Photos of the Week Series: August 10, 2018

Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas has been responsible for looking at daily uploads so she has the first set of eyes on every image that the Your Shot community shares. She starts each day looking through thousands of photographs and this series will be a selection of her favorites from the past week. Each Friday she will be sharing her favorites here!

“Hello Your Shot community! This is Senior Producer Matt Adams tagging in for Kristen with today’s Photos of the Week. I have to say she’s a tough act to follow and editing the best of from this amazing community is no easy task. My selections for this week involved images that made me want to be in the moment with our photographers. Whether it’s watching fireworks in Vancouver, riding a train in Sri Lanka or watching brown bears in Alaska feast on salmon these images made me want to be in these locations capturing these moments alongside our talented Your Shot photographers.”

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Photographs by Agnieszka Maruszczyk, Tim Koster, Wes Giang, David & Shiela Glatz, Mehmet Demırci, Loredana Bîtculescu, Piotrek Deska, Celia M., Steve Roe and Mehran Shariati.


Top Shot: Under Protection

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos selected by the Your Shot editors. The photo our community has voted as their favorite is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account. Click here to vote for tomorrow’s Top Shot.

Your Shot photographer Boris Barabáš captured this image of a young curious silvery langur embraced by his mum. “You may ask, why is he not “silvery”?“ writes Barabáš. "This is due to the fact that youngsters are born as bright orange. Only later, is their fur transformed into grey/silver.” Photograph by Boris Barabáš

One Turtle’s Story


May 23rd is World Turtle Day,
a day sponsored annually by the American Tortoise Rescue organization to
increase knowledge of, and respect for, turtles and tortoises worldwide. 

here are six sequential photographs of a sea turtle being tested for radioactivity
on July 26, 1957, at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Between 1946 and
1958, the Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. military conducted 67
atmospheric nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands during the early phases of
the Cold War. Government personnel or contractors in these photographs wanted
to gauge the extent to which local sea life might have been impacted by
radioactive fallout.

We hope the turtle wasn’t adversely affected and went on to live a long life despite the possible nuclear contaminants in the local environment!

Series: Jobsite Photographs
of the Pacific Islands, 1953 – 1959. Record Group 326: Records of the Atomic
Energy Commission, 1923 – 1975. (National Archives Identifier: 7584062)