• May 1, 2015

Photo of the Day: Best of April

Alexa Keefe

Lights, camera, action! A photo of a couple doing the tango on the empty dance floor of the Starlight Room at San Francisco’s Sir Frances Drake Hotel—first submitted to the Your Shot Street Photography assignment—sets the tone for this month’s roundup of Photo of the Day favorites. Theatrical moments can be found in unexpected places.

A circle of sardines resembles an eye at Thousand Steps Reef off the Caribbean island of Bonaire.
Circle of Life
Photograph by Federico Cabello, National Geographic Your Shot

A shoal of sardines resembles an eye on the ocean depths as it swirls near the surface at Thousand Steps Reef off the Caribbean island of Bonaire. Your Shot member Federico Cabello photographed and documented Bonaire’s more than 90 official dive sites for his book Bonaire Point to Point. “Thousand Steps Reef was one of these dive sites,” Cabello writes. “It’s reached via a narrow, meandering stone stairway. A long trek but worth it.”

A girl gets her face painted for a the festival honoring the guardian deity Angalamman
The Fiercest Form
Photograph by Raja Subramaniyan, National Geographic Your Shot

In this photograph by Your Shot member Raja Subramaniyan, a young girl’s face is painted for a festival honoring the guardian deity Angalamman, “the fiercest form,” evoked in participants’ expressions. The festival is held every year in the village of Kaveripattinam in Tamil Nadu, India.

Corazón del Fuego erupts in Guatemala
Corazón del Fuego
Photograph by Andrew Shepard

Wanting to get a closer look at Fuego, a highly active volcano in Guatemala, Your Shot member Andrew Shepard hiked the adjacent Acatenango Volcano and camped near the summit. “Under the moonlight I set my tripod up just outside the tent, and at around 1:30 a.m. we awoke to the rumbling of the ground and the sound of a breath-stealing explosion,” Shepard writes. “I scrambled to the camera just in time [to] capture a moonlit and lava-covered Fuego as it put on this beautiful display of activity and power.”

Two women walking in the wind in Marseilles
Photograph by Yves Vernin, National Geographic Your Shot

A strong, dry wind—called a mistral in southern France—blows through the city of Marseilles, with hair-raising results. Photographer Yves Vernin had for a long time been hoping to do a series on the mistral, so on a windy day he headed to Notre Dame de la Garde, or the “bonne mère,” situated on a hill. “This is a famous place in Marseille, and a windy place,” he writes. “After I searched [for] a good place with nice light and a lot of wind, I waited like a hunter. (Of course, I underexposed because of the light on the faces, and I set a high speed to immobilize the hair.) This one was the most interesting I took.”

An adelie penguin shows an open beak to the camera in Antarctica
When Penguins Attack
Photograph by Clinton Berry, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Clinton Berry captured this photo with a GoPro on Antarctica’s sea ice, about six miles from Casey Station. “I studied the movements of the penguins for weeks,” Berry writes. “They walked in the same area almost every day. We would get maybe a dozen or less going by. The day this was taken there were over 60 penguins. It was a bit of luck involved too.”

A girl swims at night in an illuminated swimming pool
Pool of Light
Photograph by Kelsey Gerhard, National Geographic Your Shot

In the summer months in Virginia, writes Your Shot member Kelsey Gerhard, “my daughters practically live in the water.” And the beauty of the girls in their element has become one of Gerhard’s favorite things to photograph. “One night, I knew we would be swimming late at a nearby pool, and I brought along my Nikon D700 and Ikelite underwater housing to play. I knew the pool lights would create some interesting images, but I did not realize just how magical they would be.”


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 26 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Majid Naghdi photographer +989122043001
    November 26, 2015

    I tell only , woooooow.
    great shot

  2. Rupesh Jadhav
    September 4, 2015

    nice all photography

  3. ernie
    June 24, 2015

    smashing pictures, nice work guys. *thumbs up emoji*

  4. harsh
    May 23, 2015

    penguins is say
    i am taking to u

  5. clare
    May 19, 2015


  6. Yvette
    May 18, 2015

    Love the pictures. The volcano shot was awesome and terrifying at the same time.

  7. gwen
    May 17, 2015

    so cool it looks like the girl is flying

  8. Marvie
    May 17, 2015

    the “Pool of Light” photo is like a swimming Barbie doll 🙂

  9. tony
    May 16, 2015

    the penguin in Antarctica is so cute

  10. Bradley Mickelson
    May 14, 2015

    I never cease to be amazed & pleased by what I see here, thank you!

  11. silas siqueira
    May 7, 2015

    …uma verdadeira viagem pros olhos e prá alma! tudo de bom!

  12. احمد النبريص
    May 7, 2015


  13. Llamedos
    May 6, 2015

    Have only just started visiting NG site; so much better for the soul than news!

  14. nelly
    May 6, 2015

    breath taking view,beautiful volcano

  15. Elizabeth
    May 6, 2015

    These are especially lovely!

  16. rajma
    May 5, 2015

    Thank you for the stunning pictures. Absolutely delightful!

  17. Ellen
    May 4, 2015

    I’m new on the site and can’t get enough. Just beautiful.

  18. Nas Jabar
    May 3, 2015

    The wonderful world we inhabit.

  19. samarendrabiswas
    May 3, 2015

    fantastic photograph

  20. Beryl Arkcoll
    May 3, 2015

    Fantastic photography

  21. Stephen Aske
    May 2, 2015

    The volcano!! So dangerous, like tornados, but I love to look at them.

  22. José Sidenei de Melo
    May 2, 2015

    I vote on the girl swimming in the Pool of Light. Stunning composition. The women’s hair being lifted by the dry wind is also interesting.

  23. Amene wondwosen
    May 2, 2015

    Thanks to u national geographers u teach us the secret of nature.

  24. Bonita Nevins
    May 1, 2015


  25. Mike Durham
    May 1, 2015

    The volcano in Guatemala is fantastic.

  26. Eunice
    May 1, 2015

    Congratulations! Very beautiful pictures. I copied them.

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