The community went above and beyond for this assignment. I saw the world in new and astounding ways guided by our photographers from 20 different countries. Not only was this assignment’s discussion board the most engaged—it has more than 4,000 comments—but there were enough awe-inspiring photos to make up at least an entire month’s edit for Photo of the Day. Some photos you will see scattered in the December edit and the majority will help us ring in the new year in January. I want to thank all of you for adding in captions; there were many photos that had to be disqualified because there was too little information. Hope you’re all inspired by these images of our beautiful planet. Congratulations in advance to these photographers on their future Photo of the Day! See the Best of 2016’s Photo of the Day gallery and more gorgeous photography from National Geographic in the Best of 2016 roundup.
About the Editor
Jeanne M Modderman
National Geographic Photo Producer
Jeanne photo edits and produces top performing features Photo of the Day and the Daily Dozen. With a degree in photojournalism, she has worked as a photographer in D.C. and S. Korea with former positions at the Smithsonian and the U.S. Dept of Interior. @jeannemodd