56 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of 2020From the coronavirus pandemic to the ongoing fight for racial justice, the election to climate change, these are some of the images that defined the year.By by Kate BubaczBuzzFeed News Photo Director and by Pia PetersonBuzzFeed News Photo EditorPosted on December 20, 2020, 1:42 pmTwitterFacebookLink Kathleen Flynn / Reuters Dana Clark and her 18-month-old son, Mason, wait in line at City Hall as early voting begins for the upcoming presidential election in New Orleans on Oct. 16. Clark said she donned this protective cover because didn't know how many people would be wearing masks in line, and her child doesn't have a mask. Brandon Bell / Getty Images A boy sits on his bike in front of police at the Kenosha County Courthouse on Aug. 24 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the shooting of Jacob Blake. Additional law enforcement had been deployed to protect the courthouse. Warning This image is graphic Tap to reveal Click to reveal AP In this image taken from police body camera video, a Rochester police officer puts a hood over the head of Daniel Prude, on March 23 in Rochester, New York. Prude, a Black man who had run naked through the streets, died of asphyxiation after a group of police officers put a hood over his head, then pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes, according to video and records released on Sept. 2 by his family. Kerem Yucel / Getty Images A demonstrator cries during a protest against the visit of President Donald Trump on Sept. 1 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Getty Images Roxie Washington and Gianna Floyd, daughter of George Floyd, attend the funeral service in the chapel at the Fountain of Praise church June 9 in Houston. George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking nationwide protests. Darron Cummings / AP People gather in Jefferson Square on Sept. 23 in Louisville, Kentucky, awaiting word on charges against police officers who killed Breonna Taylor while serving a no-knock warrant. Jonathan Ernst / Getty Images Rev. Al Sharpton, whose National Action Network organized the "Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" protest against racism and police brutality, arrives at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28 in Washington, DC. Giulia Spadafora / NurPhoto via Getty Images The statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader in the 17th century, is dumped into Bristol Harbor in England on June 7. Julia Rendleman / Reuters Ballet dancers Kennedy George and Ava Holloway pose in front of a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered its removal following widespread civil unrest in the waked of the police killing of George Floyd, in Richmond, Virginia, June 5, 2020. Michael Noble Jr. / Getty Images Thousands fill the streets in support of Black Trans Lives Matter and to protest the police killing of George Floyd, on June 14 in Brooklyn, New York. Nathan Howard / Getty Images Protesters hold their fists in the air while marching past a mural with George Floyd's last words during a march on July 20 in Portland, Oregon. Nathan Howard / Getty Images A federal officer points a "less than lethal" weapon at a crowd of a few hundred protesters in front of the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse on July 23 in Portland, Oregon. State and city elected officials had called for the federal officers to leave Portland as clashes between protesters and federal police continued to escalate. Julio Cortez / AP A protester carries the carries a US flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building on May 28 in Minneapolis in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. Dylan Martinez / Reuters Protester Patrick Hutchinson carries an injured counterprotester to safety, near the Waterloo station during a Black Lives Matter protest following the police killing of George Floyd, in London on June 13. Kola Sulaimon / Getty Images Nigerian police fire teargas at people during clashes between youths in Apo, Abuja, on Oct. 20, following ongoing demonstrations against police brutality. Michael M. Santiago / Getty Images A horse-drawn carriage carrying the body of civil rights icon John Lewis crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge as it prepares to pass members of his family on July 26 in Selma, Alabama. Brian Snyder / Reuters Nurses Sasha Dubois and Farah Fevrin kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence — the amount of time a police officer pressed his knee against the neck of George Floyd, which has become a symbol for police brutality — in Boston, June 5. Barcroft Media / Getty Images An aerial view of the construction site of a field hospital for coronavirus patients in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Jan. 24. The builders were expected to complete the 1,000-bed hospital by Feb. 3 to cope with the surge of COVID-19 patients in the city. Ted S. Warren / AP Judie Shape, center, who tested positive for the coronavirus, blows a kiss to her son-in-law, Michael Spencer, left, as Shape's daughter, Lori Spencer looks on, March 11, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. Andrew Kelly / Reuters Beachgoers gather at Coney Island for the Fourth of July holiday in New York City. Wichai Taprieu / AP A teacher and students wear hats designed to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at Ban Pa Muad School in Chiang Mai, north of Thailand, July 3. Agnes Bun / Getty Images Pakistani student Varsha Thebo, 27, attends her online graduation ceremony in her bedroom at the International Student House where she resides at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, on May 15. Stefano Montesi - Corbis / Getty Images Residents on balconies sing "Il cielo sempre più blu" (The sky becomes more and more blue) during a flash mob to raise morale as the lockdown continued due to the coronavirus outbreak to the Cinecittà neighborhood on March 15 in Rome. Josh Edelson / Getty Images An aerial view shows people gathered inside painted circles on the grass encouraging social distancing at Dolores Park in San Francisco on May 22. Yuri Cortez / Getty Images Members of the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs remain in an overcrowded cell at the Quezaltepeque prison, in Quezaltepeque, El Salvador, on Sept. 4. Nguyen Huy Kham / Reuters Newborn Phuc An wears a protective