National Geographic Picks Its Favorite Animal Photos Of The Year
Politics and foreign conflicts dominated the U.S. news cycle this year, which left comparatively less time and space for news on advances and problems among flora and fauna to reach mass audiences.
Thankfully, what we may have missed in the moment, photography has immortalized. National Geographic combed through all the photos it has published this year, and has selected a handful of their favorites. Their criteria? “[Capture] a vulnerable animal at a vulnerable moment.”
TIME’s Top 100 Photos Of 2016
2016 was a roller coaster of a year to say the least. From global political upheavals – Brexit, the ongoing Syrian Civil War – to the highly contested U.S. presidential race that saw Hilary Clinton’s historic nomination as the first woman to be the presidential candidate of a major party, there is no doubt this year will have its place in the history books.
To celebrate the year now coming to an end, here are some of TIME magazine’s choices for the top 100 photographs captured this year. View more images at TIME.
Russia’s Reindeer Wranglers
Reuters photographer Sergei Karpukhin recently visited the reindeer herders who make Russia’s far north their home. He photographed the men as they brought their herds into Krasnoye, the only settlement connected by road to the regional capital.
According to Karpukhin, the herders “corral their reindeer into open-air pens before selecting weak animals to be culled. [It] helps to preserve the region’s fragile tundra by keeping herd sizes down, while local people sell reindeer meat, hide and antlers to make a living.”
The herders will cull more than 3,000 reindeer this season. For see more photographs in the series, make sure to visit The Alantic.