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The 49 Most Powerful Images From Latin America In 2015

A visual journey through what happened this year in this part of the world.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 1:32 p.m. ET

Posted on December 15, 2015, at 2:17 p.m. ET

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Santa Cruz, Argentina - A group of people go on a hike on the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This is the third biggest ice camp in the world.
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Santa Cruz, Argentina - A group of people go on a hike on the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This is the third biggest ice camp in the world.

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Río de Janeiro, Brazil - Participants balance on a tightrope between two boulders in the Cantagalo favela during the Highgirls festival. The event centers on women and only allows men to participate if they are wearing girl’s clothing.
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Río de Janeiro, Brazil - Participants balance on a tightrope between two boulders in the Cantagalo favela during the Highgirls festival. The event centers on women and only allows men to participate if they are wearing girl’s clothing.

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Río de Janeiro, Brazil - View of Christ the Redeemer, on September 16th, with a new moon in the background giving the sculpture wings.
Tasso Marcelo / AFP / Getty Images

Río de Janeiro, Brazil - View of Christ the Redeemer, on September 16th, with a new moon in the background giving the sculpture wings.

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Cali, Colombia - Body modification artist, Damian Carnicero, hung himself with two hooks during the Tattoo Festival in Cali.

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Colombia-Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro ordered the Colombia-Venezuela border closed on Thursday, August 20th. The closure was accompanied by massive deportations of Colombians.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

Colombia-Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro ordered the Colombia-Venezuela border closed on Thursday, August 20th. The closure was accompanied by massive deportations of Colombians.

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Cartagena, Colombia - David Coulturi jumps from 27 meters above water during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series qualifiers.
Luis Acosta / AFP / Getty Images

Cartagena, Colombia - David Coulturi jumps from 27 meters above water during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series qualifiers.

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Puerto Montt, Chile - A giant ash and lava column comes out of the Calbuco volcano.
Diego Main / AFP / Getty Images

Puerto Montt, Chile - A giant ash and lava column comes out of the Calbuco volcano.

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Ciudad Juárez, México - A woman in Catrina make-up poses during the Day of the Dead celebration.
STRINGER Mexico / Reuters

Ciudad Juárez, México - A woman in Catrina make-up poses during the Day of the Dead celebration.

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Port-au-Prince, Haití - Two men help a woman stay upright while they walk to the cemetery holding a funeral for the victims who died during a carnival stampede which claimed 17 lives.
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Port-au-Prince, Haití - Two men help a woman stay upright while they walk to the cemetery holding a funeral for the victims who died during a carnival stampede which claimed 17 lives.

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Quito, Ecuador - Catholic penitents participate in a procession called “Jesus del Gran Poder.”
Guillermo Granja / Reuters

Quito, Ecuador - Catholic penitents participate in a procession called “Jesus del Gran Poder.”

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Then-presidential candidate Mauricio Macri kisses his wife Juliana Awada after a debate while Daniel Scioli looks on. Macri went on to win the election.
Marcos Brindicci / Reuters

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Then-presidential candidate Mauricio Macri kisses his wife Juliana Awada after a debate while Daniel Scioli looks on. Macri went on to win the election.

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Minas Gerais, Brazil - A firefighter rescued a dog that was completely covered in mud. Dam contention walls holding iron extraction waste broke earlier.
Douglas Magno / AFP / Getty Images

Minas Gerais, Brazil - A firefighter rescued a dog that was completely covered in mud. Dam contention walls holding iron extraction waste broke earlier.

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Patacamaya, Bolivia - Student Esteban Quispe, 17, walks over waste in a garbage dump while a Wall-E replica trails him. Quispe built that robot using material he found in dumps and hopes to help his city by creating robots that run on solar energy.
David Mercado / Reuters

Patacamaya, Bolivia - Student Esteban Quispe, 17, walks over waste in a garbage dump while a Wall-E replica trails him. Quispe built that robot using material he found in dumps and hopes to help his city by creating robots that run on solar energy.

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Mexico City, México - A group dressed as The Beatles poses at Chapultepec park during a national call to break the Guinness Record on most people dressed as members of the English band.
Alfredo Estrella / AFP / Getty Images

Mexico City, México - A group dressed as The Beatles poses at Chapultepec park during a national call to break the Guinness Record on most people dressed as members of the English band.

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Havana, Cuba - Pope Francis walks next to president Raul Castro upon his arrival at Jose Marti International Airport.
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Havana, Cuba - Pope Francis walks next to president Raul Castro upon his arrival at Jose Marti International Airport.

