The Powerful (and Heartbreaking) Images That Defined 2016
This year was a tough one. We lost a lot of cool people, dealt with some unexpected political blows and there were too many tragedies to count. But as much as we want to leave some of it behind, it can also be cathartic to look back and take stock. Below, you'll find the most downloaded Getty images of 2016 — i.e., the photos that really defined the year in news.
Stuart Hannagan, VP of editorial imagery for Getty Images, says the year was a mixed one. "2016 was a year of contrasts — a year of chaos to celebration, and heartbreak to protest. Globally, we saw events including the ongoing refugee crisis and the racial riots in America. Locally, we saw heartbreak with the Dreamworld tragedy. But we were also there for the moments that made the world smile and the moments the world celebrated."
Scroll to look back on the year that was.