See some of August's most popular photos

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands submitted to our photo community, Your Shot. Here are some of the month's highlights.

Many of the top shots from last month were splendid landscapes that offered remarkable views of Earth. Some conjured tranquility, like this gleaming image of the morning sun over Mandalay; others evoked intensity, such as this brooding photo of a thunderstorm brewing over bustling Manhattan. Immerse yourself in these pictuersque scenes from August.

Francis Rivera produces 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. See the highlights from previous months here.