National Geographic Unveils 17 Most Extraordinary Photos Of 2016

Curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and a large 2,290,225 photos, National Geographic has unveiled its top 17  images of 2016. From an Underwater diver standing calmly next to the dangerous Tiger Shark to the atrocities of war, Here are 17 of the most extraordinary moments captured in 2016.


1. 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. Photograph by Randy Olson

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2. A diver keeps a close watch on a tiger shark in the Bahamas. But the scene may not be as dangerous as it looks: Tigers rely on surprise to hunt prey and are unlikely to attack divers who keep them in sight. Photograph by Brian Skerry

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

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4.  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. Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James

 

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5. 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. Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James

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

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7. 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. Photograph by Wayne Lawrence

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

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9. The carcass of a bison that drowned in the Yellowstone River became a feast for this wolf and her two-year-old offspring. Photograph by Ronan Donovan

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10. Kirk Odom was convicted of rape after an expert testified that a hair on the victim’s nightgown matched his. He spent years in prison before DNA tests proved his innocence. Photograph by Max Aguilera-Hellweg

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11. Virunga Park rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo undergo military-style training, including ambush tactics, due to the constant threat from armed groups. Photograph by Brent Stirton

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12. Poachers killed this black rhinoceros for its horn with high-caliber bullets in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Black rhinos number only about 5,000 today. Photograph by Brent Stirton

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13. To track changes in sea ice, the Norwegian research vessel Lance drifted along with it for five months in 2015, on a rare voyage from Arctic winter into spring. Photograph by Nick Cobbing

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14. 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. Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James

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15. With the help of a bloodhound, a ranger tries to track the poachers who killed this elephant and cut off part of its head to get away quickly with its ivory tusks. Photograph by Brent Stirton

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16 A young Rüppell’s vulture eats a piece of zebra in the Serengeti. More dominant birds have taken their fill of the choice meat, leaving the skin and bones for other birds. Photograph by Charlie Hamilton James

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17.  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. Photograph by Aaron Huey

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