See National Geographic’s 2022 Photos of the Year

Photo of an erupting volcano

photo: Rites Dharia c/o National Geographic

An Icelandic volcano ejects molten rock into the air. An owl silently catches its prey. The light from the mountaineers’ headlamps spreads for miles Wilderness on a starry night. Bald eagles spat for a pole amid Alaskan salmon season.

I can describe the scenes in words but I promise the photos are better.

These and other moments captured on camera have earned National Geographic recognition in its first annual “Pictures of the Year” competition. The outlet announced the results of the photo contest on Friday, and the selected images are a stunning collection of the big and small wonders of the earth.

From nearly 5,000 photo submissions taken over the past two years, a jury of NatGeo editors selected one grand prize winner and nine other honorable mentions. Although the magazine has many different photo contests2022 was the opening year of the outlet Pictures of the yeara competition specifically for aspiring photographers to showcase their skills in four different categories: Nature, People, Places and Animals.

Click through to see some of Gizmodo’s favorite shots And the grand prize winning photo.

To see the full gallery of winners, visit See National Geographic’s 2022 Photos of the Year

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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