• May 28, 2015

The Best Photos From Your Shot: Gazing Up and Hanging Out

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 photos, only one is chosen. And by chosen, I mean voted on by you, the community. That photo receives the Top Shot honor.

In this biweekly dispatch of Top Shots, we see a hammock strung up over the Alps, a reverse rainbow circling the Himalaya, and a blanket of stars above a glowing volcano. (Your Shot members love volcanoes!) These photos reveal events and experiences that feel very far away from many of our daily lives. I always wonder: When voting on “the greatest photo” among really great photos, what makes an image stick out to the community? Maybe the pictures that garner the most votes have a universal appeal because they transport us to places we’d like to one day see with our own eyes—like little glimpses of our daydreams. What do you think makes the winning shot? (Remember that you can vote on the Daily Dozen every weekday here.)

Picture of a person in a yellow shirt hanging out in a hammock high above a mountainous landscape in the Austrian Alps
Hammock on High
An adventurer enjoys the sunset view from a hammock far above the ground in the Austrian Alps.
Photograph by Sebastian Wahlhuetter, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of two leopard cubs resting in the crook of a tree, one alert and one napping
The Kids’ Tree
Two leopard cubs play in a tree as they wait for their mother to return from a hunt in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.
Photograph by Mark Brodkins, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a person sitting at the edge of a large rock structure under a blanket of stars and wearing a headlamp whose beam shines into the distance
The Best Seat in Yosemite
Under a blanket of stars, a man takes in the landscape of Yosemite National Park from the edge of the Diving Board, a rock formation at Glacier Point.
Photograph by Christian Fernandez, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a rows of blooming tulips against a backdrop of bare trees on a foggy day in the Netherlands
Blossoming Beauty
A field of tulips blooms on a foggy day in Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands.
Photograph by Andrea Mottarella, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a person standing at the bottom of the frame under a vast night sky that is sprinkled with stars and accented by the glow of the Kilauea Caldera
Mahalo Milky Way
A dark night sprinkled with stars and accented by the glow of the Kilauea Caldera is seen from near the summit of Mauna Kea at 14,000 feet on the Big Island of Hawaii. This panorama is composed of 22 vertical images.
Photograph by Shane Black, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of bright yellow leaves blowing across a dark and cloudy sky over a lake in Ontario, Canada
Windy Wonder
A gust of wind carries piles of brightly colored fallen leaves over Rice Lake and through the dark and cloudy sky in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Photograph by Marcel L., National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of three vicuñas crossing a salt lake in Bolivia with mountains in the background
Three Vicuña Trot
A vicuña family crosses over Laguna Blanca, a salt lake in Bolivia.
Photograph by Melina Aguad, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of children throwing brightly-colored buckets of water in the air, while standing on a waterfall in Indonesia
Splish Splash Fun
Children play at a waterfall at Tukad Unda Dam in Bali, Indonesia. The waterfall is a popular spot among locals, who come to wash their clothes and bathe, as well as for children who enjoy playing in the water.
Photograph by Dody Kusuma, National Geographic Your Shot
A rare optical phenomenon, a circumhorizontal arc combined with a 22° halo around the sun, appeared around the Nuptse summit in the Himalaya.
Reverse Rainbow
A rare optical phenomenon, a circumhorizontal arc combined with a 22-degree halo around the sun appears around the Nuptse summit in the Himalaya.
Photograph by Neha Gadhari, National Geographic Your Shot

See more featured content from Your Shot on our 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. And don’t forget to help your favorite image from the Daily Dozen become Top Shot by voting every weekday.

There are 21 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Bayu Yoga Dinata
    October 17, 2015

    awesome, and there from Indonesia too

  2. Ilya
    June 4, 2015

    I can’t believe it!

  3. Iqra Quraishi
    June 2, 2015

    all photos are awesome, i wish i could get a chance to watch them all in real

    June 1, 2015

    Very nice pictures

  5. akshat shahi
    June 1, 2015

    Amazing Shots

  6. Gee
    June 1, 2015

    Wonderful photos! 🙂 I’d love to see another set of these.

  7. Shachi Singh
    June 1, 2015

    Spectacular..nature is so beautiful..beyond imaginations..

  8. Dana Bram
    June 1, 2015

    Stunning photos.
    I’ve never even heard of a reverse rainbow before, let alone seen one.

  9. A.Can
    May 29, 2015

    i like N.G (everytime&forever)

  10. Valentina Miclea
    May 29, 2015

    Beautiful pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Christina Frankino
    May 29, 2015

    Beautiful, creative photos – sky shot are wonderful in Maholo Milky Way!

  12. Puneet Malhotra
    May 29, 2015

    There is a photo in the post, Kilauea Caldera is seen from near the summit of Mauna Kea at 14,000 feet on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    Want to know if this is visible by naked eyes.
    Would love to go there if it is.

    Do reply.

  13. Josie Poduti
    May 29, 2015

    awesome pics!

  14. ana
    May 29, 2015

    i can’t believe that i’m seeing this photo with the children from the dam in bali again.. and on national geographic!! i think you should check if the photos you receive are what they seem to be. this is just a staged picture. thete are no children playing like that on that dam, and anywhere else: all symmetrical, splashing water at the same time, all using brand-new plastic recipients in varied colours.. this is already obvious! but anybody who can go there can see this!! the dam is pretty dangerous to play on it, slippery and steep.. which doesn’t mean that kids don’t do it… but i did spend a whole afternoon sitting in the grass nearby, and this is exactly what i saw: a guy taking photos of children who were asked to jump on the dam, and splash water around.. for hours! i don’t know if it’s the same guy, i think i even have some photos from that day, but after watching that, i started seeing this photo all over the internet. there are two ethical issues here: first about the kids; second, about the photo.

  15. Dante
    May 29, 2015

    All the pictures are very very beautiful. I love them all.

  16. Nitu Deori
    May 29, 2015

    Mesmerizing pictures!

  17. Sotiris Demetriou
    May 29, 2015

    Nice pics!!!!!

  18. Shruthi V
    May 28, 2015

    Amazing Clicks!! 🙂

  19. alex yrad
    May 28, 2015


  20. Heberth Wirbiezcas
    May 28, 2015

    The beauty of Talent meets Camera meets Opportunity

    May 28, 2015


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