The Top 75 Pictures of the Year for 2013


Update: if you liked this post, you’ll adore our latest post on the 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places on Earth HERE.

Following on from our very successful blog “100 of the Best Street Art Images of 2013” (see HERE), we’ve widened the net and thanks to the guys over at Sifter, we bring you the Top 75 Pictures of 2013. All credit goes to the individual photographers and their inspiring visions of our beautiful planet. What’s your favorite?

 

75. THE FACE OF AN ICEBERG

 iceberg-face-antarcticaPhotograph by strummingmusic on Reddit

74. AIRPLANE VIEW OF A DISTANT STORM

 distant-storm-cloud-seen-from-airplane-windowPhotograph by HALEY LUNA

73. METICULOUSLY DISMANTLED VW GOLF

 exploded view volkswagen golf MK2Photograph by HANS HANSEN

72. OPEN WATER ROLL CLOUD

 roll-cloud-off-coast-of-brazilPhotograph by Capt. Andreas M. van der Wurff via EPOD

71. THE TALLEST WATERFALL IN THE WORLD

angel-falls-from-belowPhotograph by Adam Klukowski (ENT108) | klucznik.net

70. AN ALBINO HUMPBACK WHALE

white-humpback-whale-albino-migalooPhotograph by JENNY DEAN

69. INVISIBLE REFLECTION

woman-holding-mirror-on-grass-reflectionPhotograph by LAURA WILLIAMS

68. PORTLAND’S FAMOUS JAPANESE MAPLE

Japanese Maple, Portland, ORPhotograph by SCOTT MCCRACKEN

67. MEXICO’S GIANT CRYSTAL CAVE

giant-crystal-cave-Naica-mexicoPhotograph by Alexander Van Driessche

66. GRAND CANYON LIGHT SHOW

grand-canyon-lightning-storm-rolf-maederPhotograph by ROLF MAEDER

65. LONE CHAMOIS ABOVE THE CLOUDS

chamois-above-clouds-high-tatras-slovakiaPhotograph by RADO GADOCZI

64. THE GORGE AT WATKINS GLEN

watkins-glen-gorge-rainbow-bridge-new-yorkPhotograph by Peter Rivera

63. IRIDESCENT ANTARCTICA

Polar stratospheric clouds nacreous clouds antarctica by deven stross (1)Photograph by DEVEN STROSS

62. LOOK AT THIS BABY MUSK OX

A baby Musk Ox just a few weeks old.Photograph by Randy Kokesch

61. UFO SPOTTED IN SEATTLE

seattle-fog-space-needle-looks-like-ufoPhotograph by NothingI5True on Reddit




 

60. COLOGNE CATHEDRAL DURING WWII

cologne-cathedral-world-war-2-black-and-whitePhotograph via Kevin Trotman (The Rocketeer on Flickr)

59. HONG KONG AT NIGHT

hong-kong-skyline-at-night-from-victoria-peakPhotograph by SPRENG BEN

58. THE WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES

Waitomo Glowworm Caves north island new zealandPhotograph via waitomo.com

57. WATERSPOUTS OVER THE ADRIATIC

Waterspouts-Over-the-Adriatic-SeaPhotograph by ROBERTO GIUDICI (via epod.usra.edu)

56. THE FULL CIRCLE RAINBOW

full-circle-rainbow-reflectionPhotograph by JENNIFER HANNUX/Northeast Kingdom Photography

55. THE STUDLEY TOOL CHEST

ho-studley-tool-chestPhotograph by GREG SUTTER

54. EARTH FROM THE DARK SIDE OF SATURN

earth-from-dark-side-of-saturn-nasa-you-are-herePhotograph by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

53. PRAISE THE SUN

Sovereign of the SunPhotograph by Anton Jankovoy | jankovoy.com

52. SAN FRANCISCO IS STEEP

san-francisco-hills-perspective-straightenedPhotograph by Håkan Dahlström | dahlstroms.com

51. IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT

kawika-singson-standing-on-lava-shoes-tripod-on-firePhotograph of KAWIKA SINGSON | Taken by Chris Hirata

50. SAN FRANCISCO FOG

san-francisco-fogPhotograph by David Yu

49. YALE’S RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY

Yale-University-Beinecke-Rare-Book-and-Manuscript-LibraryPhotograph by Lauren Manning

 

48. SUNSET IN SANTORINI

 

sunset-oia-santorini-greecePhotograph by PEDRO SZEKELY on Flickr

 

 

47. THE SKY WHALE

 

sky-whale-pigeon-pointPhotograph by (nz)dave on Flickr

 

