• August 12, 2014

Photo of the Day: Best of July

Alexa Keefe

With some photographs, each time you see them, it feels like the first time. As I click through July’s Photo of the Day, I pull the images that make me catch my breath all over again. Seeing them side by side, I notice the similar palette, tone, and compositions, pleased with how this quick pull has created a collection that holds together as a visual whole. And thus a family of chimpanzees from Gombe shares time with a surfer riding a riptide and Bangladeshi children celebrating Victory Day. Welcome to Photo of the Day, Best of July.—Alexa Keefe

Picture of a family of chimpanzees in Gombe, sitting together on the floor of the forest grooming each other
Family Time at Gombe. July 24
Photograph by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers, National Geographic

Jane Goodall, who turned 80 this year, reflects on her relationships with the chimpanzees who changed her life in the August issue of National Geographic. Here, Sparrow (second from the right, looking up) enjoys a grooming session with two generations of her offspring. At age 56, Sparrow is the oldest chimp in Gombe.

Picture of a wooden boat from above, with the reflection of a Venetian building reflected in the water below
A Watery Underworld. July 3
Photograph by Halszka Tutaj-Gasinska

A wooden boat floats down a canal in Venice. The Italian city is one of the most visited destinations in the world—its old section receives up to 80,000 tourists a day. This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Picture of a single tree in a desert landscape with many of Dubai's tall skyscrapers in the background
Branching Out. July 14
Photograph by Franck Boutonnet

A lone tree on the edge of the city seems to stand as a testament to Dubai’s changing landscape. The burgeoning cosmopolitan metropolis is home to some 2.1 million people. This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Picture of a green scene in Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, at night
Shades of Green. July 26
Photograph by Luke Aveil, National Geographic Your Shot

Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, takes on an ethereal quality in the light of a streetlamp, emanating deep hues of jade and emerald. “It reminds me of somewhere magical out of a fairy-tale story, a small piece of tranquility in the middle of a bustling city,” writes Luke Aveil, a contributor to Your Shot. Named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, the gardens receive over two million visitors each year.

Picture of a surfer riding a wave as seen from above, the water below him is aqua and you can see the green sand below
Surf and Turf. July 25
Photograph by Joe Hsu

A surfer rides a wave as it crashes onto the shore at Palm Beach in New South Wales, Australia, giving the ocean an otherworldly appearance. Palm Beach, a northern suburb of Sydney, is home to two Surf Life Saving clubs—one dating back to 1921. This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Picture of people waving flags to celebrate Victory Day in Bangladesh as a plane flies overhead, the people are seen from below, framed by a window and staircase in a building
Celebration. July 30
Photograph by Khalid Rayhan Shawon

Local children wave flags to celebrate Victory Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as a plane passes overhead. Victory Day, which occurs each year on December 16, honors the victory of the Allied High Command over Pakistani forces in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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.

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There are 34 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. asit malakar Tripura Dharmanagar
    May 15, 2015

    unbeleabul photo

  2. El Moro
    September 29, 2014

    Such lovely photos the past few years. What happened to the 1600×1200 px sized wallpapers? Many of these images would be truly magnificent in that size! Thanks.

  3. Amal Mourya
    September 17, 2014

    very nice pictures

  4. Anna
    September 14, 2014

    These images are so beautiful. I love this initiative.

  5. debasish chakraborty
    August 29, 2014


  6. Jatin Sharma
    August 21, 2014

    i have many picture like this, and i want to show you. So, tell me please how would i sand you my capture picture.

  7. Badarinath
    August 19, 2014

    Lovely pics.Chimps pictures has come out good- must have been hard to reach these places!

  8. Starshine
    August 17, 2014

    Namaste’ thank u for the video n pics of India…brought back many joyful memories. Om Shanti’

  9. liliana barba herrera
    August 17, 2014

    Preciosas fotos, llenas de color y luz

  10. Gustavo E. Rodrígues G.
    August 17, 2014

    Magníficas fotografías.

  11. Gustavo Rodríguez
    August 17, 2014

    Todas son unas magníficas fotografías.

  12. jesus dario palacio trujillo
    August 17, 2014

    buenas tardes los felicito un documental muy interesante y unas fotos expectaculare

  13. Darla Lauzon
    August 17, 2014

    National Geographic you alone take me in, on, over and around the world to places I will never get to see without you. Thank you

  14. Dan Meade
    August 17, 2014

    How to submit photos?

  15. Cynthia LaRoche-Porter
    August 17, 2014

    The humane eye enjoys for but one,the cameras lens delights the masses…..Thank you for these beautiful images.

  16. Ahmad nurfauzi Romdoni
    August 17, 2014

    I like that, really nice photos

  17. MCVK
    August 17, 2014

    Oh, Aspy, give it a rest, please. You are so blatantly prejudiced that everyone will ignore you. If you want to teach history, please offer up all of the facts.

  18. Santosh Kumar Das
    August 17, 2014

    I Love it – gaining knowledge, Many many Thanks

  19. lhossin fask
    August 17, 2014

    nice bop

  20. Parichart Boonkaew
    August 16, 2014

    I like every photos from National Geographic.

  21. Bronwen Sly
    August 16, 2014

    Inspiration beyond and always…A dream to be apart of such magic. One day…

  22. Leo
    August 16, 2014

    Its one of a KIND

  23. Gayle Brady
    August 16, 2014

    Is Shades of Green available in a poster?

  24. Ruby Crowe
    August 16, 2014

    i love the city .good

  25. vanvo
    August 14, 2014

    Beautiful photos

  26. Darren
    August 14, 2014

    Thank Jane Goodall for her incredible devotion of her whole life to the cause of understanding and saving chimpanzees.

  27. sarmiyo
    August 13, 2014

    i like your foto i always save its ecspeceally doe to nature

  28. James Kemoh
    August 13, 2014

    Thanks for taking us around the world from our desks.

  29. Audity Ashraf
    August 13, 2014

    I am astonished by the utter ignorance (or rather arrogance!) made by the previous commentator. The Liberation war started on 26th march 1971 and India only took part from 3rd December. I don’t want to undermine India’s contribution, but the statement made above is completely false. Please find more on the below link:

    • Aspy
      August 15, 2014

      Yes, your dates are correct, India entered the fray on 3rd. Dec 1971 & wrapped it all up by 16Dec1971 when 90,000 Paki soldiers were taken POW. Truth is sometimes a bitter pill to swallow. Better to learn & live with it then be delusional & repeat History, at your peril.

  30. Syeda nadia hossain
    August 13, 2014

    Nice photos. How can I submit my photos to this website

  31. Brigitte Kobi
    August 13, 2014

    The “Shades of Green” seem like a glimpse to paradise.

  32. aadil khan
    August 13, 2014

    I like this channel national geography……. And every show i m watch really its an amazing animal., place, waterfall grat hill i lkie it……

  33. Aspy
    August 12, 2014

    Your statement….on December 16, honors the victory of the Allied High Command over Pakistani forces in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War…… is absurd to say the least. It was ONLY India fighting the Pakistani Forces on both fronts. There was …NO Allied Forces Involved. If truth be known, the USA was aiding the murdering, raping, looting Pakistani Armed forces.

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