This year in pictures: The best images from 2015

  • A girl prays on the first day of the new year at the Shinto Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Law enforcement officers stand, with some turning their backs, as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on a monitor outside the funeral for NYPD officer Wenjian Liu in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Jan. 4, 2015. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from across the country gathered on Sunday for the funeral of the second of two New York City policemen killed in an ambush that galvanized critics of Mayor de Blasio.
  • Band members of the Indian security forces rehearse for the Republic Day parade on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, Jan. 6, 2015. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on Jan. 26.
  • A protester, holding a Bahraini flag, confronts a riot police armored personnel carrier in an attempt to stop it from entering the village of Bilad Al Qadeem south of Manama, Bahrain, Jan. 6, 2015.
  • A woman holds a placard that reads, “I am Charlie,” during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, at Trafalgar Square in London, Jan. 7, 2015. Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the weekly satirical magazine known for lampooning Islam and other religions, shooting dead at least 12 people, including two police officers, in the worst militant attack on French soil in decades.
  • The view of the sea near the coastal city of Limassol is seen in the background through the fir trees after four-days of heavy snow on Troodos mountain, in Cyprus, Jan. 8, 2015. Cyprus is in the grip of a mid-winter storm bringing heavy rains, low temperatures and snow in the Troodos mountain range.
  • The mother of Private Oleg Yandiuk, 23, member of the 26 Artillery Battalion and killed in combat against DNR forces, cries over the body of his son during his funeral in Turchinka, 160 km north Kiev in Ukraine, Jan. 10, 2015.
  • Military police officers are seen amid smoke during a demonstration by activists and relatives of the 43 missing trainee teachers from Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College, in the military zone of the 27th infantry battalion in Iguala, Guerrero, Jan. 12, 2015.
  • A paramilitary policeman releases a wild goose in Linghai, Liaoning province, Jan. 20, 2015. About eight wild geese, which were found injured, were set free after having their wounds treated by a team of paramilitary policemen, according to local media.
  • William Dagnino was one of the last people to receive food from the crew in the Coalition for the Homeless Van before they had to get off the streets of Manhattan because of the state of emergency declared by New York Mayor Bill De Blasio ahead of the approaching blizzard.
  • A Palestinian relative of Ahmed Ibrahim Jaber al-Najjar, weeps during his funeral at Burin village near Nablus City, Feb. 1, 2015. Local sources said Israeli troops opened fire at a group of Palestinian youths after they threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli settler's vehicles driving on a road near the village of Burin south of Nablus.
  • Boarded passengers wait for a train to depart during a country wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 2, 2015.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrives to the site of a collision between a train and vehicle in Valhalla, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2015. A packed commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle on the tracks and the front of the train and the vehicle burst into flames, authorities said.
  • An elderly man stands next to the body of his wife, who died of an apparent heart attack after an ambulance was unable to make its way through fighting, in the town of Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 10, 2015. Fighting in eastern Ukraine intensified on Tuesday ahead of much-anticipated peace talks, with both sides claiming significant advances.
  • In this long exposure picture taken at night on Feb. 10, 2015, giant ash clouds rise as molten lava rolls down from the crater of Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption, as seen from the Karo district on Indonesia's Sumatra island. According to the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center, Mount Sinabung, which began erupting in September 2013, erupted again on Feb. 9, 2015 with ash clouds reaching some 11,482 feet into the air.
  • Cook County Jail in Chicago, Ill. is the largest jail in the country. More than 10,000 people who’ve been incarcerated at some point now have health coverage as a result of applications that got started at Cook County Jail.
  • An Afghan boy carries a goat near his temporary shelter on the outskirts of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2015.
  • Boys play basketball in Antimano, Venezuela, on Feb. 20, 2015.
  • A poster at Lola, an upscale eatery in Altamira, Venezuela, and a man, in the same neighborhood, on Feb. 23, 2015 and Feb. 26, 2015, respectively.
  • Chicago White Sox players warm up before a spring training baseball workout, Feb. 24, 2015, in Phoenix.
  • Sarah Palin greets fans after speaking at CPAC in National Harbor, Md.
on Feb. 26, 2015.
  • Several wild horses escape as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather wild horses into a trap along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area south of Garrison, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015.
