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2022 in pictures: Striking photos from around the world


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A selection of some of the most powerful pictures taken by news agency photographers around the world this year.

A woman from the Kirat community wearing traditional attire dances during the Sakela festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, 1 January 2022.Image source, Rojan Shrestha/NurPhoto/Getty Images
A woman from the Kirat community wearing traditional dress dances during the Sakela festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.
 
Aerial view of cars and rubble after the Rio das Velhas overflowed on 12 January 2022 in Honorio Bicalho, Brazil.Image source, Pedro Vilela / Getty Images
Landslides and flooding caused by torrential rain killed at least 15 people in south-eastern Brazil. More than 28,000 people had to leave their homes in Minas Gerais state, where rivers overflowed leaving towns partially submerged.
 
Two people scream while dancing, as protests against coronavirus vaccine mandates continue, in Ottawa, Canada - on 17 February 2022.Image source, CARLOS OSORIO / reuters
People take part in protests against coronavirus vaccine mandates near Canada's parliament in Ottawa. Ontario declared a state of emergency in response to two weeks of the trucker-led protests.
 
Fireworks form the Olympic rings during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, 4 February 2022.Image source, Future Publishing / Getty Images
Beijing became the first city to host both a summer and winter edition of an Olympic Games, with the opening ceremony of this year's winter games once again held in the iconic Bird's Nest stadium in China's capital.
 
Will Smith hits Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on 27 March 2022.Image source, BRIAN SNYDER / Reuters
Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face on stage at the Oscars in Hollywood, Los Angeles, after the comedian made a joke about the actor's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The incident overshadowed the awards ceremony. Smith later apologised to Rock, saying his behaviour was "unacceptable and inexcusable".
 
People cross the river via a makeshift bridge as they flee the frontline town of Irpin, near Kyiv, Ukraine - 7 March 2022.Image source, ROMAN PILIPEY/EPA-EFE
Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion of neighbouring Ukraine at the end of February, attacking locations across the country. Here, civilians cross the river using a makeshift bridge, as they flee fighting in the frontline town of Irpin, near the capital Kyiv.
 
A man pushes his bike through debris and destroyed military vehicles on a street in Bucha, Ukraine - 6 April 2022.Image source, Chris McGrath / Getty Images
A man pushes his bike through debris and decimated military vehicles in Bucha, a town just outside Kyiv. In April, journalists entering the Ukrainian town - the site of fierce fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces - found dead bodies of men in civilian clothes abandoned in the streets.
 
Elvis tribute artists arrive at Central station, Sydney, Australia ahead of boarding the Elvis Express to Parkes for the annual festival - 21 April, 2022.Image source, Wendell Teodoro / Getty Images
Elvis tribute artists arrive at Central station, Sydney, ahead of boarding the Elvis Express to Parkes. The Parkes Elvis Festival, in New South Wales, is held annually, usually to coincide with Presley's birthday in January. However, the 2022 event was rescheduled to April due to Covid restrictions earlier in the year.
 
A group of Samburu women making traditional Samburu ornaments and jewellery out of beads in Sera Conservancy, Samburu County, Kenya on 10 May, 2022.Image source, LUIS TATO / AFP
Samburu women make traditional ornaments and jewellery out of beads in Sera Conservancy, Samburu County. The beadwork is sold through the Conservancy, creating an income for local farming families that have seen their traditional lifestyle threatened by climate change and the deterioration of Kenya's rangeland.
 
US actress Kristen Stewart poses during a photocall for the film Crimes Of the Future, at the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in southern France, on 24 May 2022.Image source, CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP
US actress Kristen Stewart poses during a photocall for Crimes Of the Future, at the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in France.
 
Abortion rights protesters gather at the Utah State Capitol, after the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs v Women's Health Organization abortion case, overturning the landmark Roe v Wade ruling - 24 June 2022.Image source, JIM URQUHART / REUTERS
Abortion rights protesters gathered at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, after the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling, which saw abortion made legal across the US.
 
Migrants from Central and South America are registered by border patrol agents in Roma, Texas, having crossed the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico - 13 June 2022.Image source, ADREES LATIF / Reuters
Migrants are registered by border patrol agents in Roma, Texas, after crossing the Rio Grande river from Mexico. Migration into the US from Mexico continued to surge, breaking 2021's record levels. Over 50 migrants died in June, trapped in an abandoned lorry on a highway in Texas: it was the worst case of migrant deaths due to smuggling in the US.
 
Rescue workers perform CPR on a mother elephant after it fell into a manhole in Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Nayok province, Thailand, 13 July 2022.Image source, TAANRUUAMCHON / Reuters
Rescuers saved an elephant and her calf who had both fallen into a pit in Thailand. The mother had to be hoisted to safety after trying to reach her baby.
 
Aymara indigenous women play football during a championship in the Aymara district of Juli in Puno, southern Peru, on 16 July, 2022.Image source, CARLOS MAMANI / AFP
Aymara indigenous women play football during a championship in the Aymara district of Juli in Puno, southern Peru.
 
