South West News Service Agency Brings Us Their Top-100 Photos Of 2016 (100 pics)

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British picture agency South West News Service (SWNS) has chosen 100 of their favorite snaps of the year 2016, and it ranges from astonishing foreign landscapes and fascinating wildlife pictures shot by professional photographers to photos timely-made by amateurs and even motorway cameras.


Flesh, a three-week-old lamb, looked like one trendy animal as he posed in red sunglasses. He was given UV specs to protect his eyes after being diagnose with a condition that mean he is sensitive to bright lights

Tatau the Bornean orangutan appeared camera shy as he peaked out of a hessian sack at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon

A group of wild horses form an orderly queue at an ice cream van in Gloucestershire in this unusual picture taken by a passerby

A mouse timidly hides behind a table leg as a cat looks on in a real-life case of Tom and Jerry. Fortunately, the little critter had the last laugh and managed to escape unscathed

The Royal Logistics Corp fire off Schermuly flares in the Jordanian desert near the base where exercise Shamal Storm is taking place. The British Army is currently staging its biggest overseas military training exercise in more than 15 years

A man sits on a cliff and looks at the spectacular ancient remains in Petra in Jordan

Edmund Burgess was trapped underneath his Bugatti Type 51 after it overturned during a practice for the Chateau Impney hill-climb. He righted the car and walked to waiting paramedics

Lion’s mane jellyfish small commensal fish sheltering amongst the tentacles in Village Bay, St Kilda. Researchers have released stunning images of the thriving marine life hidden away in the underwater caves of the remote island of St Kilda

The spectacular Aurora Borealis light up the night sky over the ruins of Duffus Castle in May

Clydesdale horses on a chilly autumnal morning drink from the river under the bridge at Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Leicestershire based aerial mapping company Bluesky took to the skies to capture the city-wide celebrations as 240,000 Leicester City fans took to the streets to celebrate the football club’s Premier league title win

Commodore Jake Moores inspects The ‘Shroud of the Somme’ installation at Bristol Cathedral, which depicts 19000 men who died at the Battle of the Somme

This hilarious image shows a greedy mouse getting stuck in a bird feeder – after eating all the food and becoming too fat to squeeze back out

A family discovered a fox cub inside their dishwasher after the animal sneaked into their kitchen and curled up inside the machine. Dr Simon Hayes, the head vet at the Village Vet London practice in Winchmore Hill in Enfield, north London, was left stunned to find the scared cub trapped among the cutlery, glasses and crockery

Blackpool beach front is hit by Hurricane force winds and heavy rain

Pilot Rich Goodwin performs the world first knife-edge aerobatics between hot air balloons at Gloucestershire airport

The oil rig graveyard in the Cromarty Firth near Invergordon, Highland, that is the busiest it has been in a decade

A rare ‘red rainbow’ is seen arcing over the Wiltshire town of Malmesbury in August. The sun had already set when the rainbow formed in the light of the sun from below the horizon giving an incredible red glow

Freefalling through the air, this Scots squirrel looks as if he’s base jumping. Wildlife snapper Andy Howard got the shot as the squirrel leapt for some nuts he had tempted it with

A worker checks crops at the Growing Underground farm in London

This is the terrifying moment a young boy was attacked by a wedge-tailed eagle at a birds of prey show. The boy, believed to be about seven, was left with a bleeding gash on his face after the eagle swooped during a birds of prey show at the Alice Springs Desert Park in Central Australia

Partygoers at Glastonbury were pictured raving at the famous Arcadia Stage into the early hours of Saturday morning

A photographer had his camera kit packed and ready to record the birth of his and his fiancee’s first baby. But Martin Boyce was caught off guard in the early hours of Sunday morning when fiancee Holly Dawson woke him to say she thought baby was on the way

The Flying Scotsman crosses the Forth Rail Bridge, at North Queensferry, on its historic return to Scotland after being fully restored.

Crowds watch as HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the Trooping the Colour in London

People visit the exhibit by artist Liz West titled, ‘Our Colour’, in Bristol, as part of the Bristol Biennial art festival. ‘Our Colour’ is an immersive light installation, developed as an experiment in human colour perception

The River Avon is seen in this aerial view to have burst it’s banks between Stratford upon Avon and Evesham after days of heavy rain

The stars are reflected in the still waters just after midnight over Stourhead Gardens near near Mere, Wiltshire

The sun rises behind Stonehenge on the morning of the summer solstice. Solstice celebrations have taken place at both Stonehenge and Avebury in a positive and peaceful manner, with approximately 12,000 people attending

Interior aerial view of Edwards Transport after the shelving collapsed. Warehouse worker, Tomasz Wiszniewski, walked to safety after being trapped for hours beneath the racking

A blue-tit is captured on a Highways Agency motorway camera. The bird is looking straight into the lense of the camera which is located between Junctions 16-18 of the M1 motorway in Northamptonshire

The rising sun creates a pillar of light over Normanton, West Yorkshire

Over 20,000 football fans in the fan zone at Lille, France, cheer as England score against Wales in Euro 2016

While most boats would avoid passing through the narrow pier ends at Whitby in rough weather, the lifeboat crew must prove they can steer the boat in and out should the situation ever arise during a real rescue

Aerial view of the house in York which exploded in a gas blast

Pensioner Jim Hughes from East Wemyss, Fife, has created a 14 foot cockerel he’s names Jock from an old cherry tree

Two of the kittens taken in by Bradford Cat Watch after they had been coloured in. Happily the ink eventually washed off and the kittens were rehomed

Luca and Autumn the Afghan hounds became stars of the hit TV show Dogglebox – a one-off spoof programme of Channel 4’s Gogglebox

Nicknamed the Frankie DettorTREE, motorists have spotted a tree that resembles a horse and jockey clearing a hedge on the A528 near Shrewsbury, Shropshire

A glorious warm sunrise greeted May Day celebrations on Painswick Beacon, Gloucestershire. Morris Men, Stroud Ladies Morris, Feet Together Jump began dancing and singing as the sun broke over the horizon at 5.41am marking the start of summer

A baby gorilla clings onto his 22-year-old mother Ozala, who is a critically endangered Western lowland specie, at Twycross Zoo

Traders work on the trading floor of the open outcry pit during the last ever session at the London Metal Exchange

Chris Miles with his dog looking down at low cloud inversion over Tomtain from the Kilsyth Hills. This is the image that captures one of the most astonishing night skies ever seen above Scotland’s Central Belt

This brand new care home was left teetering on the edge of a sheer cliff face – after tonnes of earth fell away in a huge landslide

The morning sun breaks through the autumn mist at Odstock Copse, Salisbury

Stunning autumn colours are on show at Stourhead park in Wiltshire. Stourhead is a 1,072-hectare (2,650-acre) estate at the source of the River Stour

Pauline Cafferkey is loaded onto a plane at Glasgow airport after the nurse was feared to have suffered a second relapse in her fight against ebola

President Barack Obama was at the the Lindley Hall in London during his three-day trip to the UK. Mr Obama held a “town hall-style” meeting taking questions from the British public

Amazing sunrise this morning on the South Downs, West Sussex

Actors Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGreggor were pictured filming the much-anticipated Trainspotting 2 outside the Scottish Parliament with director Danny Boyle

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