  • Kurdish Yazidis, relatives of a Peshmerga fighter killed in a suicide attack in Sinjar province, mourn with another relative, also member of the Peshmerga, before the burial ceremony at Mazar Sharaf Eldin, a sacred and cemetery area for the Yazidi minority, north of Sinjar, March 2, 2015. A number of Peshmerga were killed and others injured after two suicide car bombs attacks targeted a building the Peshmerga were using for fighting, according to Peshmerga officials.
  • A resident walks from a home with an approaching blaze in Noorhoek Manor retirement home in Noordhoek, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2, 2015. A fire fanned by gale force south easterly winds has raged across the south peninsula of Cape Town from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. Residents in some areas were forced to evacuate.
  • In this aerial photo, a groundskeeper works near a green and sand trap at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Va., March 4, 2015, as intricate patterns form in the melting ice of the Elizabeth River.
  • Delta flight 1086 is seen after it slid off the runway upon landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport, March 5, 2015. The Delta Air Lines jetliner landing during a snowstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday slid off the runway and struck a fence before coming to rest at the edge of Flushing Bay, but there were no serious injuries.
  • Oumar Bintou, 14, sits in a small shop set in the Zafaye refugee camp, some 10 miles from downtown N'djamena, Chad, March 11, 2015. Bintou, from Bangui, has been living in the camp for over a year with  over 5,000 other refugees of Chadian descent who fled the fighting in Central African Republic. Chad is also hosting thousands of refugees fleeing the current Boko Haram fighting in Nigeria.
  • Orthodox nuns watch firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the bell tower of Novodevichy monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Moscow, March 15, 2015.
  • A seagull flies above the beach as visitors make their way across the wet sand during a record low tide in Saint Malo, western France, March 21, 2015. Towns on France's North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week's solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997.
  • People hang on to the door of a commuter train on their way to Jakarta, at Serpong train station near Tangerang, March 23, 2015.
  • A migrant worker plays Erhu, a Chinese traditional two-stringed musical instrument, in front of a residential complex in Wuhan, Hubei province, March 23, 2015.
  • Villagers watch the rescue operation at the site of a damaged house after a hillside collapsed onto a house in a landslide at Laden village, west of Srinagar, March 30, 2015.
  • A woman crosses the Millennium Bridge during strong winds in London, March 31, 2015.
  • Supporters of the presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress hit another supporter with a motorbike during celebrations in Kano, March 31, 2015. Nigeria’s opposition APC declared an election victory on Tuesday for former military ruler Buhari and said Africa’s most populous nation was witnessing history with its first democratic transfer of power.
  • Relatives mourn during the funeral of the victims who died after a hillside collapsed onto a house at Ledhan village, west of Srinagar, March 31, 2015. Heavy rains and a landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed 17 people as Tuesday, as Indian authorities continued working to rescue stranded villagers.
  • Albany firefighters examine the smoldering remains of South Albany High School's cafeteria, early April 1, 2015, after a four-alarm fire destroyed the building, one of 11 buildings on the campus. There was no immediate report of injuries or what caused the fire.
  • A member from the Iraqi security forces beats an Islamic State insurgent, who was captured in Tikrit, April 1, 2015. Iraqi troops and Shi'ite paramilitary fighters were battling Islamic State on Wednesday in northern Tikrit, which officials described as the Sunni Muslim militant group's last stronghold in the city.
  • North Charleston police officer Michael Slager (R) is seen allegedly shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back as he runs away, in this still image from video in North Charleston, S.C., taken April 4, 2015. Slager was charged with murder on April 7 after a video showed him shooting eight times at the back of Scott who was running away. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said state investigators decided to charge officer Slager, 33, with the murder of Scott after they viewed the video of the incident, which followed a traffic stop on Saturday morning. The FBI and U.S. Justice Department have begun a separate investigation.
  • England's Joe Root and Ian Bell look on as girls dance in the background of the West Indies vs. England cricket game at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, April 13, 2015.
  • Hayden Lewis, of Norwalk, Conn., cousin of Sandy Hook School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, stands with family during a news conference at the Legislative Office Building, April 13, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut's congressional delegation is backing federal legislation that would honor Lewis and provide expanded support to train teachers in social and emotional learning.
