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Top Shot: Birds Overhead

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Women in Bangladesh pick recyclables to sell back to the market. Photograph by Ziaui Haque.

Top Shot: Birds Overhead
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
Women in Bangladesh pick recyclables to sell back to the market. Photograph by Ziaui Haque. Top Shot: Birds Overhead
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
Women in Bangladesh pick recyclables to sell back to the market. Photograph by Ziaui Haque.

Top Shot: Birds Overhead

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Women in Bangladesh pick recyclables to sell back to the market. Photograph by Ziaui Haque.

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Spotlight: Angelo Formato, United Kingdom

In our Spotlight feature, we ask our members some questions to learn more about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their favorite pictures.

Q: What’s the story behind this photo?

A: It’s just a fashion backstage moment, where the model was having a break. I like this image because I found it really elegant and natural. This photo is so special for me because it was when I had my first encounter with the fashion world in 2010. I was working as photo assistant, and in this moment I realized that fashion photography was all I wanted to do.

Q: Why do you take pictures?

A: Taking pictures is not just a job for me but it’s also a therapy that opens my mind and helps me to see things in different ways; it helps me to appreciate little things that I never noticed before.

Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?

A: I love to take pictures of people in different places—playing with the spaces and creating geometric lines, catching also the sounds, smells, and the magic of that moment. The most interesting thing comes after taking the photo, reliving the same moment once again just looking at an image.

Q: What do you want to say with your images?

A: The photographer’s purpose is to tell, to describe a moment or an emotion, and I want people to feel the same emotions I felt when I took them, see the same things my eyes have seen.

See more of Angelo’s photos in his Your Shot gallery.

Spotlight: Angelo Formato, United Kingdom
In our Spotlight feature, we ask our members some questions to learn more about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their favorite pictures.
Q: What’s the story behind this photo?
A: It’s just a fashion backstage moment, where the model was having a break. I like this image because I found it really elegant and natural. This photo is so special for me because it was when I had my first encounter with the fashion world in 2010. I was working as photo assistant, and in this moment I realized that fashion photography was all I wanted to do.
Q: Why do you take pictures?
A: Taking pictures is not just a job for me but it’s also a therapy that opens my mind and helps me to see things in different ways; it helps me to appreciate little things that I never noticed before.
Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?
A: I love to take pictures of people in different places—playing with the spaces and creating geometric lines, catching also the sounds, smells, and the magic of that moment. The most interesting thing comes after taking the photo, reliving the same moment once again just looking at an image.
Q: What do you want to say with your images?
A: The photographer’s purpose is to tell, to describe a moment or an emotion, and I want people to feel the same emotions I felt when I took them, see the same things my eyes have seen.

See more of Angelo’s photos in his Your Shot gallery.

Spotlight: Angelo Formato, United Kingdom
In our Spotlight feature, we ask our members some questions to learn more about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their favorite pictures.
Q: What’s the story behind this photo?
A: It’s just a fashion backstage moment, where the model was having a break. I like this image because I found it really elegant and natural. This photo is so special for me because it was when I had my first encounter with the fashion world in 2010. I was working as photo assistant, and in this moment I realized that fashion photography was all I wanted to do.
Q: Why do you take pictures?
A: Taking pictures is not just a job for me but it’s also a therapy that opens my mind and helps me to see things in different ways; it helps me to appreciate little things that I never noticed before.
Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?
A: I love to take pictures of people in different places—playing with the spaces and creating geometric lines, catching also the sounds, smells, and the magic of that moment. The most interesting thing comes after taking the photo, reliving the same moment once again just looking at an image.
Q: What do you want to say with your images?
A: The photographer’s purpose is to tell, to describe a moment or an emotion, and I want people to feel the same emotions I felt when I took them, see the same things my eyes have seen.

See more of Angelo’s photos in his Your Shot gallery.

Spotlight: Angelo Formato, United Kingdom

In our Spotlight feature, we ask our members some questions to learn more about what inspires their photography, the processes they use to make images, and the stories behind their favorite pictures.

Q: What’s the story behind this photo?

A: It’s just a fashion backstage moment, where the model was having a break. I like this image because I found it really elegant and natural. This photo is so special for me because it was when I had my first encounter with the fashion world in 2010. I was working as photo assistant, and in this moment I realized that fashion photography was all I wanted to do.

