The verdict is in and it turns out 2017 wasn't so great. Both Tom Petty and Chester Bennington died, we had multiple devastating hurricanes and horrific terrorist attacks. However, there were a few bright spots in the past year, and it's important to remember those moments.
Photographers see the world with a different eye. They aim to capture the best moments and share them with the world. Recently, judges of the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Awards in photography selected winners in 11 different categories.
The awards are open to both professionals and newcomers, and the competition had a record-breaking 31,500 entries. The 11 "Hasselblad Masters" will each receive a new camera worth tens of thousands of dollars and be invited to a ceremony later this year in Cologne, Germany.
While their photographs will be printed in the Hasselblad Masters book, you can see them here. They're a nice reminder that a lot of awe and beauty still exists in our seemingly troubled world.
American photographer Karim Iliya won the wildlife category with this stunning photo of a whale underwater.
Jorge de la Torriente from Miami, Florida won the aerial category with this shot of sunbathers on the beach.
The photo of a pier by Ben Thomas from Kyneton, Australia took the top spot in the street/urban category.
The next winning shot in the landscape category is absolutely breathtaking!