Top 25 News Photos of 2017

The past 12 months have been eventful, to say the least. From Donald Trump’s new presidency to the enormous Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh; the devastating effects of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; violent clashes between nationalists and protesters in the U.S.; ongoing struggles against extremists across the globe; and so much more. Here, we present the Top 25 News Photos of 2017—be sure to also see the more comprehensive series, 2017: The Year in Photos, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Warning, some of the photos may contain graphic or objectionable content.

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  • Stefano Mazzola / Awakening / Getty

    Photos of the Week: Merkel Diamond, Windy Fire, Pedal Cars

    Container ships anchored off the Port of Los Angeles, gunfire on the front line in Ukraine, citizen astronauts’ splashdown near Florida, a nudist grape harvest in Portugal, and much more

  • Brynn Anderson / AP

    A Sea of Flags: Commemorating More Than 675,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19

    Images of a temporary art installation made up of hundreds of thousands of small white flags representing Americans lost to COVID-19

  • Desiree Martin / AFP / Getty

    Photos: A Destructive Eruption on the Canary Islands

    More than 100 houses have been destroyed by a recent eruption on La Palma island.

  • Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

    Photos of the Week: Grenadier Guards, Floating Island, Wrapped Arch

    Flooding in southern France, cliff diving in Ireland, civilian astronauts’ launch from Florida, an elephant bath in Pakistan, scenes from the Met Gala in New York City, and much more