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São Paulo, Brazil - Pianist Ricardo de Castro Monteiro plays on a piano suspended in the air by ropes during the annual event ‘Virada Cultural’.
Miguel Schincariol / AFP / Getty Images

São Paulo, Brazil - Pianist Ricardo de Castro Monteiro plays on a piano suspended in the air by ropes during the annual event ‘Virada Cultural’.

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Frutillar, Chile - Volcanic lights and lava from the Calbuco volcano.
Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images

Frutillar, Chile - Volcanic lights and lava from the Calbuco volcano.

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São Luís, Brazil - Inmates hold their children while they greet visitors in the Pedrinhas prison, formerly known as the most violent in the country.
Mario Tama / Getty Images

São Luís, Brazil - Inmates hold their children while they greet visitors in the Pedrinhas prison, formerly known as the most violent in the country.

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Boyacá, Colombia - Participants in the ninth annual tomato fight during the “Tomatina” festival.
Guillermo Legaria / AFP / Getty Images

Boyacá, Colombia - Participants in the ninth annual tomato fight during the “Tomatina” festival.

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Fortaleza, Brazil - A young man plays soccer on Iracema beach.
Robert Cianflone / Getty Images

Fortaleza, Brazil - A young man plays soccer on Iracema beach.

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Bogotá, Colombia - Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, visited Colombia in October.
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Bogotá, Colombia - Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, visited Colombia in October.

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Havana, Cuba - Sunken cars during a street flooding in Havana caused by intense rain.
Yamil Lage / AFP / Getty Images

Havana, Cuba - Sunken cars during a street flooding in Havana caused by intense rain.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner dances next to her son Maximo Kirchner after giving her last speech prior to the election.
Andres Stapff / Reuters

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner dances next to her son Maximo Kirchner after giving her last speech prior to the election.

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Montevideo, Uruguay - Former president Jose Mujica slides into his Volkswagen after handing over the presidential sash to Tabare Vazquez on March 1st.
STRINGER uruguay / Reuters

Montevideo, Uruguay - Former president Jose Mujica slides into his Volkswagen after handing over the presidential sash to Tabare Vazquez on March 1st.

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Caracas, Venezuela - Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan Leopoldo López, celebrates winning control of parliament next to candidates of the opposition coalition.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

Caracas, Venezuela - Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan Leopoldo López, celebrates winning control of parliament next to candidates of the opposition coalition.

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Coquimbo, Chile - A fishing boat was dragged to the street during an 8.3 magnitude earthquake on September 17.
Martin Bernetti / AFP / Getty Images

Coquimbo, Chile - A fishing boat was dragged to the street during an 8.3 magnitude earthquake on September 17.

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Guna Yala, Panamá - Cuban immigrants help a young girl cross the border from Colombia through the La Miel jungle. According to authorities, 100-150 Cubans have arrived in Panama daily from Colombia during the last months.
Carlos Jasso / Reuters

Guna Yala, Panamá - Cuban immigrants help a young girl cross the border from Colombia through the La Miel jungle. According to authorities, 100-150 Cubans have arrived in Panama daily from Colombia during the last months.

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Havana, Cuba - On August 14th, workers hung the United States’ Great Seal hours before the embassy’s inauguration.
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Havana, Cuba - On August 14th, workers hung the United States’ Great Seal hours before the embassy’s inauguration.

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Anamã, Brazil - A child plays in the streets, flooded by the Rio Solimoes. According the Civil Defense, more than 250,000 people were affected by the heavy rains.
Bruno Kelly / Reuters

Anamã, Brazil - A child plays in the streets, flooded by the Rio Solimoes. According the Civil Defense, more than 250,000 people were affected by the heavy rains.

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Valparaiso, Chile - Smoke from a fire that occurred on March 13, which threatened to reach the city’s port.
Alberto Miranda San Martin / AFP / Getty Images

Valparaiso, Chile - Smoke from a fire that occurred on March 13, which threatened to reach the city’s port.

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Pachuca, México - View of Las Palmitas, Hidalgo. This mural came out of an initiative seeking to change the look of one of the most violent neighborhoods in Mexico City.
Omar Torres / AFP / Getty Images

Pachuca, México - View of Las Palmitas, Hidalgo. This mural came out of an initiative seeking to change the look of one of the most violent neighborhoods in Mexico City.

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San Cristóbal, Venezuela - A young, bloodied man kneels in front of an officer after Kluiver Roa, a 14-year-old student, was killed during protests stemming from the economic crisis in the country.
STRINGER Venezuela / Reuters

San Cristóbal, Venezuela - A young, bloodied man kneels in front of an officer after Kluiver Roa, a 14-year-old student, was killed during protests stemming from the economic crisis in the country.

