• July 31, 2015

The Best of Your Shot: Eight Awesome Animal Photos

Becky Harlan

Every day 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.

This month, I wanted to feature animal photos that have made Top Shot during July. But not because it’s rare for so many wildlife images to end up in the winning spot. Acutally, it’s the opposite. Wildlife photography is a staple of the Your Shot community. Your Shot editor Marie McGrory says Your Shot is “a very international community. They travel to see animals all around the world. They spend hours and days waiting for their subject to enter their frame. Like us at National Geographic, they care about animals, animal conservation, and giving a voice to our fellow species.” So feathers or fur, whatever you prefer, please enjoy this glimpse into the varied splendor of the animal kingdom. (And don’t forget that you can share your own images with the community by uploading to Your Shot!)

A family of five red foxes huddles together in Grand Teton National park
Fox Family Portrait
A family of red foxes gathers in Grand Teton National Park. Photographer Jim Chagares spent three and a half weeks photoraphing fox dens in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.
Photograph by Jim Chagares, National Geographic Your Shot
two crocodiles lurk in the water, their heads and upper backs peeking above the water, the reflection of the trees above them appears in the space between them
Monochrome Crocs
Two crocodiles cruise around a lake in North Queensland, Australia. Photographer Amy Shire says she was drawn to the “juxtaposition of the two powerful and menacing creatures framing the delicate nature play above them.”
Photograph by Amy Shire, National Geographic Your Shot
A tiger struts across a dirt path, a line of off roading vehicles behind it full of sightseers with cameras who are looking on
The (Big) Catwalk
Sightseers gather at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, India, to catch a glimpse of this tiger. Photographer Gaurav Kalbhor says this image “shows who is the boss.”
Photograph by Gaurav Kalbhor, National Geographic Your Shot
A large female spider in the center of the frame is surrounded by much smaller spiders, who are her offspring, in front of a gray background
Full House
A female skull spider guards her eggs for a few days after they hatch. After that, the spiderlings are on their own.
Photograph by I. Dan, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of a grizzly bear sleeping on a tree in Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in British Columbia, Canada
Au Naturel Nap
A grizzly rests on a tree in the rain at the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary in British Columbia, Canada.
Photograph by Michelle Valberg, National Geographic Your Shot
Aerial photograph of a monitor lizard swimming through a tanish ochre-colored water, mostly submersed in water with only its back and the top of its head showing
Monitoring for Lizards
A monitor lizard dragon swims through a small lake in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Photographer Michael Haluwana visited the lake four days in a row hoping to catch this moment. This frame was captured after three hours spent sitting in a tree when the lizard finally swam through the waters below.
Photograph by Michael Haluwana, National Geographic Your Shot
Picture of two polar bears standing up in a totally white landscape, one of htem appears to be waving
Why Hello, Bear!
Polar bears congregate on the barrier islands of Kaktovik in northern Alaska every fall to partake in leftovers from Inupiat whaling before the Beaufort Sea freezes and they move on to hunt seal. “It was a surreal experience,” says photographer Laura Keene, “to be in the presence of these magnificent creatures.”
Photograph by Laura Keene, 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 26 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Alejandro
    November 7, 2015

    bonitas todas las fotos me gustó mucho la del oso descansando

  2. Sara
    August 16, 2015

    Amazing, beautiful… and sad (tiger and mass humanity)

  3. Dorothy Hansford
    August 16, 2015

    Loved the bear sleeping in the tree.

  4. Madeline Sanders
    August 10, 2015

    Thank you. I can’t stop smiling !

  5. Vittorio Ghirardo
    August 9, 2015

    Earth and people need photos like these

  6. Bonita Lewis
    August 9, 2015

    You guys just amaze me with your amazing endurance to bring a different world for us to see. THANK you so much. I love you so much Nat Geo.

  7. Caroline Bowden
    August 9, 2015

    Excellent photos – along with a really beautiful and clean page layout.

  8. Luzia Estevens
    August 9, 2015

    I bought my fist camera in 2nd hand a year ago (Nikon 80D) and seeing these photos…I quit!

  9. Michelle
    August 9, 2015

    Very grateful to the photographers for sharing their shots. Thanks National Geographic

  10. Abhinav07
    August 9, 2015

    wow..!! that is something even wild will smile..:)

  11. Peter Joor
    August 9, 2015

    Just; WHOOOOOOOW!.

  12. Palash Bharadwaj
    August 9, 2015

    I wish I ever get a chance to do something so great.

  13. Gopal
    August 9, 2015

    Rare and fantastic.

  14. Anil Jain
    August 9, 2015

    Remarkable perseverance and some stunning images capturing these fleeting moments. Keep it up!

  15. afzal ahmed
    August 8, 2015

    Love it!

  16. Ridwan Sugi
    August 8, 2015

    Very Good Shot! Awesome!

  17. Konstantin
    August 8, 2015


  18. Marianne
    August 8, 2015

    All creatures, big or small are the wonders of the World, please take care of each of them!!!

  19. raghed alshrief
    August 8, 2015

    I lovebit so much ❤

  20. raghed alshrief
    August 8, 2015

  21. Kay Rodda
    August 8, 2015

    Stunning, all of them. Thank you

  22. Swapna Das
    August 8, 2015


  23. david evans
    August 5, 2015

    some very great shots, jealous

  24. Lily Chadsey
    August 4, 2015

    I hope you continue to create for a very long time. Please let me know if you have a show somewhere in the U.S.

  25. Joan Churton
    August 3, 2015


  26. Donna
    August 2, 2015

    These shots are amazing!

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