• April 9, 2014

Photo of the Day: Best of March

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 from our Your Shot community. The photographers behind the lens represent a wide range of skill levels, from professional to aspirational, but each has a visual story to tell. Below are a selection of reader favorites from the month of March. —Alexa Keefe

Fishermen with nets silhouetted against the sky could be seen as something of a cliché. But the layering, the texture of the worn net, and the moment captured above by Your Shot photographer Ly Hoang Long along the banks of the Cua Dai river in Vietnam make this a personal favorite of mine.

Laguna Colorada Photograph by Dharshana Jagoda, National Geographic Your Shot
Laguna Colorada
Photograph by Dharshana Jagoda, National Geographic Your Shot

Colors—and layers of color—are a visual treat in this photograph of Laguna Colorada in Bolivia. The sprinkling of flamingos and the ripples of the water are the details that make this image come together.

Lone Shark. March 9 Photograph by Denis Nezhentsev, National Geographic Your Shot
Lone Shark. March 9
Photograph by Denis Nezhentsev, National Geographic Your Shot

The silhouetted shapes in varying shades of gray lend a delicate quality to this photograph of a hammerhead shark swimming among fish in the Galápagos, almost giving the feeling of looking through layers of printed silk. The choice to present this scene in black and white is what makes the photograph sing.

Pursued.  March 3 Photograph by Brian Skerry from the March 2014 feature story “Quicksilver.”
Pursued. March 3
Photograph by Brian Skerry from the March 2014 feature story “Quicksilver.”

This moment has all of the makings of a monster movie—a steely-eyed predator coming out of the depths to swoop up its prey. And I will admit, the drama of seeing this Atlantic bluefin tuna in action is what first took my breath away. Reading about Brian Skerry’s experience swimming with these giants of the sea, however, my interest deepened as I came to understand what magnificent creatures these are.

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Row Up. March 21 Photograph by Maqsood Bhat, National Geographic Your Shot

More snow. Or as those of us who are in D.C. for cherry blossom season might imagine—a flurry of petals. For me though, the storybook quality of the boatman oaring up to this small shop in the backwaters of Dal Lake in India trumps seasonal fatigue.

 The Square. March 8 Photograph by Jeff Oftedahl, National Geographic Your Shot
The Square. March 8
Photograph by Jeff Oftedahl, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot photographer Jeff Oftedahl was on a guided tour of Pyongyang, North Korea, when he took this shot from the top of a monument overlooking Kim Il Sung Square. Of the scene, Oftedahl says, “Everything is built to be impressive and to position the leadership over the people, and the people walking under the illuminated photographs really emphasized this point. I zoomed in to fill the frame with the square, showing how tiny the people truly are in comparison.” My thoughts exactly.

A Movable Feast. March 15 Photograph by Merlin Tuttle from the March 2014 feature story "Call of the Bloom."
A Movable Feast. March 15
Photograph by Merlin Tuttle from the March 2014 feature story “Call of the Bloom.”

This bat is cute. Covered in pollen this bat is even cuter. This is not, however, what photographer Merlin Tuttle was concerned with when he set out to show the symbiotic relationship between this nectar-seeking bat and the flower of the blue mahoe tree. Using a portable studio, Tuttle brings one more example of nature’s intelligence to our eyes.

Spring Herd. March 19 Photograph by Tariq Sawyer, National Geographic Your Shot
Spring Herd. March 19
Photograph by Tariq Sawyer, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot photographer Tariq Sawyer was spending time with Kazakh nomads in Mongolia when he captured this shot of a sheepherder taking his flock out in an early spring blizzard. What could well have been an unfinished snap as the action rushed by was instead a well-framed moment. Seeing the fully completed thought—the flock, the shepherd, and the mountains beyond—we are able to rush out with them.

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.

Related story: Photo of the Day: Best of February

There are 57 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. vasanth
    April 30, 2015

    i luv photography b”coz de capture wat i do dat wat i c

  2. anushree
    April 14, 2015

    truely awesome………u give cityseekers the experience its nature earth inhabitants…keep it up!

  3. Carter john
    April 2, 2015

    Wow.. Fanastic picture .. This image is looking better by there man’s position and sun light also his cap
    keep it up

  4. Mobin
    April 2, 2015

    Spechless… Fantastic.wow .. This man is better took picture in sea.

  5. Taufik Rahman
    January 3, 2015

    I really like what comes in front of the eyes instantly and preserve it into a work of art , greetings
    Taufik Rahman , Sitepu

  6. Prabin Dahal
    November 6, 2014

    Fantastic! Love ’em!

  7. Trisa
    September 18, 2014

    I love it!!!

  8. Cecilia Ng
    August 9, 2014

    thank you for your patience in making these awesome photographs.

  9. John Connelly
    August 4, 2014

    These photos makes me appreciate that amazing pics. Don’t need to be pho shopped to be outstanding. Thanks for this reminder. Wonderful. Best, JC.

