THE "BEST" OF 2016

December 5, 2016 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

Here we go again. The lists begin earlier every year: everyone's photography "Best of" lists. As 2016 becomes history, below is what has become an annual tradition: our compilation of what the web selected as the "best" of all things photography 2016.

In Memoriam: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2016

"Best" Photographs

Middle East Monitor: The Year in pictures

Mirror: Pictures of the year The most shocking and powerful images from 2016

Irish Times: 2016 in pictures: Irish news and politics

Albuquerque Journal: A year in focus

The Week: The year's best photojournalism

Daily Herald: Here are some of The Herald’s best photographs of 2016

The Salt Lake Tribune’s best photos of 2016

West Milford Messenger: A look back at 2016 in pictures

Big Picture: The best Boston Globe photos of 2016

The Best VICE Photos of 2016

2016 TheWrap’s Original Photography in Review

Telegraph: Barack Obama's 2016 Year, Photos by Pete Souza

NY Times: In the Moment: Photographs From 2016

BBC: Africa's 2016 in pictures Greece: 2016 in pictures

Telegraph: Animal photos of the year 2016

Medium/The White House: Behind the Lens: 2016 Year in Photographs

Swim Swam: Best Swimming Photos 2016: Above the Surface

NY Times: The Best Styles Photography of 2016

Washington Post: 2016 was a great year for weather photography. Here are the best shots

Seattle Times: Watch: 2016 pictures of the Year

The Guardian: Our favourite Australian photos of 2016

Evening Standard: Pictures of the year: The best photographs from 2016

EuroNews: Pictures of the year 2016

International Business Times: The year's most powerful photos of the migrant crisis

TIME: The Best Drone Photographs of 2016

Hindustan Times: India in images: 2016 HT photographs that you must absolutely click through

BBC: The UK in 2016 as seen by Press Association photographers

Politico’s Best Photos of 2016

The Guardian: Our best portraits of 2016 – in pictures

Telegraph photographers' pictures of the year 2016

Al Jazeera's best photos of 2016

Washington Post: Our most memorable photos of 2016

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: 2016: A Year in Photos

Washington City Paper: Looking For Something: The best images exhibited in D.C. this year


Boston Globe The Big Picture: 2016 Year in Pictures: Part I

Boston Globe The Big Picture: 2016 Year in Pictures: Part II

Quartz: The most moving, striking images from a year of terrible news

Grimy Goods’ Best Concert Photography of 2016 The 27 photographs that took our breath away in 2016

BBC: Year in pictures 2016

Highlights from the Year in New Yorker Photography

The Guardian: The funniest and most unusual animal photos of 2016

Christian Science Monitor: Our best photos of the year 2016


Politico Europe: Most powerful photographs of 2016

The Guardian: The best photographs of 2016 - in pictures

Images: Daily Herald's best photos from 2016 Top 10 Santa Fe Instagram Photos of 2016

A year in photos: CAR magazine's best 2016 pictures The year in photos 2016

BBC: In pictures: Twelve months, twelve frames

Rueters: Pictures of the year: Oddly

The Express Tribune: 38 iconic pictures of 2016

Bleed Cubbie Blue: The 10 Best Chicago Cubs Photos of 2016

Telesur: Europe 2016 in Pictures

New Statesman: Memes of 2016: What this year’s viral images will teach future historians

Wall Street Journal: Year in Photos 2016

CNN: 2016: The year in pictures

MIT Technology Review: Our Best Photographs of 2016

The Guardian: The best photographs of 2016 from across the US

WCPO: Staff photographer's top 9 photos of 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 2016: A year in Post-Gazette photos

STRAVA: The Best Photos of the Year

The Best Photographs FADER Took This Year

The Year in New Yorker Instagrams

Magnum: Martin Parr presents his edit of the 2016 photographers’ choice pictures of the year

