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A Year Like No Other: The Year In Pictures 2020, The New York Times

Author: Dean Baquet, executive editor

“A Year Like No Other: 2020 in Pictures.” Edited by Dean Baquet The New York Times, The New York Times, The New York Times, 9 Dec. 2020, www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/year-in-pictures.html.


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Certain years are so eventful they are regarded as pivotal in history, years when wars and slavery ended and deep generational fissures burst into the open — 1865, 1945 and 1968 among them. The year 2020 will certainly join this list. It will long be remembered and studied as a time when more than 1.5 million people globally died during a pandemic, racial unrest gripped the world, and democracy itself faced extraordinary tests.

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Anthony S (Feb 07 2021 7:46PM) : It is both shocking and not surprising that 2020 fits into this list of eventful years. It is shocking simply based on the fact that we are all living through a very important year, and at the same time it is not surprising, because we are all aware of it

The photographs in this collection capture those historic 12 months. Jeffrey Henson Scales, who edited The Year in Pictures with David Furst, said he had never felt such sweep and emotion from a single year’s images — from the “joy and optimism” of a New Year’s Eve kiss in Times Square, to angry crowds on the streets of Hong Kong and in American cities, to scenes of painful debates over race and policing, to the “seemingly countless graves and coffins across the globe.”

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2021 Parker C (Jan 26 2021 2:59PM) : It's surprising the vast range of topics this year brought up. Almost all of them were painful and controversial, but needed to be addressed.

The impeachment of an American president culminated in early 2020. But two pictures taken in late January in Wuhan, China, are hints of a larger cataclysm to come. In one aerial shot, construction workers are building a giant hospital virtually overnight to handle hundreds of patients stricken with the coronavirus. The other looks like a still from a sci-fi film: A man dressed in black, wearing a white mask, lies dead on a city street; two emergency workers have stepped away from him and gaze at the viewer — all but their eyes hidden by face coverings and ghostly white protective suits.

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Ava S (Jan 08 2021 1:22PM) : a new year more

The year of 2020 was wild and no one knew what would happened. If we would have know that covid-19 would have gone insane, would we still have met up at times square to ring in the new year? did this help to spread covid?

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Patrick M (Jan 05 2021 3:05PM) : This gives the reader a mental picture that really speaks to the gravity of the pandemic we had to deal with in 2020.
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Heather P (Jan 06 2021 12:13PM) : I agree more

Patrick I think you are absolutely right because this year has been so unimaginable that it is easier to think of it like a movie, with everything that was thrown at the world. It reminds me of the dystopian society books I have read.

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2021 Parker C (Jan 26 2021 3:00PM) : Once again tit's using the word "ghost" - fitting given the sterile white and black grief this year brought.
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Anthony S (Feb 07 2021 7:47PM) : This last sentence did a very good job of exemplifying just how grave of a year 2020 has been.

Then the virus swept the world, recorded in indelible images. The scenes of people comforting beloved family members through glass and cellphones are heartbreaking. Some of the most haunting images are of emptiness. Still cities. Vacant streets of London and the Place de la Concorde. A desolate Munich subway station. Among the most disturbing is a photo of a refrigerated trailer set up as a makeshift morgue in Greenwich Village.

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Tanish D (Jan 06 2021 8:32AM) : This is really sad to think about, but it really did happen. The virus made it so families could not see each other in person and distanced relationships.
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Lindsay B (Jan 06 2021 8:47AM) : I thoroughly agree with your comment. Having to distance yourself from your family for safety precautions is painful,especially during the recent holiday season.
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Gavin L (Jan 06 2021 8:51AM) : I agree more

I agree with you about this statement. There were many times that I wished that I could have been with my family, but due to the virus, I could not.

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Madison A (Jan 07 2021 11:31PM) : I agree more

I agree with you on families not being able to see each other. I have not seen my aunt, uncle, or one of my little cousins because he has cystic fibrosis. My older cousin works so he is living with my grandparents because if my younger cousin gets covid he would not make it through it. This is really making a toll on my aunt and uncle with not being out. These times really make families separate a lot.

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Anthony S (Feb 07 2021 7:50PM) : + more

Even with perfect photographic evidence, there are still a huge number of people who refuse to wear masks or abide by the public health guidelines.

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Gus D (Jan 05 2021 2:59PM) : virus more

The virus that swept the world pushed humanity to its limits. I believe that as a race, we became stronger.

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Henry P (Jan 05 2021 10:43AM) : Even with horrible circumstances like this their are and were still too many people who did not take the whole thing seriously
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Heather P (Jan 08 2021 11:30AM) : I agree more

Henry you could not be more correct I have seen people not wearing masks and not caring about anyone but themselves. I am sure you have heard of the term karen and those types of people have been all over the place this year causing trouble when it is not needed

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Victor R (Jan 06 2021 8:42AM) : Its horrible, and Creative in way. more

This is actually very horrible. Very creative but terrible as that shouldn’t be something that happens.

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2021 Parker C (Jan 26 2021 3:01PM) : A chilling reminder of how much this virus blindsided us. We've become numb to all of the death and the heartache, and that speaks to how this year was most of all.

Punctuating these scenes are photographs of a tumultuous American election that even without the ravages of the virus would end up looming large in history books. As the year progresses, fueled by police shootings of young Black men, powerfully symbolic pictures of protests begin appearing. In May, a lone demonstrator carries an upside-down American flag past a burning liquor store in Minneapolis, in protest of the killing of George Floyd.

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Gus D (Jan 05 2021 3:00PM) : BLM more

The Black Lives Matter movement became a symbol of hope for all African American people and caucasians alike. People took a stand against injustices across our nation.

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Lindsay B (Jan 06 2021 8:51AM) : I agree. I am thankful to have been apart of the generation and movement that started BLM. The injustices brought to African American communities is heartbreaking and cruel.
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In 2020, a year when all aspects of life seemed transformed, so was the process of making these photographs. Journalists are observers, not participants, but the most striking sense to emerge from interviews with the photographers who took these pictures — described by Mr. Henson Scales as the most diverse group in his more than a decade curating this annual compilation — was how much they too lived what they witnessed. No one could escape the virus and vitalness of 2020. It gave photographers fresh perspective. And they gave us unforgettable images from a historic year in our lives.

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Lilly L (Jan 07 2021 11:26AM) : "Diversity" more

I think noting the diversity of the group of photographers demonstrates the ways the pandemic affected virtually everyone, stretching to all corners of humanity.

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Katie B (Jan 07 2021 8:22PM) : I agree more

I couldn’t agree with you more, Lilly. This pandemic impacted everyone in this country in various ways much like the photographers are displayed within this text.

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Owen L (Jan 05 2021 10:41AM) : Naming the individual months exaggerates the number of disasters in 2020. more

When the author, Dean Baquet, names each month, the reader is given an exaggerated sense of disaster. We are reminded of the extent of disasters that happened around the world this previous year.

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Kinsey H (Jan 08 2021 8:38AM) : Owen, I agree with this statement. The impact that these labels have on the article really shows how eventful this past year was and how it might roll over to the new year awaiting us. more

As mentioned in the comment made on this piece, “When the author, Dean Baquet, names each month, the reader is given an exaggerated sense of disaster.” The word disaster presented in this quote represents what the world has gone through in the past year. 2020 was a year of unfortunate events that will go down in history as something that has made an impression on people all around the world.

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New York, Jan. 1
In Times Square, an ebullient start to the year that would bring a pandemic, a recession and a race for a vaccine to restore normal life. Calla Kessler/The New York Times
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Carter H (Jan 05 2021 7:07PM) : Odd feels more

This reminds me of a simpler, more free time in which we could gather without the fear of someone getting a disease and possibly dying. It’s all too weird in how long it has been since I have seen a gathering like this.

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Flora C (Jan 08 2021 8:35AM) : Unknown paradise more

I completely understand where your coming from Carter, it seems as if its been nearly a century since we were able to gather, physically touch, or just being less than 6 feet apart. It almost looks like an unknown paradise.

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2021 Audrey S (Jan 05 2021 10:39AM) : It's hard to believe that so many of us started out the year thinking that it would be a fresh start. So much has happened since then, so it's strange to look back at how excited we were.
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Lilly L (Jan 07 2021 11:27AM) : I agree. Looking back feels surreal when comparing our previous ways of life to those of now.
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Zachary Z (Jan 07 2021 9:22PM) : I agree more

Everyone thought it was going to be a great year and then all of this stuff with the pandemic happened. It is crazy to think that what we are living in is our new normal.

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Daisy P (Jan 07 2021 8:20PM) : Happy Ignorance more

This picture captures a moment in which everyone is happy and excited for a new year with little idea of what is to come. It puts things into perspective and the fact that the future is unknown and we must live in the moment as everything can change in a short amount of time.

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Emily M (Jan 08 2021 11:51AM) : I agree more

Daisy, I agree with your comment. I think the part of how excited the people are and not knowing what will happen is important. At that time, people celebrating the new year were unaware of the future. Things can and did change very quickly. This shows that life should be valued and enjoyed in each moment.

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Lauren T (Jan 08 2021 9:16PM) : New Year more

At the beginning of each year if the following year didn’t go as planned for someone, they typically say this year is going to be my year. Well in this case 2020 started out that way but instantly went downhill for there. To look at this photo and to see smiling faces, people in large crowds, and celebrating seems like a scene from a movie. It is hard to remember when life was “normal” and hard to know when and if it will ever return to “normal.”

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Anthony S (Feb 07 2021 7:53PM) : + more

It is very hard to believe that this is how the year started. The difference between then and now is difficult to comprehend.

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Jack L (Jan 05 2021 10:39AM) : It still feels weird that things were still normal at the beginning of 2020, it all just seems like the distant past now
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Mae S (Jan 05 2021 2:59PM) : I completely agree. more

I think the weird part for me was how fast everything happened. One day it was just something that you heard a few people talk about and the next day school would be shut down for the school year. Crazy how fast things change.

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Alyssa B (Jan 05 2021 10:39AM) : It's is weird to think that we had no idea what 2020 had in store for us in this moment.
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Abigail M (Jan 07 2021 8:36PM) : Alyssa, I completely agree with this. We as a people had no idea what the year 2020 had for us. Some of us thought it was going to be our year, have dreams come true but in reality it was just nightmare after nightmare.
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Sarah J (Jan 05 2021 3:01PM) : It's difficult to believe that we used live this life without the fear of being around many people. Looking at this image it's challenging to comprehend this was reality. We had no idea what 2020 had in store for us.
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Yoonho C (Jan 05 2021 4:22PM) : I cannot imagine like like that anymore. I think we need to have this life again to imagine it once more
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Alexandra F (Jan 05 2021 3:01PM) : It feels so surreal to see so many people together, without masks or social distancing. I miss this feeling.
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Colin K (Jan 06 2021 8:32AM) : I think this picture represents the joy and relief some people have from 2020 coming to an end. Yes, 2020 is over, but sadly the doesn't mean all of our problems that we are facing go away. Like in this picture, the happiness shown has so much meaning.
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Sawyer H (Jan 07 2021 11:37PM) : I completely agree. I think we all know that the problems that we faced in 2020 are far from over but we feel a sense of relief knowing that progress is being made.
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Ariana S (Jan 05 2021 7:50PM) : If this was this year everyone would've been arrested more

It’s crazy to think this was only a year ago! I hope 2022 is like this.

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Meredith V (Jan 06 2021 8:36AM) : The woman in this picture seems so excited for the new year. But, I am sure she had no clue how awful of a year it was about to be. Looking at this picture after living through 2020 the first thing that came to my mind was they are so close without masks.
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Brianna B (Jan 08 2021 8:33AM) : Meredith, I completely agree. The thought of how close they are without masks is almost haunting because we can hardly fathom the idea now. It is truly sad how much hope she had in her eyes for this year knowing how horrible it truly was. [Edited]
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Lucas D (Jan 06 2021 8:37AM) : Here we see the sheer elation and jubilee of the many packed into Times Square like sardines to ring in 2020. Nobody could have predicted what this year would go on to look like, as it became historic in so many facets, typically those of bad news. more

It is interesting seeing how vast the difference is between ringing in the year of 2020 and just several days ago that of 2021. So much has changed: there was no widespread celebration in Times Square, all people who were able to be in Times Square wore masks and celebrated differently, and typically a New Year is rung in as there is excitement for a New Year, yet this year while that excitement still holds true, 2021 was rung in more so as a celebration of the good riddance of 2020.

