Top Flickr Photos from 2016

Flickr Year in Review 2016 - Top-25 photos

For the Top-25 Flickr photos of 2016, we sorted through billions of uploads to arrive at these 25 favorites. They are a small selection of the beautiful corpus here and we think they celebrate some of the best qualities of the people who find their inspiration on Flickr.

To compile this list, we started with an algorithm that calculates a combination of social and engagement metrics, e.g. how often the photo had been faved and viewed. To avoid the results being merely a popularity contest, the selection also involved curation by Flickr staff.

Where photos from the same community members appeared multiple times in the algorithmic ranking, we’ve selected one of their top-scoring images to represent their work. Some of the top photos are from institutional accounts like The White House, one of the most-followed accounts on Flickr, but most are from individuals with an eye for beauty, whether in remote natural settings or in dense urban centers.

Cuando amanece la pasión

Cuando amanece la pasión by Germán Jiménez Gil

The Lonely Tree

The Lonely Tree by Tom Hall

Zig Zag

Zig Zag by Albert Dros

Lake Mungo / Mungo National Park

Lake Mungo / Mungo National Park by Young Ko

A Wonderful Day

A Wonderful Day by icemanphotos

Tropic Thunder II

Tropic Thunder II by Jerry Fryer

Braving the cold by Christophe Brutel

French Senate from the other side !

French Senate from the other side! by Fabien ROUIRE

Sound of silence [explored]

Sound of silence by Daniel Munch

On the road

On the road by Jean-Luc Peluchon

Sunset - Grand Teton National Park

Sunset – Grand Teton National Park by Xiang & Jie

Spotlight( Top25ofFlickr2016)

spotlight by sedat yıldız

Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard by Pietro Faccioli

Tempest || Dubai

Tempest || Dubai by Elia Locardi

Bringing back Autumn

Bringing back Autumn by Tammy Schild

Beyond Perception

Beyond Perception by Wayne Pinkston

Misty Forest

Misty Forest by Chris Frank


Infinity by N.Oberson


P061516PS-0016 by The White House

Superman & Lex Luthor

Superman and Lex Luthor by Ron Anthony Bautista by Brian Day

Apollo 8 Liftoff View

Apollo 8 Liftoff View by Project Apollo Archive


untitled by Masashi Wakui

Rainbow Ridge

Rainbow Ridge by Zachary Gertsch

Freedom !

Freedom! by Cyril Blanchard

Thank you to these amazing photographers and all of you who share your passion with the Flickr community around the world. You inspire us and make us proud to be in your company. Take a look at a number of other photos that caught our eye in the Top Photos of 2016 gallery on the Official Flickr account.

We wish all our Flickr Fam a joyous end of the year and we can’t wait to see what you share in 2017!

(See the Top Devices and Brands on Flickr in 2016 here)