This Year in Photos: Unforgettable Moments Caught on Camera

It’s hard to keep up with all the unbelievable events that happen all over the world. So, to make it easier for you, we’ve compiled incredible photos from events that happened this year.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

When they say a picture is worth a thousand words, this is a perfect example. This photo was taken on May 15, 2018. It captures people playing golf as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.


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On May 3, 2018, Hawaii’s Big Island was on high alert after the Kilauea volcano erupted. Lava was spurting near the island’s eastern edge. Before the eruption, there were hundreds of earthquakes.

California Wildfire

California was devastated by major wildfires in July of this year. Over 1,890,438 acres were affected. The fires caused more than $3.5 billion in damages, including $1.792 billion in fire suppression costs. And the photos captured leave you speechless.


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This photo was taken in Redding, California. The cars were destroyed by the Carr Fire on July 27, 2018. The Carr Fire was a large wildfire that burned in the Shasta and Trinity Counties. The fire burned 229,651 acres before it was 100% contained late on August 30, 2018. At its peak, the fire involved 4,766 personnel from multiple agencies.

Next, an unbelievable photo that will make your mouth drop.

Sidewall Skiing

Apparently, in Saudi Arabia, there’s something called “sidewalk skiing.” It’s a stunt where you drive the car on two wheels only. These two men performed the stunt while a young Saudi man took a selfie.



The photo was taken on March 11, 2018. It’s an inconceivable photo that portrays their fearless nature. Both the ones in the car and the one on the road. We have one thing to say: don’t try this at home, kids.

Sandstorm of Epic Proportions

This photo was taken on November 25, 2018. It captures the sandstorm that hit the city of Zhangye in China’s Gansu province. The sand created a 100-meter high wall.



The winds were above 60 km per hour and engulfed a city of 1.2 million people. Within five minutes, the visibility was reduced to less than 10 meters. Moments like these aren’t always caught on camera. But there are sometimes really brave photographers that know that catching a moment like this can last for all of history.

The next photo looks photoshopped, but it’s not…

Fighter Jets in the Mach Loop

This is a photo of the Britain and US military aircraft training. Enthusiasts on the mountain watch as a United States Air Force F-15 fighter jet travels at a very low altitude through the ‘Mach Loop’ series. The Mach Loop goes through the valleys near Dolgellau, north Wales.


(Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP/ Getty Images)

The photo was taken on June 26, 2018. The Mach Loop valleys are regularly used by the military for operational low flying training. The lowest they go is 76 meters from the nearest terrain. And this jet went so low it looks as though it’s about to crash. But don’t worry. It didn’t.

Wyoming Tornado

On June 6, 2018, a daring photographer took this breathtaking photo. This tornado ripped through the Wyoming countryside near Laramie. And, believe it or not, storm chasing is a thing.


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There’s even an American documentary TV series called Tornado Chasers. It goes to show you that tornados are a natural phenomenon that people literally can’t take their eyes off of. And people risk their lives to chase them. Not to mention all the movies about tornados, too.

Speaking of natural disasters, the next one is also beautifully captured.

2018 Anchorage Earthquake

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck north of Anchorage, Alaska, on November 30, 2018, at 8:29 a.m. This aerial view photo is of Vine Road, showing the damage caused.


Marc Lester—Anchorage Daily News/AP

The disaster is now being referred to as the “2018 Anchorage Earthquake.” Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes as it is located along the Ring of Fire, which sees 81% of the world’s largest earthquakes. In 1964, Alaska experienced the largest U.S. earthquake in recorded history.

Tesla in Space

SpaceX launched Tesla Roadster into Outer Space on February 6, 2018. This photo was taken on February 8, 2018. Only two days after the launch. No, that is not a real astronaut.


(Photo by SpaceX via Getty Images)

The “driver” of the Tesla is a dummy, named “Starman.” The Roadster is on its way to Mars. Both SpaceX and Tesla are products of Elon Musk. Amazingly, the 2008-model Roadster was actually used by Musk for commuting to work. Which means this is the first production car in space.

The next photo is a sight to see, on so many levels…

The Tallest and the Smallest

This extraordinary photo was taken in Giza, Egypt on January 26, 2018. It exhibits both the world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, as well as the world’s smallest living woman, Jyote Amge. Both are Guinness World Record holders.


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Sultan Kosen is from Turkey and he is 251 cm tall. Jyoti Amge is from India and she is 62.8 cm small. The two posed for a special camera moment in front of the pyramids. Talk about an eye-catcher.

Hurricane Florence Aftermath

There was massive flooding in South Carolina 2 Weeks after Hurricane Florence struck. The hurricane was a Category 4 major hurricane with winds of 130 mph (215 km/h).


(Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

This photo shows an antique car that was flooded from the Waccamaw River after Hurricane Florence on September 26, 2018, in Bucksport, South Carolina. About two weeks after hitting North Carolina, river flooding continued in northeastern South Carolina. It’s an example of how sometimes there’s a fine line between tragedy and beauty.

