TIME’s best 100 photos of the year never fail to impress.
Continuing on tradition, the editor’s at TIME have handpicked a visual compilation of some of the most important political, social, cultural and environmental events of 2017. Whether it’s children standing over the coffin of their fatally malnourished cousin in Venezuela, NFL players ‘taking a knee’ in protest against police brutality, or festival goers running from gunfire in the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting, it’s a harrowing look at the year that was.
TIME got the backstory behind 10 photos (which you can read here), including the widely circulated photo of a couple sitting in their destroyed high-rise apartment in Puerto Rico, and the starving polar bear that shocked everyone in the world with brain cells—because surely only a very stable genius would be able to see an emaciated polar bear as terrifying sign of global warming’s disastrous effects? Nah.
To see all of TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2017, head here.