There were so many animal images this year that were special to us. Some photographs inspired us to take action, others just made us feel good, and a few had the power to really move us.
Here are our top picks for each month of the year. Which one is your favourite?
We can’t get enough of this joyful gentoo penguin splashing around in the shallows. It never fails to brighten up our day!
Featured in our first photo gallery of the year, this captivating comb-crested jacana chick was one of our favourite feathered friends!
Isn’t this photo just unbearably adorable? We shared it for Mother’s Day and many of you tagged your own mums!
This gentle giant was photographed from above by the wonderful whale ecologist Dr Ari Friedlaender. His photographs leave us in awe of Antarctica!
Koalas have been at the centre of our conservation work this year, and this image reminds us how much we love this adorable Aussie animal.
This feline family field trip makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside.
This incredible image has an even more sensational story behind it. Photojournalist Emmanuel Rondeau spent four weeks attempting to capture the first high-resolution sensor camera image of a wild tiger in Bhutan, at an altitude above 11,000 feet. He not only managed to photograph this rare and reclusive species, but the pictures are phenomenal!
We all have a soft spot for sea turtles, but this photo certainly made a splash!
Darren Jew, one of our favourite Australian photographers, captures the colourful Coral Sea, and reminds us of just how unique this underwater world really is.
This was one of the first images we received during our ambitious albatross nest project. It illustrates an intimate moment between a faithful pair of birds, but also shows that they have accepted the new nest!
Talented photographer John Lawson captured this cheeky critter. We love the timing that shows off its terrifically long tongue!
Never gets old. This classic photo of a goanna frolicking among the flowers is one of our all time favourites (it was even featured in our advent Calendar).