As is now annual tradition, TIME magazine has shared its top 100 photographs of the past 12 months, with the 2016 selection reflecting what was a particularly difficult year for the global community.
Fear, desperation and outright terror were but a few of the reoccurring emotions which can be gauged from the powerful images, with the refugee crisis and ongoing conflict with ISIS still raw in the mind. Closer to home, the 2016 presidential race — arguably the most bad-tempered of all time — features heavily. Intimate shots of not only the candidates, but their families and campaigners, serve as a reminder of just how fraught the entire process eventually became.
On a brighter note, Usain Bolt’s GOAT-confirming win at the summer Olympics was captured in the most typically ‘Bolt’ way imaginable, while Hillary Clinton’s ascendance as the first woman to be nominated for the presidential candidacy represented a giant step forward for every American. Mother Nature, as ever, can always be counted on to create some seriously dope photo opportunities.
Check our 10 highlights in the gallery above, and head on over to TIME’s website to peep the full selection. Full photography credits can also be found there.
Once you’re done browsing, be sure to check out White House photographer Pete Souza’s favorite images from Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure.