National Geographic Photo of the Day

National Geographic Photo of the Day

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Holy Waters

A Hasidic Jewish man in Ukraine immerses himself before Rosh Hashanah in a quarry pool that serves as a mikvah, a body of water used for spiritual cleansing.

Learning Atoms

A teacher explains molecular construction to a room of students in Conakry, Guinea. This story from the August 1966 issue tracked the West African nation's progress after declaring independence from France in 1958.

Peek of a Peak

Climbers rest on Pico Espejo before beginning the trek up Pico Bolívar, the mountain on the left, which is Venezuela's highest peak. The photo appeared in the March 1963 issue, which documented the country's first few years of democratic governance.

Mary at Midnight

A story in the December 2015 issue explored how cultures across the world revere and celebrate the Virgin Mary. Here, dancers in Haiti prepare for a midnight ceremony in honor of Ezili Danto, the Black Madonna.

Dusty Roads

A camper van drives through rural Baja California, Mexico, passing numerous cardon cacti. This type of cactus can live for hundreds of years and grow to more than 60 feet tall.

Nomadic Nenets

A Nenets woman in Russia hugs her grandson. The family is preparing to follow their herd of reindeer, seen in the background, even farther into the Siberian Arctic.

Sugar Cane Fields

Sugarcane towers over a field worker north of Karachi, Pakistan, in this picture from a 1967 story. Even now, Pakistan is one of the world's leading producers of sugarcane.

Twin Towers

The view from the New Jersey Meadowlands used to include the iconic twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Every September 11, the U.S. stops to remember the lives lost in the 2001 terrorist attack.

Siberian School

A clinic in Pokrovskoye, Russia, transforms into a fourth-grade classroom after the local school's heating system broke. For a lake-front town in Siberia, heat is not optional.

Frigid Flock

The Atacama Desert in South America is the driest desert in the world, receiving an average of half an inch of rain a year. But sometimes snowmelt and water from springs combine to create high-altitude lakes, where migratory flamingos may stop to rest.

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