The Best Photos

Photograph by Eduardo Lopez Negrete, National Geographic Your Shot. very 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, 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.
Topsy Turvy in Tonga

A humpback whale calf swims in the waters of Tonga’s Vava’u Islands. Each year, humpback whales come to Tonga between July and September. Photograph by Marc Henauer, National Geographic Your Shot.

Electric Bluebottle

A Portuguese man-of-war (Physalia physalis), also known as a bluebottle, peeks out from beneath the waters of Shell Cove in New South Wales, Australia. Photographer Matthew Smith experimented with many lighting techniques before getting the exposure just right with fiber-optic snoots on his underwater flashes.
Photograph by Matthew Smith, National Geographic Your Shot.

Stars Glow, Waters Flow

The Milky Way glows over Palouse Falls in Washington State. This image was created using a 25-second exposure for the stars and then exposing the canyon for around ten minutes to create a composite.
Photograph by Craig Goodwin, National Geographic Your Shot.