Look Back: Photographs Which Defined 2015

Look Back: Photographs Which Defined 2015

Photographers brought stories from around the world. In a year that was dominated by human conflict in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Europe, Nigeria etc., photographs helped us cope with the magnitude of the situation. The Logical Indian lists 26 photos which defined 2015.

1. South Asian Poverty

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Ten-year-old Johanara surfs. The Bangladeshi surf girls are a group of eight outgoing and spunky girls ranging in ages 10 to 13 years old, who live and work in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Poverty is forcing them into an early adulthood, as they are obligated to shoulder the responsibility of earning money to help feed their families. Early each morning, rain or shine, they leave their homes and make their way to the beach, where they work selling jewellery and eggs until late into the night before returning home. Their families are unable survive without the girls’ income.

2. Ukraine Crisis

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A view of a kindergarten that was shelled in Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine. Jan. 22, 2015.

3. Kurdish Conflict

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Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab. Kurdish forces recaptured the town on the Turkish frontier on January 26, in a symbolic blow to the jihadists who have seized large swathes of territory in their onslaught across Syria and Iraq. January 30, 2015 .

4. Syrian Civil War

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A young boy walks past a makeshift barricade made of wreckages of buses to obstruct the view of regime snipers and to keep people safe, in the rebel-held side of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. March 14, 2015.

5. G7 Summit


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German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. president Barack Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, during the G-7 summit. June 8, 2015.

6. Refugee Crisis

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Migrants cross into Hungary as they walk over railroad tracks at the Serbian border with Hungary. Horgas, Serbia. Sept. 7, 2015.

7. Pope Francis

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Pope Francis arrives for a special audience with members of the dioceses of Cassano allo Ionio, from southern Italy, at the Vatican. Feb. 21, 2015.

8. California Drought

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A large plume of smoke rises from the Rocky Fire near Clearlake, Calif. Over 1,900 fire-fighters are battling the Rocky Fire that burned over 22,000 acres since it started earlier that week. The fire has destroyed at least 14 homes. Aug. 1, 2015.

9. Pluto

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Pluto as seen in an image taken by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, when the spacecraft was 7,68,000 kilometers (476,000 miles) from the surface. July 13, 2015.

10. Charlie Hebdo

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People gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Jan. 7, 2015.

11. UFC

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Holly Holm of the U.S. (pictured right) lands a kick to the neck to knock out compatriot Ronda Rousey and wins the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title fight in Melbourne, Australia. Nov. 15, 2015.

12.Selma Marches

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President Barack Obama, Amelia Boynton, right, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and the first family lead a march toward the Edmund Pettus bridge, 50 years to the day after Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala. In an address, Obama rejected the notion that race relations have not improved in the years since—as well as the notion that racism has been defeated. March 7, 2015.

13. Ebola

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Ebola survivor and nurse’s aid Benetha Coleman comforts an infant girl with Ebola symptoms in the high-risk area of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), Paynesville, Liberia. Jan. 26, 2015.

14. Nigerian Elections

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Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress hit another supporter with a motorbike during celebrations in Kano. Nigeria’s opposition APC declared an election victory for former military ruler Buhari and said Africa’s most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power. March 31, 2015.

15. Tbilisi Floods

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A runaway hippo on the loose in the streets of Tbilisi, Georgia. Portions of the Tbilisi’s zoo were destroyed, due to severe flooding in the capital, allowing many animals – including six tigers, six lions and eight bears – to break free of their enclosures and roam the streets. June, 14 2015.

16. Rohingya Migrant Crisis

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Rohingya migrants pass food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter to others aboard a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea. A boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants—including many young children—was found drifting in Thai waters, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days. May 14, 2015.

17. 2016 US Presidential Election

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waits to be introduced before speaking about rural issues at the Des Moines Area Community College, in Ankeny, Iowa. Aug. 26, 2015.

18. US-Russia relations

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U.S. President Barack Obama extends his hand to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, N.Y. Sept. 28, 2015.

19. Nepal Earthquake

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Bishnu Gurung sobs after her 3-year-old daughter, Rejina Gurung, was found buried in the rubble in the village of Gumda in Gorkha district, near the epicenter of last month’s Nepal earthquake. May 8, 2015.

20. FIFA Controversy

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British comedian known as Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference after the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. July 20, 2015.

21. Iran Nuclear Deal

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks as he takes a break for the lunch time after a bilateral meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) for a new round of Nuclear Iran Talks, in Montreux, Switzerland. March, 3 2015.

22. World Trade Center

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Visitors look out over city streets from the One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, in New York. May 29, 2015.

23. Indian Independence Day

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in Delhi. August 15, 2014.

24. European Refugee Crisis

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A police officer screams at refugees as they attempt to board a train in Tovarnik, Croatia, close to the border with Serbia. From Tovarnik, refugees boarded trains and buses to be transported to either Hungary or Slovenia, then to be taken to border with Austria and onward. Sept. 17, 2015.

25. Tianjin Explosion

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An aerial picture of the site of explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China. The blasts devastated a large industrial site and nearby residential areas, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. Aug. 16, 2015.

26. Aylan Kurdi

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A paramilitary police officer investigates the scene before carrying the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi, 3, after a number of migrants died and others were reported missing when boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized near the Turkish resort of Bodrum. Sept. 2, 2015.

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