If you want to see something truly amazing, look at the next image.

Stranded Whale

This is a picture that shows rescue workers and locals helping a stranded whale in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on April 9, 2018. Judging by the photo, it took many people and a lot of effort in an attempt to save the great mammal.


(Photo credit should read DIEGO IZQUIERDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Everyone that could help, did. Rescuers, conservationists, and volunteers. Well, they tried at least. Unfortunately, the 10-meter long whale died despite their rescue efforts.

Migrant in Line

Spanish coastguards rescued a total of 79 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea on October 2, 2018. This photo shows one migrant who was standing in line after arriving in the Spanish port of Motril.


Juan Medina/Reuters

They were located in a migrant vessel on an island that lies between North Africa and southern Spain. Many were waiting to be taken to the town of Motril to receive help from the Red Cross, while others were taken to Malaga.

The next one is a beautiful capture at a sporting event. Maybe you’ll recognize which one…

Super Bowl Moment

Football fan? Then you might remember this game. The Philadelphia Eagles’ Patrick Robinson was overcome with emotion after the team defeated the New England Patriots 44-31 in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on February 4, 2018.


Chris Wattie—Reuters

The Eagles won the first Super Bowl title in franchise history. Considering the weight of this win, confetti flew all over the field and created wild celebrations back home. We can only imagine how it must have been to see this live.

A Humpback Whale

This was not a major news event this year, however, the photograph is so spectacular that it was worth putting on the list. It was taken on July 30, 2018. A gigantic humpback whale popped out of the waters near Tongatapu, Tonga.


David Edgar Photography

Apparently, the area is known for their whales. There are many whale sightings and tourists can even swim with them. This photo exemplifies the sheer enormity of the mammal. You can only imagine what it would be like to swim with one!

The next photo is one you would be only glad to see from afar…

Bridge Collapse in Italy

On August 15, 2018, the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy collapsed. A major section of the bridge collapsed during torrential rain hit Genoa. It’s a terrifying moment that was captured on camera. One can only imagine how fearful the drivers must have been.


Luca Zennaro/EPA

The photo shows just how close the cars were to the edge. These abandoned vehicles remained on the road, with one truck really close to the edge. Unfortunately, about two dozen people were killed in the collapse.

Naval School in Russia

This next photo is of the Nakhimov Naval School in Murmansk, Russia. The photo was taken in September of 2018.


photo by Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for Foundation Carmignac

Winter Olympics

Ukraine’s Oleksandr Abramenko is seen here on February 18, 2018. He won the gold medal in the freestyle men’s aerials finals at the 2018 Winter Olympics.


photo by Doug Mills—The New York Times/Redux

His performance in PyeongChang made him the first Ukrainian man to ever win a gold medal in the Winter Games.

Running of the Bulls


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Revelers run with fighting bulls on the second day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival on July 7, 2018, in Pamplona, Spain.

Winning the World Cup


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France’s Raphael Varane celebrates winning the World Cup against Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018, in Moscow, Russia.

Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Senator John McCain, touches the casket during his memorial service at the Capitol on August 29, 2018.


(Photo by Ross D. Franklin-Pool via Getty Images)

He died on August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

Indonesia Volcano

ON February 19, 2018, a volcano erupted in Indonesia. This photo shows Indonesian schoolchildren walking together at Sipandak elementary school in the village Tiga Pancur in Karo, North Sumatra.


Photo by ANTO SEMBIRING / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTO SEMBIRING/AFP/Getty Images TOPSHOT

As the volcano erupted, there were massive amounts of thick volcanic ash that spurted from the Mount Sinabung volcano. The mountain’s eruption came back to life in 2010 which was the first time in 400 years. Ever since it’s been highly active.

Love is in the Bin

Banksy, the infamous and mysterious graffiti artist’s painting ‘Girl with Balloon’ was passed through a shredder in a surprise intervention by the artist at Sotheby’s auction house in London on October 12, 2018.


photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

This photo shows Sotheby’s employees posing with Banksy’s artwork which he titled ‘Love is in the Bin.’ The work was partially destroyed moments after it sold but the buyer still went through with the purchase. The painting ‘Girl with Balloon’ was sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million, 1.2 million euros).

Taiwan Earthquake

Hualien, Taiwan was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit late at night on February 9, 2018. A damaged building is seen standing.


Photo by Billy H.C. Kwok/Getty Images

Six people have been killed and hundreds injured. Almost 100 weaker earthquakes were detected along Taiwan’s east coast in the week prior.

The First Cloned Monkeys

This photo was taken on January 25, 2018, in Beijing, China. Two macaques were cloned. And their names are Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua. Two cloned monkeys are being held by a nurse at the non-human-primate research facility at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Photo by Xinhua/Jin Liwang via Getty Images

China announced it successfully cloned the world’s first macaques from somatic cells, the same method that made Dolly, the sheep.

