<p>"I tried to stay with the horse, but with nothing to hold on to, I fell face first into the mud," said Paiton Lech, an 18-year-old wild horse racer who competed at Nebraska's Big Rodeo in Burwell.</p>

"I tried to stay with the horse, but with nothing to hold on to, I fell face first into the mud," said Paiton Lech, an 18-year-old wild horse racer who competed at Nebraska's Big Rodeo in Burwell.

Photograph by Brian Lehmann

Our Favorite Instagram Photos: Muddy Cowboy and Polar Bear Selfie

We selected our favorite pictures from the past week on @natgeo Instagram. See more of our photographers' best shots on Instagram.

This week on the @natgeo Instagram, a cowboy takes a muddy fall, one photographer honors a family gathering, and a polar bear takes a selfie.

Each week our photo editors select their favorite photos that were posted on the @natgeo Instagram account. Follow this week's photographers: @brianlehmannphotography, @ladzinski, @markosian, @jonasbendiksen, @robertclarkphoto, @brianskerry, @stevewinterphoto, @randyolson, @amivitale, @chien_chi_chang, @renan_ozturk, @petekmuller, @paulnicklen, and @paleyphoto.

Read This Next

Can science help personalize your diet?
Hogs are running wild in the U.S.—and spreading disease
Salman Rushdie on the timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet