20 incredible photographs that capture the essence of the moment

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A photo will stand out from the millions of others taken ever day often because it’s been taken at precisely the right moment. It could be the very second a fork of lightning flashes down from the night sky, a fish falling into the mouth of a bird, or the shadow of the clouds falling across the ground. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you could snap something which is a million times more impressive than even the best professional photographer.

Here are 20 such photos. None of them involved the use of any kind of computer editing. The only thing you see here is the creativity of the photographer.

Sleeping cloud.

A long-exposure shot of a plane taking off.

The eruption of the Sinabung volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Life underwater.

The ghost of a Jeep.

A sea lion of the Galapagos Islands.

The heavens smiling down.

Dancers viewed from above.

An ant in a droplet of dew.

A route through the ice, Chukotka, Russia.

Catch!

Woman’s best friend.

Turtles ride a wave at sunset, the Maldives.

Above the clouds, Iceland.

A storm near the island of Ko Samui, Thailand.

A boat breaks through a fresh sheet of ice.

Sanctuary.

Cherries underwater.

Winter train.

Amitabha Buddha Day, Vietnam.

The FINA swimming championships.

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