As the end of another year in the midst of a pandemic (that just isn’t going to go away) fast approaches, we’re all inclined to pause and reflect on all that’s happened, good and bad. . It was a tumultuous year full of ups and downs, but mostly a lot of gray areas. In 2020, we were able to identify the anomaly – the world was ravaged by a pandemic, a disastrous event unprecedented in our lifetime. But 2021 brought another set of challenges. We’re not quite out of the pandemic yet – now with another variant of the virus looming across the globe – but we have encountered a glimmer of hope in the form of vaccines and their subsequent booster shots.
The world got a glimpse of the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ as shops, pubs, gyms, theaters and more began to slowly reopen in 2021. Vaccines gave new hope to our global community, re-energizing the world. Many photographers, who had previously lost a lot of work due to travel restrictions and social distancing mandates, have found new ways to document the world and continue to capture striking images. Despite the dodgy state of the world in 2021, they managed to capture beauty, desperation and everything in between to great effect.
There is a brilliant sense of resilience and passion for life that we have felt through these images taken over the past 12 months. More than in the past, photographers seem to have focused on the unparalleled majesty of nature and the unwavering human spirit. The images that have remained with us over the year are varied in color, content and composition; but they all share a sense of appreciation – appreciation for the Earth, for life, for each other.
While there is no defining moment to fully capture the essence of 2021, it has undeniably been a year of shared challenges. All over the world we had parallel obstacles to face and brilliant revelations of beauty all around us. Join us as we take a look at some of the most breathtaking, humble, emotional and awe-inspiring photos of 2021.