Q: Why do you take pictures?

A: Taking pictures is not just a job for me but it’s also a therapy that opens my mind and helps me to see things in different ways; it helps me to appreciate little things that I never noticed before.

Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?

A: I love to take pictures of people in different places—playing with the spaces and creating geometric lines, catching also the sounds, smells, and the magic of that moment. The most interesting thing comes after taking the photo, reliving the same moment once again just looking at an image.

Q: What do you want to say with your images?

A: The photographer’s purpose is to tell, to describe a moment or an emotion, and I want people to feel the same emotions I felt when I took them, see the same things my eyes have seen.

See more of Angelo’s photos in his Your Shot gallery.

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Top Shot: Three Roe Deer

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

An aerial photo of three roe deer before sunset in Estonia. Photograph by Sven Zacek

Top Shot: Three Roe Deer
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
An aerial photo of three roe deer before sunset in Estonia. Photograph by Sven Zacek Top Shot: Three Roe Deer
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
An aerial photo of three roe deer before sunset in Estonia. Photograph by Sven Zacek

Top Shot: Three Roe Deer

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

An aerial photo of three roe deer before sunset in Estonia. Photograph by Sven Zacek

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#YourShotMeetUp: Vancouver

28th September 2014

On September 6, Your Shot hosted its first international meet up and photo walk in Vancouver, Canada. Expert photographers Farah Nosh, David Strongman, and Jonathan Taggart conducted portfolio reviews and led our members around Granville Island, giving photo tips and career advice to their groups. Visit Storehouse to get the full story. For more photos go to #yourshotmeetup.

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26th September 2014

"I started posting my photos on Instagram, and for the first time I realized that there is another motivation to taking pictures: being able to share them."
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“[My best photo] represents a kind of "decisive moment" when, at the same time and in the same frame, different elements and shapes come together and magically fall into place.”
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“It's pretty staggering, even dizzying, to think that everything, absolutely everything, can potentially make an interesting photo!”
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“Street Photography, for me, is about life! The life that is in every day, in every moment.It's paying special attention to everything around us, including the smallest things, the most insignificant"
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“ I always try to go without preconceived ideas. I’ve realized that it is when I "let go" and let my instincts take take over, that the most interesting photos are made."
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“For me black and white, above all, is about getting down to the essence of the moment. It prevents colors and shapes that can distract from interfering with the eyes."
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26th September 2014

Street Scenes: Stephane Arnaud, France

In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field. 


Stephane Arnaud began photographing in the street when he purchased his first smartphone. He had always been interested in taking photos but now finds inspiration in the freedom and secrecy the phone provides him “I do not have to decide if I will go take pictures or not: I can take pictures all the time, everywhere.” Particularly interested in shadows and reflections, Stephane uses these elements to add depth and layers to his photos because despite loving the technology he finds that the images his phone produces lack the richness of other photographic mediums.

See more of Stephane’s photos in his Your Shot gallery and Instagram. Upload your own mobile photos to our #onthego Hashtag Challenge. 

"I started posting my photos on Instagram, and for the first time I realized that there is another motivation to taking pictures: being able to share them."

Street Scenes: Stephane Arnaud, France

In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field. 


Stephane Arnaud began photographing in the street when he purchased his first smartphone. He had always been interested in taking photos but now finds inspiration in the freedom and secrecy the phone provides him “I do not have to decide if I will go take pictures or not: I can take pictures all the time, everywhere.” Particularly interested in shadows and reflections, Stephane uses these elements to add depth and layers to his photos because despite loving the technology he finds that the images his phone produces lack the richness of other photographic mediums.

See more of Stephane’s photos in his Your Shot gallery and Instagram. Upload your own mobile photos to our #onthego Hashtag Challenge. 

“[My best photo] represents a kind of "decisive moment" when, at the same time and in the same frame, different elements and shapes come together and magically fall into place.”

Street Scenes: Stephane Arnaud, France

In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field. 


Stephane Arnaud began photographing in the street when he purchased his first smartphone. He had always been interested in taking photos but now finds inspiration in the freedom and secrecy the phone provides him “I do not have to decide if I will go take pictures or not: I can take pictures all the time, everywhere.” Particularly interested in shadows and reflections, Stephane uses these elements to add depth and layers to his photos because despite loving the technology he finds that the images his phone produces lack the richness of other photographic mediums.