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Grant M (Jan 08 2021 8:46AM) : Lucas D more

I was having similar thoughts when I saw this photo but also everyone who just living in the moment and having a good time.

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Carter S (Jan 08 2021 11:48AM) : I was thinking the same thing, and how its almost ironic how we ended 2019 with a huge gathering in Times Square, and with where we were come March 13th, 2020
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Ava S (Jan 08 2021 1:19PM) : lucas more

I agree, we all did not know the future but what would we have one different if we knew these things would have happened?

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Gavin L (Jan 06 2021 8:35AM) : As you can see in this picture, this woman has a joyous look in her face, most likely because it is a new year that will lead to new, great things.
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Ethan N (Jan 06 2021 3:34PM) : Hope more

Gavin, I agree with you that the joy and hope on this woman’s face looks forward to a great new year. Sadly, it would not turn out this way.

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Joshua H (Jan 06 2021 1:19PM) : Have Hope! more

This looks so strange when it is compared to the New Year Celebration for 2021. People were actually happy! It feels completely different now. Although I was practically socially distancing myself even before the pandemic, It is sad to wonder if things will be back to normal… Of course things will get better eventually; I still have hope that we can fix all the problems 2020 has given us. Solve them one at a time, and, with patience and persistence, we can make the world better than it was even before 2020’s problems! I know this because even though people have lost so much, they are STILL working toward making things right. After all, gravity can only pull you so far down.

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Abigail M (Jan 07 2021 8:49PM) : This year has brought chaos into our lives. Looking at this picture, it is weird to think that we were able to be in big groups and not have to wear masks. Now we step outside and all we have is the fear of getting sick. This year is over and was terrible more

for many people,2020 brought them problems they never wanted. The new year is here now and that brings some relief to us, but hat does not mean the problems will go away.

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“Everyone was so hopeful and excited making proclamations that 2020 was going to be their year. It just seems like a horrible joke now. It seemed like we were ringing in a very special year, and we were, but wow.” — Calla Kessler

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Hong Kong, Jan. 1
After weeks of relative calm, pro-democracy protesters took to the streets, resuming mass demonstrations that had begun the previous June. Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times
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Nicolette M (Jan 05 2021 10:43AM) : Panic more

It’s interesting to notice how I immediately respond when I see images of large crowds now that they seem to only be something of the past. Whenever I see a movie, TV show, or picture like this of so many people together, there’s an automatic panic that the pandemic has ingrained in so many of us. It’s hard to grasp at times that this was once our normal, that at one time we never would have imagined having a second thought about seeing something like this.

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2021 Audrey S (Jan 05 2021 10:48AM) : I feel the same way. Even scrolling back through my camera roll it seems so strange that we haven't always been wearing masks. I can hardly remember what it's like to walk into a crowded room, let alone without a mask.
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Kali M (Jan 08 2021 1:44PM) : Yes more

Nicolette, I agree with you. A crowd of people, or even joining together with loved ones has become something of the past. Who would have thought we would recollect our memories of the time there was a crowded event, such as basketball game, or the New Years Eve gathering in New York City. The panic is definitely there, and I hope one day that is able to go away. It is often difficult to wrap our heads around what used to be “normal” and how we may have taken that for granted. Or to even be able to shake the feeling of having a mask covering our mouths and noses everywhere we go, like it is something we cannot live without…

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Anthony S (Feb 07 2021 7:56PM) : Yes more

It’s rather shocking to think that this was only about a year ago. It is also sad to think about the gravity to which this pandemic has pulled us all apart.

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Austin D (Jan 08 2021 1:33PM) : Battle for Democracy more

In our lovely United States of America, a lot of people like to say that democracy does not work, or it’s failing. These people, that live in a communist country ruled by a selfish, corrupt ruler are fighting for their independence. They want to fight for their ideology of government, democracy.

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Christina C (Dec 16 2020 9:43PM) : it's so crazy to go back to these images that pre-date COVID in the US. more

I have little desire to be in a crowd this size again anytime soon.

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Cecilia C (Jan 05 2021 10:41AM) : I completely agree with you. Now as I watch TV shows or see old pictures, I always feel like they are too close and they are too many people.
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2021 Samuel B (Jan 05 2021 10:53AM) : I totally agree. It's so weird to see all of these crowds and people not wearing masks. It felt so long ago. I hope with the vaccine coming in, we can go back to days like this again. Like going to the super bowl and news years celebration.
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Zachary Z (Jan 07 2021 9:40PM) : reply more

I agreee that Covid is bad but at some point I think we just have to go on with our lives and we will have to learn how to live the virus.

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Elizabeth C (Jan 05 2021 3:23PM) : I have never really liked big crowds but I miss seeing people. It is so crazy to think now we can't get that many people together.
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Kenia M (Jan 05 2021 11:59PM) : I agree, thinking of going to a concert or even shaking another persons hand again feels wrong. We don't realize it but this generation is going to have such bad social skills and it is going to affect us so much
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Daisy P (Jan 07 2021 8:25PM) : social skills more

I agree with you, our generation is going to struggle when things transition back to face to face activities as our social skills could be lacking due to our current situation.

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Lindsay B (Jan 06 2021 8:49AM) : I agree. Even the thought of partaking in a crowd post-covid makes my anxiety crawl up.
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Hanna B (Jan 08 2021 10:55AM) : When looking at pre-COVID pictures, it is crazy, but we need to find ways to still enjoy our lives with COVID. During the pandemic we have learned to be more cautious with what we do, but it doesn't mean we can't have a good time.
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Carter S (Jan 06 2021 12:13PM) : This picture says a lot about what the year 2020 has brought us, not even in America, but in other parts of the world as well. In this picture, we can see rioters roaming the streets in China, with masks. In America, there were rioters for racial justice, more

and the BLM movement. Here in China, these rioters are fighting for democracy. We can see in this picture just one of the many thing that will be remembered in the history books from this historic year.

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Christina C (Jan 06 2021 9:50PM) : Thank you. more

Thank you Carter for your comments. The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong has been a really important story so thank you for highlighting it … it is also a story that continues a year later with yesterdays arrest of a number of organizers and leaders of the movement.

