National Geographic just published its 2015 Photo of the Day roundup, picked indirectly by users like you:

“Each day, we bring you one photo from around National Geographic that fits our criteria for Photo of the Day—sometimes classic, sometimes quirky, always an image with a story to tell,” National Geographic explains on their webpage. “For this year’s roundup, we looked at shares, likes, and comments from the social sphere to see which ones resonated most with you.”

Now we want you, Bored Panda readers, to be the judges! Which picture do YOU think is the best? Check out the 20 pictures below and vote!

More info: nationalgeographic.com | facebook | instagram | twitter (h/t: demilkedthisisnthappyness)

#1

Who’s There?

Who’s There?

Cezary Wyszynski Report

CezaryWyszynski
Community Member
5 years ago

I am so proud to see one of my photos here. If you would like to see more from this series do not hesiatte to watch it here (pelase read descriptions as they tell unique story) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.423711701159711.1073741837.395567793974102&type=3

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#2

The Village, Hungary

The Village, Hungary

Gabor Dvornik Report

MelindaSzekeres
Community Member
5 years ago

It's not really a village... But it's wonderful to see this pic as the 2nd best! :) ♡

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#3

Cracking The Surface, Lake Baikal

Cracking The Surface, Lake Baikal

Alexey Trofimov Report

ElizavanGerbig
Community Member
5 years ago

What is going on in this picture?!

Fran
Community Member
5 years ago

"A photographer has captured spectacular cracks hundreds of yards long in the ice of the world's largest freshwater lake. The stunning pictures of Lake Baikal in Siberia were taken by Alexey Trofimov, who described what he saw as 'magical' and 'supernatural'. The 44-year-old from Bratsk in Russia stayed in a cabin on Olkhon Island- the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world - while on his trip. Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume and is also said to be the world's oldest and deepest. Mr Trofimov said: 'Lake Baikal has magical properties. When I saw these cracks I absolutely fell in love with them and will never forget them. 'Cracks such as these don't seem real and seeing it was like seeing something supernatural.' 'Ice has the capability to rapidly change depending on what temperature it is. When it is heated it is compressed, when it is cold it is expanding - that's how the cracks form.'" http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-30190

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OwenSayaman
Community Member
5 years ago

uh-oh...is that the workings of that shrew again in the Ice Age movies?

SandyM
Community Member
5 years ago

Yea some explanation would be helpful. I googled the name of this lake and it didnt help.

AnneDorrance
Community Member
5 years ago

Lake Baikal

MelissaNewkirk
Community Member
5 years ago

I would like to know more about this pic

NinaRosang
Community Member
5 years ago

In one word: Wow!

RenaLefcourt
Community Member
5 years ago

This lake of fresh water freezes in the winter. Cracks appear in the spring when the ice expands as it melts. Breathtaking! This freshwater lake freezes in the winter. In the spring the ice expands and these cracks appear. Breathtaking!!!!!

ElíasÁgústsson
Community Member
5 years ago

Actually, the crack is because the ice is contracting, not expanding. Water has peculiar properties in that regard. Most liquids and solids expand when temperature increases and contract when temperature is reduced. Water, on the other hand, reverses this within the temperature frame of -4°C to +4C. This is the reason that ice floats (water turns to ice at 0°C). When it cools below -4 it starts contracting again and when a large lake cools below -10°C it starts cracking like that, simply because it contracts and something's got to give.

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DerGoosher
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing

RustyIligan
Community Member
5 years ago

Is this reel?

TracyDewey-Cole
Community Member
5 years ago

No, but I bet it's REAL

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SallyGillies
Community Member
5 years ago

Whatever is going on is amazing. Beautiful picture.

UlambayarGalsandorj
Community Member
5 years ago

One of the my favorite ;)

SegundoFernandez
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing picture..

DaleMoar
Community Member
5 years ago

Rare to see such clear water freeze...around here it usually has snow on it.

BeckoningChasm
Community Member
5 years ago

Once-in-a-lifetime shot. Beautiful.

