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10 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 March 13, 2021, at 11:07 a.m. ET

This week, you may have heard, marked one year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic — a full year that our daily lives in the United States have been disrupted. As we grapple with the anniversary and what it means, people are looking forward to spending more time outside with loved ones as spring and more vaccines arrive. We looked back on a year of the coronavirus pandemic and saw just how much of an emotional roller coaster it was. National Geographic asked photographers from around the world to share their reflections. Celeste Sloman photographed one community in New Mexico whose teenagers were struggling with their mental health, and had an uptick in suicide attempts, after a year of being isolated from their peers.

Tara Wray captured a year of uncertainty with her family with her camera, while Harry Borden has a new book on what it means to be a single dad. For a last look at winter, please enjoy Elena Anosova’s photographs of people on the ice of Russia's famous Lake Baikal. Photographer Pilar Olivares told the story of Brazilian women facing intimate partner violence in lockdown, and Ruxx Naqvi learned to love her city again by photographing it this past year.

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"These Photos Capture the Range of Emotion We Felt in the First Year of the Pandemic" – BuzzFeed News

John Moore / Getty Images

"The Lost Year: What the Pandemic Cost Teenagers" — ProPublica

Celeste Sloman for ProPublica

"'You Worry You'll Be Seen as Weak': Single Dads in Their Own Words" — the Guardian

Harry Borden

"Here Comes the Sun: These Historical Photos Show New Yorkers Basking in the Springtime Weather" — BuzzFeed News

Pink dress-clad woman sunbathing with vigilant hand on her purse
Joe Schilling / Getty Images

"'Street Photography Made Me Love My City Again'" — BBC

Ruxx Naqvi/BBC

"Brazil Women Suffer in Silence as COVID-19 Sparks Domestic Terror" — Reuters

Pilar Olivares / Reuters

"Glimpses of Grief and Resilience, Captured Over an Unforgettable Year" — National Geographic

Rita Harper

"On Lake Baikal, Russia's Hockey Greats Play 'Last Game' for Threatened Environment" — Washington Post

Elena Anosova for The Washington Post

"A Look Back at Decades of Huskies Running the Iditarod" — BuzzFeed News

Al Grillo / AP


A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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