2016: The Year in Photos

The Year in Photos

From political upheaval at home and abroad to natural disasters and terrorism, these are the images that drove the debates of 2016

Published on December 24, 2016
ABOVE: Snow swirls around President-elect Donald Trump as he disembarks his plane for a “Thank You Tour” event in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Dec. 9. The state was key in his surprise victory. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Politics turned on its head

In a testament to his appeal, as many as 14,000 visitors per month trooped to the “Trump House” in Youngstown, Pa., to marvel at a 14-foot steel cutout of the candidate and the patriotic paint job. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

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What is America?

The Anderson sisters — Dakeria, 9, D’liyah, 6, and D’anyriah, 8 — protest at the site in Baton Rouge where Alton Sterling was shot and killed by two white police officers on July 5. The Justice Department is investigating the shooting, which, like others, fueled debate over the deadly use of force against black men by police. (Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post)

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Man vs. nature

A month after Hurricane Matthew blasted through southwestern Haiti on Oct. 4, people who hadn’t eaten in days clamor for sacks of rice, beans and dried herring from a truck that stopped in their village. The island nation will need months of emergency aid to stave off famine, according to relief groups and government officials. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

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A year of political upheaval

Migrants, mostly from Eritrea, jump from an overcrowded wooden boat during a rescue operation off the coast of Libya on Aug. 29. With almost 5,000 people dead or missing, according to the U.N. refu­gee agency, this was the deadliest year on record for refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean in their attempt to flee war, poverty and persecution. (Emilio Morenatti/The Associated Press)

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Terrorism and its victims

Children last month use pieces of debris to slide down the roof of a building destroyed by an airstrike in Qayyarah, Iraq. Iraqi security forces, supported by U.S. troops, earlier retook the town from Islamic State extremists. (Felipe Dana/The Associated Press)

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