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  • December 6, 2013

Photo of the Day: Best of November

Author
Alexa Keefe

When people ask me what makes a Photo of the Day—a curated look at photography around National Geographic—my answer is simple: I have to want to spend time with the picture, and whether full of complex detail or exquisitely simple, it has to stand on its own. The photos I choose are meant to be a glimpse of our world in a moment in time, some captured as a result of meticulous planning and research on assignment for National Geographic magazine, others happy finds from keen eyes tuned to daily life and travels. The photographers behind the lens represent a wide range of skill levels, from professional to aspirational, but each has a visual story to tell.

During the month of November, I featured photographs from our Your Shot community, a group of photographers who come from 196 different countries around the globe. With over a million photographs and counting, they represent as diverse a group as the scenes they capture. Below are a selection of reader favorites from this month’s round-up.

Swans, Slovakia
Swans, Slovakia
What Makes This a Photo of the Day? I love the slightly off-kilter composition here, with the cluster of birds near the bottom of the frame. This gives a sense of movement and allows the eye to take in the peripheral elements—the ripples of the water and the sprinkling of ducks.
Photograph by Norbert Nemes, National Geographic Your Shot
Skeleton, St. Lawrence River, Quebec City
Skeleton, St. Lawrence River, Quebec City
What Makes This a Photo of the Day? This photograph has the elements of many shoreline shots I have seen—the waves made smooth by the long exposure time, the glistening sand—but the skeleton lends an unexpected and welcome twist.
Photograph by Stephen Clough, National Geographic Your Shot
Cherry Blossoms. Nakameguro, Tokyo.
Cherry Blossoms. Nakameguro, Tokyo.
What Makes This a Photo of the Day? Beautiful simply by being, cherry blossoms are an easy get (and I fall for them every time). What is not so easy is making a shot that is unique. I like that my eye is first caught by, and then travels past, the spray of blossoms, continuing along the light-refracted river to the tiny people on the footbridge at the end.
Photograph by Giovanni Pascarella, National Geographic Your Shot

Alexa Keefe is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from around National Geographic. The full archive is accessible here.

There are 43 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. obnor gregoro lenasic
    April 16, 2014

    it”s wonderful and amazing shots.

  2. Ashok
    December 15, 2013

    Beautiful

  3. Abhijit
    December 13, 2013

    Mesmerizing

  4. ali barani
    December 11, 2013

    really amazing job

  5. Amy Tang
    December 11, 2013

    Absolutely fabulous !

  6. Fairly Maria Turambi
    December 11, 2013

    AWESOME SHOT ^^

  7. Clara Cogorno
    December 9, 2013

    Spending time watching and watching …such awsome
    photografies!

  8. said
    December 9, 2013

    is beautiful ;thank you

  9. Mahesh
    December 9, 2013

    I love the blossoms, the overall picture, the colour, the lights from the lamps, the reflections on the water, the tranquil and also invigorating mood. I also love the write-ups accompanying each photo.

  10. Jazz jachson
    December 9, 2013

    Really so beautiful. I like it

  11. Vipul
    December 8, 2013

    Cherry blossom was really beautiful, fantastic work. You guys are amazing.

  12. Ali Haider Saleem
    December 8, 2013

    I really like the photo shown at the top.

  13. Don House II
    December 8, 2013

    I loved the Japanese Cherry Blossoms! I immediately wanted to be there on the water with my beautiful wife!

  14. SANGHAMITRA THAKUR
    December 8, 2013

    All are awesome.. but I loved the Japanese Cherry blossom.. it caught my attention instantly!

  15. mauricio
    December 8, 2013

    I m like it so much

  16. Ace Symsoun
    December 7, 2013

    Exquisite photos. Also loved your comments.

  17. ahmed
    December 7, 2013

    beautiful

  18. parviz hassanpour
    December 7, 2013

    i like this

  19. vinit tiwari
    December 7, 2013

    I not see photo like that

  20. rosario
    December 7, 2013

    Cigno Celeste
    Deneb Sorride
    La Bellezza Mi Arride

  21. ruth housman
    December 7, 2013

    these are stunning, and YES! I want to spend time with each picture. You see more each time but first impressions are arresting. There are metaphors here. They come winging in like so many birds. Seed pods on the water. Swans. Thank you for sharing these.

  22. samanta
    December 7, 2013

    maravilloso lo que Dios da al hombre y este lo comparte con los demas, el don de captar una imagen que nos transporta a muchos lugares, pensamientos, sueños , deseos…gracias

  23. mohamed zakaria
    December 7, 2013

    All are beautiful I like swans

  24. Ishita
    December 7, 2013

    I have to want to spend time with the picture, and whether full of complex detail or exquisitely simple, it has to stand on its own.- very aptly put. 🙂

  25. John Parker
    December 7, 2013

    Thanks for explaining the composition of the selected photos

  26. Habib davy
    December 7, 2013

    The word have some charm .

  27. Thequiet Australian
    December 7, 2013

    These photographs are just beautiful. Thank you. Kath from Australia.

  28. Irshad Jessar
    December 7, 2013

    Loved your selection for the month of November,and the write ups that followed each photograph…!
    Thank you… 🙂

  29. clara
    December 7, 2013

    Beautiful ….I love the Japanese Cerry Blossoms

  30. Fernanda
    December 7, 2013

    These pictures are full of inspiration whatever the place in the world where they have been taken. They reveal your great sensitivity and soul’s beauty… thank you to have shared them with us.

  31. Belinda Chew
    December 7, 2013

    Very true….photos that make me take a second look or make me look a little longer surely have a great impact on me. I believe this goes with others. They somehow or other make us reflect. I have always loved the photos published in the National Geographic magazines since my childhood days. Kudos to all National Geographic photographers for their amazing photos.

  32. khurshid iqbal
    December 7, 2013

    GOOD

  33. Md. Ahtesam – Ul- Haque
    December 6, 2013

    Beautiful

  34. Cristobal Martinez
    December 6, 2013

    beatifull,

  35. Prabhas Mukherjee
    December 6, 2013

    Spell-bounded to view the displayes!Best wishes to you & your photography.

  36. nachees
    December 6, 2013

    amazin snap…..

  37. Cherie Babcock -Joy
    December 6, 2013

    Truly spectacular visions, mixing together unforeseen circumstances and textures. Thanks for the ‘eye’ candy.

  38. Lowell Royer
    December 6, 2013

    Lovely!

  39. kabir Enamul
    December 6, 2013

    Really most wonderful . I like this mantra .

  40. Luisa dauden
    December 6, 2013

    So beautiful…this photos speaks to me…

  41. Nedim Kurtic
    December 6, 2013

    great

  42. yellwoston
    December 6, 2013

    that nice images

  43. Kanishka Paul
    December 6, 2013

    Loved your selection for the month of November, esp. the write ups that followed each photograph…!
    Thank you… 🙂

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