46 Most Powerful Photos From Around The World That Perfectly Sum Up 2016


As 2017 is almost here, it's time we step out of our bubble and take a look at what happened around the world in 2016. Here are the most powerful, influential, and striking images from 2016 compiled by Buzzfeed. You will cheer, laugh, cry, worry but most importantly you will feel the urge inside of you to change the world for the better.



Ieshia Evans is held up by law enforcement as she protests the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana on July 9.

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Indian model and acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi is applied makeup before walking to present Indian designer Archana Kochhar’s Spring/Summer 2017 collections during New York Fashion Week on September 8.

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A mother shows her 3-month-old baby boy’s feet with 16 toes in Yueyang City, China, on May 1. The baby named Hong Hong, also has two palms on each hand with 7 fingers on his right hand and 8 fingers on his left. A doctor at Hunan Province People’s Hospital suggested Hong’s father that his son should have surgery when he is between 6 months and 1 year old. 

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David Brown of the USA team celebrating his victory after the men’s 100-meter T11 final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on September 11.

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the men’s 100-meter semifinal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14.

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Simone Biles of the United States competing on the balance beam during the women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on August 11.

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President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia Obama at the Fourth of July White House party in Washington,DC where Malia Obama celebrated her 18th birthday. The party featured guests including singers Janelle Monáe and Kendrick Lamar.

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Air Force One, carrying President Barack Obama and his family, flies over a neighborhood in Havana while it approaches the runway to land at Havana international airport on March 20.

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The solar-powered airplane, Solar Impulse 2 flies over San Francisco on April 23. The plane is attempting to circumnavigate the globe to promote clean energy and the spirit of innovation, which arrived from Hawaii after a three-day journey across the Pacific Ocean.

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People's reactions as they use the new Samsung Gear 360, a 360-degree camera, at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona on February 22.

Emilio Morenatti / AP



An Indian Hindu widow lies on a bed of flower petals during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple, southeast of New Delhi on March 21. A few years ago this joyful celebration was forbidden for Hindu widows, who were expected to live out their days in quiet worship, dressed only in white, their very presence being considered inauspicious for all religious festivities.

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The green sea turtle, known as Honu, is a symbol of good luck and longevity in Hawaiian lore. This native friend provides a little mystique to the 2,300 athletes who await the start signal of a 140.6 mile journey at the 2016 Ironman World Championship triathlon on October 8 in Kailua Kona.

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Rupa (28) has her hair shaved at the Thiruthani Murugan Temple on Nov. 10 in Thiruttani, India, in the hopes that donating it to the gods will cure her daughter’s illness. It is a common practice for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child and to mark other rites of passage. The “temple hair,” as it’s known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe, and Africa.

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On a February journey to Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic, photographer Sebastian Copeland captured this striking photo of a deceased polar bear, which he believed was “likely starved to death” due to climate change. Andrew Derocher, a professor at the University of Alberta, told BuzzFeed News that polar bear scientists are “getting more reports and seeing more cases” of starvation like this one.

Sebastian Copeland for Arctica: The Vanishing North



Riders from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Lakota reservations came together on horseback to push back a police line that had formed between a group of protesters and the entrance to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site.

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Khizr Khan, father of slain Muslim US soldier Humayun Khan, holds up a booklet of the US Constitution as he delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 28.

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Donald Trump shows off the size of his hands as rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz look on at the start of the US Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit on March 3.

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Hillary Clinton at a rally in New York City on June 7.

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Donald Trump hovers behind Hillary Clinton while she answers a question from the audience during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis on October 9.

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Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump react to early results during election night at the New York City Hilton Midtown on November 8.

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The grave of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is covered with “I Voted” stickers left by women voters who got to vote for the first women president elect of the U.S. presidential election, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York, on November 8.

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Catastrophic floods submerge thousands of homes and businesses in Louisiana, including this one in Sorrento on August 21.

Jonathan Bachman / Reuters



Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, celebrates as he leaves a “Leave.EU” organization party for the British European Union membership referendum in London on June 24.

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Firefighters taking a break from wildfires in Fort McMurray, as tweeted on May 5.

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A Syrian gamer uses the Pokémon Go app on his mobile phone to catch a Squirtle surrounded by the rubble in the besieged, rebel-controlled town of Douma, a flashpoint east of the capital Damascus, on July 23.

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Five year-old Omran Daqneesh sits in an ambulance after being pulled out of a building hit by an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, on August 17.

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People waiting for missing family members as paramedics look for burned bodies inside a mall at the scene of a massive truck bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group in Karada, Baghdad on July 7.

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A Syrian woman carries the body of her infant after he was retrieved from the rubble of a building following a reported airstrike on the al-Muasalat area in Aleppo on September 23.

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Oil is set on fire in the Qayyarah area south of Mosul during an operation by Iraqi forces against Islamic State jihadists to retake the main hub city on October 19.

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A barefoot woman attempts to flee from the fighting in Topzawa, Iraq, as Iraqi special forces enter the outskirts of Mosul.

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Infant Udai Faisal is hospitalized for acute malnutrition in the Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 22. Udai died on March 24. Hunger has been the most horrific consequence of Yemen’s conflict and has spiraled since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the U.S., launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade that started a year ago.

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Members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO evacuate a dead body on a stretcher during a rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4.

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An injured man is pulled from the rubble in Amatrice, Italy, where a 6.1 earthquake struck on 3:30 a.m, August 24. The quake was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome, where people in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.




A Kurdish Special Forces soldier is carried by his comrades after being badly wounded by mortar fire during a mission north of Mosul, Iraq, on October 20. Doctors later had to amputate his leg.

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A Kenyan riot police officer stomps on a protester in downtown Nairobi on May 16. Kenyan police have teargassed and beaten opposition supporters demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption.

Ben Curtis / AP



Flight attendant Nidhi Chaphekar (righ), reacts in the moments following the suicide bombing at Brussels Zaventem airport on March 22. Georgian journalist Ketevan Kardava, special correspondent for the Georgian Public Broadcaster, was traveling to Geneva when the attack took place; she was knocked to the floor and began to take photographs in the moments that followed. At least 31 people were killed and more than 260 injured in twin suicide blasts at Zaventem and a further bomb attack at Maelbeek Metro Station.

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The Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, after a heavy truck ran into a crowd at high speed, killing scores of people celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday on July 14.

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A woman is wounded in Ankara on July 16 after a group within Turkey’s military failed to overthrow the government.

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Inmates sleep on the ground of an open basketball court inside the Quezon City jail in Manila on July 19. There are 3,800 inmates at the jail, which was built six decades ago to house 800.

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Kesha cries as she learns she will not be released from her record label contract after she revealed she has been abused and assaulted for years, in Manhattan Supreme Court on February 19.

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Cameron Sterling, son of Alton Sterling, is comforted by a crowd at a vigil outside the Triple S convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 6. Alton Sterling (37) was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police outside the store where he was selling CDs.

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Ground personnel help US astronaut Scott Kelly get out of a Soyuz capsule shortly after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan, on March 2.

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The Chicago Cubs celebrating after winning 8–7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 2 in Cleveland.

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Tiffany Findley and Adriana Kelley kissing outside the wake for Pulse shooting victim Javier Jorge Reyes, during a counter protest against the Westboro Baptist Church in Orlando on June 15. 

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Protesters hold candles during an antigovernment rally in central Seoul on November 12. South Korea’s scandal-hit president was impeached after protests escalated sharply, with organizers claiming a million-strong turnout at one of the largest and loudest antigovernment protests the country has ever witnessed.

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Destn Montague listens to President Barack Obama speak at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner, on September 17 in Washington, DC.

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