In terms of language, I tend to not use the term “rioters” to describe these people/leaders unless they are actually rioting. What I have seen in the news about Hong Kong is more like what I see people doing in this photo, ie. coming together and demonstrating about something they care about; so maybe I’d call them organizers, demonstrators, activists, or something. In the US, I talk about the BLM Uprisings.

Are you based in China?

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Zachary Z (Jan 07 2021 9:43PM) : reply more

It is crazy to think that we will be in history books down the road. We have made so many historic things this year.

Des Moines, Jan. 5
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. prayed at the Corinthian Baptist Church during his presidential campaign, in which he promised to restore the “soul of America.” Brittainy Newman/The New York Times
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This trip to Iowa was Brittainy Newman’s first time on the campaign trail, and this image came from one of her last opportunities to photograph anyone in such close quarters this year.

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“They were praying for him on his journey, on this trail he’s going on, and for him to become president and wishing the world would get someone new,” she said. “Everyone was trying desperately to believe. Even Biden’s face — he’s staring right at Clara Jones. He was just staring at her, and her hands — they never let go. They just kept saying ‘Amen, amen.’ You could feel it. It was like a crescendo building up. Everyone at the end had goosebumps.”

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The Dakar Rally, an annual off-road endurance event that has been held in dozens of countries, was hosted in 2020 by the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula. Bernat Armangue/Associated Press
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Daniel M (Jan 08 2021 1:26PM) : I feel that 2020 started off very fast and left us all behind. We started with the Conflict that many worried could've turned into a war, Australia was burning, and then to top it all off a global pandemic. The year felt like it left us behind, wandering.

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 7
Supporters of Nicolás Maduro tried blocking the re-election of Juan Guaidó as leader of the National Assembly. Since 2019, both men have claimed to be Venezuela’s rightful president. Adriana Loureiro Fernandez for The New York Times
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Henry F (Jan 05 2021 10:45AM) : Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 7 more

This situation (supporters of losing candidate blocking election winner) sounds all too familiar.

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Jackson H (Jan 06 2021 12:47AM) : Nicolas Maduro won reelection after the US-installed fascist Juan Guaido was ousted. I think that this is hilarious seeing that the US intervening and failing to install their preferred candidate.

New York, Jan. 8
Fidaa Zaidan performing in “Grey Rock,” a play about a Palestinian man who decides to build a rocket to the moon. Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times
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Bago State Forest, Australia, Jan. 10
A dehydrated and underfed wild horse was on the verge of collapse as Australia battled one of the worst wildfire seasons in its history. Matthew Abbott for The New York Times
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Kaeli H (Jan 05 2021 10:43AM) : The wildfires of Australia were a devastating way to begin the new year and millions of acres burned.
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Yara A (Jan 05 2021 3:00PM) : Honestly this year was so devastating I almost forgot about this event but it was truly a wake up call to how urgent climate change is.
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Kenia M (Jan 06 2021 12:00AM) : I think that after those fires the madness just didn't stop, even before the fires I remember it was Trump building the Wall and the kids in cages. I know it was because I kept saying it was the government distracting us of situations.
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Lindsay B (Jan 08 2021 8:29AM) : They were extremely devastating. We had no clue the events that would come soon after this tragedy.
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Lilly L (Jan 07 2021 11:30AM) : I appreciate the inclusion of images like these as they demonstrate the environmental toll and destruction 2020 placed upon the world.
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Owen L (Jan 05 2021 10:44AM) : This picture provides an emotional connection that few readers would achieve normally. The horse emphasizes the gravity of the situation and how it affected more than just the human race.
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Emme R (Jan 08 2021 8:45AM) : Struggle more

Thank you for this, Owen. The insight into the horse you mentioned caught my eye. In the picture, the horse struggles physically, which is apparent to the naked eye. I would compare the horse to humanity itself, struggling through a dark, dull woods trying to find a light, just as us humans are trying to find a light in this world.

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(Jan 08 2021 1:32PM) : This depiction of how badly the animals of Australia suffered during the out of control bush fires really puts a toll on my mind. They must've all been so scared.
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Ismael J (Jan 04 2021 2:30PM) : This image tells a very sad and emotional story. Animals are also suffering through all of this and we need to focus on everyone and everything that's getting affected.
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Nicolette M (Jan 05 2021 10:45AM) : I agree that everyone and everything that has been affected by these fires deserves our attention, support and help. Often we don't realize the severity of what isn't our reality until we see pictures that are hard to view, but tell the truth.
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Jack G (Jan 06 2021 8:35AM) : What I get from this part of the picture is struggle and lost hope and I know everyone this year would have felt like this and knows how it feels.
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Jayden R (Jan 06 2021 12:14PM) : The fires in Australia seem very far away. more

I do not know how others view the past, or how the presence of time shakes and moves them as it passes, but for me the fires seem a life time away. When Australia was set ablaze, the virus was a whisper that was not something to stress about. At that point the fire was something I thought about constantly, then covid went from a measly whisper to an ear piercing shriek and the thought of the fires dissolved. I do not believe I have heard anything about how Australia is healing or the aftermath. When was the last time you saw the media cover the Australia wildfires?

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Katie B (Jan 07 2021 8:29PM) : These detrimental fires caused destruction and havoc all over the continent of Australia. This picture needs to be taken into consideration in order to bring awareness to climate change and various other environmental issues,
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Colin K (Jan 08 2021 8:45AM) : Katie I definitely agree with you with this topic. It's sad to see these strong thriving environments being destroyed. We are trying to get rid of the fires of course,but whenever people think of our world and our problems I don't think people think about more

climate change as much as other topics.

