See some of September'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.

The photographers behind last month's top shots deftly captured the scenes in front of them.

Members of our Your Shot community regularly use photography to tell compelling stories, from hitting the shutter right as an unlucky bear misses its meal to shooting with long exposure to document a rocket launch. Check back each day to see the latest stunning shots featured on Photo of the Day.

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.