2014 was full of powerful moments both spectacular and devastating. We cheered for our countries in the Sochi Olympics and World Cup, came together as horrific weather conditions struck every part of the world, watched Ebola claim countless lives, and witnessed what felt like an endless stream of riots and protests both abroad and in our neighborhoods. We hope that this gallery of the most powerful photos of 2014 will help you remember all of the incredible, heartbreaking, life-changing and moving events that took place in the world this past year:
Nearly 20 years have passed since the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The city has since been abandoned, and yet it retains a shell of a place that once was: where…
With income inequality as high today as it was in the 1930s, a photo peek into the past presents us with a not-too different vision of our divided present. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 hurtled the coming decade into a financial crisis that would leave a lasting impact across the globe. Authoritarian governments would sink their teeth into nations in Europe, Asia and South America, while most Americans and Canadians suffered from extreme poverty and starvation. Labor rebellions broke out in the English controlled Caribbean and Mohandas Gandhi led a march to the sea as a stand against Imperialism. The 1930s proved to be a difficult time for many, and would eventually lead to the rise of Nazism and the start of World War II.
TIME Features Its Picks For The Year’s Best Photojournalism
From the civil war in the Central African Republic to the bloating Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, to the escalating crisis in Ukraine, there has–as is the case every year–been no shortage of photojournalism material in 2014. Time photojournalists have scoured the globe to bring these stories home to readers, journeying all the way from Afghanistan to Brazil to Japan to Gaza. The photos they have produced raise more questions than answers, but that’s exactly what a powerful photograph should do. Be sure to check out the rest of the series at Time Lightbox.
We often talk about the holidays being a time to be generous, but sometimes that self-directed generosity (re: purchasing a large, cream-covered “coffee” monstrosity sprinkled with seasonal coloring) only amounts to bloating, general discomfort and a late-night WebMD search on diabetes symptoms. The people at Buzzfeed have cut through the whipped cream to let you know just what you’re ingesting when you take the first sip of your favorite holiday drink. Viewer discretion is advised.