“Once a fire goes through, things are just so quiet. You don’t realize all the bugs, all the birds, all the little beings make these noises. It’s just so disconcerting to be walking through this destroyed forest and have complete silence.” — Matthew Abbott

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Milwaukee, Jan. 14
President Trump at a “Keep America Great” rally, two days before the official start of his impeachment trial for charges of obstruction of Congress and abuse of power. Doug Mills/The New York Times
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Micah W (Jan 05 2021 10:43AM) : Good riddance.
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Hanna B (Jan 06 2021 12:15PM) : We used to be able to support the president of our country without fear of others comments, or a pandemic, but things changed. Now we have to wear a mask, distance ourselves from others, and are labeled with harsh words for supporting our country's leader
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Kali M (Jan 08 2021 1:50PM) : Keep America Great more

Aside from the democratic and republican political point of view, I feel that we should observe the meaning behind the phrase “Keep America Great”. Yes, everyday things are changing around us. This is inevitable, change is coming our way whether we agree or disagree with what is to come. How can we keep America running smooth, or keep this a great place to be? How can we help our neighbors out? Or just make sure everyone is doing okay during this uncertain time. I believe anything could help and this is something we as citizens should be more mindful of, even if it is just a simple gesture sometimes.

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Lauren T (Jan 08 2021 9:24PM) : Keep America Great more

Keep America Great. An action we should all be determined to carry out despite one’s political views. As a country we should come together as one and overcome the adversity we face. The disheartening reality of it all is that it has taken an attack like 9/11 to unite our country, so what will it take to make us whole again. As a country we have allowed our political views, and opinions in general tear us apart.

Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 19
Eric Fisher of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs’ 35-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the A.F.C. championship game sent the Chiefs to Super Bowl LIV, which they went on to win. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
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Owen L (Jan 05 2021 10:47AM) : This image would casually be an important picture for American sports fans, but it wasn't this year. There were so many catastrophes occurring that this victory was overseen by news sources and other important media influencers.
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Josh I (Jan 05 2021 3:02PM) : Sports this year is a lot different. more

This year seemed to be crazy in sports with many seasons being cancelled, to death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in early 2020, it seemed that the sports world was in crazy constant catastrophe like you said.

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Isabel O (Jan 08 2021 1:23PM) : A different year more

This photo shows how unaware we would soon be about the pandemic. A fun picture soon turns into something we never see. No masks, people close together, normal sports. These are all rare things in this year like no other.

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Rosie G (Jan 06 2021 8:44AM) : This image represents how blissfully unaware most Americans were at the beginning of the new year, unaware of the pandemic and struggle yet to come. In this moment there was only worry for the results of the game, and no thinking of the future.
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Joseph L (Jan 08 2021 8:39AM) : I completely agree with this comment here. I think that many people had zero worries in the world except who will win the game. While they are unaware that 2020 will hold many problems and obstacles that they will have to worry about instead of a game. [Edited]
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Josiah F (Jan 06 2021 12:03PM) : I think that the NFL was a good idea this year. It kind of took our minds off of a lot of what was going on around us.
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Branden N (Jan 06 2021 2:12PM) : Sports more

Sports are dangerous because of the spread of Covid, but overall they take our minds off of everything going on and are fun to participate in even if life is difficult.

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Zachary Z (Jan 07 2021 10:57PM) : sports more

Even though sports could spread covid I think it has helped people keep their peace of mind because it gives them something to do.

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Gavin L (Jan 08 2021 8:35AM) : Sports more

I agree with you Josiah. I believe that in 2020 we needed something that could help us to get our minds off of everything going on, and sports was a great way to get our minds off of those gloomy things.

Benghazi, Libya, Jan. 23
After years of conflict, Libyan factions edged briefly toward a cease-fire, but this street in Benghazi best told the story of life in the exhausted country. Ivor Prickett for The New York Times
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(Jan 08 2021 1:34PM) : Us Americans rarely hear about things like this happening outside of our own country. Makes me wonder how many awful things go on in the world at the same time.
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Flora C (Jan 06 2021 8:39AM) : A cease-fire took place in Benghazi, Libya. Causing the location to become "unrecognizable." This images gives us a glimpse of Libyan and how it truly is an exhausted country. To capture this picture a car was needed to drive by. [Edited] more

In 2020, I feel as if many of us have lost our light or spark, causing many of us to be dark and gloomy like the streets of Benghazi. Waiting and hoping for more light in 2021.

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Jackie S (Jan 08 2021 1:39PM) : Reply more

I agree Flora, I think a lot of people lost hope in 2020. Despite the troubles in the U.S, other countries are going through it too. I think everyone collectively is hoping 2021 is better, anything is a step up from last year to be honest.

Ivor Prickett traveled to Benghazi in Libya, from where he had reported years earlier, after being granted the rare permission to photograph the eastern part of the country.

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“It was basically unrecognizable,” Mr. Prickett said after his chance to get a look at a part of the nation that had been largely cut off to foreigners for years. “I couldn’t really figure out what was where. It did come back to me, but it was one of the most heavily destroyed scenes I’ve seen in years, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve been in Mosul and Raqqa.”

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Officials in Benghazi kept steering Mr. Prickett away from the old, colonial part of the city. He found a way to sneak in with the help of friends, and eventually persuaded officials to let him work there.

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“At night it was particularly poignant, because there was no electricity and would just be lit by lights of cars,” he said. “There were people living amongst the ruins. It was really evocative and spooky. And I was walking around and saw one of the most heavily destroyed streets and saw this one light probably as far as the eye could see across three or four blocks on the second or third floor of an apartment block. It looked so out of place in this completely gutted building.

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“I was waiting for a car to come down the street to light the buildings with a slow exposure, then just by chance this cat walked across in front of the car, and that was the picture. I had the car and the cat, and I knew I had the picture and just packed up and went home.”

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St. Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 15
During President Vladimir V. Putin’s state of the nation speech, displayed on a facade, he called for constitutional changes that would allow him to hold power past 2024. Anton Vaganov/Reuters
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Sam F (Jan 05 2021 10:41AM) : A Brash Grab At Authoritarian Rule That Went Unnoticed more

It is little secret that Vladimir Putin and his cronies are some of the most ubiquitously anti-democratic forces at work in the world today. But this most recent power grab is a perfect example of how they operate; in the dark, behind closed doors, and out of the public consciousness of the Western World.

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Josh I (Jan 05 2021 3:04PM) : This seems like something from a dystopian future and the fact he is trying to hold power makes it all that more like it. Seems like a scene from a movie.

Los Angeles, Jan. 22
New citizens were sworn in at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Todd Heisler/The New York Times
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Henry F (Jan 05 2021 10:47AM) : New citizens sworn in more

This is one of my favorite pictures. Not only does the big crowd remind what life was like pre-COVID, but it also gives me a goof feeling to see all of these people become citizens.

