The votes are all in and counted, and here are my top photographs of 2017!

We had a great response this year: 370 people looked through my initial selection of 35 images and voted for their favorites here on the blog, Facebook, Google+, and through email. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to look through these photographs and voice your opinions! I also really appreciate all the kind words expressed along with the votes. I wish I could respond to every comment and email, but please know that I’ve read them all and am very grateful for all your support. And also, many thanks to my wonderful assistant Claudia who tallied all those votes!

To express our gratitude we’re giving away a print to one of the voters. We assigned each person who voted a number, and used a random number generator to pick the recipient. And the winner is… Rhoda Schaffer! Rhoda will receive a signed and numbered 16×20 print of her choice from among the 35 original selections. Congratulations Rhoda!

This year I expanded the final selection to include a dozen images, rather than just ten, so that one of my favorite images wasn’t left out (#7, Wildflowers in the Temblor Range). Here’s the list of the twelve images that received the most picks, and the number of votes they each received:

1. Image # 5, Sunset over Yosemite Valley, 221 votes
2. Image # 10, Milky Way over sand dunes, Death Valley, 192 votes
3. Image # 14, Half Dome and oaks in flooded Leidig Meadow, Yosemite, 180 votes
4. Image # 13, Wind-blown spray above Horsetail Fall, Yosemite, 156 votes
5. Image # 35, Reeds and aspen leaves, 155 votes
6. Image # 4, Reflections in the Merced River, winter, Yosemite, 154 votes
7. Image # 1, Ross’s geese at sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, 149 votes
8. Image # 24, Clouds and Milky Way reflected in Tenaya Lake, Yosemite, 146 votes
9. Image # 18, Moon setting over Yosemite Valley and Horsetail Fall, Yosemite, 141 votes
10. Image # 25, Solar eclipse sequence, Sawtooth Mountains, 132 votes
11. Image # 7, Wildflowers in the Temblor Range, 119 votes
12. Image # 19, Sun rising over a field of lupines, Redwood National Park, 116 votes

Rounding out the top 15 were numbers 11, 32, and 22.

Overall I think it’s a well-rounded selection, with daytime grand landscapes, nighttime images, a few intimate scenes, and even a wildlife photograph!

If you’re wondering about my personal favorites, they’re all in this top twelve except maybe number 3, Oaks, Mist, and Snow, number 15, Swirling Dogwood Blossoms, and #28, Autumn Hillside with Aspen and Spruce Trees. But again, I think this final twelve makes a nice, well-rounded collection. I’m happy with it, and it would be hard to take any of them out.

My favorite images are always tied to great experiences. The top vote-getter, Sunset over Yosemite Valley, was certainly one of those. Of course the solar eclipse was an incredible experience, and so was the wildflower bloom in the Carrizo Plain and Temblor Range.

I’ll be submitting this post to Jim Goldstein’s blog project shortly. Thanks to Jim and G Dan Mitchell for providing the original inspiration for putting together this list back in January of 2011, and helping to start this tradition.

Again, thank you so much for your participation. This has been really fun for me, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it also. Here are the top twelve images:

5. Sunset over Yosemite Valley with Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, and Horsetail Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

5. Sunset over Yosemite Valley with Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, and Horsetail Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

10. Milky Way over sand dunes, Death Valley NP, CA, USA

10. Milky Way over sand dunes, Death Valley NP, CA, USA

14. Half Dome and oaks in flooded Leidig Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

14. Half Dome and oaks in flooded Leidig Meadow, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

13. Wind-blown spray above Horsetail Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

13. Wind-blown spray above Horsetail Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

35. Reeds and aspen leaves, Inyo NF, CA, USA

35. Reeds and aspen leaves, Inyo NF, CA, USA

4. Reflections in the Merced River, winter, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

4. Reflections in the Merced River, winter, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

1. Ross's geese at sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA

1. Ross’s geese at sunrise, San Joaquin Valley, CA, USA

24. Clouds and Milky Way reflected in Tenaya Lake, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

24. Clouds and Milky Way reflected in Tenaya Lake, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

18. Moon setting over Yosemite Valley and Horsetail Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

18. Moon setting over Yosemite Valley and Horsetail Fall, Yosemite NP, CA, USA

25. Solar eclipse sequence, Sawtooth Mountains, ID, USA

25. Solar eclipse sequence, Sawtooth Mountains, ID, USA

7. Wildflowers in the Temblor Range, with desert candles, blazing stars, tansy phacelia, and hillside daisies, Carrizo Plain NM, CA, USA

7. Wildflowers in the Temblor Range, with desert candles, blazing stars, tansy phacelia, and hillside daisies, Carrizo Plain NM, CA, USA

19. Sun rising over a field of lupines, Redwood NP, CA, USA

19. Sun rising over a field of lupines, Redwood NP, CA, USA



Related Posts: My Best Images of 2017: the Nominees; My Top Photographs of 2016; My Top Photographs of 2015; My Top Photographs of 2014

Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.