• May 19, 2015

The Best Photos From Your Shot: Volcanoes and More Volcanoes!

Becky Harlan

Every day here at National Geographic, our photo editors look through somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 images that are uploaded to our photo community, Your Shot. Of those images, 12 are selected to shine in what we call the Daily Dozen. And from THOSE, only one is chosen. And by chosen, I mean voted on by you, the community. That photo receives the honor of “Top Shot.”

We’re featuring the Top Shots from the past two weeks—the best of the best. And when you put them together, often patterns emerge. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of images of Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupting, so much that they make up three of the past ten Top Shots. Here they are. Feast your eyes on the Top Shots from April 27 through May 8.

Picture of a cloud above Calbuco volcano as it erupts as seen from Frutillar, Chile
Calbuco Cloud Cover
A view of the Calbuco volcanic eruption from Frutillar, Chile
Photograph by Cote Catalan, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a jockey biting the tail of a bull as they race through the mud
Bull Speed Ahead!
A jockey in the Pacu Jawi, a muddy bull race in West Sumatra, Indonesia, bites the tail of his bull to speed it up.
Photograph by Achmad Sumawijaya, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a mother humpback whale with her young
A Whale-Size Love
A humpback whale swims with her calf in Roca Partida, Mexico.
Photograph by Anuar Patjane, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of Alaska's Sheridan glacier reflects in the lake below
Mirror, Mirror on the Ice
Alaska’s Sheridan Glacier is reflected in the lake below.
Photograph by Joe Morris, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a tower of ash exploding from Chile's Calbuco volcano
Tower of Ash
Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupts on April 22, 2015, spewing smoke and ash ten kilometers into the air.
Photograph by Roger Smith, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of an Intha fisherman rowing his boat and setting up his fishing basket on a misty lake
Sun’s Up, Nets Out
An Intha fisherman sets up his net to fish as he paddles his boat with a unique leg-rowing technique in Myanmar’s Inle Lake.
Photograph by Zay Yar Lin, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of black and white sand cliffs at Chimney Bluffs
Chiaroscuro Cliffs
Sand cliffs at Chimney Bluffs State Park on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in New York
Photograph by Richard Mulvey, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a pelican floating on the water while scad swim in a school below
Calm and Chaos
A pelican rests, floating above a school of scad, which are forming a bait ball. The multitude of scad along the coast in the shallow waters of Bonaire provide food for predators.
Photograph by Lorenzo Mittiga, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a tuk tuk driving through a peruvian village just before a storm, dust rising
Shelter From the Storm
A tuk-tuk passes through a Peruvian village as a storm brews.
Photograph by Wladimir Olguin Bazaes, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of Chile's Calbuco volcano erupting as lightning flashes in the sky
Lightning and Lava
Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupts as lightning flashes in the sky above.
Photograph by Eduardo Minte Hess, National Geographic Your Shot

Our Your Shot editors are so into volcanoes that they descended on Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park for the BioBlitz on May 15-16, along with hundreds of citizen scientists.

Also, see more featured content from Your Shot on the Editors’ Spotlight, and be a part of our photo community where you can upload images, participate in assignments, and even attend meetups, by joining Your Shot.

There are 16 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Dias Constantino
    May 29, 2015

    Imagens jamais vistas, e lamentáveis por terem custado vidas humanas

  2. Enrique Alcérreca S.
    May 21, 2015

    Like a National Geographic Photo should be….

  3. roxana predeanu
    May 21, 2015


  4. Thelma Wright
    May 21, 2015

    Thank you for sharing these awesome photographs.

  5. Rolf Strobel
    May 21, 2015

    Absolutely fantastic

  6. Denis Nghia
    May 21, 2015

    Mighty power. The grandiosity of Nature has been revealed.

  7. Chris Mager
    May 20, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful! Lets you see and appreciate nature. It is so enjoyable to see things you never imagined you could in your lifetime.

  8. michael theologos
    May 20, 2015


  9. himanshu
    May 20, 2015

    amazing adventuring

  10. szarlik
    May 20, 2015

    zdjęcia kapitalne

  11. Rhythm
    May 20, 2015

    Totally Insane!!!!!

  12. shamim samad
    May 20, 2015

    absolutely unbelievable

  13. Arnab Dutta
    May 20, 2015

    All the photographs are phenomenal. The last one captures a rare moment, Lightning and volcanic eruption at the same time. Thanks for sharing all these moments.

  14. Sherry Ash
    May 20, 2015

    Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to see the most beautiful things. As a handicapped person I would never get to do this myself.

  15. karen Villamor
    May 20, 2015

    great shots of pictures. incredibly amazing!

  16. Monika
    May 19, 2015

    Fantastic, Fantastic, Fantastic.

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