  • Robert Durst leaves federal court in an Orleans Parish Sheriff’s vehicle after his arraignment, April 14, 2015, in New Orleans. Durst pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of possessing a gun after a felony conviction.
  • A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, April 15, 2015. The news conference was disrupted on Wednesday when a woman in a black T-shirt jumped on the podium.
  • A Marine Corps helicopter lifts off from the beach after it made an emergency landing, April 15, 2015, in Solana Beach, Calif. The helicopter landed on the shore shortly after 11:30 a.m. after a low oil-pressure indicator light went on in the cockpit, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar said in a statement.
  • A photographer is reflected in a window as Donald Trump leaves the Republican Leadership Summit on April 18, 2015.
  • An injured man walks amid debris as residents react at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Thawra neighborhood in Idlib city, April 20, 2015.
  • Members of the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh play checkers using a chess set at their post along the line of contact with Azerbaijani forces in the eastern direction on April 21, 2015 near the town of Agdam, Nagorno-Karabakh. Since signing a ceasefire in a war with Azerbaijan in 1994, Nagorno-Karabakh, officially part of Azerbaijan, has functioned as a self-declared independent republic and de facto part of Armenia, with hostilities along the line of contact between Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan occasionally flaring up and causing casualties.
  • A car is covered in ash, left behind by the eruptions of the Calbuco volcano, in Ensenada, Chile, April 23, 2015. The volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile, and is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile's 90 active volcanoes.
  • Guest Lauren Lederman makes a wardrobe adjustment at the MSNBC after party held at the United States Institute of Peace for the 101st Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, April 25, 2015.
  • An injured woman awaits medical treatment after an earthquake struck Nepal, at Bir Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 26, 2015, following a massive earthquake.
  • US President Barack Obama accompanies Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a visit to Lincoln Memorial on April 27, 2015 in Washington,DC.
  • A taxi driver takes his wife around with him in his cab in Kathmandu on April 27, 2015 because their house is not safe.
  • A man sits with a child on his lap as victims of Saturday's earthquake, wait for ambulances after being evacuated at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 27, 2015. The death toll from Nepal's earthquake is expected to rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.
  • A Chinese honor guard's head is covered by a flag during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 29, 2015. Algerian premier Abdelmalek Sellal is on a visit to China from April 28 to May 1.
  • A protester is detained by New York police during a demonstration calling for social, economic and racial justice, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, April 29, 2015. The demonstration was being held to support Baltimore's protest against police brutality following the April 19 death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
  • An aerial view of houses damaged by Saturday's earthquake is seen in Nuwakot, Nepal, May 1, 2015.
  • A man watches the races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on May 2, 2015.
  • A girl rescued by Nigerian soldiers from Boko Haram extremists at Sambisa Forest lines up with others for food upon their arrival at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria, May 2, 2015. They were among a group of 275 people rescued from the Islamic extremists, the first to arrive at the refugee camp Saturday after a three-day journey to safety. The Nigerian military said it has rescued more than 677 girls and women and destroyed more than a dozen insurgent camps in the past week.
  • An aerial view of uprooted trees on the banks of the Ruehner River a day after a heavy storm in the town of Buetzow, Germany, May 6, 2015. Storms in northern Germany killed a man in Hamburg and spawned a tornado that caused many millions of euros in damage in a town near Rostock. One of the hardest hit spots was Buetzow, where a tornado struck late May 5. Thirty people were injured there by flying debris. Residents described a tornado that raged 10 minutes.
  • Jean Claude Niyonzima, a suspected member of the ruling party's Imbonerakure youth militia, pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators after he emerged from hiding in a sewer in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi, May 7, 2015.  Niyonzima fled from his house into a sewer under a hail of stones thrown by a mob protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.
  • Maria Luciano works outside her home in Lajas, Puerto Rico, May 8, 2015.
  • Youlander Ross, right, mother of slain Hattiesburg Police Officer Liquori Tate, is embraced by an officer after a vigil service Monday, May 11, 2015, in Hattiesburg, Miss. Marvin Banks faces two counts of capital murder in the Saturday shootings of Officers Benjamin Deen and Tate following a traffic stop.
  • Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 15, 2015. Burundian forces arrested the leader of a failed coup on Friday and President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital, his spokesman said, but protesters pledged to go back to the streets, setting the stage for more clashes.
