Some photographs look pretty, some tell stories – and some do it all. It’s that latter kind of snap that is celebrated by esteemed travel mag National Geographic’s ‘pictures of the year’, which this year featured over a hundred shots that sum up 2022.
The photos are selected because they each tell a story in the most spectacular and impactful way possible. There's a snap that captures the spirit of the first all-Black expedition to conquer Mount Everest, one that communicates the resilience of Ukrainian refugees, and one that fully gauges the blistering heat of a volcano mid-eruption in the Canaries.
Nat Geo selected its winners from works submitted by the mag’s own 132 photographers, who submitted over two million pictures taken in 60 different countries. Out of those, 118 were chosen as the best.
You can check out all of National Geographic’s ‘pictures of the year’ here (which also feature in the December issue of the physical magazine) but, in the meantime, below are a few of our favourites.
For more on this story, visit natgeo.com/photos
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