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Reuters Pictures of the Year: 2017 illuminated

In 100 images, Reuters captured the dramatic, poignant, inspiring and hard-to-look-at moments that made 2017 the year it was.

In 2017, stories of political tumult, humanitarian crises and natural disasters dominated worldwide news cycles. As is always the case with current events, though, taking a wider view reveals a broader perspective.

In its Pictures of the Year, Reuters has collected 100 images that present 2017 in its entirety.

Some of those photographs, of course, capture defining moments in current events or distill larger news stories into single images.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s November 2016 victory came as a surprise to many. This February 2017 photograph of Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau reacting to Trump’s overture for a handshake, apparently with with hesitation, seemed to reflect the doubt and confusion the political establishment felt toward Trump.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

How to capture the story of the Rohingya, the Muslim ethnic group – called “the world’s most persecuted minority” by some – facing unrest in Buddhist Myanmar? This photograph of a woman exhausted by her flight from strife is one way.

An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Others depict heartrending, noteworthy or slice-of-life moments that are on a decidedly more human scale.

Life is changing swiftly in formerly insular Cuba. Here, residents use a WiFi hotspot – a once-unimaginable sign of the times in the communist state – to connect with family and friends.

People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
People connect to the internet at a hotspot in Havana, Cuba, January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

In January 2017, some parts of the U.S. reacted to the start of President Trump’s administration with jubilation; others, with dismay. The protester here was demonstrating with Black Lives Matter.

Kandy Freeman participates in a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City, U.S. January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Kandy Freeman participates in a Black Lives Matter protest in front of Trump Tower in New York City, U.S. January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

Still other photographs made the cut as examples of artistic composition. 

Here, two sailing yachts practice before the finals of America’s Cup, considered the premier boat-racing event in the world.

J Class boats compete in a regatta between race days of the America's Cup finals. REUTERS/Mike Segar
J Class boats compete in a regatta between race days of the America’s Cup finals. REUTERS/Mike Segar

This boat, in contrast, hadn’t fared as well. It sunk after Hurricane Irma swept through the Florida Keys in September 2017.

A sunken boat is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A sunken boat is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida, U.S. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

And further examples portrayed parts of our natural world few of us get to experience firsthand.

This image of scarlet ibis was used to illustrate a story about oil exploration and development in the Amazon rainforest.

Scarlet ibis fly near the banks of a mangrove swamp located at the mouth of the Calcoene River on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Scarlet ibis fly near the banks of a mangrove swamp located at the mouth of the Calcoene River on the coast of Amapa state, northern Brazil, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Piton de la Fournaise, a volcano on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion, made for a dramatic and beautiful photograph. In French, the volcano’s name means “Peak of the Furnace.”

A long exposure shows molten lava flowing from the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world's most active volcanoes, on the French island Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, REUTERS/Gilles Adt
A long exposure shows molten lava flowing from the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, on the French island Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, REUTERS/Gilles Adt

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