2016: The Year in Photos, September–December

As the year comes to a close, it's time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2016. Among the events covered in this essay (the last of a three-part photo summary of the year): the U.S. presidential election; continued wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen; a new view of the planet Jupiter; the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew; protests against the Dakota Access pipeline project; and much more. See also, the Top 25 News Photos of 2016, the Year in Photos Part 1, and the Year in Photos Part 2. The series comprises 120 images in all. Warning: some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.

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