Year In Review: 25 Most Powerful Photos of 2011

Posted by on January 2, 2012

It’s that time of year again – time to reflect and look back over the past 12 months with nostalgia, thanksgiving, and good riddance. And while there is a place and time for words, as in our article on the top 25 most memorable quotes of 2011, in this post we are focusing on visual representations of our world, specifically the 25 most powerful photos of 2011.
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An Irish traveler protests eviction while standing before a burning English barricade

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24

American soldiers of the 159th Brigade protect their faces from rotorwash as wounded comrades are airlifted to safety

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Two men stand on the edge of their partially destroyed apartment in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince

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Bathers gather at a hotspring in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality while attempting to set a world record

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Police pepper spray Occupy protesters on the University of California-Davis campus

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An stuntman collects rupees from onlookers while riding in India’s Wall of Death

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Double decker bus burns as riot police contain protesters in North London

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Doctors examine a malnourished child just hours from death in a Kenyan field hospital

AP

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Farmer in Gansu Province, China

Reuters

16

Red-headed seal pup abandoned by mother in Russia

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Boat sits atop a house in post-tsunami Japan

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14

Obama plays table tennis with UK Prime Minister David Cameron

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People sift through a Guatemala City garbage dump

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NATO oil tankers burn following an attack by gunmen in Pakistan’s Baluchistan Province

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Woman jumps to safety during London riots

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David Pegg

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After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • andrew

    Hmm, the Irish traveler was standing in front of a burning caravan that SHE had set fire to. Then she brandished a crucifix in front of waiting journalists creating a very clever and obviously staged photo opportunity.

  • Cameron

    The seal is really cute.

  • Steve

    Not sure why you felt the need to highlight “An Irish traveler protests eviction while standing before a burning English barricade” as if it’s some sort of English repression of the Irish.