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8 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World

Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the internet.

Posted on December 18, 2021, at 11:47 a.m. ET

Omicron is upon us, and everyone is in an uproar over it — rightly so, as that curve is rising quickly. Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands…you know the drill.

In the meantime, we have some photo content to keep your mind off things. Kentucky and several other states in the South and Midwest are still reeling from the deadly storms last week — we took a look at how people are coming together to help. The Guardian has a great look at the work of Cherry Kearton, a gentleman and a photographer at the turn of the last century. Mary Berridge has an inspiring photo book out on autistic people that was beautifully profiled by CNN. Jeffrey Wolin has taken one of the most humanistic approaches I've ever seen to documenting homelessness, and his interview with us is worth a full read.

For those on the nice list, check out the wholesome Santa School story by Nic Antaya in the Washington Post. For the naughty ones, there is our visual ode to the shitshow that is SantaCon. And finally, the photo roundups of the year continue, with a stunning presentation from the New York Times and a very fun look at sports photos from the AP.

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"A Week After the Deadly Tornadoes, This Is How Kentucky Is Recovering" — BuzzFeed News

A woman holds a toddler next to a building that has free food spray painted outside of it
Scott Olson / Getty Images

"Visible Spectrum: Moving Portraits Show Autism in a New Light" — CNN

Mia, a young autistic person, stands in a room and presses her face into a soft, billowy mound of fabric
Mary Berridge

"The First Man to Hunt Wildlife With a Camera, Not a Rifle" — The Guardian

Man standing in a barren landscape carrying a large, hollow ox made by a taxidermist for photographers to hide inside to film wildlife
Cherry Kearton

"What You Learn at Santa School" — The Washington Post

A man with a long, white beard and a woman lie in bed and look at each other while embracing
Nic Antaya / The Washington Post via Getty Images

"These Photos Are an Ode to the Hot Mess That Is SantaCon" — BuzzFeed News

People dressed as Santa Claus gather at Father Duffy Square for SantaCon in New York City as a crowd of non-Santas take pictures behind them
Gabby Jones / Getty Images

"The Buzz Is Back on the Field of Play in 2021" — AP Images Blog

Allyson Felix kisses her daughter Camryn after her second-place finish in the women's 400-meter run at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials
Ashley Landis / AP Photo

"The Year in Pictures 2021" — The New York Times

Amanda Lucier / The New York Times

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