The images that define a year: AFP reveals best photographs of 2022

The images that define a year: AFP reveals best photographs of 2022

The images that define a year: From Bella Hadid’s body paint to Putin’s oversized table, AFP reveals its best photographs of 2022

  • Stunning photography reveals vistas across Africa, Europe and the Middle East from the past year
  • 2022 saw thousands of photos snapped in Ukraine, with photographers documenting nine months of war
  • The Queen’s funeral and the ascension of King Charles III loomed over the year as symbolic moments

From fabric sprayed on to model Bella Hadid’s body, to Vladimir Putin’s oversized table, the photos that defined the year have been released by AFP.

2022 saw thousands of photos snapped in Ukraine, with photographers capturing fleeing refugees, tearful reunions and the war crimes of Putin’s soldiers over nine months of bloody combat.

The Queen’s funeral and the ascension of King Charles III loomed over the year, while moments of victory were also caught on the faces of election winners Emmanuel Macron and Luis Ignacio Lula de Silva.

Stunning photography explored the autumnal colours of Quebec, alongside the freshwater beeches in Bolivia and the depths of the Mediterranean, contrasted against images of drought and fires that raged across Africa, Europe and the Middle East during the summer months.

Migrants carry a smuggling boat on their shoulders as they prepare to embark on the beach of Gravelines, near Dunkirk, northern France on October 12, in a attempt to cross the English Channel

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on February 7 for talks in an effort to find common ground on Ukraine and NATO, weeks before Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine

New York police officers gather for the funeral of NYPD officer Wilbert Mora on February 2, who was killed along with partner Jason Rivera on January 21 as they responded to a domestic violence emergency

US model Bella Hadid is dressed by spraying Fabrican Spray-on fabric during the Coperni Spring-Summer 2023 fashion show as part of the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week, in Paris, on September 30

Britain’s Prince Louis of Cambridge holds his ears as he stands next to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade on June 2. Huge crowds marked Queen Elizabeth II’s historic Platinum Jubilee, in what became the last major public event of her long reign

Members of the ‘Jove de Tarragona’ team attempt to form a human tower during the 28th edition of the ‘castells’ competition in Tarragona on October 2. The human towers, built traditionally in festivals within Catalonia, gather several teams that attempt to build and dismantle a human tower structure

In this aerial image, Baker Lake is surrounded by Fall colours on October 8, near East Bolton, Quebec. The stunning scenery helped define the past year

Aerial view of an abandoned boat on a desert at the site of former Lake Poopo, near Punaca Tinta Maria, Bolivia, taken on October 15. Lake Poopo, once Bolivia’s second-largest, has largely disappeared, taking with it a centuries-old culture reliant entirely on its bounty

China’s President Xi Jinping sits besides Premier Li Keqiang (second left) as former president Hu Jintao (second right) is forcibly removed from the closing ceremony of the 20th China’s Communist Party’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 22

A worker wearing a protective gear, guards the entrance to a neighbourhood in lockdown as a measure against Covid-19 in Shanghai on March 29

People lie in hospital beds with temperatures falling at nighttime outside the Caritas Medical Centre in Hong Kong on February 16, as hospitals are overwhelmed as the city faced its worst Covid-19 outbreak

US actor Will Smith slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema receives the Ballon d’Or award during the 2022 Ballon d’Or France Football award ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on October 17

Cosplayer Dom Charland, dressed as Batman, poses for his photographer on the Edge, the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere located Hudson Yards in New York on March 10

Britain’s King Charles III walks behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, adorned with a Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown and pulled by a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, on September 14

The Bearer Party take the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from the State Hearse, into St George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle on September 19, for the Committal Service

The Procession following the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, aboard the State Hearse, travels up The Long Walk in Windsor on September 19, making its final journey to Windsor Castle

he Queen’s corgis, Muick and Sandy are walked inside Windsor Castle on September 19, ahead of the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II

