Dec 11, 2012

The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

 

After the positive reception from last year’s Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012.

That time has come! Below are the top 100 POTDs for 2012. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to check out the site. May you continue to be inspired, educated and entertained by our beautiful planet and all that inhabit it.

*Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a POTD this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking amongst the photos :)

Enjoy! And stay Sifty my friends

 

 

Chicago Skyline

 

 

 

star jet roller coaster casino pier seaside heights nj submerged in atlantic ocean aerial stephen wilkes

 

 

 

volcanic crater of wau al namus libya aerial from above george steinmetz

Photograph by George Steinmetz

 

 

 

SFO-san-franscisco-airport-at-night-aerial

Photograph by Andrew Choy

 

 

 

alpinists chamonix jakup polomski The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

metropolitan opera house concert by pianist josef hofmann The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

orange power led inside caleb charland The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Caleb Charland

 

 

 

rms titanic engine under water bottom of ocean The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

COPYRIGHT© 2012 RMS TITANIC, INC; Produced by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

 

 

 

sunrise over tower bridge london england The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Jason Pope

 

 

 

white whale willow The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Dan Fisher

 

 

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nugget point lighthouse new zealand aerial The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Scott Robertson

 

 

 

vintage new york city 1935 manhattan skyline fulton street dock pier 17 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Berenice Abbott

 

 

 

eruption on the sun The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by NASA/GSFC/SDO

 

 

 

eye of the drain sink The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Liammm on Reddit

 

 

 

norway sweden border snowmobile winter The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by haqbar on Reddit

 

 

 

custom floating cabin maine The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Marcus Peabody

 

 

 

sleeping goddess mud maid woodland walk lost gardens of heligan england1 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

tiny hermit crab macro closeup The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

Hazy Twilight over Edinburgh

 

 

 

Octopus

 

 

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Dark & Stormy

 

 

 

little house on rock in the middle of a river in serbia The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

uss annapolis submarine surfaces in the arctic through the ice The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

Untitled

 

 

 

airplane passing the mooon perfect timing The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Chris Thomas

 

 

 

london natural history museum entrance The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

trippy profile pic portrait head on and from side angle The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

lionesses white lion drinking at the watering hole The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

A Place Of Enchantment

 

 

 

aerial mount fuji from above the clouds The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph via news.mydrivers.com

 

 

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

 

 

 

skydiving into burning man 2012 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph via opi8 on Reddit

 

 

 

september 11 attacks from space The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by NASA

 

 

 

venezuelan poodle moth The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

perseid meteor shower snowy range wyoming The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

x ray of a stingray The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Ken Jones

 

 

 

neil armstrong portrait in lunar module after historic moonwalk The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by NASA

 

 

 

long exposure moth trails at night The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

just a picnh clothespin pinch grass art sculpture belgium mehmet ali uysal The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

new york skyline evolution since 1876 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

an elephant meets a sea lion The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

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rain on wedding day for better or worse getting married in philippines during floods The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

full moon olympic rings london bridge 2012 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

felix baumgartner atop christ the redeemer statue in rio de janeiro brazil before be BASE jumps from the iconic statue

 

 

 

the bombing of dresden statue overlooking city The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Richard Peter

 

 

 

hottest kiss ever kiss dip in front of volcano The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

end of the great wall of china in the east at shanhai pass in shanhaiguan china

 

 

 

chicago skyline from indiana sunset across water The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Tom Adams on Reddit

 

 

 

alex honnold half dome yosemite free soloing no rope

Photograph by Tim Kemple

 

 

 

sail boats inside the crescent shaped crater of Molokini in Maui, Hawaii

 

 

 

if jupiter was as close to earth as the moon The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Artwork by jb2386 on Reddit

 

 

 

seahorse checks out divers watch and own reflection underwater

Photograph by Don McLeish

 

 

 

picture at the start of a 1km long snow tunnel with person facing camera lighting up the tunnel with a fire torch

Photograph by Michael Zelensky

 

 

 

the honeybees final sting The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Kathy Keatley Garvey

 

 

 

thousands of kung fu fighters arranged in concentric circles for heritage day demonstration

Photograph by China Foto Press

 

 

 

street art graffiti by sainer etam crew lodz poland mural The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

MOUNT-RAINIER-CASTING-A-SHADOW-ON-CLOUDS

 

 

 

First Contact

 

 

 

james turrell irish sky garden crater The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by Liss Ard Estate

 

 

 

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Photograph by bbe022001 on Flickr

 

 

 

flight of the devil rays huge school group aerial from above The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by FLORIAN SCHULTZ

 

 

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

 

 

 

Gásadalur

 

 

 

edge of the world beach head chalk cliff southern england The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by RHYS DAVIES

 

 

 

capilano suspension bridge in vancouver The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by MICHELLE LEE

 

 

 

baja california desert dried out rivers salt flats mexico lichtenstein The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

mediating monks on pongour falls vietnam The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

hanging out on brooklyn bridge cables black and white old vintage The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

partial solar eclipse at sunset The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by GIL NARTEA

 

 

 

satellite aerial bora bora from space pleiades france The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by PLEIADES-HR SATELLITE

 

 

 

one square mile of hope 1902 kayaks and canoes aerial from above inlet new york guiness world record The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

Pavement - Form Follows Groove

Photograph by HORST KIECHLE

 

 

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

 

 

 

hamilton pool nature preserve austin texas The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

old growth redwood above younger growth redwoods above the canopy The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

two rivers colliding geneva switzerland rhone and arve rivers 2 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

green vine snake1 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

aurora australis soutern lights from spacc iss The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

mount kilimanjaro aerial from above The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

ant biting branch and holding onto lifting rock The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

bus yarn bombing The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

felix baumgartner jumps 71580 ft red bull stratos 1 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

northern lights aurora borealis in iceland The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph courtesy of Jónína Óskarsdóttir for NASA

 

 

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

 

 

 

iguazu falls waterfall island The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

The wish for a clear day

Photograph by T.-C on Flickr

 

 

 

pod of sperm whales sleeping The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

7 hours in one shot The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

audrey hepburn people pixel portrait from above The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

milk way galactic moonsoon thunderstorm The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by BRET WEBSTER

 

 

 

multiple exposure airplane take off hannover airport ho yeol ryu The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by HO-YEOL RYU

 

 

 

keel walk hugo boss suit boat sailing standing on rutter The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by ALEX THOMSON RACING

 

 

 

purple flowers field badlands of utah The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

kite surfing with whale below aerial shot from above The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph via timz45 on Reddit

 

 

For more info, click any title or image to see the original post

 

 

 

frozen ice car geneva switzerland The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

most waterskiers ever pulled behind a single boat The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

salar de uyuni after some rain bolivia salt flats The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph via Paean on Reddit

 

 

 

outdoor hottub jacuzzi in the matterhorn mountains The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph via Iglu-Dorf.com

 

 

 

biggest image of earth ever The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

maelstrom kauai hawaii 2 The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

capsized cruise ship costa concordia from space The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph by DIGITALGLOBE.COM

 

 

 

rainbow surf shot The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

bern switzerland aerial from above The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

Photograph via loki010 on Reddit

 

 

 

first rising sun of 2012 above mt fuji The Top 100 Pictures of the Day for 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

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