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Faith | Photograph by Chandrabhanu Bijali . “A couple prays at the early dawn,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Chandrabhanu Bijali, “with offerings for peace to the soul of family members.” This photo was submitted to our “Rites of Passage” assignment, guest edited by Jenn Poggi ( @jennpoggi ), assistant professor at @rit photo. To participate, go to the link in our profile (www.natgeoyourshot.com ). — “Wow! I love that you are shooting what is going on in the darkness. Beautiful image, great balance of light and dark.” — @natgeo photographer Stephen Alvarez ( @salvarezphoto )

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Climber’s Hands | Photograph by Sam Tippetts ( @samtippetts ) . “There are a lot of ‘firsts’ in climbing,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Sam Tippetts. “First time climbing outside. First time taking a lead fall. First time climbing until your hands bleed.” This photo was submitted to our “Rites of Passage” assignment, guest edited by Jenn Poggi ( @jennpoggi ), assistant professor at @rit photo. To participate, go to the link in our profile (www.natgeoyourshot.com ). — “Wow, what an awesome portrait of this person's commitment to the sport. The sense of detail is awesome here...” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas ( @kemcnicholas )

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Baptism | Photograph by Delio H. Aparicio ( @delioaparicio ) . “A priest has come to visit Tumaco, Narino, Colombia for a couple of days,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Delio H. Aparicio. “Families have taken the opportunity to ask for a blessing for their fishing nets, canoes, and to baptize their children.” This photo was submitted to our “Rites of Passage” assignment, guest edited by Jenn Poggi ( @jennpoggi ), assistant professor at @rit photo. To participate, go to the link in our profile (www.natgeoyourshot.com ). — “What a beautiful moment you have captured here Delio and such a great narrative to go with it. The lighting is just enough to let us in to this special occasion, illuminating the baby with expectant eyes. May she be truly blessed." — #YourShotPhotographer Sue Lockhart

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Top Shot: Lesser but Mighty | Photograph by Tapan Sheth ( @tapansheth ) . #YourShotPhotographer Tapan Sheth made this striking portrait of a lesser flamingo. Lesser flamingos are the smallest flamingo of the six different flamingo species. This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 22, 2019. — 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.

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Bear Lake Sunrise | Photograph by Molly McCormick . "I arrived at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park around 5am and walked over to one of my favorite little spots," writes #YourShotPhotographer Molly McCormick. "This is my favorite time in the park, before the crowds come, and things get a little nutty. At this time, all you can hear is the sounds of nature. It's pretty magical." This photo was selected for the July 19, 2019 edition of our Photos of the Week series. — “What a gorgeous landscape, Molly! Your commitment to see this scene before the crowds show up and give yourself some alone time completely paid off to witness this scene. I love how you used the reflection to really immerse us. Great work. I hope I can visit this myself, someday!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas ( @kemcnicholas )

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The Last Remaining Northern White Rhinos | Photograph by Justin Mott ( @askmott ) . "Peter Esegon, 47, one of the primary rhino caretakers relaxes with Najin and Fatu as the sun sets at Ol Pejeta conservancy in Central Kenya," writes #YourShotPhotographer Justin Mott. "This is part of a long-term personal project titled Kindred Guardians documenting people around the world who dedicate their lives to helping animals in need." This photo was selected for the July 19, 2019 edition of our Photos of the Week series. — “What a jaw-dropping portrait, Justin. The way Peter looks the rhino is full of love and speaks to his commitment to these magnificent creatures. Your clean composition with a sense of place gives us a sense of Peter's surroundings while protecting and loving the rhinos. I love it, well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas ( @kemcnicholas )

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Little Boxes | Photograph by Aya Okawa ( @labyrinthiansmile ) . #YourShotPhotographer Aya Okawa made this aerial photograph of a neighborhood in the Netherlands. This photo was selected for the July 19, 2019 edition of our Photos of the Week series. — “This golden-hour aerial scene is gorgwous, Aya! I love how the shadows cast around the architecture in the scene. It looks like a toy village. Thanks for sharing!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas ( @kemcnicholas )

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Top Shot: Waterfall | Photograph by Prikshit Dalal ( @haryanvi boi ) . #YourShotPhotographer Prikshit Dalal made this picture at Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai, India of this individual “pouring boiling water in a container as the light rays passed through the temporary roof.” This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 19, 2019. — 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.