Greenpeace: 2016 – The year in photos

Artsy: The Most Powerful Moments of Photojournalism in 2016

CBS News: 2016 Instagrammer of the year

USA Today: 2016: The year in pictures

ESPN: Iconic moments of 2016

HELLO! The Year in Pictures 2016

Vegas Seven: 2016 In Decline: The Year in Pictures

WNYC: Photography Roundtable: The Most Powerful Images of 2016

Business Insider: 50 stunning moments captured by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photography team in 2016

PHOTOS: 2016 Pictures of the Year from The Denver Post    

Metro: The most memorable photos of 2016

NY Times: The Year in Pictures 2016

NY Times: Choosing the New York Times Pictures of the Year

USA Today: 2016: One photo from every day

The 30 most stunning photos Business Insider took in 2016

Guardian photographer of the year 2016: Carl Court

Kansas City Business Journal: Year in Review: Best photographs of 2016

TIME: 50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2016

Wall Street Journal: 2016 The Year in Review

A year through the lens: Nelson Mail's best sports photographs of 2016

NBC News:  The Year in Pictures: 2016

Federal News Radio:   2016 in pictures: Best photo galleries of the year

Silicon Republic: Enjoy some of the best award-winning photographs of 2016

International Business Times: The year in pictures: The 100 most memorable photos of  2016

Catch News: NASA releases top 16 photos of the Earth for 2016

Quartz: The very best drone photography of 2016

Up Worthy: 23 incredible photos from 2016 that prove it wasn't a total dumpster fire

British Journal of Photography: Kathy Ryan’s Best of 2016

The Guardian: 2016 Eyewitness: our summary of the defining images of the year The 100 Best Space Photos of 2016

Courier-Mail 2016 has been one of the most dramatic years ever, these are the pictures we will never forget

The Guardian: Jonathan Jones's top 10 art exhibitions of 2016

Digital Trends: These 20 Dronestagram photos take a look at 2016 from the skies

Market Watch: The Must-See Photos of 2016

CNN: Travel Photographer of the Year: 2016 winners revealed

WTOP: Top Google searches in 2016 (Photos)

TIME: The Best Space Photos of 2016

NPPA: Links for 'Best of the Year' Photo Galleries

New Atlas: 2016 from above: Some of the year's finest drone photography

A Look Back to L.A. Weekly's Best Photojournalism of 2016

Baltimore Sun/The Darkroom: 2016 Baltimore Sun pictures of the year

The Atlantic: 2016: The Year in Photos, September–December

The Atlantic: 2016: The Year in Photos, May-August

The Atlantic: 2016: The Year in Photos, January-April

L'Oeil De La Photographie:  The Best Of The Eye 2016

TIME: Best Sports Photos of 2016

LA Times: The top 10 art museum exhibitions of 2016, plus the worst trend of the year

TIME: The Best Weather Photos of 2016

What Culture: 30 Best WWE Photos of 2016

Al Arabiya: Part 1: 10 of the 100 best pictures of 2016

Photojournalink: 2016 in Pictures

TIME: The Best Weather Photos of 2016

AP: 2016 Photos in Review - News

AP: 2016 Photos in Review - Features

AP: Top Europe & Africa feature photos from 2016

AP: Top Europe & Africa news photos from 2016

AP PHOTOS: Best Feature Images From Latin America in 2016

AP: Top Europe & Africa sports photos from 2016

The Indian Express: Defining pictures of 2016: From Syria civil war to US elections, a glimpse into the year that was

ABC News: The Best Images of the Year: 56 Captivating Photos of 2016

The Onion’s Best Photojournalism Of 2016

The Guardian: Travel Photographer of the Year 2016: the winners – in pictures

The Oregonian: Our favorite music photography of 2016

TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2016

Daily Mail: News agency AFP releases its best photographs of the year 

Bloomberg's Best Photos of 2016

CNN: 2016: The year in pictures

Hartford Courant: The Year In Pictures 2016

Maclean’s picks the top photos of 2016

TIME’s Best Portraits of 2016

Tufts Now: The Year in Photos 2016




TIME: The 10 Best Photos of 2016

Bloomberg: Watch our Video of The Best of the Year 2016 Photos

The Guardian: Photographer of the year – 2016 shortlist: Trump, refugees and the battle for Mosul

