Children’s smile
Photo and caption by Aleksandr Romanov
Life behind polar circle
Location: Tazovsky peninsula, Jamalonenetsky district, Russia
Eastern Screech Owl, Georgia
Photograph by Graham McGeorgeMasters of disguise. The eastern screech owl is seen here doing what they do best. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey. Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, U.S.A.

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Bamboo Forest, Japan
Photograph by Teruo ArayaIn the Muromachi period, Sesson Shukei (1504-1589), a painting priest, used this hermitage as the foothold for his activities during his old age. No sound except the murmur of the wind can be heard. Tomb of natural stone, countless bamboos all quietly breathing.

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Cafe Patron, Paris
Photograph by Christophe Debon, National Geographic Your ShotI don’t claim the status of a photographer, I just take the pictures. When a subject catches my attention there’s no time for analysis or composition. My work is instinctual.
Monte Perdido, Spain
Photograph by Maxime Daviron, Your ShotThe north face of Monte Perdido in the Spanish Pyrenees. The mountain was masked by the clouds for three days, revealing the glacier occasionally. It was really cold and there was a strong wind; the ambience was very impressive. It reminded me of the world of Tolkien. This place could have been the abode of some ancient gods or giant dragons.

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Zebras, Serengeti
Photograph by Giulio Zanni, My ShotImage taken in the Serengeti in Tanzania during the migration period. Zebras and wildebeest were gathering on the edge of the river, waiting for the right moment to cross.
Milky Way, New Zealand
Photograph by Stefan Mutch, My ShotThis was taken on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, New Zealand. I was hoping to capture some aurora activity. There was no aurora that night, but there was high humidity, so the light from the city was reflected over the entire sky, even though we were well away from the city. Instead of the usual gold or orange glow, the sky took on a red hue that was clearly visible to the naked eye.

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