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The Art of Making Pasta | Photograph by Joel Blue Pellicano ( @31_joel ) . Food connects us to our ancestors and the places we come from. In this image of his grandmother, #YourShotPhotographer Joel Blue Pellicano describes the art of making pasta as “the tradition of my land: Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy.” — Inspired by the new @natgeochannel series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted—premiering Sunday, July 21, at 10/9c— @natgeoyourshot is inviting you to take us on a culinary expedition by sharing your best photos and stories at www.natgeoyourshot.com. As National Geographic’s global photo community, together we will illustrate @gordongram ’s belief that food is the gateway to culture around the world

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Mongolian Barbecue | Photo by P. Warner . “Mongolian barbecue: lamb alternated with heated river rocks placed into the center tin. Followed by garlic, spices, potatoes, and carrots,” writes #YourShotPhotographer P. Warner. “Once cooked, be careful. Although river rocks are removed, small pieces of stones may remain and add an unpleasant crunch while eating.” — Inspired by the new @natgeochannel series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted—premiering Sunday, July 21, at 10/9c— @natgeoyourshot is inviting you to take us on a culinary expedition by sharing your best photos and stories at www.natgeoyourshot.com. As National Geographic’s global photo community, together we will illustrate @gordongram ’s belief that food is the gateway to culture around the world

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Sugar Man | Photograph by Haitham Al Farsi ( @farsihaitham ) . #YourShotPhotographer Haitham Al Farsi photographed a young Omani man preparing red sugar, which is boiled until the water evaporates, leaving behind sugar at the bottom of this huge bowl that he is working on. — Inspired by the new @natgeochannel series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted—premiering Sunday, July 21, at 10/9c— @natgeoyourshot is inviting you to take us on a culinary expedition by sharing your best photos and stories at www.natgeoyourshot.com. As National Geographic’s global photo community, together we will illustrate @gordongram ’s belief that food is the gateway to culture around the world.

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Earth Oven | Photograph by Teh Han Lin ( @tehhanlin ) . “The Dani’s Tribe in Indonesia uses an Earth oven method for cooking a pig and their staple crops such as sweet potatoes, bananas, and cassava. They heat some stones in a fire until they are extremely hot, then wrap cuts of meat and pieces of sweet potato inside banana leaves,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Teh Han Lin. “After hours, the pit is opened and the food is removed and eaten.” — Inspired by the new @natgeochannel series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted—premiering Sunday, July 21, at 10/9c— @natgeoyourshot is inviting you to take us on a culinary expedition by sharing your best photos and stories at www.natgeoyourshot.com. As National Geographic’s global photo community, together we will illustrate @gordongram ’s belief that food is the gateway to culture around the world.

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Sunday Brunch | Photograph by Toni Minchev ( @minchev toni ) . “Sundays are brunch days at our house (most of the time ). Homemade crepes are a must. These European style pancakes, ‘palachinki’ in Bulgarian, are my most cherished childhood memory of delicious breakfast and still happen to be my favorite,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Toni Minchev. “My husband and daughter love them too. Simple ingredients, 1 or 2 eggs, flour and milk, somebutter for the pan, a pinch of love, and my family is happy.” — Inspired by the new @natgeochannel series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted—premiering Sunday, July 21, at 10/9c— @natgeoyourshot is inviting you to take us on a culinary expedition by sharing your best photos and stories at www.natgeoyourshot.com. As National Geographic’s global photo community, together we will illustrate @gordongram ’s belief that food is the gateway to culture around the world.

