The National Geographic has been showcasing world's best photography for years and 2016 is no exception. The magazine has just announced its Best Photos of 2016 list which is packed with remarkable visual stories from around the globe.


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There are 52 images in the collection, produced by 91 photographers and curated from almost 2,300,000 photos and 107 stories. From a space suit test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, to a baby pangolin riding on its mother's back - these powerful photos take us to places that we've never seen before and connect with us emotionally.

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#1

Best Photos Of 2016

A 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.

CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES , National Geographic Report

Nicole Romero 7 months ago

She's so beautiful!

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Best Photos Of 2016

As 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.

RANDY OLSON , National Geographic Report

Kristine Wolf 7 months ago

Beautiful colors in the sky and reflected in the water. Not the typical lightning pic!

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Best Photos Of 2016

Tempted by the fruit of a strangler fig, a Bornean orangutan climbs 100 feet into the canopy. With males weighing as much as 200 pounds, orangutans are the world’s largest tree-dwelling animals.

TIM LAMAN , National Geographic Report

Jane The Tiger 7 months ago

Is it just me, or does the tree resemble a dragon?

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#4

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On a mountainside in Yosemite National Park, photographer Stephen Wilkes took 1,036 images over 26 hours to create this day-to-night composite.

STEPHEN WILKES , National Geographic Report

Natasha L 7 months ago

I'm lost for words. The dedication and creativity it took to make this is astounding.

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Best Photos Of 2016

Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve.

AMI VITALE , National Geographic Report

Nicole Romero 7 months ago

"Paint me like one of your French girls"

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#6

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Silversides swirl through mangroves in the coral reefs off Cuba. The finger-size fish form large schools to try to confuse predators.

DAVID DOUBILET AND JENNIFER HAYES , National Geographic Report

Kristine Wolf 7 months ago

The way the surface of the water disappears makes it seem as though air and water worlds are the same! Fantastic framing, color. Great pic!

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#7

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Lounging in inches of warm water, blacktip reef sharks wait for the tide to refill the lagoon at Seychelles’ Aldabra Atoll.

THOMAS P. PESCHAK , National Geographic Report

#8

Best Photos Of 2016

A baby African white-bellied tree pangolin hitches a ride on its mother at Pangolin Conservation, a nonprofit organization in St. Augustine, Florida.

JOEL SARTORE , National Geographic Report

DLB 7 months ago

If artichokes were animals.

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#9

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The nervous system of this common octopus is larger and more complex than most invertebrates’. Can it think? Is it conscious? Researchers wonder if we’ll ever know.

DAVID LIITTSCHWAGER , National Geographic Report

Rana 7 months ago

the most amazing creature on this planet

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#10

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Tortoises jockey for shelter from the sun. They will cook in their shells if they remain in the heat for too long.

THOMAS PESCHAK , National Geographic Report

Rana 7 months ago

top one is like " get out of my place "

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#11

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Blood drips from a Rüppell’s vulture’s beak. The neck and head are sparsely feathered, which helps keep gore, guts, and fecal matter from clinging in a deep carcass dive.

CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES , National Geographic Report

Hope Floats 7 months ago

The way the photographer has caught that speck of blood falling from his beak is amazing..The skill in taking these photos is very underrated...

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#12

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In Alaska, a mother grizzly and her cubs cause a “bear jam” on Denali’s 92-mile-long Park Road, open to private vehicles only five days each summer.

AARON HUEY , National Geographic Report

Anna Brandigi 7 months ago

This??? Is extreme badassery

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#13

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Parts of the Yellowstone region are wilder now than they’ve been in a century. Grizzlies are spreading. This one, in Grand Teton National Park, fends off ravens from a bison carcass. Workers moved it away from the road to keep scavengers and tourists apart.

HAMILTON JAMES , National Geographic Report

Anna Brandigi 7 months ago

How did they capture this??

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#14

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The colors of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone come from thermophiles: microbes that thrive in scalding water.

MICHAEL NICHOLS , National Geographic Report

Amanda Mackenzie B. 7 months ago

Am I the only one that immediately was reminded of the structure of the human eye? Totally see an eye ball and optic nerves here.

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#15

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In Flint, Michigan, siblings Julie, Antonio, and India Abram collect their daily allowance of bottled water from Fire Station #3, their local water resource site.

WAYNE LAWRENCE , National Geographic Report

Chet Corey 7 months ago

2 years ago the governor diverted there water to save money which corroded pipes leading to lead poisoning, and it still has not been fixed

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