See more of Stephane’s photos in his Your Shot gallery and Instagram. Upload your own mobile photos to our #onthego Hashtag Challenge. 

“It's pretty staggering, even dizzying, to think that everything, absolutely everything, can potentially make an interesting photo!”

Street Scenes: Stephane Arnaud, France

In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field. 


Stephane Arnaud began photographing in the street when he purchased his first smartphone. He had always been interested in taking photos but now finds inspiration in the freedom and secrecy the phone provides him “I do not have to decide if I will go take pictures or not: I can take pictures all the time, everywhere.” Particularly interested in shadows and reflections, Stephane uses these elements to add depth and layers to his photos because despite loving the technology he finds that the images his phone produces lack the richness of other photographic mediums.

See more of Stephane’s photos in his Your Shot gallery and Instagram. Upload your own mobile photos to our #onthego Hashtag Challenge. 

“Street Photography, for me, is about life! The life that is in every day, in every moment.It's paying special attention to everything around us, including the smallest things, the most insignificant"

Street Scenes: Stephane Arnaud, France

In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field. 


Stephane Arnaud began photographing in the street when he purchased his first smartphone. He had always been interested in taking photos but now finds inspiration in the freedom and secrecy the phone provides him “I do not have to decide if I will go take pictures or not: I can take pictures all the time, everywhere.” Particularly interested in shadows and reflections, Stephane uses these elements to add depth and layers to his photos because despite loving the technology he finds that the images his phone produces lack the richness of other photographic mediums.

See more of Stephane’s photos in his Your Shot gallery and Instagram. Upload your own mobile photos to our #onthego Hashtag Challenge. 

“ I always try to go without preconceived ideas. I’ve realized that it is when I "let go" and let my instincts take take over, that the most interesting photos are made."

Street Scenes: Stephane Arnaud, France

In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field. 


Stephane Arnaud began photographing in the street when he purchased his first smartphone. He had always been interested in taking photos but now finds inspiration in the freedom and secrecy the phone provides him “I do not have to decide if I will go take pictures or not: I can take pictures all the time, everywhere.” Particularly interested in shadows and reflections, Stephane uses these elements to add depth and layers to his photos because despite loving the technology he finds that the images his phone produces lack the richness of other photographic mediums.

See more of Stephane’s photos in his Your Shot gallery and Instagram. Upload your own mobile photos to our #onthego Hashtag Challenge. 

“For me black and white, above all, is about getting down to the essence of the moment. It prevents colors and shapes that can distract from interfering with the eyes."

Street Scenes: Stephane Arnaud, France

In our series Street Scenes, we’ll be talking to street photographers from around the world in order to find out how they got started, what catches their eye and what they have experienced shooting in the field. 

Stephane Arnaud began photographing in the street when he purchased his first smartphone. He had always been interested in taking photos but now finds inspiration in the freedom and secrecy the phone provides him “I do not have to decide if I will go take pictures or not: I can take pictures all the time, everywhere.” Particularly interested in shadows and reflections, Stephane uses these elements to add depth and layers to his photos because despite loving the technology he finds that the images his phone produces lack the richness of other photographic mediums.

See more of Stephane’s photos in his Your Shot gallery and Instagram. Upload your own mobile photos to our #onthego Hashtag Challenge

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Top Shot: Romanian Sunrise

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Sunrise at Maramures, Romania. A scene from the early morning calm before the villagers start working on the fields. Photograph by Joey Yu

Top Shot: Romanian Sunrise
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
Sunrise at Maramures, Romania. A scene from the early morning calm before the villagers start working on the fields. Photograph by Joey Yu Top Shot: Romanian Sunrise
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
Sunrise at Maramures, Romania. A scene from the early morning calm before the villagers start working on the fields. Photograph by Joey Yu

Top Shot: Romanian Sunrise

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Sunrise at Maramures, Romania. A scene from the early morning calm before the villagers start working on the fields. Photograph by Joey Yu

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On Proof: Savoring the Light in Iceland

"I wonder if, when you live in a place that spends a great deal of the year in darkness, you more wholly embrace the light while it’s there just out of a physical necessity." –Becky Harlan, Photographer 

A family soaks in a hot tub at a pool in Flir, which has a population of about 400 people. Photograph by Becky Harlan

Read more about Becky’s Iceland adventure on our sister blog, Proof.