Migrants line up as they wait to be processed by US Border Patrol after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona in the early morning of July 11. Every year, tens of thousands of migrants fleeing violence or poverty in Central and South America attempt to cross the border into the United States

Aerial view of a hill on the dessert crossed by a section of the US-Mexico border wall near San Luis Rio Colorado on September 19

A Ukrainian soldier of an artillery unit fires towards Russian positions outside Bakhmut on November 8, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine

A Russian soldier patrols at the Mariupol drama theatre on April 12 bombed by Russia a month earlier as Putin’s troops intensify a campaign to take the strategic port city

A military instructor teaches civilians holding wooden replicas of Kalashnikov rifles, during a training session at an abandoned factory in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on January 30, prior to Russia’s invasion

Destroyed Russian armoured vehicles line the street in the city of Bucha, west of Kyiv, on March 4. More than 1.2 million people had fled Ukraine at the time

This aerial picture shows burned Russian armoured vehicles in the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 1, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine

A girl stands on top of destroyed Russian military equipment at Khreshchatyk street in Kyiv on August 20, that has been turned into an open-air military museum ahead of Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

A woman reacts as she stands in front of a house burning after being shelled in the city of Irpin, outside Kyiv, on March 4

An elderly woman sits in front of destroyed houses after a missile strike in the city of Druzhkivka in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 5

An Ukrainian serviceman takes cover as people evacuate the city of Irpin on March 13. Russian forces were advancing ever closer to the capital from the north, west and northeast, looking to take Kyiv

A man hugs a Ukrainian soldier as local residents gather to celebrate the liberation of Kherson, on November 13, following a successful counteroffensive from the Ukrainian army

A drone approaches for an attack in Kyiv on October 17, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Iran has been supplying the suicide drones to Russia during the past few months of the war

A father puts his hand on the window as he says goodbye to his daughter in front of an evacuation train at the central train station in Odessa on March 7

An internally displaced 92-year-old woman lays downs as she waits for Ukraine Red Cross to evacuate her, in a bunker at a factory in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 22

Residents of Sievierodonetsk, Lugansk Oblast, wait hidden in their basement during the heavy shelling by Russian forces and Russia-backed separatists on February 28

People evacuated from Mariupol arrive on buses at a registration and processing area for internally displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, on May 8

A municipal worker cuts sidewalks trees past a burning house hit by a shell in the outskirts of Bakhmut, Eastern Ukraine, on July 27

Helena (R) and her brother Bodia (L) from Lviv are seen at the Medyka pedestrian border crossing, in eastern Poland on February 26

Evacuees cross a destroyed bridge as they flee the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, on March 7. Ukraine dismissed Moscow’s offer to set up humanitarian corridors from several bombarded cities on Monday after it emerged some routes would lead refugees into Russia or Belarus. The Russian proposal of safe passage from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mariupol and Sumy had come after terrified Ukrainian civilians came under fire in previous ceasefire attempts

Ukranian soldiers take rest some km away from the frontline in Donbass region on August 10, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to media in the town of Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, after seeing the massacre of civilians on the streets of the Ukrainian town

This photograph taken on September 25, 2022, shows empty graves after exhumation of bodies in the mass grave created during the Russian’s occupation in Izyum, after Putin’s troops left

A man walks in a cemetery in Irpin on April 19, 2022, where at least three rows of new graves have been dug to accommodate those killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Helena, a 53-year-old teacher stands outside a hospital after the bombing of the eastern Ukraine town of Chuguiv on February 24, 2022, as Russian armed forces attempt to invade Ukraine from several directions, using rocket systems and helicopters to attack Ukrainian position in the south, the border guard service said

Russian Ambassador to Poland, Ambassador Sergey Andreev reacts after being covered with red paint during a protest prior a ceremony at the Soviet soldier war mausoleum in Warsaw, Poland on May 9 

Police officers detain a man following calls to protest against partial mobilisation announced by Russian President, in Moscow, on September 21

Black smoke billows from a fire on the Kerch bridge that links Crimea to Russia, after a truck exploded, near Kerch, on October 8. Moscow announced that a truck exploded igniting a huge fire and damaging the key Kerch bridge, built as Russia’s sole land link with annexed Crimea

