Your pictures: Best of 2016
The best readers' photographs sent in response to themes, over the course of this year.
We begin with a picture taken by Rachel Eltoft-Prest of skydiving at 15,000ft (4,500m) over Lake Taupo on New Zealand's North Island.
Ron Pantekoek: "This is a composite image consisting of 150 images to create the star-trails, one image for the truck 'moving' head and tail lights, and one for the foreground. All images were taken on the same night just outside the city limits of Bourke, NSW, Australia, and took several hours to make."
Ben Dixon: "There is something about things framed in threes which offers symmetry and balance. I like these three mini scenes all framed and brought into one - the subjects all appear impervious to each other's presence."
Lee Bates: "I took this on holiday in Puerto Banus in Spain. It was the Easter break and the weather was really bad with lots of rain, thunderstorms and cold in the blustery winds. However, one evening when the rain stopped, but the wind was still whipping the waves in, it was the perfect time to capture the way the sea was wrapping itself around the lighthouse with the setting sun in the background."
Dipin Augustine: "The rush before winter - a view from Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, in Kerala, India."
Robby Bernstein took this image at a street festival in Toronto, Canada: "There was music, dancing in the street and a lot of spontaneous energy."
Andy Friend-Smith: "I took this 'after dark' picture of the Milky Way on the Isle of Wight this August. The building in the foreground is St Catherine's Oratory near Niton."
Linda Chan sent in this picture of the Temple of Trajan in Pergamon, Turkey.
Michael King: "Morris dancers celebrate May Day by performing a very early dance outside the Red Lion in Penn, Buckinghamshire."
Barbara Pleskach: "Prom night at LaSalle High, St Ignace, Michigan."
Russell Gossett: "I set out to capture a sunset at the City of Rocks, New Mexico, but the dense cloud cover made for an anti-climactic event. As I wandered around the park, I came across an older couple camped at the site. They graciously agreed to let me photograph them, as I could not resist the fire glow projected on them and on the rocks behind them. Glad to have captured this interesting symmetry."
Alexander Jeffrey: "This stone breakwater image was taken at St Monans in Fife at around dawn in February. The exposure is about 30 seconds long to smooth the water out and create a sense of calm."
Adriana Fuentevilla: "My cousins, planning imaginary trips on a Sunday afternoon."
Patrick O'Connor: "China on the cusp of change."
Writing about visiting the Chobe National Park in Botswana, Anna Sobotka says : "I wasn't prepared for this country's natural beauty and dignity." The next theme is "My Own Bed", and the deadline for your entries is 3 January. If you would like to enter, send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details and terms can be found by following the link to "We set the theme; you take the pictures," at the bottom of the page.