These entrancing images are a perfect recap of the year 2016.
Photographers who have their work published by Reuters are some of the best in the world. Though the subject captured is rarely the same, each image clearly expresses a happening which took place around the world.
Photographs, in general, allow one to step back into the past, remember an astonishing moment in history, and reflect on the species’ forward progression. From stunning images portraying activists standing up for the causes they believe in to the effects of war and natural disasters, following are some of the most powerful photos of 2016, according to international news agency Reuters. Compilation courtesy of Distractify.
A giant panda cub falls from the stage while 23 giant pandas born in 2016 are seen on a display at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, September 29, 2016.
Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec July 26, 2016.
Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stops running during the race to help fellow competitor Abbey D’Agostino of the USA after D’Agostino suffered a cramp in the 5,000m heats at the Rio Olympics August 16, 2016.
Bjorn, aged 5, smiles as he poses with a Owl butterfly during an event to launch the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, Britain.
Indian model and acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi has make up applied before walking to present Indian designer Archana Kochhar’s Spring/Summer 2017 collections during New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough of New York, September 8, 2016.
A sloth holds on to the post of a traffic barrier on a highway, in this handout photo provided by Ecuador’s Transit Commission, in Quevedo, Ecuador. Transit police officers, who were patrolling the new highway found the sloth after it had apparently tried to cross the street and returned the animal to its natural habitat after a veterinarian found it to be in perfect condition, according to a press release.
A demonstrator looks at a riot policeman during a protest marking the country’s 1973 military coup in Santiago, Chile September 11, 2016.
A remote-controlled plane in the form of a witch flies over a neighborhood as the sun sets during Halloween in Encinitas, California, October 31,2016.
Horses look out a window of their stable near the village of Pontoiraklia, Greece, May 27, 2016.
A businessman looks at cherry blossoms in almost full bloom in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2016.