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Photo of the Day: Best of March

Fishermen with nets silhouetted against the sky could be seen as something of a cliché. But the layering, the texture of the worn net, and the moment captured above by Your Shot photographer Ly Hoang Long along the banks of the Cua Dai river in Vietnam make this a personal favorite of mine.

When people ask me what makes a Photo of the Day—a curated look at photography around National Geographic—my answer is simple: I have to want to spend time with the picture, and whether full of complex detail or exquisitely simple, it has to stand on its own. The photos I choose are meant to be a glimpse of our world in a moment in time, some captured as a result of meticulous planning and research on assignment for National Geographic magazine, others happy finds from keen eyes tuned to daily life and travels from our Your Shot community. The photographers behind the lens represent a wide range of skill levels, from professional to aspirational, but each has a visual story to tell. Below are a selection of reader favorites from the month of March. —Alexa Keefe.

Fishermen with nets silhouetted against the sky could be seen as something of a cliché. But the layering, the texture of the worn net, and the moment captured above by Your Shot photographer Ly Hoang Long along the banks of the Cua Dai river in Vietnam make this a personal favorite of mine.

Laguna Colorada
Photograph by Dharshana Jagoda, National Geographic Your Shot
Colors—and layers of color—are a visual treat in this photograph of Laguna Colorada in Bolivia. The sprinkling of flamingos and the ripples of the water are the details that make this image come together.
Lone Shark. March 9
Photograph by Denis Nezhentsev, National Geographic Your Shot
The silhouetted shapes in varying shades of gray lend a delicate quality to this photograph of a hammerhead shark swimming among fish in the Galápagos, almost giving the feeling of looking through layers of printed silk. The choice to present this scene in black and white is what makes the photograph sing.
Pursued. March 3
Photograph by Brian Skerry from the March 2014 feature story “Quicksilver.”
This moment has all of the makings of a monster movie—a steely-eyed predator coming out of the depths to swoop up its prey. And I will admit, the drama of seeing this Atlantic bluefin tuna in action is what first took my breath away. Reading about Brian Skerry’s experience swimming with these giants of the sea, however, my interest deepened as I came to understand what magnificent creatures these are.
Row Up. March 21
Photograph by Maqsood Bhat, National Geographic Your Shot
More snow. Or as those of us who are in D.C. for cherry blossom season might imagine—a flurry of petals. For me though, the storybook quality of the boatman oaring up to this small shop in the backwaters of Dal Lake in India trumps seasonal fatigue.
The Square. March 8
Photograph by Jeff Oftedahl, National Geographic Your Shot
Your Shot photographer Jeff Oftedahl was on a guided tour of Pyongyang, North Korea, when he took this shot from the top of a monument overlooking Kim Il Sung Square. Of the scene, Oftedahl says, “Everything is built to be impressive and to position the leadership over the people, and the people walking under the illuminated photographs really emphasized this point. I zoomed in to fill the frame with the square, showing how tiny the people truly are in comparison.” My thoughts exactly.
A Movable Feast. March 15
Photograph by Merlin Tuttle from the March 2014 feature story “Call of the Bloom.”
This bat is cute. Covered in pollen this bat is even cuter. This is not, however, what photographer Merlin Tuttle was concerned with when he set out to show the symbiotic relationship between this nectar-seeking bat and the flower of the blue mahoe tree. Using a portable studio, Tuttle brings one more example of nature’s intelligence to our eyes.
Spring Herd. March 19
Photograph by Tariq Sawyer, National Geographic Your Shot
Your Shot photographer Tariq Sawyer was spending time with Kazakh nomads in Mongolia when he captured this shot of a sheepherder taking his flock out in an early spring blizzard. What could well have been an unfinished snap as the action rushed by was instead a well-framed moment. Seeing the fully completed thought—the flock, the shepherd, and the mountains beyond—we are able to rush out with them.





World circuit of Photography: 5 Salons, 5 countries; FRANCE, ITALY, MACEDONIA, SPAIN, VIETNAM organized by Image Sans Frontière - France. * General Chairman: Ly Hoang Long * Closing date: October 05th, 2016

Photo Book Cover "Rarely Seen" by The Netherlands/Belgium NG

Special thanks for National Geographic (the Netherlands and Belgium) editor, who chose my image as the cover of "Rarely Seen":

Vietnamese Travel Photographer Makes Finalist List for International Award

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TPOTY - Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 Winners' Gallery

Welcome to the gallery of the 2015 winning images. We hope you enjoy them. Travel Photographer of the Year is proud to showcase another great set of images, as the 2015 winners add fresh perspectives on our world through the eyes of talented amateur, semi-professional and professional photographers. The winning images from Travel Photographer of the Year 2015 are displayed below and will be exhibited at the Museum of London Docklands in London next summer (2016). For details of our other exhibitions please visit the touring exhibitions page.

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

111 shortlisted works of outstanding photographic art will go on show at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 22 June to 10 July 2015. These are from a submission of over ten thousand images to the 2015 competition by photographers and filmmakers from across sixty countries internationally. The works will then commence a tour of forest venues nationally, supported by the Forestry Commission England, beginning at Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Cumbria from18 July - 7 September 2015.

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