Best Photos of 2016


Here is a gallery of National Geographic’s 52 best images of the year—curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs.

ngbest2016aAs an evening storm lights up the sky near Wood River, Nebraska, about 413,000 sandhill cranes arrive to roost in the shallows of the Platte River.
Photograph by Randy Olson
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ngbest2016bA pet saddleback tamarin hangs on to Yoina Mameria Nontsotega as the Matsigenka girl takes a dip in the Yomibato River, deep inside Peru’s Manú National Park.
Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James
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ngbest2016cTwilight bathes the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia at Delphi. Pilgrims in ancient Greece may have offered sacrifices here before consulting the oracle of Delphi.
Photograph by Vincent J. Musi at Archaeological Site of Delphi
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ngbest2016dThe colors of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone come from thermophiles: microbes that thrive in scalding water.
Photograph by Michael Nichols
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ngbest2016eOn a mountainside in Yosemite National Park, photographer Stephen Wilkes took 1,036 images over 26 hours to create this day-to-night composite.
Photograph by Stephen Wilkes
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ngbest2016fLounging in inches of warm water, blacktip reef sharks wait for the tide to refill the lagoon at Seychelles’ Aldabra Atoll.
Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak
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Best Photos of 2016
more at National Geographic

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