Natalie Keyssar
History Defining Moments 2020
Disaster, Unrest, and Uncertainty
By Gail Fletcher
National Geographic

These are the moments that will be etched into history, this year 2020 has been a year dominated by disaster, unrest, and uncertainty, seen through the lenses of National Geographic photographers.

Taken at the height of Belgium’s COVID-19 outbreak, a black-and-white photograph by Cédric Gerbehaye shows a medical gown and a face shield discarded outside a hospital…

An image of quiet courage amid crisis, it’s one of 47 photographs selected by National Geographic to represent a year dominated by disaster, unrest, and uncertainty…

In Beirut, Lebanon, government mismanagement led to an ammonium nitrate explosion at the capital city’s port that killed nearly 200 people, wounded 6,500, and left 300,000 homeless…

Wildfires and cyclonic storms ravaged homes and communities across the world…

These are the moments that will be etched into history, seen through the lenses of National Geographic photographers.

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