National Geographic has released some of the best images from the stories that it featured in 2018. These images capture everything from natural landmarks, to human emotions and experiences. Every picture tells an elaborate and rich tale of its own.
For the year 2018, the famous magazine had to offer 119 stories. These stories have been curated with the help of 107 photographers, who snapped as many as 2 million pictures, from all around the world.
We take a look at 30 such images that capture 2018 in all its hues, shapes and colors.
1. Icy Blues
The onset of summer of the coast of Canada’s Baffin Island. The perennial snow melts to turquoise-looking pools.
2. Wildlife vs Wild-stock
An image of Maasai men leading their herds onto the Masai Mara wildlife reserve.
3. Shark Frenzy
Grey Reef Sharks hunting as a pack in the south channel of Fakarava Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia.
4. Eid in LA
Muslim children celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr in Los Angeles, America
5. Moon Jellies
Jellyfish with translucent bells, called Moon Jellies.
6. Women on Campus
Women’s campus organization Palmer Society graduating from Whittier College, California.
7. Butterfly Catcher
A butterflies collectors catch from Bacan Island, Indonesia.
8. Recycle Spin-cycle
Bangla woman Noorjahan drying plastic that washed up from the river. The plastic is then sold to a recycler.
9. Yunnan Subs
Greenhouses for growing food, vegetables and fruits in the midst of suburbs of Kunming in the Yunnan province.
10. Black Brow
Black Browed Albatrosses in Steeple Jason, one of the Falkland Islands.
11. Suffering Seals
Crabeater seals rely on ice floats for nesting and to hide from killer wales and leopard seals.
12. Chile’s Puma
Puma matriarch and her cubs on the edge of Sarmeineto Lake.
13. Holi Queens
People of Indian descent from the West Indies celebrating Holi in Queens, New York.
14. Pakistani Elvis
Airaj Jilani a Pakistani that now lives in Texas. Growing up he was an Elvis Presely fan and here he’s doing his best imitation of him.
15. Cast Discrimination Activism
Activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan (Dalit Hindu) and Shahana Hanif (Bangladeshi American)
16. Inter-Racial Muslim Couple
Kamilah Munirah Bolling and Adil Justin Cole outside their Farmington, Michigan home.
17. Flint Prom
Cha’Leyah Flemming at the last High School Prom held at Northwestern High School Flint, Michigan
18. First Generation American
First generation African-American graduating from Spelman.
19. Roses Academy
Institute for Roses and aromatic Plants in Kazanlak, Bulgaria
20. War Refugee
Irene Sonia, a Southern Sudanese war refugee in Uganda.
21. Wood Street
A vendor selling Sattu flour drink on Dr. Martin Luther King Sarani Street.
22. Colonial Colombia
Church of San Pedro Claver, a symbol of Spanish colonialism in Colombia.
23. Wealthy China
A couple in the financial district of Shanghai China.
24. Escobar’s Estate
Hacienda Napoles, the estate of drug king-pin Pablo Escobar has been turned into a theme park.
25. Arctic Oxen
Muskoxen in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
26. Falkland Penguins
King penguins on East Falkland Island.
27. Salt Lake Float
Benjamin Anderson floating on Utah’s Great Salt Lake. Salt Lake is eight times as salty as the ocean.
Paralympian Jarryd Wallace’s bio-mechanics being analyzed.
29. Comb Ridge Glyphs
Petreoglyphs on Comb Ridge, Utah’s Bears Ears monument.
30. Old Jerusalem
Khader Baidun in his family’s storage shop in Jerusalem’s Old City.
For the complete list of pictures from 2018, check out National Geographic.