William Daniels
14 more
Kristen Luce
Ciril Jazbec
Renan Ozturk
Joel Sartore
Ami Vitale
Diane Cook / Len Jenshel
Anand Varma
Laurent Ballesta
Robbie Shone
Jeffrey Kerby / Trevor Beck Frost
Thomas P Peshack
Lynn Johnson

National Geographic has released its annual collection of the year’s best photos. The best 57 photos for 2017 were selected from a pool of two million, curated by 88 photographers.

The photos that made the final shortlist include everything from urban and rural landscapes to stunning aerial views and wildlife. In one shot, a boy can see be posing with a hunting gun in Arkansas, while another shows former President Barack Obama snorkeling in the middle of the ocean. Photographer Brian Skerry said of the latter shot: “For a guy who is managed to the second and is always in suits and ties, being out in the middle of the ocean had to be a real treat.”

Peruse our favorites in the gallery above, and then head over to the National Geographic website for more.

If you’re feeling inspired, here are the winners of the 2017 iPhone photography awards.

A Berlin-based gal from Brum.

What To Read Next