Best of 2016 : Top 50 Photographs from Around the World

Photo of Lava erupting from a volcano

Photo credit: Giuseppe Mario Famiani


British PM David Cameron's Daughter

Outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks beside his daughters (L-R) Nancy Gwen, Florence Rose Endellion, his wife Samantha Cameron and son Arthur Elwen outside 10 Downing Street in central London before going to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, on July 13, 2016. Cameron urged his successor Theresa May to maintain close ties with the EU even while negotiating to leave it. Oli Scarff—AFP/Getty Images


People take selfies with Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton poses for selfies at an Orlando, Fla., event on Sept, 21, 2016. Barbara Kinney—Hillary for America


barack Obama Tongo Dance

U.S. President Barack Obama dances tango during a state dinner hosted by Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri at the Centro Cultural Kirchner as part of President Obama’s two-day visit to Argentina, in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2016. Carlos Barria—Reuters


Iranians lay on salt

Iranians lay beside Urmia Lake with their bodies covered in salt near Urmia, North-western Iran on Aug. 8, 2016. Hopes for survival of Urmia salt lake have been revived after more rains boosted a government program aimed at preserving the almost dried up water body.


Kirk Odom Acquitted from Rape Case

Kirk Odom was convicted of rape after an expert testified that a hair on the victim’s nightgown matched his. He spent years in prison before DNA tests proved his innocence.
This photo was originally published in “How Science Is Putting a New Face on Crime Solving,” in July 2016.


Overfishing in South China Sea

A worker uses a mallet to dislodge frozen tuna aboard a Chinese cargo vessel docked at the city of General Santos, in the Philippines.
This photo was originally published in “One of the World’s Biggest Fisheries Is on the Verge of Collapse,” in August 2016.


Giant Statue of Chinese Man in a Village in China

A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer


Michelle Obama Hugs George White Bush

First lady Michelle Obama, center, hugs former President George W. Bush, as President Barack Obama and former first lady Laura Bush walk on stage at the dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


Pandas Training in China by Leaopards

A panda keeper in China uses a stuffed leopard to train young pandas to fear their biggest wild foe. A cub’s reactions help determine if the bear is ready to survive on its own.
This photo was originally published in “Pandas Get to Know Their Wild Side,” in August 2016.

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