By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

National Geographic’s Top 20 Photos Of 2015 Are The Best Ones Yet.

#6. Shining Through

The setting sun shining through the ice on the shore of a frozen Lake Superior “Part of the beauty of this place is the silence of it,” wrote photographer Ernie Vater. “You hear nothing except the occasional creaking of the ice (which can make you jump if it's right under you). There were a few times when I just stopped and enjoyed the quiet. In this spot the only sounds were the water drops splashing.”

Shining Through

Ernie Vater

#7. Fox Found

This photo was taken at the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy, and depicts a nonplussed fox taking a break in the breathtaking autumn foliage.

Fox Found

Stefano Unterthiner

#8. Cracking the Surface

Photographer Alexey Trofimov spends a few months a year photographing landscapes at Lake Baikal, the world's deepest and oldest lake. This unusual crack pattern gave him the photo he'd been waiting for for years -- doesn't it look as though the world is splitting apart?

Cracking the Surface

Alexey Trofimov

#9. All the Fish in the Sea

Photographer Jeff Hester took this photo and claimed, “I believe this is what our oceans should look like.” The location is Cabo Pulmo, a marine park in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula that was established by local citizens to counteract depleted reef fishes and marine life due to overfishing.

All the Fish in the Sea

Jeff Hester

#10. Dancing With the Moon

The aurora borealis and the moon over Iceland. These vivid beams of light are caused by collisions between charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere, and gaseous particles in Earth’s atmosphere.

Dancing With the Moon

Andrew George

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