The Most Powerful Images of 2015

Over the course of the year, The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor reviews thousands of photographs as he winnows them down to assemble his In Focus galleries. These curated selections feature photographs from all over the globe, covering everything from the ongoing conflict in Syria to celestial bodies in the far reaches of space. In this video, we collected some of the most striking and iconic photos of 2015 to take a look back at the year that was.

Browse more of the In Focus archives here and find more background information on the images featured in the video in this three-part compilation: January-April, May-August, September-December.