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16 Photos from National Geographic’s Explore Our Changing World

The National Geographic magazine has launched a new photographic project called ‘Your Shot’ – asking readers to submit their pictures as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations.

The current photo assignment is called Explore Our Changing World. Over 15,000 photographers have submitted their photos that capture the idea of change, whether that be in nature, in urban areas or within ourselves.

Courtesy of National Geographic, here are 10 standout photos from that assignment, which ends on October 22. You still have 8 days left to submit your own best photo. For more information on Your Shot, watch this short video.

Alive

Alive
Photograph and caption by Jonathan Tucker/National Geographic Your Shot
This is a self portrait of myself under a glacier in Alaska. This was by far the most amazing experience. This cave took me two+ hours [to] hike over a mountain side through swamps and about 30 minutes of walking on the glacier itself. This cave, under the glacier, is formed from a waterfall off the mountain that meets the glacier’s edge and the cave is around 30 yards deep. When i first walked under the glacier, it was the most breathtaking and scary experience I have lived.

Seagull

Feeding a seagull. (Junichi Saito, National Geographic Your Shot)

Traditional Fishing

Fisherman catching baby shrimp using his traditional blue net. Gabura, Satkhira, Bangladesh.
(ronob Ghosh, National Geographic Your Shot

Camp inside Hang Son Doong

Camp inside Hang Son Doong
Photograph and caption by Ryan Deboodt, National Geographic Your Shot
After two days of trekking and caving, we reach the first camp inside Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave.

Cloud of Tadpoles

Cloud of Tadpoles
Photograph and caption by Eiko Jones, National Geographic Your Shot
While photographing lilies in a local swamp a cloud of tadpoles swam by numbering in the thousands, all following along in a trail.

Kabul Balloons

Kabul Balloons
Photograph and caption by Allen Rooke, National Geographic Your Shot
Whilst on mission in Afghanistan for the World Food Programme, I had to travel the 10kms or so every day from the office to the warehouse complex. Winter in Kabul is cold, wet and usually shrouded in a heavy fog. These lads were walking along the road early in the morning and they made my day.

Ki Monastery - Spiti Valley, India

Ki Monastery – Spiti Valley, India
The Ki Monastery is situated high in India’s Himalayan region in the remote Spiti Valley. A few hundred Buddhist monks live here permanently, studying and worshiping in probably one of the most serene places I’ve ever seen. (Stuart Edwards, National Geographic Your Shot)

Meteorite

Meteorite
Abandoned farmhouse near Sanger, Texas. 3-minute exposure under a 3/4 moon, f/5.6, ISO 200. Interior of house light-painted with X2000 flashlights.
Noel Kerns, National Geographic Your Shot

Night of Lightning at Grand-Canyon

Night of Lightning at Grand Canyon
Photograph and caption by Rolf Maeder, National Geographic Your Shot
It was such a wonderful experience to witness this beautiful thunderstorm far across the Grand Canyon!

Orange Liberty

These kids were playing the ghats of Ganges in Varanasi, India. The moment this kid saw me with my camera, she posed with the huge flag in her hand and made my day.
Photograph and caption by Joy Acharyya, National Geographic Your Shot

People at Prayer

People at Prayer
Photograph and caption by Junaid Ahmed, National Geographic Your Shot
Ijtema is the second largest muslim gatherings in the world after Hazz.The gatherings is so huge that people did not get place at the field to pray jumma prayer and sited themselves at road.

Perfect Catch

Perfect Catch
Photograph and caption by Wayne Panepinto, National Geographic Your Shot
I’m amazed how easy the sea lions catch their food. I’m very happy for sea lion Lily and Seneca Park Zoo with the Daily Dozen end results!

The-File-on-You-Complete

The File on You Complete
A stack of beautiful file cabinets found inside an abandoned factory in Georgia. Kathryn Nee, National Geographic Your Shot

The Ice Caves

The Ice Caves
Photograph and caption by Andrew Inaba, National Geographic Your Shot
Granite Falls, Washington is home to the Big Four Ice Caves; A large network of tunnels formed from heaps of avalanche-deposited snow, and hollowed by cascading water and warm winds. Spectacle and beauty must come with respect, as the ice is prone to collapse and cave-ins.

The Most Beautiful Pond in the World

The Most Beautiful Pond in the World
Photograph and caption by Kent Shiraishi/National Geographic Your Shot
I think that this pond is ‘The Most Beautiful Pond In The World!’ This “blue pond” is the wonderful pond which changes colors every day. Surprisingly, the blue of the water has no exact explanation, but this phenomenon is attributed to the water contained in the aluminum hydroxide, which is capable of reflecting blue color, just as it does the Earth’s atmosphere. All are nature’s tints. Biei in Hokkaido, Japan.

Weightless

Weightless
Photograph and caption by Dimitris Maroulakis, National Geographic Your Shot
Freediver slides peacefully over sea bed in the blue hole area of Vouliagmeni.