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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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Picture of a man on his way to sell do, a bamboo item used to catch fish in Vietnam

The 'Do' Seller

Photo of the Day, February 12, 2015

After the harvest, farmers in the village of Tat Vien in Vietnam’s Hung Yen Province spend their spare time ...

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Picture of a gondola on the Grand Canal at sunset, Venice, Italy

Sunset on the Grand Canal

Photo of the Day, February 9, 2015

A gondola floats through the waters of Venice’s famed Grand Canal at sunset. Venice's gondolas are painted black ...

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Picture of housing developments on the edge of swampland in west Palm Beach County, Florida

Home on the Water

Photo of the Day, February 6, 2015

Some 2,100 miles of canals built over the past century to drain the Florida Everglades empty into the Atlantic ...

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Picture of boys dressed as bears for a Romanian Christmas caroling tradition

Ursa Minors

Photo of the Day, February 3, 2015

In Bucharest for the holidays, boys from Romania’s Moldova region participate in a tradition called ursul, dressing as bears ...

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Picture of people propelled into the air using high-pressure jets in Biscayne Bay, near downtown Miami

Jet Set

Photo of the Day, January 31, 2015

Though many coastal places around the world are at risk from rising sea levels due to climate change, Florida is ...

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Picture of people shooting off fireworks at the Gion Matsuri festival in Toyohashi City, Japan

Fire Flies

Photo of the Day, January 29, 2015

“These homemade and handheld ‘pistol fireworks’ are used at the Gion Matsuri festival at the Yoshida Shrine in Toyohashi City ...

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Picture of two girls diving under a wave while surfing in Makaha on Oahu, Hawaii

Spiritual Revival

Photo of the Day, January 27, 2015

Best friends Ha‘a Keaulana, at right, and Maili Makana dive under a wave on their way to a surfing ...

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Picture of people at a temple in Kolkata, India, during a ritual showering of grain called Annakut

Annakut in Kolkata

Photo of the Day, January 25, 2015

Devotees catch rice during Annakut (“heap of grain”) celebrations at a temple in Kolkata, India. “I was keen to capture ...

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Picture of a celebratory dance in front of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, Mexico

Crossing Cultures

Photo of the Day, January 23, 2015

“Plain luck” put Your Shot member Alex Visbal in the main plaza of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, during a ...

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Picture of three surfers preparing to head into the surf at Makaha in Oahu, Hawaii

Surfing Makaha

Photo of the Day, January 19, 2015

Located on the west coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Makaha has a reputation as a tightly cloistered community ...

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Picture of calf and team ropers at a rodeo in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

In the Loop

Photo of the Day, January 16, 2015

Calf and team ropers chat before competing in the Lone Star Rodeo in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in this picture by Your ...

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Picture of a shepherd trekking through the snow in northern Iran

A Day’s Work

Photo of the Day, January 11, 2015

A shepherd carries heavy luggage on a snowy mountain in northern Iran. According to Your Shot member Hemad Nazari, shepherds ...

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Picture of street vendors at a busy market in Lagos Island, Nigeria

Local Color

Photo of the Day, January 8, 2015

Vendors hawk goods at one of many markets on Lagos Island, demonstrating the entrepreneurial fervor that has made Nigeria’s ...

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Picture of a group of women walking across the Hunza riverbed after gathering wood in Pakistan

Gathered Greens

Photo of the Day, January 4, 2015

A group of Wakhi women return from a daily excursion across Pakistan’s Hunza riverbed to gather fodder and wood ...

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Picture of a woman wearing an oversize hat on a street in Cuenca, Ecuador

Unsolved Mystery

Photo of the Day, December 30, 2014

While strolling in a historic neighborhood in Cuenca, Ecuador, Your Shot member Fikry Botros noticed this outsize accessory lying near ...

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