Photos: Most memorable of 2015

From a shortlist of 134 photos, these are the 50 photos that I think are the most memorable from 2015. They aren’t necessarily the most well known or the most beautiful (many aren’t) but they struck a chord for me.

The photos have short and abbreviated descriptions as I have lifted them straight from the photos I shared on Twitter throughout the year. They are presented in no particular order.

Enjoy.

Note: some photographs are very graphic in terms of death and injury/blood. 

 

Refugee girl plays 'Where's the ring' with Danish police officer; hwy btwn Den-Swe (Michael Drost-Hansen)

Refugee girl plays ‘Where’s the ring’ with Danish police officer; hwy btwn Den-Swe (Michael Drost-Hansen)

 

Refugee holds child during clash with Hungarian riot police at border crossing in Serbia (@SergeyPonomarev)

Refugee holds child during clash with Hungarian riot police at border crossing in Serbia (@SergeyPonomarev)

 

#Rohingya refugees retrieve food dropped by Thai army in Thai waters off Koh Lipe (C.Archambault/AFP)

#Rohingya refugees retrieve food dropped by Thai army in Thai waters off Koh Lipe (C.Archambault/AFP)

 

Protester wears grass to cover face during protest against Pres. Nkurunziza's; Burundi (G.Tomasevic/Reuters)

Protester wears grass to cover face during protest against Pres. Nkurunziza’s; Burundi (G.Tomasevic/Reuters)

 

Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

 

A miner at the end of his last shift at the closure of the Petrila coal mine, Romania (AFP)

A miner at the end of his last shift at the closure of the Petrila coal mine, Romania (AFP)

 

With a top temperature of 35 degrees in the City people headed for the Bondi Beach over the October long weekend. Photo: Steven Siewert

With a top temperature of 35 degrees in the City people headed for the Bondi Beach over the October long weekend. Photo: Steven Siewert

 

People burn bodies of earthquake victims at a mass cremation at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu (P.Mathema/AFP)

People burn bodies of earthquake victims at a mass cremation at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu (P.Mathema/AFP)

 

Japan's Amanaki Mafi and Hiroshi Yamashita after their #RWC2015 victory vs RSA (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty)

Japan’s Amanaki Mafi and Hiroshi Yamashita after their #RWC2015 victory vs RSA (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty)

 

8yo Koko attends first appointment w surgeon Dr Donnan before life-changing surgery; Melbourne (@EddieJim2)

8yo Koko attends first appointment w surgeon Dr Donnan before life-changing surgery; Melbourne (@EddieJim2 The Age)

 

Young girl is lifted as #Syrian's rush through border fences to enter Turkish territory (@Kilicbil #AFP)

Young girl is lifted as #Syrian’s rush through border fences to enter Turkish territory (@Kilicbil #AFP)

 

Wall of flames lurches over ridge as a resident of Morgan Valley Road, California, prepares to evacuate (AP)

Wall of flames lurches over ridge as a resident of Morgan Valley Road, California, prepares to evacuate (AP)

 

PM Abbott gives late-night press conference on marriage equality (@mpbowers / @GuardianAus)

PM Abbott gives late-night press conference on marriage equality (@mpbowers / @GuardianAus)

 

A man escapes from a fire in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)

A man escapes from a fire in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)

 

A woman carries her baby at therapeutic feeding centre in a hospital in Sana'a, #Yemen (Yahya Arhab/EPA)

A woman carries her baby at therapeutic feeding centre in a hospital in Sana’a, #Yemen (Yahya Arhab/EPA)

 

A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens, Greece (Reuters)

A woman pulling a shopping cart reacts outside a closed Eurobank branch in Athens, Greece (Reuters)

 

Prince George takes a peek at his sister Princess Charlotte in Norfolk, U.K. (Matt Dunham/PA)

Prince George takes a peek at his sister Princess Charlotte in Norfolk, U.K. (Matt Dunham/PA)

 

Children cry as refugees waiting on Greek side of border break through Macedonian police into Macedonia (EPA)

