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Photo of the Day : People & Culture

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Picture of men holding candles as they stand outside of a tenth-century church to bless a bull before its sacrifice, Mestia, Svanetia, Georgia

Blessed Beast

Photo of the Day, September 23, 2014

Traditions endure in the Svaneti region, high in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Here, a bull with candles on its horns ...

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Picture of a girl jumping from one hay bale to another in the Masurian Lake District, Poland

Hay Kids

Photo of the Day, September 22, 2014

A road trip to Poland’s Masurian Lake District included this moment of summertime joy for the traveling family of ...

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Picture of an aerial view of Sun City, Arizona

Hazy Arizona

Photo of the Day, September 20, 2014

The American West faces persistent drought, whether or not relief comes this winter. The population of the Phoenix area (Sun ...

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Picture of a couple making a wish as they release a lantern into the sky, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wishful Thinking

Photo of the Day, September 19, 2014

“The sky transformed itself into a splendid and surreal sea of lanterns carrying all kinds of wishes,” writes Your Shot ...

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Picture of people throwing paper prayers before a horse-racing festival near Maniganggo, Sichuan Province, China

Blowing in the Wind

Photo of the Day, September 17, 2014

Paper prayers flutter on the wind near the village of Maniganggo in China’s Sichuan Province. Your Shot member Marc ...

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Picture of people walking on the Westminster Bridge on a foggy morning near the Houses of Parliament, London

Spirits of Westminster

Photo of the Day, September 15, 2014

“I remember that cold, foggy February morning—it was 7 a.m. when I arrived at London's Westminster Bridge ...

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Picture of a Kyrgyz girl milking her family’s yak in the Pamir Mountains, northern Afghanistan

Key to Survival

Photo of the Day, September 12, 2014

The Kyrgyz of the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan live at a high altitude where no crops grow. Survival depends ...

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Picture of man working in the salt ponds of Salinas de Maras, Peru

Savoring Chance

Photo of the Day, September 11, 2014

Terraced salt pans dip into the Sacred Valley north of Cusco, Peru. Your Shot member Cedric Favero wanted to give ...

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Picture of U.S. Army soldiers aboard a C-17 transport aircraft

Soldiering Through

Photo of the Day, September 7, 2014

Soldiers of the U.S. Army’s Fourth Stryker Brigade Combat Team return to their home duty station at Joint ...

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Picture of the Colosseum at night in Rome, Italy

Under the Hill

Photo of the Day, August 29, 2014

The successors of Roman Emperor Nero largely buried his legacy from view. Beneath the Oppian Hill (at left) the remains ...

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Picture of Isortoq, a small, snowy village in east Greenland

On the Rocks

Photo of the Day, August 28, 2014

Greenland's Inuit survived for generations eating almost nothing but meat in a landscape too harsh for most plants. Today ...

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Picture of a woman performing a hula-hoop dance at a circus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hoop Dreams

Photo of the Day, August 27, 2014

A performer with Switzerland’s Swiss Dream Circus nimbly twirls hula hoops around her arms and legs. “In Malaysia, it ...

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Picture of people participating in a Correfoc performance in Sant Quinti de Mediona, Spain

A Devilish Display

Photo of the Day, August 25, 2014

Firecrackers douse raucous revelers in a steady stream of sparks during a celebration of Correfoc, or “fire runs,” in Sant ...

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Picture of a man working in the salt fields in Dien Chau, Vietnam

Worth His Salt

Photo of the Day, August 22, 2014

A salt worker labors at a salt field in the Dien Chau district of Vietnam's Nghe An Province. The ...

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Picture of a girl rowing a boat in Malaysia

The Sea Life

Photo of the Day, August 19, 2014

The Bajau of Malaysia fish and dive for almost everything they eat. Some live in houses on the beach or ...

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Picture of research interns standing on top of a house on the coast of Eastern Egg Rock, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Birds' Egg

Photo of the Day, August 16, 2014

"Seven-acre Eastern Egg Rock is an Audubon research island off Boothbay Harbor, Maine, that's home to the world's ...

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Picture of a woman making conical hats out of palm leaves in Duc Hoa, Vietnam

Hats Off

Photo of the Day, August 15, 2014

"I was drawn to an older woman who was working very hard on crafting these hats," writes Your Shot member ...

