As the planet twirls to the winter solstice, the “Best of 2018” starts to emerge. Most of these are worthless click-bait, but National Geographic’s Best 100 Photos of 2018 presents truly amazing photography from the world around us.
NatGeo’s great photos aren’t just well composed shots of still life. For us, they show 2018 through a temporal lens, from the joy of humanity to the tragedy of life; the incredible diversity of our species saddled by the divisions within. For the other inhabitants of the world – the animals, the fish, the birds, the reptiles – appreciate their beauty in increasingly rare natural environments. For some of these, it really is last chance to see.
Take the time to look and take in every single one. It’ll be worth it.