Flying high above the ice-capped mountains or deep below the sea, face-to-face with an apex predator, or perched along the edge of the world to spy into a landscape reminiscent of a dream, the best photos have the power to instantly transport us to a perfectly captured moment in time.
Join us in this journey around the globe, as seen through the lens in 2018. These photos made us feel incredible joy and brought us to tears, taught us to appreciate the beauty around us, and inspired us to protect it.
From fine art to photojournalism, vast landscapes captured by drone, and the normally-unseen details of macro shots brought to life, some of the best photographers in 2018 provided no shortage of incredible moments in time, their subject and composition as diverse as the artists that shot them.
While there are many more amazing pics that we no doubt missed, here are our top 40 picks from 2018: