Tuesday, November 28

Now that 2021 is coming to an end, here is a selection of the most striking images of the year.

2021 … another year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, natural and political cataclysms.

We have high hopes for vaccines to end the pandemic and political decisions to save our planet, but despite all the remarkable work done, not all efforts ended in triumph.

Right before turning the page in 2021, here’s a look at the most powerful images to emerge from the last 12 months.


Saul Loeb / AFP
Supporters of United States President Donald Trump, including Jake Angeli, a member of the conspiratorial group QAnon, enter the United States Capitol. Washington DC, United States. January 2021Saul Loeb / AFP
Gabriel Bouys / AFP
A man skis in the Plaza de la Cibeles in the middle of a heavy snowfall in Madrid. Heavy snow fell across much of Spain. January 2021Gabriel Bouys / AFP
Abdulaziz Ketaz / AFP
Children play in the Umm Jurn camp for displaced people near the village of Kafr Uruq in the rebel-held northern Syrian province of Idlib. January 2021Abdulaziz Ketaz / AFP
Jay Reeves / AP Photo
Patti Herring sobs as she goes through the remains of her home in Fultondale, Alabama, USA, after it was destroyed by a tornado. January 2021Jay Reeves / AP Photo
Sergio Lima / AFP
A protester representing a patient without oxygen takes part in a protest against the Brazilian president and his handling of the COVID-19 crisis. Brasilia. January 2021Sergio Lima / AFP
Darko Vojinovic / AP Photo
A crane clears tons of rubbish stuck at the foot of the hydroelectric plant in the Potpecko accumulation lake near Priboj, in southwestern Serbia. January 2021Darko Vojinovic / AP Photo
Photo by Czarek Sokolowski / AP
People protest against new anti-abortion laws near the headquarters of the ruling Law and Justice party in Warsaw, Poland. January 2021Photo by Czarek Sokolowski / AP
Brendan Smialowski / AFP
Senator Bernie Sanders sits on the steps of the Capitol before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States in Washington DC, USA January 2021Brendan Smialowski / AFP
Jim Watson / AFP
Joe Biden hugs his wife Jill Biden when they arrive at the White House after he took office number 46 as President of the United States. January 2021Jim Watson / AFP


Sai Aung Main / AFP
Protesters stand with a plastic cover to protect against police water cannons as they participate in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar. February 2021Sai Aung Main / AFP
Michael Probst / AP Photo
A train passes a railroad crossing surrounded by flooding from rain and thaw in Nidderau, near Frankfurt, Germany. February 2021Michael Probst / AP Photo
February 2021 - AFP
Belsat TV journalists Katerina Bakhvalova and Daria Chultsova in the defendant’s cage during their trial. They were sentenced to 2 years in prison. Minsk, BelarusFebruary 2021 – AFP
Bulent Kilic / AFP
An expedition to vaccinate the elderly population against COVID-19 arrives in the village of Guneyyamac in eastern Turkey. February 2021Bulent Kilic / AFP
Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo
A couple kiss during clashes with the police following a protest condemning the imprisonment of rap singer Pablo Hasél in Barcelona, ​​Spain. February 2021Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo
February 2021 - Michal Cizek / AFP
A dog jumps over the Charles Bridge after a snowfall, in Prague, Czech Republic. Heavy snowfall across the country has disrupted rail, road and public transportationFebruary 2021 – Michal Cizek / AFP


Matt Dunham / AP Photo
A person holds a poster during a march to reflect on the murder of 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard in London, UK. March 2021Matt Dunham / AP Photo
Photo by Oded Balilty / AP
A Palestinian carries an olive tree as he crosses into Israel from the West Bank through a gap in the separation barrier, south of Hebron. March 2021Photo by Oded Balilty / AP


Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
An airborne horse during a test by Swiss Army forces in hoisting horses with a helicopter. April 2021Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
Pavel Golovkin / AP Photo
Russian Communist supporters walk to the mausoleum that houses the remains of the Soviet founder to mark the 151st anniversary of his birth. Moscow, Russia. April 2021Pavel Golovkin / AP Photo
Francisco Seco / AP Photo
A protester takes cover behind a tree as police use a water cannon to clear an unauthorized gathering despite coronavirus restrictions in Brussels, Belgium. April 2021Francisco Seco / AP Photo
Silvia Izquierdo / AP Photo
Military Police Officer Everaldo Pinto, dressed as the superhero Captain America, encourages children to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazil. April 2021Silvia Izquierdo / AP Photo


