The Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012


Some of these I have posted before but here they are with new ones in a single post!

After the positive reception from last year’s “Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011“, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012.

It’s hard to believe we’re already into the final quarter of 2012. With that, here are the Sifter’s Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ for this year. If any image really intrigues you, be sure to click the title link or picture itself. That will take you to the individual post page where you can find out more information.

*Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a ‘Picture of the Day’ this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking between the photos themselves :)

75. THE RED ZONE AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Photograph by Elia Locardi on Google+ | blamethemonkey.com

74. ONE TRIPPY PROFILE PIC

Photograph via persnicketypoop on Reddit
73. LIONESSES AT THE WATERING HOLE

Photograph by Ranger Chad Cocking of the Motswari Private Game Reserve
72. DEATH BEGETS LIFE

A Place Of Enchantment

Photograph by Ireena Worthy on Flickr
71. MOUNT FUJI FROM ABOVE

Photograph via news.mydrivers.com

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

70. SKYDIVING INTO BURNING MAN

Photograph via opi8 on Reddit
69. THE ONLY AMERICAN NOT ON EARTH ON SEPT 11

Photograph by NASA
68. THE VENEZUELAN POODLE MOTH

Photograph by Arthur Anker on Flickr
67. THE PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER

Photograph by David Kingham on Flickr | Prints Available
66. AN X-RAY OF A STINGRAY

Photograph by Ken Jones
65. THE POWER OF ONE SMALL STEP

Photograph by NASA
64. MOTH TRAILS AT NIGHT

Photograph by Steve Irvine for National Geographic
63. JUST A PINCH

Photograph by mmarsupilami on Flickr
62. EVOLUTION OF THE NEW YORK SKYLINE

Photograph via Lee @ tier1dc.blogspot.com
61. AN ELEPHANT MEETS A SEA LION

Photograph by Michael Durham via The Oregon Zoo

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

60. FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

Photograph via moctodtidderptth on Reddit
59. AN OLYMPIC FULL MOON

Photograph by REUTERS/Luke MacGrego (via Reuters Olympics on Facebook)
58. BASE JUMPING IN RIO

felix baumgartner atop christ the redeemer statue in rio de janeiro brazil before be BASE jumps from the iconic statue

Photograph by Wolfgang Luif/Red Bull Content Pool
57. THE BOMBING OF DRESDEN

Photograph by Richard Peter
56. HOTTEST. KISS. EVER.

Photograph by Dallas Nagata on Google+
55. WHERE THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA MEETS THE SEA

end of the great wall of china in the east at shanhai pass in shanhaiguan china

Photograph via Better_Be-Safe on Reddit
54. THE CHICAGO SKYLINE FROM INDIANA

Photograph by Tom Adams on Reddit
53. LIVING ON THE EDGE

alex honnold half dome yosemite free soloing no rope

Photograph by Tim Kemple
52. THE MOLOKINI CRATER IN HAWAII

sail boats inside the crescent shaped crater of Molokini in Maui, Hawaii

Photograph by Ron Garnett/Hawaii Tourism Authority
51. IF JUPITER WAS THE SAME DISTANCE AS THE MOON

Artwork by jb2386 on Reddit
50. A SEAHORSE INSPECTS A DIVER’S WATCH

seahorse checks out divers watch and own reflection underwater

Photograph by Don McLeish
49. AN ILLUMINATED SNOW TUNNEL IN RUSSIA

picture at the start of a 1km long snow tunnel with person facing camera lighting up the tunnel with a fire torch

Photograph by Michael Zelensky
48. THE HONEYBEE’S FINAL STING

honey bee stinging human arm with stinger left in arm flying away with trail of abdominal tissue captured

Photograph by Kathy Keatley Garvey
47. EVERYBODY WAS KUNG FU FIGHTING

thousands of kung fu fighters arranged in concentric circles for heritage day demonstration

Photograph by China Foto Press
46. STREET ARTIST SAINER GOES BIG IN POLAND

Photograph via Fundacja Urban Forms on Facebook
45. MOUNT RAINIER CASTING A SHADOW ON CLOUDS

Photograph by Nick Lippert (via Komo News)
44. FIRST CONTACT

First Contact

Photograph by CMGW Photography on Flickr
43. THE IRISH SKY GARDEN CRATER

Photograph by Liss Ard Estate
42. MOON BRIDGE IN DAHU PARK, TAIPEI

???

