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Your pictures: Best of 2016

image copyrightRachel Eltoft-Prest
image captionWe 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.
image copyrightRon Pantekoek
image captionRon 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."
image copyrightBen Dixon
image captionBen 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."
image copyrightLee Bates
image captionLee 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."
image copyrightDipin Augustine
image captionDipin Augustine: "The rush before winter - a view from Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, in Kerala, India."
image copyrightRobby Bernstein
image captionRobby Bernstein took this image at a street festival in Toronto, Canada: "There was music, dancing in the street and a lot of spontaneous energy."
image copyrightAndy Friend-Smith
image captionAndy 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."
image copyrightLinda Chan
image captionLinda Chan sent in this picture of the Temple of Trajan in Pergamon, Turkey.
image copyrightMichael King
image captionMichael King: "Morris dancers celebrate May Day by performing a very early dance outside the Red Lion in Penn, Buckinghamshire."
image copyrightBarbara Pleskach
image captionBarbara Pleskach: "Prom night at LaSalle High, St Ignace, Michigan."
image copyrightRussell Gossett
image captionRussell 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."
image copyrightAlexander Jeffrey
image captionAlexander 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."
image copyrightAdriana Fuentevilla
image captionAdriana Fuentevilla: "My cousins, planning imaginary trips on a Sunday afternoon."
image copyrightPatrick O'Connor
image captionPatrick O'Connor: "China on the cusp of change."
image copyrightAnna Sobotka
image captionWriting 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 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.

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