15 of the Best National Geographic Photos Taken This Year
Every year, National Geographic publishes the best pictures taken by photographers from all over the world, and 2016 is no exception. Without further ado, take a look at the shots that will instantly take you to far-off countries and exotic places.
A marmoset on the head of a girl bathing in the Yomybato River in the Manú National Park, Peru.
A diver and a tiger shark in the Bahamas. This predator relies on the element of surprise when hunting, so it wouldn’t attack the human looking at it.
An orangutan climbing up a 100-foot strangler fig to fetch its fruit.
A Norwegian research vessel drifting in the ice.
Lightning striking across the skies above the cranes in the Platt River Shoal, Nebraska, USA.
Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda in the Wolong Nature Reserve, China.
A school of fish in the coral reefs near the shores of Cuba.
Tortoises trying to hide from the scorching sun — otherwise they’ll just roast in their shells.
An ocular examination in Sundarbans, India.
A baby tree pangolin on the back of its mother, Florida, USA.
The photographer had to make 1,036 shots over more than 26 hours on the side of Yosemite National Park to create this "day-night" picture.
The temple of Athena Pronaia at dusk in Delphi, Greece.
Sharks waiting for the tide in the Aldabra lagoon, the Seychelles.
A grizzly mother bear with her cubs have caused a traffic jam in Alaska, USA.
Thermophiles color the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park: these organisms are perfectly adapted to the scalding heat.
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Preview photo credit Brian Scarry