Pictures of the Year 2022

Pictures of the Year 2022

Pictures of the Year 2022


Filed: November 29, 2022, 10.30 a.m. GMT

After a global vaccination campaign, the dominance of the coronavirus pandemic in the headlines was replaced in February by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Economic turmoil whipped up by the pandemic and then the war saw the cost-of-living crisis spiral, driving unrest from Haiti to Sri Lanka, while anger boiled over in Iran about the treatment of women.

In June, years of political manoeuvring saw Roe vs Wade overturned in a blow to U.S. abortion rights.

Three months later, the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II ushered in the arrival of 73-year-old King Charles.

Throughout the year, desperate scenes of flooding, famine, and fires came in the wake of decades of global inaction on the climate crisis.

Some unexpected moments burst through - a sharp, public slap at the Academy Awards ceremony; a sudden uprising of Canadian truck drivers; the assassination of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Reuters photographers were on the ground to capture it all as it unfolded. This year, they were the direct witness to a firebombing of an English immigration centre, the killing of Haitian journalist Romelson Vilsaint and the storming of the Sri Lankan President's House, creating some of the year's most unforgettable images.

A man catches a fish in a street flooded during floods caused by heavy rain in Imperatriz, Maranhao state, Brazil, January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic walks with his team after landing at Dubai Airport following the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Dionisio Leal looks at heaps of ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano surrounding his house as he stands at the window, in Las Manchas neighbourhood, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, January 20, 2022. REUTERS/Borja Suarez

Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his fourth round match against France’s Adrian Mannarino in the Australian Open, Melbourne Park, Australia, January 23, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

A son and daughter embrace their father, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward, before his intubation procedure at the Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, U.S., January 25, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

An Afghan woman holding her child begs on a snow-covered pavement in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara

Medical staff in personal protective equipment are seen at a speed skating training session for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, January 28, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

People search debris on the beach, in the aftermath of Cyclone Batsirai, in the town of Mananjary, Madagascar, February 8, 2022. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Anastasiya Andryianava of Belarus in action during training for the 2022 Beijing Olympics in freestyle skiing- women’s aerials, at Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, China, February 13, 2022 . REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Sand begins to surround houses close to the town of Ambovombe, Androy region, Madagascar, February 15, 2022. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Two people scream while dancing, as protests against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandates continue, along Wellington street near the Parliament of Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, February 17, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

The body of a soldier, without insignia, who the Ukrainian military claim is a Russian army serviceman killed in fighting, lies on a road outside the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine, February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

Ayisha Abdu, 8, receives treatment after losing her left hand caused by explosives that were left close to her house in the aftermath of fighting between the Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces, at Dubti Referral Hospital, Dubti town, in Afar region, Ethiopia, February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Local residents run for cover as they escape from the town of Irpin, after heavy shelling on the only escape route used by locals, while Russian troops advance towards the capital of Kyiv, in Irpin, near Kyiv, Ukraine, March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Romanian Orthodox monk, Father Mikhail, departs after the mass at the Church in Putna Monastery, Putna, Romania, March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Olga hugs her boyfriend Vlodomyr as they say goodbye prior to his deployment closer to the front line, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at the train station in Lviv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A Ukrainian soldier hides from a helicopter air strike, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, near Demydiv, Ukraine, March 10, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

Hindu devotees take part in the religious festival of Holi inside a temple in Nandgaon village, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 12, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Dr. Shelly Tien, 40, performs an abortion while a nurse assists with ultrasound during the procedure at Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S., March 14, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

A teardrop rolls down a young woman’s cheek aboard a bus after fleeing from Ukraine to Romania, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at the border crossing in Siret, Romania, March 16, 2022. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Patrick Jackson, husband of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and their daughter Leila react as the judge answers a question from U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) on the third day of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

A man walks past a fire after a shelling, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, March 25, 2022. REUTERS/Oleg Pereverzev

A woman in a Cholita dress poses for photos, at the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia, March 26, 2022. REUTERS/Claudia Morales

Will Smith hits at Chris Rock as Rock spoke on stage during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 27, 2022. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Sergiy, who received injuries to his head and lost fingers during a rocket attack on his village, lies in a hospital bed in Chuhuiv outside Kharkiv as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, April 1, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Oleg Smolin reacts as a nurse treats his wounds after he was injured during a rocket attack, at a hospital in Chuhuiv outside Kharkiv, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, April 1 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A Ukrainian service member walks in a front of the Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo plane, the world’s biggest aircraft, destroyed by Russian troops as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, at an airfield in the settlement of Hostomel, in Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A body with hands bound by white cloth, who according to residents was shot by Russian soldiers, lies on the street, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Bucha, Ukraine April 3, 2022. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

 The hand of Iryna Filkina, a woman who according to residents was killed by Russian army soldiers, is pictured as her body lies on the street, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Bucha, Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 2, 2022. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman carries her cat as she walks past buildings that were destroyed by Russian shelling, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Borodyanka, in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 5, 2022. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Elephant owner Pensri Sapmak, 60, sits inside her house as one of her elephants rests in the backyard at Ban Ta Klang elephant village in Surin, Thailand, April 6, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A woman stands at her front door after heavy rains caused flood damage in KwaNdengezi, Durban, South Africa, April 12, 2022. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

