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Tail Up | Photograph by Leigh Ayres (@leighayres69)
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Just the tail feathers of a long-tailed duck are visible as it dives for food on a gray autumn morning in Toronto. While they can usually find enough to eat near the surface of the water, they are capable of diving as deep as 200 feet.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

Green Harvest | Photograph by Dong Giang
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In a swamp outside of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a farmer swims while planting duckweed on the water. The plant will later be turned into pig feed.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

Above the Clouds | Photograph by Shanof K. (@shanofmohammed)
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In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was almost completely covered in fog, which is exactly what #YourShotPhotographer Shanof K. was hoping for. "I had to wait for a complete year waiting for the perfect day to take this shot," he says. "Seeing this view was more than magical."

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

Watch and Wait | Photograph by Gabriel Serban (@serbanngabriel)
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A tokay gecko waits for nightfall in Ubud, Indonesia. Its name is an onomatopoeia, mimicking the croak the nocturnal gecko makes while in pursuit of a mate.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

Fire Run | Photograph by M. Barrio (@mbarriov)
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A person dressed as a demon shoots off fireworks during a correfoc in Catalonia, Spain. A correfoc, meaning "fire-run," is a traditional party in which participants dress as evil mythical creatures and delight in wild pyrotechnic displays.

Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

Mr. Cuttlefish | Photograph by Skye Migan (@skyemigan)
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“I had been searching for a cuttlefish all season. I’d never actually seen one but had heard they were around,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Skye Migan. “Then on one of the coldest days in winter, when there wasn’t a soul in the water, he appeared out of nowhere. I just love the way they move… like little underwater UFOs.”

“Awesome Skye. I love your description: ‘like little underwater UFOs.’ I love the story behind this photo, I feel your excitement, your happiness that you got to witness the cuttlefish. I love how this animal is floating through the water, I bet this was awesome to experience. I am glad you had the chance, and made the picture to always remember this moment. Well done. Thank you for sharing.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)

Highlander | Photograph by Andro Loria (@andro_loria)
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“For a moment, this hiker provided just the right silhouette for the scenery he was admiring. And the scenery was epic…,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Andro Loria. “I [have been] trying to get to this area for a few years but was not lucky with weather. Finally, last summer I was lucky to see it and it was then when I finally felt that Iceland got a very special place in my heart. I am coming back this year, and again…”

“Iceland is otherworldly and seems to be able to engage people from around the world. Its pull is the diverse natural landscapes in such a small space, such a special destination. The hot spring valley of Hveradalier creates a spectrum of color that is truly fascinating. It would be so fun to be in the subject’s shoes, I do hope you took a hike to experience the landscape yourself. I really like how the puffs of steam surround the hiker, making him part of this special landscape.” — @natgeotravel Director of Photographer Anne Farrar

Top Shot: Castle Island | Photograph by Max Malloy (@ihaveadarksoul)
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#YourShotPhotographer Max Malloy photographed Castle Island on Lough Key in County Roscommon, Connacht, Ireland during sunrise in late April 2018. He writes, “We first heard of a castle island when the Annals of Loch Cé reported that it was burned down in 1187 by lightning.” This photo was selected for May 17, 2018 Daily Dozen.

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

National Geographic Traveler magazine June/July 2018 Cover Story
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Last month Your Shot published our “Trip that Changed My Life” story which featured 15 finalist images that could be selected for the cover of June/July 2018 issue of @natgeotravel magazine. Editor in Chief George Stone (@georgewstone), Director of Photographer Anne Farrar, and Associate Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath (@jeffheimsath) reviewed nearly 20,000 submissions to select the final 15. #YourShotPhotographer Takashi Nakazawa’s image of Mount Fuji with cherry blossoms was chosen as the cover image (see our previous post). The following four Your Shot photographers were published on the inside of National Geographic Traveler magazine in a story about the cover:
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Roberto Oggiano (@robertsardinia)
Fabrice Guerin (@fabriceguerin)
Hoai Nguyen
Dnyaneshwar Vaidya (@as_dnyaneshwarvaidya)
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National Geographic Traveler magazine June/July 2018 cover | Photograph by Takashi Nakazawa (@takashi_artfuji)
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Last month Your Shot published our “Trip that Changed My Life” story which featured 15 finalist images that could be selected for the cover of June/July 2018 issue of @natgeotravel magazine. Editor in Chief George Stone (@georgewstone), Director of Photographer Anne Farrar, and Associate Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath (@jeffheimsath) reviewed nearly 20,000 submissions to select the final 15. We are happy to announce that #YourShotPhotographer Takashi Nakazawa’s image of Mount Fuji with cherry blossoms has been chosen as the cover image.

“I wanted people around the world to know the splendor of Japan through my photos of Mount Fuji, so I have posted them to Nat Geo Your Shot,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Takashi Nakazawa. “It’s a great honor to have my Mount Fuji photo on the cover of Traveler magazine, and I’m extremely happy. I would like more and more people to visit Japan and see [our] wonderful sights. This goes to show that anyone has a chance to be published in the magazines of National Geographic if you join the Your Shot photo community and post excellent photos.”
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Go to the link in our profile to join Your Shot, and for your chance to be published in @natgeo magazine.

Top Shot: Let the Good Times Roll | Photograph by Dinesh Parthasarathy (@dinesh.parthasarathy)
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#YourShotPhotographer Dinesh Parthasarathy captured this imaged during a roller blading race in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) writes, “Fantastic Dinesh. I agree with Your Shot photographer Nicholas Paoni who commented, "Nice job of panning on these speed skaters to get the one in crisp focus, while the others blur out nicely along with the background to provide the sense of speed.” This photo was selected for May 16, 2018 Daily Dozen.

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.

#PlanetOrPlastic | Photograph by David Higgins
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#YourShotPhotographer David Higgins photographed a young macaque monkey playing with an empty plastic water bottle dumped by one of the many visitors to Lions Point near Lonavala, India. Around the world, nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute.

Plastic has become a global issue that is polluting our planet, endangering our wildlife and threatening the health of our environment. Today @natgeo launched Planet or Plastics? (#PlanetOrPlastics), a multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic trash crisis. Check out our Instagram Story to learn 10 Shocking Facts about Plastics.

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