Super Blue Blood Moon

This is a photo from London, England. It shows the spectacular Blue Blood Moon. The supermoon rose behind St. Paul’s Cathedral on January 31, 2018.


Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The super blue blood moon is a rare combination of a supermoon, a blood moon, and a blue moon all simultaneously occurring at the same time. And it makes for incredible photo opportunities.

SpaceX’s Heavy Lift Rocket

In Cape Canaveral, Florida on February 6, 2018, SpaceX launched its first heavy-lift rocket. It lifted off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.


Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The rocket is the most powerful rocket in the world to date and is carrying a Tesla Roadster into orbit. The same Tesla Roadster from the photo you saw earlier.

Facebook on the Hot Seat

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to testify this year regarding the site’s privacy laws. Here, Zuckerberg testified before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on April 10, 2018, in Washington, DC.



This was Zuckerberg’s first formal appearance at a Congressional hearing.

Ski Jumping

Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan flies through the air during his training jump at the first stage of the Four-Hills Ski Jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, southern Germany on December 29, 2018.


Photo by Christof STACHE /AFP/Getty Images

Kobayashi competed in three events at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The sport of ski jumping has been included at the Winter Olympics since 1924.

Protest Dance

A French protestor danced in front of French riot police during a demonstration arranged by the yellow vests movement. They were protesting against the rising costs of living that they blame on high taxes. This photo was taken in downtown Nantes, in western France, on December 29, 2018.



The yellow vests movement originally started out as a campaign against planned fuel hikes but it became a mass protest against the President’s policies and top-down style of government.

Marvel Fans

This photo is from December 28, 2018, and it was taken in Hollywood, California. Fans of the Marvel comic book legend Stan Lee got together at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to pay tribute on his birthday


Photo by Mark RALSTON /AFP/Getty Images

Stan Lee died on November 12, 2018. He was a comic book writer and publisher for 70 years from the 1940s to the 2010s.

Korean Summit

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un (on the left) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (on the right) shook hands over the military demarcation line when they met for the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018, in Panmunjom, South Korea.


Photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

It marks a special moment in history because it was the third-ever inter-Korean summit talks since the land was divided in 1945. And it’s the first since 2007 between then President of South Korea and Leader of North Korea.

The Royal Wedding

On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry married Ms. Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England. This photo displays Meghan Markle walking down the aisle at the start of the royal wedding.


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An estimate of 1.9 billion people tuned in to watch the royal wedding live.

Volcano Damage in Guatemala

In this photo, you can see the damage caused by the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in San Miguel Los Lotes, a village southwest of Guatemala City, on June 4, 2018.


Photo by Johan ORDONEZ /AFP/Getty Images

1.7 million people were affected when the Fuego volcano erupted, forcing the airport to close. 165 people were killed and 260 reported missing.

Cave Rescue in Thailand

This photo shows the mother of one of the 12 missing boys, displaying an image taken in 2017 of her son Duangpetch Promthep. He’s the second one from the right. The twelve boys and their football coach were trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days. Tham Luang cave is in the Khun Nam Nang Non-Forest Park in the Mae Sai district.



They were ‘found safe’ on late July 2, in a rescue after days of difficult searching by divers.

Opening Ceremony

These young athletes performed during the opening ceremony prior to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 5, 2018, in Gangneung, South Korea.


Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

The broadcast of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games was available to be seen in more than 200 countries around the world.

Voters in the Congo

Voters are searching for their name on the electoral roll before putting in their vote at a polling station in the district of Victoire, in Kinshasa, on December 30, 2018. This was during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s general elections.


Photo by JOHN WESSELS /AFP /Getty Images

These elections were to shape the future of their large and troubled country.

Els Enfarinats

On December 28, 2018, Spanish people participated in a 200-year-old traditional festival known as Els Enfarinats, which means “those covered in flour”. They dress in military clothes and stage a mock coup d’etat and have a battle using flour, eggs, and firecrackers.


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This celebration took place outside the town hall of a Spanish town Ibi, as part of the Day of the Innocents.

Christmas Eve in Indonesia

This picture was taken on December 24, 2018, showing Indonesian Christians at mass on Christmas Eve at a stadium in Surabaya. Surabaya is Indonesia’s second largest city.


(Photo by Juni Kriswanto / AFP /Getty Images)

The death toll from the tsunami that hit the islands of Java and Sumatra has gone up to 400. Rescuers continue their search for more victims.

Niagara Falls Freezes Over

The great falls on the border of Canada and the United States froze over on January 3, 2018. This photo shows the ice hanging from the top of the American side of Niagara Falls.


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The last time Niagara Falls froze over was four years ago, in 2014.

The Atlas Robot

The Atlas robot is a humanoid robot invented by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics. The robot made news worldwide for its parkour skills.


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It’s unbelievable agility is both amazing and unsettling at the same time.