Qusay Dawud / AFP
Heavy smoke and fire rise from the Al-Sharouk tower as it collapses after being hit by an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City. May 2021Qusay Dawud / AFP
Thomas Coex / AFP
Muslim Palestinian worshipers pray near the rubble of a destroyed mosque in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip. May 2021Thomas Coex / AFP
Bernat Armangue / AP Photo
A migrant is comforted by a member of the Spanish Red Cross in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, near the border between Morocco and Spain. May 2021Bernat Armangue / AP Photo
José Castañares / AFP
Aerial view of a sinkhole that was found by farmers in a farm field in Santa María Zacatepec, Puebla state, Mexico. May 2021José Castañares / AFP


Juan Barreto / AFP
A protester falls after being hit by a water cannon during clashes with riot police amid protests against the Colombian president’s government in Bogotá. June 2021Juan Barreto / AFP
By Han Guan / AP Photo
Performers gather around the Communist Party flag during a gala performance ahead of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, China. June 2021By Han Guan / AP Photo


Christof Stache / AFP
A worker is cleaning in front of the destroyed building of the country guest house ‘Jaegerstuebchen’ in Laach, Germany. July 2021Christof Stache / AFP
Francois Walschaerts / AFP
Cars stacked alongside the water at a roundabout in the Belgian city of Verviers after heavy rains and floods hit western Europe. July 2021Francois Walschaerts / AFP
Photo by Morry Gash / AP
Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi of China compete during the 3-meter synchronized springboard at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. July 2021Photo by Morry Gash / AP
Diego Ramos / AFP
Health workers cross the Camaná River to vaccinate the elderly against COVID-19, in Arequipa, Peru. July 2021Diego Ramos / AFP


Shakib Rahmani / AFP
Afghans sit inside a US military plane leaving Afghanistan at the Kabul military airport after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. August 2021Shakib Rahmani / AFP
Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP
A local resident holds up an empty water hose during an attempt to extinguish forest fires approaching the village of Pefki on the island of Evia, Greece. August 2021Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP


New York, USA.  September 2021 - John Minchillo / AP Photo
A firefighter places his hand over the etched names in the southern memorial pond during a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.New York, USA. September 2021 – John Minchillo / AP Photo
Mauro Pimentel / AFP
Aerial view shows a deforested area of ​​the Amazon rainforest in Labrea, Amazonas state, Brazil. September 2021Mauro Pimentel / AFP
Buenos Aires, Argentina.  September 2021 - Natacha Pisarenko / AP Photo
Luciana found that her plans for a large traditional 15-year party were scrapped due to the pandemic, but her birthday present, a Chanchi pig, turned out to be a loving companion.Buenos Aires, Argentina. September 2021 – Natacha Pisarenko / AP Photo


Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP
The pack runs during the 118th edition of the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic cycling race, between Compiegne and Roubaix, in northern France. October 2021Anne-Christine Poujoulat / AFP
Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo
A house is covered in ash from a volcano that erupted on La Palma in the Canary Islands of Spain. October 2021Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo
Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
A man works on the Rhone Glacier partially covered with insulating foam to prevent it from melting due to global warming. Near Gletsch, Switzerland. October 2021Fabrice Coffrini / AFP


London, United Kingdom.  November 2021. Daniel Leal / AFP
Demonstrators demonstrate against the British government’s policy on immigration and border controls, following the death of 27 migrants crossing the English ChannelLondon, United Kingdom. November 2021. Daniel Leal / AFP
Wojtek Radwanski / AFP
A Kurdish family from Dohuk in Iraq is seen in a forest near the Polish-Belarusian border while waiting for the border guard patrol near Narewka, Poland. November 2021Wojtek Radwanski / AFP
Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
Police disperse protesters when clashes erupt during a rally against COVID-19 measures, including the country’s health pass. Brussels, Belgium. November 2021Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
Agung Supriyanto / AFP
Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, spews ash and lava from its peak. November 2021Agung Supriyanto / AFP


December 2021 - Esteban Felix / AP Photo
Chile’s president-elect Gabriel Boric, center, greets supporters as he leaves the La Moneda presidential palace after meeting with President Piñera in Santiago, Chile.December 2021 – Esteban Felix / AP Photo
Ernesto Benavides / AFP
A woman sunbathes on the beach in cordoned off spaces to avoid crowds amid the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Lima, Peru. December 2021Ernesto Benavides / AFP
Michael Clubb / AP Photo
A car is found in the rubble of a destroyed home in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, two days after a monstrous tornado tore through the area. December 2021Michael Clubb / AP Photo
Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo
Abandoned cats roam in search of food on an ash-covered and lava-blocked path near the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands. December 2021Emilio Morenatti / AP Photo
Photo by Oded Balilty / AP
Issa Kassissieh, dressed as Santa Claus, travels with a camel before the next Christmas holidays, outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. December 2021Photo by Oded Balilty / AP


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