Check out Nat Geo's Fan Favorite Photos of 2015

It's December, and that can only mean one thing: photo round-ups. Lots and lots of photo round-ups. But the best photo round-ups come from National Geographic, who recently released a Your Shot gallery of its top social media photos of 2015. Here we are.

Every day, Nat Geo presents a "Photo of the Day," taken from its Your Shot Photo Community. In an end-of-the-year ode to the best, Nat Geo selected the photos with the most social media shares, likes, and comments for an all-encompassing round-up.

Check out some of the most popular below, and see the complete gallery here. And here's a guarantee: they're all way better than anything in your Facebook "look back."

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT/ERNIE VATER

Shining Through

"The setting sun shines through the ice on the shore of a frozen Lake Superior, traversed by Your Shot member Ernie Vater to reach this spot. 'Part of the beauty of this place is the silence of it,' he writes of the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Bayfield, Wisconsin. '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.'"

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT/CIEMON FRANK CABALLES

Yellow Jellies

"The residents of Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk—one of the Rock Islands of Palau—surround a snorkeler in their midst. The saltwater lake’s golden jellyfish, harmless to humans, spend much of their lives following the sun as it makes its daily progress across the sky. For these jellies, sunlight is essential: It nourishes the algae-like organisms that live symbiotically in their tissues."

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT/POOYAN SHADPOOR

Bioluminous Larak

"While walking along the shore of Larak, Iran—an island in the Persian Gulf—Your Shot member Pooyan Shadpoor came across the luminous scene in the photo above. The 'magical lights of [the] plankton ... enchanted me so that I snapped the shot,' he writes."

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT/ANDREW GEORGE

Dancing With the Moon

"The aurora borealis shares the sky with a bright moon in Iceland. Named for the Roman goddess of dawn, the vivid beams of light result from collisions between charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere and gaseous particles in Earth’s atmosphere."

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT/CLINTON BERRY

When Penguins Attack

"Your Shot member Clinton Berry captured this photo with a GoPro on Antarctica's sea ice, about six miles from Casey Station. 'I studied the movements of the penguins for weeks,' Berry writes. 'They walked in the same area almost every day. We would get maybe a dozen or less going by. The day this was taken there were over 60 penguins. It was a bit of luck involved too.'"

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT/ALEXEY TROFIMOV, 

Cracking the Surface

"'Ice on Lake Baikal is a very interesting phenomenon,' writes Alexey Trofimov. 'Ice ridges, cracks, tears, hugging. All this creates unique and fantastic stories.' Trofimov spends a few months a year photographing landscapes at the lake—the world’s deepest and oldest—in southeastern Siberia. On this trip, he hoped to make an unusual picture of the ice, showing elements not normally visible. When one morning brought a strong frost and wind, which created unusual patterns in the cracks, Trofimov 'had only to wait for sunrise to make this picture.'"

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT/JEFF HESTER

All the Fish in the Sea

"Your Shot member Jeff Hester was drawn to make this image because, he says, 'I believe this is what our oceans should look like.' But Cabo Pulmo, a marine park off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, hasn't always been this way. 'In 1995, [the] park was established by local citizens to counteract depleted reef fishes and marine life due to overfishing,' he says. 'Today, the biomass is booming, and the ecosystem is returning to a healthy state. For this particular image, I wanted to show some scale ... so I had my wife, seen in the foreground, swim ahead of me.'"

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