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Picture of children looking at their reflection in a puddle

Friendly Reflection

Photo of the Day, May 23, 2015

“It had been raining all day in Luanda, Angola, where we live,” writes Pablo Ponti, a member of our Your ...

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Picture of girl standing near Baobab trees, Madagascar

Mother of the Forest

Photo of the Day, May 22, 2015

“These baobab trees on Madagascar are up to 800 years old,” writes Your Shot member Marsel van Oosten. Locally known ...

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Picture of a Newari living goddess putting on makeup, Nepal

Goddess Dressing

Photo of the Day, May 21, 2015

In Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, young Newari girls called kumaris are worshipped as living goddesses. Like other kumaris, Dangol, pictured ...

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Picture of vendors at the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea

Market Talk

Photo of the Day, May 20, 2015

While at the Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul, South Korea, Your Shot member Brian Hammonds was drawn to the contrast ...

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Picture of a religious man with pins piercing his face in Bengal, India

Piercing Faith

Photo of the Day, May 16, 2015

A believer pierces his face during the Hindu festival of Charak Puja in West Bengal, India. “The rituals of Charak ...

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Picture of a boy looking over a balcony into a courtyard, Kolkata, India

Tale out of School

Photo of the Day, May 14, 2015

Your Shot member Siddhartha Banerjee captured this picture during recess at a secondary school in Kolkata, India. “They had their ...

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Picture of men performing a ceremony at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand

Temple Dance

Photo of the Day, May 3, 2015

A ceremony takes place in the courtyard of the Put Jaw Chinese Temple during the annual Vegetarian Festival in Phuket ...

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Picture of men sitting by a fire on the beach, United Arab Emirates

Fireside Chat

Photo of the Day, April 30, 2015

While shooting at the seaside in the United Arab Emirates, Your Shot member Muhammad Babar Swaleheen was about to pack ...

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Picture of traffic on a busy city road in Bangkok, Thailand, at night

Going Electric

Photo of the Day, April 29, 2015

Dams are rising all along the Mekong River to bring the people of Southeast Asia clean electricity. In Thailand the ...

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Picture of a man creating fire trails using burning wool on a starry night, Salcombe, England

Sparks Fly

Photo of the Day, April 28, 2015

Your Shot member Steve Bradburn used wire wool and a long exposure to create this fiery effect in Salcombe, England ...

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Picture of a man rowing a boat on the Yamuna River, Mathura, India

Boatman of Mathura

Photo of the Day, April 27, 2015

While taking pictures of Hindu holy men in the Indian city of Mathura—birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna—Your ...

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Picture of numerous red lanterns hung for the Spring Festival in China

A Stretch of Luck

Photo of the Day, April 26, 2015

Red lanterns create a decorative canopy during the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, a significant holiday during which millions ...

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Picture of a young girl having her face painted for the Angalamman festival, Tamil Nadu, India

The Fiercest Form

Photo of the Day, April 25, 2015

A young girl’s face is painted for a festival honoring the guardian deity Angalamman, “the fiercest form,” evoked in ...

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Picture of children in Bow Barracks, Kolkata, India, on Christmas Eve

Christmas in Kolkata

Photo of the Day, April 24, 2015

Families celebrate under a corridor of twinkle lights on Christmas Eve in Kolkata’s Bow Barracks. “This auspicious occasion is ...

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Picture of a street performer reflected in a window with an image of Ray Charles, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

The Brightest Smile in Town

Photo of the Day, April 21, 2015

A street performer and a picture of Ray Charles meet in a window in the small town of Nova Gorica ...

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Picture of a sadhu with his face painted, Kathmandu, Nepal

A Life Apart

Photo of the Day, April 19, 2015

“The Sanskrit term sadhu (‘good man’) refers to renouncers who have chosen to live a life apart from or on ...

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Picture of a bicycle with lavender in the basket, Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy

Lavender Avenue

Photo of the Day, April 18, 2015

While traveling in Tuscany last summer, Your Shot member Jeff Berkes wanted to experience the culture and vibe of each ...

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Picture of pilgrims on a trail across the Meseta, central Spain

Pilgrims’ Progress

Photo of the Day, April 16, 2015

On the route known as the Camino Frances, pilgrims dot a trail across the Meseta, the plateau of central Spain ...

