These Are The 15 Most Powerful Photos Of 2016


Reuters has released its annual collection of the most powerful images in the year 2016, which range from sweet, cute, interesting, symbolic and inspirational to full blown gruesome and chilling.

Vote for your favourite below!


Dairy cow nuzzles a cat while waiting to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec July 26, 2016.

Christinne Muschi / Reuters


A falling giant panda cub was certainly the highlight of 2016. 23 giant pandas born this year were put on display at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China on September 29, 2016.

Reuters / China Daily


A Halloween special in Encinitas, California, where a remote-controlled plane with a witch mannequin flew over a neighbourhood on the eve of October 31, 2016.

Mike Blake / Reuters


A symbol of strength and resilience, Indian model and acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi makes her way to the ramp to present Indian designer Archana Kochhar’s Spring/Summer 2017 collections during the New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan on September 8, 2016.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters


Two cultures, same dream. Doaa Elghobashy from Egypt and Kira Walkenhorst from Germany look to win a point in the preliminary beach volleyball event at the Rio Olympics August 7, 2016.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


A Japanese businessman looks at cherry blossoms tress in full bloom in Tokyo, April 1, 2016.

Marko Djurica / Reuters


Two horses peek out a window of their stable at the village of Pontoiraklia, Greece, May 27, 2016. Just hope they are comfortable.

Marko Djurica / Reuters


This is one of our favourite. A young girl demonstrating the country’s 1973 military coup in Santiago, Chile stares down a riot policeman on  September 11, 2016.


A protester “returns the favour” as he uses a tennis racket to throw back a tear gas canister during a demonstration protesting against the government’s proposed labour law reforms in Nantes, France, June 2, 2016.

Stephane Mahe / Reuters


Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand forgets about her own race as she stops to help out fellow race Abbey D’Agostino of the USA after she fell in the 5,000m race at the Rio Olympics August 16, 2016.

Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters


Usain Bolt speeds ahead of his competitors, as he looks back at Andre De Grasse of Canada while running in the men’s 100m semifinals at the Rio Olympics August 14, 2016.

Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters


Julian Assange’s cat sits at the window of the Ecuador’s embassy as Assange gave an interview to prosecutor Ingrid Isgren from Sweden in London, UK, November 14, 2016.

Peter Nicholls / Reuters


Pope Francis visits a formed Nazi death camp in Poland and walks through Auschwitz’s notorious gate bearing the sign “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work sets you free) on July 29, 2016.

Filippo Monteforte / Reuters


Female fighters of Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) celebrate a win in the city of Manbij, Aleppo Governorate, Syria, August 10, 2016.

Rodi Said / Reuters


Oblivious or simply coming to terms with the terrible reality, refugee children play with a muddy stuffed toy at a camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece March 15, 2016.

Alexandros Avramidis / Reuters

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