Photo of the Day: Best of July

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands around National Geographic. Here are some highlights from July.

With some photographs, each time you see them, it feels like the first time. As I click through July’s Photo of the Day, I pull the images that make me catch my breath all over again. Seeing them side by side, I notice the similar palette, tone, and compositions, pleased with how this quick pull has created a collection that holds together as a visual whole. And thus a family of chimpanzees from Gombe shares time with a surfer riding a riptide and Bangladeshi children celebrating Victory Day. Welcome to Photo of the Day, Best of July.

Jane Goodall, who turned 80 this year, reflects on her relationships with the chimpanzees who changed her life in the August issue of National Geographic. Here, Sparrow (second from the right, looking up) enjoys a grooming session with two generations of her offspring. At age 56, Sparrow is the oldest chimp in Gombe.

A wooden boat floats down a canal in Venice. The Italian city is one of the most visited destinations in the world—its old section receives up to 80,000 tourists a day. This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

A lone tree on the edge of the city seems to stand as a testament to Dubai’s changing landscape. The burgeoning cosmopolitan metropolis is home to some 2.1 million people. This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, takes on an ethereal quality in the light of a streetlamp, emanating deep hues of jade and emerald. “It reminds me of somewhere magical out of a fairy-tale story, a small piece of tranquility in the middle of a bustling city,” writes Luke Aveil, a contributor to Your Shot. Named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, the gardens receive over two million visitors each year.

A surfer rides a wave as it crashes onto the shore at Palm Beach in New South Wales, Australia, giving the ocean an otherworldly appearance. Palm Beach, a northern suburb of Sydney, is home to two Surf Life Saving clubs—one dating back to 1921. This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Local children wave flags to celebrate Victory Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as a plane passes overhead. Victory Day, which occurs each year on December 16, honors the victory of the Allied High Command over Pakistani forces in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. This photo and caption were submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

Alexa Keefe is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from around National Geographic. The full archive is accessible here.

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