Taken from TIME Best Pictures 2020
A fire-response volunteer pours water on a koala injured in a bushfire on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, on Jan. 16. It was quickly hustled to a nearby shelter, joining hundreds of other animals receiving care.
Adam Ferguson for TIME
Washington, D.C., on June 2, eight days after George Floyd’s killing.
Dr. Joseph Varon comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston on Nov. 26.
Go Nakamura—Getty Images
Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes during a demonstration at the Kaset Intersection, near Bangkok, on Oct. 19. A growing tide of protests called for the prime minister to resign.
A woman plays music from her balcony in Milan on March 13. Italians remained essentially under house arrest as the nation—the European front in the global fight against coronavirus—had ordered extraordinary restrictions on their movement to prevent its spread.
Alessandro Grassani—The New York Times/Redux
Olivia Grant, right, hugs her grandmother, Mary Grace Sileo, through a plastic drop cloth hung up on a clothesline in a backyard in Wantagh, N.Y., on May 24.
Al Bello—Getty Images
A protester holds a Nigerian flag at an #EndSars demonstration in Abuja on Oct. 17. "The atmosphere during the protests were highly liberating and gave me hope," the photographer recalled. "I had never imagined that Nigerians will be able to see past religion, ethnicity and social class and come together to march for a common cause."
Dark orange skies hang over the San Francisco skyline, as seen from Treasure Island, on Sept. 9, due to multiple wildfires burning across California and Oregon.
Jessica Christian—The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images
A military flyover in a salute to frontline workers above New York City on April 28.
Naomi Osaka of Japan takes part in an Australian Open practice session in Melbourne on Jan. 18.
Francisco Espana, 60, is surrounded by members of his medical team on a promenade next to the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona on Sept. 4.
A man runs through the fountain in Washington Square Park in New York City on Nov. 7, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Malike Sidibe for TIME