Here Are The Most Powerful Photos Of The Decade

The 2010s were defined by mass political upheaval, breakthroughs in science in technology, gun violence across the country, and a slew of natural disasters.

We combed through thousands of pictures from this past decade, paring down to a handful for each year that best represent the ethos and events that shaped the world as we know it today. While this list could not include every major world event of the last decade, we attempted to collect images that were singularly powerful and spoke to larger social shifts. Here are the most powerful photos from the 2010s.


President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.
Firefighters react in Times Square after President Barack Obama announced that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden, in New York, May 1, 2011.