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Picture of a polar bear at rest

White on White

Photo of the Day, May 18, 2014

Nearly camouflaged in his habitat, a polar bear surveys his surroundings. Cold doesn't bother these Arctic predators: Two layers ...

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Picture of an apartment building in Hong Kong at night

Box Life

Photo of the Day, May 17, 2014

There's nowhere to see but up in this photo of Hong Kong, taken by Norbert Well and submitted to ...

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Picture of Mt. Fuji reflected in Lake Kawaguchi, Japan

Mount Fuji by Moonlight

Photo of the Day, May 16, 2014

Mount Fuji is reflected in the still water of Lake Kawaguchi in this National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest submission by ...

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Picture of two puffins dueling, Skomer Island, British Isles

Huffing Puffins

Photo of the Day, May 15, 2014

Dueling puffins flare their wings and part their beaks in a muddy tussle on Skomer Island, Wales. Most puffin fights ...

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Picture of a short-eared owl in a reserve, Kuwait

Tree Pose

Photo of the Day, May 14, 2014

"A short-eared owl is in stretching and relaxing mode in a Kuwait natural reserve," says Mohn Khorshid, who submitted this ...

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Picture of a lightning storm in West Java, Indonesia

Beach Lightning

Photo of the Day, May 13, 2014

"I’m very passionate about landscape photography," says Your Shot member Rudi Gunawan. "For me, nature always reflects the power ...

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Picture of a porcelain crab hiding in an anemone, Philippines

Crabby Boarder

Photo of the Day, May 12, 2014

A porcelain crab peers out from a sea anemone in this picture by Your Shot member Thomas Bannenberg, who captured ...

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Picture of a harp seal near the Magdalen Islands

Hugging the Ice

Photo of the Day, May 11, 2014

In a picture that appears in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a lone harp seal hugs thinning ...

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Picture of an aerial view of a mountainous village in Wadi Doan, Yemen

Sunrise at Wadi Doan

Photo of the Day, May 10, 2014

"With my police escort I had arrived at my lodgings at dusk, perched on the edge of a massive escarpment ...

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Picture of two women taking self-portraits in Shanghai, China

Shanghai Selfies

Photo of the Day, May 9, 2014

Women take pictures of themselves with their cell phones in front of the Shanghai skyline in this picture submitted by ...

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Picture of birds in Bharatpur’s Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India

Birds of Bharatpur

Photo of the Day, May 8, 2014

"The Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, is approximately 11 square miles" says Your Shot contributor Sreekumar Krishnan. "It ...

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Picture of cherry blossoms with Mount Fuji in the distance, Japan

Fuji Blossoms

Photo of the Day, May 7, 2014

"I live on the north side of Fuji, and spring comes earlier on the south side, so I traveled to ...

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Picture of a sheep at a farm sanctuary in Australia

Peter Out

Photo of the Day, May 6, 2014

Rescued sheep Peter relaxes in the afternoon sun at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Australia. "I'm very lucky ...

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Picture of the Yuangyang rice terraces in Yunnan Province, China

Fields of Old

Photo of the Day, May 5, 2014

"This land symbolizes the rhythm of the people, as it was formed through generations of farmers shaping it with irrigation ...

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Picture of a row of buildings lit up at night in Dubai

Dubai Alight

Photo of the Day, May 4, 2014

Morgan Bap used a long exposure to achieve this picture taken in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and submitted to the ...

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Picture of Wulan Butong Grassland, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China

Wulan Butong Grassland

Photo of the Day, May 3, 2014

"This place seems like an ancient battlefield in the morning," says Van Hanwood of this picture taken in Wulan Butong ...

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Picture of two Atlantic wolffish in their den, Bonne Bay

Wolffish Den

Photo of the Day, May 2, 2014

In this picture originally published in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a pair of Atlantic wolffish—named ...

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Picture of coastal cliffs in Svalbard, Norway

Cliffs of Svalbard

Photo of the Day, May 1, 2014

"The high cliffs of Svalbard drop steeply into the sea," says Stuart Chape, who submitted this picture from Norway's ...