  10. Sujit Choudhury
    July 18, 2014

    I am very interested in fish and fishing photographs

    July 3, 2014


  12. shenphene m. echavia
    June 23, 2014

    the photos draw me up close and personal with life

  13. Banirupa
    June 16, 2014


  14. Tulika
    June 16, 2014

    Treat for the eyes!!

  15. John
    June 6, 2014

    your portraits are there. it takes an artist to find them. you show the world

  16. Tito Somarriba
    June 5, 2014

    1000 Thanks for this page.

  17. Patrick Fueta
    June 3, 2014

    Makes me hungry to experience and participate in taking such wonderful shots

  18. Khai Do
    May 28, 2014

    Time and fascinating moments. Wonderful.

  19. Arjan Rajasuriya
    May 15, 2014

    Simply outstanding

  20. Samnan Manzoor
    May 10, 2014

    Amazing photos, but the ‘best of march’ is superb (y)

  21. suresh
    May 10, 2014

    Hi very nice and amazing

  22. simran
    May 9, 2014

    so pure and soo live .

  23. simran
    May 9, 2014

    feels like i am looking it live soo pure

  24. Meghana
    May 8, 2014

    Each Photo speaks by itself.. they are all beautiful !!!!

    May 6, 2014


  26. Randa
    May 6, 2014

    Looking at Nat. Geo photos, always reminds me that I live in a beautiful world that still have beautiful people that share their special captured moments with us ,strangers,and link us to a wonderful dream-land..far.. far away!

  27. Hadi
    May 4, 2014

    Thank you so much! I know I can always come here for retreat…… and smile:)

  28. Sourav Bhattacharya
    May 1, 2014

    just awesome and fabulous…

  29. Khanyisile
    April 30, 2014

    Im in awe.. these shots are absolutely breathtaking.. thank you for sharing feelings we otherwise would have never been able to experience, even if it’s just through an image..

  30. Wogayehu Nigussie
    April 27, 2014

    They are not only showing happenings but also tells stories behind them.

  31. Jerry
    April 23, 2014

    Beautiful and inspirational….

  32. betty price
    April 20, 2014

    so beautiful underwater pics are my favorite i just glory in the magic how your photographers can get the most beautiful pictures just marvelous

  33. Arnold Benitez
    April 17, 2014

    Estan Espectaculares las fotos Me en canta esta pagina

  34. roxyhoward
    April 17, 2014

    I love pics that make u feel as if ur lookin within its soul..

  35. joy chakraborty
    April 16, 2014

    superb , outstanding

    April 15, 2014


  37. mahadev.murgodi
    April 15, 2014

    Superb! Beyond words!!

  38. Nadia Abdel S amie
    April 13, 2014

    very beautiful photos Ilove very much the natural pictures

  39. Weera Bumrungsee
    April 13, 2014

    We were young kids at school and were tauch about The Altai Mountain where the origin of Thai heritage migration to Yunnan. It’s amazing to find the unreal contrast of where we are living now in Thailand.

  40. kesava rao
    April 13, 2014

    simply superb from technical and human angles too:)

  41. Kumarbimlesh
    April 12, 2014

    All pics are amazingly superb.

  42. Helen Frederiksen
    April 10, 2014

    Morning catch – what a superb photograph!

  43. Alice’s Stine
    April 10, 2014


  44. littledarling
    April 10, 2014

    OMG, I’m Vietnamese, the photo Cua Dai made me so proud and Maqsood Bhat’s photo made me cry because I fell awful lonesome in that.

  45. Vic C Sciberras
    April 10, 2014

    Wonderful amazing images.

  46. Elaine Thompson
    April 10, 2014

    A world most of us will never see or visit in our lives, but these photos bring a little bit into our living rooms.

  47. mel
    April 10, 2014

    As the adage say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Awesome!

  48. Claude Nall
    April 10, 2014

    The images in National Geographic Magazine inspired me as a child to pick up a camera. I’m not a world traveler, I don’t scuba dive or climb mountains, but I look for the unique to photograph wherever I go. Thank you for that inspiration.

  49. SyanHamzah
    April 9, 2014

    So beautiful!! amazing!

  50. David Gonzalez
    April 9, 2014

    Thank you for sharing such beauty

  51. Fatih Gözenç
    April 9, 2014

    Really nice colors and angles. I can spend lots of time by looking them.

  52. Andreas Papaconstantinou
    April 9, 2014


  53. Jeannette Buitenweg
    April 9, 2014

    Such inspiring pictures……

  54. Yaowapa
    April 9, 2014

    Wow! What a beautiful world! Precious moment in different places.

    April 9, 2014

    Each photo is outstanding… …!

  56. anemarie
    April 9, 2014

    Bellisimas e ilustrativas fotografias

  57. Betty Carnes
    April 9, 2014

    I love the beauty and feeling of being in the picture with every one I view! Looking forward to seeing more with every issue of my subscription to National Geographic Magazine.

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