DECEMBER 11, 2017LIGHT UP THE NIGHT  Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a volcano in Russia that stands more than 15,000 feet tall. The volcano has been active since at least 1697, when an eruption was first recorded.  PHOTOGRAPH BY VLADIMIR VOYCHUK,

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DECEMBER 30, 2017FIERCE LOOK  A black hawk-eagle takes a shower in Misiones, Argentina. Her eyes are momentarily protected by a nictitating membrane.  PHOTOGRAPH BY NICOLÁS MANGO MARRI,

Top Shot: Spectacular Stare 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.

DECEMBER 20, 2017FEELING CRABBY  A ghost crab faces off with two least terns after getting too close to their nest in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Both least tern parents protect and incubate their nests, and both tend to their young after they hatch.  PHOTOGRAPH BY STEVE ELLWOOD,

Top Shot: Surprise Encounter 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.

DECEMBER 12, 2017RAW FUEL  Massive loaders feed raw coal into the Tomato-Atsuma Power Station of Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan. The loaders are approximately 300 feet long. "To convey a sense of scale, the yellow specks near the middle loader is about the size of a car," Your Shot photographer Chris McCann explains. To put it into perspective, he says, "This power plant produces enough energy a year to power 800,000 average sized American homes per year, and also produces 10,000,000 tons of…

Loaders feed raw coal into a Japanese power plant in this National Geographic Your Shot Photo of the Day.

DECEMBER 8, 2017HATCHING OUT  An emu chick hatches at the Wild Rose Emu Ranch in Hamilton, Montana. Your Shot photographer Pam Voth waited for hours, watching the chick work on coming out of its shell. "What surprised me was the delicate, tiny little whistling call it made as it was hatching," she remembers. "In the wild, this chick's whistle would have been answered by the male on the nest."  PHOTOGRAPH BY PAM VOTH,

Emu chick hatching from egg in incubator Photo by Pam Voth — National Geographic Your Shot

DECEMBER 31, 2017RAINBOW VILLAGE  Laundry dries off the railings of Choi Hung estate, a housing complex in Hong Kong. The name means "the Village of Rainbow" in Cantonese, and the buildings house more than 40,000 people. The colorful apartments were built in the 1960s, and cover 11 city blocks.  PHOTOGRAPH BY HAITONG YU,

Choi Hung estate, literally meaning "the Village of Rainbow" in Cantonese, is a neighborhood with very vivid paint job in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Look how the drying laundry resembled Emojis!

DECEMBER 29, 2017EARN YOUR STRIPES  During an NCAA game in Las Vegas, Nevada, airmen from nearby Nellis Air Force Base hold up an enormous American flag.  PHOTOGRAPH BY KEVIN TANENBAUM,

DECEMBER Earn your stripes By Kevin Tanenbaum. During an NCAA game in Las Vegas, Nevada, airmen from nearby Nellis Air Force Base hold up an enormous American flag.

DECEMBER 28, 2017LITTLE LIONS  Lion cubs follow a pair of adults through Masai Mara, Kenya. Female lions in the same pride will often give birth around the same time, and then raise the cubs together.  PHOTOGRAPH BY ALI SAIFALDEEN,

King Family Photo by Ali Saifaldeen — National Geographic Your Shot

DECEMBER 27, 2017FLOATING MARKET  At the Lok Baintan Floating Market in Indonesia, as many as one hundred boats meet up before sunrise, as they have for 500 years. While the boats float down the river, the women steering them trade products like fresh fruit, vegetables, cakes and meat.  PHOTOGRAPH BY SINA FALKER,

Whether it& the deep red chilli fields of Bangladesh or the brightly painted buildings of Havana, these award-winning photographs are truly works of art.

DECEMBER 26, 2017HOW TO WHALE  In Mexico's Revillagigedo Islands, a humpback whale mother teachers her calf how to breathe and control its buoyancy. Humpback whale calves are born already weighing one ton, and they'll nurse for a year—averaging 160 gallons of their mothers' milk a day.  PHOTOGRAPH BY ANUAR PATJANE

A humpback whale mother teaches her calf the ways of the ocean in this National Geographic Your Shot Photo of the Day.

DECEMBER 25, 2017WINTER WOLF  Wolves are becoming more rare in Finland, as a result of hunting and culling programs. So seeing this male on a cold morning was "magical," says Your Shot photographer Bernt Østhus. Wolves are "a rare sight in the winter time," he says. "They are more commonly photographed in the summertime."  PHOTOGRAPH BY BERNT ØSTHUS,

Top Shot: The Wolf 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.

DECEMBER 24, 2017RED HOT  In Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a stream of lava pours into the ocean. Your Shot photographer Joseph Anthony captured the moment from a boat at sunrise. He says, "Seeing new earth being created in front of my eyes was an incredibly moving experience."  PHOTOGRAPH BY JOSEPH ANTHONY,

A stream of lava pours into the ocean in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park in this National Geographic Your Shot Photo of the Day.

DECEMBER 23, 2017KEEP ANEMONES CLOSE  A porcelain crab peeks out from its home in an anemone off the coast of Thailand. To avoid being stung, the crab coats itself in the anemone's mucus, making the anemone's tentacles incapable of detecting the crab's presence.  PHOTOGRAPH BY MAREK KOSZOREK,

DECEMBER 23, 2017KEEP ANEMONES CLOSE A porcelain crab peeks out from its home in an anemone off the coast of Thailand. To avoid being stung, the crab coats itself in the anemone's mucus, making the anemone's tentacles incapable of detecting the crab's presence. PHOTOGRAPH BY MAREK KOSZOREK,

DECEMBER 22, 2017DOWN THE SLOPE  A skier races down a powdery slope in Alta, a ski area near Salt Lake City, Utah. Alta averages more than 45 feet of snowfall each year.  PHOTOGRAPH BY FEDERICO RAVASSARD,

DECEMBER Down the slope By Federico Ravassard. A skier races down a powdery slope in Alta, a ski area near Salt Lake City, Utah. Alta averages more than 45 feet of snowfall each year.

DECEMBER 21, 2017AERIAL TERRACE  Rice terraces form intricate patterns in Bali, Indonesia. Using terraces to farm in hilly or uneven areas of land prevent soil erosion and help with irrigation.  PHOTOGRAPH BY EVGENY VASENEV,

Balinese rice terraces - 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

DECEMBER 19, 2017HOME SWEET BOAT  A mother and child share a moment on their houseboat on the Mekong River in Can Tho, Vietnam. Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta, and at 105 miles from Ho Chi Minh City, is nicknamed "the western capital."  PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDY HOUSE,

A mother and child share a moment on a house boat in Vietnam in this National Geographic Your Shot Photo of the Day.

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