Of the billions of uploads to Flickr in 2015, these 25 images represent the most beautiful, dynamic, and engaging photography from our global community.
We’ve compiled this list based on a number of engagement and community factors. The photos were scored by an algorithm that calculates a combination of social and interactive elements, including how often the photo had been faved and viewed, among numerous others.
Given that a number of our most popular community members appeared multiple times in the ranking, we’ve selected one of their top-scoring images to represent their work.
While many of the top photos come from long-term Flickr community members, the top photo is from a relative newcomer, SpaceX Photos, which created its Flickr account at the end of 2014. We were very happy that Space X was one of the first Flickr accounts to switch to Public Domain when we started offering the designation, making their images free for all the world to use in perpetuity.
Thanks to these amazing photographers and the 115 million Flickr community members who share their work with the world and inspire us all to great heights. If you haven’t joined the greatest photography community in the world, sign up now and enjoy everything we have to offer.
And here’s to a very illuminating 2016!
CRS-4 by SpaceX Photos
Stormy Porthcawl by Steve Garrington
“SELF REFLECTION” by JK
BORGO INCANTATO by Daniele Romagnoli
gooseherd by Iwona Podlasinska
*** by Elena Shumilova
Magical light by George Probst
Typical Dutch! by Albert Dros
Keep staring by David Olkarny
OM-D E-M5II by Thomas Leuthard
Axelle by sebanado
Above the Skyline by Mostafa Hamad
The way for Paris by Vincent Bourilhon
Morning Mood by Marie Lalanne Manzor
Sunrise on the Lavender Fields in Valensole in Provence by Loïc Lagarde
Myanmar by luke taylor
Into the light by Tammy Schild
morning hour by Theodor Hensolt
Joshua Tree and Milky Way Panorama by Wayne Pinkston
Moon and Galaxy, Mountain Hehuan by Vincent Ting
The fisherman is waiting for summer by Christophe Brutel
The Game by Max Gor
Flower carpet by Martin
Cute by Ray Jennings
Vanishing Point by Carolyn Eaton