19 Most Popular and Amazing Photos of 2015



The Associated Press’ photographers has covered the most important events happening around the world. Entertainment, politics, sports, breaking news, you name it. Nothing is off-limits to their snapshots.

The wire service just released a collection of the photos that have been most popular on their social media accounts this year. With so many striking photos to choose from, and more being added daily, it can be hard to narrow down the best. Take a look at the top 19 images of our personal favorites below.

1. In Ukraine, a government soldier walks on top of his tank.

2. Swimmers train during a US Winter Nationals event.

3. Here’s a frozen sign at the summit of Mount Adams, the second-highest mountain in New England.

4. Even though the streets of this Philippine coastal village are flooded, young boys manage to get in a game of basketball.

5. Refugees and migrants arrive wrapped in thermal blankets at the Greek island of Lesbos.

6. Penguins swim through the water at the London Zoo.

7. In Bangladesh, a boy cleans the front window of a car.

8. Chinese hostesses take a leap for a photo in Tiananmen Square.

9. A woman practices tai-chi in front of a castle in Milan, Italy.

10. A volcano erupts near Pucon, Chile, forcing a brief evacuation of residents and visitors.

11. Soldiers of the South Korean army participate in a winter training exercise.

12. In India, married Hindu women decorate their hands with henna and fast in order to properly preserve the longevity of their marriages.

13. The tip of New York City’s One World Trade Center peeks through the clouds.

14. A guard stands at attention as a UN Special Envoy arrives in Tripoli, the capital of Libya.

15. An elephant swims in a pool at a safari park at the foot of Mt. Fuji, in Japan.

16. Pope Francis leads mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

17. Planes speed through the air during a graduation ceremony at the US Naval Academy.

18. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood gather to protest in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian youth carries a lit flare.

19. A young girl holds up a toy bunny to a polar bear at the São Paulo Aquarium in Brazil.