National Geographic’s Best Images of 2016

Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic) Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic) Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic) Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic) Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic) Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic) Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic) Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic) Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic)

Lightning forks across the purple sky as hundreds of thousands of cranes roost in the shallows of the Platte River, Nebraska. (Randy Olson/National Geographic)

National Geographic Magazine has selected its most striking and evocative photos from 2016.

From raging storms to glowing cityscapes, the photographs are some of the finest published by the magazine in the last 12 months.

Here are some of the very best images, selected from this year’s archive of 2,290,225 photographs taken by 91 photographers for 107 stories.

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