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Picture of young girls selling floating candles in Hoi An, Vietnam

Lighting the Night

Photo of the Day, April 14, 2015

“We arrived in Hoi An right after Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Vietnamese coast,” writes Your Shot member Fabio Manca ...

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Picture of two women walking up stairs in Marseille, France

Windswept

Photo of the Day, April 13, 2015

A strong, dry wind—called a mistral in southern France—blows through the city of Marseilles, with hair-raising results. Photographer ...

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Picture of two people dancing, Sir Frances Drake Hotel, San Francisco

Come Dancing

Photo of the Day, April 11, 2015

The light and shimmer of the Starlight Room at San Francisco’s Sir Frances Drake Hotel absorbs a couple moved ...

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Picture of a girl swimming underwater

Pool of Light

Photo of the Day, April 8, 2015

In the summer months in Virginia, writes Your Shot member Kelsey Gerhard, “my daughters practically live in the water.” And ...

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Picture of devotees at Rakher Upobash, a Hindu festival, in Bangladesh

Holding Fast

Photo of the Day, April 3, 2015

Light and smoke commingle to cast a misty glow over devotees during Rakher Upobash, a Hindu fasting festival, in Bangladesh ...

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Picture of construction at the Longmen Grottoes, Henan Province, China

Spiritual Niche

Photo of the Day, March 31, 2015

Construction vehicles work the ground at the Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang in Henan Province, China. Situated along both banks of ...

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Picture of Cincinnati Fire Department recruits during a training drill

Top of the Ladder

Photo of the Day, March 28, 2015

Cincinnati Fire Department recruits participate in a morning drill. The assignment? Climb to the top of a hundred-foot aerial ladder ...

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Picture of policemen training in Kanker, Chhattisgarh, India

Grueling Coursework

Photo of the Day, March 26, 2015

Policemen in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh are put through a grueling commando course at the Counter Terrorism and Jungle ...

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Picture of amateur opera singers getting ready for a performance in China

Character Development

Photo of the Day, March 24, 2015

Amateur opera singers transform themselves into their characters before a performance in China. “They all have day jobs and are ...

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Picture of Nasca geoglyphs and the Pan American Highway, Peru

Lines in the Sand

Photo of the Day, March 23, 2015

The Pan American Highway cuts a modern path past some of Peru’s ancient Nasca lines, here captured from a ...

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Picture of a Suri woman dressed in a feathered costume representing a sacred bird, Jujuy Province, Argentina

Sacred Feathers

Photo of the Day, March 22, 2015

In Argentina’s Jujuy Province, the Suris, also known as Samilantes, are a cultural group within the Quechua community. This ...

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Picture of a self-portrait silhouette on a rock in Reata Pass, Arizona

Southwestern Sungraph

Photo of the Day, March 16, 2015

Your Shot member Andrei Stoica used the sun and an Arizona landscape to create this self-portrait for a recent community ...

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Picture of girls and young women, La Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre, Teotitlan del Valle, Mexico

Parade Rest

Photo of the Day, March 11, 2015

In Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, a group of unmarried young women and girls gather in front of Preciosa Sangre de ...

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Picture of strobe rockets lighting up the sky in Mason City, Iowa

Rocket Land

Photo of the Day, March 9, 2015

Strobe rockets light up the night sky in Mason City, Iowa. Mason City is home to the Iowa Thunderstorm, the ...

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Picture of Hellenic cadets touring the Parthenon

Hellenic Cadets

Photo of the Day, March 7, 2015

Cadets from the Hellenic Military Academy tour the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Degraded by pollution, the ancient temple to the ...

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Picture of Danny MacAskill riding along the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Pinnacle

Photo of the Day, February 27, 2015

“We were near the summit of Sgurr Dearg, [also called] the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a famous feature of the Cuillin Ridge ...

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Picture of people walking in and around Germany’s 1894 parliament building, the Reichstag

Berlin’s Reichstag

Photo of the Day, February 25, 2015

Berlin, the imposing power city at the heart of Europe’s 20th-century tragedy, is learning to live with its troubled ...

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Picture of locals in Myanmar walking down a path alongside cattle in the early morning

Burmese Day

Photo of the Day, February 24, 2015

While walking the mountain villages between Kalaw and Inle Lake in Myanmar (Burma), Your Shot member Alexandros Tsoutis woke early ...

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