Photo of the Day: Best of August

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands around National Geographic. Here are ten favorites from August.

Sometimes capturing a little bit of motion or tension in a photograph helps it come to life. This month's collection of my favorite Photo of the Day images has many suspended moments—waves crashing on a tiny sandy island, an elephant crossing a game reserve, and a whale shark gliding through the ocean, to name a few. Our world is a living, breathing, being, with all of its tiny components perpetually in motion.

Janna Dotschkal is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from around National Geographic, including the magazine and our photo community, Your Shot. Liane DiStefano writes the captions and titles.
See which pictures were featured in our last roundup, Photo of the Day: Best of July.