  • The infield at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. "Preakness is the fratparty of the Triple Crown," said one attendant.
  • Bet-wagerers watched screens inside the Grandstand at the Preakness Stakes waiting for results, May 16, 2015.
  • A bus is seen after overturning and falling into a valley in Chunhua county in Xianyang, Shaanxi province, China, May 16, 2015. At least 35 people were killed in the accident when the bus carrying 46 people plunged into a ravine on Friday, Xinhua News Agency reported.
  • Rain drove crowds indoors just before American Pharoah sprinted to victory at the 140th Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, MD.
  • Arizona celebrates after Chelsea Goodacre ties the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run home run against Minnesota during an NCAA college softball tournament regional championship game, May 17, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz.
  • The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Azerbaijan Center designed by architect Zaha Hadid, May 20, 2015. Heydar Aliyev was the first president of the country.
  • An elderly woman walks by posters in front of downtown shops in Bucharest, Romania, May 20, 2015. The average monthly pension in Romania is around $213 with a quarter of the country’s 5 million pensioners receiving less than $125, according to local media quoting official statistics.
  • Burundian protester throws a rock against police officers from top of a fence during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, May 21, 2015.
  • Santa Maria is a city in Santa Barbara County, Calif. The population was 99,553 at the 2010 census and 20.7% live below the poverty level. May 23, 2015.
  • The leader of the Burundian opposition party Union for Peace and Development (UPD), Zedi Feruzi lies dead as residents gather around him after he was shot dead in Ngagara district of the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, May 23, 2015. Ferouz was killed near his home along with his bodyguard, according to residents of the area.
  • In this aerial photo a parking lot of Wal-Mart is submerged after the San Marcos River flooded in San Marcos, Texas, May 24, 2015. Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.
  • Memorial Day commemoration attendees leave after heavy rain caused the event to be canceled at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery, May 25, 2015, in Abilene, Texas.
  • A female protester shouts at policemen (not pictured) during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 26, 2015.
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio sends a video message after a last-minute cancellation to attend the Economic Growth Summit, at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center, June 2, 2015.
  • Spectator Christian Weinheimer looks on toward the paddock at the 147th Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY on June 6, 2015.
  • Vice President Joe Biden (R), puts his hand on his heart as he and granddaughter Natalie and stepmother Jill Biden look on before a funeral mass for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware, June 6, 2015.
  • El Paso is a city in El Paso County, Texas. The population is 649,121 and 21.5% live below the poverty level. June 8, 2015.
  • U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is embraced by her husband former President Bill Clinton (R)  after she delivered her "official launch speech" at a campaign kick off rally in Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City, June 13, 2015.
  • A stuntman flies through the air following an explosion during the filming of the Koldo Serra directed feature film Gernika in the Basque town of Guernica, northern Spain, June 17, 2015. The film centres on an American journalist reporting the aerial bombing of the town during the Spanish Civil War by planes from Germany's Condor Legion, in aid of the nationalist military rebellion led by General Francisco Franco.
  • Keith McDaniel, pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, seated left, and Ron Henderson, pastor of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, seated right, are surrounded by others in prayer for the victims of Wednesday's shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. on  June 18, 2015 at Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church in Spartanburg.
  • Women take a selfie as they rest underneath a bridge at the Han river park in Seoul, South Korea, June 22, 2015.
  • An Indian man carries a boy to move to a safer place after their neighborhood was flooded in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, June 25, 2015. Authorities advised people living in low-lying areas to shift to safer places Thursday as rain-swollen rivers swamped several parts of the disputed Himalayan region.
  • Boys play at a beach on June 27, 2015 in Bujumbura, Burundi. The head of Burundi’s influential rights group Aprodeh says at least 70 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and hundreds of others wounded following weeks of political unrest in the small and landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa. The violence started when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his controversial bid for a third consecutive five-year term in office.
  • Cumberland is a city in Harlan County, Ky. The population is 2,237 and 42.4% live below the poverty level. July 4, 2015.
  • Holidaymakers react as people lay flowers on Marhaba beach, where 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack last Friday, on June 30, 2015 in Sousse, Tunisia. British police have been deployed to the area as part of one of the biggest counter terror operations since the London bombings on July 7, 2005.