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Picture of a fire show on Kho Phi Phi, Thailand

Rings of Fire

Photo of the Day, April 30, 2014

"[This is] the main attraction on the beaches of Kho Phi Phi, Thailand, at night," says William Kerdoncuff, who submitted ...

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Picture of two women at the Easter I Misteri procession in Trapani, Sicily

Procession of the Mysteries

Photo of the Day, April 29, 2014

Your Shot member Willem Kuijpers captured this shot during the 24-hour I Misteri procession in Trapani, Sicily, during which the ...

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Picture of an island in the middle of Tumuch Lake, British Columbia

Island in the Sky

Photo of the Day, April 28, 2014

"There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in ...

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Picture of a young monk in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Burmese Rays

Photo of the Day, April 27, 2014

"In Old Bagan, Burma [Myanmar], a young monk finds a perfect light source to read his book inside a pagoda ...

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Picture of a skimboarder hitting breaking waves in the Philippines

Skimming the Surface

Photo of the Day, April 26, 2014

"A local gets airborne as he hits the breaking waves with his skimboard at the Barangay Urbiztondo beach in San ...

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Picture of a white pony in Estonia

Happiness Is a Warm Sun

Photo of the Day, April 25, 2014

"It was the first beautiful winter day in over a month, and the sun came out and everybody just stopped ...

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Picture of two women walking over sand dunes in Vietnam

Homeward Bound

Photo of the Day, April 24, 2014

"Two Vietnamese ladies walk home along the popular sand dunes in Mui Ne in Phan Thiet, Vietnam," says Ng Yeow ...

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Picture of the Wave landform at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Rock of Ages

Photo of the Day, April 23, 2014

After a heavy thunderstorm, a small pond grants a mirror reflection of a hiker at the Wave, the most famous ...

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Picture of a crowded tram at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Tunnel Vision

Photo of the Day, April 22, 2014

"In the last ten years, mobile data, smartphones, and social networks have forever changed our existence," writes Brian Yen, who ...

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Picture of a lion’s mane jellyfish in Bonne Bay, St. Lawrence Gulf

Bonne Bay Drift

Photo of the Day, April 21, 2014

A lion’s mane jellyfish drifts in Bonne Bay in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The species can grow to ...

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Picture of Kanchenjunga in the Himalaya

Skyfall

Photo of the Day, April 20, 2014

"I always like to travel in the Himalaya," says Your Shot contributor Jayanta Roy. "This photo is a previsualization; I ...

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Picture of diners on a dinner boat in Paris

Mise-en-Seine

Photo of the Day, April 19, 2014

The Seine is the liquid heart of Paris—a conduit of commerce, a source of inspiration for artists, and a ...

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Picture of cherry and plum blossoms, Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Plum Beautiful

Photo of the Day, April 18, 2014

"There is a culture around the cherry blossoms in spring in Japan, especially strong now," says Hideyuki Katagiri, who submitted ...

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Picture of a baby harp sea in the Madeleine Islands

Ice Baby

Photo of the Day, April 17, 2014

Born on the ice, a harp seal pup peers underwater near Quebec’s Madeleine Islands. The islands are among the ...

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Picture of teenagers at the Fete de la Mare festival in Guinea

Fête de la Mare

Photo of the Day, April 16, 2014

"I was working on a one-year assignment in Diankana, Guinea, a village on a tributary of the Niger River," says ...

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Picture of a man inside a boat and a boy’s reflection on the deck, Istanbul

Two Different Lives

Photo of the Day, April 15, 2014

"I was traveling between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, Turkey, by ferry," says Your Shot contributor Merve Ates ...

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Picture of boats on a river in Serbia

In a Fog

Photo of the Day, April 14, 2014

“I always say that the best things happen unexpectedly and spontaneously,” says Antic Zlatko, a member of our Your Shot ...

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Picture of a farmer in a strawberry field, Turkey

Strawberry Fields

Photo of the Day, April 13, 2014

Inhabitants of Hüyük, Turkey, make their living from strawberry production, says community member Seyit Konyali, whose picture was recently featured ...

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