Photo of the Day: Best of July

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands submitted to our photo community, Your Shot. Here are some highlights from July.

In photography, patience is often key. Some of the top submissions to Your Shot this month involved staying focused on a lone coyote, sticking around for an incoming thunderstorm, tracking a bird in search of its next meal, and getting in the right place at the right time to capture a splendid sunset in New York City.

A big part of getting that perfect shot is waiting and preparing for that perfect moment.

Francis Rivera is the producer of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from National Geographic’s photo community, Your Shot . Melody Rowell writes and researches the captions. Submit your photos and you could be published online or in our magazines.