  • Revellers enjoy the atmosphere during the opening day or 'Chupinazo' of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls fiesta on July 6, 2015 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway entitled 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the daily running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona to the bull ring.
  • Pope Francis leaves aboard his popemobile after a meeting with youths in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12, 2015. In a historic visit, Francis' first to Spanish-speaking South America, he confirmed himself as spokesman of the world's most disenfranchised by giving voice to the voiceless and insisting the powerful listen to their plight and fix the global economic system to address their interests and not just those of the wealthy.
  • Coober Pedy, the opal mining town that emerges out of nowhere on the Stuart Highway, is located between secular Adelaide and mystical Ayers Rock in South Australia. In the local aboriginal dialect, Coober Pedy, means ‘White Man in a Hole’. June 16, 2015.
  • A staffer removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of Unites States, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria, July 14, 2015.
  • KKK on the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia on July 18, 2015.
  • Cyclists hang on to the back of a truck outside the capital Bujumbura, July 19, 2015,  as the country awaits next week's presidential elections. Each day scores of cyclists make the 45 kilometer downhill journey at breakneck speed from Bugarama to sell bananas, often hanging from the back of trucks for the return uphill trip.
  • Participants prepare for their performance backstage during a Latin dance competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 18, 2015. Some 66 dancers took part in the contest on Saturday, selecting a winning couple to represent Israel in the finals of The World Latin Dance Cup, which will be held at the end of the year in Miami.
  • Smoke still rising from the valleys during the Blue Creek Wildfire near Walla Walla, Washington on July 25, 2015.
  • Indian policemen take cover from stones and rocks thrown at them by Kashmiri Muslim protesters during a protest amid a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, July 25, 2015. Shops, businesses and schools are shut in Indian-controlled Kashmir after a strike called by traders’ organization and separatist groups against alleged burning of a flag bearing Islamic verses in Rajouri district, according to local news reports.
  • A boy rides on his father's shoulders through a field of sunflowers during a three-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, Tochigi prefecture, on July 26, 2015.
  • A worker of Avdeevka Coke and Chemical Plant in a gas mask carries a hose, in the eastern town Avdeevka, near Donetsk, Ukraine, July 28, 2015.
  • In this Aug. 1, 2015,  photo, Liberal's Gavin Wehby holds Bee Jays batboy Kaiser Carlile moments after the 9-year-old was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita, Kan. Kaiser, who was wearing a helmet, was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle. He died on Sunday.
  • Firefighters watch as the Rocky fire burns near Clearlake, Calif., Aug. 1, 2015. The fire, one of dozens raging in drought parched Northern California, has destroyed 24 residences and scorched 25,750 acres according to Cal Fire.
  • A soldier salutes from an armored vehicle during a military parade marking the 20th anniversary of the "Operation Storm" that crushed Serb insurgency in Croatia, in Zagreb, Aug. 4, 2015. The anniversary celebrations have for years burdened relations between Croatia and Serbia.
  • A flamingo and flamingo chicks are seen in a corral before being fitted with identity rings at dawn at a lagoon in the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve, in Fuente de Piedra, near Malaga, southern Spain, Aug. 8, 2015. Around 600 flamingo chicks were tagged and measured before being placed in the lagoon, one of the largest colonies of flamingos in Europe, according to authorities of the natural reserve.
  • An Army carry team transports the remains of Army 1st Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., of Bristol, R.I., upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Aug. 10, 2015. The 7th Special Forces Group to which he was assigned said that McKenna died Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, during an attack on a NATO facility. McKenna was killed about a month after he was honored at the historic Fourth of July parade in his hometown.
  • The dress of a refugee who recently arrived in Samos, Greece, is seen under water on Aug. 15, 2015.
  • U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets Louie Dixon as she campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, Aug. 15, 2015.
  • A fisherman rests in the open sea, South of Sicily, Aug. 26, 2015.
  • An African migrant rests after arriving on a fishing boat at Las Carpinteras beach in the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spain, Sept. 1, 2015. Around 60 people, including six women and a two-year-old child, were aboard the fishing boat, according to local authorities. 
