Hopeful Images From 2018

2018 has been another year of news stories with photos that can often be difficult or disturbing to view. I’ve made it a tradition to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past year—an effort to seek out and recognize some of the abundant joy and kindness present in the world around us. The following are images from the past year of personal victories, families and friends at play, expressions of love and compassion, volunteers at work, assistance being given to those in need, or simply small and pleasant moments.

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  • Christian Petersen / Getty

    Preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

    Images of athletes around the world as they train, compete, and prepare for their long-delayed chance at an Olympic medal

  • Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty

    Photos: Turkey’s Sea-Snot Disaster

    A collection of images from the Sea of Marmara, along Turkey’s coast, where a thick layer of glop known as mucilage, or “sea snot,” has covered shorelines for months.

  • Dia Dipasupil / Getty for Tribeca Festival

    Photos of the Week: Mouse Hunter, Lake Jumper, Sunset Hiker

    Fancy hats at the Royal Ascot, a derailed train in Mexico, military exercises in Morocco, rhythmic gymnastics in Bulgaria, protests at the G7 summit in England, and much more

  • NASA

    The Beauty of Earth From Orbit

    In the past few months, crew members aboard the ISS have taken some amazing photographs of our lovely planet.