 

46. WHEN ART MEETS NATURE

 

street art by Nuxuno Xan Fort De France MartiniqueArtwork by Nuxuno Xän | Photograph by Rosali Rodrigues

 

 

45. SHELF CLOUD OVER TIMISOARA

 

shelf-cloud-over-timisoara-romania-ervin-boerPhotograph by ERVIN BOER

 

 

44. PONTHUS’ BEECH

 

Ponthus' BeechPhotograph by CHRISTOPHE KICIAK

 

 

43. FLYBY ECLIPSE

 

airplaine-crosses-partial-solar-eclipsePhotograph by PHILLIP CALAIS

 

 

42. UNDERWATER PERFECTION

 

UntitledPhotograph by SARAH LEE

 

 

41. POOLSIDE MOUNTAIN VIEW

 

cambrian infinity pool view swiss alps adelboden switzerlandPhotograph by The Cambrian Hotel

 

 

 

 

40. YOKOHAMA CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN BLOOM

 

cherry-blossoms-in-bloor-yokohama-japan-hanamiPhotograph by AGUSTIN RAFAEL REYES

 

 

39. BARN CONVERSION

 

barn-conversion-seagull-house-devon-england-james-roderickDesigned and Built by Roderick James Architects | Carpenter Oak

 

 

38. FACE PLANT

 

face-plant-double-exposurePhotograph by Archie Campbell | archiecampbell.co.uk

 

37. THE MULTICOLORED ICEBERG

 

multicolored-striped-icebergPhotograph by Øyvind Tangen

 

 

36. JUST ROOM ENOUGH ISLAND

 

just room enough island Thousand IslandsPhotograph by Omegatron on Wikimedia Commons

 

 

35. THE ROMAN POOL AT HEARST CASTLE

 

blue-indoor-tiled-roman-pool-hearst-castlePhotograph by Trey Ratcliff @ stuckincustoms.com

 

 

34. ABANDONED RAILWAY IN PARIS

 

Petite Ceinture de Paris #12Photograph by Mister Boubou on Flickr

 

 

33. THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

 

two-kids-under-a-banana-leaf-in-the-rain-indonesiaPhotograph by Kendisan Seruyan

 

 

32. THE ROCKY WAVE

 

20070218   The Wave, Coyote Buttes North, Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona  026Photograph by G.A. KOUT | gakout.tumblr.com

 

 

31. THE ANCIENT BANYAN TREE

 

ancient-banyan-big-island-hawaii-james brandonPhotograph by JAMES BRANDON

 

 

30. FOREST ON SHIPWRECK ISLAND

 

SS AyrfieldPhotograph by Bruce Hood | brucehoodphotography.com

 

 

29. FIRST FLIGHT

 

baby-common-goldeneye-ducks-leaving-nest-flying-for-first-timePhotograph by naturen-ar-fantastisk.blogspot.com

 

 

28. MOONRISE TIME-LAPSE OVER LA

 

moonrise-timelapse-over-laPhotograph by Dan Marker-Moore @ DANOR.ST

 

 

27. GLACIAL WATERFALLS

 

Melting Ice CapPhotograph by KEENPRESS Photography | keenpress.com

 

 

26. JUST A BIG CAT

 

close-up-of-lion-licking-pawPhotograph by Solara Santoni (TheWildKid on deviantART)

 

 

25. A HORIZON RAINBOW IN PARIS

 

Photograph by BERTRAND KULIK

 

 

24. KAMCHATKA ICE CAVE, RUSSIA

 

Photograph by MARC SZEGLAT @ vulkane.net

 

 

23. WORLD’S COOLEST SUBWAY ENTRANCE

 

Photograph by ABIGAIL GAWITH (alg24 on Flickr)

 

22. THE TSUNAMI CLOUD

 

Photograph by GARY BRINK (photofrenzy2000 on Flickr)

 

 

21. AURORA ASTRALIS FROM SPACE

 

Photograph courtesy of NASA/JSC/JOE ACABA

 

 

20. WAVES OF TIME

 

Photograph by CHELL HILL

 

 

19. COOLEST. DUCK. EVER.

 

Photograph via ubomw on Reddit

 

 

18. THE EDGE OF INSANITY

 

Photograph by JOE MCNALLY | www.joemcnally.com

 

 

17. DOWN THE SPIRAL

 

Photograph by User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

 

 

16. WHISKEY ON THE ROCKS

 

Photograph by THE TOWN SHERIFF on Flickr

 

 

15. THE STAINED GLASS MAPPARIUM

 

