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NOVEMBER 20, 2017DINNER IS SERVED  In Salalah, Oman, a chameleon launches its sticky tongue to catch a dragonfly. To catch the impossibly fast action, Your Shot photograph Abrar Sekhi used a shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second-- and sat and waited for the perfect moment for five hours.  PHOTOGRAPH BY ABRAR.SEKHI@HOTMAIL.COM

NOVEMBER 20, 2017DINNER IS SERVED In Salalah, Oman, a chameleon launches its sticky tongue to catch a dragonfly. To catch the impossibly fast action, Your Shot photograph Abrar Sekhi used a shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second-- and sat and waited for the perfect moment for five hours. PHOTOGRAPH BY ABRAR.SEKHI@HOTMAIL.COM

DECEMBER 2, 2017ALL YOU CAN EAT  A marine iguana feeds on underwater greens in the Galápagos, the only place these creatures are found. The iguanas spend much of their days sunning on rocks by the shore, but they can spend up to 15 minutes underwater in order to feast.  PHOTOGRAPH BY THERESA GUISE,

DECEMBER 2, 2017ALL YOU CAN EAT A marine iguana feeds on underwater greens in the Galápagos, the only place these creatures are found. The iguanas spend much of their days sunning on rocks by the shore, but they can spend up to 15 minutes underwater in order to feast. PHOTOGRAPH BY THERESA GUISE,

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…

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…

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,

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,

DECEMBER 10, 2017DRUM DANCE  Two Inuit people perform a traditional song and drum dance on Devon Island, in Canada's Northwest Passage.  PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHELLE VALBERG

DECEMBER 10, 2017DRUM DANCE Two Inuit people perform a traditional song and drum dance on Devon Island, in Canada's Northwest Passage. PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHELLE VALBERG

DECEMBER 9, 2017DAS AUTO  A car is retrieved from a storage tower at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The plant makes upwards of 800,000 cars each year.  PHOTOGRAPH BY S. KIM SEONG,

DECEMBER 9, 2017DAS AUTO A car is retrieved from a storage tower at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The plant makes upwards of 800,000 cars each year. PHOTOGRAPH BY S. KIM SEONG,

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,

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,

DECEMBER 7, 2017AROUND THE BEND  Leaves turn into an autumnal rainbow along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. "This is my favorite place on the whole scenic route," says Your Shot photographer Manish Mamtani. "I always fly my drone here to capture the curve of the road and moving cars."  PHOTOGRAPH BY MANISH MAMTANI,

DECEMBER 7, 2017AROUND THE BEND Leaves turn into an autumnal rainbow along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. "This is my favorite place on the whole scenic route," says Your Shot photographer Manish Mamtani. "I always fly my drone here to capture the curve of the road and moving cars." PHOTOGRAPH BY MANISH MAMTANI,

DECEMBER 6, 2017LUCKY STRIKE  Your Shot photographer Lukas Neuwirth was on his way to photograph Mont-Saint-Michel at sunset when he was caught in a downpour. After the rain stopped, he set up his tripod and captured this scene of lightning striking around the island. "It was amazing to witness this spectacular sight and mood!" he remembers.  PHOTOGRAPH BY LUKAS NEUWIRTH,

DECEMBER 6, 2017LUCKY STRIKE Your Shot photographer Lukas Neuwirth was on his way to photograph Mont-Saint-Michel at sunset when he was caught in a downpour. After the rain stopped, he set up his tripod and captured this scene of lightning striking around the island. "It was amazing to witness this spectacular sight and mood!" he remembers. PHOTOGRAPH BY LUKAS NEUWIRTH,

DECEMBER 5, 2017SKELETON TREES  A fresh blanket of snow covers a hillside near Yosemite National Park. The charred trees are a result of forest fires brought on by extreme drought, and exacerbated by pest infestations that leave the trees dry and vulnerable.  PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEX BEDEROV,

