SUNDAY STILLS: Where Arctic wildlife will have the last stand, Africa by firelight, and more

SUNDAY STILLS: Where Arctic wildlife will have the last stand, Africa by firelight, and more





Plus: Our editors each chose the picture they loved most this year. See the results and why they were chosen | 
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National Geographic
Issue 99
Sunday Stills
Sunday, December 24, 2017
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Pictures We Loved in 2017
Photograph by Kirsten Luce
For a photo editor, choosing a favorite photo of the year is a bit like a parent choosing among their children. In the end, it comes down to a singular emotion an image elicits, or the way the light comes in just so. Here are the pictures we loved, and why.
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The Arctic's Last Ice
Photograph by Paul Nicklen
Forecasters predict that ice in the region will shrink in the next few decades to a small strip above Canada and Greenland. And it will be there that arctic wildlife gather in a struggle for survival.
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Leisure Behind the Iron Curtain
Photograph by Michal Solarski
Gaiety is a term not often associated with Soviet Union, and indeed, these Communist-era health spas are more about maintaining a vigorous health regimen than luxuriating. Polish photographer Michal Solarski explores these quirky holdouts from another time.
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After the Sun Goes Down in Africa
Photograph by Pascal Maitre
More than 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are without access to electricity. But after dark, life continues. Photographer Pascal Maitre shows us this reality with pictures imbued with warmth but reflective of hardship.
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