Photograph by Thomas Peschak, National Geographic
Few divers ever explore the reefs around the Île Europa atoll, which lies in a stretch of the Mozambique Channel known for its massive eddies, productive nutrient upwellings, meandering currents—and spectacular surf.
Photograph by Gina Waga, National Geographic Your Shot
“I captured this moment of my daughter’s reckless abandon in a suburban playground in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia,” says Gina Waga, a member of National Geographic Your Shot whose picture was recently featured in theDaily Dozen. “I chose an evening during a specific time of year, when the sunset would be enhanced by the smoke from the local canefires, creating the stunning, merging colors.”
Waga says a lower-angle composition captured her daughter’s silhouette perfectly. “It was then up to timing: teaching her how to position herself, pushing her on the swing, then getting back to the perfect spot in the overgrown grass to capture a moment of simplicity and beauty in a child’s life.”
Photograph by Dharshana Jagoda, National Geographic Your Shot
“I was traveling in South America last year, and one of the last places I visited was Uyuni in Bolivia, which is famous for its salt flats,” says Your Shot member Dharshana Jagoda. “There was a stop at Laguna Colorada on our tour, which made up for the disappointment of being at the salt flats months ahead of the rainy season (too early to see the reflections produced by rain on the flats). I first saw the lake from quite a distance and didn’t see the flamingos, only the contrast of the red water against the crystallized minerals. This photo was taken on my way back from the base of the lake.”
Jagoda’s picture recently appeared in the Your Shot Daily Dozen.
Photograph by Martin Koitmae, National Geographic Your Shot
“It was the most amazing night of my life so far,” says Your Shot member Martin Koitmae of capturing this noctilucent cloud over Estonia’s Kuresoo bog, calling the silence of the moment “the loudest sound I’ve ever heard.”
Koitmae had never been to a bog before visiting this one in the country’s Soomaa National Park. “It was an absolutely magical experience to see noctilucent clouds glowing and reflected by perfectly still bog pools and accompanied by complete silence.”
Koitmae’s picture was recently included in a National Geographic Daily News gallery featuring these “night shining” clouds, which grace high-latitude sunsets around the globe.
Photograph by Martin Gallie, National Geographic Your Shot
“I attended my friend’s prom ball to take some pictures and celebrate his successful studies, and these wonderful dancers were performing,” says Martin Gallie, a member of National Geographic Your Shot who captured this picture at the Lucerna Music Bar in Prague. “I loved the passion of the dance along with the gracefulness of the movement. I didn’t use flash, and it was a fast dance, so I had to wait until [the pause] at this moment.”
Photograph by Volodymyr Zinchenko, National Geographic Your Shot
“This photo was taken in the Carpathian Mountains near Kolochava village in Ukraine’s Zakarpatska region,” writes Your Shot member Volodymyr Zinchenko. “It was the middle of October, when after weeks of dry weather, it started raining. There was almost constant rain from the village to the point where this picture was taken—my camera was the only dry thing.” Zinchenko says the warm mountains caused the moisture to evaporate. “That and the autumn colors made the picture.”
Photograph by Henrik Nilsson, National Geographic Your Shot
A great gray owl sweeps its wing in Yellowstone National Park in this picture from Your Shot member Henrik Nilsson. “The owl was being harassed by a raven,” Nilsson says. “If you look closely, you can see part of the nictitating membrane in the owl’s left eye.”
Nilsson, who visits Yellowstone at least once a year, had been driving one morning toward the Lamar Valley to look for wolves when he came across the owl in a small meadow. “It was sitting on top of one of the conifers—presumably looking for breakfast. At one point, it relocated to an old, dead tree, and moments later, a raven joined it and commenced with quite the show. I suspect it had a nest nearby and was attempting to distract the owl away.”
Nilsson’s picture was recently featured in the Your Shot Daily Dozen.