A firefighter walks on the road with a flash light during a wildfire in Manteigas, central Portugal, on August 10. A wildfire that broke out four days earlier had been raging in the natural park of Serra da Estrela

Firefighters operate at the site of a wildfire in Pumarejo de Tera near Zamora, northern Spain, on June 18. The fire ravaged nearly 20,000 hectares of land, on the last day of an extreme heat wave which crushed the country, with peaks at 43 degrees

Firefighters drink water and recover during an operation to stop a wildfire in the Sameiro village near the town of Manteigas, on August 1

This photograph taken near Gletsch, in the Swiss Alps, on July 8, 2022 shows insulating foam covering a part of the Rhone Glacier to prevent it from melting next to its glacial lake, formed by the melting of the glacier due to global warming

Turquoise water is seen in a large melt hole on the top of an iceberg in the Disko bay, Ilulissat, western Greenland, on June 29. The icebergs originates from Jakobshavn glacier (Sermeq Kujalleq), the most productive glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The massive icebergs that detach from the glacier float for years in the waters in front of the fjord before being carried south by ocean currents

A polar bear sleeps at the end of the night along the shoreline of the Hudson Bay near Churchill on August 8

This photo taken on September 2 shows people sitting on a section of a parched river bed along the Yangtze River in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province

This aerial view shows storks gathered over plastic recyclable material at the Tovlan landfill in the Jordan Valley, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on February 18

A woman walks by a wall of pungent foam which formed in a polluted river and invaded the Los Puentes neighbourhood, in Mosquera, west of Bogota, on April 26

Aerial view showing the construction of the Mayan Train between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo State, Mexico, on April 14

A boy walks on a boat left lying on the dried-up bed of a section of Iraq’s receding southern marshes of Chibayish in Dhi Qar province, on June 2

In this photo taken on February 4, an Afghan man who sold his kidney earlier in an attempt to save his family from starvation, shows the operation scars marks inside his house in Sayshanba Bazaar in the Injil district of Herat province

Taliban members attend a graduation ceremony for newly police recruits at the police academy in Kabul on March 5

In this picture taken on February 17, Afghan migrants ride in the back of a pickup truck along a desert road toward the Afghanistan-Iran border in Nimruz. In Zaranj, a border town in southwestern Afghanistan, people smugglers say the flow of would-be exiles now reaches 5,000 to 6,000 a day

Mannequins with their heads covered are pictured at a mall in Kabul on January 30. The Taliban have made head-covering mandatory after they took power last year

Palestinian cameraman Mujahed al-Saadi of Palestine Today TV mourns with other journalists over the body of veteran Al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Aqleh (Akleh), who was shot dead as she covered a raid on the West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp, on May 11, at the hospital in Jenin

Abortion supporters Alie Utley and Joe Moyer (right) react to the failed constitutional amendment proposal at the Kansas Constitutional Freedom Primary Election Watch Party in Overland Park, Kansas on August 2

Britain’s Sasha Pardoe competes during the Women’s Park BMX Cycling Freestyle event at the European Cycling Championships in Munich, southern Germany on August 12

Alfa Romeo Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu skids across the track after a collision with Mercedes’ driver George Russell (unseen) during the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone

USA’s coach Andrea Fuentes (R) swims to recover USA’s Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool during an incident in the women’s solo free artistic swimming finals, after she passed out during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex in Budapest on June 22

AlphaVinyl French rider Julian Alaphilippe (R) falls during the 16th one-day classic cycling race Strade Bianche (White Roads), 184 km between Siena and Siena, in Italy, on March 5

Switzerland’s Roger Federer (L) sheds a tear after playing his final match, a doubles with Spain’s Rafael Nadal (R) of Team Europe against USA’s Jack Sock and USA’s Frances Tiafoe of Team World in the 2022 Laver Cup at the O2 Arena in London, early on September 24

