From Russian roof-toppers risking their lives for the ultimate selfie to a grizzly bear feasting on a carcass in an American national park, editors at National Geographic have unveiled their top 52 images of 2016.
With photography at the heart of this prestigious publication, the team have highlighted a broad range of provocative images capturing candid moments of human connection, documenting the fierce brutality of nature and its sudden, unexpected beauty.
Among the most striking images chosen is an intimate encounter with a 16-year-old panda at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China where she stares intently at the viewer. It was part of an illuminating feature investigating the risks of releasing pandas back into the wild.
Readers were treated to a powerful feature on Peru’s Manú National Park and the indigenous people living in its rainforest with one image resonating as one of the year’s best. Living harmoniously with her surroundings a young girl takes a dip in the Yomibato River with her pet saddleback tamarin on her head.
Other highlights include a heart-warming image of villagers having their eyes tested on a boat in a remote part of India, a Norwegian research vessel tracking changes in the Arctic ice and a Rüppell’s vulture tearing through a zebra’s flesh in the Serengeti.
Here MailOnline Travel presents 10 of the photos from National Geographic, chosen from the magazine’s archive of 2,290,225 photographs taken by 91 photographers for 107 stories.