New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to see the sun set on 2007.
Revellers in Sydney took the opportunity to catch a few rays while waiting for the Sydney Harbour fireworks extravaganza.
In China, tourists strolled through ice structures during New Year celebrations at the Ice and Snow World in Harbin...
... while others chose to toast the arrival of 2008 at a bar built from blocks of ice.
In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands of revellers took to the streets for a mass party to usher in the New Year.
Iraqi Kurds in Sulaimaniya released a fire lantern during their New Year celebrations.
US soldiers got into the party mood during celebrations at their camp in Kabul, Afghanistan...
...while in the UK, Hogmanay revellers gathered in Edinburgh.
Fireworks exploded over the Parthenon in Athens as Greece welcomed 2008.
Masks and flags were the order of the day as fireworks lit up Moscow's Red Square.
The champagne flowed among party-goers on the Champs Elysee avenue in Paris.
German fire-fighters welcomed in the New Year with sparklers in Munich.
In New York, crowds saw in the New Year in the city's Times Square.