Exemplary photography we published this year, from MatadorU students, to iPhone photographers, to the pros.
1

Dragonfly

From What it takes to be a wildlife photographer. Photo: Kathrine Lloyd

2

Angkor, Cambodia

From 46 quotes for reflection in 2012. Photo: Mike Behnken

3

Men with guns

From The DRC you don't see in the news. Photo: Richard Stupart

Intermission

15 enchanting places around the world you’ve probably never been

by Joe Batruny

Which of the ‘Big 5′ animals from each continent have you seen?

by Matt Hershberger

21 insanely colorful photos of Texas wildflower season

by Hal Amen
4

Maasai warrior boy

This Maasai boy is 15 years old. On his head he wears the mane of a lion that he killed to prove his manhood. Photo: MatadorU student, Naomi Stolow

5

First descent

From Kayakers’ first descents of epic Japanese waterfalls. Photo: Darin McQuoid

6

Front-line Kachin Independence Army soldier

From Fostering homegrown photography in northern Myanmar. Photo: Ryan Libre

7

Elakala Waterfalls, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

From 21 spectacular waterfalls you've never heard of. Photo: Nature Pictures by ForestWanderer

8

Iceland

From Surfing unbelievably cold water. Photo: Chris Burkard

9

Hundreds and hundreds of windows

From Singapore: A modern day LEGO city. Photo: Aiste Stancikaite

Intermission
7

59 incredible photos of America’s 59 national parks

by Matt Hershberger
2

Burning Man 2012 in 21 photos

by Matador Team
5

The best of Matador 2012

by David Miller
10

A closer look

From Cayos Cochinos, Honduras. Photo: Scott Sporleder

11

Holiday on horseback

From How I joined a wolf pack in Banff National Park, Alberta. Photo: Jeff Bartlett

12

John John Florence taking to the air

From Shunning surf porn: Photographer Al McKinnon. Photo: Al McKinnon

13

Waiting for the teacher

A group of first-graders wait for their teacher to arrive at the Kent College Nepal School, situated in the remote and mountainous community of Lahachowk in western Nepal. Sat at the back of the classroom this shot drew me in as the expressions of the children summed up the universal experience of what it means to be five years old and day-dreaming! Photo: MatadorU student, Laura Cook

14

Shepherd in New Zealand

From Away from the waves: A Chris Burkard travel gallery. Photo: Chris Burkard

15

Pelican

From Aquatic wildlife of the Galapagos. Photo: Zak Erving

Intermission
16

Breaking Free the Easy Way: A Cautionary Tale

by David Page
4

Spectacular timelapse of the American Southwest

by eric warren
3

13 experiences you can only have in Thailand

by Daniel Nahabedian
16

Red eye

From What I found on Costa Rica’s and Panama’s beaches. Photo: Coen Wubbles

17

Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail

From Two weeks in Glacier National Park. Photo: Jorge Santiago

18

We watched...

From The ‘Streets of Afghanistan’ photography project returns home. Photo: Shannon Galpin

19

Glen Canyon, near Page, Arizona, US

From 27 of the deepest canyons you can explore. Photo: Eddie 11uisma

20

Marin Headlands, CA

From 47 unearthly lightning strikes. Photo: maxxsmart

21

Tiger's Nest Monastery - Paro Valley, Bhutan

From 82 iconic world landmarks to visit before you die. Photo: Göran (Kartläsarn)

22

Pinot Noir

From 22 ways to remember Tasmania. Photo: Scott Sporleder

23

Kepler Track, New Zealand

From 35 hikes through some of the biggest country on earth. Photo: Nomad Tales

24

Two puffins

From Wildlife and culture on Grand Manan Island. Photo: William Drumm

25

Crossing

From Crossing Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley by bike. Photo: Shannon Galpin

26

German/Portuguese Nike team rider Nic Von Rupp, perfect day, England

From Inspired: Al McKinnon's surf and travel photography. Photo: Al McKinnon

27

Stephen's Gap - Alabama

From 23 of the world's most insane caves you can explore. Photo: Jeffrey Rease

28

Sochi, Russia

From Winter is coming: 13 photos to get you psyching. Photo: Griffin Post

29

Kolmanskop

From 28 freaky ghost towns you can visit. Photo: coda

30

Dormition Cathedral

From 20 iPhone portraits of Kiev. Photo: Larissa Olenicoff

31

Transparent leaf

From Hiking the American Southwest. Photo: Kat Carney

32

Ari and Baa Atolls, Maldives

From 10 places to swim with whale sharks. Photo: Rory Moore

33

Linapacan Island, Palawan, Philippines

From 35 places to swim in the world's clearest water. Photo: Scott Sporleder

34

Quad biking

From What do to in Australia's Northern Territory. Photo: Scott Sporleder

35

Yukigassen

From Observations on Canada's largest snowball fight. Photo: Jeff Bartlett

36

Cooking near the river

From Faces of Colombia. Photo: Andrés Vanegas Canosa

37

Secret spot - Kona, Hawaii

From 25 intimate portraits of place. Photo: Sarah Lee

38

Swing

Baños, Ecuador is named for the thermal hot springs nearby, but I was more interested in the rumor of a treehouse situated somewhere up the slope of still-breathing Volcán Tungurahua, and I battled rain, slippery inclines, and a hefty elevation gain (which began at 6,000 feet) on my way up. Photo: MatadorU student, Zak Erving

39

Yee Peng

From Light and shadow in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo: Kimberly Bryant

40

Ice cave

From 26 views from deep inside waves. Photo: Scott Sporleder

41

K2 Tower, Liege, Belgium

From 27 of the world's burliest bungee jumps. Photo: Insane Focus

42

‘The Hump’ on the Beas River, Himachal Pradesh

From Weeks of whitewater in the Indian Himalaya. Photo: Henry Munter

43

Vortex cloud, Wallops Island, VA

From 60 insane cloud formations from around the world. Photo: NASA Langley Research Center (NASA-LaRC)

44

Chris Noble: Winter's dawn in Scotland

From Power of a moment: From Kelly Slater to a Chagos native. Photo: Cody Forest Doucette

45

There are many roads, but not so many routes.

From 9 things I learned in Saskatchewan. Photo: Jeff Bartlett

46

Beautiful rubble of rural Ukraine

From Beautiful rubble of rural Ukraine. Photo: Chris Miller

47

Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

From 41 places so rad you have to stop driving and get out of the car. Photo: Garry

48

Tired reflection

From Pokhara to Poon Hill on the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal. Photo: Dikson

49

Paddling Lowell Lake

From Unearthly images of the world's largest non-polar icefield. Photo: Colin Delehanty

50

Wind Point lighthouse

From 23 iconic lighthouses around the world. Photo: James Jordan

51

Istanbul iPhoneography

From Istanbul through an iPhone lens. Photo: Larissa Olenicoff

52

The Longji Rice Terraces

The Longji Rice Terraces, also known as the "Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces" are a man-made wonder and well-known in China. The rice terraces were mostly built during the Ming Dynasty, about 500 years ago but construction actually already began in the Yuan Dynasty over 700 years ago. Photo: MatadorU student, Nisa Maier

53

PEI casting

From Instagramming Prince Edward Island. Photo: Ryan Van Duzer