ValeriaBaburina
Community Member
5 years ago

The water is frozen and it's a crack in the ice. The ice is so clear it doesn't look like ice.

SandyBlake
Community Member
5 years ago

What a beautiful picture - but is the water frozen? It doesn't look it but how is there a crack in the water?

HendrikKasch
Community Member
5 years ago

Great as a wallpaper on the smartphone

AtheanaKalantzakos-Rowe
Community Member
5 years ago

Digitally manipulated?

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#4

Against The Wind, Canada

Against The Wind, Canada

Dominic Roy Report

KarenPottruff
Community Member
5 years ago

Excellent! The Cdn. owl & the wind!

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#5

Something’s Fishy, British Columbia Coast, Canada

Something’s Fishy, British Columbia Coast, Canada

Ian Mcallister Report

LisaBrown
Community Member
5 years ago

This is just wonderful! Thank you.

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#6

When Penguins Attack, Antarctica

When Penguins Attack, Antarctica

Sea Berry Report

WinstonHeard
Community Member
5 years ago

oh, now i understand. penguins are tiny, walking killer whales.

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#7

Mother Of The Forest, Madagascar

Mother Of The Forest, Madagascar

Marsel Van Oosten Report

LeenPol
Community Member
5 years ago

Those are my favorite trees

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#8

Falls In Autumn, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Falls In Autumn, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Vedrana Tafra Report

Daemon
Community Member
5 years ago

Holy shit! It's Rivendale!

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#9

Bioluminous Larak, Iran

Bioluminous Larak, Iran

Pooyan Shadpoor Report

HajeraMahtab
Community Member
5 years ago

Natures wonder

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#10

Dancing With The Moon, Iceland

Dancing With The Moon, Iceland

Andrew George Report

DoraSkourlis
Community Member
5 years ago

Does anyone else see a face with an open mouth?

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#11

Fox Found, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Fox Found, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Stefano Unterthiner Report

روہابلال
Community Member
5 years ago

Just like a painting.

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#12

Winter White, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Winter White, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy

Stephano Unterthiner Report

JaneMartin
Community Member
5 years ago

Cute

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#13

Big Baby, Tonga

Big Baby, Tonga

Karim Iliya Report

EmanuelaPelizzola
Community Member
5 years ago

Magnificent!

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#14

Bird Feeders, China

Bird Feeders, China

Abderazak Tissoukai Report

JohnnyBGood
Community Member
5 years ago

Not bird feeders - fishermen who catch fish with "help" of those birds. They tie a string on their necks so they won't be able to either run away, or swallow the fish pulled out from the water.

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#15

Kit Friendly, Estonia

Kit Friendly, Estonia

Kalmer Lehepuu Report

MarianneHeilä
Community Member
5 years ago

So cute ❤️

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#16

Shining Through, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

Shining Through, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

Ernie Vater Report

IreneMcIntosh
Community Member
5 years ago

Pretty but what catches my eye is that man to the right who appears to be walking on water. :-) Obviously frozen water but still a quirky little surprise.

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#17

Yellow Jellies, Rock Islands Of Palau

Yellow Jellies, Rock Islands Of Palau

Ciemon Frank Caballes Report

GemmaMoore
Community Member
5 years ago

nope these ones don't sting and people swim with them a lot. :)

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#18

All The Fish In The Sea, Cabo Pulmo

All The Fish In The Sea, Cabo Pulmo

Alex Hester Report

BeckoningChasm
Community Member
5 years ago

That's a bait-ball...better be careful, they attract big predators.

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#19

Imperial Blossoms, Japan

Imperial Blossoms, Japan

Yukio Miki Report

KatherineReynolds
Community Member
5 years ago

Lovely

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#20

Hull-o, Caribbean Island Of Bonaire

Hull-o, Caribbean Island Of Bonaire

Marc Henauer Report

PatriciaParks
Community Member
5 years ago

Enough with the cutesy, attention-grabbing photo titles. Please provide some actual, factual info to educate as well as entertain.

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