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Dylin (Ori) R (Jan 06 2021 11:14AM) : I really like this picture because it is a reminder of how this country is made up of different diversities which makes this country very special and unique that way, and by how it was founded by immigrants.
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Madison A (Jan 13 2021 10:57PM) : No Masks more

Just seeing this picture makes me feel uncomfortable. I get uncomfortable when I see people come around me with no masks on. It also is crazy thinking about the day I went home from school thinking we would only be out for a month at the most.

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2021 Olivia V (Jan 05 2021 10:41AM) : It is insane to see this many people together with no masks and no worries about getting sick. more

Even when I watch movies I still pick out all the things that I am no longer able to do, and that the people on screen are doing. I wonder when things will finally be normal, and how it will feel to be in crowds this size again.

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Mark M (Jan 05 2021 3:02PM) : Changes from Covid more

I totally agree. While this feeling made fade with time, there are some places I can’t believe I ever went to without a mask. Watching movies and seeing pictures from just a couple years ago have a strange feeling to them now — it just feels wrong somehow to see people close without masks.

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Emily W (Jan 06 2021 8:39AM) : No masks and big crowds more

I completely understand what you’re saying. Every time I look at a picture and see that people are not wearing masks, it immediately feels so weird and illegal. It is going to feel so surreal to finally go somewhere without a mask when it comes time.

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Destiny B (Jan 06 2021 12:14PM) : past vs present more

I find it so weird how wrong it feels when you forget to put your mask on in public, like Emily said it feels like your doing an illegal activity even though your entire life before this pandemic a mask was almost an unheard of word.

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Joseph L (Jan 08 2021 8:45AM) : I completely agree with you, when I am watching movies that are made years ago or crowds from years ago it still makes me feel weird. It gets me thinking on why they are all so close to each other and how they need to social distance.
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Flora C (Jan 06 2021 8:55AM) : Results of Covid more

I also am curious to see if/when things will “return back to normal” with big crowds and no masks. It seems as if we’ve been wearing masks forever and forget there was a time when no one used masks.

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Alexandra F (Jan 05 2021 3:02PM) : One of the good things about 2020 is that my dad actually was able to obtain his citizenship in the United States and voted for the first time.
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Lucas D (Jan 08 2021 8:34AM) : Bright Spots more

Alexandra, that is absolutely wonderful for your father and also your entire family. Certainly, this is a feat to be proud of, and it is also certainly an event that is able to illuminate a year that was dark in so many areas. Additionally, I feel that many of us lack the ability to find the bright spots and shining lights of a year that was so dark. It is encouraging to see from you a certain event that was able to illuminate your year, and I hope many of us others can begin to find those as well.

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Rosie G (Jan 08 2021 8:57AM) : something good from the bad more

That is great to hear Alexandra, seeing as this year was a time of grieving and sadness for many it is good to know that for some, it was a year of new beginnings and happiness, as people who have lived in the US and see it as their home now have the right to call themselves US citizens.

Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 30
Milagros Vásquez, seated, was turned away by five hospitals as she went into labor. Venezuela’s public health system has been shattered by a broken economy, with maternity wards the most damaged. Meridith Kohut for The New York Times
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(Jan 08 2021 1:36PM) : I'm curious to know why exactly she was turned away from so many hospitals. No money? No room to hold her? Was she missing some sort of qualifications?
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Lauren T (Jan 08 2021 9:33PM) : Ungrateful more

This picture sheds light upon how grateful we are to live in a country that allows us to have freedoms and rights that wouldn’t allow for a situation like this. It is so heart wrenching to witness the adversity those in other countries face due to the rules put in place by those in authority. As someone who has been to a third world country and witnessed firsthand the struggles those in poverty face, this picture brings me hope that a change will be made. It is so disheartening that this woman was treated like this, and that she lost her baby.

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Brianna B (Jan 06 2021 8:31AM) : This picture is so powerful and a great depiction of 2020. Though this is not in America, it shows how much the world has been impacted by this wretched year. How broken it has left economies and how hospitals are becoming overcapacity.
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Flora C (Jan 08 2021 8:44AM) : Overcrowding and overcapacity more

This is a devastating example of how much the global pandemic has effected not just those infected with Corona, but the family’s lively hoods. Like Brianna mentioned, “it shows how much the world has been impacted by this wretched year.” The pain and hurt on this women’s face gives us a glimpse of this horrid year.

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Jackie S (Jan 08 2021 1:42PM) : COVID in other countries more

I agree with you Brianna. I feel like I didn’t focus on other countries dealing with COVID as much as I should have. It puts into perspective that other people in other countries are suffering too. I couldn’t even imagine how much healthcare in Venezuela has been depleted.

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Addyson D (Jan 08 2021 1:33PM) : One could never guess the grave nature of what was happening when this picture was taken. more

In this picture, it is not about what you see, but about what you do not see. She was denied by health care facilities while she was in labor. The baby died because of the lack of proper healthcare.This was a heart wrenching moment for the entire family. To me, this picture is devastating, and really shows how much we rely on economic prosperity. A lack of a growing economy can completely change the lives of an entire country.

Meridith Kohut wanted to show how the economic collapse in Venezuela was devastating the country’s health care system by illustrating the plight of pregnant women.

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Ms. Kohut and Julie Turkewitz, the Andes bureau chief for The New York Times, followed one woman in laborwho was turned away from several hospitals before planting herself in front of one and refusing to leave.

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“She had been in labor for 40 hours,” Ms. Kohut said. “She just said, ‘I’m not going to go try anywhere else.’ She eventually fainted and a bunch of other pregnant women who had just started labor were there and they and their families all started banging on the door.

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“We were afraid she was going to die. I took a photo of her when she fainted, and her mom was screaming and pleading for help. Then everyone in the Times team dropped our cameras and everything and we all started banging on the door, too, and then they finally let her inside. And unfortunately, her baby died the next morning.

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“The crisis is so bad that to do a funeral is like the equivalent of a year’s worth of minimum-wage salary. So she couldn’t afford to bury the baby and had to leave the body in the morgue. It was absolutely heartbreaking.”