Photograph by BOB SACHA for National Geographic

 

 

14. MOON JELLY

 

Photograph by ALEXANDER SEMENOV

 

 

13. FORCES OF NATURE

 

Photograph by MARTIN RIETZE @ mrietze.com

 

 

12. COAL TRAIN AT SUNSET

 

Photograph by TOM DANNEMAN (MRL 390 on Flickr)

 

 

11. LOOKING DOWN FROM LION’S HEAD

 

Photograph by trottin-the-globe.tumblr.com

 

 

10. DUCT TAPE LANDSCAPE

 

Artwork by Takahiro Iwasaki | Photograph by Owen Houhoulis

 

 

9. THIS IS NORWAY

 

Photograph by Simo Räsänen

8. TRIPPY ICE EFFECT AFTER FLOOD

Photograph by Willyyz on Reddit

7. THE EYE OF THE MOON

Photograph by LYNN SESSIONS | dreambreeze.com

6. THE SPACE ‘SELFIE’

Photograph by NASA

5. CLOUD CITY, DUBAI

Photograph by SEBASTIAN OPTIZ | AblazeWithLight.com

4. CONTRAST IN KRAKOW

Photograph by MARTIN RYCZEK

3. BRUSSELS FLOWER CARPET

Photograph by GASTON BATISTINI

2. NATURE OVERTAKES THE GREAT WALL

Photograph by TREY RATCLIFF @ StuckInCustoms.com

1. SUNRISE AT EASTER ISLAND

Photograph by PIERRE LESAGE

 

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  4. 71 Angel Falls, it’s discovery was fascinating.
    63 Totally FASCINATING !
    57 i HAVE SEEN 2, BUT 4? wow!
    55 Who was Studley?
    51 I’d like to see the video that followed
    37 what made the candy stripes in the ice?
    23 & the story is?
    19 Cool dude duck – YEAH !
    13 Who else saw the ‘man’ in the lightning?
    11 Lions Hear where?

    I’d like to copy some for my wall.

    anyone

  5. Hate to be That Guy, buy at least 3 of these aren’t from 2013. (4, 11, 34). It doesn’t make the pictures any less gorgeous, but I’m sure there were 3 pics from 2013 which could have easily replaced them.

  6. Some of them are really awesome!!! People who posted these are great. Gyus you’re cooooool even not all of them have impressed me. Bravo, keep collecting images!

  7. With some exceptions, I was disappointed with the overall choices made here. I have seen, on varying sites, much better photography and more interesting subject matter. Some of these pictures I have already seen on other sites. Sorry, artFido. But, you tried. And after all, it’s a matter of opinion, isn’t it?

    1. Nope. But they do actually jump out of their nest to the ground, which is often five or more feet up. Many people consider this their ‘first flight’. And considering their size and the distance that they fall, I’m inclined to agree with those people lol.

  8. Very interesting and amusing pictures which are seldom seen. I happen to know the tree in Hawaii; it is a sight to see. Congrats to the photographer or photographers, its a job well done.

    Kipling Douglas

  9. For those of you who believe that any photo enhanced by computer manipulation should be relagated to a separate category, keep in mind that great photographers like Imogene Cunningham, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and all other award winning photographic artists arrived at their final product only after countless hours spent in the darkroom manipulating their original negatives, not unlike today’s award winning photographers who might spend hours working on their original raw digital files. Art is art….

  10. Regarding the initial comment from the Editor. Didn’t read every single comment, but would it not be interesting to see the unretouched photographs in comparison?

  11. Some of these photos are very nice. Regarding the comments about photo alteration; many of these photos are artistic renditions but not reality. So this is where I draw the line on most of these pictures, many of these are more artistic impressions using photoshop or similar tools which is fine, it’s art, it’s someone providing their interpretation of how they’d imagine the scene. But calling many of these enhanced photos the best photography is a stretch. Touching up a photo, adjusting the contrast, brightness, etc., to compensate for shortcomings inherent in all cameras, to have the photo match what was seen with the human eye, that is true photography. People can enjoy the art, there is nothing wrong with that and I think sometimes people enjoy the fantasy more than real life, much like watching movies, but I have much more respect for what is true and natural versus someones attempt to enhance the reality. It’s my opinion; I just don’t think anyone can make it better than what nature provided. So I’d classify most of these photos, not all, as excellent photoshop art, and be certain, there is a lot of skill involved, but it’s not the photography as much as the photoshop skill to render many of these images, and there needs to be a distinction.

