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Dark Forest | Photograph by Rui Caria . In the misty dark forest on Terceira Island in Azores, Portugal, #YourShotPhotographer Rui Caria made this image of a couple as they searched for a place to be photographed. — “I love the mysterious mood in your frame; it feels like a scene from a fairytale, and my overactive imagination finds itself creating a narrative about who these two are, what are they doing and why. I love the beam of light emitted from the flashlight, guiding these two safely through the forest. Well done Rui.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) . This photo was selected for our “My Best Photos of 2017” story, curated by @natgeo photographer Matt Moyer (@mattmoyer) and David Y. Lee. To submit to our current assignments, “We are All Explorers” curated by @natgeo Explorer Becca Skinner (@beccaskinner) and “Resolution to Travel” curated by @natgeoexpeditions Digital Media Specialist Lindsay Kuczera (@linkuczera), go to the link in our profile.

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Top Shot: Layers of Fog | Photograph by Dinh Viet (@dinhvietphoto) . “The beautiful fog in Dalat, Vietnam. In the morning, the fanciful sunshine created some very interesting light in the fog,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Dinh Viet. “The city is located 1,500 meters above sea level on the Langbian Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands region. Affected by the height and the pine forest, Dalat has characters of temperate zone therefore the temperature is so cool and fresh." This image was selected for the January 19, 2018 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams) — Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. Go to the link in our profile to see more editor’s favorites.

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Morning in Pyongyang | Photograph by Reuben Teo (@reubenteo) . #YourShotPhotographer Reuben Teo was getting dressed one morning in Pyongyang, North Korea, when he noticed the misty sunrise from his window. "The calmness and tranquility of the city is a big contrast to the tensions that we often hear in the outside world and the mainstream media," he says. "The feeling of waking up and seeing North Korea outside my window is very surreal but amazing at the same time." — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod.

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Skin Deep | Photograph by Han Lin Teh (@tehhanlin) . An elderly woman in Myanmar is one of the last of her tribe to have intricate facial tattoos. "The tribes first began to ink their faces as a way of disfiguring their beauty, to make themselves unattractive in hopes that by doing so, they could avoid being kidnapped or chosen as concubines by the Burmese kings," explains #YourShotPhotographer Han Lin Teh. "The process of the facial tattooing is extremely painful, especially on the tender eyelid areas, and dangerous, as some even died of infection. It has been outlawed since 1960s." — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod.

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Top of the Täschhorn | Photograph by Ben Tibbetts (@bentibbettsphotography) . A climber stands atop the jagged peak of the Täschhorn in the Swiss Alps. Your Shot photographer Ben Tibbetts was in the same group that climbed the 14,734-foot tall mountain. "We set off under a fine starry sky, but before it even got light it started snowing... making for a long day out.” — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Flamingo Season | Photograph by Teong Lin Ng (@nkteong) . Every year, Kenya's Lake Bogoria receives an influx of tourists between late August and early October. But the visitors aren't people—they're flamingos. Hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos flock to the low waters of Lake Bogoria before the rainy season begins. During that period, the area is home to the largest flock of lesser flamingos in the world. — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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Tokyo Taxi | Photograph by Akinori Koseki (@natsumetic) . Passengers ride in the backseat of a taxi through Tokyo one summer night. "So many lights, people, but I feel little bit of solitude," reflects #YourShotPhotographer Akinori Koseki. "In the car, there are people who will never meet again." — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod.

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A Rare Rainy Day | Photograph by Roger Serrasqueiro (@rogerserrasqueiro) . Two farmers work in their corn field on Cape Verde, off the western coast of Africa. Rain is a rare occurrence on these islands, so when Hurricane Fred brought heavy rains in 2015, it boosted crop growth and refilled rivers. — Today we are featuring @natgeoyourshot photographs selected for @natgeo “Photo of the Day.” To see more, go to natgeo.com/pod. #YourShotPhotographer

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A Popular Rendezvous Spot in Tokyo | Photograph by Hiro Kurashina | #Sponsored by @Rolex . “[People] wait by a decommissioned train that used to carry thousands of commuters daily between Shibuya and Sakuragicho. In recent years, Shibuya Station has become a favorite rendezvous point for lovers and friends to meet,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Hiro Kurashina. “These people are [maybe] wondering if their dates will come and meet them on time; their facial expressions [have] various levels of anticipation and anxiety. This photo was taken on December 21, 2016 at 1:47PM.” — “The notion of a ‘waiting game’ is intelligently captured in this photograph. The gestures and expressions of the four people biding their time, each in their own separate worlds, are intriguing.” — @natgeo photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel (@cookjenshel) . This photo was selected for our “Exploring Time” story, curated by @natgeo photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel and #Sponsored by @rolex. They invited the @natgeoyourshot community to share photos that encapsulates time, defining what a particular hour of the day looks like, tells a story about time, or captures a moment in time. #perpetualplanet

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Just After the Rain | Photograph by Naresh Balaguru . “At sunrise, a storm approached the south rim [of the Grand Canyon], and I almost packed my gears,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Naresh Balaguru. “But it cleared for a temporary period of time, giving this amazing view from Powell Point.” — “Naresh, there is something so exciting about catching a moment like this unfold, and then capturing it in a way that accurately translates that feeling to the viewers. Beautiful.” — @natgeo Explorer Becca Skinner (@beccaskiner) . This photo was submitted to our “We are All Explorers” curated by @natgeo Explorer Becca Skinner. To submit to this and our other current assignment, “Resolution to Travel” curated by @natgeoexpeditions Digital Media Specialist Lindsay Kuczera (@linkuczera), go to the link in our profile.

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Top Shot: A Stoic Portrait | Photograph by Crystal Alba (@crystalalbaphoto) . While photographing at Project Chimps sanctuary in Georgia, #YourShotPhotographer Crystal Alba captured this portrait of Stirlene. “He is an adolescent male chimp, who was grooming a minor scrape on his finger,” writes Alba. “He’s very stoic and independent. Chimps frequently groom each other, and several of his group mates offered to groom his finger for him, but he insisted on handling it himself.” Project Chimps (@projectchimps) mission is to provide lifelong exemplary care to chimpanzees retired from research. This image was selected for the January 18, 2018 Daily Dozen by Your Shot Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams). — Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. Go to the link in our profile to see more editor’s favorites.

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Lanterns in the Night | Photograph by Shannon Hunt (@shuntm42) | #Sponsored by @Rolex . “It has been a tradition for generation of mothers to involve their daughters in dance, as a way to make them stronger in body and mind. I have witnessed this first hand with my daughter,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Shannon Hunt. “She has gone from an extremely shy little girl to a confident young woman ready to face the world. I am so grateful to her teachers for this gift. This photo was taken on June 9, 2017 at 7PM during her 2017 dance recital.” — “This evening dance recital is precisely captured at a moment of exquisite choreography, gesture, and light. Magically the lantern draws our attention to the glow in the girls’ tutus, and the engaging drama on stage.” — @natgeo photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel (@cookjenshel) . This photo was selected for our “Exploring Time” story, curated by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, and #Sponsored by @rolex. They invited the @natgeoyourshot community to share photos that encapsulates time, defining what a particular hour of the day looks like, tells a story about time, or captures a moment in time. To see more, go to the link in our profile. #perpetualplanet

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