When everything seemed to indicate that in 2021 we would return to normal, COVID-19 said something else. The best photos of 2021 They not only summarize a year marked by the advance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the uneven vaccination process, but also by the ravages caused by climate change. But there were also moments of joy, like the Olympics or advances in space exploration.
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January 6, 2021
The day America’s democracy was in jeopardy. Hundreds of supporters of then-incumbent President Donald Trump tried to prevent Congress from ratifying Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election. In the image, police officers point their weapons at one of the Capitol doors to impede the advancement of Trump supporters.
January 20, 2021
Wearing distinctive wool gloves and looking relaxed and carefree, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders and former presidential candidate awaits on the steps of the Capitol for Joe Biden to be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
February 14, 2021
The Emirates eXploration Imager (EXI) probe captured this impressive image of Mars, on the UAE’s first mission to this planet. From an altitude of 24,700 kilometers above the Martian surface, it is possible to observe Olympus Mons, the highest volcano on Mars, Tharsis Montes, and the Ascraeus Mons, Pavonis Mons and Arsia Mons volcanoes.
February 16, 2021
A physician assistant transports the Modern COVID-19 vaccine to be administered at a vaccination site at Kedren Community Health Center in Los Angeles, California. Despite the efforts, the disease does not give truce and numerous variants, including delta and omicron, have increased the levels of infections during 2021.
April 21, 2021
A local activist bursts into tears after the sentencing of Derek Chauvin, the former US police officer accused of causing the death of African-American George Floyd, emerged. Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years in prison, sparking the largest racial justice demonstrations in decades in the United States.
May 17, 2021
Pierre Thivillon, the zoo’s owner, laughs alongside a chimpanzee at the Saint-Martin-la-Plaine Zoo in France, days before its reopening as part of France’s final step in an attempt to regain normalcy after the COVID-19.
May 26, 2021
As if it were a holiday for the Greek gods, the full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon, built about 440 years before Christ. The building is located in Sounion, about 70 kilometers from Athens.
June 23, 2021
A man visiting hospitals for sick children dressed as Spider-Man hands a Spider-Man mask to Pope Francis, when they meet at the end of the weekly general audience, in a strange fusion of religious belief and popular culture.
July 10, 2021
The city of superlatives, with the tallest tower in the world among its many records, Dubai now has the Deep Dive Dubai, the pool that at 60 meters is the deepest on the planet and also has a “sunken city” for divers to explore it.
August 1, 2021
Unexpectedly, the Italian Lamont Marcell Jacobs became at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the successor of the Jamaican Usain Bolt. The fastest new man in the world, completing the 100 meter dash in 9.80 seconds, beating American Fred Kerley and Canadian Andre de Grasse.
August 8, 2021
A local resident helps firefighters fight the forest fires that hit the island of Evia, Greece’s second largest, amid the worst heat wave to hit the country in decades during the boreal summer. The fire burned vast areas of pine forest, destroyed homes and forced tourists and locals to flee the area.
August 13, 2021
Thaw caused by global warming hits Svinafellsjokull, one of twelve glaciers that descend from Vatnajokull, Iceland’s largest ice sheet. Since the 1990s, 90 percent of Iceland’s glaciers have lost their size. The projections show a continuous and strong reduction in the size of the five polar ice caps of the Scandinavian country.
August 21, 2021
A US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft rescues Afghan refugees from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, after the Taliban overthrew the Ashraf Ghani government following the withdrawal of US troops from that country.
August 31, 2021
The Maldonado family travels by boat to their home after Hurricane Ida passed through Barataria, Louisiana. “I lost everything in my trailer. I lost everything, my family lost everything and now we are trying to find help, ”said Fusto Maldonado. Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on August 29 in Louisiana, causing flooding and wind damage along the Gulf Coast.
September 19, 2021
A United States Border Patrol agent tries to prevent a Haitian migrant from entering a camp on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuña del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
September 29, 2021
From left to right, actress Yulia Peresild, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and film director Klim Shipenko pose before the launch of the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), to shoot the first movie in space .
November 13, 2021
Lava flows into the sea from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma, Spain. The volcano has been erupting since September 19, 2021 after weeks of seismic activity, causing millions of dollars worth of damage to property and businesses. More than 6,000 people had to leave their homes.
November 28, 2021
A group of macaque monkeys ride on the photographer’s back at Phra Prang Sam Yod Temple, during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Bangkok’s Lopburi province.