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Picture of Shiite Muslims mourning during Ashura, Bijar, Iran

Ashura in Bijar

Photo of the Day, December 17, 2014

Shiite Muslims in Bijar, Iran, mourn during the first ten days of the Islamic month of Muharram, the first month ...

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Picture of ballet dancers getting ready for a photo shoot in Walla Walla, Washington

Between Takes

Photo of the Day, December 13, 2014

Dancers get into position before a photo shoot at the Walla Walla Dance Company in Washington State. “I wanted to ...

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Picture of a diver at a pool in Miami, Florida

Sky Dive

Photo of the Day, December 11, 2014

A member of the University of Miami diving team is captured mid-arc against a partly cloudy South Florida sky. Your ...

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Picture of youths exploring Roman ruins at Samaria-Sebaste, a West Bank archaeological site

Layered Land

Photo of the Day, December 9, 2014

Youths explore Roman ruins at Samaria-Sebaste, a West Bank archaeological site divided between Israeli and Palestinian control. A forum and ...

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Picture of a woman collecting wild water lilies in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Floating Season

Photo of the Day, December 6, 2014

“During the floating season on the Mekong Delta, wild water lilies grow in the rice fields now covered by water ...

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Picture of Sherpa children in Kathmandu, Nepal

More Than Everest

Photo of the Day, November 24, 2014

For the Sherpas of Nepal, the years spent working on Mount Everest are fraught with danger. Some Sherpa families in ...

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Picture of bagualeros searching for cattle on Antonio Varas Peninsula, Patagonia, Chile

The Bagualero Way

Photo of the Day, November 20, 2014

In the wilds of Patagonia, cowboys called bagualeros pit themselves against the meanest livestock on the planet. Here, bagueleros pause ...

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Picture of a woman holding fish during a Bengali wedding ceremony, India

Funny Face

Photo of the Day, November 16, 2014

“The gaye holud is a traditional Bengali wedding ceremony in which the bride and groom are presented with fish dressed ...

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Picture of a boy jumping off of a Red Sea pier, Aqaba, Jordan

Sea Challenge

Photo of the Day, November 7, 2014

Walking on the beach in Aqaba, Jordan, at sunset, Your Shot member Ulrich Lambert saw teenagers jumping from a pier ...

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Picture of musicians in a field, Renazzo, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Guaranteed to Raise a Smile

Photo of the Day, November 1, 2014

Musicians relax after a daylong photo shoot near the town of Renazzo in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. “My intention was to capture ...

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Picture of kids playing soccer on a beach during sunset, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Golden Goal

Photo of the Day, October 10, 2014

“I was sitting in a small bar watching the kids playing soccer in the sunset,” writes Your Shot member Florian ...

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Picture of a boy on a store-lined street in Rishikesh, India

A Window on Wonder

Photo of the Day, October 3, 2014

Pilgrims and tourists from all over the world come to the holy city of Rishikesh, India, to visit the Ganges ...

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Aerial picture of sunbathers on a beach in Parnu, Estonia

Summer Pattern

Photo of the Day, October 1, 2014

Sunbathers make a haphazard pattern on the sand at Pärnu, the so-called summer capital of Estonia. Your Shot member Sven ...

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Picture of a boy on horseback in Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

Svan Rider

Photo of the Day, September 29, 2014

Centuries-old defensive towers loom over remote villages in the Svaneti region of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Svans in the collection ...

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Picture of a group of fishermen collecting their nets near Da Nang, Vietnam

Net Collection

Photo of the Day, September 25, 2014

Fishing nets are collected on a beach near Da Nang, Vietnam. Located on the central Vietnamese coast, the city of ...

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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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