The year 2023 was full of colorful advenures and moments all around the globe.
National Geographic’s photographers captured many of them on camera, submitting their best photos for consideration in NatGeo's "Pictures of the Year."
Of the more than two million photos submitted by 165 photographers on assignment across the world, 29 shots were chosen as the most captivating images.
Here are 12 outstanding selections from NatGeo’s annual roundup.
More of this year's "Pictures of the Year" can be found on National Geographic's website.