TIME Shares its Top 100 Photos of 2023 Covering Major Global Events

TIME's top 100 photos of the year

The TIME photo department has shared its top 100 photos of 2023 with striking images of Canadian wildfires, war in the Middle East, and newly-born panda twins making the cut.

The photos largely come from photographers working for major news organizations who are sometimes in danger themselves as they capture breathtaking imagery.

“As we draw close to the end of another year punctuated by grief and conflict, but also records broken and breathtaking moments of human achievement, photographers continue to astound us by offering new ways of seeing the world,” writes TIME’s director of photography Katherine Pomerantz.

“What has become clear in 2023—a year dominated by the rapid rise of AI imagery—is that photojournalism has become more important than ever. The storytellers who are dedicated to bearing witness to events across the globe in real-time are critical in providing lucidity to an otherwise muddled world. As such, the weight of responsibility on them to act ethically, and with the highest level of journalistic integrity, is greater now than perhaps ever in history.”

Warning: Some of the following photos could be distressing to some viewers.

Child crying on bus after Nashville shooting
A child cries while on the bus leaving The Covenant School following a mass shooting at the school in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27. | Nicole Hester—The Tennessean/AP
Lightning and smoke over Gaza
Lightning strikes as smoke billows following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on October 9 | Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images
Panda mother's twins
Giant panda mother Ai Bao and her newly born female twin pandas, the first to be born in the country, at Everland Amusement and Animal Park in Yongin, South Korea, on July 7. | Everland/AFP/Getty Images
Turkish man holds his daughter's hand after the earthquake
Mesut Hancer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter Irmak, who died in the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, close to the quake’s epicenter, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country’s southeast, on February 7 | Adem Altan—AFP/Getty Images
McDougall Creek wildfire
Flames from the McDougall Creek wildfire encircle a mountainside above homes in West Kelowna, British Columbia, on August 18. Extreme weather conditions fueled Canada’s worst wildfire season on record, with thousands of fires devastating millions of acres and darkening skies thousands of miles away | Darryl Dyck—The Canadian Press/AP
Victim of October 7 funeral
The father of Valentin (Eli) Ghnassia, 23, who was killed in an attack by Hamas militants at Kibbutz Be’eeri near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip cries next to the casket before it is lowered during his funeral in Jerusalem on October 12 | Alexi J. Rosenfeld—Getty Images
Remains of a Russian soldier
All that remained of a Russian soldier on a road in the Donetsk region of southern Ukraine on Sept. 26. One day later, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that a summer counteroffensive had reclaimed the village of Staromaiorske from Russian forces | Tyler Hicks—The New York Times/Redux
Trump supporters cheer his plane
Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump cheer as his plane flies over the 2024 election campaign rally in Waco, Texas, on March 25 | Shelby Tauber—AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian child buried beneath rubble
A young girl stuck under her house rubble after it was bombed by Israeli airstrikes, Al Nusairat refugee camp, October 31 | Motaz Azaiza
Maui wildfires
Sarah Salmonese sits where her apartment once stood in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, two days after it was devastated by wildfire, on August 11 | Go Nakamura/The New York Times/Redux
Spain women's soccer team celebrate
Members of Spain’s women’s soccer team, with fullback Ona Batlle at center, celebrate moments after winning the FIFA World Cup on August 20. They became the first Spanish women’s team to bring home a World Cup title by beating England 1-0 in Sydney | Hannah Mckay—Reuters
Afghan boy mourns his little brother
An Afghan boy mourns next to the grave of his little brother who died due to an earthquake, in Zenda Jan district in Herat province, western of Afghanistan, on October 9 | Ebrahim Noroozi—AP

All 100 photos can be seen on TIME’s website.