• April 7, 2015

Photo of the Day: Best of March

Alexa Keefe

“I had driven to the Grand Canyon in anticipation of the storm,” writes Your Shot member David Stoker of the above photograph. “I remember the morning being particularly cold as I hiked along the rim awaiting the arrival of the sun. The skies were still overcast, but a small break in the clouds allowed a single ray of sunlight to shine through, illuminating a small portion of the butte below.” The drama of this image, one of several chosen for the Your Shot First Light assignment, feels like a fitting start to this round-up of my favorite images from last month’s Photo of the Day.

Picture of a woman dressed in a feather costume
Sacred Feathers
Photograph by Marco Vernaschi

Photographer Marco Vernaschi’s project “Biophilia” draws attention to Argentina’s indigenous cultures by photographing people in traditional dress and costumes. The woman photographed here is named Belén Cruz. She is a Suri, also known as Samilantes—a cultural group within the Quechua community. Cruz’s feathered costume represents the nandu, or rhea, sacred bird of the Suris. This portrait was one of several featured in the April issue of National Geographic magazine.

Picture of a panda bear in a tree
Photograph by Marco Mattiussi, National Geographic Your Shot

“For this shot I was … [in] the right place at the right time: It was rainy and foggy, very wet weather, and the panda decided to climb a beautiful tree in front of me,” writes Your Shot member Marco Mattiussi. Mattiussi obtained special permission to visit areas with captive-raised pandas that had been released into the wild, resulting in this delicate, painterly photograph.

Picture of a diver with a school of fish in Mexico
All the Fish in the Sea
Photograph by Jeff Hester, National Geographic Your Shot

“I was drawn to make this image because ideally, I believe this is what our oceans should look like. But Cabo Pulmo hasn’t always been this way,” writes Your Shot member Jeff Hester. “In 1995, a marine park was established by local citizens to counteract depleted reef fishes and marine life due to overfishing,” he explains. “Today, the biomass is booming, and the ecosystem is returning to a healthy state. For this particular image, I wanted to show some scale of the situation so I had my wife (seen in the foreground) swim ahead of me.”

Picture of tiger cubs in India
Fearless Symmetry
Photograph by Souvik Kundu, National Geographic Your Shot

It’s a rare and privileged experience to witness the interaction of tiger cubs in the wild, says Souvik Kundu, a member of our Your Shot photo community. After learning that a tigress had given birth to cubs in India’s Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Kundu visited the sanctuary a number of times to photograph the family. On this day his group was treated to an “unforgettable display of tender bonding,” with “the cubs engaged in several bouts of play-fighting under the watchful eyes of the mother.”

Picture of snow falling on the Blue Pond in Japan
Evening Snowfall
Photograph by Haruka Iwasaki, National Geographic Your Shot

“When I arrived at the Blue Pond in Biei in Hokkaido, Japan, a lot of snow had fallen and the wind was blowing strongly,” writes Your Shot member Haruka Iwasaki. “The moment the light that illuminates the pond was reflected in the snow, I witnessed a fantastic spectacle.”

I imagine this is what being inside a snow globe would be like.

Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang in Henan Province, China
Spiritual Niche
Photograph by Yann H., National Geographic Your Shot

The juxtaposition of centuries-old statues of Buddha with tools of modern construction at Longmen Grottoes in Henan Province, China, makes for an eye-catching tableau.


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.

See which pictures were featured in our last round-up, Photo of the Day: Best of February.

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  1. vyankatesh
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  2. shannon bartlett
    March 7, 2016

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    December 27, 2015

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  4. David Murray Scott
    December 27, 2015

    The joy of sight begets beauty, a flick of the eye catches a world of sight

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    December 20, 2015

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    December 9, 2015

    I am amazed to see such beautiful compositions. Truly wonderful

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    November 25, 2015

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  8. Imtiaz Chaudhry
    July 27, 2015

    Stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing

  9. Beatriz
    July 18, 2015

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    July 13, 2015

    It is a beautiful take…. Lovely composition too.

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    June 12, 2015

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    June 4, 2015

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    June 2, 2015

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    May 30, 2015

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    May 26, 2015

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    May 20, 2015

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    May 18, 2015

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    May 14, 2015

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    May 13, 2015

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  20. Sophia
    May 9, 2015

    I love all of them! I especially love Pandarama, Evening Snowfall, and Fearless Symmetry. Great work! ;D

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    May 8, 2015

    Beautiful work.

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  24. Teresa
    April 19, 2015

    Spectacular shots! “Thanks for sharing “

  25. Iris
    April 12, 2015

    A feast for the eyes! Thank you NG!

  26. Shirley May
    April 12, 2015

    Beautiful photos!

  27. michelle
    April 12, 2015

    It is very amazing how NatGeo shares with us all the wonders created by God.

  28. da
    April 12, 2015

    to be able to start my day with such joy in both the earth’s bounty and such proof of our human spirit in the creating of such beauty is such an exercise in humility and gratitude. Thank you all!

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    April 11, 2015

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    April 11, 2015

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    April 11, 2015


  32. Brook Asrat
    April 9, 2015

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  33. Ann Robertson
    April 8, 2015

    Thanks for all the wonderful photos. xx

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    April 8, 2015


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    April 8, 2015

    Autumn is hard if will it tree see to way … and it until come bake isn’t for it …. Dariuosh Goodarzi ….from oshtarinan -lorrestan-Iran (OLI)

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    April 8, 2015

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    April 8, 2015

    Superb! Thank you for sharing…

  38. Ilene Petranek
    April 8, 2015

    awesome pictures. Wishing I had been there!

  39. Jo Robinson
    April 8, 2015

    Wonderful work by very talented photographers…thank you for sharing.

  40. chen s ming
    April 8, 2015

    excellent photos! thanks for sharing.

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    April 8, 2015

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    April 8, 2015

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    April 8, 2015

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    April 8, 2015

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  45. Sabine
    April 8, 2015

    Amazing photographs make us share in Wonderfull moments

  46. Roy Kwang
    April 8, 2015

    The patience it took to take these amazing photographs.

  47. Selena Huang
    April 7, 2015

    so beautiful ! Love Love Love

    April 7, 2015


  49. Heather Kelling
    April 7, 2015

    Awesome pics! Our natural world is so amazing!

  50. Melody dittburner
    April 7, 2015

    It takes a special person to see what other don’t and capture it on camera.

  51. Garba Apagu Satumari
    April 7, 2015

    I Love Natgeo like I Love Nature

  52. Garrett Soulen
    April 7, 2015

    Beautiful, dazzling colors, eye-catching, an unforgettable display of light and color. Awesome.

  53. Tara Chhetri
    April 7, 2015

    I was down,disturbed today. This one is so beautiful, I am feeling so goods. Thanks Proof(NG)

  54. Sally
    April 7, 2015

    I don’t know what we’d do without National Geographic. It brings wonders into our lives.

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