The photos below were voted by readers as the best images of the past year...


1. Swallowed whole活吞

A rainbow trout fingerling peers out from the gullet of a northern pike at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game aquarium in Anchorage.


Swallowed whole

2. A romp in Russia俄羅斯的嬉鬧

A polar bear cub plays near his mother at the Moscow Zoo.


A romp in Russia


Flying at nearly 35,000 feet, a jet passes over the disk of a winter half moon above Boston on Jan. 3.The jet leaves contrails in its wake due to the temperature difference between the hot engine exhaust and the cold air.



4. Red Square reflection莫斯科紅場的映象

The Kremlin's Spassky Tower and passers-by are reflected in the wet cobblestones of Moscow's Red Square on Feb. 13.


Red Square reflection

5. A galaxy's sharp edge星系利刃

An image produced by the Hubble Space Telescope, released March 1,shows a perfect "edge-on" perspective of the galaxy NGC 4013,with huge clouds of dust and gas extending above the galaxy's main disk.


A galaxy's sharp edge

6. Light of the world世界之光

This composite image shows what Earth looks like at night. City lights highlight developed areas of the planet.


Light of the world

7. Mother and child母與子

An ethnic Albanian refugee from Selce, Macedonia, and her child look through the window of a bus as they arrive in Prizren in Kosovo on March 27, after fleeing the fighting in Macedonia two days earlier.



Mother and child

8. A useful lesson有用的訓練

A German Shepherd named Pepper sits with two endangered Bengal tiger cubs and a cougar cub, far right, at the home of veterinarian Rob Zammit outside Sydney, Australia.


A useful lesson

9. Great white whale大白鯨

A beluga whale swims in a tank at the Vancouver Aquarium.


Great white whale

10.Puppy love初戀

Crystal, a year-old black Labrador-Dalmatian mix, peers through a heart-shaped hole in a fence.


Puppy love

11.The gathering storm風雨欲來城欲摧

Dark clouds roll over Blair, Neb., on May 9, bringing thunder and flashes of lightning.


The gathering storm

12. The little duckling who could小鴨子們誰主沈浮?

Mallard ducklings wait their turn May 14 as a sibling struggles to make it up a curb in South Bend, Ind. The mother, who had already cleared the obstacle, flirted with traffic for 20 minutes before leading her offspring safely across the busy road.


The little duckling who could

13. Mideast flare-up中東在濃煙閃光

A Palestinian youth uses a slingshot to fire stones at Israeli soldiers from behind a barricade of burning tires May 23.


Mideast flare-up

14. Rainbow times two雙虹

An afternoon storm brought a double rainbow over downtown Chillicothe, Ohio, on May 27.


Rainbow times two

15. Fury from above仰視中的復仇女神

Lightning ripples over the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 14.


Fury from above

16.Grand old night美麗的夜晚

Tanner Mann, 8, of Hortonville, Wis., gets a good seat on top of his mother's car July 4 for the fireworks show at Riverside Park in New London.


Grand old night

17.Un-bear-able heat怕熱的熊

Koluk the polar bear goes headfirst into the pool at the Albuquerque Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, N.M., on July 15.


Un-bear-able heat

18. Stellar light show甯P秀

From ground-based telescopes, the "ant nebula" resembles the head and thorax of a garden ant.


Stellar light show

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