PhotographyYour Shot Photos of the Week

Your best photos of the week, September 7, 2018

Each week, our editors choose stunning photos submitted by members of Your Shot, National Geographic's photo community.

Do you ever look at a photograph and find yourself transported from your desk in a humid city back to the fresh mountain air you spent a long weekend breathing in? That happened to me this week while I was sifting through the uploads from the Your Shot photo community.

Photography can transport us to distant places we may have never seen before, might not ever see, but with a little imagination a two-dimensional photograph can help us experience something new. I hiked from a steep peak in Norway to the waters of Baja California Sur swimming with manta rays, then squared off in a staring match with a rabbit before I was shrunk down to be eye-to-eye with a tiny crab spider on a rose.

The Your Shot community is my personal travel agent. I add new destinations to my travel bucket list every day at work as I have the privilege to experience these moments secondhand. I never grow tired of seeing an impressive view, an intimate portrait, or an exciting moment caught perfectly in time. I look forward with wonder at what I'll see next.

You can see the Your Shot Photos of the Week series archive here.

Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas looks at daily uploads from Your Shot, starting each day by sifting thousands of photographs. This series is a selection of her favorites from the past week.