2020 Year in Review

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Nov 20, 2020
See how we captured a year like no other
Against the backdrop of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the events of 2020 brought new challenges no one was prepared for, changing the way we live and how we connect with each other. Through it all, Getty Images photographers, videographers, and editors have been there to capture the stories and bring unique perspectives into focus, from key moments in politics and news to the entirely new ways we experience sports and entertainment.
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News
The Events that Moved Us
From the economic effects and catastrophic loss of life brought on by the COVID‑19 pandemic to new effects from the climate change crisis, the transformative moments in the Black Lives Matter protests, and a highly contentious US election, 2020 was as sobering as it was defining.
Sports
The Wins that Inspired Us
For the fans, sports have always been an inspiration and a distraction, but this year it’s taken on renewed importance. Leagues around the world had to find new ways to keep audiences connected to the teams and athletes they love during trying times, all while stadiums remained empty and the playing field became a new platform for conversations about social and racial justice.
Entertainment
The Art that Elevated Us
The live entertainment industry came largely to a halt, but stay‑at‑home mandates pushed creativity to new heights. Celebrities and musicians found renewed connection to fans with live streaming. Studios discovered innovative ways to produce and distribute content that was more inclusive. And when film festivals, fashion weeks, and more evolved with our new normal, it brought us all closer to the art we love.
Archives
The Icons that Left Us
In a year when loss of life seems almost routine, 2020 has reminded us of the impact of our icons. Whether it’s a firebrand U.S. Supreme Court Justice, an NBA legend, or a visionary rock guitarist, 2020 has shown us that though our heroes won’t live forever, their legacies will.