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Patrick M (Jan 05 2021 3:09PM) : Introduces a bigger problem with the pandemic, it's commoditization.
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Wuhan, China, Jan. 24
Construction teams worked around the clock on a field hospital that was mostly built in 10 days to help cope with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Getty Images
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Kaeli H (Jan 05 2021 10:48AM) : This image holds paramount to the amount of work that will go into saving people from the Covid-19 outbreak. The scale shown in the photo does well to show, possibly unintentionally, the scale of the virus itself.
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Elizabeth C (Jan 05 2021 4:10PM) : I agree with you, the picture whether intentional or not shows the scale of the virus. It's crazy to me that we didn't take this as a sign to be more prepared for what was going on.
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2021 Milo H (Jan 05 2021 10:42AM) : As was mentioned in the opening bit, images like this showed what would soon come over the world as COVID surged.
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Jack L (Jan 05 2021 10:40AM) : I remember when this happened and I was super impressed about how they built it so fast. This is when I started to worry about the coronavirus.
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Kali M (Jan 08 2021 1:28PM) : I agree. more

Jack, I completely agree with you. Back when the word “coronavirus” was only a word and was not a for certain “tangible” thing, we as citizens were not as worried or fearful of what was to come. However, seeing a hospital be constructed this fast could easily cause Americans to realize this could be a serious thing we are dealing with. This was a time when I started to fear the corona virus as well. I also agree, it is sure impressive to see work be put in this fast to provide for our sick citizens.

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(Jan 08 2021 1:38PM) : It was incredible how many hospitals were built this year, but we still apparently couldn't built fast enough.
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Alyssa B (Jan 05 2021 10:41AM) : I remember hearing about the construction of hospitals in China and was so glad it wasn't us who had to deal with it.
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Branden N (Jan 06 2021 2:13PM) : Covid more

When I first heard about it, I kind of laughed at the idea of being in lockdown and having a crazy virus going around. Now that I look back it is insensitive and Ironic because our country has been the worst at handling the Virus.

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Owen Z (Jan 06 2021 8:35AM) : I think a lot of people will focus on Americas corona virus relief and forget or ignore other countries work to save the lives of their citizens and others, especially China which has been scapegoated in the US.
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Rosie G (Jan 06 2021 8:55AM) : The Blame on China more

I agree, China took great measures to control and minimize the spread of COVID. However in the process of attempting to keep their country safe, they were blamed and put at fault for a pandemic in which they did their best to control a situation that could not have been handled by one country alone.

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mia p (Jan 06 2021 12:15PM) : China more

I agree with Rosie. It was no their fault with what happened. Every tried to control the pandemic as much as possible.

Wuhan, China, Jan. 30
A month into the coronavirus outbreak, workers in hazmat suits attended to an elderly man who collapsed near a hospital. Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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Cecilia C (Jan 05 2021 10:44AM) : It was so unusual to be concerned about an outbreak in another country. I remember one of my teachers commenting on how they name viruses a few weeks before the pandemic reached the United States.
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Elizabeth C (Jan 05 2021 4:12PM) : It makes me wonder why we weren't concerned about the virus in other countries. But then even when it came to the United States some people still weren't concerned, nine months later people still won't do what they are asked and wear a mask properly.
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Mae S (Jan 06 2021 6:29PM) : I completely agree, It is crazy to me that after almost 10 months people can still not belive it and want to do their part to help.
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Nicolette M (Jan 05 2021 10:49AM) : It's hard to think that only a year ago many of us in the US viewed the coronavirus as something unfortunate, fearful, and foreign, but as nothing that we'd ever have to endure. Now, it's all we ever see, hear, or read about, every single day.
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Mae S (Jan 06 2021 6:30PM) : I agree, I remember reading about pandemics when I was younger in history class thinking it was something that only happened in the past. we never imaged that something like this would happen.
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Isabel O (Jan 08 2021 1:25PM) : I totally agree, many of us saw this as something happening in China, not realizing it would affect our lives so much.
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Lauren T (Jan 08 2021 9:37PM) : Hazmat more

Growing up I watched the movies Monsters Inc a lot, seeing those in hazmats suits never crossed my mind into becoming a reality. The year 2020 has shown even the unimaginable can turn into a reality in an instant.

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Amulya G (Jan 04 2021 4:11PM) : I remember hearing about the COVID-19 in January 2020, but I didn't expect it to become a very big issue.
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Charlie P (Jan 05 2021 10:50AM) : I feel the same way.I didn't expect the virus to spread globally or to affect our lives the way it did. This year was never short on surprises.
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Jayden R (Jan 08 2021 11:41AM) : Honestly, I didn't either. more

Back in December 2019, I had no fear of what I considered a hoax virus. I expected it to not be a big deal, something that would stay in other countries that wouldn’t even touch American soil. I made a plethora of jokes based around the virus. Looking back I now know that I was extremely naive.

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2021 Lindsey H (Jan 05 2021 10:41AM) : Back in January, many in the US were not afraid of the Virus, we seperated ourselves from it. Now, we are some of the people who have been affected the worst since we lack the ability to agree or care for others safety.
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Rosie G (Jan 08 2021 8:44AM) : lack of remorse more

I agree Lindsey, I recall back in late 2019 and early 2020 as the new year began how many American, including myself, saw the spread of this new virus in China as something to not be worried about. I remember checking social media and noticing multiple people joking about this situation that,at the time, did not seem dire in any way. Looking back from today,this virus has come to affect every person’s life in some way.

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Sarah J (Jan 05 2021 3:04PM) : In January, we all attended school and crowded through the hall without a massive fear of germs. Looking at this image, I wonder if all that's happened in the past year could have been avoided if we had taken this virus seriously from the beginning.
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Alexandra F (Jan 05 2021 3:03PM) : COVID-19 genuinely scares me. The fact that we still have so little information about the virus, let alone different strains of it, makes me extremely nervous.

Hector Retamal remembers taking the train from Shanghai to Wuhan, China, in January, as the city was locking down.

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A woman approached him and asked where he was going.“‘ It’s no good. It’s dangerous. Don’t go to Wuhan,’” he recalled her saying. “People were really afraid of the virus.”

