Here are 29 of the most impactful, sorrowful, and moving pictures from the past year. They are gripping and unforgettable because they speak volumes about the human condition, while portraying some of the best and worst moments of human existence.
We should warn our readers that some of these pictures may upset them, while others may fill them with joy. But that’s precisely because these images reflect some of the best and worst parts of the human experience and world events.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words… but it’s impossible to say just how many words these are worth. Prepare to be left speechless…
A Monk and his rebellious brother.
13-Year-old Ashol Pan is the only female eagle hunter in Mongolia.
#3. The last stop
Passengers try to save a woman after she attempted to commit suicide with a fruit knife.
Palestinian girl armed with a Kalashnikov among Jihad militants in Ghaza city
A girl who survived eleven days in the Siberian forests on her own.
Close-up of an Ethiopian girl from the Hamar tribe.
#7. Family dinner
A bloody Siberian family dinner
Son trying to get his alcohol addicted dad off the streets.
#9. Smoke break
7-Year-old Syrian rebel taking a smoke break
Afghan girl with stunning eyes that look straight through you.
#11. Heterochromia iridum
She got her mother’s eyes.
2-Year-old girl feeding her handicapped mother.
#13. Tea time
Tea time on the Yamal Peninsula.
#14. Pitch black
The face of a Chinese mine worker.
#15. Soldier in tears
“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in”
#16. Long overdue Wedding
After being together for 72 years, Vivian (91) and Alice (90) tied the knot.
#17. Family Drama
A mother and her 3-year-old daughter after being brutally attacked by their husband/ father with acid.
Blind albino boys in Western Bengal, India.
18-Year-old Isralian soldier.
Taking a breather at Burning Man festival.
3-Week-old albino baby sleeping peacefully with his cousin in Kinshasa (Congo).
Rice farmer in a small Vietnam village.
#23. Sky high
Malagasy girl walking under the Baobab trees.
Boy from the nomadic Suri tribe wearing traditional clothing and face paint.
Toshimana, an apprentice Geisha in Kyoto.
A Yadzi girl resting at the Iraqi-Syrian border post in Fish Khabur.
#27. Sibling Love
A Syrian boy saves his sister’s life after pulling her from under the rubble.
Yazidi girl carrying a rifle to protect her family from ISIS.
#. 29 Chances
A poor farmer posing with his graduated son.
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