This week, celebrates its first birthday since its relaunch in April 2017, so we’re highlighting a selection of our favorite features and photo stories from our first 12 months.

One year ago, we relaunched with a simple mission: To find the most interesting stories in the world, and tell them in a way that’s as clear, engaging and accessible to as many people as possible. This philosophy is built into everything we do—from our website design to the writers and photographers we work with, and everything in between.

We strive to be an antidote to our noisy world; a clutter-free corner of the internet where you can come to read a beautifully crafted story with stunning photography—minus the videos, pop-ups, surveys and anything else the internet is prone to throwing at you. From day one, our small, dedicated team has focused on quality over quantity. And we’ll continue to do just that.

Now, 12 months in, it seemed a good time to look back on the stories we’ve been lucky enough to work on—and the stories you, our readers, have read the most. Enjoy.