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The Best Photos From Around the World This Year

This year has brought natural disasters, a new administration, and a solar eclipse.

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The year 2017 has been one for the books. It brought a series of devastating natural disasters, including hurricanes and raging wildfires. A new administration took the White House and President Donald Trump tried to make national and international changes. A total eclipse grabbed the country’s attention, and we were yet again brought to tears by the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Photographers were there every step of the way to document the historic year. Check out some of the best photos from 2017.

A man rides his bicycle through a damaged road in Toa Alta, west of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017 following the passage of Hurricane Maria. (RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)
A Venezuelan opposition activist wearing a homemade gas mask takes cover behind a makeshift shield as clashes erupt with riot police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 8, 2017. Venezuela’s opposition mobilized Monday in fresh street protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to reform the constitution in a deadly political crisis. Supporters of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) gathered in eastern Caracas to march to the education ministry under the slogan “No to the dictatorship.” (JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump gives his Inaugural Address during the 58th U.S. Presidential Inauguration where he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America in Washington, USA on January 20, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A limousine is set aflame with the graffiti of “We the People” spray painted on the side after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States January 20, 2017 in Washington D.C. Hundreds of thousands of people combined to celebrate and protest. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
View of the Fire Volcano erupting from San Antonio community, Colima State, Mexico, on July 12, 2015. Hundreds of people were evacuated from villages around Mexico’s “Volcano of Fire” and an airport closed on Saturday amid fears an eruption could escalate to become the biggest in a century. (HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of demonstrators marching on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Noam Galai/WireImage)
View of damages after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Punta Alegre, northern coast of Ciego de Avila province of Cuba on September 11, 2017. (Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Iraqis leave the Zanjili neighbourhood in west Mosul on June 3, 2017, during the ongoing offensive by security forces to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of two vacationing families observe the partial solar eclipse at through some hand-improved solar glasses fat Old Orchard Beach. From left: Paul Scango, Katie Vanlandingham (cq), Samantha Scango, Avery Vanlandingham and Quinn Vanlandingham. (Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.
Kim vowed to complete North Korea’s nuclear force despite sanctions, saying the final goal of his country’s weapons development is “equilibrium of real force” with the United States, state media reported on September 16. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
French CRS anti-riot police officers are engulfed in flames as they face protesters during a march for the annual May Day workers’ rally in Paris on May 1, 2017. (ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters inspect the blackened exterior of Grenfell Tower on June 15, 2017 in London, England. At least 17 people have been confirmed dead and dozens missing, after the 24 storey residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road was engulfed in flames in the early hours of June 14. The number of fatalities are expected to rise. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A cat tries to find dry ground around an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi August 25, has dumped nearly 50 inches of rain in and around Houston. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Peter Cvjetanovic (R) along with Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle and chant at counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A family pack up and evacuate as a brushfire get closer to their home on December 5, 2017 in Ventura, California. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A polar bear stands on a patch of ice in the Franklin Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on July 22, 2017. While some polar bears are expected to follow the retreating ice northward, others will head south, where they will come into greater contact with humans, encounters that are unlikely to end well for the bears. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Las Vegas shooting
People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was hear on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 20 people dead and more than 100 injured. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (David Becker/Getty Images)
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