There's no denying the vast improvement in image quality on mobile devices from just about every manufacturer, but if Flickr's top images of 2017 are any indication, they're still no match for a good DSLR (and, of course, a good eye). Interestingly, Flickr compiles data on all of the images on its site and metrics such as views, shares, and favorites helped compile the list. But while more than half of Flickr users post photos shot on mobile devices such as cell phones, all of Flickr's Top 25 Images of 2017 were captured by DSLRs.
Flickr users put those DSLRs to good use with some truly spectacular shots among the top 25. Subjects varied widely, as did genres, with images including astrophotography, landscapes, wildlife, portraits, architectural photography, and more. Many of the photos have been viewed more than 150,000 times and some reach up over 350,000 views, including this shot by user Nils Stefan Püschel.
Perhaps the best part of this list is following the images down the rabbit hole to their original posters' pages and seeing even more spectacular photography. The image of the baby elephant walking alongside its mother and the shot of the fox in the forest both jumped out for me, with their incredible lighting and perfect composition. Which ones are among your favorites? Leave a comment below with your picks for the best of Flickr 2017.