Top 25 Photos on Flickr in 2017 From Around The World

In 2017 billions of photos were posted to Flickr by photographers from around the world. From all that work, we’ve pulled together the Top-25 Flickr Photos of 2017, a gorgeous collection that celebrates the diversity of talent and perspectives on Flickr.

To reach this final list, we started with an algorithm that calculated the top photos based on a number of social and engagement metrics, for example, how many times the photo was viewed, faved, or shared. Flickr staff curated that raw data to avoid the results being a complete popularity contest. We also limited selections to one photo per photographer who placed in the top list multiple times.

Top 25 Photos of 2017

say goodbye...

“Say Goodbye…” by Iwona Podlasinska

The Elephant Walks at Night

“The Elephant Walks At Night” by Wayne Pinkston

Light of Glory

“Light of Glory” by Icemanphotos

Slipping Away

“Slipping Away” by Jerry Fryer


“Finally” by ” Nils Stefan Püschel

Mi Fuego

“Mi Fuego“ by Albert Dros

Eekhoorn / Red squirrel / Écureuil

“Red Squirrel“ by Gladys Klip

Stairway to heaven

“Stairway To Heaven“ by Koen Jacobs


“***“ by Elena Shumilova

big and bigger

“Big and Bigger“ by Chris Frank

Milky Way over Harvey Dam, Western Australia

“Milky Way Over Harvey Dam, Western Australia” by inefekt69

Mont Saint-Michel puddle mirrored

“Mont Saint-Michel puddle mirrored” by Loïc Lagarde

Braving the Weather

“Braving the Weather“ by Max Gor

Oh oooooh!

“Oh oooooh!“ by Salah Baazizi

Vestrahorn Islande

“Vestrahorn Islande“ by RUFF Etienne

Aurora borealis

“Aurora borealis“ by Jonathan Le Borgne


“Solitude“ by Ania Tuzel Photography

Hallstatt Residential

“Hallstatt Residential“ by Hans-Peter Deutsch

Lion City

“Lion City“ by Alexander Lauterbach

flow (Explored)

“Flow“ by Paul

Winter Fairytale - Flickr Top25 2017 -

“Winter Fairytale“ by Achim Thomae

An attempt to convey cold . . . Explore 07-01-2017 #2

“An Attempt To Convey Cold“ by Brad Eide

Epiphany (Explored)

“Epiphany“ by Sapna Reddy


“Melancholia“ by Alicja Zmysłowska

Lookkk deeeply into my eyes....

“Lookkk Deeeply Into My Eyes….“ by Earl Reinink

A handful of photographers that reached the Top-25 Flickr Photos in previous years have returned, a testament to the quality work that these individuals produce. We’re also excited to see new faces in the mix as they show off their talent.

Thank you, FlickrFam, Top-25 and everyone else, for continuing to find and share your inspirations with the rest of the Flickr community. You amaze us.

A number of other Top Photos of 2017 caught our staff’s attention in various categories. View the Top Genre Galleries and Top Country Galleries on the Official Flickr account or check out the Top Devices on Flickr in 2017 and join the conversation online using hashtag #SeenOnFlickr.

Flickr Staff wishes you a magnificent end of the year, and we can’t wait to see what you post to Flickr in 2018!