2022 in review: National Geographic Pictures of the Year issue showcases 118 photographs from around the world

After reviewing more than 2 million images captured on location in 2022, National Geographic editors selected 118 for the third annual issue of the magazine’s Year in Pictures issue.

Each photo tells its own compelling story and serves as a little exception in the anthology of life in 2022.

These include images taken in a Polish border town following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and at the site of NASA’s historic lunar rocket launch.

After Russia invaded Ukraine, Anastasia Taylor-Lind traveled to Przemyśl, a Polish town near the border, and spoke with displaced Ukrainians like Ludmyla Kuchebko, 72.

Anastasia Taylor-Lind/National Geographic


Shrouded in morning fog, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) towers over Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39B in March 2022 as the rocket awaits testing.

Dan Winters/National Geographic

Almost every continent is covered in this selection, with locations ranging from 29,032 feet high for the first all-black Mount Everest expedition to 3,869 feet deep for the Endurance shipwreck.


At sunset on April 27, 2022, Evan Green caught climber Thomas Moore walking among the tents at Camp I, framed by Everest (left), Lhotse (middle), and Nuptse (right).

Evan Green

Some NatGeo photographers used inventive techniques to capture these images, such as Ben Depp, who used a paramotor to document the Louisiana coast. A tripod was even picked up by a hyena when Jen Guyton photographed the animals in Kenya.


A spotted hyena, dubbed Palazzo by scientists, grins submissively and flattens her ears as Moulin Rouge, the clan’s then-dominant female, looms over her.

Jen Guyton/National Geographic

“Over the past few years we’ve worked really hard to hire photographers who are based around the world because their stories and perspective really matter and make storytelling stronger,” Whitney Johnson Latorre, vice president of Visuals and Immersive Experiences for National Geographic Media, Good Morning America told.


Quannah Rose Chasinghorse, a model and activist on behalf of tribal peoples,
raises her fist to honor “the resistance and struggle of my ancestors”.

Kiliii Yuyan/National Geographic


After 800 years of insomnia, Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula erupted twice in less than 17 months, most recently at 1:18 p.m. on August 3, 2022.

Chris Burkhard/National Geographic


Blue and yellow macaws sit on a rooftop in Caracas, Venezuela, waiting to be fed by locals.

Alejandro Cegarra/National Geographic

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And this year, National Geographic is inviting readers to submit images from their photo libraries for a chance to be included in the magazine!

One lucky grand prize winner will be included in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine (United States edition) and receive a six-month digital subscription to the magazine.

The photo of up to 10 honorable mention winners will be posted to National Geographic’s YourShot Instagram account with more than 6.5 million followers and will receive a six-month digital subscription to the magazine. Click here to learn more about the competition.


University of Virginia neuroscientists record nine-month-old Ian Boardman’s brain activity as he brushes his skin to activate nerve fiber responses.

Lynn Johnson/National Geographic


Around Vostok and other southern line islands, in the remote central Pacific, numerous small reef fish support a thriving population of top predators.

Enric Sala/National Geographic


“The warmth I felt in Durban was so refreshing,” says Lawrence. Unathi Madalane (left) and Tshiamo Maretela enjoy the beach.

Wayne Lawrence/National Geographic

For more memorable images captured this year, see the December Pictures of the Year issue and visit natgeo.com/photos.

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