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Under the Moon | Photograph by Kuo Zei Yang ( @shadowkuo_photography ) . “We pitched our tent during the night fall,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Kuo Zei Yang, “with the moon rising from the peaks at the same time, lightening up the area with a mood.” — Today is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and to celebrate, we invited @usairforce Major General and @nasa astronaut Bill Anders to guest edit our assignment, “The Moon in Your Life.” To submit your best moon photo, go to the link in our profile (www.natgeoyourshot.com ). Submission deadline is July 25, 2019.

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Last Hubble | Photograph by James Brown . #YourShotPhotographer James Brown photographed STS-125 Space Shuttle Atlantis launching on May 11, 2009 for the final Hubble servicing mission. He made this photograph with a remote camera on the back side of the launch pad. — "There's so much going on in those plumes of exhaust and the image of the shuttle holds an element of nostalgia (and a bit of sadness )." — #YourShotPhotographer George T. Probst ( @iphotographsharks )

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Fly Me to the Moon | Photograph by Juan Osorio ( @juancosoriophotography ) . “My daughter wants to fly to the moon,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Juan Osorio. I wanted to create a surreal world with the balloons in which you have several angles of view, like having several cameras showing the landscape and Sophia the astronaut.” — “Juan, I love this photo because it perfectly illustrates your love for your daughter, and your encouragement in the pursuit of her dreams. By making this image a reality for your daughter, you have revealed to her that anything is possible. And I love that. Your daughter will succeed beyond your wildest imagination because you're not telling your daughter ‘No,’ but ‘How can I help you achieve your dreams?’” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee ( @davidylee )

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Night Launch | Photograph by Niels Tang Christensen . #YourShotPhotographer Niels Tang Christensen photographed the night launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on March 11, 2008. — "The night launches were the most amazing sights. I live in central Florida and miss seeing the shuttles take off. The end of the program left a hole in many peoples' lives. I was very fortunate to have a friend who worked at [Kennedy Space Center] who invited my son and I to attend a friends and family event at the center while Endeavour was being outfitted for a mission. A moment I will never forget..." — #YourShotPhotographer Janet Steveley

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Moonrise Over the Eastern Sierras | Photograph by Benjamin Kirsch . “On a summer night in the Eastern Sierra Nevada, a friend and I reached the crest of a 12,000-foot mountain pass as the sun was setting,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Benjamin Kirsch. “We found that the moon was rising in the distance, and it made us feel as if we were on another planet looking up at a distant planet.” — Today is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and to celebrate, we invited @usairforce Major General and @nasa astronaut Bill Anders to guest edit our assignment, “The Moon in Your Life.” To submit your best moon photo, go to the link in our profile (www.natgeoyourshot.com ). Submission deadline is July 25, 2019.

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Play the Game | Photograph by Raceala Elena . #YourShotPhotographer Raceala Elena took this picture of a boy playing football on the beach from the 13th floor of a hotel in the Mamaia resort on the Black Sea Coast of Romania. — “You saw the shadow, the light, the boy and waited for the perfect moment to press your shutter. The boy connects the two realms of light and shadow beautifully in the way his torso is glowing against the shadow but the shadow of his head is striking the highlight. This is just awesome!” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas . This photo was published in our “Light and Shadow” story. To submit to our current assignments, go to the link in our profile.