Photograph by bbe022001 on Flickr
41. FLIGHT OF THE DEVIL RAYS

Photograph by FLORIAN SCHULTZ

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

40. GÁSADALUR VILLAGE IN THE FAROE ISLANDS

Gásadalur

Photograph by GARETH CODD PHOTOGRAPHY on Flickr
39. WORLD’S EDGE

Photograph by RHYS DAVIES
38. THE CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN VANCOUVER

Photograph by MICHELLE LEE
37. FRACTAL PATTERNS IN DRIED OUT DESERT RIVERS

Photograph by ADRIANA FRANCO for National Geographic
36. MEDITATING MONKS AT PONGOUR FALLS

Photograph by DANG NGO – Prints Available
35. HANGING OUT ON THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, 1914

Photograph by Eugene de Salignac/Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives
34. A SUNSET ECLIPSE

Photograph by GIL NARTEA
33. BORA BORA FROM SPACE

Photograph by PLEIADES-HR SATELLITE
32. THE LARGEST RAFT OF CANOES AND KAYAKS
IN THE WORLD

Photograph by NANCIE BATTAGLIA for National Geographic
31. ADAPTIVE ROOTS IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE

Pavement - Form Follows Groove

Photograph by HORST KIECHLE

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

30. THE HAMILTON POOL NATURE PRESERVE

Photograph by DAVE WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY
29. ABOVE THE CANOPY

Photograph by MICHAEL NICHOLS for National Geographic [Print Available]
28. COLLIDING RIVERS IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

Photograph via I_let_my_dog_lick_my on Reddit
27. THE STUNNING GREEN VINE SNAKE

Photograph by SUHAAS PREMKUMAR for National Geographic
26. AURORA AUSTRALIS (SOUTHERN LIGHTS) FROM SPACE

Photograph by André Kuipers / ESA / NASA
25. MOUNT KILIMANJARO FROM ABOVE

Photograph by KYLE MIJLOF @ kylemijlof.blogspot.co.uk
24. THE AMAZING STRENGTH OF AN ANT

Photograph by Yu Wu for National Geographic – Your Shot
23. YARN BOMBING A BUS IN MEXICO CITY

Artwork by Magda Sayeg (Photograph by Cesar Ortega)
22. FELIX BAUMGARTNER JUMPS FROM SPACE

© Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Content Pool
21. THE MOST INCREDIBLE AURORA OF 2012

Photograph courtesy of Jónína Óskarsdóttir for NASA

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

20. THE WATERFALL ISLAND AT IGUAZU FALLS

Photograph by Andrew Murray on Flickr
19. OVERGROWN RAILROAD TRACKS IN THE FOREST

The wish for a clear day

Photograph by T.-C on Flickr
18. A POD OF SLEEPING SPERM WHALES

Photograph by Wild Wonders of Europe [www.wild-wonders.com] via Business & Biodiversity Campaign
17. 7 HOURS IN ONE IMAGE

Photograph by Isil Karanfil (isilkrnfl on deviantART)
16. PIXEL PEOPLE PERFECTION

Artwork by Craig Alan via Artexpo (Eric Smith) on Flickr
15. GALACTIC MONSOON

Photograph by BRET WEBSTER
14. STRIKING ARTISTRY OF MULTIPLE TAKEOFFS
AT HANNOVER AIRPORT

Photograph by HO-YEOL RYU
13. THE KEEL WALK

Photograph by ALEX THOMSON RACING
12. A SEA OF PURPLE IN THE BADLANDS OF UTAH

Photograph by GUY TAL PHOTOGRAPHY | Print Available for Sale
11. PUTTING THE SIZE OF A WHALE IN PERSPECTIVE

Photograph via timz45 on Reddit

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

10. MEANWHILE IN SWITZERLAND

Photograph by Reuters/Denis Balibouse
9. ONE BOAT AND 145 WATER-SKIERS

Photograph by MARK SEATON PHOTOGRAPHY
8. SALAR DE UYUNI AFTER SOME RAIN

Photograph via Paean on Reddit
7. OUTDOOR JACUZZI ON THE MATTERHORN

Photograph via Iglu-Dorf.com
6. THE PRECIOUS BLUE MARBLE

Photograph by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
5. MAELSTROM AT KAUAI, HAWAII

Photograph by PATRICK SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY
4. CAPSIZED CRUISE SHIP COSTA CONCORDIA
FROM SPACE

Photograph by DIGITALGLOBE.COM
3. Serenity Now

Photograph by ZAK NOYLE for SURFER MAGAZINE
2. BEAUTIFUL BERN FROM ABOVE

Photograph via loki010 on Reddit
1. FIRST RISING SUN OF 2012

Photograph by JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Images

3 Comments

  1. Love these photographs! IS it ok to Pinterest any of them?

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