Hopeful Images From 2019

This has been another year filled with news stories and photos that can often be difficult or disturbing to view. I’ve made it an annual tradition, after rounding up the “news photos of the year,” to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past 12 months—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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    Photos of the Week: Antarctic Sunrise, Suspended Cabin, Shanghai Lightning

    Heavy fog in India, the announcement of a vice-presidential candidate in Delaware, protests and anger in Beirut, a Latvian folk and pagan metal band in concert, derecho damage in Iowa, and much more

  • Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP

    California’s Fast-Moving Lake Fire

    A dangerous wildfire driven by hot, windy conditions has prompted hundreds of evacuations.

  • Greg Du Toit / Barcroft Media / Getty

    World Elephant Day 2020

    Recent images of African and Asian elephants in their natural habitat, as well as in preserves and protected parks

  • Gwendoline Defente / EMAE via AP

    A Growing Oil Spill Off the Coast of Mauritius

    After running aground and being battered by waves for days, the MV Wakashio has leaked tons of fuel oil.