• October 27, 2014

Photo of the Day: Best of October

Alexa Keefe

It’s contest time, and the editing is easy. Every year, the National Geographic Photo Contest makes this Photo of the Day editor quite happy, as there are invariably more vistas, venues, and creatures to choose from. Below is a selection from October, a little early this time to whet appetites of any who might still want to enter. The contest wraps up at the end of this week on October 31.

Picture of autumn leaves in Japan
Autumn in Aomori. October 16
Photograph by Sho Shibata

The morning sun kindles a view of fall foliage on Lake Towada in Aomori, Japan. Sitting at the base of Mount Hakkoda, the lake and the annual autumn display of its forested banks are a popular tourist draw.

Picture of a great white shark off the coast of Guadelupe Island
Lord of the Seas. October 27
Photograph by Marc Henauer

“Off the coast of Guadalupe Island, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions,” writes Marc Henauer of this scene he captured near the island off Baja California, Mexico. “It’s an ideal place to observe these majestic animals in their natural state.”

Picture of Mount Bromo
Morning Java. October 23
Photograph by Achmad Sumawijaya

Photographer Achmad Sumawijaya waited three hours to capture this picture of Mount Bromo (in foreground) and Mount Semeru (in background) on a misty morning in East Java, Indonesia. Some Indonesians believe that the volcanoes are portals to a subterranean world.

Picture of Lake Louise
Lake Effect. October 26
Photograph by Ben Leshchinsky

Canoers paddle the opaque surface of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada’s Banff National Park. Ben Leshchinsky captured the “disorienting” photo from a cliff overlooking the lake. “Even boulders the size of large cars seemed like pebbles from a high vantage point,” he writes.

Picture of a humphead wrasse fish
Napoleon Invasion. October 21
Photograph by Christian Miller

A humphead wrasse, also known as a Napoleon wrasse, builds a living frame as it swims through a school of fish in the waters off Australia. Photographer Christian Miller captured the shot on a windy day right after a cyclone had passed the far northern Great Barrier Reef. “Never before [had I seen] that many glass fish on this particular coral bommie [outcrop],” he writes.

Picture of rock formations in the Sahara
Rock Art. October 11
Photograph by Alexey Kharitnov

The shadows of rocks both tumbled and towering dip into valleys on the floor of the Sahara. Here on a plateau in the Tassili n’Ajjer region of Algeria, the desert and its rock forests shelter prehistoric remnants dating to 10,000 B.C. Ceramic materials, paintings, and 15,000 engravings—among other artifacts—have been identified since the first discoveries at Tassili in 1933.

Picture of galah birds in Australia
The Dreaming Tree. October 9
Photograph by Christian Spencer

In the Strzelecki Desert of Australia, a flock of galahs replenishes with the small amount of water available at the base of a lonely tree. “It was a rare opportunity to get such a clear and symmetrical shot of these beautiful birds in flight in the middle of the desert,” writes photographer Christian Spencer.

The 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest runs until October 31. Find more information on how to enter here.

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 74 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. raguraman
    January 2, 2016


  2. Chan SK
    May 20, 2015

    Awesome, inspiring, these photos capture the most beautiful moment of nature

  3. ASIT MALAKAR Tripura Dharmanagar
    May 15, 2015

    Mind blowing photography

  4. Gautami
    May 7, 2015

    Words r not enough to describe this…! adorable..!

  5. Raji Nilakantan
    March 20, 2015

    Simply Spectacular ! I am awestruck …

  6. sofyan
    March 18, 2015

    woww beautiful.. 🙂

  7. Bill Munoz
    March 14, 2015

    Amazingly beautiful pictures,breath taking.

  8. Barakat Latif
    March 5, 2015

    congratulations on your work, it’s really wonderful .. Thank you so much .

  9. Yash
    March 2, 2015

    All the photographs are awesome, perfect timing,ISO,Aperture,Speed everything is really perfect.

  10. naren
    February 25, 2015

    most fantastic photoes

  11. Tamires
    February 23, 2015

    congratulations on your work, it’s really wonderful!

  12. kaleb tesfaye
    February 21, 2015

    your images are beutifull more than i can say

  13. Alma Doyle
    February 21, 2015


  14. me mii
    February 18, 2015

    cheese is cool

  15. Biswajit Chakraborty
    January 31, 2015

    The Dreaming Tree is simply a unique piece of photograph. Every elements are speaking out. The light, composition, theme … everything.

  16. Barbara
    January 29, 2015

    I always enjoy looking at the photographs is seems I’m standing right there.

  17. jean d. centina
    January 28, 2015

    humbling but inspiring.. just reminds me of how great is our God!

  18. Amitava Banerjee
    January 27, 2015

    It’s a great site. What a photography … superb … awesome and mindblowing. Thank you.

  19. Jeenal
    January 15, 2015

    So. Mr. Christian Spencer , we ” who likes your dreaming tree “are ready to see the tree with you 🙂 …just call-up…. Hey I just kidding 🙂

  20. Jeenal
    January 15, 2015

    WOW ! Good Photography :-)… The most ” Dreaming Tree” . I wish i would be there soon 🙂

  21. agent of justice
    January 13, 2015

    photos like these need to be seen even more by the world

  22. manisha
    January 13, 2015

    it’s beauuuuuuuuutiful……….

