The pandemic, the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd, the fires in California, the volcanic eruption in the Philippines, the economic crisis: 2020 hasn’t been an easy year, but it’s definitely taught us a thing or two, changing our perspectives on countless issues. Now that we’re about to leave it behind us, we look back at some of the most important, dramatic and even hopeful moments of this extraordinarily complex year. A series of raw, poignant, beautiful and poetic photos to relive and remember as we prepare to face 2021 with a new outlook on life.
Fireworks explode over the business district of Melbourne during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2020.
Cars and people surround camels for sale during the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, nearly 160 km east of Riyadh on January 7, 2020.
Homes near the Taal volcanic crater in the Philippines, buried under the ashes after its eruption on January 14, 2020.
This aerial photo from January 24, 2020, shows excavators at the construction site of a new hospital built specifically to treat Coronavirus patients during the first phase of the epidemic in Wuhan, in the central province of Hubei, China.
A migrant holds her child during clashes with riot police as refugees and migrants protest outside the Kara Tepe camp on the island of Lesbos on February 3, 2020.
A child wears a mask to protect herself from the Coronavirus on February 27, 2020, in Seoul, South Korea.
This photo captured on March 23, 2020, shows employees as they eat during a lunch break at the Dongfeng Honda plant in Wuhan: after two months in lockdown, people slowly begin returning to normality.
Passengers on the Zaandam cruise ship of Holland America, where verified cases of Coronavirus were discovered, wait for a port to accept them as they cross the Panama Canal on March 29, 2020.
A flock of pigeons in the main square of Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 16, 2020. Thousands of pigeons in the city center fight to find enough food during the lockdown that cleared tourists from the streets.
Health workers applaud from a window of the Royal Gwent Hospital on April 23, 2020, in Newport, United Kingdom.
A protester throws tear gas at the police outside the Third Police Precinct on May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis, during the third night of protests after the death of George Floyd.
A young girl holds her fist in the air while visiting the memorial of George Floyd on June 9, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Residents of the community and people around the world gathered to call for an end to police brutality.
The Milky Way as seen from the International Car Forest of the Last Church in Goldfield, Nevada, on July 18, 2020, a project created in 2002 by Mark Rippie with 36 vehicles, including cars, trucks, vans and buses.
The sun shines through the roof of a steel and glass structure known as Oculus, which serves as the World Trade Center station, a transportation hub at the heart of Ground Zero in New York, pictured in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic on July 13, 2020.
An aerial view shows a labyrinth of corn in the form of Coronavirus at the “Hof Eickhoff” of Soest, in Western Germany, on August 8, 2020.
A firefighter at work while flames near homes during the Creek Fire in the Cascade Woods area of Madera County, California, on September 7, 2020.
An aerial view of people enjoying the beach of Ipanema on September 6, 2020. Residents and tourists in Rio de Janeiro ignored the municipal laws and occupied the beaches, while a municipal decree allowed for swimming in the sea, but prohibited the use of lounge chairs and umbrellas.
An aerial view of the embankment dividing the Cerro Lagoon of Limpio, Paraguay, into two parts on September 13, 2020. The lagoon was divided by the construction of an embankment and roadway to transport trucks to and from local factories. The pink side owes its coloration to the presence of heavy metals like chrome, which are used in the tanning process. Paraguay’s Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development fined the WalTrading SA tannery nearly $250,000 and will force the company to repair any environmental damage caused.
A drone photo, provided by the Houthi-media center, shows Yemenis attending a rally to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday on October 29, 2020, in Sana’a, Yemen.
A Potosi dancer poses in traditional dress at Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, in Bolivia, November 7, 2020.
Syrian artist Aziz Asmar paints a portrait of Maradona on the wall of a destroyed home in Binnish, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syria. The Argentine footballer passed away on November 26, 2020.
The Christmas Tree of Rockefeller Center in New York.
A close-up of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Cardiff and Vale Therapy Center on December 8, 2020, in Cardiff, Wales.