In pictures: Moments that defined the 2010s
A picture speaks a thousand words, but these particular pictures touched millions of souls. Here are the most noticed photographs of this decade.
An injured child receives medical treatment after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 13, 2010 | Photo by Eduardo Munoz
More than 200,000 people were killed when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the impoverished Caribbean country on Jan. 12, 2010. As responders dealt with the aftermath, Munoz found a young girl being treated for a head wound.
"It was hard as she was so young but the injury wasn't really bad ... She was obviously scared," Munoz said. "I tried to find her afterwards but it was impossible."
Syrian rebels dodge debris after the wall which they were taking cover behind is hit by a shell fired from a government controlled checkpoint during fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus on Jan. 30, 2013 | Photo by Goran Tomasevic
A rebel commander was shot by a sniper and carried away. Upon returning to the post, rebel fighters came under fire: "I followed that fight for a long time," Tomasevic said. "The wall exploded with debris everywhere."
A Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm towards Greece's border with Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, Sept. 10, 2015 | Photo by Yannis Behrakis)
Behrakis led a team documenting Middle Eastern migrants arriving in Europe in 2015, capturing images of families on boats or their first steps on foreign land. The pictures saw Reuters jointly win the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography with The New York Times.
"We showed the world what was going on, and the world cared. It showed that humanity is still alive," Behrakis, who died in March, said at the time. "We made for these unfortunate people's voice to be heard."
A protester holds a national flag while standing in front of a fire at the entrance of a building housing the magistracy of the Supreme Court of Justice and a bank branch during a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, June 12, 2017 | Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins.
"As soon as I arrived, I saw that it was quite intense ... A fire started at the building entrance and a demonstrator, his face covered, ran and waved the national flag like a symbol of victory. Protesters celebrated but a few minutes later, riot police arrived and dispersed them very quickly," Garcia Rawlins said.
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, Sept. 11, 2017 | Photo by Danish Siddiqui.
"Photographs really helped highlight the plight (of Rohingya refugees)," said Siddiqui, whose image was part of a package which won Reuters the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography.
"As a photojournalist you need to capture everything in one frame ... In that picture you can see the plume of smoke, the boat, the refugees ... All the elements were there to tell the story."
A migrant family, part of a caravan of thousands travelling from Central America en route to the United States, run away from tear gas in front of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico in Tijuana, Nov. 25, 2018 | Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon.
Part of a Reuters photo series of Central American migrants at the U.S. border which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography, the image shows Honduran mother Maria Meza grabbing her daughters and fleeing a fuming tear gas canister launched by U.S. authorities.
"It was very hectic at the time and it was only afterwards on my laptop I saw ... the girls were in diapers," Kim said.
"The mother was wearing a T-shirt with characters from Disney's 'Frozen' film. That was one of my daughter's favourite films when she was younger."
Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, U.S.A., July 9 2016. | Photo by Jonathan Bachman.
Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men.
Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan, February 25, 2015. | Photo by Thomas Peter
Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse of Canada as they compete during the men's 100m semi-finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Aug. 14, 2016 | Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach.
"The semi-finals is a warm up also for photographers," said Pfaffenbach, whose shot won third prize for the sports singles category at the 2017 World Press Photo awards.
"I was free to play around and I thought I would try a motion blur ... I saw him running ... The moment he turned his head I thought the picture was ruined as it would be too shaky but it just happened ... and overnight it became 'the' picture."