DECEMBER 5, 2017SKELETON TREES A fresh blanket of snow covers a hillside near Yosemite National Park. The charred trees are a result of forest fires brought on by extreme drought, and exacerbated by pest infestations that leave the trees dry and vulnerable. PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEX BEDEROV,

DECEMBER 4, 2017BUFFALO BATH  A herd of water buffalo bathes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The enormous animals can measure more than six feet tall at the shoulder, and weigh as much as 2,650 pounds.  PHOTOGRAPH BY CAO KY NHAN,

DECEMBER 4, 2017BUFFALO BATH A herd of water buffalo bathes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The enormous animals can measure more than six feet tall at the shoulder, and weigh as much as 2,650 pounds. PHOTOGRAPH BY CAO KY NHAN,

DECEMBER 3, 2017CLOWNING AROUND  A clown is reflected in a motorcycle mirror while waiting backstage during the International Circuba Festival in Havana, Cuba. "To encapsulate the essence of what it felt like to be backstage," remembers Your Shot photographer Brittainy Newman, "I waited patiently for moments that would engage and activate all edges of the frame."  PHOTOGRAPH BY BRITTAINY NEWMAN

DECEMBER 3, 2017CLOWNING AROUND A clown is reflected in a motorcycle mirror while waiting backstage during the International Circuba Festival in Havana, Cuba. "To encapsulate the essence of what it felt like to be backstage," remembers Your Shot photographer Brittainy Newman, "I waited patiently for moments that would engage and activate all edges of the frame." PHOTOGRAPH BY BRITTAINY NEWMAN

DECEMBER 1, 2017SOFT ROCK  This white cliff in Sicily is called "Scala dei Turchi," or the Turkish Steps. Natural erosion has softened the limestone and marl cliff, and the aerial view of visitors reminds Your Shot photographer Placido Faranda of "a big meringue covered with sprinkles."  PHOTOGRAPH BY PLACIDO FARANDA,

DECEMBER 1, 2017SOFT ROCK This white cliff in Sicily is called "Scala dei Turchi," or the Turkish Steps. Natural erosion has softened the limestone and marl cliff, and the aerial view of visitors reminds Your Shot photographer Placido Faranda of "a big meringue covered with sprinkles." PHOTOGRAPH BY PLACIDO FARANDA,

NOVEMBER 30, 2017ON THE MOVE  In far northern Xinjiang, China, herders guide camels, sheep, and cattle to new pastures, where they'll graze during the summer months. Summer in the area is warm, but very dry.  PHOTOGRAPH BY SONGGE CUI,

NOVEMBER 30, 2017ON THE MOVE In far northern Xinjiang, China, herders guide camels, sheep, and cattle to new pastures, where they'll graze during the summer months. Summer in the area is warm, but very dry. PHOTOGRAPH BY SONGGE CUI,

NOVEMBER 29, 2017MIST CONNECTION  Morning commuters wait for their train at a stop in North Brabant, Netherlands. "It was like a silent movie," says Your Shot photographer Takeshi Ishizaki. "People were appearing from the mist very quietly and disappearing into it again."  PHOTOGRAPH BY TAKESHI ISHIZAKI,

NOVEMBER 29, 2017MIST CONNECTION Morning commuters wait for their train at a stop in North Brabant, Netherlands. "It was like a silent movie," says Your Shot photographer Takeshi Ishizaki. "People were appearing from the mist very quietly and disappearing into it again." PHOTOGRAPH BY TAKESHI ISHIZAKI,

NOVEMBER 28, 2017BEYOND THE WALL  A traveler stands in a cave inside Vatnajökull, a glacier in Iceland. The glacier, once used for a location in Game of Thrones, is larger than the state of Delaware.  PHOTOGRAPH BY 宏仁 江

NOVEMBER 28, 2017BEYOND THE WALL A traveler stands in a cave inside Vatnajökull, a glacier in Iceland. The glacier, once used for a location in Game of Thrones, is larger than the state of Delaware. PHOTOGRAPH BY 宏仁 江

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