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These 52 Amazing Photos From Around The World Sum Up 2016 Perfectly

What a year.
Photographers around the world captured the best and worst moments of the year.
Photographers around the world captured the best and worst moments of the year.

2016 ― the year everyone loves to hate. 

It had its fair share of crazy, unbelievable and tragic moments. During the year’s events, photographers around the world captured amazing images of the good and the bad.

From an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Syria to the beautiful northern lights over Russia, we combed through Reuters and Getty Images to find some of the most beautiful ― and sometimes overlooked ― photos. 

Check out the 52 images below, and here’s to even better photos in 2017:

  • Jan. 1-4
    People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 1.
    Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
    People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 1.
  • Jan. 4-11
    A woman with a Ziggy Stardust tattoo visits a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, on Jan. 11. Bowie, a music
    Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
    A woman with a Ziggy Stardust tattoo visits a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, on Jan. 11. Bowie, a music legend who used daringly androgynous displays of sexuality and glittering costumes to frame legendary rock hits "Ziggy Stardust" and "Space Oddity," died of cancer.
  • Jan. 11-18
    A man on a horse jumps over a bonfire in the Spanish central village of San Bartolome de Pinares in the province of Avil
    PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/Getty Images
    A man on a horse jumps over a bonfire in the Spanish central village of San Bartolome de Pinares in the province of Avila, Castile and Leon, during the opening of the traditional religious festival "Luminarias" in honor of San Antonio Abad (Saint Anthony), patron saint of animals, on Jan. 16.
  • Jan. 18-25
    Turkish Coast Guard personnel help refugees as they swim with buoys, after they toppled over a fisherman dinghy en route to G
    Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
    Turkish Coast Guard personnel help refugees as they swim with buoys, after they toppled over a fisherman dinghy en route to Greece on Jan. 22 in Didim district of Aydin, Turkey.
  • Jan. 25-Feb. 1
    David Henrique Ferreira, 5 months, who was born with microcephaly, is kissed by his mother, Mylene Helena Ferreira, on Jan. 2
    Mario Tama/Getty Images
    David Henrique Ferreira, 5 months, who was born with microcephaly, is kissed by his mother, Mylene Helena Ferreira, on Jan. 29 in Recife, Brazil.
  • Feb. 1-8
    Zookeepers hold up a large net barricade to capture a zoo staff member dressed as a zebra at Ueno Zoo on Feb. 2 in Tokyo.&nbs
    Christopher Jue/Getty Images
    Zookeepers hold up a large net barricade to capture a zoo staff member dressed as a zebra at Ueno Zoo on Feb. 2 in Tokyo. In the drill to prepare for a scenario of a zebra escape, the Ueno Zoo workers, local police and emergency workers practiced evacuating the guests and capturing the zookeeper in the costume.
  • Feb. 8-15
    This photo taken on Feb. 13, shows Oleg Melnik, wearing a wire helmet, getting electrical discharges of Tesla coil inside a F
    SERGEI GAPON/Getty Images
    This photo taken on Feb. 13, shows Oleg Melnik, wearing a wire helmet, getting electrical discharges of Tesla coil inside a Faraday cage at the Elemento Science Museum in Minsk, Belarus.
  • Feb. 15-22
    A Buddhist monk lights a candle at Wat Phra Dhammakaya during a ceremony on Makha Bucha Day in Pathum Thani province, north o
    Jorge Silva/Reuters
    A Buddhist monk lights a candle at Wat Phra Dhammakaya during a ceremony on Makha Bucha Day in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok, on Feb. 22. The Dhammakaya temple is regarded as the country's richest Buddhist temple.
  • Feb. 22-29
    Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan Lionel Messi fan, wears a shirt signed by Barcelona star Lionel Messi as he plays foo
    Omar Sobhani/Reuters
    Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan Lionel Messi fan, wears a shirt signed by Barcelona star Lionel Messi as he plays football at the open area in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 26.
  • Feb. 29-March 7
    A woman reacts while walking among the ruins of damaged buildings following heavy fighting between government troops and Kurd
    YASIN AKGUL/Getty Images
    A woman reacts while walking among the ruins of damaged buildings following heavy fighting between government troops and Kurdish fighters on March 2 in the southeastern Turkey Kurdish town of Cizre, near the border with Syria and Iraq.
  • March 7-14
    Malaysian schoolchildren wearing glasses with special filters watch the partial solar eclipse at the National Planetarium in
    MOHD RASFAN/Getty Images
    Malaysian schoolchildren wearing glasses with special filters watch the partial solar eclipse at the National Planetarium in Kuala Lumpur on March 9. A total solar eclipse that swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago was witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals.
  • March 14-21
    Air Force One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the ru
    Alberto Reyes/Reuters
    Air Force One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the runway to land at Havana's international airport on March 20.
  • March 21-28
    An Indian man get his face smeared with colors as he takes part in Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 24. The Hindu festiv
    ARUN SANKAR/Getty Images
    An Indian man get his face smeared with colors as he takes part in Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 24. The Hindu festival of Holi, or the "Festival of Colors" heralds the arrival of spring and the end of winter.
  • March 28-April 4
    Children play at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees by the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni,
    Marko Djurica/Reuters
    Children play at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees by the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece on March 29.
