Photo of the Day

Victoria Falls from the air
October 22, 2015

Go Over Big

In this aerial shot, J. Philip Nix manages to capture the staggering expanse of Victoria Falls plummeting from the Zambezi River. It’s not a stretch to understand why it’s known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.” The waterfall’s thunderous roar and rising mist can be heard and seen, respectively, from miles away.

This photograph was submitted to the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. Submit your best photo for a chance to win.

Download this and other wallpapers >>

Browse galleries of editors’ favorites >>

Photograph by J. Philip Nix

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

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