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Moonset | Photograph by Koustav Maity . “This image was taken during the rare celestial trifecta (super-blue-blood moon ) in 2018. We decided to watch the moon setting over the Pacific as there was a prediction for clear skies. As the partially eclipsed moon was setting over the Pacific, the seascape turned into a blue and pink canvas, reflecting light from the far east,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Koustav Maity. “This is a favorite of mine since luckily, I also got an early rise watching the setting moon from the pier in the frame. Superfecta moment!” — "The moon has always been a source of poetic inspiration for man. Here it takes a particular dimension by the rarity of the phenomenon. The 'Super Blue Blood Moon' will not happen again until 2037. The colors, the size of the moon in perspective with the small human silhouette at the end of the pontoon make it a picture full of sweetness. Thank you for having captured this moment with so much poetry." — #YourShotPhotographer Marc Henauer ( @marc_henauer ) . This photo was submitted to our “The Moon in Your Life” assignment, guest edited with Bill Anders, United States Air Force Major General and @nasa astronaut. To share your best moon photo, go to the link in our profile.

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Top Shot: Lights in the Clouds | Photograph by Cao Ngoc Diem ( @watermelon_1978 ) . #YourShotPhotographer Cao Ngoc Diem documented this moment as lights were being placed on the Nhu Y River in Vietnam. This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 18, 2019. — 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.

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[ #TBT From July 18, 2016 ] Top Shot: Art in Nature | Photograph by Hidehiro Otake ( @hidehirootake ) . “The Athabasca Sand Dunes are one of the most northerly active sand dunes in the world, estimated to be approximately 8,000 years old. The William River flows through the western section of the dunes carrying the sand for over thousands of years, which creates the brush pattern on the bottom,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Hidehiro Otake. “I flew over the river by bush plane and tried to get this image of its ever-changing art of nature.” This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 15, 2016. — 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.

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[ #TBT From July 18, 2018 ] Top Shot: Having a Whale of a Time | Photograph by Kyle Aiton ( @jkaiton85 ) . A whale breaches near the Chilkat Range in Alaska. Your Shot Producer David Y. Lee ( @davidylee ) writes, “Great job being patient, getting ready, and anticipating a second chance at capturing this moment. Well done Kyle. I love how wide you made this frame, including the mountain range in the background which offers a fantastic sense of place.” This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 17, 2018. — 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. #YourShotPhotographer

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Top Shot: A Summer Evening Swim | Photograph by Koen Hoekemeijer . “Evening tours are the best when going whale watching during the Icelandic summers,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Koen Hoekemeijer. “Feeding humpbacks, arctic terns flying around to pick up the leftovers and the low standing sun creating beautiful colors.” This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 17, 2019. — 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.

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Just After the Rain | Photograph by Naresh Balaguru . “At sunrise, a storm approached the south rim of the Grand Canyon, and I almost packed my gear,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Naresh Balaguru. “But it cleared for a temporary period of time giving this amazing view from Powell Point. My first trip to this magnificent landmark left me speechless while I was taking this photo.” This photo was published in our “We are all Explorers” story, guest edited by @natgeo Explorer Becca Skinner. To submit to our current assignments, go to the link in our profile. — “Naresh, there is something so exciting about catching a moment like this unfold, and then capturing it in a way that accurately translates that feeling to the viewers. Beautiful!” — @natgeo Explorer Becca Skinner ( @beccaskinner )

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Dear Grandmother | Photograph by Ricardo Ramos . “Teresa (28 ) visits her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s, almost every day. She is in a nursing home that specializes in the elderly. Sometimes she recognizes her granddaughter,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Ricardo Ramos. “Teresa wants to take care of her because her grandmother took care of her.” This photo was published in our “Take Care” story, guest edited by @natgeo photographer Gabriele Galimberti. To submit to our current assignments, go to the link in our profile. — “I have a similar situation with my Grandma... Unfortunately, I am not able to visit her often, I travel too much. This picture and story are really moving.” — @natgeo photographer Gabriele Galimberti ( @gabrielegalimbertiphoto )

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Top Shot: Just Flying By | Photograph by Aarzoo Khurana ( @aarzoo_khurana_photography ) . #YourShotPhotographer Aarzoo Khurana captured this moment as a black bird poked a deer as it was trying to enjoy the breeze in Ranthambore National Park, India. This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 16, 2019. — 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.