    1. I agree with Ed. I did enjoy these images but Photoshoped images are a different art than photography and can be very beautiful, but I prefer the real thing. – I have been a natural authentic Photographer for 30 years.

    2. So well said, Ed, I was thinking that as I was strolling through. We must never blur the line between photography and photographs that are computer altered. Yes, they are an art form but nature is so beautiful we must remember that it is real. So while I enjoyed scrolling through I was also aware that it was not really photography and titling the presentation as such is not accurate or fair to nature and to photographers.

    3. While I agree to a large extent with the argument that overly photoshopped or otherwise altered photos are more art than photography, then the same philosophy should apply to black & white photos….if we only consider it “photography” if it is as the eye sees it, or how it appears in nature, that’s a pretty narrow range of photos that “rise above”. In fact, one might argue that some processes, such as HDR (when done conservatively) actually present an image truer to reality than a straight-on photograph, which is limited by the range of exposure possible under highly contrasting light conditions.

    4. Ansel Adams enhanced his photos with dodging and burning. All photos are altered images, altered by the lens and altered by the capture medium – whether film or digital imaging. In photography nothing is real, and everything is real.

    5. I agree, there is photoshopping and there is PHOTOSHOPPING. I do a lot of restoration work. I scan old, faded and damaged images and renew them using a variety of manipulations. I try to enhance what is there already. When you cross the line and change the reality of the image you are into a new art form. Bythe way, if you do restoration, Photoshop is worth every penny of its substantial cost. Nothing else compares IMHO.

  12. Very amazing. Should be more of this shown instead of the negative things published everyday on the web. Thank you for a great work. God bless you and your works. Don Campbell – Abbotsford BC

  13. # 64 is truly a beautiful place. It is in my hometown of Watkins Glen, NY. I have been there 100’s, if not 1,000’s of times. It is even more beautiful and impressive when totally frozen over in winter, although you are NOT supposed to go thru the park then. Tell that to inquisitive teenagers! The others are also very beautiful – I liked the invisible reflection and sunrise on Easter Island.

    1. Ditto all this, Fred Kelly! This is Evelyn {Landsberg} Kountoupes; it’s my hometown as well! Born there, return each summer to one of the beauties of the Finger Lakes. Wonderful shot of the bottom section of the gorge… I DID try it out in winter, and it’s very dangerous.. Only a plant sticking out on the step’s sides saved my friend from falling over the edge!

  14. Anyone else notice how the vast majority of these pics get their stunning beauty from nature and natural patterns? We have all the beauty we need in our natural surroundings!

  15. Beautiful photography! Thanks for sharing with us! Too bad there has to be so many haters, it really is so sad, they should really keep their comments to themselves and just move on.

    1. I agree 100% Thelma. If anyone out there thinks that there is a photo published today that isn’t Photoshopped, they’re kidding themselves. Get over it folks and just enjoy the beauty.

      1. And if they know anything, they would understand that “Photoshopping” takes real talent, time and dedication. If they don’t think it takes talent to Photoshop, then I would like to see their efforts in this area! Drives me bananas.

        I would think that one should just appreciate the final product and be thankful we have this ability today! Thank you kindly for your efforts!
        Mike

          1. I don’t think people are “hating” as you stated it – I think that there are people who just want other people to know when the images are not authentic. Photoshopping pictures is an art of its own, an art I can’t do, the results can be beautiful as we have all just witnessed… but it is not true photography I think that is the point trying to be made. And Larry… my photographs are not photoshopped, never were, never will – that is just my style – not better not worse – check it out if you want http://www.westviewimages.net :)

          2. I agree with you, Jill! It’s fine to be proud of Photoshopped work, but if you are proud, you shouldn’t be ashamed to say it’s altered either. Equally talented are photographers who can take photos that don’t need to be Photoshopped, because so many people can’t. They are separate art forms and should be labeled as such.

  16. Please be advised that the photograph of the Volkswagen Golf appeared in the Sunday newspapers as a full spread (double page)in South Africa during the early 90’s. If I am not mistaken, this is a 2003/04 Golf 4. At that stage I was fascinated by it…still am.

    1. The body of the building isn’t photoshopped out. That would be cloud and fog that naturally occurs in a lot of coastal cities blocking the view of the building.

  17. I wish there were links to further information about each of these beautiful pictures. For example, the Great Wall of China being overgrown with foliage is intriguing.

  18. #60 Cologne Cathedral during WW11

    This brought back many memories as I have a photograph showing the other side of the Cathedral ( while flying over Cologne with the RAF) at the end of the War. Cologne looked bad enough from the air but you should have seen it from the ground. Berlin was even worse.

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