Source: TIME

Images from those six moments and more stand out in a year of environmental disasters and polarizing elections, humanitarian crises and annual parades, mass shootings and awards shows. They couldn’t feel further from one another, yet a close look at these 100 pictures reveals a comforting web of similarity.

It’s visible in the ways we grieve and hold one another, the ways we dance and run and cry, the way we throw our hands out in joy or fear. Each picture on its own represents a moment that cannot be duplicated. Taken together they can help remind us how, despite fortune or hardship or evil, we’re more alike than we are different.

Here, TIME’s photo editors present an unranked selection of the 100 best images of the year.  READ MORE…

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