2021 in pictures: Striking photojournalism from around the world

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A selection of some of the most powerful pictures taken by news agency photographers around the world this year.

A pro-Donald Trump protester carries the lectern of US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, through the Rotunda of the Capitol BuildingImage source, Win McNamee / Getty Images
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A pro-Donald Trump protester carries the lectern of US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, through the Rotunda of the Capitol Building. On 6 January, violent supporters of the former president surged past barricades and into the building while Congress was certifying Joe Biden's election win.
Image source, ANDREW HARNIK / AFP
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Kamala Harris becomes the US's first female, black and south Asian vice-president after being sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Image source, SAMUEL RAJKUMAR / Reuters
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Family members of Vijay Raju, who died as a result of coronavirus, mourn at a crematorium ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, in May.
Image source, Asif Hassan / AFP
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A child points out a balloon in Karachi, Pakistan, after Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan in May.
Image source, Chandan Khanna / AFP
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Search and rescue teams work on the site of a collapsed 12-storey apartment complex in Surfside, near Miami in Florida, where 98 people were killed on 24 June. One remaining section of the apartment block was demolished in early July over safety fears. The cause of the collapse is still being investigated.
Image source, Brent Stirton / Getty Images
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Orphaned mountain gorilla, Ndakasi, lies in the arms of her caregiver, Andre Bauma, shortly before her death in September at a gorilla orphanage at Virunga - Africa's oldest national park - in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr Bauma rescued Ndakasi as a two-month-old in 2007 after poachers killed her parents. With no relatives, rangers decided it was too unsafe to let Ndakasi back out into the wild, and so raised her at the gorilla orphanage.
Image source, Sean Gallup / Getty Images
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Fargradalsfjall volcano spews molten lava near Iceland's capital Reykjavik in August. The volcano started erupting in March for the first time in more than 800 years.
Image source, WOJTEK RADWANSKI / AFP
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Imam Aleksander Bazarewicz says a prayer during the funeral ceremony of a 19-year-old Syrian refugee, Ahmed, who drowned in the Bug River trying to get to Poland, in November. The ceremony took place at the local cemetery of a small Muslim Tatars community in Bohoniki.
Image source, Carlos Barria / Reuters
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Crowds celebrate the guilty verdict of white former police officer Derek Chauvin outside Hennepin County Government Center, in Minneapolis, US, in April. A jury found Chauvin guilty on three charges for the killing of George Floyd: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Image source, Sima Diab / Getty Images
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An installation entitled Together, by Lorenzo Quinn, is displayed close to the Great Pyramid of Giza in Cairo in October. The exhibition, Forever Is Now, featured sculptures around the Giza plateau, with works by Egyptian and foreign contemporary artists.
Image source, US Air Mobility Command
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Hundreds of Afghans cram on board a US military cargo plane as they flee Kabul following the takeover of the country by the Taliban in August. US defence analysis website Defense One reported that a US official had said the crew had decided it was better to take off, than force people off the plane.
Image source, PAUL RATJE / afp
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Photographs showing border agents on horseback stopping Haitian migrants from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande in Texas, in September, sparked an investigation in the US. The images of the horseback charge on mostly black migrants was condemned by lawmakers and sparked comparisons to America's slavery era.
Image source, Evelyn Hockstein / Reuters
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Principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre became the first black woman in 30 years to host a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, US, in May. "It's a real honour to be standing here," she said. "But I believe that being behind this podium, being in this building, is not about one person; it's about what we do on behalf of the American people."
Image source, Piroschka van de Wouw / Reuters
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Singer Stefania of Greece performs Last Dance using green screen special effects at the Eurovision Song Contest final in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in May. Italy won the competition with rock band Måneskin. The UK scored zero points with James Newman's entry Embers - the second time in history this has happened.
Image source, Brian Ongoro / AFP
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A medical health worker carrying out door-to-door visits injects a woman with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Siaya, Kenya, in May.
Image source, NASA/JPL-Caltech
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The surface of Mars seen below Mars Perseverance rover in February. Nasa shared hundreds of images of the planet as the rover began its mission to find signs of ancient life and collect samples of rock and regolith (broken rock and soil) for a possible return to Earth.
Image source, He Haiyang / Getty Images
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Giant panda Su Shan gave birth to cubs at Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province, China, in August.
Image source, Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters
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In August, Julio Cesar La Cruz of Cuba posed for photos after winning the men's heavyweight boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Image source, Roberto Schmidt / Getty Images
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Claudia Castano touches the name of her brother German, etched on a wall at the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. In a video released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack in New York City, President Biden paid tribute to the 2,977 people who lost their lives.
Image source, Brandon Bell / Getty Images
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The inside of a tornado-damaged home in Mayfield, Kentucky, US, in December. Tornadoes ripped through the state, with officials saying they were the most devastating in Kentucky's history. More than 70 people are known to have died.
Image source, Noel Celis / AFP
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Lightning crosses the sky as people look at buildings displaying a light show on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing in June. China's President Xi Jinping delivered a speech to mark the event, warning that foreign powers will "get their heads bashed" if they attempt to bully or influence the country.
Image source, Jouni Porsanger / AFP
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Mr Lordi, aka Tomi Petteri Putaansuu, of the Finnish hard rock band Lordi, gets the second jab of his Covid-19 vaccination from a nurse in Rovaniemi, Finland, in August.
Image source, ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP
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Local volunteers gather in an open field and wait to support fire fighters during a wildfire next to the village of Kamatriades, Evia island, Greece
Image source, Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters
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Icebergs are seen at the mouth of the Jakobshavns ice fjord at sunset near Ilulissat, Greenland, in September.
Image source, Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP
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Matt Stutzman, of the US, known as the Armless Archer, competes against Slovakia's Marcel Pavlik in the men's archery individual compound open event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in August.
Image source, Angela Weiss / AFP
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US rapper Lil Nas X at the 2021 Met Gala - one of fashion's biggest and starriest events - at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in September. The Gala returned after being cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Image source, Jack Guez / AFP
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Two astronauts in spacesuits take part in a mission at the Ramon Crater in Israel's Negev desert, designed to help prepare for a future landing on Mars, in October. The Austrian Space Forum and Israel Space Agency are collaborating on the three-week mission.

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