People visit the site of the newly erupted Fagradalsfjall volcano in Meradalir valley, outside the town of Grindavik - on 6 August 2022.Image source, Sergei Gapon/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
People visit the site of the newly erupted Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland's Meradalir valley, outside the town of Grindavik. The volcano erupted on 3 August after weeks of minor earthquakes in the area.
 
A view of pagodas on Louxingdun Island during a regional drought in Lushan, Jiangxi province, China - 24 August 2022.Image source, THOMAS PETER / Reuters
The pagodas on Louxingdun Island were dramatically exposed, as the water of Poyang Lake reached historically low levels during a severe drought across Jiangxi province in China.
 
Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, with the Imperial State Crown resting on top, into St. George's Chapel, Windsor - on 19 September 19, 2022.Image source, Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images
Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, bearing the Imperial State Crown, into St. George's Chapel in Windsor. Britain's longest-serving monarch died peacefully at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, aged 96.
 
Former Brazilian President and presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a rally in Curitiba, Brazil, 17 September 2022.Image source, UESLEI MARCELINO / Reuters
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a rally in Curitiba, Brazil during the 2022 presidential election, which saw Lula go head to head with far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro - two bitter rivals from opposite sides of the political spectrum. Lula won, with 50.9% of the votes, ousting current president Bolsonaro, and marking a stunning political comeback.
 
A man demands the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry after he put up road barricades during a general strike in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 28, 2022.Image source, RICHARD PIERRIN / AFP
Senior leaders called for calm after days of violent anti-government protests in Haiti. Protesters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, after an end to government fuel subsidies caused petrol and diesel prices to skyrocket.
 
A woman cuts off her hair during a protest against the Iranian government in Istanbul, Turkey. October 2022.Image source, dia images / Getty Images
Around the world women united in protest against the Iranian government by cutting their hair - as seen here in Istanbul. The protests began following the death in custody in Tehran of Mahsa Amini, a woman who was detained by Iran's morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab "improperly".
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, Li Zhanshu, and Wang Huning, right, look on as former President Hu Jintao, centre, is escorted out of the closing session of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, on 22 October 2022.Image source, Kevin Frayer / Getty Images
In October, Chinese former leader Hu Jintao was led out of the closing ceremony of the Communist Party Congress. The frail-looking 79-year-old was sitting beside President Xi Jinping when he was escorted away by officials. No formal statement was made by the Chinese government concerning the incident.
 
A mother cradles her child suffering from severe malnutrition in the ICU of Bay Regional Hospital in Baidoa, Somalia on 9 November 2022Image source, GUY PETERSON / AFP
A mother cradles her child, who is suffering from severe malnutrition, in the intensive care unit of Bay Regional Hospital in Baidoa, Somalia. After four failed rainy seasons in a row, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are in the midst of the worst period of drought in the region for 40 years.
 
US President Joe Biden speaks at a Democratic National Committee event at the Howard Theatre in Washington DC - on 18 October, 2022Image source, Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images
US President Joe Biden speaks at a Democratic National Committee event in Washington DC, three weeks ahead of US midterm elections in early November. The final results have left a divided government in the US. Come January, the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, will be held by Republicans, while the 100-seat Senate will be run by Democrats.
 
Nasa's next-generation Moon rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion crew capsule, lifts off from launch complex 39-B, in Florida, USA, on the unmanned Artemis 1 mission to the moon -16 November 2022.Image source, JOSEPH RIMKUS / Reuters
The US space agency, Nasa, launched the most powerful rocket ever built - Artemis 1 - in November. The 100m vehicle blasted off on its debut flight from Florida's Cape Canaveral - the start of a mission to send an unmanned capsule around the Moon.
 
A model poses with a creation by Victoire Kouroupe, a local designer and head of "KJV creation", ahead of the first Central African Fashion Week at the Ledger Hotel in Bangui, 17 December 2022.Image source, BARBARA DEBOUT / AFP
A model poses with a creation by Victoire Kouroupe, a local designer, ahead of the first Central African Fashion Week, in Bangui in December.
 
Lionel Messi, of Argentina, celebrates with the World Cup trophy after winning the 2022 final in Qatar - at Lusail Stadium on 18 December 2022.Image source, Shaun Botterill / FIFA / Getty Images
Lionel Messi finally got his hands on the World Cup, lifting the trophy for Argentina for the first time since the late Diego Maradona captained the team to victory in 1986. Argentina won the penalty shootout 4-2 against France after a spectacular game centred on the much-anticipated confrontation between 35-year-old maestro Messi and French virtuoso Kylian Mbappe.
 
People wearing Santa Claus outfits take part in a charity race to raise funds to help vulnerable families bringing up children, in Madrid, Spain - 18 December 2022.Image source, ISABEL INFANTES / Reuters
People wearing Santa Claus outfits take part in a charity race to raise funds to help vulnerable families, in Madrid, Spain.
 

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