An astonishing number of great photos this week took the shape of panoramas, from sweeping landscapes in the Arctic to wildlife close-ups in the Galápagos. Smartphones and DSLR cameras make it easier than ever to experiment with this format, and these photos prove that an extremely wide shot can be used for more than just a broader view of the scenery. 

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