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National Geographic’s 50 Best Photographs of 2016

A photo is worth 1000 words.

It’s here! National Geographic’s Best Photographs of 2016 has been released and it’s beyond stunning. If photography is your jam,  the shots, frames, and techniques are all cutting edge masterpieces. For all the Instagram mavens and wanderlusters, the images are a tour de force, transporting you to worlds you may only reach via film or daydream. Each image has a distinct narrative and artistic point of view which is part of NG’s judging criteria. The final list is curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs!

For more information about each photo and photographer, visit National Geographic’s official slideshow. And while you’re there, make sure to peruse their other year ending lists like the Best Photos of the Day or our favorite the Top 26 Travel Photos of 2016.

National Geographic’s Best Photographs of 2016

  • National Geographic's Best Photographs of 2016

Cover image by Gerd Ludwig, originally published in “Why Many Young Russians See a Hero in Putin,” in December 2016. Featured in the photograph, Kirill Vselensky perches on a cornice in Moscow as Dima Balashov gets the shot. The 24-year-olds, risktakers known as rooftoppers, celebrate their feats on Instagram.