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The two lion cubs singing their hearts out  at Antelope park in Zimbabwe. (Photo by David Jenkins/Caters News Agency)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and these striking images of 2017 are no exception. The photo highlights include incredible snapshots of the natural world as well as some awesome animal and human encounters. The vibrant gallery also shows thrill-seekers pushing themselves to the limit with breathtaking stunts captured in perfect clarity. The pictures have been taken by a host of photographers from around the world. Here: The two lion cubs singing their hearts out at Antelope park in Zimbabwe. (Photo by David Jenkins/Caters News Agency)
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03 Jan 2018 07:27:00
The powerful erupting volcano. (Photo by Luc Perrot/Caters News)

The photos were taken at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Here: The powerful erupting volcano. (Photo by Luc Perrot/Caters News)
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01 Feb 2016 13:21:00
Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, lights a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, lights a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favorite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it was re-opened in July, the chimpanzee smokes about a pack a day. They insist, however, that she doesn’t inhale. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)
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20 Oct 2016 11:14:00
Santa in sleigh. (Photo by Michel Tcherevkoff/Getty Images)
Santa in sleigh. (Photo by Michel Tcherevkoff/Getty Images)

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
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31 Dec 2017 10:13:00
In this Saturday, March 3, 2018, photo, a contestant gets ready to throw a hatchet at a wooden bull's-eye at the Kick Axe Throwing venue in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)

In this Saturday, March 3, 2018, photo, a contestant gets ready to throw a hatchet at a wooden bull's-eye at the Kick Axe Throwing venue in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Kick Axe Throwing is the first bar in New York City to pick up on a nationwide trend of ax throwing, a growing sport that some enthusiasts hope will take off the way bowling did in the last century. (Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP Photo)
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22 Mar 2018 00:05:00
8 Spruce Street/New York By Gehry. Repponen has designed everything from skateboards and milk bottles to concepts for Estonia’s Olympic uniforms. (Photo by Anton Repponen/The Guardian)

Using digital editing, designer Anton Repponen places Manhattan buildings in desolate landscapes, “inviting viewers to see them as if for the first time”. Here: 8 Spruce Street/New York By Gehry. Photo by Anton Repponen/The Guardian)
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14 Jun 2016 12:42:00
Miss California Jessa Carmack during swimsuit competition at  Miss America 2017 pageant, Sunday, September 11, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (Photo by Noah K. Murray/AP Photo)

Miss California Jessa Carmack during swimsuit competition at Miss America 2017 pageant, Sunday, September 11, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (Photo by Noah K. Murray/AP Photo)
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12 Sep 2016 10:06:00
Some of the most powerful narratives of the past decade have been produced by a forward-thinking generation of women photojournalists as different as the places and the subjects they have covered. National Geographic's “Women of Vision” exhibit features the work of 11 photographers and is on display at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta until January 3, 2016. (Photo by Stephanie Sinclair/National Geographic)

Some of the most powerful narratives of the past decade have been produced by a forward-thinking generation of women photojournalists as different as the places and the subjects they have covered. National Geographic's “Women of Vision” exhibit features the work of 11 photographers and is on display at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta until January 3, 2016. Here: Nujood Ali stunned the world in 2008 by obtaining a divorce at age 10 in Yemen, striking a blow against forced marriage. (Photo by Stephanie Sinclair/National Geographic)
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11 Dec 2015 08:05:00