  23. manisha
    January 13, 2015

    wow, these pics are larger than life…..superb photography

  24. Michael Filippoff
    January 10, 2015


  25. Marcelo Jaramillo Cisneros
    January 9, 2015

    Wonderful pictures.

  26. Doston Matyakubov
    January 3, 2015

    All photos are really stunning and they show clearly the beauty of our planet!

  27. Jose-Manuel Borras
    January 1, 2015

    Maravillosas estas fotos de Octubre. Me sirven de mucha inspiración. ¡Gracias!

  28. parkjer1
    November 25, 2014

    the one with the field is amazing, looks like the ocean

    November 23, 2014


  30. Chris
    November 23, 2014

    Amazing pictures, love them!

  31. Dolores Apodaca
    November 22, 2014


  32. Christopher kitchen
    November 21, 2014

    I think all your photos are awesome and beautiful what type of camera and what type of lens do you use ??? please reply !!!!

  33. Hendra satria gunawan
    November 20, 2014

    nice photo,,great picture of the years guys

  34. Anthony Peter Gomes
    November 19, 2014


  35. sr gaur
    November 18, 2014

    really wonderful !

  36. Nithish KP
    November 18, 2014

    Nothing else can can rejuvenate the soul better than these pictures. Just tender and awesome

  37. kate otis
    November 17, 2014

    Sublime comme toujours

  38. Avianti
    November 14, 2014

    WOW! These are beautiful! Now, I want to take a trip to Indonesia.

  39. Muhammad Toaha Mollick
    November 13, 2014

    Nothing to Say, Just Hats off to the PHOTOGRAPHERS.

  40. Jayantha rupasinghe
    November 13, 2014

    The dreaming tree, …if I am under the tree, I know the nature will secure me. Beautifull shot. Thanks.

  41. huel
    November 12, 2014

    awersome pics

  42. Issa
    November 11, 2014

    I love the “dreaming tree”. I can hear it calling me.

  43. Birbal Verma
    November 9, 2014

    It would have been better if technical information viz, the Camera, Lens settings and film or Digital etc. could be written as well. They are a treasure of photography.

  44. Mariana Leal
    November 7, 2014

    These pictures are food for my soul.

  45. http://tinyurl.com/lzscawy
    November 7, 2014

    Amazing pics!

  46. İsa DAĞ
    November 7, 2014

    great pictures congurulations.I hope enjoy your succesfuly 🙂

  47. Diane “Sunflower” Albergaria
    November 6, 2014

    I frequent the NG Wallpapers and pics to show on my computer and home desk top screens, I love them all

  48. akhrie
    November 5, 2014

    all d pics are awesome

  49. alberto
    November 4, 2014

    wonderful shots!!

  50. Ramesh sarvani
    November 4, 2014

    they are wonderful snaps.

  51. joz
    November 4, 2014

    daebak…..speechless…it’s truly the work of nature that can make us this speechless yet in awe

  52. Mike Rossi
    November 3, 2014

    What a magical moment

  53. Rosita Esposito
    November 2, 2014


  54. isabel
    October 30, 2014

    esa imagen de las hojas de octubre esta preciosa

  55. Rupesh Mehta
    October 30, 2014

    Awesome natural images!

  56. zoul
    October 29, 2014

    Spectacular! Awesome!

  57. Greg Petliski
    October 28, 2014

    “It’s an ideal place to observe these majestic animals in their natural state.”

    Theres a ship in the photo. Very natural. Though the rest of the images are dope, wont deny that, how hard is it to come up with a caption that fits and doesnt contradict itself?

  58. Maude Alyce Mandiawa
    October 28, 2014

    All beautiful pictures, well captured…

  59. Mifta woliy
    October 28, 2014

    wow !Relly beautiful photograph .I Like it and good thing oky

  60. Georgia Howell
    October 28, 2014

    All of the photograghs are special. The Dreaming Tree is wonderful.

  61. Nohemi Rodriguez
    October 28, 2014

    Very beautiful all pics
    I love it

  62. saai
    October 28, 2014

    Love the lake louise one

  63. PAN Y.
    October 28, 2014

    great this make me feel like powerful thnk

  64. Ambreen Khan
    October 28, 2014

    My most favs would be The Dreaming Tree, Napoleon Invasion and Rock Art

  65. Samantha Sandström
    October 28, 2014

    The Dreaming tree & Autumn in Aomori , I like both , Thank you.

  66. auday
    October 28, 2014

    It’s all great. .but I think it is better to make their shape longitudinal in order to use it as a background of phones. Thanks

  67. Shelley
    October 28, 2014

    Spectacular photography but the shot of the mountains in Indonesia just took my breath away. Beautiful.

  68. bhagyashree
    October 28, 2014

    awesome clicks …beautiful…

  69. lilibeth
    October 27, 2014


  70. indar singh lodhi
    October 27, 2014


  71. Ali Momtahan
    October 27, 2014

    The pix are all mesmerizing

  72. Evelyn Massey
    October 27, 2014

    The Dreaming Tree is my favorite one

  73. Rosemiah Ahmad
    October 27, 2014

    They are all fantastic.

  74. rifnas
    October 27, 2014

    Beautiful pictures

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