A worshiper guides her child after lighting a candle during Easter vigil prayers at the St. Joanes, Legio Maria of African Church Mission, within Fort Jesus, Kibera district of Nairobi, Kenya, April 17, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Yana Bachek is consoled by her partner Yevgeniy Vlasenko and her mother Lyubov Gubareva, as she mourns over the body of her father Victor Gubarev, 79, killed by shelling during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, April 18, 2022. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Actor Johnny Depp stands for the jury to leave the courtroom during a recess amid his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., April 27, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A view shows residential buildings destroyed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the town of Irpin, outside Kyiv, Ukraine, April 29, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Family and friends carry the coffin of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during a raid, as clashes erupted with Israeli security forces, during her funeral in Jenin, the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem, May 13, 2022. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Crew members on the Nakajomaru katsuo (skipjack tuna) fishing boat catch katsuo using traditional ipponzuri (single pole fishing method), in Tosa Bay, Kochi Prefecture, Japan, May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The moon is seen through clouds behind the radio telescope RT-70 in the village of Molochnoye, Crimea, May 16, 2022. REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak

Manchester City fans celebrate on the pitch after winning the Premier League against Aston Villa, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain, May 22, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

A protestor throws back a tear gas canister towards the police during a protest organised by students near the President’s House, amid the country’s economic crisis, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 19, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Service members of the Ukrainian armed forces, who surrendered at the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict, sit in a bus upon their arrival under escort of the pro-Russian military in the settlement of Olenivka in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, May 20, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

People react outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students had been transported from Robb Elementary School after a shooting, in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. May 24, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke disrupts a press conference held by Governor Greg Abbott the day after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, U.S., May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas

Police officers block activists during a protest denouncing the proclamation of the new Philippine president and vice president, in front of the Commission on Human Rights, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

Habiba Bile, who is an internally displaced Somali woman, stands near the carcass of her dead livestock following severe droughts near Dollow, Gedo Region, Somalia, May 26, 2022. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Drone aerial view shows the irregular city growth in a water catchment area on the banks of the Billings dam, in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 2, 2022. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, along with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of Trooping the Colour parade during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London, Britain, June 2, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Francis Mwangi, 13, uses an Oculus virtual reality headset, to virtually visit Buckingham Palace during the celebration of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, in Nyeri, Kenya, June 2, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

A waste collector climbs down while looking for recyclable materials as smoke billows from burning garbage on World Environment Day at the Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi, India, June 5, 2022. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Jon Greene, defense advisor to Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), carries Kodak the bear, to decorate the Senator’s office on Capitol Hill to raise awareness about New Hampshire, while intern Roderck Emley takes calls, in Washington, U.S., June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

A man looks through a gap in a barrier in a residential area, after the lockdown placed to curb the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak was lifted in Shanghai, China June 7, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song

A Ukrainian serviceman looks on from inside a tank at a position in Donetsk region, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, Ukraine, June 11, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

Sergii Veselyi, 51, speaks to his wife Svetlana, as he lies in an emergency vehicle after he was injured during shelling in Sloviansk, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 5, 2022. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Revellers gather for the opening of the San Fermin festival (Chupinazo) in Pamplona, Navarra, Spain, July 6, 2022. REUTERS/Vincent West

Cattle traders and customers crowd the Al-Manashi livestock market, ahead of the Muslim festival of sacrifice Eid al-Adha, in Embama district on the outskirts of Giza, Egypt July 7, 2022. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe lies on the ground after an apparent shooting during an election campaign for the July 10, 2022 Upper House election, in Nara, western Japan, July 8, 2022. Kyodo via REUTERS

Demonstrators protest inside the President’s House, after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled, amid the country’s economic crisis, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 9, 2022. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

An Indian rhino is pictured during the second heatwave of the year at the Zoo Aquarium in Madrid, Spain, July 13, 2022. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A group of migrants are photographed by smugglers before using a raft to cross the Rio Bravo del Norte, also known as the Rio Grande river, into the United States from Ciudad Miguel Aleman, Mexico, July 13, 2022. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Asylum seeking migrants from Nicaragua pull a migrant child to pass under the border fence after crossing Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Mexico, at Eagle Pass, Texas, U.S., July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Go Nakamura

Parents Yolanda Olivares and Teofilo Valencia react during the wake of their late sons Jair Valencia, 19, Yovani Valencia, 16, after being repatriated from San Antonio, Texas, U.S, at the family’s home in the town of San Marcos Atexquilapan, in Veracruz state, Mexico, July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Yahir Ceballos

Local boy Ratukali Madanawa, 8, takes a break from diving in the sea at Serua Village, Fiji, July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

