The countdown continues with what is probably my personal favorite collection of all the Top 10s we’ll be highlighting on ISO over the next few weeks: The Top 10 Animal Photos of 2014.

The Animals category is packed full of everything from the cute to the epic, and all of it is represented in the Top 10… which I again couldn’t help but turn into a Top 11.

Some of these images could easily appear in National Geographic, if not on the cover, so join us as we run through some of the most beautiful animal photography uploaded to 500px over the past year.

To see more beautiful animal imagery, check out the most popular photos in the Animals category, browse through our Animals Editors’ Choice photos, or find some trending animal photographers to follow on 500px.

And if you have a favorite Animals photo on 500px that didn’t make the list, paste a link the comments down below. We’d love to see them. Who knows… maybe we’ll start doing some readers’ choice collections soon!