Your Best Shot Gallery: January 2014

A collection of inspirational images from our talented readers

YBS Gallery January 2014

YBS Gallery January 2014

YBS Gallery January 2014Thanh Tran

This month's edition of the Your Best Shot photo contest was one of our biggest to date. We had nearly 3,000 entries and that's during a month when snow was hammering large portions of the United States. Within that assortment of photos was everything from high-end portraits to epic landscapes. We've narrowed down the entries to some of our favorites which are presented here.

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Calla Lily 1

Calla Lily 1

Black and White Digital ImageJeff Tse
Passion

Passion

Poland.Baltic Sea.Krzysztof Browko
Me, Myself and I

Me, Myself and I

I converted this White Egrets shot to b&w in Aperture and retouched the reflections and weeds and reeds that were catching light. I love the 3 heads and necks coming together like a trident.Mike Melnotte
Break On Through

Break On Through

Ama Dablam, 22,493 ft. (6,856 m), as seen from Kala Patthar, 18,514 ft. (5,643 m). This particular evening was the highlight of our 21 day trek through the Everest region of Nepal. We hiked up Kala Patthar for sunset to see the full moon rise over Mount Everest, and the views were unlike anything I've ever seen. Fortunately I turned my camera away from Everest for a moment to take some shots of Ama Dablam -- a lower, but much sexier peak when all is said and done.Mason Cummings
Reflective Auroras

Reflective Auroras

The beauty of the Northern Lights is indescribable. Sitting next to this pond after sunset and gazing at this natural phenomenon was an incredible experience that I wish I could share with the world.Jeremy Bates
Lena

Lena

photographer: Tatiana Konovalova Model:Lena photo shoot in natureTatiana Konovalova
Glow

Glow

Model: Rachel MilliganThanh Tran
Lost in fog

Lost in fog

Foggy morning on Pohorje hills, Slovenia\Peter Zajfrid
Untitled

Untitled

Testing my new Petzval lens by Lomography. The lens was known for strong color saturation and swirly bokeh effect.Chi Lee
Have you seen my child?

Have you seen my child?

This photo was taken while on a trip to So. Georgia, last November. This represents 2 adult penguins amidst 100s of King Penguin chicks.Brad Jenkins
38/52--North Bay's Mother and Child Downtown Stroller Street Race

38/52--North Bay's Mother and Child Downtown Stroller Street Race

It was an amazing win and i snapped this photo at that exact second as Tam came flying around the corner on her way to the finish line --if you look close you can see even her flip flop went flying in the air., Total dedication. 100% hard work and inspiration like MR T is what lead to the win Tam says, she thanked everyone, did 4 interviews, signed 16 autographs and then bought ice cream for everyone. ... See you all at next years North Bay's Mothers and Child Downtown Stroller Street RaceDanny Turcotte
Hiding

Hiding

Not long after the first image, my daughter was tired of having her picture taken, so she tried to hide!Terri Burke
Alien Landscape

Alien Landscape

I shot this during my first visit to Death Valley's Mesquite Dunes. I was hoping for a great sunset, but it was completely cloudless. I therefore stayed to shoot twilight and the soft light reflecting off the sands. It was entirely silent and an amazing sight to behold. Next time, I'll bring a flashlight to make my walk back to the car a little easier!Max Foster
The End

The End

A foggy day in the L-C valley let me photograph the Red Wolf bridge and eliminate distractions that would otherwise be present.Grant Meyer
Grand Lightening

Grand Lightening

The wind was whipping through the Canyon, sheets of rain were cutting in and between the canyons walls above the great Colorado river. With a rain jacket covering my camera, and a long focus on the setting sun, I snapped picture after picture hoping to get just one with a lightening strike. Finally I did - and perfectly framed by the setting sun. I couldn't have hoped for more dramatic clouds, sheets of rain moving in to the frame, or the rays of the sun cutting through the canyon.Ted Davis
Lonely Runner

Lonely Runner

Lonely runner on a foggy winter day in Budapest (Hungary). I was lucky as I waited only 30 minutes for the runner to shop up and capture this photo.Balazs Toro
Char

Char

My brother was burning these plants for fun and I thought why not take pictures. The results were more amazing than I could have imagined.Shelby Withington
Silhouette

Silhouette

Shot through dirty windshield on a snowy evening.Dusica Paripovivc
My wife actually agreed to....

My wife actually agreed to....

While at work I caught the itch and wanted to shoot. So I called my wife and told her I wanted to revisit a technique that I tried last year when she came home. I was shocked when she replied, "Ok, just a few, it is freezing out here". So as soon as her car pulled into the lot, I went for it! The result was pretty darn good to me. I saw something similar in PP a few years ago and ALWAYS wanted to do my own.Ian Lyn
Lanterns of Joy

Lanterns of Joy

Chiang Mai, Thailand - Location of Yi Peng festival gives thousands of individuals from around the World the opportunity to release fears, wishes and gratitude into the night sky.Joshua Fischl
Twilight After the Rain

Twilight After the Rain

A lake forms in a center city Philadelphia alley as large potholes fill with rainwater.Theresa Stigale
Mountain mist climbing up and my daughter expression with a chocolate !

