JPGHere Are The Most Powerful Photos Of 2021This year was marked by incredible moments of perseverance and hope amid overlapping tragedies. These are the pictures that defined 2021.By by Pia PetersonBuzzFeed News Photo Editor and by Kate BubaczBuzzFeed News Photo DirectorPosted on December 21, 2021, 9:44 pmTwitterFacebookLink Shawn Triplett Debris is pictured from the theater of an American Legion building after tornadoes ripped through Mayfield, Kentucky, and several other US states on Dec. 11, 2021. Mario Tama / Getty Images LaToya Feltus holds the hand of her daughter, Amya, 13, after she received a COVID-19 vaccination dose at a clinic operated by DePaul Community Health Center on Aug. 12, 2021, in New Orleans. Patrick Semansky / AP American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden at the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 20, 2021. Evelyn Hockstein / Reuters Angry parents and community members protest after a Loudoun County School Board meeting was halted because the crowd refused to quiet down in Ashburn, Virginia, on June 22, 2021. John Minchillo / AP The face of President Donald Trump appears on large screens as supporters participate in a rally in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021. Leah Millis / Reuters Police officers stand guard as supporters of President Trump gather in front of the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021. J. Scott Applewhite / AP Police with guns drawn watch as rioters try to break into the House Chamber at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP via Getty Images Supporters of President Trump gather across from the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images Members of the National Guard take a rest in the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 13, 2021, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching President Donald Trump. Greg Kahn for BuzzFeed News Nonscalable fencing outside the Capitol is shown at sunrise on Jan. 18, 2021. Drew Angerer / Getty Images President Joe Biden fist bumps newly sworn-in Vice President Kamala Harris after she took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2021. Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet for BuzzFeed News Cutouts of politician Andrew Yang are seen on the streets of New York City. Megan Varner / Getty Images People bring flowers to the memorial set up outside of the Gold Spa on March 19, 2021, in Atlanta. Mourners gathered to pay respect to the Asian community after suspect Robert Aaron Long, 21, attacked three spas, killing eight people, six of whom were Asian. David Zalubowski / AP Mourners walk the temporary fence line outside the parking lot of a King Soopers grocery store, the site of a mass shooting in which 10 people died, on March 26, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado. John Locher / AP Rev. Robert R.A. Turner, pastor of the historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church, prays in the sanctuary between meetings around centennial commemorations of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 28, 2021. Brandon Bell / Getty Images Nehemiah Frank, left, teaches his cousin David McIntye II about the massacre in the Greenwood district on May 28, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. David Goldman / AP Sue Howland, right, a member of the Quick Response Team that visits everyone who overdoses to offer help, checks in on Betty Thompson, 65, who struggles with alcohol addiction, at her apartment in Huntington, West Virginia, on March 17, 2021. Lindsey Wasson / Reuters Yoshia Uomoto, 98, reacts as her son Mark Uomoto and niece Gail Yamada surprise her with their first in-person visit in a year after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted at Nikkei Manor, an assisted living facility primarily serving Japanese Americans in Seattle on March 30, 2021. Ed Jones / AFP via Getty Images Alison Henry (center) embraces her son Liam as they meet after arriving on a flight from the UK following the easing of pandemic travel restrictions at JFK International Airport in New York on Nov. 8, 2021. Giorgio Viera / AFP via Getty Images Search and rescue teams look for possible survivors in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Florida. Mahmoud Khaled / AFP via Getty Images The Panama-flagged MV Ever Given container ship sailing near a felucca along Egypt's Suez Canal near the canal's central city of Ismailia on July 7, 2021. The MV Ever Given, which had blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March, weighed anchor on July 7 after Egyptian authorities and the Japanese owner agreed to a compensation deal. Tamir Kalifa / The New York Times Camilla Swindle, 19, sits in a shopping cart as she and her boyfriend wait in a long line to enter a grocery store in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 16, 2021, as people stock up ahead of another expected storm. Courtney Sacco / Reuters Krystan Hood sits with her two young children inside her car in Texas on Feb. 16, 2021, trying to keep warm during a brutal winter storm. Craig Ruttle / AP People travel through a torrential downpour caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida near Columbus Circle on Sept. 1, 2021. Alex Milan Tracy / Sipa USA via AP Jen Nelson sprays water on her back after Mike Anderly stopped by with a water tank for people to use at a homeless camp along Northeast Marine Drive in Portland, Oregon, on June 28, 2021, where temperatures reached an all-time high of 116 degrees. Caitlin Ochs For Buzzfeed News Golf courses just outside the Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell in Arizona. The reservoir is at a historic low, and cuts in water usage are mandated for 2022 to address the ongoing megadrought. Josh Edelson / AFP via Getty Images Flames consume multiple homes as the Caldor fire pushes into South Lake Tahoe, California, on Aug. 30, 2021. Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg via Getty Images A resident reacts as a wildfire approaches her house in the village of Gouves, on the island of Evia, Greece, on Aug. 8, 2021. Thousands of residents were evacuated after wildfires hit Greece's second-biggest island. Danish Siddiqui / Reuters People wait to cremate victims who died due to COVID at a crematorium ground in New Delhi, India, on April 23, 2021. Jose Luis Magana / AP A visitor sits on a bench to look at artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's "In America: Remember," a temporary art installation made up of white flags to commemorate Americans who have died of COVID-19, on the National Mall on Oct. 2, 2021. Leon Neal / AP Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip in Windsor, England, on April 17, 2021. Chris O'meara / AP In this long exposure photo, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station on April 23, 2021. Anadolu Agency / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images People rescue a wounded child as search and rescue work continues at a building after airstrikes by Israeli forces hit buildings in the al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City on May 16, 2021. Fatima Shbair / Getty Images Palestinian children hold candles during a rally amid the ruins of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Lahia Northern Gaza Strip on May 25, 2021, in Gaza City. Khalil Hamra / AP Relatives of 11-year-old Hussain Hamad, who was killed by an explosion during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, react during his funeral in the family home in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, on May 11, 2021. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP via Getty Images People on a bus try to touch the hands of soldiers of Tigray People's Liberation Front fighters on a truck as they arrive in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, on June 29, 2021. Nariman El-mofty / AP Surgeon and doctor-turned-refugee Tewodros Tefera cleans a wound and makes a cast for 31-year-old Tigrayan refugee Kalayu Hagos, who recently fled and was severely wounded in the conflict at home, inside the Sudanese Red Crescent clinic in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, near the border with Ethiopia, on March 23, 2021. Sandra Sebastian / AP Honduran immigrants clash with Guatemalan soldiers in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, on Jan. 17, 2021. AP Photo Anti-coup protesters surround an injured man in Hlaing Tharyar Township in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 14, 2021. Wakil Kohsar / AFP via Getty Images Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 16, 2021. Thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the Taliban's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule after a stunningly swift end to the United States' 20-year war in the country. Wakil Kohsar / AFP via Getty Images Afghan journalists Nematullah Naqdi and Taqi Daryabi show their wounds in their office in Kabul after being released from Taliban custody on Sept. 8, 2021. They were beaten and detained for hours by Taliban fighters for covering a protest in the Afghan capital. Reginald Louissaint Jr / AFP via Getty Images People gather after spending the night outside in the aftermath of the earthquake, facing the severe inclement weather of Tropical Storm Grace near Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 17, 2021. Paul Ratje / AFP via Getty Images A Border Patrol agent on horseback tries to stop a Haitian immigrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuna Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 19, 2021. Adrees Latif / Reuters Immigrants take shelter along the Del Rio International Bridge at sunset as they await to be processed after crossing the Rio Grande into the US on Sept. 19, 2021. Eze Amos / Getty Images Workers remove the statue of Robert E. Lee on Sept. 8, 2021, in Richmond, Virginia. Loic Venance / AFP via Getty Images US gymnast Simone Biles prepares to practice on the balance beam during a training session at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 22, 2021, on the eve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Jamie Squire / Getty Images Sunisa Lee of Team United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's All-Around Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 29, 2021. China Daily / Reuters Wild Asian elephants lie on the ground and rest in the Jinning district of Kunming, Yunnan province, China, on June 7, 2021. Rachel Wisniewski Mary Tantarelli grips the hands of Jonathan, a nurse at the facility, before she receives her COVID-19 vaccination on Feb. 19, 2021. Rachel Wisniewski photographed residents at the Brandywine Living at Senior Suites in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, before and after the pandemic for a heartwrenching story on aging for BuzzFeed News. Pia PetersonBuzzFeed News Photo EditorContact Pia Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.Got a confidential tip? 👉 Submit it hereKate BubaczBuzzFeed News Photo DirectorContact Kate Bubacz at email@example.com.