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  • March 1, 2016

Photo of the Day: Best of February

One striking feature of this month‘s photographs is their beautiful light. Whether warm, cool, natural, or artificial, light allows these images to shine. It glistens in the eye of a friendly gecko, peeks over icebergs in Iceland, and sets the Ganges aglow in morning. For someone like me who lives in the Northern Hemisphere, these photos are a ray of sun in the midst of a dreary winter.

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Picture of a gecko in a terrarium in Warsaw
Peekaboo
Photograph by Dariusz Kucharski and Kornelia Kucharska, National Geographic Your Shot

This pet Mediterranean house gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) that lives with Your Shot members Dariusz Kucharski and Kornelia Kucharska is a well-fed critter. Here, it pokes its head out from behind leaves in a colorful terrarium as its Warsaw-based owners drop live crickets into the enclosure.

Picture of a train conductor on a train in Japan
Time to Go
  Photograph by Akinori Koseki, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Akinori Koseki was the only one on the train platform in the wee hours of the morning during this snowstorm in Fukushima, Japan. The photographer caught this train conductor checking his watch just moments before the 5:30 a.m. train was due to pull out of Aizu-Kawaguchi Station on the regional Tadami Line. Despite the heavy snowfall, the train left on time—helped in part by arriving at a station with no customers.

Picture of Monument Valley in snow
Valley Dusting
  Photograph by Tyler Lekki, National Geographic Your Shot

At the end of a four-week road trip, Your Shot member Tyler Lekki ran into some bad luck: a flat tire. He stayed the night in a local hotel in Monument Valley National Park in Utah, and his fortunes turned around when he was able to capture this sunrise shot of the park’s towering sandstone buttes after a light coating of snow.

Picture of a Kazakh herder in Mongolia riding a horse with an eagle
Eagle Hunter
Photograph by Steve Morrison, National Geographic Your Shot

While in western Mongolia in the summer of 2014, Your Shot member Steve Morrison captured this photo of a nomadic herder who hunts using a trained golden eagle, a centuries-old Kazakh practice. The eagles are extremely quick and can dive upon prey at speeds of more than 150 miles an hour. “I had the opportunity to spend four days camped beside the ger (yurt) belonging to Shohan and his family,” Morrison writes. “On this day, we had followed Shohan deep into the valley that extends west beyond his summer pastures, above upper Dayan Nuur near the Chinese border.”

Picture of icebergs in Iceland
Early to Rise
  Photograph by Hardik Desai, National Geographic Your Shot

“The place has its unique appeal,” Your Shot member Hardik Desai writes of Iceland’s Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. “Dawn happens two hours before sunrise, and the sunrise colors usually last almost 90 minutes if there are no clouds.” A day after scouting out the location, Desai drove 30 minutes to arrive at the lagoon in time to capture the sunrise, hoping for exactly this result.

Picture of a bather at the Ganges River in Varanasi, India
Sacred Swim
  Photograph by Raja Subramaniyan, National Geographic Your Shot

A quiet morning at Dashashwamedh Ghat, the main ghat in Varanasi, India, on the banks of the Ganges River, afforded Your Shot member Raja Subramaniyan an image that could project the feel of the moment: a lone visitor “taking the holy bath.” The ghats, especially this one, are often full of pilgrims and tourists alike, but of this photo the photographer writes, “I loved the atmosphere of the Dashashwamedh Ghat on that day—beautiful sunrise with warm light, the mist effect, the arrangement of boats.”

Picture of a white tern flying near a beach in the Seychelles
Taking Flight
Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak

A white tern flits through regenerating native forest on Cousine, a private island off the coast of Praslin and one of Seychelles’ ecological restoration successes. A luxury resort helps pay for the island’s conservation projects. This photograph was selected from from the March 2016 feature story “In the Seychelles, Taking Aim at Nature’s Bullies.”

Picture of the sunset in Oia, Greece
Painted Sky
Photograph by Soroush Etemad, National Geographic Your Shot

While visiting Oia, on the Greek island of Santorini, Your Shot member Soroush Etemad was “mesmerized by [the] captivating beauty” of this sunset. Beneath a palette of orange and red, a large gathering of people stood on castle ruins to watch the sun go down over the Aegean Sea.

Picture of men fishing in Myanmar
Balancing Act
Photograph by Marco Marcone, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Marco Marcone snapped this artfully framed shot of fishermen balancing on small fishing vessels on Inle Lake in Myanmar. “I was in a boat a little bit larger than that of the fishermen in the photo,” he writes. “Honestly, they were just there for tourists … Anyway, I tried to do something new. I [hadn’t] seen anyone before [put] the camera and himself inside the fishing net!”


Janna Dotschkal is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from around National Geographic, including the Magazine and our photo community, Your Shot. Liane DiStefano writes the captions and titles.

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

There are 14 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Fahim Hasan Shiyam
    August 27, 2016

    Thanx for your photos. Carry on

  2. Prathibha
    May 8, 2016

    Amazing clicks!

  3. Prashant M Joni
    April 23, 2016

    Awesome shots

  4. Claire Stepleton
    April 7, 2016

    Beautiful images!

  5. uday king
    April 7, 2016

    dazziling shorts

  6. Lavallée
    March 28, 2016

    Truly amazing pictures, I love Nature.

  7. chasing klix
    March 15, 2016

    truly amazing images. Fantastic work.

  8. SJ Drio
    March 10, 2016

    awesome pictures

  9. SJ Drio
    March 10, 2016

    awesome pictures1

  10. Vera Terranova
    March 9, 2016

    These amazing photos prove our love for the Earth and creation in general. Love creates beauty even where sometimes this beauty does not exist.

  11. Yasser El-Nadi
    March 5, 2016

    Wonderful photos, thanks.

  12. Emmanuel
    March 5, 2016

    The pictures capture my very self.

  13. Mr Hamza
    March 2, 2016

    I Love every one of these images. Our World is most Beautiful.

  14. Marcela Calay Laurenze
    March 1, 2016

    I Love every one of these images. Our World is Beautiful.

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