  • A policer officer hits a man with a baton as he tries to maintain order while migrants wait for trains at a temporary camp near Gevgelija, Macedonia, Sept. 7, 2015.  Several thousand migrants in Macedonia boarded trains on Sunday to travel north after spending a night in a provisional camp. Macedonia has organised trains twice a day to the north border where migrants cross into Serbia to make their way to Hungary.
  • A Palestinian boy sleeps on a mattress inside the remains of his family's house, that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014 summer, during a sandstorm in Gaza, Sept. 8, 2015. A heavy sandstorm swept across parts of the Middle East on Tuesday, killing two people and hospitalising hundreds in Lebanon and disrupting fighting and air strikes in neighboring Syria.
  • Dancers of the dance group Incolballet perform the play 'Que me parta un Rayo' to pay tribute to late artist Omar Rayo in city of Cali, Colombia, Sept. 8, 2015.
  • Refugees are smuggled through fields and forests in an attempt to evade the Hungarian police close to the Serbian border on Sept. 8, 2015 in Roszke, Hungary.
  • Syrian refugee Suleiman embraces one of his relatives after they swam the last 50 yards of their journey from Turkey to Lesvos, Sept. 9, 2015.
  • Migrants and refugees beg Macedonian policemen to allow passage to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia during a rainstorm, near the Greek village of Idomeni, Sept. 10, 2015. Most of the people flooding into Europe are refes fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries who have a legal right to seek asylum, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
  • A man carries belongings through a flooded street in Oyama, Tochigi prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Sept. 10, 2015. Heavy rain is pummeling Japan for a second straight day, overflowing rivers and causing landslides and localized flooding in the eastern part of the country.
  • Visitors and car enthusiasts attend the Goodwood Revival historic motor racing festival in Goodwood, near Chichester in south England, Britain, Sept. 11, 2015.
  • A Syrian refugee waist in a line to be loaded bus on the way to the refugee camp in Roszke, near the Serbian border, Hungary, Sept. 13, 2015.
  • A wagon equipped with razor wire is placed at the border between Hungary and Serbia in Roszke, some 180 kilometers southeast from Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 14, 2015, to close the gap of the temporary border fence at the Horgos-Szeged railway line. Hungary has sealed the last gap in the barricade along its border with Serbia, closing the passage to thousands of refugees and migrants still waiting on the other side.
  • A woman walks across mud and debris in a road following a flash flood, Sept. 15, 2015, in Colorado City, Ariz. Officials say the bodies of two people killed in flash flooding in southern Utah were recovered in Arizona a few miles downstream, while the bodies of six others were recovered in Utah.
  • A protester who was shot during clashes, is treated in hospital in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sept. 17, 2015. While gunfire rang out in the streets, Burkina Faso’s military took to the airwaves Thursday to declare it now controls the West African country, confirming that a coup had taken place just weeks before elections.
  • Donald Trump in Rochester, N.H., Sept. 17, 2015.
  • Nuns sit in their pews while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington.
  • New Yorkers eagerly await the arrival of Pope Francis, who is scheduled to lead an evening prayer, Sept. 24, 2015, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.
  • A man carries out the chair reserved for the head of states that will be used before they address attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 29, 2015.
  • Pro independence supporters wave “estelada” or pro independence flags during a rally of “Junts pel Si” or “Together for YES” in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 25, 2015. Catalans vote Sunday in regional parliamentary elections that the breakaway camp hopes will give them a mandate to put their region on a path toward independence - a goal the Madrid central government says would be illegal.
  • Strong autumn sunlight casts deep shadows on a street as a woman takes her pet dog for a walk in Straubing, Bavaria, southern Germany, Oct. 1, 2015.
  • Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stretches before speaking during a campaign stop Sept. 30, 2015, in Bedford, N.H.
  • A patient lies dead on the operating table of Operating Theatre 3, inside the Operating Theatre wing of the main outpatient department building of the MSF Kunduz Trauma Center, following the Oct. 3 attack by an American AC-130 gunship on the hospital in which, as of Oct. 25, 30 individuals had been confirmed killed, including staff, patients and others (possibly patient carers).
  • An Egyptian policeman smiles before the African Confederation Cup semi-final soccer match between Egypt’s Al Ahly and South Africa’s Orlando Pirates at Suez Stadium in Suez, east of Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 4, 2015.
