Best photos of the year from Caters News

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and these striking images of 2017 are no exception. The photo highlights include incredible snapshots of the natural world as well as some awesome animal and human encounters. The vibrant gallery also shows thrill-seekers pushing themselves to the limit with breathtaking stunts captured in perfect clarity. The pictures have been taken by a host of photographers from around the world. (Caters News)

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Sleepy cats

Two lion cubs sing their hearts out at Antelope Park in Zimbabwe. (Photo: David Jenkins/Caters News)

Pelicans battle for food

Eight peckish pelicans battle over the same tiny carp in Greece. They are being fed by a local fisherman, as the lake has frozen over for the first time in over 10 years, which has led to the death of many pelicans due to starvation. (Photo: Julio Lozano/Caters News)

Do you see any whales?

Two oblivious tourists in a kayak miss the spectacular whales submerging behind them in Monterey Bay, Calif. (Photo: Jodi Frediani/Caters News)

I need a hug

Matthieu with gorilla Matabishi at the Senkwekwe Mountain Gorilla Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: Nelis Wolmarans/Caters News)

Can I take a picture?

A seal grabs the camera in Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland. (Photo: Frogfish Photography/Caters News)

How do we get down?

Victory salute from the summit in Orkney, off the northern tip of Scotland. (Photo: Dave Cuthbertson/Caters News)

Stepping on the heads of ducks

A flamingo appears to be stepping on ducks’ heads in Dubai. (Photo: Qaderi Sami/Caters News)

A cheetah makes the tackle

A cheetah catches an impala in midair in the Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa. (Photo: Deon Hoon/Caters News)

Barefoot daredevil

Lenoble, 25, walks a slackline between two cable cars on the mountain of Moléson in Switzerland. (Photo: Martin Knobel/Caters News)

Synchronized humpback

Two humpback whales leap out of the water in perfect mirrored synchronization around the French Polynesia in the South Pacific. (Photo: Sylvain Girardot/Caters News)

Lip service

Richard, the unusually photogenic gorilla from Prague Zoo. (Photo: Prauge Zoo/Caters News)

Jumping-off point

BASE jumpers in Norway. (Photo: Caters News)

View from Pedra da Gávea

Luiz Fernando of Brazil atop the Pedra da Gávea, which has an 842-meter drop. (Photo: Luiz Fernando/Caters News)

Skiing on ice

Sam Favret skiing on an ice wall. (Photo: Jeremy Bernard/Caters News)

The Knights Templar

The untouched caves in Shropshire, England, apparently date back 700 years, when they were used by the Knights Templar. (Photo: Michael Scott/Caters News)

Crocodile boat tour

A 20-foot crocodile jumps out of the water in the Northern Territory’s Adelaide River in Australia. (Photo: Rhys Crowley/Caters News)

Night climb

Paul Zizka night-climbing at Athabasca Glacier in the Canadian Rockies as the International Space Station orbits in the background. (Photo: Paul Zizka/Caters News)

Rainbow flight

A plane flies through a rainbow in Wales. (Photo: Caters News)

Playing with birds

A bear plays with seagulls in Kurile Lake in Kamchatka, Russia. (Photo: Rosh Kumar/Caters News)

Flying owl

An owl in flight in Canada. (Photo: Sue Dougherty/Caters News)