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Santiago, Chile - Attempts by the police to quell student protests seeking to force the government to improve education conditions.
Vladimir Rodas / AFP / Getty Images

Santiago, Chile - Attempts by the police to quell student protests seeking to force the government to improve education conditions.

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia - Pope Francis and president Evo Morales wear hats that have the word “Tahuichi” inscribed on them, which means “big bird”.
Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters

Santa Cruz, Bolivia - Pope Francis and president Evo Morales wear hats that have the word “Tahuichi” inscribed on them, which means “big bird”.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala - Aerial view of a protest seeking the resignation of former president Otto Pérez Molina.
Johan Ordonez / AFP / Getty Images

Guatemala City, Guatemala - Aerial view of a protest seeking the resignation of former president Otto Pérez Molina.

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Bogotá, Colombia - Police hang from a helicopter during Colombia’s Independence Day.
Jose Gomez / Reuters

Bogotá, Colombia - Police hang from a helicopter during Colombia’s Independence Day.

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Mexico City, México - A passenger during the fifth annual “No pants in the subway” day.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Mexico City, México - A passenger during the fifth annual “No pants in the subway” day.

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Santiago, Chile - Chilean players celebrate their Copa America victory.
Pablo Porciuncula / AFP / Getty Images

Santiago, Chile - Chilean players celebrate their Copa America victory.

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Caracas, Venezuela - Inmates at the Bolivarian Police prison during a protest in which they took officers hostage in repudiation of overcrowding at the prison.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters

Caracas, Venezuela - Inmates at the Bolivarian Police prison during a protest in which they took officers hostage in repudiation of overcrowding at the prison.

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Montevideo, Uruguay - Citizens display photographs of people who disappeared during the military regime (1973-1985) during an annual march.
Andres Stapff / Reuters

Montevideo, Uruguay - Citizens display photographs of people who disappeared during the military regime (1973-1985) during an annual march.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala - A relative placed a flower in the hand of a car theft victim. The person died of a bullet wound to the head.
Jorge Lopez / Reuters

Guatemala City, Guatemala - A relative placed a flower in the hand of a car theft victim. The person died of a bullet wound to the head.

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San Salvador, El Salvador - People dressed as Star Wars characters during a charity event in the “Eugenia Duenas” rehabilitation center for blind people, organized by the Star Wars fan-club in El Salvador.
Jose Cabezas / Reuters

San Salvador, El Salvador - People dressed as Star Wars characters during a charity event in the “Eugenia Duenas” rehabilitation center for blind people, organized by the Star Wars fan-club in El Salvador.

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Jorge Silva / Reuters

Caracas, Venezuela - Luis Alfonso dies his eye black during the International Tattoo Festival in the capital city.

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Heredia, Costa Rica - Andrea Rojas, 70, poses in front of her collection of over 4,500 dolls.
Juan Carlos Ulate / Reuters

Heredia, Costa Rica - Andrea Rojas, 70, poses in front of her collection of over 4,500 dolls.

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Reynosa, México - Dalton Ramírez holds a popular piñata of Donald Trump which was created by his well-known family business.
Daniel Becerril / Reuters

Reynosa, México - Dalton Ramírez holds a popular piñata of Donald Trump which was created by his well-known family business.

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San Salvador, El Salvador - Transexual activists protest in an effort to demand an investigation into the killing of Francela Méndez, the tenth transexual person murdered in the country this year.
STRINGER El SALVADOR / Reuters

San Salvador, El Salvador - Transexual activists protest in an effort to demand an investigation into the killing of Francela Méndez, the tenth transexual person murdered in the country this year.

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Guna Yala, Panamá - Four albino sisters in the Guna Yala community pose for a photograph with their mother and siblings. The four girls are part of “Children of the Moon,” a venerated group in the community.
Carlos Jasso / Reuters

Guna Yala, Panamá - Four albino sisters in the Guna Yala community pose for a photograph with their mother and siblings. The four girls are part of “Children of the Moon,” a venerated group in the community.

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Madre de Dios, Perú - A child holds a dog in front of a police operation in which the Mega 14 mining zone is destroyed.
STRINGER / Reuters

Madre de Dios, Perú - A child holds a dog in front of a police operation in which the Mega 14 mining zone is destroyed.

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Saltillo, México - A homosexual man stands in the corner while a goat walks by, waiting to be killed by a shaman. Joaquin is a shaman that says he can cure homosexuality with a 20-minute ritual.
Daniel Becerril / Reuters

Saltillo, México - A homosexual man stands in the corner while a goat walks by, waiting to be killed by a shaman. Joaquin is a shaman that says he can cure homosexuality with a 20-minute ritual.

CORRECTION

Camilla is the Duchess of Cornwall. An earlier version of this post misstated that she is the Duchess of Wales.

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