Year In Review: 25 Most Powerful Photos of 2011

Posted by , Updated on March 22, 2014

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

Irish ProtesterAAP
24

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

US soldiers being airliftedGetty Images
23

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

Port-au-PrinceAAP
22

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

Chinese hot springGetty Images
21

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

Occupy protesters being pepper sprayedGetty Images

20

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

Indian stuntman riding wall of deathGetty Images
19

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

Double decker bus burning
18

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

starving childAP
17

Farmer in Gansu Province, China

Chinese farmerReuters
16

Red-headed seal pup abandoned by mother in Russia

Abandoned seal pupPicture Media
15

Boat sits atop a house in post-tsunami Japan

post-tsunami JapanGetty Images
14

Obama plays table tennis with UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Barack Obama plays table tennisAAP
13

People sift through a Guatemala City garbage dump

Trash dump in Guatemala CityGetty Images
12

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

NATO oil tankersGetty Images
11

Woman jumps to safety during London riots

London riotsGetty Images
10

Fisherman and his family on the outskirts of Kochi, India

Indian fishermanReuters
9

Dust storm gathers over Pheonix, Arizona

Dust storm in PheonixGetty Images
8

Flower girl covers her ears at the Royal Wedding

Royal WeddingAAP
7

Man grieves at son’s memorial on tenth anniversary of 9/11

Man grieves son at 9/11 memorialGetty Images
6

Space shuttle Atlantis takes off on its final voyage

Spaceshuttle AtlantisAAP
5

Leopard attacks a forest guard in India

Leopard attacks forest guardAAP
4

U.S. Army soldiers fire a howitzer from Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province

US Army soldiers fire a howitzerReuters
3

Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts

Puyehue Volcano eruption in ChileAAP
2

Couple embraces in the street after being knocked down during the Vancouver riots

Couple embraces during Vancouver riotsGetty Images
1

Libyan rebel plays guitar in the midst of a firefight

Libyan rebel playing guitarGetty Images

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