Over the last year, we’ve shared some of the best photos from all across the world. As 2016 winds down, we’re compelled to take a look back at the past 12 months and revisit the best of the best. With countless photographers constantly documenting every corner of the world, we’ve had a great year for a wide variety of stunning images. That includes everything from breathtaking landscapes and poetic portraits to heartwarming scenes and unforgettable moments.
It’s been difficult to choose, but we’ve compiled a list of 50 breathtaking examples. Each one caught our attention and earned a spot in remembering 2016 for what it was. It may have been a year filled with political discourse, laced with issues concerning social and cultural equality, but photography can help us unlock the many layers that define a year. Looking back at the past 12 months, we’ve had a wonderful abundance of celebration, heartwarming encounters, natural awe, and delightful moments of happenstance.