Children cry as refugees waiting on Greek side of border break through Macedonian police into Macedonia (EPA)

 

Refugee from Sudan’s Nuba Mountains fishes in South Sudan (Andrew McConnell/UNHCR for @TIME)

Refugee from Sudan’s Nuba Mountains fishes in South Sudan (Andrew McConnell/UNHCR for @TIME)

 

Injured girl waits for treatment after rptd airstrike by forces loyal to #Syria's Assad; Damascus (Reuters)

Injured girl waits for treatment after rptd airstrike by forces loyal to #Syria’s Assad; Damascus (Reuters)

 

Refugees move through fields after crossing from Croatia, in Rigonce, Slovenia, (Darko Bandic/AP)

Refugees move through fields after crossing from Croatia, in Rigonce, Slovenia, (Darko Bandic/AP)

 

Caretaker Mohammed at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya, with one of the last five white rhino on planet (EPA)

Caretaker Mohammed at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya, with one of the last five white rhino on planet (EPA)

 

Laith Majid, an Iraqi, broke out in tears of joy, holding his son and daughter, after they arrived safely in Kos on a flimsy rubber boat. Daniel Etter for The New York Times

Laith Majid, an Iraqi, broke out in tears of joy, holding his son and daughter, after they arrived safely in Kos on a flimsy rubber boat.
Daniel Etter for The New York Times

 

#Syria'n refugee kids play & chase chicken at informal tented settlement nr Mafraq, Jordan (@Muheisen81 /AP)

#Syria’n refugee kids play & chase chicken at informal tented settlement nr Mafraq, Jordan (@Muheisen81 /AP)

 

Widow dances as she takes part in the Holi celebrations at a widows' ashram, India (Reuters)

Widow dances as she takes part in the Holi celebrations at a widows’ ashram, India (Reuters)

 

@realDonaldTrump in a vehicle after speaking at a campaign rally (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

Donald Trump in a vehicle after speaking at a campaign rally (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

 

Refugee Loghaman Sawari tells his mum he's in Australia, while he's trapped on #Manus Is (@mearesy for @smh)

Refugee Loghaman Sawari tells his mum he’s in Australia, while he’s trapped on #Manus Is (@mearesy for @smh)

 

3m people took part in marches across France after 17 people died in deadly attacks in Paris. (Reuters)

3m people took part in marches across France after 17 people died in deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. (Reuters)

 

Wallaby joey injured during a wildfire are treated at Adelaide Zoo (Tom Huntley/Newspix/REX)

Wallaby joey injured during a bushfire are treated at Adelaide Zoo (Tom Huntley/Newspix/REX)

 

Palestinians react after Israeli troops fire teargas during clashes nr border nr Gaza city (Reuters)

Palestinians react after Israeli troops fire teargas during clashes nr border nr Gaza city (Reuters)

 

President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House during the pope’s first visit to the United States. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House during the pope’s first visit to the United States.
Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

 

Bird Protection League president clashes with (pantless) owner of plot where bird traps found; France (AFP)

Bird Protection League president clashes with (pantless) owner of plot where bird traps found; France (AFP)

 

 Secretary of the A-G's Department, the A-G and the President of the Human Rights Commission (@ellinghausen)

Secretary of the A-G’s Department, the A-G and the President of the Human Rights Commission (@ellinghausen)

 

Villagers take part in the Civic Procession of El Vitor in the town of Mayorga, Spain (Jose Vicente/AP)

Villagers take part in the Civic Procession of El Vitor in the town of Mayorga, Spain (Jose Vicente/AP)

 

Palestinians ride donkey-carts during sandstorm at al-Shejaiya neighbourhood, Gaza City (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

Palestinians ride donkey-carts during sandstorm at al-Shejaiya neighbourhood, Gaza City (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

 

Man carries body of his mother after reported air strikes by forces loyal to Assad;Damascus #Syria (Reuters)

Man carries body of his mother after reported air strikes by forces loyal to Assad;Damascus #Syria (Reuters)

 

