Your Best Shot Gallery: June 2016

The Best Reader Photos of the Month

Ryan Hall

USAFA Graduation 2016

The iconic hat toss & Thunderbird flyover of the U.S. Air Force Academy's 2016 graduationRyan Hall

Every month we ask our talented readers to show off their best recent work, and every month, you deliver with breathtaking images from almost every genre. This month's selection includes some summery images like sun-drenched portraits and epic landscapes, as well as some more abstract and emotional photos. It's a challenge to pick finalists every month, and one we greatly enjoy here at Popular Photography.

If you're feeling inspired after looking through the gallery, head over to our Contests Page for a chance to show off your own work and share it with the world.

Shuyu Zhang

Come for dinner

I found a peacock walk around at the cow shed. This peacock seems to grab food from those cows. It gets to be sensitive and aggressive when people close to it.Shuyu Zhang
Roni Chastain

Sunrise in Etosha

The gates open to enter the park just at sunrise. We had to quickly get to this tree to get the sun right at the tree.Roni Chastain
Austin Cuttino

Sammy at Sunset

Photo of my dog Sammy.Austin Cuttino
Ryan Ong

Ant's Eye View

This photo was taken in the Carlsbad Flowerfields during some of the last few weeks of it being open. There were not a lot of flowers left, but I managed to find some.Ryan Ong
Zachary Nay

The Mushroom From My Yard

A mushroom I found while doing yardwork, brought inside and put on a black background.Zachary Nay
Kenneth Hill


Shot with Nikon D750, Sigma Art 35mm F8, ISO 200, 1/250 DicaPac Underwater Case Processed with Adobe LR and Photoshop CCKenneth Hill
Ashley Mueller

Blue Hour

Taken at Keeneland race course, in the early hours of the morning. I aim to show the dedication of the horseman to his craft, galloping horses before sunrise.Ashley Mueller
Darnell Bowman

The serious side of Mr Mason

Nikon D7100, F/2.8, ISO-1000, 1/80 shutter speedDarnell Bowman
Ioana Paun

The shore

This is the place where the waves of the ocean and the land come together.Ioana Paun
Erik Eiser

Quick Dip

Bethany Zelasko gets out of the summer heat with a quick paddle out into the soothing sea.Erik Eiser
Anish Patel

Spiked Flower

Abstract macro of a mimosa bloom.Anish Patel
Ken Koontz

Carpenter Bee

Bee- cause I wanted to see if I could photograph one in flight!Ken Koontz
Michael Hindman

The Falls

These are probably my favorite falls in the park and this weekend they were gushing. I have never seen Yosemite Falls, any falls in the valley for that matter rip roaring as much as they were this weekend.Michael Hindman
William Lanahan

Sunset At Bandon

Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200mm, four shot bracket between 1/400s-1/50s, f8, ISO200William Lanahan
Angee Manns

The Street Fair

My son and two nieces riding a carnival ride at the annual street fair in Fulton, Missouri.Angee Manns
Abeselom Zerit


Mandrill lost in thoughtAbeselom Zerit
Jordan Timmerman

Lazy cat days

Taken with Canon RebelJordan Timmerman
Mahmoud Abuabdou


A man leaving the gate in Berlin Tegel airport walking toward the airplane.Mahmoud Abuabdou
Chris Gin

Back Beach Sunset

Sunset reflections at Back Beach, New Plymouth, New Zealand. This is a panorama consisting of 5 horizontal images stitched.Chris Gin
Mario Labado

The promise

These Great Blue Herons were trying to rebuild nest. This was in Viera wetlands, Fl.Mario Labado
Peyton Bonner

Colorful Attractions

A gorgeous, fiery red-head with a passion for art and painting. Creativity was never meant for someone to stay clean!Peyton Bonner
Rebecca Davis


This is a photo I took for my beginning photography class. The lighting was perfect when I took the picture.Rebecca Davis
Dillon Saw

Separation by Bridges

Shot at the Carquinez bridge in Vallejo, California.Dillon Saw
Morris Bennett Altman

A sky full of skimmers

One of the amazing sights and sounds that repeat over and over at Nickerson Beach is the blastoff of the entire skimmer and/or tern colony. Having thousands of birds in the air all around you is an amazing sensation. I was quite tired when this blastoff happened so rather than moving to get behind my camera, I simply set my 150-600 Sport to the wider end and pointed the camera in what seemed the correct direction and tripped the shutter when I liked what I saw in the sky. I shoot from the hip all the time when doing street photography so I'm fairly practiced at this method and very pleased I was able to translate to the long lens. D300s + Sigma 150-600 Sport @ 210, 1/1000, f8, ISO 400, Fill flash (SB800 + Better Beamer)Morris Bennett Altman
Daniel Nielsen

Sunset Surfing

As the sun was setting we decided to go out for a quick surf at Hermosa Beach. With the perfect waves and amazing sky I was able to capture this moment.Daniel Nielsen
Brianna Shortt

Emerging Waters

This was one of my first attempts at black and white photography. I fell in love with shooting people in black and white after this photo shoot.Brianna Shortt
Souvik Bose

Green Flower

CANON EOS 60D, 50 MM, ISO 320, f/1.8, 1/3200 sec. , FOCAL LENGHT 50 MM, ADOBE PHOTOSHOP.Souvik Bose
Nikhil Ghodke

Summer Trials

I was walking long a pedestrian bridge in Rome, Italy and I saw this pair of rowers coming down the river. I waited for them to pass under the bridge and that moment, I took the photo with my Canon 5D mark II, with 24-105 L series lens at 55mm and shutter speed of 1/100 sec and 5.6 mm.Nikhil Ghodke
David Woods

Lion Ascending

A Yellow Bear caterpillar. This was by far the fastest caterpillar I've seen, and in the photo is resting after I gave it chase. This photo is the result of almost 40 images manually focus stacked. Taken with a vintage Meyer-Optik Görlitz Primotar 135mm.David Woods
Geraldine Alexander

Chubby Cheeks

This little chipmunk returned to the line up of peanuts over and over. Each time he would fill his cheeks to capacity, disappear for a few minutes and then return to reload. Taken with a Nikon D300, F5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 200mm.Geraldine Alexander
Ashley Carter

Carnival Fun

Taken on an Olympus Mju II, I thought the colours and patterns intrigued me as well as the sequence of items in this shot.Ashley Carter
Holly Awwad

The playground at sunset

My view from the teeter-totter.Holly Awwad
Paige Motz

The Kiss

A passionate sunset kiss between bride and groom at a wedding in Airlie Beach, Australia.Paige Motz