  • Malick Evouna of Egypt’s Al Ahly celebrates after scoring against South Africa’s Orlando Pirates during their African Confederation Cup semi-final soccer match at Suez Stadium in Suez, east of Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 4, 2015.
  • A man makes his way through floodwaters in the parking lot of The Citadel Beach Club on Isle of Palms, S.C., Oct. 5, 2015. The Charleston and surrounding areas are still struggling with flood waters due to a slow moving storm system.
  • A shirtless Xavier Broseta (2ndL), Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Labour Relations at Air France, is evacuated by security after employees interrupted a meeting with representatives staff at the Air France headquarters building at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris, France, Oct. 5, 2015.
  • Window washers use cables to lower themselves from a skyscraper while working on a polluted day in Beijing, Oct. 6, 2015. Air quality readings in the city on Tuesday were at levels considered hazardous by international measuring standards.
  • Roberta Albers walks around her home after the floodwaters start to recede at French Quarter Creek in Huger, S.C., Oct. 7, 2015. French Quarter Creek is prone to flooding, but all residents who have lived there for several decades say this is the worst it has ever been.
  • Men and women from across the country gathered for the Million Man March in Washington D.C., led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, on Oct. 10, 2015. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
  • Relatives mourn near the grave of a victim of the twin bombings in Ankara, during the funeral in Istanbul on Oct. 12, 2015.
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seen after the first Democratic Presidential debate at the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino on Oct. 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev.
  • A wooden boat used by Syrian refugees and migrants from other nationalists running to escape violence at their homeland, is seen at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast on Oct. 16, 2015. Thousands of refugees and migrants mostly fleeing from war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are crossing daily the Aegean Sea from nearby Turkey.
  • New Zealand’s Aaron Smith (R) reacts following the final whistle of the Rugby World Cup 2015 quarter final match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Britain, Oct. 17, 2015.
  • Migrants walk along a road after crossing the border with Serbia in Babska, Croatia, Oct. 19, 2015. The Balkans struggled with a growing backlog of migrants on Monday after Hungary sealed its southern border and Slovenia tried to impose a limit, leaving thousands stranded on cold, wet borders where tempers frayed.
  • Eritrean migrants women mourn during a memorial gathering for Habtom Zerhom, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Oct. 21, 2015. Zarhum died of his wounds after an Israeli security guard fired at him and later was beaten by a mob that mistakenly believed he was a Palestinian attacker during a shooting in the southern city of Beersheba on Sunday. Israeli security officials said a 21-year-old Arab Israeli carried out the attack, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding 10 people.
  • A view of an excavator at the open-pit mine in Schoeningen, Germany, Oct. 22, 2015. Scientists have found remnants of a forest elephant that has been long extinct in the country on the periphery of the mine. It was found in the approximately 300,000-year-old shore deposit of a former lake.
  • Almost all the water in California is owned by someone according to a convoluted and outmoded system of rights and claims. What lives in the water, however, can still be caught by anyone. Oct. 24, 2015.
  • South Africa players compete in a scrum with New Zealand players during their Rugby World Cup Semi-Final match at Twickenham in London, Britain, Oct. 24, 2015.
  • The water level in man-made Lake Isabella, pictured here on Oct. 26, 2015, has dropped about 60 feet since 2011, exposing hidden shores and the ghostly arms of cottonwood trees submerged by the original flood.
  • Water woes have defined California from its earliest times. The town of Keeler was buried in veils of windblown dust after Lake Owen went dry in the 1920s. Here, Keeler, Calif. on Oct. 28, 2015.
  • A Kurdish woman waits outside her house the exterior wall of which is riddled with bullet marks after armed clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkish armed forces, in Diyarbakir, southeast of Turkey, Oct. 30, 2015.
  • Turkish troops guard an Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga staging area prior to their departure to the Syrian city of Kobani on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 31, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
  • A cosplayer poses for photographs at the 2015 Comic Fiesta event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct. 31, 2015.
  • A young Romanian woman, a relative of a club explosion victim, is seen through a window as she cries while speaking at her mobile phone in a corridor of the Central Emergency Hospital ‘Floreasca’, in Bucharest, Romania, early Oct. 31, 2015.
  • Orthodox Jewish men try to cross Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn borough in front of former professional road racing cyclist Laurent Jalabert (runner in black ) of France, during the 2015 New York City Marathon in New York, Nov. 1, 2015.