On Proof: Savoring the Light in Iceland
"I wonder if, when you live in a place that spends a great deal of the year in darkness, you more wholly embrace the light while it’s there just out of a physical necessity." –Becky Harlan, Photographer 
A family soaks in a hot tub at a pool in Flir, which has a population of about 400 people. Photograph by Becky Harlan

Read more about Becky’s Iceland adventure on our sister blog, Proof. On Proof: Savoring the Light in Iceland
"I wonder if, when you live in a place that spends a great deal of the year in darkness, you more wholly embrace the light while it’s there just out of a physical necessity." –Becky Harlan, Photographer 
A family soaks in a hot tub at a pool in Flir, which has a population of about 400 people. Photograph by Becky Harlan

Read more about Becky’s Iceland adventure on our sister blog, Proof.

On Proof: Savoring the Light in Iceland

"I wonder if, when you live in a place that spends a great deal of the year in darkness, you more wholly embrace the light while it’s there just out of a physical necessity." –Becky Harlan, Photographer 

A family soaks in a hot tub at a pool in Flir, which has a population of about 400 people. Photograph by Becky Harlan

Read more about Becky’s Iceland adventure on our sister blog, Proof.

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Top Shot: Crane Dance

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Sandhill Cranes at dusk in Wisonsin, United States. Photograph by Michael Knapstein.

Top Shot: Crane Dance
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
Sandhill Cranes at dusk in Wisonsin, United States. Photograph by Michael Knapstein. Top Shot: Crane Dance
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
Sandhill Cranes at dusk in Wisonsin, United States. Photograph by Michael Knapstein.

Top Shot: Crane Dance

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Sandhill Cranes at dusk in Wisonsin, United States. Photograph by Michael Knapstein.

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24th September 2014

Photograph by Robin C.
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Photograph by Saori Baba
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Photograph by Michael Young
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24th September 2014

Behind the Edit: Time Capsule
"Some pictures, no matter how old they are, can feel contemporary. That is what I mean by timeless. They are executed in an inventive, interesting way, and they show subject matter that is universally human, undeniably sincere, or simply awe-inducing." –Janna Dotschkal, Time Capsule Assignment Editor



See the final story and read more from Janna about the challenges of editing 11,000 photos and creating images that transcend time.

Photograph by Robin C.

Behind the Edit: Time Capsule
"Some pictures, no matter how old they are, can feel contemporary. That is what I mean by timeless. They are executed in an inventive, interesting way, and they show subject matter that is universally human, undeniably sincere, or simply awe-inducing." –Janna Dotschkal, Time Capsule Assignment Editor



See the final story and read more from Janna about the challenges of editing 11,000 photos and creating images that transcend time.

Photograph by Saori Baba

Behind the Edit: Time Capsule
"Some pictures, no matter how old they are, can feel contemporary. That is what I mean by timeless. They are executed in an inventive, interesting way, and they show subject matter that is universally human, undeniably sincere, or simply awe-inducing." –Janna Dotschkal, Time Capsule Assignment Editor



See the final story and read more from Janna about the challenges of editing 11,000 photos and creating images that transcend time.

Photograph by Michael Young

Behind the Edit: Time Capsule

"Some pictures, no matter how old they are, can feel contemporary. That is what I mean by timeless. They are executed in an inventive, interesting way, and they show subject matter that is universally human, undeniably sincere, or simply awe-inducing." –Janna Dotschkal, Time Capsule Assignment Editor

See the final story and read more from Janna about the challenges of editing 11,000 photos and creating images that transcend time.

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Top Shot: Misty River

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

A fisherman in Hunan, China. Photograph by Sammy Wong

Top Shot: Misty River
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
A fisherman in Hunan, China. Photograph by Sammy Wong

Top Shot: Misty River
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.
A fisherman in Hunan, China. Photograph by Sammy Wong

Top Shot: Misty River

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

A fisherman in Hunan, China. Photograph by Sammy Wong

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