Top 20 Photos on Flickr in 2017 Capture the Wondrous Beauty of the World

say goodbye...

As we near the end of 2017, it's time to start looking back at the creations that made the year special. Flickr has kicked things off by pulling together the top photos shared on the platform over the past year. From sweeping landscapes to spectacular animal portraits, the list is an inspirational look at what photographers were shooting—and sharing—in 2017.

How did Flickr come up with the list? They used a special algorithm that selected the top photos based on social and engagement metrics—”how many times the photo was viewed, faved, or shared.” The staff then curated the list, making sure that only one image per photographer was included in the list.

Surprisingly, the photograph topping the list was only recently posted, in late October. Iwona Podlasinska‘s say goodbye… is a well-crafted image of a child watching a train pull away. Not only technically excellent, the photograph tells a narrative and elicits strong emotion from viewers.

“Planning photos with kids is something different than with models. There is a story they need to understand and like to be willing to contribute,” the photographer captions her winning photo. “They can't fake emotion. You will see on their faces and in their body language exactly how they felt when the photo was taken. I need them to feel good and feel the atmosphere. They need to believe in magic when we go shooting.”

Scroll down to see the rest of the top 20 images posted to Flickr in 2017.

Top 20 Photos on Flickr in 2017


The Elephant Walks at Night


Light of Glory


Slipping Away




Mi Fuego


Eekhoorn / Red squirrel / Écureuil


Stairway to heaven




big and bigger


Milky Way over Harvey Dam, Western Australia


Mont Saint-Michel puddle mirrored


Braving the Weather


Oh oooooh!


Vestrahorn Islande


Aurora borealis




Hallstatt Residential

Lion City


flow (Explored)

h/t: [Flickr]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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