Photograph by Fabio Petti, National Geographic Your Shot
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From his perch on a dromedary camel, Your Shot member Fabio Petti made this image of his guide leading him and his fellow travelers into the smooth Erg Chebbi sand dunes of Merzouga, Morocco. “The Berber you see in the picture was the chief of our expedition,” explains Petti. “[He] asked me to stay first, close to him. This gave me the chance to have only the desert and him in front of me.” After a nearly two-hour journey to their campsite, Petti snapped this photo just a few minutes before sunset.
Photograph by Fabio Petti, National Geographic Your Shot

Photo of the Day: Best of November

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

As the new editor of Photo of the Day, I’ve been able to bring stunning images from all over the world to your digital doorstep. November was a quiet, almost contemplative month, with a glimpse of a snowy fishing village, a dog shrouded in the eerie glow of a lighthouse, an actor waiting to perform, and more. Whether these are new sights for you or not, I hope they shape and change your perspective of the world we live in.


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A Flurry of Activity

Photograph by Stian Servoss, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot community member Stian Servoss says this enchanting photo was taken on a day that actually began as a sunny one in Reine, a small fishing village in the Lofoten Islands in Norway. “I was about to pack my gear as it suddenly started snowing—a lot,” Servoss writes. “I ran down to some fishermen working at the docks to get a few shots of them as they were lifting containers of fish from their boat to land … All of a sudden, I noticed hundreds of birds.” The birds appear to be playing in the snowflakes —though they are more likely attracted to the day’s catch.

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Beacon Bright

Photograph by Justin Knott, National Geographic Your Shot

A patient dog makes a long exposure possible at the Yaquina Head lighthouse in Newport, Oregon, captured here by Your Shot member Justin Knott. A working lighthouse since 1873, the 93-foot beacon is a landmark of the Oregon coast’s Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

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Hard Drink

Photograph by Bernardo Cesare, National Geographic Your Shot

A polarized-light photomicrograph reveals a crystallized drop of Aperol, a brand of bitter liquor that lends its orange color to the popular Italian aperitif spritz. “I had never taken photomicrographs of drinks … because there’s somebody—Michael Davidson—who does this job at an unbeatable level,” writes Your Shot member Bernardo Cesare. After showcasing Davidson’s work alongside his own rock photomicrographs at a conference, Cesare received a suggestion: Try Aperol. “I did it, and the result is what you see here.”

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Act of Faith

Photograph by Mukunda De, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Mukunda De submitted this photo of an actor, dressed as Lord Krishna, seated backstage during a Ramlila performance in Delhi, India. The actor’s closed eyes and faint smile infer a moment of contemplation—perhaps a truly spiritual investment in his work.

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Peaks of Enchantment

Photograph by Joana Bochecha, National Geographic Your Shot

While on a four-day road trip through the Scottish Highlands, on what began as a rainy day, Your Shot member Joana Bochecha took advantage of a break in the weather and snapped this image of a shaft of sunlight illuminating the hollow between peaks in the Glencoe Mountains. “It had rained all morning, and just before reaching this spot the sun had broken through the clouds,” she writes, “highlighting not only the vibrant green of the grass … but also creating a mist between the top of the mountains that gives a mystical appearance to this photo.”

Janna Dotschkal is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from around National Geographic. Lianne DiStefano writes the captions and titles.
See which pictures were featured in our last roundup, Photo of the Day: Best of October.