This year was marked by incredible images of inspiration, tragedy, and perseverance. These are the pictures that defined the year.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
BuzzFeed News Photo Essay Editor
Posted on December 18, 2018, at 10:21 a.m. ET
Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford said then–Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.
Kristen Leach votes with her 6-month-old daughter, Nora, on Election Day, Nov. 6, in Atlanta.
Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke meets 77-year-old Texas voter Pamela Aguirre after he cast his ballot on Nov. 6 in El Paso, Texas.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, leaves federal court after pleading guilty to charges related to lying to Congress, in New York City, on Nov. 29.
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.
The North Korea and South Korea Olympic teams enter together under the Korean Unification Flag during the opening ceremony Feb. 9.
Silver medalist Jiayu Liu of China (left), gold medalist Chloe Kim of the United States, and bronze medalist Arielle Gold of the United States pose during the victory ceremony for the Snowboard Women’s Halfpipe Final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 13, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
Soccer fans in London celebrate after England scores a second goal against Sweden in the quarterfinal match July 7.
French President Emmanuel Macron reacts during the World Cup final between France and Croatia on July 15.
Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as they leave from St. George’s Chapel on May 19, in Windsor, England.
A float mocking Prime Minister Theresa May rolls past spectators during the annual Rose Monday parade on Feb. 12, in Düsseldorf, Germany. Political satire is a traditional cornerstone of the annual parades.
The body of Aretha Franklin lies in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, on Aug. 28 in Detroit.
Ash plumes rises from the forest following a massive eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, on May 22.
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.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth arrives at the Capitol with her newborn daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey for a vote on the Senate floor on April 19, in Washington, DC. The Senate had voted unanimously the previous night to change the rules to allow babies under 1 year on the floor during votes.
A 2-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US–Mexico border on June 12, in McAllen, Texas. The asylum-seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by US Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation.
A caravan of thousands of migrants from Central America, en route to the United States, makes its way to San Pedro Tapanatepec from Arriaga, Mexico, on Oct. 27.
Maria Meza, a 40-year-old woman from Honduras, runs away from tear gas with her 5-year-old twin daughters, Saira Mejia Meza, left, and Cheili Mejia Meza, in front of the border wall between the US and Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 25.
A girl waits with her family before crossing the US–Canada border into Canada, in Champlain, New York, on March 19.
First lady Melania Trump walks to her vehicle wearing a jacket that reads “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” after visiting the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center in McAllen, Texas, on June 21.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (left) and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in at the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries, ahead of their summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27.
South Korean Kim Byung-oh (left) 88, cries with his North Korean sister Kim Sun Ok, 81, as they bid farewell at the last meeting of a three-day family reunion event at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang resort on Aug. 22. Elderly North and South Korean family members were allowed to meet for the first time in nearly seven decades and prepared to bid one another farewell for the last time in their lives.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi, son of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 23.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma González observes 6 minutes and 20 seconds of silence while addressing the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, in Washington, DC.
Alia Berry-Drobnick and Sam Blank gather with other students outside the White House, joining thousands of other students across the country who walked out of their classes on March 14 to call for stricter gun laws.
A woman holds an AR-15 rifle during a ceremony at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary on Feb. 28, in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. The controversial church, which is led by the son of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the biblical book of Revelation.
Flowers surround Stars of David, part of a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue to the 11 people killed during worship services, on Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh.
A heroin user is reflected in a mirror under a bridge where she lives on Jan. 24, in Philadelphia. Over 900 people died in 2016 in Philadelphia from opioid overdoses, a 30% increase from 2015. City officials recently announced that they will welcome private organizations to set up medically supervised drug injection sites as a way to combat the opioid epidemic.
Caroline Heldman (left), Lili Bernard, and Victoria Valentino react outside the courtroom after Cosby was found guilty in his sexual assault retrial April 26 at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, on May 25.
Randall Margraves lunges at Larry Nassar (wearing orange), the former USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, during victim statements of his sentencing in Charlotte, Michigan, Feb. 2.
Former president George H.W. Bush visits the casket of his late wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, with his daughter Dorothy Bush Koch, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, April 20.
Former Sen. Bob Dole is helped up to salute the casket of former president George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the US Capitol on Dec. 4.
Meghan McCain, daughter of, Sen. John McCain, at the casket of her father during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol, Aug. 29 in Phoenix.
A Tesla Roadster launched from the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with a dummy driver named “Starman” heads toward Mars on Feb. 8.
A neighborhood burned from wildfires in Paradise, California, on Nov. 15.
A victim of the Fuego Volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes, Guatemala, on June 4, a day after the eruption.
Residents and rescuers walk past a washed-up passenger ferry in Wani, Indonesia, on Oct. 7, following the Sept. 28 earthquake and tsunami.
Neighbors Sherry Frantz (left) and Chris McNeal hug as they meet in front of their homes, which were destroyed by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida.
Pallets of unused water bottles are seen along an airplane runway a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 18.
Members of Spanish nongovernmental organization Proactiva Open Arms rescue a woman in the Mediterranean Sea about 85 miles off the Libyan coast on July 17.
A fire rages as men wearing yellow vests protest rising fuel prices on the Champs-Élysées on Nov. 24, in Paris.
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Afghan journalists are injured and killed after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 30.
A relative of 23-year-old Palestinian Enas Khammash, who was killed with her toddler in an Israeli airstrike, inspects their bedroom in the central Gaza Strip on Aug. 9.
A Yemeni child with malnutrition lies on a bed at a hospital in the northern district of Abs on Sept. 19. The three-year conflict between Yemen’s Saudi-backed government and Huthi rebels linked to Iran has pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of famine.
A Syrian child tries an improvised gas mask made by his father as part of preparations for any upcoming raids in the village of Maar Shurin on Sept. 11.
Syrian children evacuated from eastern Ghouta run with balloons after arriving in the village of Qalaat al-Madiq on March 27, as evacuations continued following a deal with the regime that was announced earlier in the week.
King Bass, 6, sits and watches the Holy fire burn from on top of his parents' car as his 5-year-old sister, Princess, rests her head on his shoulder on Aug. 9 in Lake Elsinore, California.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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