AP PHOTOS: Top feature photos of 2016 from Associated Press

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Posted: Dec 05, 2016 1:11 PM
AP PHOTOS: Top feature photos of 2016 from Associated Press

Associated Press photographers captured sunrises, sunsets and magical moments in between in a selection of 2016's top feature photos.

Some of the stunning images include a launch of a Soyuz spacecraft bringing a new group of astronauts to the International Space Station and another of a Soyuz descending through the clouds with a crew on board making the return trip home.

Two of the world's most famous landmarks are included as the AP shot a surreal image of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer silhouetted by the rising sun in July ahead of the 2016 Olympics. The Pyramids of Giza loom in the foreground as the sun slips behind them in another photo.

Many animals also made the cut. AP photo editors found images of birds and bees in flight, a pair of red deer locking horns and a thoroughbred being washed down in a cloudy mist following a race in England. A highlight of 2016's feature photos may be a picture that captures the delight of a young girl as she watches an owl feed at a London museum in March.