@PeterGreste is kissed by parents Lois & Juris at Brisbane airport (P.Hamilton/AFP/Getty)

Peter Greste is kissed by parents Lois & Juris at Brisbane airport (P.Hamilton/AFP/Getty)

 

Man helps injured man after reported airstrike by forces of Syria's Pres Assad; Damascus. (Reuters)

Man helps injured man after reported airstrike by forces of Syria’s Pres Assad; Damascus. (Reuters)

 

Thai vets conduct health check on orangutan at Kao Pratubchang conservation centre in Ratchaburi (Reuters)

Thai vets conduct health check on orangutan at Kao Pratubchang conservation centre in Ratchaburi (Reuters)

 

Two friends from Aleppo, #Syria, walk 170km from Budapest to Austria to reach safety (@DanielEtterFoto)

Two friends from Aleppo, #Syria, walk 170km from Budapest to Austria to reach safety (@DanielEtterFoto)

 

Ben Quilty tutors Australian death row prison inmate, Myuran Sukumaran at Kerobokan Prison in Bali. Picture: Andrew Quilty / OculiSource:News Corp Australia

Ben Quilty tutors Australian death row prison inmate, Myuran Sukumaran at Kerobokan Prison in Bali. (Andrew Quilty / Oculi Source:News Corp Australia)

 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during the service. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during the service (Photo: Alex Ellinghausen, Fairfax)

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during the dawn service for mercy at Parliament House for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran (Photo: Alex Ellinghausen, Fairfax)

 

Syrian refugee kisses his son as he walks towards Greece’s border with Macedonia (@yannisBehrakis /Reuters)

Syrian refugee kisses his son as he walks towards Greece’s border with Macedonia (@yannisBehrakis /Reuters)

 

North Cronulla women's boat crew, early morning; Sydney (John Veage @photosSMH)

North Cronulla women’s boat crew, early morning; Sydney (John Veage @photosSMH)

 

Two refugee girls wear thermal blankets given by volunteers after arrival on Lesbos (@SantiPalacios /AP)

Two refugee girls wear thermal blankets given by volunteers after arrival on Lesbos (@SantiPalacios /AP)

 

Afghan refugee boy tries to warm up next to bonfire at night in Moria village on Greek island of Lesbos(AP)

Afghan refugee boy tries to warm up next to bonfire at night in Moria village on Greek island of Lesbos(AP)

 

Ebola survivor Benetha Coleman comforts an infant girl in Paynesville, Liberia. ‘I was photographing in the same Doctors Without Borders treatment centre where I’d seen so many terminally-ill patients just a few months before. This time though, there were far fewer of them. With my own son to be born less than two months later back in the US, it was emotional for me to see that baby in the high-risk area. When I later learned she was Ebola-free and survived, I was so relieved. To cover Liberia coming out of the epidemic gave me great joy after so much sadness on my previous trips.’ Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Ebola survivor Benetha Coleman comforts an infant girl in Paynesville, Liberia. (John Moore/Getty Images)

 

13 November: A victim of a terrorist attack lies dead outside the Bataclan theatre in Paris. ‘The last thing I wanted was to get in the way of people doing their jobs, but I had to do my job and find out what was happening. I spotted this one body lying on the pavement, and I just snapped three frames – bam, bam, bam – without thinking much. I was absolutely stunned by the response. I’ve photographed dead people my entire professional life. I don’t know who this person is, and maybe in this case it’s better that way. The picture represents all the victims’ Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP

13 November: A victim of a terrorist attack lies dead outside the Bataclan theatre in Paris. ( Jerome Delay/AP)

 

 A Turkish police officer carries Alan Kurdi, who drowned in a failed attempt to sail from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos (Nilufer Demir)

A Turkish police officer carries Alan Kurdi, who drowned in a failed attempt to sail from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos (Nilufer Demir)

 

Baynazar Mohammad Nazar was a husband and a father of four — and a patient killed during the attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz. Photo by Andrew Quilty.

Baynazar Mohammad Nazar was a husband and a father of four — and a patient killed during the attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz. (Photo by Andrew Quilty)

 

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