Mountain mist climbing up and my daughter expression with a chocolate !

I went to a holiday trip with my family to a hill station. One day while walking on this lane on top of the hill I noticed this amazing mist,I was busy in capturing this mist meanwhile my wife gave a chocolate to my daughter(2 yrs old), it seems to me that she got something priceless and out busted her cheers. I got my snap of my life !!Abhishek Bhattacharya
Amaterasu Omikami

Amaterasu Omikami

Sunrise strip of lightYovcho Gorchev
Shannon

Shannon

Found this awesome building on one of our drives we make almost every day. We photographed.Bradley Lis
Snowflakes and a very empty TImes Square!

Snowflakes and a very empty TImes Square!

Take on the coldest night in NYC this year. IT was really surreal to see Times Square almost completely devoid of people. I used an off camera flash tot he right of the model to really makes the snow flakes pop.ayaz sayeed
Shining Through

Shining Through

Single shot of a snowflake taken on a black wool glove. Background was lit by a single flash.Jayson Alder
Selfie

Selfie

In the attempt to shoot a time lapse I quickly gave up on that and shot some slow shutter shots.Brandon Eastep
Morning Glory in Lake Tahoe

Morning Glory in Lake Tahoe

Morning Glory in Lake Tahoelin chen
Toes

Toes

a shot from a recent shoot exploring body movement and the lenssean goldthorpe
morning prayer

morning prayer

Chaat PujaSubhajit Dutta
The trail of ripples

The trail of ripples

This is a photograph i shot from the top of a Radio and TV tower in Tianjin, of a boat cruising along the surface of a lake right below the tower. The sunlight lighting up the ripples created by the boat.Kalee Vidanapathirana
Robber Fly Eating

Robber Fly Eating

This is a single shot of a Robber Fly eating a beetle.Benjamin Puppel
Silver Lining on a Black Eye

Silver Lining on a Black Eye

I took this photograph of my brother's eye in profile one afternoon. The light was falling right along the edge of his eyeball and I wanted to capture the perfect white crescent of light. I used extension tubes to get this close to his eye which made his eyelashes become out of focus and abstracted the image so it becomes something entirely different than just a human eye.Allison Felt
The land of opportunity

The land of opportunity

Anya Miller finds nice bouldering near a very popular surf spot on the East Cape of Baja, Mexico. Anya and friends were traveling in Baja Sur soaking up the sun before going back to work in the ski industry for the 2014 winter.garret smith
Abstract Pattern

Abstract Pattern

Plastic ground covering at a farm creates an interesting abstract pattern.Douglas Kim
Beneath the Darkness

Beneath the Darkness

Smoke from a nearby wildfire scatters distant light from the sun and stars over Mono Lake, California.Navin Sarma
Connor Boyack

Connor Boyack

This is Connor Boyack, the president of the Libertas Institute. I'm running a kickstarter campaign to create a photo book of the most influential people in the liberty movement, including whistle-blowers, activists and journalists. This is the first in the series. Also committed to sit for me are Adam Kokesh, Ben Swann, Luke Rudkowski, Jeffrey Tucker, Stefan Molyneux and others. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1823151262/portraits-of-libertyBraxton Wilhelmsen
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Here's a shot I've taken of my friend, Rebekah David, on August 2013.Thanh Tran
Cherry Red

Cherry Red

Seeing the redness of the cherry is what made me take the picture. Using some sparkling water and a flat faced jar, i hanged the cherry in place using a macro clip. the background is set using a blue coloured paper. using two flashes, one set at about 45 degrees from the side, the other is for the light the background.Muhammad al-Qatam
Cammie's Happy Place

Cammie's Happy Place

Cammie, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever, gallops out from a swim with her sister near the end of beautiful day. Sun sunshine warm lab water wet dog dogs doggie puppy swimmingJim Zelasko
Farmer in Ubud, Bali island, Indonesia

Farmer in Ubud, Bali island, Indonesia

Farmer in Ubud, Bali island, IndonesiaSivakumar Ramakrishnan
Frog in a Cup

Frog in a Cup

Spotted a frog poolside and decided to chase it and take pictures. It jumped into a cup and, moments later, onto me.Annalysa van Harskamp
Jaws

Jaws

A mako we brought in was giving us a beautiful display.Sandra Avery
Barn Stars

Barn Stars

An abandoned barn in rural New Mexico while the stars swim in the night sky.ben hicks
Flight

Flight

Picture shot at JANTAR MANTAR, New Delhi..Pigeon sign of peace caught in flight with the architectural beauty of an observatory at the heart of the capital city...Dheeraj Paul
Bankvaults

Bankvaults

Tripoli Patterson of New York travelling through an Indonesian wave.Matthew Clark
Calmed sunday

Calmed sunday

From the bridge in front of Dongsishitao exit B metro station, during a "calmed" sunday everning around 19:35Raed Gindeya M.
NYC Winter

NYC Winter

Project: NYC Winter I have taken photos towards how people live during the winter. Where do they shelter on cold nights and how do they work to survive even in the winter. Union Square, NYC.Sarah Flores