National Geographic is famous throughout the world for the calibre of its wildlife photography. Our editors at Your Shot regularly receive stunning animal pictures that exemplify the technical skill, patience, and creativity required to be a skilled wildlife photographer.
On October 4 we recognise World Animal Day, a celebration of wildlife and the work being done to improve their welfare. Here are some of our top shots of animals from Photo of the Day over the last year.
Lead Image: Your Shot photographer Jean-Francois Beaudry and this coltish animal shared a moment at Quebec, Canada’s Granby Zoo. “This beautiful leopard was playing with a piece of wood,” Beaudry explains. “For a split second, he stopped and looked at me and ‘pulled’ his tongue.” In 2015, Granby Zoo welcomed two newborn Amur leopards, one of the most endangered species in the world. PHOTOGRAPH BY JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAUDRY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT