Guardian Travel’s year in Instagram 2016- in pictures

Our Instagram feed @guardiantravelsnaps focuses on mobile photography from around the world, and more than 450,000 images having been shared with us

January

Its been a mad, sad year. The death of pop icon David Bowieon 10 January defined the tone, and there was an impromptu wake in Brixton, where he was born.

Radio-controlled drone cameras are enabling photographers to capture scenes that would previously have been impossible or cripplingly expensive to obtain.

February

The Mobile Photography Awards are now in their fifth year, and this spectacular shoot of Spring Break in Sydney got an honourable mention this year.

Guardian Travel launched a series of alternative city guides to South Africa, use local talent and readers Instagram shots

Elsewhere in Africa, we loved the stark beauty and simplicity of this shoot taken at Lalibela airport in Ethiopia.

March

Cuba figured heavily on Instagram this year, following the thaw in relations with the US, and President Barack Obamas state visit the first American chairperson to visit Cuba in nearly a century, and the first since a revolution led by Fidel Castro toppled a US-backed regime in 1959.

In somewhat colder climes, the Iditarod sled dog race was underway in Alaska.

But, in Burgundy, it already felt like spring was on its way in the vineyards.

April

You know when its spring in Japan because everyone comes out to celebrate the countrys iconic sakura ( cherry blooms ).

May

Myanmar was a popular destination on Instagram this year, and this shoot indicates workers taking a lunch break in the fields, their faces protected from the sunshine with thanaka , a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark.

June

The colours of a Tuscan summer.

July

This year was all about bridges largely scary glass-bottomed walkways in China. But we really liked this shoot of Germanys longest suspension bridge – the Geierlay rope bridge, in the Hunsrck mountains, Rhineland-Palatinate which opened last year and drew less press attention.

Making hay in Transylvania, which appears to have been bypassed by the endless procession of technology.

Theres only one place in the world this could be summertime on the Italian riviera.

August

Vintage Germany even though the photographer Jannik Obenhoff is a mere 16 years old, and based in Munich.

The Olympics kicked off in Rio de Janeiro.

September

A dining car on the Trans-Siberian the 9,288 km railway from Moscow to Vladivostok celebrated the centenary of its completion this year. We also ran a photo essay that documented the journey.

Outdoor swimming continues to grow in popularity and this shoot sums up its appeal.

October

Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, they prefer to skate on the frozen water of the canals.

November

In Mexico, the traditional Dia De Los Muertos festivals kicked off, and our intrepid reporter Kevin Rushby was there to capture the scenes.

December

We rounded the year off in traditional style, with a visit to Spmi, Swedish Lapland, and an insight into the life of a reindeer herder, Anna-Maria Fjellstrm, who documents her familys modern nomadic lifestyle on Instagram.

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