  • A supporter of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party carries a large photo of her father, independence hero General Aung San to a campaign rally to conclude their election campaign in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 5, 2015. On Sunday Myanmar will hold what is being viewed as the country’s best chance for a free and credible election in a quarter of a century.
  • A Qantas Boeing 737-800 plane flies through heavy rain as a storm moves towards the city of Sydney, Australia, Nov. 6, 2015. Powerful storms swept across the city on Friday, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology issuing a warning for severe thunderstorms with large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging winds, local media reported.
  • A group of Afghan refugees warm themselves near a fire at at the railway station of Sid, Serbia, where Serbian authorities send them to Croatia, Nov. 6, 2015.
  • A man carries an injured girl as he rushes away from a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Nov. 7, 2015.
  • A couple under an umbrella stands in the background with other visitors attracted at an illumination show at an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 9, 2015. About four millions of bulbs are used for illumination commemorating Christmas and the New Year through next mid-February.
  • A motorist passes a pile of milo at a grain storage facility, Nov. 10, 2015, near Canton, Kan. The crop is used mainly for feeding cattle and ethanol production.
  • Army veteran Walter Shof, 53, listens to speakers at a Veterans Day ceremony at the Midnight Mission homeless shelter in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 11, 2015.
  • In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo a victim of an attack in Paris lays dead outside the Bataclan theater, Paris. 
  • People observe a minute of silence at the Trocadero in front the Eiffel Tower to pay tribute to the victims of the series of deadly attacks on Friday in Paris, France, Nov. 16, 2015.
  • Belgian special forces police climb high on an apartment block during a raid, in search of suspected muslim fundamentalists linked to the deadly attacks in Paris, in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, Nov. 16, 2015.
  • Demonstrators chant as the walk the streets during protests in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 24, 2015, reacting to the release of a police video of the 2014 shooting of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, by a white policeman, Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with murder in the incident.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama greets students while on a tour of the Dignity for Children Foundation, an education program for refugee and low-income children, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 21, 2015.
  • A still image made available on Nov. 24, 2015, from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria, Nov. 24, 2015. A Russian fighter jet was shot down Nov. 24 over the Turkish-Syrian border, the Defence Ministry in Moscow said, according to Interfax news agency.
  • New recruit People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers stand in formation during a training session in cold winter temperatures at a military base in Heihe, Heilongjiang province, China, Nov. 29, 2015. Local temperatures reached -4 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday.
  • A woman is arrested by riot police after clashes as they participate in a demonstration at Republique Square on the eve of the COP21 Conference opening, Paris, France, Nov. 29, 2015.
  • Authorities respond to a mass shooting incident at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, where there are multiple casualties and as many as 20 victims on Dec. 2, 2015,
  • A woman walks during rainfall caused by Typhoon Melor in Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Dec. 15, 2015. Typhoon Melor weakened Tuesday as it crossed over the central Philippines, leaving one man dead and wide areas without power.
  • View of Geminids meteor shower from the town of Comillas, Cantabria, northern Spain, late Dec. 13, 2015.

of

Updated

American presidential candidates hit the campaign trail this year as the race for the White House heated up. National security, gun violence and the greater war on terror became key issues in the campaign, in the wake of mass shootings, accusations of police brutality and fear of homegrown terrorism. Once considered a longshot for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has outlasted many of of his critics and managed to capture the media spotlight and a leading position in the polls.  

The year was also shaped by an international refugee crisis, brought about by prolonged war in Syria and the greater Middle East, as Western nations grappled with how best to restore stability to the region and stem the tide of those desperately trying to flee.

Wildfires and drought in the Western United States, devastating earthquakes in Nepal and Pakistan and other natural disasters emphasized the importance of addressing climate change, as was done in Paris in December, when ministers from nearly 200 countries finally reached an agreement to reduce carbon emissions and put the brakes on global warming. 

Hopefully this year will also be remembered for some uplifting moments. Scientists found water on Mars, the U.S. women’s national soccer team clinched the World Cup title for the first time since 1999, and American Pharoah was the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. Pope Francis visited the U.S., and Cuba and the U.S. normalized relations after more than 50 years. 

For more feature photography, go to msnbc.com/photography

Speak Out