Olympic National Park, Washington
Photograph by Justin Jung, National Geographic Your Shot
"On my trip up north to Washington, we discovered a very unique location in Olympic National Park," says Your Shot community member Justin Jung, who took this photo in the Washington State park. "I couldn't believe my eyes when we first arrived. This was something so out of this world, and nothing I'd expect to find in the U.S.A. We only had an hour to explore before sundown. We immediately fell in love with this rain forest and the feeling we got being inside."
I Heart My City: San Francisco
Photograph by Michael Perry, National Geographic Your Shot
Low clouds nearly obscure a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, undoubtedly San Francisco's most famous landmark. Fog often hides the bridge's towers, leaving it seemingly suspended in midair. Your Shot community member Michael Perry took this photo, included in our I Heart My City assignment story.
I Heart My City: Pula, Croatia
Photograph by Matija Sculac, National Geographic Your Shot
Star trails circle the sky above moviegoers at the Pula Film Festival in Pula, Croatia. Your Shot community member Matija Sculac submitted this photo to our I Heart My City assignment, which looked for images that captured the essence of a place.
Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
Photograph by Kevin Galvin, Alamy
A stone cottage stands sentinel on the coast of Achill Island in County Mayo, Ireland. Mayo's rugged coastline is part of the Wild Atlantic Way scenic route, which covers 1,491 miles of Ireland's untamed western coast and is among our travel editors' picks for the Best Spring Trips of 2014.
I Heart My City: Shanghai
Photograph by Bin Yu, National Geographic Your Shot
Your Shot community member Bin Yu answered our call for pictures that capture the essence of a place with this colorful photo of Shanghai. "Though slow exposures of cars rushing on busy highways is a common way to visually express a city, this photographer elevated the scene by capturing the ambient magenta lights seeping below the roadway," explains senior photo editor Sarah Polger. "The lighting is reminiscent of lighting from a club, and the viewer is reminded of the vibrant activity tucked away in the city."
Kane County, Utah
Photograph by Philippe Crochet, Getty Images
A visitor stands in the Golden Cathedral at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southwestern Utah's Kane County. One of our editors' picks for the Best Spring Trips of 2014, the county is home to a geological smorgasbord that includes narrow slot canyons, polychrome cliffs, wavelike buttes, and world-class paleontological sites.
El Nido in Palawan, Philippines
Photograph by Mon Corpuz Photography/Getty Images
For divers, snorkelers, and anyone looking to get away from it all, the El Nido protected area on the Philippine island of Palawan is the launching pad for island hopping in the enchanting Bacuit Archipelago. Hire a guide or join a tour to explore this tropical playground's secluded beaches, secret sea caves, hidden lagoons, and coral reefs teeming with marine life.
I Heart My City: Amsterdam
Photograph by Karl Duncan, National Geographic Your Shot
This photo of an Amsterdam alley was included in our recent Your Shot Assignment story: I Heart My City. Senior photo editor Sarah Polger explains why she chose it: "This frame bids the viewer to enter the frame and quickly hustle down the alley. Crowds and far-off lights suggest the path will end in a night with a story, and the graffiti reminds us that sometimes the most fun to be had in a city is a little more gritty. The wide angle focuses our view and works with the graffiti to suggest we may be about to enter an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole."
Photograph by Peter Adams, Getty Images
In 2014 the city of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, marks the 400th anniversary of Greek painter El Greco's death. For the first time, the artist's adopted home will play host to an exhibition made up entirely of his work, which will take place in venues around the city from March 14-June 14.
Buddhist Monk in Namchi, India
Photograph by Бирюков Юрий, National Geographic Your Shot
A young Buddhist monk studies in Namchi, in the Himalayan state of Sikkim. "The smoke of incense make visible bright beams of light," says the photographer, a member of our Your Shot community. "Despite the fact that I was photographing for a long time the temple and [this scene], the monk never looked at me, so deeply immersed in reading his book."