Electoral Commission Officials count votes inside a polling station after the official closing of the polls during Kenya’s general election at Mathare Social Hall in Nairobi, Kenya, on August 9

A woman pictured in the centre gestures for help as Kenyan security forces intervene during a stampede at the entrance of the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya, on September 13 ahead of William Ruto inauguration ceremony

French President Emmanuel Macron salutes people as he arrives for his first campaign meeting at the Paris La Defense Arena in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris, on April 2

French far-right party Rassemblement National’s (RN) presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (C) reacts after the first results of the first round of the Presidential election in Paris, on April 10. She would go on to lose against President Macron

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen set at Red Square as he addresses a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy – Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, in central Moscow on September 30

Brazil’s former President (2003-2010) and presidential candidate for the leftist Workers Party Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets supporters during a campaign rally on the eve of the presidential election, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 1

Supporters of Brazilian former President (2003-2010) and candidate for the leftist Workers Party (PT) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrate after their candidate won the presidential runoff election at the Cinelandia square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 30

This UGC image posted on Twitter reportedly on October 26 shows an unveiled woman standing on top of a vehicle as thousands make their way towards Aichi cemetery in Saqez, Mahsa Amini’s home town in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan, to mark 40 days since her death, defying heightened security measures as part of a bloody crackdown on women-led protests

A protester holds a portrait of Mahsa Amini during a demonstration in support of Amini, a young Iranian woman who died after being arrested in Tehran by the Islamic Republic’s morality police, on Istiklal avenue in Istanbul on September 20

Nasibe Samsaei, an Iranian woman living in Turkey, cuts her ponytail off during a protest outside the Iranian consulate in Istanbul on September 21 following the death of an Iranian woman after her arrest by the country’s morality police in Tehran

A Venezuelan migrant girl is helped by her mother as they arrive at Canaan Membrillo village, the first border control of the Darien Province in Panama, on October 13

his picture taken on October 29 shows emergency workers and others assisting people who were caught in a Halloween stampede in the district of Itaewon in Seoul

This photograph taken on July 18 shows people swimming on the Moulleau’s beach as the smoke rising from the forest fire in La Teste-de-Buch, seen from Arcachon, in front of the Pilat dune

A free-diver swims near a big jellyfish off the coast of Lebanon’s northern city of Batroun, on February 13

People play cards inside the official residence of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, in Colombo on July 10, a day after it was overrun by anti-government protesters

A catholic faithful holds a crucifix during a Good Friday Meditation prayer carried out by prelates in the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on April 15, marking the third anniversary of a fire that partially destroyed the cathedral

Staff members from the Hoshinoya Tokyo hotel demonstrate the ‘Lantern Dining Experience’, where lanterns made by Kojima Shoten – a shop in Kyoto – are used to shroud diners for mask-free dining amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, during a media event at the hotel in Tokyo on February 28

Elephant keeper Kiapi Lakupanai plays with two calves at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy on October 12. Parched lands and dry wells cover the terrain leading to many baby elephants to lose their exhausted mothers, or get abandoned or lost after East Africas worst drought in forty years

Police truck passes next to residents of the Complexo do Alemao favela carrying the corpse of a dead man during a police raid in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 21. At least four people died during the police raid

A civilian man fleeing violence seats in a bed covered with a mosquito net at the compound of the Agda Hotel, in the city of Semera. Thousands of Eritrean refugees, shell-shocked and separated from loved ones, fled on foot through harsh terrain to escape artillery and gunfire

villager carries the body of his dead son following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 162 people, with hundreds injured and others missing in Cianjur on November 22

In Pakistan, a man (L) along with a youth use a satellite dish to move children across a flooded area after heavy monsoon rainfalls in Jaffarabad district, Balochistan province, on August 26

Men with military body painting walk during a gathering to show support to the military in Ouagadougou, on February 19

People clear debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers Beach, on September 30, after Hurricane Ian caused devastation in Florida

Migrants cross illegally to Chile from bordering Bolivia, in Colchane, on February 2

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