2018: The Year in Photos
TAKING A STAND, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's riveting testimony on Sept. 27 to the Senate Judiciary Committee about an alleged teenage sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh created a lasting image for the #MeToo movement. But it did not derail the nomination of Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. "I am innocent," he said.
A PRAYER FOR LIVES LOST, PITTSBURGH
A memorial drew mourners outside the Tree of Life synagogue. Eleven worshippers, ranging in age from 54 to 97, died on Oct. 27 after a gunman shattered a quiet Saturday morning by entering the building and shouting anti-Jewish rants as he fired three handguns and an AR-15 assault rifle.
A WIN FOR THE WOMEN, GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA
The U.S. Women's hockey team shocked the nation when it beat Canada in a shootout, taking home the gold medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. Jocelyne Lamoureaux of the U.S. is seen just before scoring the winning goal against Canadian goalie Shannon Szabados on Feb. 22.
FATAL FIRES, PARADISE, CALIFORNIA
On Nov. 8 the worst wildfire in U.S. history swept through the Northern California town of Paradise in a matter of hours, forcing a mass evacuation and decimating nearly 14,000 homes. As of press time 88 people were confirmed dead from the blazes and nearly 25 were still missing.
A HISTORIC WIN, MINNEAPOLIS
Philadelphia Eagles player Vinny Curry sits in shock after the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. Though the Eagles have played in the Super Bowl three times, this was their first time taking home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
UNDEFEATED, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
Justify, a 3-year-old colt, won racing's 13th Triple Crown and, because of an ankle problem, promptly retired. Mike Smith, who, at 52, became the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown, called the horse "a gift from God."
GALVANIZING A MOVEMENT, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Standing silent for much of 6 minutes and 20 seconds — the time it took a shooter to kill 17 of her classmates and staff members in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma Gonzalez transfixed the nation during the student-led March for Our Lives on March 24.
A GIANT DEBUT, WORCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND
After a 15-month gestation period second-time mom Arusha gave birth to a healthy Rothschild giraffe calf at the West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire on Oct. 3. The park's newest addition — one of the rarest subspecies of giraffes in the world — was 6-ft. tall at birth and weighed 110 lbs. The not-so-little one was named Gerald.
HUMAN CRISIS AT U.S. BORDER, TIJUANA, MEXICO
Tear gas led Maria Meza, a 40-year-old migrant woman from Honduras, to grab her 5-year-old twin girls Saira and Cheili and frantically turn away from the wall that divides the U.S. and Mexico on Nov. 25. "I was scared, and I thought I was going to die with them because of the gas," Meza told Reuters. A caravan of Central Americans fleeing oppression and poor economic conditions at home for hopeful refuge in the U.S. supplied a theme for President Trump, who portrayed their northward migration as an assault on the U.S. border and dispatched thousands of troops to guard it.
SOMEONE TO LOOK UP TO, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Two-year-old Parker Curry's amazement at the official portrait of Michelle Obama by artist Amy Sherald, unveiled Feb. 12 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, not only went viral but also caught the attention of the former First Lady, who tweeted: "Keep on dreaming big for yourself ... and maybe one day I'll proudly look up at a portrait of you!"
SLOW RACE TO THE FINISH, ATLANTA
Close contests in midterm voting delayed results in several states including Georgia, where voters cast ballots Nov. 6 at an Atlanta precinct (right), and Florida, where the pace of counting echoed the 2000 presidential election that hung on ballot chads and dragged on for weeks.
LADY GAGA, THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
A star was reborn when six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga became an Oscar front-runner for her role in Bradley Cooper's remake of A Star Is Born. "To inhabit her insecure character, she told PEOPLE that she looked back to her high school days: "That's where I went ... to be vulnerable, to be my authentic self." The National Board of Review named her its Best Actress. "She really is an incredible person," says Cooper.
A HEROIC CAVE RESCUE, MAE SAI, THAILAND
On July 2, 12 boys and their soccer coach were discovered alive, 10 days after floodwaters unexpectedly trapped them on a cave exploration. The world held its breath for their safe return above ground — the team were with little or no food and had diminishing fresh air. Their prayers were answered July 8 to 10 when they were rescued one by one by an international team of divers and military personnel.
ART AUCTION GOES AWRY, LONDON
Just moments after street artist Banksy's 2006 Girl with Balloon sold at auction for $1.4 million, the stencil spray-painting started shredding itself in its frame, shocking a crowd of wealthy art buyers. "It appears we just got Banksy-ed," noted Alex Branczik, senior director for Sotheby's on the auction-house website. Branczik added, "Tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius."