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  • December 4, 2015

Photo of the Day: Best of November

As the new editor of Photo of the Day, I’ve been able to bring stunning images from all over the world to your digital doorstep. November was a quiet, almost contemplative month, with a glimpse of a snowy fishing village, a dog shrouded in the eerie glow of a lighthouse, an actor waiting to perform, and more. Whether these are new sights for you or not, I hope they shape and change your perspective of the world we live in.

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Picture of a snowy fishing port
A Flurry of Activity
Photograph by Stian Servoss, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot community member Stian Servoss says this enchanting photo was taken on a day that actually began as a sunny one in Reine, a small fishing village in the Lofoten Islands in Norway. “I was about to pack my gear as it suddenly started snowing—a lot,” Servoss writes. “I ran down to some fishermen working at the docks to get a few shots of them as they were lifting containers of fish from their boat to land … All of a sudden, I noticed hundreds of birds.” The birds appear to be playing in the snowflakes —though they are more likely attracted to the day’s catch.

Picture of a dog in front of the Yaquina Head lighthouse, Newport, Oregon
Beacon Bright
Photograph by Justin Knott, National Geographic Your Shot

A patient dog makes a long exposure possible at the Yaquina Head lighthouse in Newport, Oregon, captured here by Your Shot member Justin Knott. A working lighthouse since 1873, the 93-foot beacon is a landmark of the Oregon coast’s Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

Picture of a microscopic detail of a drop of Aperol
Hard Drink
Photograph by Bernardo Cesare, National Geographic Your Shot

A polarized-light photomicrograph reveals a crystallized drop of Aperol, a brand of bitter liquor that lends its orange color to the popular Italian aperitif spritz. “I had never taken photomicrographs of drinks … because there’s somebody—Michael Davidson—who does this job at an unbeatable level,” writes Your Shot member Bernardo Cesare. After showcasing Davidson’s work alongside his own rock photomicrographs at a conference, Cesare received a suggestion: Try Aperol. “I did it, and the result is what you see here.”

Picture of actor waiting backstage in Delhi, India
Act of Faith
Photograph by Mukunda De, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Mukunda De submitted this photo of an actor, dressed as Lord Krishna, seated backstage during a Ramlila performance in Delhi, India. The actor’s closed eyes and faint smile infer a moment of contemplation—perhaps a truly spiritual investment in his work.

Picture of the green hills of the Scottish Highlands
Peaks of Enchantment
Photograph by Joana Bochecha, National Geographic Your Shot

While on a four-day road trip through the Scottish Highlands, on what began as a rainy day, Your Shot member Joana Bochecha took advantage of a break in the weather and snapped this image of a shaft of sunlight illuminating the hollow between peaks in the Glencoe Mountains. “It had rained all morning, and just before reaching this spot the sun had broken through the clouds,” she writes, “highlighting not only the vibrant green of the grass … but also creating a mist between the top of the mountains that gives a mystical appearance to this photo.”


Janna Dotschkal is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from around National Geographic. Lianne DiStefano writes the captions and titles.

See which pictures were featured in our last roundup, Photo of the Day: Best of October.

There are 10 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. dhinesh naren
    March 1, 2016

    Superb shot. Please let me know the camera settings for the “Beacon Bright” image.

  2. sayten
    February 11, 2016

    Glencoe – I strongly recommend it.

  3. Punam
    January 28, 2016

    Amazing photo,like the sun light coming behind the clouds.

  4. Sohan Saini
    December 22, 2015

    Super photography of sand waves in desert, Dog sitting out side of light tower,& Act of faith, Its the result of hard work.

  5. Diane Aarrya
    December 16, 2015

    Amazing!

  6. Carol Worrell
    December 10, 2015

    Wonderful selection of images!

  7. Nitai Das
    December 9, 2015

    Very good selection of Shots…Regards

  8. Michael
    December 9, 2015

    Awesome!

  9. German Caraveo
    December 4, 2015

    Pretty ghetto

  10. Charles O. Slavens
    December 4, 2015

    Inspiring!

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