As my team sifted through 10 years of historic imagery, I was struck by the amount of devastation and pain the world has endured: the Haiti earthquake, the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, Benghazi, Ebola, the constant school shootings in the United States, the Las Vegas massacre. And there are pictures that mold public opinion and push governments to take action: the image of the Honduran toddler crying as her mother is detained near the US-Mexico border and, before then, the plight of 5-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, washed ashore after drowning in the waters off southern Turkey.
I also can't help but be inspired by the courage shown by year-old Emma Gonzalez, a school shooting survivor who has helped galvanize the call to action on gun control. I found the moment Serena Williams consoled Naomi Osaka at last year's US Open admirable, just moments after Williams pointedly argued with a chair umpire over a call that eventually cost her the championship.
And the latter part of the decade produced a string of storytelling images from Donald Trump's presidency, his administration and his policies. All of these stories are woven together in this picture report. Every image is iconic in its own merit, and they are sometimes taken by photojournalists in harm's way.
Each photo is memorable, permanently capturing a moment in history, searing its significance and its oddity in our consciousness, oftentimes shaping public opinion and affecting policy. Editor's note: This gallery contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised. A child sleeps in a bag in the Syrian village of Beit Sawa in March Cindy Tersme throws herself on the rubble of Ecole St. Gerard, a school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a 7. Tersme screamed in anguish after finding the lifeless body of her year-old brother, Jean Gaelle Dersmorne.
The earthquake's death toll has been estimated at ,, Two months earlier, an explosion occurred aboard the Deepwater Horizon, a BP-contracted oil rig stationed in the Gulf of Mexico. For 87 straight days, oil and methane gas spewed from an uncapped wellhead 1 mile below the surface of the ocean. President Barack Obama described the oil spill as "the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced. Her Taliban husband and in-laws punished her for running away by hacking off her nose and ears and leaving her for dead.
She became a symbol of the oppression of women in her war-torn country. She was flown to the United States, where she underwent multiple surgeries to reconstruct her nose. Jodi Bieber. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen behind the heavily tinted window of a police van as he arrives at a London prison in December Assange has been a key figure in the major leaks of classified government documents, cables and videos. He spent much of the decade at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after the government of Ecuador granted him asylum.
That asylum was revoked in , and Assange is now fighting extradition to the United States, where he faces charges under the Espionage Act. Assange has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. A wave approaches Miyako, Japan, after a 9. The earthquake caused a tsunami with foot waves that damaged several nuclear reactors in the area. It is the largest earthquake ever to hit Japan. A rebel celebrates as his comrades fire rockets at troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in April Gadhafi was killed in October after being captured by rebel forces.
He had been in power since The wedding was watched by millions around the world. A couple kisses on a street after riots broke out in Vancouver, British Columbia, in June Angry hockey fans, fuming over their team's loss in the Stanley Cup Final, wreaked havoc across downtown sections of Vancouver.
Clinton said she used a private email account for her official work at the State Department and that she did so out of convenience. The FBI investigated whether Clinton or her aides had mishandled classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way. In , FBI Director James Comey said he would not recommend charges against Clinton, but he rebuked her and her aides for being "extremely careless" in the handling of classified information.
Twin bomb blasts killed dozens of Afghan people on the holy day of Ashura. Egyptian soldiers arrest a protester during deadly clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square in December Images of the protester being stomped stoked anger among the pro-democracy demonstrators battling Egyptian security.
Tahrir Square was the symbolic center of the uprising that brought down President Hosni Mubarak earlier in the year. A protester reacts as the US mission in Benghazi was set on fire in September The Obama administration initially thought the attack was carried out by an angry mob responding to a video, made in the United States, that mocked Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.
But the storming of the mission was later determined to have been a terrorist attack. Children are escorted out of Sandy Hook Elementary School after a mass shooting occurred at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, in December Six adults and 20 children were killed by Adam Lanza, who had earlier killed his mother in their home.
The photograph, taken by local journalist Shannon Hicks, made it onto the front pages of newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. African migrants in Djibouti raise their phones to try to catch an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia in February Djibouti is a common stop-off point for African migrants seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.
Police officers stand over marathon runner Bill Iffrig as a second explosion sounds near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April Three people were killed and at least were injured in the terror attack. Two victims are seen in the rubble after an eight-story building collapsed in Savar, Bangladesh, in April More than 1, people were killed.
Taslima Akhter. A Turkish police officer uses tear gas in May as people protested the government's plans to demolish Istanbul's Gezi Park. Protests evolved into anti-government dissent across the nation. The provocative performance dominated the headlines and had many people discussing whether it was too risque. Andrew H. People take cover behind a counter at the Westgate shopping mall after a shootout in Nairobi, Kenya, in September The Somali terror group Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for a bloody four-day siege at the upscale mall.
At least 67 people were killed. Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva, a disfigured man suffering from a non-infectious genetic disease, during a public audience at the Vatican in November Images of the embrace went viral on social media. Pope Francis was elected in February after Pope Benedict retired. Anti-government protesters clash with police in Kiev, Ukraine, in February Kiev's Independence Square had been the center of anti-government protests since November , when President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision on a trade deal with the European Union and instead turned toward Russia.
The protests soon led to the ouster of Yanukovych and triggered a chain of events that included Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres takes a moment to orchestrate a selfie with a group of movie stars at the awards show in March Actor Bradley Cooper, seen in the foreground, was holding the phone at the time. In this photo, survivors of the crash are loaded onto a second rescue helicopter bound for Kurdish territory.
The pilot killed in the crash lies under the wounded. Edward Crawford returns a tear-gas canister fired by police who were trying to disperse protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, in August Some protests in the city turned into clashes between angry citizens and police after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.
Medical workers in Monrovia, Liberia, carry James Dorbor, an 8-year-old suspected of having the Ebola virus, into a treatment facility in September West Africa was dealing with the deadliest-ever outbreak of Ebola. The outbreak ended in after more than 11, deaths.
The two were married in a private ceremony attended by some of their celebrity friends. The United States and several Arab nations were bombing ISIS targets to take out the group's ability to command, train and resupply its fighters. In this aerial photo, taken in April , a housing development meets the edge of undeveloped desert in Cathedral City, California. California Gov. Rohingya migrants jump off a boat to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter in May The boat, drifting in Thai waters, was crammed with scores of migrants.
More than , Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh after Myanmar's military launched a campaign of violence against the ethnic Muslim minority. Myanmar has defended its actions, saying it was targeting terrorists. Obama and other world leaders were in Germany for the annual G7 summit. The White House is lit up in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in June In her first speech since identifying as transgender, Jenner said she wants to "reshape the landscape of how trans issues are viewed.
The money was thrown at Blatter by British comedian Simon Brodkin, who was then ushered away from the stage. Blatter had led soccer's governing body since , but he decided to stand down as FIFA battled corruption scandals.
Officers in Bodrum, Turkey, stand near the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi, a Syrian refugee who washed up on shore in September The 2-year-old was one of 12 refugees who drowned that day during a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island of Kos. This photo went viral around the world, often with a Turkish hashtag that means "Flotsam of Humanity. The hospital was "accidentally struck" by US bombs after Afghan forces called for air support in October , said Gen.
John Campbell, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan. Andrew Quilty. Members of Mexico's navy caught Guzman in an early morning raid in the coastal city of Los Mochis, a senior law enforcement official told CNN. Mexico extradited Guzman to the United States, where he was convicted on all of the federal charges against him.