When people ask me what makes a Photo of the Day—a curated look at photography around National Geographic—my answer is simple: I have to want to spend time with the picture, and whether full of complex detail or exquisitely simple, it has to stand on its own. The photos I choose are meant to be a glimpse of our world in a moment in time, some captured as a result of meticulous planning and research on assignment for National Geographic magazine, others happy finds from keen eyes tuned to daily life and travels. The photographers behind the lens represent a wide range of skill levels, from professional to aspirational, but each has a visual story to tell.
During the month of November, I featured photographs from our Your Shot community, a group of photographers who come from 196 different countries around the globe. With over a million photographs and counting, they represent as diverse a group as the scenes they capture. Below are a selection of reader favorites from this month’s round-up.