Though I imagine the excitement would take over… Be safe when you are out there photographing tornadoes.” This image was selected for the Daily Dozen on August 17, 2018. — Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.
Mermaid | Photograph by Reiko Takahashi (@reiko.alice.takahashi ) . “I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling near Japan’s Kumejima Island. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us — it was very friendly and curious,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Reiko Takahashi. “Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and its very energetic, large, and beautiful tail.” — This photo by #YourShotPhotographer Reiko Takahashi Bojan took the grand prize in the 2018 @natgeo Travel Photographer of the Year contest. #WorldPhotographyDay
The Power of Nature | Photograph by Sergio Tapiro Velasco (@tapiro ) . “A powerful eruption illuminates the slopes of Mexico’s Colima Volcano on December 13, 2015. I was in town of Comala when I suddenly saw incandescence above the volcano’s crater and started shooting,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco. “Seconds later, a powerful volcanic explosion expelled a cloud of ash particles and a massive lightning bolt illuminated most of the dark scene. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life.” — This photo by #YourShotPhotographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco took the grand prize in the 2017 @natgeo Travel Photographer of the Year contest. #WorldPhotographyDay
[ #WorldOrangutanDay ] Face to Face | Photograph by Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan (@jayaprakash_bojan ) . A male orangutan peers from behind a tree while crossing a river in Borneo, Indonesia. Rampant palm oil cultivation threatens this critically endangered ape, forcing the normally arboreal species to resort to unusual behavior — such as wading through crocodile-infested rivers — in order to survive. — This photo by #YourShotPhotographer Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan took the grand prize in the 2017 @natgeo Nature Photographer of the Year contest. #WorldPhotographyDay
[ #WorldOrangutanDay ] Lonely Orangutan | Photograph by Yosuke Kashiwakura . “When brought to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, this orphaned orangutan infant was inside its cage wearing a towel on its head. There was also an orphan who, because of serious trauma, couldn’t keep its food down,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Yosuke Kashiwakura. “Due to deforestation as a result of lumbering and agricultural development, a large number of Borneo’s endemic species are facing critical conditions. At the point when civilization and the wild collide, orphaned wild animals will likely continue to increase.” — “I love Your Shot photographer Karri N.'s reaction: ‘When I first saw this shot, I thought it was absolutely adorable. But now that I know the story behind it, it's heartbreaking. It is a wonderful capture of this young one. Although he may not know it at the time, he is in good hands.’” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee )
Tower Living | Photograph by Mike Berry . A modern high-rise building stands alongside older apartment complexes in Hong Kong's Central and Western District. The burgeoning metropolis, which is one of the most densely populated regions of the world, has experienced rapid economic development in recent decades—but now also suffers from stark wealth and income inequality. — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to #YourShotPhotographer
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