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Rhapsody in Blue | Photograph by Andro Loria ( @andro_loria ) . “The Tungnaá River Area in central Icelandic highlands is amazing beautiful in spring with strokes of blue on white snow/ice canvas with black patches of volcanic ash and sand,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Andro Loria. “This aerial shot is from a small airplane (Cessna 172 ).” — "This is insanely beautiful, it looks like a giant sculpture! Very impressive series of winter and spring shots from Iceland!" — #YourShotPhotographer Iulia Heinle

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An Ozark Summer Morning | Photograph by Terra Fondriest ( @terrafondriest ) . “The morning after it rained here in the Ozarks of Arkansas, the valley behind our home filled with fog. The moon was still out, but the birds were chirping and the hummingbirds were starting to drink from our feeder,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Terra Fondriest. “I stood on the porch for about 10 seconds before this hummer came into view, heading for sugar water from the feeder.” — "I love the beautiful morning fog over the Ozarks and a single hummingbird in the foreground and the moon over the mountains! It is a poetic nature shot and I love it!!!" — #YourShotPhotographer Hiro Kurashina

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Top Shot: Taking a Snooze | Photograph by Anthony Bucci . #YourShotPhotographer Anthony Bucci witnessed this sweet moment as a Great Grey owlet sleeps on a stump in Canada. This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 15, 2019. — 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.

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Colorful Spaghetti | Photograph by Kei Sasaki ( @iekikasas ) . “The Sumida River is famous in Tokyo, Japan, especially for the party boat called ‘Yakata-bune.’ The boat gives photographers light trails in the night,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Kei Sasaki. “After a very cold winter season, the boat season begins. You can see a lot of boats during the evening, especially Friday nights.” — "I can feel the party energy you describe in your caption with all the vibrant boat trails. I love how you have used most of your frame to highlight these boats as leading lines into the city, which is also colorful and dynamic. This image has a wonderfully electrifying feel to it. Great work seeing this in your mind and [then] executing the shot!" — #YourShotPhotographer Stephanie Thomson

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Shadow Rain | Photograph by Babis Beslemes ( @cbeslemes ) . “This year we spent our Easter Holidays in one of the most beautiful towns in Greece: Nafplio. Walking among old building with lovely colors and architecture was very inspiring for all members of the family,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Babis Beslemes. “Shadow rain was Konstantina’s idea, I just pressed the shutter button. — "I love the colors and contrasts of this. image. The shadows which looks like rain was a very creative idea. The composition also works well as this shadow rain seems to be pushing her to the other side of the frame. I love your creativity." — #YourShotPhotographer Chris Payant ( @chrispayant )

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Miracle | Photograph by Reiko Takahashi ( @reiko alice.takahashi ) . "I was waiting for a sardine run in [Port Elizabeth] South Africa," writes #YourShotPhotographer Reiko Takahashi. "At that time, a miracle happened. Blue sky, clouds, rainbows and humpback!" This photo was selected for the July 12, 2019 edition of our Photos of the Week series. — “Wow, a miracle, indeed! Sometimes all we need is a little luck and mother nature's graciousness to give us a rainbow at the right moment. I love how you composed quickly to use your rule of thirds and create a balanced frame.” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas ( @kemcnicholas )

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Top Shot: You Can’t See Me | Photograph by Igor Chervonenko . #YourShotPhotographer Igor Chervonenko spied this sneaky bearded reedling spying on him in Kiev, Ukraine. This photo was selected for the Daily Dozen on July 12, 2019. — 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.

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Lying in Wait | Photograph by Jorge Hauser ( @jchauser ) . A caiman rests on the bottom of Brazil's Formoso River. Caimans eat fish and small birds, and they themselves can fall prey to anacondas and jaguars. — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Fighting Wild | Photograph by Xavier Ortega . Two Carmague horses fight for dominance in the south of France. The breed is indigenous to southern France, and fewer than 200 are officially registered today. — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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