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Picture of a man, woman, and dog walking along the coast of Deal on the North Sea side of the English Coast, Kent

The Weather at the Sea

Photo of the Day, August 11, 2014

It's bracing weather for a walk on a November afternoon in the town of Deal on England's North ...

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Picture of a stone Buddha embedded in the trunk of a tree in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Spiritual Roots

Photo of the Day, August 8, 2014

On a tour of Wat Mahathat, a temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Your Shot member Julian Bound spotted a large stone ...

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Picture of a dive instructor leaping from a bridge into the Neretva River, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Free Fall

Photo of the Day, August 5, 2014

In the Bosnia and Herzegovina town of Mostar, a local dive club instructor jumps from the Stari Most, or Old ...

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Picture of a woman walking with a red umbrella at a train station in Italy

Lady in Red

Photo of the Day, August 4, 2014

The Santiago Calatrava-designed AV Mediopadana train station in Reggio Emilia, Italy, is "an architectural masterpiece," writes Your Shot member Davide ...

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Picture of children waving flags during Victory Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Celebration

Photo of the Day, July 30, 2014

Local children wave flags to celebrate Victory Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as a plane passes overhead. Victory Day, which occurs ...

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Picture of the Stones of Stenness, an ancient stone circle in Britain

Standing Guard

Photo of the Day, July 28, 2014

The Stones of Stenness may be Britain’s most ancient stone circle. Erected during the Stone Age on the Orkney ...

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Picture of a surfer seen from above at Palm Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Surf and Turf

Photo of the Day, July 25, 2014

A surfer rides a wave as it crashes onto the shore at Palm Beach in New South Wales, Australia, giving ...

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Picture of a group of dancers resting before a performance, Manila, Philippines

Sweet Dreams

Photo of the Day, July 22, 2014

Dancers catch a few winks on the pavement before a performance at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. “Since ...

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Picture of a night cityscape in Hong Kong

Magic Eye

Photo of the Day, July 20, 2014

Hong Kong’s breathtaking skyline takes on a dizzying effect in the darkness. “It is a forest made by the ...

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Picture of performers taking part in the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea

En Masse

Photo of the Day, July 18, 2014

Thousands of performers dance in unity at the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea. In the background, schoolchildren hold ...

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Picture of Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia

Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia

Photo of the Day, July 10, 2014

A pre-Islamic people, Nabataeans carved palatial tombs at Madain Salih. In 2008, UNESCO named Madain Salih a World Heritage site ...

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Picture of a home filled with sand near the abandoned Kolmanskop diamond mine in Namibia

Sands of Time

Photo of the Day, July 7, 2014

Sand dunes spill through the doorway of a reclaimed home in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. Kolmanskop, formerly home ...

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Picture of a boat in a Venetian canal

A Watery Underworld

Photo of the Day, July 3, 2014

A wooden boat floats down a canal in Venice. The Italian city is one of the most visited destinations in ...

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Picture of people walking through the mist under a tree, China

Autumn Fairy Tale

Photo of the Day, July 2, 2014

A timeless trio goes on its way in Xiapu, a county in eastern China. "I like the mood and the ...

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Light at the Museum

Photo of the Day, June 27, 2014

"When I shoot street photography, I'm always looking for interesting light, juxtapositions, and emotions that will make a good ...

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Picture of a young girl tending goats near Shiikh, Somaliland

A Fragile Livelihood

Photo of the Day, June 25, 2014

In this picture from the July 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a girl tends goats in the mountains near ...

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Picture of Yangshuo, China, at night

Urban Formations

Photo of the Day, June 20, 2014

Yangshuo, China, was a sleepy village two decades ago, when foreign climbers and cavers began frequenting nearby formations. Today domestic ...

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Picture of a landscape mural at a Tibetan Buddhist college in Sichuan Province, Ganzi, China

Western Wall

Photo of the Day, June 18, 2014

A mural decorates a wall near a Tibetan Buddhist college in China's Sichuan Province.

This photo and caption were ...

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Picture of a horse tied to a stall while Iranian youth watch a festival in East Azerbaijan Province, Iran

Up on the Scaffold

Photo of the Day, June 15, 2014

"A horse is tied in a makeshift stall while Iranian youth gather on the scaffolding to watch the competition during ...

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