face shield during the coronavirus outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam, April 13. Callaghan O'hare / Reuters Healthcare workers check on a patient who was flown in from El Paso to United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Nov. 12. Go Nakamura / Getty Images Dr. Joseph Varon hugs and comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on Nov. 26 in Houston. Callaghan O'hare / Reuters The body of a man who died from COVID is seen wrapped in a body bag at the United Memorial Medical Center's intensive care unit in Houston, June 29. Miguel Schincariol / Getty Images An aerial view of Vila Formosa cemetery during a burial amid the coronavirus pandemic in São Paulo, Brazil, on April 1. Wana News Agency / Reuters Iranian demonstrators react during a protest against the killing of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who died in an airstrike at Baghdad airport, in front of the United Nations office in Tehran, Jan. 3. Al Bello / Getty Images Olivia Grant hugs her grandmother, Mary Grace Sileo, through a plastic drop cloth hung up on a homemade clothesline during Memorial Day weekend on May 24 in Wantagh, New York. It was the first time they had had contact of any kind since the coronavirus lockdown started in late February. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters President Donald Trump departs after addressing the coronavirus task force daily briefing as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stands by at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 26. Adrees Latif / Reuters Hundreds of residents affected by the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic line up in their vehicles as they await their turn to collect groceries from the San Antonio Food Bank in San Antonio, Texas, on April 17. Seth Herald / Reuters A militia group from Michigan stands in front of the governor's office after protesters occupied the state capitol building during a vote to approve the extension of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency declaration/stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus outbreak, at the state capitol in Lansing, Michigan, April 30. Lawrence Bryant / Reuters Patricia McCloskey and her husband, Mark McCloskey, draw their firearms on protesters, including a man who holds a video camera and microphone, in their St. Louis neighborhood during a protest against Mayor Lyda Krewson on June 28. Hannah Mckay / Reuters Supporters wait for a Trump rally at Hickory Regional Airport in North Carolina, Nov. 1. Saul Loeb / Getty Images President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive onstage during an Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3. Erin Schaff via Reuters Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, appears in the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Sept. 29. Nicholas Kamm / Getty Images President Donald Trump takes off his face mask as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he underwent treatment for COVID-19, Oct. 5. Nick Oxford / Reuters Voters wait in a long line to cast their ballots at the Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, Nov. 3. Chris Mcgrath / Getty Images A person watches a screen showing early voting results at Black Lives Matter Plaza on Nov. 3 in Washington, DC. Ben Gray / AP Officials sort ballots during an audit at the Floyd County administration building in Rome, Georgia, Nov. 13. Election officials in Georgia’s 159 counties were undertaking a hand tally of the presidential race in an audit required by state law. Jim Bourg / Reuters US President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, and Vice President–elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug, react to confetti onstage at their election rally, after the news media announced that Biden had defeated President Donald Trump, in Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 7. Andrew Kelly / Reuters A cab driver raises his fist as people celebrate news announcements that Democratic nominee Joe Biden had won the 2020 US presidential election, New York City, Nov. 7. Jarrad Henderson / Reuters Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rips up the speech after President Donald J. Trump concludes his State of the Union address from the House chamber of the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, on Feb. 4. Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images President Donald Trump walks back to the White House escorted by the Secret Service after a photo op outside of St. John's Episcopal Church across from Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, on June 1. Noah Berger / AP Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn in unincorporated Napa County, California, on Aug. 18. Rob Schumacher / Getty Images The melted sign of the Oak Park Motel destroyed by the flames of the Beachie Creek Fire is seen in Gates, Oregon, on Sept. 13. Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters An adult male jaguar named Ousado rests during treatment for burn injuries on his paws after a fire in Pantanal, at NGO Nex Institute in Corumba de Goias, Brazil, Sept. 19. Angelos Tzortzinis / Getty Images People with children flee flames after a major fire broke out in the Moria migrants camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, on Sept. 9. Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters A migrant pulls a girl lying on a cart, following a fire at the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 11. Getty Images An aerial view shows the massive damage done to Beirut port's grain silos and the area around it on Aug. 5, 2020, one day after a mega-blast tore through the harbor in the heart of the Lebanese capital with the force of an earthquake, killing more than 200 people and injuring about 5,000 others. Adrees Latif / Reuters A home is seen destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana, Oct. 10. Jordi Vidal / Getty Images Musicians from UceLi Quartet perform for an audience made up of 2,292 plants on June 22 in Barcelona. David Becker / Getty Images Comet NEOWISE is seen in the sky above the "Seven Magic Mountains" art installation in Jean, Nevada, on July 15. Kate BubaczBuzzFeed News Photo DirectorContact Kate Bubacz at firstname.lastname@example.org.Got a confidential tip? 👉 Submit it herePia PetersonBuzzFeed News Photo EditorContact Pia Peterson at email@example.com.