National Geographic Picks Their ‘Photos of the Year’ for 2015

Maybe it’s because we’ve become used to accepting a photo of avocado toast edited with VSCO Cam as the pinnacle of photography, but National Geographic Magazine’s ‘Photos of the Year‘ are downright magisterial.

The images were chosen from Nat Geo’s incredible portfolio shot by staff photographers as well as the Your Shot community over the past 12 months.

It’s a stunning collection of grandiose landscapes, natural wonders, marvellous creatures and the most badass penguin the world has seen.

Here are a few of our favourites from the collection:

Your Shot member Clinton Berry captured this photo with a GoPro on Antarctica’s sea ice, about six miles from Casey Station.

“ellow Jellies The residents of Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk—one of the Rock Islands of Palau” – Ciemon Frank Caballes

“The setting sun shines through the ice on the shore of a frozen Lake Superior, traversed by Your Shot member Ernie Vater to reach this spot.”

“Your Shot member Jeff Hester was drawn to make this image because, he says, “I believe this is what our oceans should look like.””

“Andrew George captures the vivid beams of light result from collisions between charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere and gaseous particles in Earth’s atmosphere.”

“While walking along the shore of Larak, Iran—an island in the Persian Gulf—Your Shot member Pooyan Shadpoor came across the luminous scene in the photo above. “

“Ice on Lake Baikal is a very interesting phenomenon,” writes Alexey Trofimov. “Ice ridges, cracks, tears, hugging. All this creates unique and fantastic stories.””