News Highlights of 2023: A Year in Visual Review

Explore the defining moments of 2023: a year of significant global events impacting politics, economy, science, and culture, in this insightful visual story curated by the IMAGO picture desk.

As we look back on the year 2023, it was a year marked by significant events that spanned the world and impacted various aspects of our lives. From political upheavals and economic challenges to groundbreaking scientific advancements and cultural milestones, 2023 unfolded as a year of profound changes.

In this visual story, let’s walk through the past twelve months, revisiting these events through the carefully selected images by the IMAGO picture desk. Join us on this retrospective journey, exploring the moments that defined 2023 and captured our dynamic world.

Highlights of 2023

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Juma Mohammad | Syrians salvaging belongings from earthquake rubble. February 7, 2023, Atarib, Aleppo, Syria.

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IMAGO / Kyodo News | Balloons decorate a devastated downtown area of Antakya, southern Turkey, as a final gift to children who became victims of an earthquake disaster that hit the country and neighboring Syria earlier in the month on February 19, 2023.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Tolga Uluturk | A man celebrating President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s victory with the Turkish Flag. May 28, 2023, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Seshadri Sukumar | Chandran-3, India’s 3rd Lunar Exploration Mission, takes off successfully. July 14, 2023, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India.

IMAGO / ABACAPRESS | Forest fire in La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. July 15, 2023.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Luka Dakskobler | Destroyed road in Raduha, Slovenia. August 8, 2023. Cleanup and rescue efforts are underway after major flooding hit two-thirds of the country, leaving some areas in the Savinja River valley cut off from accessing other areas.

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IMAGO / Ritzau Scanpix | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. August 21, 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Robin Loznak | The Umpqua River reflects the Cougar Creek Wildfire’s smoke and heat. August 29, 2023, Roseburg, Oregon, USA.

IMAGO / Political-Moments | German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in portrait at the opening ceremony of the International Motor Show IAA Mobility 2023 in Munich. September 5, 2023, Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

IMAGO / ABACAPRESS | Girl in the earthquake-devastated village in Oued Agoundiss, High Atlas, Morocco. September 12, 2023.

IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / Jack Gruber | Sam Altman, OpenAI CEO in Washington, D.C. on September 13, 2023.

IMAGO / ZUMA Press / Ciro Fusco | Migrants waiting in Cala Pisana, Lampedusa. September 15, 2023, Lampedusa, Southern Italy.

IMAGO / PIN / Mahmoud Ajjour | Rocket launches on Israel from Gaza. October 7, 2023, Gaza City.

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IMAGO / Saeed Qaq | Damage caused by rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel. October 7, 2023, Ramla, Israel.

IMAGO / Xinhua / Rizek Abdeljawad | Smoke billows following an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City. October 12, 2023.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Mariana Nedelcu | Presidential candidate Javier Milei waves to supporters during a campaign rally. October 18, 2023, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Marc Asensio Clupes | Journalists pay tribute to colleagues killed in the recent Israel-Hamas war. November 9, 2023, Barcelona, Spain.

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IMAGO / i Images / Martyn Wheatley| Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s court appearance. November 15, 2023, Westminster Magistrates Court, London, United Kingdom.

IMAGO / APA images | Palestinians leaving the north during a truce. November 26, 2023, Gaza City.

IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Beata Zawrzel | Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and world leaders attend the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. December 1, 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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IMAGO / UPI Photo / Louis Lanzano | Former President Donald Trump in the courtroom at State Supreme Court on Thursday, December 7, 2023, in New York City.

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IMAGO / Emmanuele Contini | Pro-Palestine demonstration in Berlin.

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IMAGO / Funke Foto Services / Reto Klar | Pro-Israel demonstration. December 10, 2023, in Berlin.

IMAGO / NTB / Javad Parsa | Nobel Peace Prize 2023 in Oslo: Ali and Kiana Rahmani accept the award on behalf of their mother and spouse, Narges Mohammadi, who is imprisoned in Iran. Oslo City Hall, December 10, 2023.