  • April 4-11
    Northern lights seen near the town of Salekhard, Russia, on April 8.
    Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
    Northern lights seen near the town of Salekhard, Russia, on April 8.
  • April 11-18
    Male chimpanzee Chacha screams after escaping from nearby Yagiyama Zoological Park as a man tries to capture him on the power
    Kyodo/Reuters
    Male chimpanzee Chacha screams after escaping from nearby Yagiyama Zoological Park as a man tries to capture him on the power lines at a residential area in Sendai, northern Japan, on April 14. The chimp was eventually caught after being shot with a tranquilizer gun and falling from the power lines.
  • April 18-25
    A man holds his head in his hands as he sits among bed frames burned by a fire that tore through a refugee camp in Diava
    SAKIS MITROLIDIS/Getty Images
    A man holds his head in his hands as he sits among bed frames burned by a fire that tore through a refugee camp in Diavata, northern Greece, on April 20, threatening the lives of more than 2,300 people who live there. More than a dozen tents were destroyed in the blaze.
  • April 25-May 2
    One of 33 lions enjoys his new enclosure at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary on May 1 in Vaalwater, South Africa. A total of 33 fo
    Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
    One of 33 lions enjoys his new enclosure at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary on May 1 in Vaalwater, South Africa. A total of 33 former circus lions were airlifted to South Africa before being released to live out their lives on the private reserve in the Limpopo Province.
  • May 2-9
    Fishermen resting in their Shikara boat are silhouetted against the setting sun at Dal lake in Srinagar, India, on May 3.
    Yawar Nazir/Getty Images
    Fishermen resting in their Shikara boat are silhouetted against the setting sun at Dal lake in Srinagar, India, on May 3.
  • May 9-16
    An aerial photo taken on May 12 shows cars driving on the winding L401 country road past rapeseed fields near Nienstedt,
    JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/Getty Images
    An aerial photo taken on May 12 shows cars driving on the winding L401 country road past rapeseed fields near Nienstedt, close to Bad Muender am Deister, central Germany.
  • May 16-23
    Members of the Ukrainian national guard "Azov" regiment and activists of the Azov civil corps take part in a protest against
    Gleb Garanich/Reuters
    Members of the Ukrainian national guard "Azov" regiment and activists of the Azov civil corps take part in a protest against local elections in pro-Russian rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine under the Minsk peace agreement, in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 20.
  • May 23-30
    A man walks inside the "Cathedral of Light" at The Royal Botanic Gardens on May 25 in Sydney, Australia. Held annually, Vivid
    Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
    A man walks inside the "Cathedral of Light" at The Royal Botanic Gardens on May 25 in Sydney, Australia. Held annually, Vivid Sydney is the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas.
  • May 30-June 6
    A couple kisses on the bank as high waters were causing flooding along the Seine River in Paris on June 1.
    Charles Platiau/Reuters
    A couple kisses on the bank as high waters were causing flooding along the Seine River in Paris on June 1.
  • June 6-13
    A woman removes a niqab she was wearing after Syria Democratic Forces took control of her village on the outskirts of Ma
    Rodi Said / Reuters
    A woman removes a niqab she was wearing after Syria Democratic Forces took control of her village on the outskirts of Manbij, Syria, on June 9.
  • June 13-20
    Activists carrying lit candles and flags participate in a vigil in São Paulo, Brazil, to pay tribute on June 15 to the
    MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/Getty Images
    Activists carrying lit candles and flags participate in a vigil in São Paulo, Brazil, to pay tribute on June 15 to the victims of the massacre that occurred at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.
  • June 20-27
    A full moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor as people gather to celebrate the summer solstice on June 20 in Somerset, England.
    Matt Cardy/Getty Images
    A full moon rises behind Glastonbury Tor as people gather to celebrate the summer solstice on June 20 in Somerset, England.
  • June 27-July 4
    Young people lay wreaths during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Common
    Pool/Getty Images
    Young people lay wreaths during a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorial on July 1 in Thiepval, France.
  • July 4-11
    In this handout provided by NASA, the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, w
    Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images
    In this handout provided by NASA, the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, with Expedition 48-49 crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency onboard, on July 7 Kazakh time (July 6 Eastern time).
  • July 11-18
    A tribute is laid on a bench where a person was killed on the Promenade des Anglais on July 17 in Nice, France. A French
    David Ramos/Getty Images
    A tribute is laid on a bench where a person was killed on the Promenade des Anglais on July 17 in Nice, France. A French-Tunisian attacker killed 84 as he drove a lorry through crowds gathered to watch a firework display during Bastille Day celebrations. The attacker then opened fire on people in the crowd before being shot dead by police.
  • July 18-25
    Tourists sitting in ice buckets eat peppers in a fountain during a competition at Song Dynasty Town on July 20 in Hangzhou, Z
    VCG/Getty Images
    Tourists sitting in ice buckets eat peppers in a fountain during a competition at Song Dynasty Town on July 20 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. As the ground temperature reached 40 degrees Celsius in Hangzhou, tourists competed eating peppers while sitting in the ice buckets to feel hot and cool at the same time.
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