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Anne P (Jan 06 2021 11:46AM) : Covid scares more

I find it so crazy that this was such a big thing and something that so many people were scared of in different countries. It is amazing to me that the states did not take the covid outbreak as seriously as other countries and that some people don’t even believe in it when people were collapsing in the street.

Mr. Retamal arrived to find a deserted train station and a ghost town of a city of some 11 million people.

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He and a videographer spent about 10 days there. The two men often had to walk, lugging their gear across the sprawling city and trying to keep a low profile from the police, who would shoo them back to their hotels.

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Coming across a man’s body on the ground not far from one hospital was startling, Mr. Retamal said. The scene unfolded in utter chaos and confusion.

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“My question was what was he doing there,” Mr. Retamal said. “He didn’t move and, wow, is he dead? I was starting to take photos because it was strange and at that exact moment a woman started to scream, saying ‘No, no, no,’ and she asked us to leave the place, and she was angry.”

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More people arrived, surrounding Mr. Retamal and telling him not to take photos.

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Everyone kept their distance from the man until people in white protective suits and masks arrived and placed him in a yellow body bag. They sprayed disinfectant around the area where he had lain.

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The police began to arrive, and Mr. Retamal hurried away. He and his colleagues never officially confirmed that the man had died of Covid-19; nobody would answer their questions.

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Yara A (Jan 05 2021 3:03PM) : What's most insane to me is that all of this devastation happened in just one month of 2020. It however would be surpassed in the following months. What a terrible year!
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President Trump holding up a copy of The Washington Post to show its banner headline about his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial. Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times
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Sam F (Jan 05 2021 10:44AM) : The Moment America Decided To Fight Back more

The failure to hold Donald Trump accountable for his crimes will be considered a watershed moment in American politics. Comparable to Watergate (and potentially even worse,) Trumps disregard for rule of law and accountability was what galvanized the American people to finally oust him in November of 2020.

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Micah W (Jan 05 2021 10:50AM) : The previous president cheated and lied his way through life, yet he continued to have the audacity to say he deserved all of the praise. Despicable.

“This event was an hour of him saying, you guys tried and failed. It was celebratory. He was oozing confidence. The room was just filled with confidence.” — Anna Moneymaker

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Des Moines, Feb. 3
A full slate of candidates awaited the support of Iowa Democrats as the caucuses began. Joseph R. Biden Jr., who won his party’s nomination, came in fourth in the contest. Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times
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Emme R (Jan 06 2021 8:34AM) : Politics and Cultural Issues: Hand in Hand more

The Democratic candidates for the 2020 election sit, waiting to be endorsed and supported by the public. Meanwhile, the portrait of an African American girl sits, and waits to be supported by her country. She leaves the message “We the People, Protect each Other.” In our country’s state, I agree with her statement wholeheartedly. As a collective people, without unity, no steps can be taken forward from this unprecedented year.

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Branden N (Jan 06 2021 2:15PM) : The Split of the Country more

I would agree with you, in the fact that this country needs to be united and together to reach our full potential and everyone right now is divided over nearly everything.

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Micah W (Jan 05 2021 10:51AM) : Yang should have won the election. How the media treated him still doesn't sit right with me.
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Avery E (Jan 08 2021 1:27PM) : Andrew Yang more

Even though he is a democrat, which isn’t the party I identify with at all, I really respect Andrew Yang because he despises the two party system and the political divide in this country, as well as I do. America has never been this divided and we are seeing more issues come from that than ever. America is a democratic country now, and we all have to come to terms with that, regardless of our views.

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Mark M (Jan 05 2021 3:05PM) : It's strange to remember just how many Democratic candidates there were relatively recently. My perception of time on this feels skewed -- it both seems very recent and much longer than just a year ago.
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Jackie S (Jan 06 2021 5:30PM) : I think this photo acts as a precursor to the BLM resurgence that happened in March with Breonna Taylor. It represents how people felt, people wanted to be protected and know that their lives mattered. It reminds me of the saying "Life imitates Art."

Nazaré, Portugal, Feb. 11
Maya Gabeira of Brazil on the biggest wave ever ridden by a woman, and the biggest wave surfed by anyone during the 2019-20 winter season, a first for women in professional surfing. Armando Franca/Associated Press
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Kali M (Jan 08 2021 1:38PM) : Unrecognized Victories more

I believe this a phenomenal accomplishment for someone such as Maya Gabeira to have. The biggest wave “ever” ridden by a woman, let alone the biggest wave surfed by anyone during the 2019-2020 winter season. I believe it is also an accomplishment for this to be a first for women in professional surfing. I love seeing women be able to hold such high standards in such rigorous sports, such as surfing. Although this is an amazing accomplishment, this makes me wonder how much Maya was able to be celebrated through her accomplishment, considering this occurred during the uprising of the coronavirus. I believe there are many other accomplishments which could not be given the deserved recognition because of the consumption covid-19 took to the media. How might have Maya Gabeira been recognized differently if this would have occurred in a different year, other than 2020?

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Owen L (Jan 05 2021 10:53AM) : This should be an incredibly significant image, but it wasn't. Similar to the AFC championship game, the public overlooked this important athletic landmark due to an overabundance of catastrophe.
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Emily W (Jan 06 2021 8:44AM) : Overlooked news more

I completely agree with this. So many things were ignored and not reported this year due to the Coronavirus always being the main topic on any news channel.

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Isabel O (Jan 08 2021 1:30PM) : Overlooking things other than politics more

This image shows us an amazing accomplishment by a woman in Brazil. This is the first time I am seeing this picture, and I feel as if it should be a bigger deal. This year, many things like this have been overlooked. The pandemic and politics seem to be the only subject matter anywhere we go.

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Jacy S (Jan 06 2021 8:36AM) : I feel like this picture can accurately describes 2020 as a whole really. All of us trying to navigate how our lives have all changed so drastically with something huge looming over us (what that is is obviously dependent on the person).

Armando Franca has been going to Nazaré, Portugal, for the past decade to watch surfers brave huge waves.

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“It is crazy to be there and watch these people going out into a really scary sea,” he said. “Every time I go I’m still amazed at what they’re willing to do.”

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The competition was especially poignant for one of the surfers, Maya Gabeira, who several years ago was injured and had to be rescued in what could have been a deadly accident on the waves.

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Thousands of spectators were lined on cliffs above the water this year.

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