Links for 'Best of the Year' Photo Galleries

In this photo featured in USA Today's "2016: The Year in Review" gallery, Best Actress winner Brie Larson and Best Supporting Actress winner Alicia Vikander celebrate with their Oscars. Photo by Roberto Hanashiro, USA Today

By Tom Burton

It’s time to open presents and find cards in the mail from friends and family. It’s also time for photojournalists to open the year-in-review galleries to see the best photos of the tumultuous year, 2016.

In addition to annual editions of the daily newspaper, there are countless online versions competing for your attention. To give you a taste of some of the best, we’ve collected links to the galleries you will want to spend some time with.

The news agencies cover all the stories and their galleries showcase the biggest and best.

The Associated Press has their click-through gallery selected by their editors. The U.S. elections and crisis in the Middle East centerpiece much of their gallery of 65 photos. See their gallery here

Reuters also covered the big stories and shoes their images in a 100-photo gallery. The click-through gallery with full page photos leads with the now famous photo by Jonathan Bachman of a woman protester facing off with riot-gear clad police during a demonstration in Baton Rouge, LA. See the artfully edited gallery here.

The Getty Images 2016 in Focus collection is divided into subject categories including news and sports categories. A couple of clicks will take you into full-screen galleries. They also have the most downloaded and most popular image galleries. See those galleries here.

The European Press Agency have their gallery here, although the images are all watermarked with the EPA logo.

Other news organizations feature galleries with photos from a number of sources.

At USA Today, they took on the ambitious goal of a photo-a-day in their showcase gallery. The scroll through is a calendar-like grid with thumbnails of each featured photo. You can see that gallery here and a video version of it here. The also have their more traditional 2016: Year in Pictures click-through gallery here.

Time magazine has their Top 100 Photos of the Year but as interesting, they continue a tradition recognize individual photographers. Mohammed Badra of European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) has a powerful portfolio based from his hometown of Douma outside of Damascus, Syria and is named Wire Photographer of the Year. Rudy Roye’s epic portrait project of America’s black communities earned him the Instagram Photographer of the Year.

CNN’s 2016:The Year in Pictures does feature large view for the photos, and a news oriented edit with a eye towards decisive moments. 

If you prefer the long scroll photo gallery and are tired of clicking, there are options.

The visual legacy of National Geographic is solid on their Best Photos of 2016. There are 52 photos, culled from nearly 2.3 million. Each image is a stunner. And, if you really, really love a click-through gallery, you can view the gallery that way.

The Atlantic also embraces the big picture style long scroll with their news photos of the year gallery. They also have three galleries that cover the new of the year in chronological order here, here and here


More galleries have posted online including:

Martin Parr's edit of Magnum's 2016 Pictures of the Year, edited from the agency's photographers's choices can be seen here.

The New York Times powerful collection, 2016 The Year in Pictures is here and their Lens Blog talks about how they chose those images from more than 180,000 photos, as you can read here