These Are The Best Pictures Of 2018 Worldwide

2018 was a hell of a year, and with it, came amazing pictures from all around the globe. Today, we’ll count down our picks for the best pictures of 2018. Don’t forget to check out #25, #7 and #4!

#40. Best View in the Arctic

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Snow and ice are transformed into limpid pools of turquoise in Baffin Island, Canada.

#39. Hunting Sharks

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This amazing photo captured 700 gray reef sharks hunting as a pack at night in French Polynesia. But the next pictures on our list just get better.

#38. Eid al-Fitr

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Eid al-Fitr is a holiday that marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims. This picture shows children celebrating this special day in a bouncy castle.

#37. Catching Butterflies

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Here, a butterfly catcher arranges his collection, which he will later sell in Bacan Island, Indonesia.

#36. Palmer Society Graduates

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Members of the Palmer Society, a campus women’s organization, are celebrating their graduation from Whittier College in California.

#35. Greenhouse Effect

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How is it possible for China to feed 1.4 billion growing appetites? Well, here we can see hundreds of greenhouses that grow high-value crops, side by side with suburban housing.

#34. Nature in the Falklands

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Steeple Jason, part the Falkland Islands, is home to the world’s largest colony of black-brown albatrosses.

#33. Holi

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Two girls enjoy a Holi celebration in Queens, New York, where people of Indian descent celebrate the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil.

#32. The King

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Airaj Jilani left Pakistan and moved to Texas to perform as Elvis, making his childhood dream come true.

#31. Milaya

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Irene Sonia poses for the camera in front of a milaya, a type of bed sheet, which is one of the very few things her mother managed to bring when they fled South Sudan and entered Uganda.

#30. Make Love, not War

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Two women create artwork to fight against religious intolerance and caste-based discrimination.

#29. Untouched

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Two muskoxen make their way across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area devoid of the human touch.

#28. Pretty Picture

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The authorities in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, encourages tourists to visit the region with cardboard cutouts for them to take pictures.

#27. Anything Is Possible

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Paralympian runner and four-time world record holder Jarryd Wallace has his stride analyzed to run even faster.

#26. The Family’s Pride and Joy

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Nanmanian Camara is the first woman in her family to graduate from college and celebrates with her Guinean aunt and mother.

#25. A Stroll on the Beach

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A group of king penguins makes their way down the beach in Volunteer Point, East Falkland Island.

#24. The Streets of India

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This picture captured a typical residential road in Kolkata, India, where a vendor sells a drink made from sattu flour.

#23. Morning Bath

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Indigenous tribe enjoys a morning bath with tortoises in the Brazilian Amazon.

#22. Wedding in Cartagena

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People on the street gather to watch a bride entering a church in Cartagena, Colombia.

#21. Hidden Treasures

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This excavation site hosted a mix of Indian and European artifacts on Hatteras Island.

#20. Floating

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A man floats on Utah‘s Great Salt Lake, enjoying the beautiful sunset.

#19. Dead Sea Scrolls

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These ancient Dead Sea scrolls are prepared to be displayed at a museum in Israel.

#18. Spectral Predator

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Scientists record a spectral bat targeting a mouse at a laboratory, as these bats have never been seen taking prey in the wild.

#17. Hatching

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A goliath birdwing hatches in West Papua, Indonesia where they’re traded, both legal and illegally.

#16. Courtship

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A puma pursues a female after an all-day courtship, at the top of a hill near Torres del Paine, Chile.

#15. Landscape in Turkey

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A woman picks grapes on the Plain of Harran, Turkey.

#14. Maternal Instincts

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A saker falcon guards her chicks in the nest in Mongolia.

#13. Traditions

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A girl poses with a shotgun in Khuzestan, Iran, where women receive a firearm as a gift after getting married.

#12. Meltdown

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Sadly, the warming air and water are melting the ice along the Antarctic Peninsula, which is central to life in the area.

#11. Underwater Paradise

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A sun star clings to a tree in an underwater forest in the Atlantic ocean near the Falklands.

#10. Second Chance

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A young elephant is fed by his rescuer at a retreat in Nairobi, India after her mother was killed.

#9. The Sanctuary

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The Sanctuary is an all-purpose community center in Pennsylvania, where a stunt-fighting smackdown is hosted.

#8. Battle Scars

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Micah Fletcher and two other men defended two women who were attacked for wearing a hijab. The attacker stabbed the men, and Fletcher was the only survivor.

#7. Dream Big

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Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti poses for the camera. She holds the record for the second-longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a woman (199 days!).

#6. Sunbathing

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Spotted jellies swim up so that the organisms that live inside them and nourish them get some sunlight.

#5. Cuarentena

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Laura celebrates the end of her cuarentena, a tradition that requires new mothers to rest for 40 days after childbirth, and ends with a mother-child herbal bath.

#4. Nap Time

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Crabeater seals lay on floating ice to give birth, nap, or hide from leopard seals or killer whales. In this case, these two are in for a nap.

#3. Moon Jellies

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These marvelous creatures have translucent bells, and change color depending on what they eat.

#2. The Maasai

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These Maasai are in charge of driving cattle and sheep from their village into a reserve. The photographer caught them right when lightning was striking.

#1. Ancient History

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Procession Panel, a 23-foot long, 1,000-year-old petroglyph is illuminated by the starlit sky in Utah‘s Bears Ears monument.

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