New York Times’s favorite travel photographs of 2016

The New York Times has a series of 25 “favorite travel photography of 2016.” The photos were all taken to accompany travel articles, and you can find the link to those articles at the link. Here are my five favorites, though I have to say that in general their submissions aren’t nearly as good as those for, say, the National Geographic travel photo contest. On the other hand, these pictures were taken to illustrate articles, not as standalone photos.

I’ve given the NYT’s captions under the photos.


An adventure awaits just below the surface of Jellyfish Lake in the Pacific nation of Palau, called the “Serengeti of the Sea.” CreditBenjamin Lowy for The New York Times


A pharoah cuttlefish swims over the coral reefs of Thailand’s Richelieu Rock, a rock pinnacle not far from the Myanmar border that barely breaks the surface of the water. Caine Delacy for The New York Times

Simple but beautiful:


A starfish on the beach at Jumby Bay resort in Antigua. Robert Rausch for The New York Times


A crescent moon above reindeer from the Canadian Reindeer Company’s open-range herd in Inuvik, Canada. Christopher Miller for The New York Times

‘Actually, I have a photo of the Varanasi ghats better than the one below, but it’s on a 35mm slide. I really need to scan those slides, but there are over 10,000 of them.


Bathing and performing religious rites at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi, India. Poras Chaudhary for The New York Times



  1. darrelle
    Posted December 16, 2016 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    The reindeer picture is stunning. It looks like a scene from an alien world from a science fiction movie with academy award nominee level special effects and cinematography.

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted December 16, 2016 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Palau is a place I’d like to go. It’s supposed to be gorgeous.

  3. Posted December 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Very nice. I sense a theme: Water.

  4. Posted December 16, 2016 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I also have 10000 slides to scan. We are never going to get around to it if we insist on traditional scans. But nowadays it is easy to use a good digital camera and macro lens and just take pictures of the slides, with a light and a diffusing screen behind them. This can be done at a rate of about 2-3 seconds per slide. The resolution is similar to that of a good slide scanner of ten years ago. Better to do it this way than to never do it!

    • rickflick
      Posted December 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

      I use a high resolution Epson flat bed scanner. The best I remember, it takes about 15 slides per scan. Each scan takes about 3 minutes including loading an unloading for reasonable resolution. Very high resolution would take a few minutes longer.

  5. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    “An adventure awaits just below the surface of Jellyfish Lake”

    Is it the sort of adventure one would wish to have, or is it better summarised by “EEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!” ?


  6. Merilee
    Posted December 17, 2016 at 9:22 am | Permalink


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