2016 Pictures of the Year

Martin Parr presents his edit of the 2016 photographers’ choice pictures of the year

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Abbas Supporters of the French team watch the finale of the European Cup on a TV screen in the street. Portugal won by 1-0 after extra time. When Portugal scores the audience are very upset. Paris, Franc (...)
Peter van Agtmael Refugees in front of the border fence separating Greece from Macedonia after the flow of refugees through Europe was halted. Several thousand protested the decision to close the borders by refusin (...)
Christopher Anderson Artist Chuck Close in his Manhattan home. NYC, USA. 2015. © Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur Women swim in the sea on Juhu Beach at night. Mumbai, India. 2016 © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen Shinjuku. Tokyo, Japan. 2016. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Ian Berry Miners remove the flood water from the mine by hand using their panning basins. Margaret Ikee Conventional Open Cast Mine near Tororo, Uganda. 2016. © Ian Berry | Magnum Photos
Matt Black A cattle auction. Alturas has a population of 2,827 and 29.3% live below the poverty level. Alturas, California, USA. 2016. © Matt Black | Magnum Photos
Chien-Chi Chang Facing the Aegean Sea, refugees spend time fishing, showering or waiting before returning to their camp at the end of the day. Lesbos, Greece. 2016. © Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos
Carl De Keyzer From the book 'Cuba, La Lucha'. Havana, Cuba. 2015. © Carl De Keyzer | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Jose, who goes by Bonez, fixing the car in the parking lot of AutoZone. Bonez gave us lollipops. Vallejo, California, USA. 2016. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak Pokemon Go in front of the Bataclan theatre in the 11th arrondissement, one of the targets of terrorist attacks across Paris on November 13, 2015. Paris, France. August, 2016. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Nikos Economopoulos Elmina, Cape Coast, Ghana. 2016. © Nikos Economopoulos | Magnum Photos
Stuart Franklin Asylum seekers have been waiting since before dawn outside the refugee reception office at TIRRI (Tshwame Interim Refugee Reception Office). Pretoria, South Africa. 2016. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Rachel Whitehawk Day, a Republican, outside the Republican National Convention. Cleveland, OH, USA. 2016. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg John Dillon. New Haven, CT, USA. 2015. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert Sake cases on the street in Shibuya. Tokyo, Japan. 2016. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
David Alan Harvey Jaclyn and Dasha at Pea Island beach, Outer Banks. From the Beach Games portfolio. Rodanthe, NC, USA. 2015. © David Alan Harvey | Magnum Photos
Thomas Hoepker The Max Beckmann opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYC, USA. 2016. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos
Sohrab Hura Arshi walking home with her grandfather. Despite being completely covered in tumors, Sheikh Sirajuddin has decided not to visit any doctors since he believes his tumors are incurable. He had never (...)
David Hurn Spectators at the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the building of Chepstow Old Wye Bridge. Chepstow, Wales, GB. 2016. © David Hurn | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar Klaus Schwab; the US Secretary of State, John Kerry; the Egyptian Grand Mufti, Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam; and the Iranian Shiite leader in the US, Ahmad Iravani, at the World Economic Forum (...)
Hiroji Kubota Munsu Water Park constructed on the instruction of Marshall Kim Jong-un. Here, thousands of Pyongyang residents relax with friends and family. Pyongyang, North Korea. August, 2016. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Alex Majoli People flood the local market for last minute shopping before New Years Eve. Chunyun, also referred to as the Spring Festival travel season, is a period of travel in China with extremely high traff (...)
Constantine Manos Hollywood Beach. Florida, USA. 2015. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Diana Markosian Sunday, 2016. From the series: 'Mornings (With You).' Armenia. 2016. © Diana Markosian | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas The DNC audience welcomes Hillary following Obama's speech. Philadelphia, PA, USA. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Lorenzo Meloni Ouagadougou center. Sirte, Libya. September, 2016. © Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Republican National Convention. Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 2016. Martin Parr/Magnum photos for CNN. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Wall & Hokusai). From the series 'Two Kinds of Memory and Memory Itself.' 2015. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Gueorgui Pinkhassov London, Great Britain. 2016. © Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Photos
Mark Power Harlan, Kentucky, USA. December 10, 2015. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai Mother Teresa's canonization. The Vatican. September 4, 2016. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Eli Reed An impromptu demonstration on Hollywood Blvd. in response to Donald Trump's election. Los Angeles, CA, USA. November 13, 2016. © Eli Reed | Magnum Photos
Moises Saman Kurdish residents of Cizre survey the extensive damage to the Cudi district of the city, destroyed during Turkish Army operations against PKK-aligned Kurdish militants. Cizre, Turkey. March 2, 2016. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti A family with puppies for sale in Les Attaques, a commune south of Calais. France. 2016. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini Violent clashes erupted in the so-called Jungle camp in Calais, home to thousands of migrants, after a demonstration in their support was banned by local authorities. The clashes opposed far left ' (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol From the series 'Road of Bones.' Siberia, Russia. 2016. © Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth A band member at a parade. Bangalore, India. 2016. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Chris Steele-Perkins Veronica Alves in the blue dress; her daughters, Nordika Wallcott in red, and Lafleur Alvez in grey. Veronica's grand daughter Corissa, and Corissa's cousin Lucia. New Londoners. Originally from St (...)
John Vink Farmers, the majority of them from older generations, transplant rice seedlings in a recently ploughed and harrowed field. Damnak Chang Aeur (Kep), Cambodia. July 9, 2016. © John Vink | Magnum Photos
Donovan Wylie Scavenging under the construction site of I-91 on Chapel Street. New Haven, CT, USA. 2016. © Donovan Wylie | Magnum Photos
Patrick Zachmann Supporters of President Erdogan gather in Taksim Square while soldiers surround the Ataturk monument. Istanbul, Turkey. July 15, 2016. © Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos
Paolo Pellegrin A division of peshmerga soldiers, accompanied by tanks, armored vehicles and American special forces, begin a two-day march towards Bashiqa, ISIS’s last major stronghold in Kurdish territory. They (...)

From spiralling conflicts and the ongoing migrant crisis, to elections and more snapshots of life in the year 2016, Magnum President Martin Parr selects the final edit of the 2016 photographers’ choice for pictures of the year. Reflecting on Magnum’s coverage of the past year, Parr said:

“I was very struck, when reviewing the shortlist for the best of the year, from my Magnum colleagues by the rich variety of places, events and people they have encountered over 2016. From Raghu Rai witnessing the Pope declaring Mother Theresa a saint, Ian Berry documenting gold panning in Africa, through to a cattle sale in California, from Matt Black’s ongoing exploration of poverty in the USA, not to mention the ongoing war in Syria from Jerome Sessini. Our contemporary world is both scary and even re-assuring, but the need to record and interpret world events feels as urgent now as it ever has and Magnum photographers are out there adding to the remarkable archive that has been created since their founding in 1947. They can create eloquent images that help us to understand and witness this crazy world we all inhabit.”

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