TIME: Wire Photographer of 2016

USA Today: 2016 Celebrity Phots of the Year

Business Insider: The most incredible nature photos of 2016

Newsday: 50 best sports photos of 2016

NOOR: 2016 Year in Review

Mashable: Man behind THAT Usain Bolt photo picks the best sporting shots of 2016

The Guardian: Sean O'Hagan's top 10 photography exhibitions of 2016

Associated Press: PHOTOS: 2016 in Review

The top 10 inspiring photography projects on Creative Boom in 2016

Tampa Bay Times: All Eyes Gallery, Cherie Diez's favorite photos of 2016

TIME: Ruddy Roye is TIME’s Pick for Instagram Photographer of 2016

The Atlantic: Top 25 News Photos of 2016

National Geographic: Best Photos of 2016

TIME: Top 100 Photos of the Year

Gizmodo: 2016's Supposed 'Photo of the Year' Is a Big Fat Fake

Rueters: Pictures of the year 2016

Powder: The 2016 Photos of the Year

Tampa Bay Times: All Eyes gallery: Lara Cerri's favorite photos of 2016

ArtNet: Here Are the World’s Most Instagrammed Museums of 2016

Daily Mail: Winners of categories in The Nature Conservancy 2016 Photo Competition

World Press Photo: 2016 Photo Contest

Audubon: The 2016 Audubon Photography Awards: Top 100

AOL: The 40 best Reuters photos of the year so far

USA Today: The best landscape photographs of 2016

Newsweek: The 10 Most-Liked Instagram Pictures of 2016 Revealed

National Geographic: Travel Photographer of the Year 2016

BBC: Wildlife Photographer of the Year - People's Choice

Straits Times: 8 iconic photos, videos and memes that best sum up 2016

IBN: Best Pictures From The 2016 Presidential Election Campaign Trail

Globe and Mail: AFP Sports Photos of the Year 2016

CNN: Haunting image of reservoir wins best architectural photograph of 2016

CNN: The best sailing pictures of 2016

TIME: The Best Astronomy Photos of 2016

Nation Geographic: The Winners of the 2016 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Wall Street Journal: Nature's Best Photography Awards

Time Lightbox: Best iPhone Photos of 2016

Belfast Telegraph: UK Mountain Photo of the Year 2016

MSN: The 100 best pictures of 2016

New Atlas: World's best architecture photography brought into sharp focus

Chicago Tribune: Skokie Through the Lens showcases best of Skokie through amateur photos

Delaware 105.9 Talk: Winners are revealed in 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest

BEST Photobooks



Lens Culture: 2016 Photobooks of the Year, Part II: 32 Personal Favorites        

NY Times: The Best Photo Books of 2016

The Guardian: The best photography books of 2016

American Photo: The Best Photography Books of the Year: 2016

Lens Culture: Critically Acclaimed: Experts' Top 14 Photobooks of 2016

1000 Words Magazine: Top 10 Photobooks of 2016

Colin Pantall's Blog: The Best Books of 2016:

Crave: The 5 Best Photography Books of 2016

pdn: Notable Photo Books of 2016: Part 1, 2, and 3

Photo Eye: The Best PhotoBooks of 2016 

The NY Times: A Spotlight on the Season’s Top Photography Books

Financial Times: Best books of 2016: Art & photography

Smithsonian: The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016

HAF: The 17 Best Socially Concerned Photobooks of 2016

TIME Selects the Best Photobooks of 2016

Best Gear

The B&H Photography Podcast Presents "The Year in Cameras, 2016"
The Photoblographer: The Biggest Innovations in Photography in 2016

Digital Trends: Best Products of 2016: Photography



Popular Photography: 2016 Pop Awards: The Best Camera and Photo Gear of the Year

PC Advisor: Best phone camera 2016/2017

and a peek ahead to 2017

Neiman Lab: Predictions for Journalism 2017

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