People carry a dead body during a police operation against drug gangs in the Alemao slums complex, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Ukrainian service members fire a shell from a M777 Howitzer at a front line, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine, July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Sisterhood FC player Atiya, 24, in action during a Ladies Super Liga 7-A-side tournament against Brazuka WFC, at Archbishop's Park football pitch in London, Britain, July 24, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Supporters of Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr pull down a concrete barrier during a protest against corruption, in Baghdad, Iraq, July 30, 2022. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

England’s Chloe Kelly celebrates scoring their second goal with Jill Scott and Lauren Hemp against Germany at Wembley Stadium, London, Britain, July 31, 2022. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

A Palestinian woman fans her daughter with a tray amid a heatwave and lengthy power cuts in Gaza City, August 1, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis, is escorted before the verdict in Khimki outside Moscow, Russia, August 4, 2022. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian boy, who was killed amid Israel-Gaza fighting, during his funeral in the northern Gaza Strip, August 7, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

A tree burning on the inside is seen in front of a wildfire in Videmonte, Celorico da Beira, Portugal, August 11, 2022. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

An aerial view shows a branch of the Loire River as historical drought hits France, in Loireauxence, France, August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A view of pagodas on Louxingdun island that usually remains partially submerged under the water of Poyang Lake, which is facing low water levels due to a regional drought in Lushan, Jiangxi province, China, August 24, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A view of the damage caused by the overflow of the Sabinas river caused by heavy rains, in Sabinas, Coahuila state, Mexico, September 1, 2022. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

An aircraft drops retardant on the Fairview Fire burning near Hemet, California, U.S., September 6, 2022. REUTERS/David Swanson

A man rides a boat past the toll plaza amid flood water on the main Indus highway, following rains and floods during the monsoon season in Sehwan, Pakistan, September 15, 2022. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Former Brazilian President and presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends a rally in Curitiba, Brazil, September 17, 2022. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A supporter of Brazil’s President and presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro reacts, during the Brazilian presidential election run-off, in Brasilia, Brazil, October 30, 2022. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

The coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is carried out of Westminster Abbey after a service on the day of her state funeral and burial, in London, Britain, September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

British Prime Minister Liz Truss speaks to the media at the Empire State building in New York, U.S., September 20, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A woman wades through chest-deep flood after Super Typhoon Noru, in San Ildefonso, Bulacan province, Philippines, September 26, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

A protestor cuts her hair during a demonstration following the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran, in Istanbul, Turkey, October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Dilara Senkaya

A view of the destroyed road between Matlacha and Pine Island after Hurricane Ian caused widespread destruction in Matlacha, Florida, U.S., October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Theopiste Maloko, 42, a local health official, and a nurse collect skin samples from Angelika Lifafu, 6, to test for monkeypox, at the Yalolia health centre, in Tshopo, Democratic Republic of Congo, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Arlette Bashizi

Rescue members release the body of a person that died during a landslide, following floods due to heavy rains, in Las Tejerias, Aragua state, Venezuela, October 9, 2022. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

Tawatchai Supolwong holds his daughter Paveenut Supolwong, 3, who is the only child survivor of a day care centre mass shooting, during a family meeting at their home in Uthai Sawan, Nong Bua Lam Phu province, Thailand, October 9, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Logger Egbontoluwa Marigi, 61, paddles his logs out of the flooded forest floor onto the river in Ipare, Ondo State, Nigeria, October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Nyancho NwaNri

Saul, 4, wipes the tears of his father Franklin Pajaro, after they were expelled from the U.S. and sent back to Mexico under Title 42, near the Paso del Norte International border bridge, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, October 17, 2022. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

A Ukrainian serviceman takes cover as an air-raid siren sounds during a Russian drone strike, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Shahed-136, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, October 17, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Former Chinese president Hu Jintao leaves his seat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping during the closing ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, October 22, 2022. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Residents wade through chest-deep flood water following a massive flood in Obagi community, Rivers State, Nigeria, October 22, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

Injured civilians are seen at the scene of an explosion near the education ministry building along K5 street in Mogadishu, Somalia, October 29, 2022. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Demonstrators and journalists react next to the body of journalist Romelson Vilsaint who was fatally struck by a tear gas canister, outside a police station in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 30, 2022. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol

A man throws an object out of a car window next to the Border Force centre after a firebomb attack in Dover, Britain, October 30, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Rescue team members move a body at the scene where many people died and were injured in a stampede during a Halloween festival in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji

People displaced by gang war violence in Cite Soleil rest on the streets of Delmas neighborhood  after leaving Hugo Chaves square in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, November 19, 2022. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy Erol

Migrant workers gesture during the halftime show of Qatar v Ecuador at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Doha, Qatar, November 20, 2022. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari scores their second goal past Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Lusail Stadium, Lusail, Qatar, November 22, 2022 . REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

People hold white sheets of paper in protest over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, after a vigil for the victims of a fire in Urumqi, as outbreaks of COVID-19 continue, in Beijing, China, November 28, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The Wider Image

Photography: Reuters

Writing: Eve Watling

Photo editing: Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson and Rickey Rogers

Text editing: Frank Jack Daniel

Design: Eve Watling