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Escape | Photograph by Stavros Kesedakis . “An EF2 tornado posed a threat to everyone escaping its path in the streets on May 7, 2016 in Wray, Colorado. An amazing storm chasing experience that changed my life since it was my first real tornado chase,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Stavros Kesedakis. “A moment of mixed feelings of admiration and fear for nature’s power surfaced, and definitely shaped who I am today. While others prefer sun, beaches, monuments, or architectural destinations, I find my best experiences are a different kind of trip: chasing tornadoes in the U.S.” — “I’m fascinated by storm chasers and those who document powerful storms like this. From seeing this image I can just hear the wind picking up and the awe of witnessing the power that mother nature has. I’m also sure it would be terrifying to witness this as well, so great work being able to document this image as it happened before you.” — @natgeoyourshot Senior Producer Matt Adams (@themattadams)

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My Reflection | Photograph by Shelby Clowers (@shelbylclowers) . “When I look into the eyes of my children, I see my reflection. I see my love. I see my strength. I see my accomplishments. I see my happiness. I know exactly where I am going,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Shelby Clowers. “I was once a wanderer. I am now a warrior. A leader. A teacher. A mother. My children have made me who I am. For them I am forever grateful.” — “Fantastic shot. What a perspective you’re sharing with us — one that not many get to experience. Love the angle, intimacy, and sweetness of this.” — Documentary photographer Kholood Eid (@kholoodeid)

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Top Shot: Sleeping Beauties | Photograph by Fabrice Guerin (@fabriceguerin) . #YourShotPhotographer Fabrice Guerin captured this peaceful moment while on a scientific underwater mission and observed sperm whales half sleeping. He writes, “Nature provides us beautiful surprises. To meet the giant of the oceans is an unforgettable moment. Sperm whales are able to half-sleep in a vertical position. The scientist swam several times among them without disturbing them. He swam from one sperm whale to another like a guest to say hello. Amazing moment!” This photo was selected for April 20, 2018 Daily Dozen. — 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.

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Magical Kirkjufell | Photograph by Zita Karádi (@zit_8_photography) . “I love this little mountain at the west of Iceland. This land is really wild and untouched. Really the paradise of landscape photographers,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Zita Karádi. “I can spend any time around this area. The land is relaxing and quiet.” — “So beautiful Zita. Fantastic use of long exposure. The light is so gorgeous. The landscape is breathtaking. As I type this, I am sitting at my desk, underneath fluorescent lights, in front of a computer... Instead I wish I was there.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) . Happy #EarthDay and to celebrate, today we will be sharing some of our favorite images featuring the beauty of Mother Earth.

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In Your Hands | Photograph by Geoff Coombs (@geoff_coombs) . “Looking up from forty feet below I admired the view and texture of the ice above me,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Geoff Coombs. “It was surreal and truly beautiful to see two of my friends holding hands while being surrounded by a seemingly alien environment.” — “My heart stops while looking at this image! What a beautiful capture of a world we rarely get to see — I love seeing the two figures float between the ice galaxy — it showcases the scale of the vast environment.” — Photographer and filmmaker Michaela Skovranova (@mishkusk) . Happy #EarthDay and to celebrate, today we will be sharing some of our favorite images featuring the beauty of Mother Earth.

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Spring is Coming | Photograph by Albert Dros (@albertdrosphotography) . “Spring is coming. That means we get beautiful [tulips] again in the Netherlands,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Albert Dros. “It’s a joy to see and photograph them every year. This shot was taken during a sunset combined with a storm, creating a nice dramatic red color palette.” — “This is so lovely — just endless tulips as far as the eye can see… AND a beautiful sunset! I agree with Your Shot photographer Cathy Pepin-Toussaint who commented, “Wow, what a gorgeous shot, Albert. It’s like each tulip has captured the colors of the sunset and is reflecting them back to us.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee) . Happy Earth Day and to celebrate, today we will be sharing some of our favorite images featuring the beauty of Mother Earth.

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All Aboard | Photograph by Sohel Parvez Haque (@sohel_parvez_haque) . In Dhaka, Bangladesh, people are so eager to return to their home villages to celebrate Eid that they hop on any train with available space. The Muslim holiday marks the end of Ramadan, and is celebrated by feasting with loved ones. — 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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Fight Fire With Fire | Photograph by Kyle Miller (@wyoming_hotshots) . Four members of the Wyoming Hotshots crew use a controlled burn, called backfiring, to fight a wildfire in Custer, South Dakota. With a controlled burn, firefighters can burn up vegetation and fuel in the path of the main wildfire, slowing down its momentum. — 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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Take a Peak | Photograph by Saulius Damulevicius . #YourShotPhotographer Saulius Damulevicius snapped this picture of Camp 2 while descending Ama Dablam, a mountain in the Himalayas. With its peak reaching 22,349 feet in elevation, Ama Dablam is the third most popular Himalayan mountain for permitted climbing expeditions. — 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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With My Son | Photograph by Stefan “Fuarce” Zocca (@stefano.zocca) . “At almost 60 years of age, it [was] not easy to decide to again face the huge adventure that I had taken as a young man,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Stefano Zocca. “Last fall with my second son, I made the decision and together we faced the difficult climb to the Bell Tower of Val Montanaia, the most famous peak of the Fruilian Dolomites, and slept in the bivouac that lies just below. The moment of dinner, alone in the immensity of the starry sky, was a magical experience that we will keep in our heart forever.” — “I love it Stefano. I love the experience you documented. Great use of available light. Then after reading your caption, and learning the story behind the photo, I love this frame even more. I can only imagine how beautiful this moment was for you — and your son. I love that you shared this adventure with him. I bet it was so special. Thank you for sharing this photo and story with us. Well done. Very, very well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)

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Fury of Colors | Photograph by Karine Biz (@karine_biz) . “Holi is an experience I would recommend to any photographer. Lately my life changed radically: I relocated thousand kilometers away, left my job, and decided that photography would take more place in my life,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Karine Biz. “Once in Barsana, in the middle of all these women having so much fun, so happy to play this game, and letting me ‘play’ with them, I suddenly realized I was awake in one of my dreams… that for sure was one of the best experiences in my life.” — “Holi, also known as the festival of color, is so widely photographed. This image really captured the feeling of being inside the celebration. Your comment about the realization of being ‘awake in one my dreams’ is a powerful match to the visual information contained in this picture. Powerful!!” — Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute for Technology Jenn Poggi (@jennpoggi)

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Top Shot: In Pursuit of Love | Photograph by Clement Kiragu (@clement.wild) . “This was the day that my favorite cheetah named "Malaika” (which means Angel in Swahili) had five suitors,“ writes #YourShotPhotographer Clement Kiragu. "She fought them for a whole 24 hours as she wasn’t ready to mate. It was my first time witnessing five male cheetahs going for one female. It was a day filled with action and suspense. Definitely a day I will never forget.” — 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.

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