Dec 12, 2011

The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011

 

Every day at 5pm the Sifter posts the Picture of the Day. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 50 from 2011. It’s hard to imagine the year is almost over, time seems to fly faster each successive year so it’s fun to take a moment and look back at the year that was. Click any of the pictures below to be taken to the individual post to learn more about the photographer and picture taken. Enjoy and stay sifty my friends!

 

 

Shanghai 1990 vs 2010

 

shanghai then and now 1990 vs 2010 The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph via Reddit

 

 

 

Protests in Egypt

 

protests in egypt The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Busiest. Train. Ever.

 

busiest train ever The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by AP / Pavel Rahman

 

 

 

The Blue Lagoon, Ecuador

 

blue lagoon galapagos islands ecuador The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by Bobby Haas

 

 

 

Meanwhile in Chicago…

 

snowstorm chicago cars abandoned on lake shore drive The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Best. Sidecar. Ever

 

vw sidecar can scooter bus The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Built by Jason Dyer

 

 

 

The World Press Photo of the Year

 

woman with nose cut off word press photo of the year 2010 The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

The U.S. – Mexico Border

 

mexico us border san diego tijuana The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Awww Yeah Flowers!

 

hamster loves flowers The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Certified Badass

 

mongolian hunter with eagle riding horse The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by VIACHESLAV SMILYK

 

 

 

Die for the Money

 

die for the money scott campbell skull dollar bills The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Artwork by SCOTT CAMPBELL

 

 

 

A Castle in Miami?

 

charles sieger castle mansion moat miami The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by FLORIDAPHOTO.COM

 

 

 

Rago National Park, Norway

 

rago national park norway The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph via Reddit

 

 

 

Wheeeeee!

 

kimi raikkonen flying in plane over australian grand prix albert park The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph via Reddit

 

 

 

Incredible Water Bridge in Germany

 

water bridge in germany The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by WHITEDRAGON

 

 

 

Vintage Daredevils

 

playing tennis on wings of plane vintage daredevils black and white The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph via Museum Syndicate

 

 

 

Epic Aerial of Barcelona, Spain

 

barcelona spain aerial from above The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by ALDAS KIRVAITIS

 

 

 

The Sky Walker

 

sky walker top of mountain above the clouds The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by photo61guy

 

 

 

Watching History Unfold

 

obama biden and national security team watching capture of osama bin laden The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

‘Crystal’ Ice Cave in Skaftafell, Iceland

 

crystal ice cave skaftafell iceland The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Festival of Lanterns in Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

yee peng festival of lanterns chiang mai thailand The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by SANCHAI LOONGROONG

 

 

 

Fields of Lavender in Provence, France

 

purple lavender field provence france The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Yarn Bombing in Germany

 

yarn bombing tree guerilla knitting yarnstorming graffiti knitting The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by DPA

 

 

 

Courageous Kitty

 

cat siting on ledge of balcony The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by CRAZY IVORY

 

 

 

The Runaway Tree

 

tree exposed roots nothing underneath growing over gap The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph via Reddit

 

 

 

Lovers in a Dangerous Time

 

love and war lovers in a dangerous time The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by RICH LAM/Getty Images

 

 

 

70 Lightning Strikes in One Shot

 

70 lightning bolts ikaria island lightning storm The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by CHRIS KOTSIOPOULOS

 

 

 

This Dollar Bill Looks Fishy

 

fish made ouf of dollar bill currency koi moneygami The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Artwork by MIZU KAMI

 

 

 

The Craziest Illusion in Paris

 

illusion of globe grass and trees paris anamorphic The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Artwork by FRANCOIS ABELANET | Photograph by Eric Tenin

 

 

 

A Nation Mourns

 

prime minister jens stoltenberg gives auf leader eskil pedersen hug norway massacre workers youth league The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by TOMMY ELLINGSEN

 

 

 

Ladybug Lands with Style

 

ladybug landing with style The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Space Graffiti

 

hamad name visible from space google earth sheikh abu dhabi 1 The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph via Google Earth

 

 

 

The Edge of Earth – Bunda Cliffs of Australia

 

bunda cliffs nullarbor australia edge of the world The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph via Reddit

 

 

 

Stargazing

 

star gazing crater lake national park ben canales The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by BEN CANALES

 

 

 

The World’s Largest LAN Party

 

biggest lan party ever The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

The World’s Oldest Marathon Runner

 

worlds oldest marathon runner fauja singh The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph via Reddit

 

 

 

Instant Vertigo Acrophobia

 

fixing antenna empire state building instant vertigo The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by VINCENT LAFORET

 

 

 

Livin’ on the Edge

 

russian teenager marat dupri standing on high steel beam The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photography by MARAT DUPRI

 

 

 

The Stunning Glasswinged Butterfly

 

glasswinged butterfly The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by SWAMIBU

 

 

 

Lightning Show at the Grand Canyon

 

grand monsoon lightning storm grand canyon1 The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by DAN RANSOM

 

 

 

The Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve in Texas

 

hamilton pool nature preserve texas The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Wait For It…

 

wait for it long road goat sheep ewe jumping at bottom The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Sunset on Mars

 

sunset on mars The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Cloud City Dubai

 

dubai cloud city sheikh zayed road from burj dubai The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

Autumn in the Adirondacks

 

autumn fall colors in the adirondacks The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

European Beech Trees of Mariemont, Belgium

 

european beech trees of mariemont belgium The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by JEAN-POL GRANDMONT

 

 

 

The Inhabited Volcanic Island of Aogashima

 

aogoshima island volcano The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by MHARADA on Panoramio

 

 

 

The Great Grey Owl

 

great grey owl wings spread The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

 

 

 

The Cloud Covered Island of Litla Dimun

 

litla dimun faroe islands cloud covered island The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by SPUMADOR on Flickr

 

 

 

The Miniature Northern Saw-whet Owl

 

4003273528 d78e05f042 b The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011

Photograph by JASON IDZERDA

 

 

 

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