For every 2018 story of tragedy and fear, there were moments like these of joy, celebration, and perseverance.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on December 21, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. ET
Indian chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, 12, is celebrated by his friends upon arrival back to his school in Chennai, India, on June 26, after becoming the world's second youngest chess grandmaster ever.
The North Korea and South Korea Olympic teams enter together under the Korean Unification Flag during the opening ceremony Feb. 9.
These handout photos made available by NASA on Nov. 26 show the Martian surface after NASA’s InSight lander touched down on the red planet.
Holocaust survivor Tova Ringer, 93, celebrates after winning the annual Holocaust Survivor Beauty Pageant on Oct. 14, in Haifa, Israel.
An LGBT activist celebrates after the Supreme Court decriminalized gay sex and the revocation of the Section 377 law, in Bengaluru, India, on Sept. 6.
EMT Trudy Bermudez and paramedic Tayreen Bonilla of the New York City Fire Department get engaged at the annual Pride Parade on June 24 in New York City.
Glenn Weiss proposes to Jan Svendsen at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, in Los Angeles.
Zoo staff gather as an elephant named Noor Jahan eats cake at her 14th birthday party at the Zoological Garden in Karachi, Pakistan, on Oct. 4.
Chilean police march with future police dogs during the celebration of Chile's 208th independence anniversary in Santiago, on Sept. 19.
A gigantic statue of Jeff Goldblum is erected in London on July 18.
Sotheby's employees pose with "Love Is in the Bin" by British artist Banksy during a media preview at the auction house on Oct. 12 in London.
More than 7,400 guitarists play "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix to beat the Guitar Guinness World Record in Wroclaw, Poland, on May 1.
Ray Shuck, 95, who was a paratrooper on D-Day and was later shot in the head by a German sniper, salutes a memorial cross commemorating his fallen comrades at the cemetery in Ranville, France, on June 5. He is helped up by Sgt. Kirk Blakemore and D-Day Revisited volunteer Kate Rousseau.
Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten "Survivor" are rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in the area on Sept. 14.
A charity volunteer helps Chen Suzhen, 82, with her veil as she and Chen Guozhi, 85, her husband of 60 years, attend a photo shoot organized to recreate wedding photos for elderly couples who have been married for more than 50 years, in Tianjin, China, on Aug. 16.
Pope Francis conducts the marriage ceremony of flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi and Paola Podest during a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 18.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth arrives at the Capitol with her newborn baby Maile Pearl Bowlsbey on the Senate floor on April 19, in Washington, DC. The Senate had voted unanimously to allow babies under 1 year old on the floor during votes.
An acid attack survivor has makeup applied backstage before a fashion show to mark International Women's Day in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai on March 7.
French tourists offer food and water to migrants from the Ivory Coast on their way to the Col de l'Échelle, a snow-covered pass, to cross the border between Italy and France, on Jan. 13.
Zucca, a labrador retriever therapy dog, accompanies a child during a dentist's session in a public hospital as part of a program to calm children's fears in the dentist chair, in Santiago, Chile, on May 8.
Fans dressed as Darth Vader and Chewbacca take a boat trip to the Skellig Islands on May 4, in Portmagee, Ireland.
A large pink phallic-shaped mikoshi is paraded through the streets during Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus) on April 1 in Kawasaki, Japan.
Actor Mark Hamill cheers at the annual St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, in Dublin, Ireland.
Indonesian villagers release saw-jawed turtles into an estuary at the mangrove conservation area in the Aceh Tamiang district of Indonesia on April 15.
KV Svalbard's crew, formed by Norwegian Navy privates and scientists from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, play soccer as they're protected from polar bears by armed guards around Greenland on March 22.
A Tesla Roadster, launched from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with a dummy driver named "Starman," heads toward Mars on Feb. 8.
Spectators witness a light installation by artist Philipp Geist during the Luminale festival on March 18, in Frankfurt.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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