Our Favorite Photos from 2021: How Guardian US Photos Captured a Historic Year | US News


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In 2021, our photographers told some of America’s deepest stories. They captured personal moments, like a man assessing the remains of his home after Hurricane Ida. There were inspiring stories, like how a predominantly black high school created a girls’ lacrosse team during the pandemic. And there have been historical scenes, like the preparation for the presidential nomination just weeks after insurgents tried to overturn the election results. Thanks to all the photographers who have worked with us this year.


The city of Baltimore is suing oil and gas companies for their role in the climate crisis, which has had a disproportionate impact on the community of color. The image below shows Karen Lewis, who says her townhouse in Baltimore can get so hot that she sometimes has trouble breathing.

Photographer: Greg kahn


Photographer Filip Wolak took aerial photos of mass Covid-19 vaccination sites in the United States. The Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta has been selected as one of Georgia’s four mass vaccination sites as of February 22, 2021.

Photographer: Philippe Wolak

The Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta has been selected as one of Georgia's four mass vaccination sites as of February 22, 2021.

Raw sewage leaks in Virginia threatened the livelihoods of the few remaining black oyster farmers on the East Coast. These leaks can be seen flowing through neighborhoods, like this culvert that connects the historic African-American neighborhood of Pughsville to the larger drainage system. Below, five-year-old Braxton Miller swings over the water.

Photographer: Alyssa Schukar

Braxton Miller, five, swinging over the water.

In some mosques, women are not allowed to pray in the same room as men; in some mosques women cannot even pray indoors. But Los Angeles imams are pushing those boundaries with mixed congregation mosques and LBGTQ mosques, and using their sermons to address topics such as sexual violence and pregnancy loss. Below, Nurjahan Boulden, Tasneem Noor and Samia Bano after praying together in Venice, California.

Photographer: Anna boyiazis

Nurjahan Boulden, Tasneem Noor and Samia Bano after praying together on November 12, 2021 in Venice, California.

The Guardian asked photographer Jordan Gale to document the preparations for the presidential inauguration, which occurred just weeks after insurgents attempted to overturn election results on January 6, 2021. Doors below steel block blocking parts of Pennsylvania Avenue leading to the US Capitol and a woman looking through a security checkpoint.

Photographer: Jordan gale

Preparations for the inauguration

Four close dams in eastern Washington state interfere with salmon migration. Below, salmon are seen swimming in the viewing area of ​​the Lower Granite Dam Fish Ladder Visitor Center in Pomeroy, Wash.

Photographer: Mason Trinca

Salmon are seen swimming in the viewing area of ​​the Lower Granite Dam Fish Ladder Visitor Center in Pomeroy, Wash.

In this photo essay on the precarious nature of America’s safety net, Cherokeena Robinson, 32 – who lost her job during the pandemic – lies in bed with her son Mai’Kel Stephens, 6, at their halfway house in San Pedro, Calif., Where they share with one or two other families at a time.

Photographer: Rachel Bujalski

Cherokeena Robinson, 32 - who lost her job during the pandemic - lies in bed with her son Mai'Kel Stephens, 6, at their halfway house in San Pedro, Calif., Which they share with one or two other families at the same time.

In Haines, Alaska, a mining project promised jobs, but some fear the mine contamination could destroy the salmon runs they depend on. In the photo below, a seagull hovers over hundreds of spawning chum salmon in a swamp on the Chilkat River just below the Tlingit village of Klukwan.

Photographer: Pierre Mather

A seagull flies over hundreds of spawning chum salmon in a swamp on the Chilkat River just below the Tlingit village of Klukwan.

For American-Palestinian Muslims, the conclusion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is meant to be a time of celebration. This year, the violence in Gaza and Jerusalem has turned it into a grim event. Pictured on the left is Tiffany Cabán, who will eventually win a seat on New York City Council. Muslims greet each other after the morning prayers of Eid al-Fitr.

Photographer: Ismail Ferdous

Left: Tiffany Caban.  Right: Muslims greet each other after the morning prayers of Eid al-Fitr.

Billions of periodic cicadas have emerged this year after a 17-year dormancy underground along the eastern United States. In the photo below, cicadas invade trees near a house in Columbia, Maryland.

Photographer: Gabriella Demczuk

Cicadas invade trees near a house in Columbia, Md. In May.

Detroit Cass Technical High School, where the student body is 85 percent black, offered only three spring sports for girls – until a group of girls asked the administration to add lacrosse. It was a unique request; although this is a Native American game, most of the participants are white. This story tells the story of this team’s two-year journey to step onto the pitch and eventually win. Below clockwise, Kayla Carroll-Williams, 15, Zahria Liggans, 18, Alexia Carroll-Williams, 17, and Deja Crenshaw, 18.

Photographer: Sylvie Jarrus

Clockwise;  Kayla Carroll-Williams, 15, Zahria Liggans, 18, Alexia Carroll-Williams, 17, Deja Crenshaw, 18, on the grounds of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan on May 1, 2021.

In 2012, the South African chemical company Sasol announced plans to build a complex in Mossville, Louisiana. They bought out the homes of the people who lived on the land, but analysis found that they were offering black homeowners far less money than white homeowners. The image on the right shows Eyphit Hadnot, 58, and his older brother Dellar Hadnot, 61. The Hadnot family lived in Mossville for 80 years when Sasol offered them the buyout, which they rejected. On the left is a piece of land where a house stood before Sasol leveled the building.

Photographer: Christian K Lee

Eyphit Hadnot, 58, and his older brother Dellar Hadnot, 61.  The Hadnot family lived in Mossville for 80 years when Sasol offered them the buyout, which they rejected.  On the left is a piece of land where a house stood before Sasol leveled the building.

The communities of Pointe-aux-Chênes and Isle de Jean Charles suffered some of the worst destruction caused by Hurricane Ida. This left a difficult question: stay to rebuild, or leave? The photo shows Kip de’Laune searching for any salvageable items at his Point-Aux-Chenes home after Hurricane Ida.

Photographer: Bryan tarnowski

The photo shows Kip de'Laune searching for any salvageable items at his Point-Aux-Chenes home after Hurricane Ida.

After Hurricane Sandy, Kimberly White Smalls hoped the city would help her rebuild her home in New York’s Far Rockaway neighborhood. Instead, the only option left for him was to sell the house to the city. Below, Smalls’ grandsons – Donovan E Smalls, 9, left, and Kelsey E Smalls Jr, 8 – running down the street in Far Rockaway, Queens.

Photographer: Krisanne johnson

Kimberly White Smalls' grandsons - Donovan E Smalls, 9, left, and Kelsey E Smalls Jr, 8 - running down the street in Far Rockaway, Queens.

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