National Geographic Best Photos Of 2017

Here’s a selection of 15 pictures from the National Geographic’s 57 best images of the year, curated from 88 photographers, 112 stories, and nearly 2 million photographs.

National Geographic best photos of 2017
In 2011, the Zetas cartel, seeking revenge against members believed to be informants, rampaged through Allende and neighboring towns, killing dozens, and possibly hundreds. For this stricken community, the Day of the Dead holiday, when Mexicans honor their ancestors, has taken on extra poignancy. This photo was originally published in “How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico,” in July 2017. Photograph By Kirsten Luce, National Geographic
National Geographic best photos of 2017
In a shelter in Vrindavan, known as a “city of widows,” Lalita (at right) bears the cropped hair and white wrap her culture once considered obligatory for widowhood. Shelter manager Ranjana, a much younger widow, is less constrained by traditional customs. This photo was originally published in “For Widows, Life After Loss,” in February 2017. Photograph By Amy Toensing, National Geographic
National Geographic best photos of 2017
The desire to teach their children about computers drew these Samburu women to a classroom in a settlement north of Nairobi. They are learning about tablets—designed to withstand tough use—that connect to the Internet through a satellite and come preloaded with educational programs. Technology now has arrived in isolated regions of Africa primarily in the form of relatively inexpensive cell phones. This photo was originally published in,”How Africa’s Tech Generation Is Changing the Continent,” in Decemer 2017. Photograph By Ciril Jazbec, National Geographic
National Geographic best photos of 2017
The DMZ Peace Train carries South Korean soldiers and tourists from Seoul to train terminals closest to the DMZ. Each cabin has a different theme—peace, love, and harmony—which were designed to inspire feelings of hope and reconciliation. This photo was originally published in “Korea’s Heavily Armed Border Is Packed With Tourists,” in November 2017. Photograph By David Guttenfelder, National Geographic
National Geographic best photos of 2017
Emperor penguins head for the open ocean in search of food. The brownish patches above them are microalgae that cling to the sea ice and start to photosynthesize in spring. The photographer’s day camp was on one of these floes. Aptenodytes Forsteri (penguins). This photo was originally published in “Deepest Dive Ever Under Antarctica Reveals a Shockingly Vibrant World,” in July 2017. Photograph By Laurent Ballesta, National Geographic

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