Dec 26, 2023 - World

2023 in photos: Taylor Swift, Trump and more

An aerial image of rows of Cardinals and Bishops wearing red robes standing shoulder to shoulder.

Cardinals and Bishops attend the funeral mass of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at St. Peter's square in the Vatican on January 5, 2023. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP via Getty Images

In a curated collection by our visuals team, these photographs offer a glimpse into moments of adversity, resilience and joy over the past year.

Zoom in: Photographs serve as a visual timeline, and the end of the year is a perfect time to look back.

Also see our photo essay: The Earth's warmest year on record.

An image of a person's hand wearing a ziploc bag taking a sample from oil slick contaiminated warer.
Residents collect water samples from Leslie Run creek on February 25, 2023 to test the pH and the total dissolved solids (TDS) of the water in East Palestine, Ohio after a Norfolk Southern Railways train carrying toxic chemicals derailed causing an environmental disaster. Photo: Michael Swensen/Getty Images
An image of Donald Trump sitting in a courtroom with his attorneys.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits at the defense table with his defense team in a Manhattan court during his arraignment on April 4, 2023, in New York City. Photo: Seth Wenig - Pool/Getty Images
An image of Taylor Swift on stage at the opening Eras tour show.
Taylor Swift performs onstage for the opening night of "Taylor Swift The Eras Tour" at State Farm Stadium on March 17, 2023 in Swift City, ERAzona (Glendale, Arizona). Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management
An image of Rep. Justin Jones from behind speaking to a large crowd with a police officer watching nearby.
Democratic state Rep. Justin Jones of Nashville speaks to supporters before he was expelled from the state Legislature on April 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: Seth Herald/Getty Images
A close up image of King Charles III in a carriage on the way to his coronation.
Britain's King Charles III begins his journey in the Gold State Coach, in the 'King's Procession', a journey of two kilometers from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in central London on May 6, 2023. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images
An image of Beyoncé performing on stage with background dancers.
Beyoncé performs onstage during the "Renaissance World Tour" at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 30, 2023 in London, England. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood
An image of a kitchen counter with a television showing Vladimir Putin making an appeal to the citizens of Russia.
The TV Appeal of President of Russia Vladimir Putin to the citizens of Russia, personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and law enforcement officers in connection with the situation with PMC Wagner as shown on TV. Photo: Artem Priakhin/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
An image of a giant Barbie poster with SAG protestors marching in the foreground.
Striking SAG-AFTRA members picket with striking WGA (Writers Guild of America) workers near a billboard for the Barbie movie outside Warner Bros. Studio on July 17, 2023 in Burbank, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
An image showing a giant moon in the night sky with the top of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool silhouetted in the foreground.
A full blue moon rises behind the Royal Liver Building and the Liver Bird statues on August 30, 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
An image of Coco Gauff laying down on a tennis court with her hands over her face, people are cheering in the background.
Coco Gauff of the United States celebrates after defeating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in their Women's Singles Final match of the 2023 US Open on September 09, 2023 in Queens, New York City. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images
An image of a sign that reads "Yes! We're Open. Maui Strong" strung across two palm trees in Hawaii.
A person golfs on the first day of tourism resuming in west Maui, two months after a devastating wildfire, on October 08, 2023 near Lahaina, Hawaii. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
An image of a door riddled with bullet holes and blood.
Gunshots and blood stains are seen on a door and walls of a house where civilians were killed days earlier in an attack by Hamas militants on this kibbutz near the border with Gaza, on October 10, 2023 in Kfar Aza, Israel. Photo: Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images
An image of a small scared injured child clinging to an adult.
Palestinians injured in Israeli air raids arrive on October 17, 2023 in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Gaza. Photo: Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images
An image of three guests at Rosalynn Carter's funeral holding programs with her photo.
Guests hold programs during a tribute service for former first lady Rosalynn Carter at Glenn Memorial Church at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 28, 2023. Photo: Andrew Caballero/AFP via Getty Images
An image of a man wearing a thobe walking past a line of flagpoles.
A man wearing a thobe walks past flags of nations participating in the UNFCCC COP28 Climate Conference the day before its official opening on November 29, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
An image of families at a public Hannukah celebration held in support of Israeli hostages.
Families and supporters attend a demonstration in support of Israeli hostages held in Gaza by Hamas, on December 7, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images
An image of a man wearing a santa suit while swimming with fish in an aquarium.
South African aquarist Senzo Gumede dressed as Santa Claus feeds marine life during a show at Africa's largest marine park, the South African Marine Biological Research (SAMBR) Sea World based at the uShaka marine World in Durban on December 14, 2023. Photo: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images
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