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Sunbeam spotlights a swimmer in natural well

Photo: John Stanmeyer/National Geographic

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Dzitnup, Mexico, 2010

A single frame is capable of transporting us to some of our planet’s most beautiful and far-flung places.

In this photo by John Stanmeyer, a sunbeam spotlights a person swimming in the Xkeken cenote, a natural well in the Yucatán thought by the Maya to lead to the underworld.