Top 25 News Photos of 2015

The past year has been a series of tumultuous news stories, from the massive migration crisis, and war and terror those migrants are fleeing, to historic images of faraway Pluto, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling supporting same-sex marriage, and widespread protests about continued inequality. See also, the more comprehensive 2015: The Year in Photos, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

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  • Todd Kennedy

    The 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

    A selection of entries from this year’s competition, which is open for submissions until November 15

  • Eric Thayer / Reuters

    Photos: The Woolsey Fire Leaves Devastation in Malibu, California

    The Woolsey Fire and the nearby Hill Fire have forced the evacuation of nearly 250,000 residents from their homes near the Pacific Coast in California’s Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

  • Eric Miller / Reuters

    Photos of the Week: Midterm Elections, Flaming Barrels, Diwali Lanterns

    A visit to the Swiss Museum of Transport, NATO soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan, autumn colors pass their peak in the North, Bonfire Night across England, and much more

  • Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty

    The Camp Fire Ravages Paradise, California

    Within 24 hours, the Camp Fire has burned more than 20,000 acres, and has virtually destroyed the town of Paradise.