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2019 - Year in Pictures

People protest a government ban on face masks in Central on October 4 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong continue to call for an independent inquiry into police brutality, democratic elections for Hong Kong’s leader and legislature, and the retraction of the word riot to describe the rallies, as the territory faces a leadership crisis after six months of unrest. (Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images)
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Give These Photos A Listen

It’s the time of year when newsrooms comb through thousands of photos to find a few dozen to represent the year in pictures.

This has always been an impossible task, perhaps never more so than in a year marked by national and international political upheaval, ever-rising concern about the planet’s future, and social unrest in nearly every corner of the world. No set of photos can capture the full range of stories that held our attention and shaped the year, and inevitably, as many important stories are excluded as included.

This year we would like to highlight another aspect of inclusion — the need for photo essays (and all photos) to be more accessible to those who can’t see. So, we've partnered with GBH’s National Center for Accessible Media to present you with a more accessible “Year in Pictures.”

Each photo below is accompanied by both a caption and an audio description. While the caption identifies the date, subject and photographer, the audio description puts into words the key visual elements of each photo for people who are blind or have low vision. In addition, a text transcript of each image description is also available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

These 25 images represent only a small fraction of the important stories of 2019, but we hope more of you will now have a richer experience engaging with them. Please have a look, a read, and a listen.

— Meredith Nierman, Director of Photography

Find more information about descriptive audio and screen readers and see a list of credits.

Image 1: Brazilian President Bolsanaro rides in inaugural parade.

January 1, 2019

Image 3: President Trump Chinese Premier He Meeting

January 31, 2019

Image 2: State of the Union

February 5, 2019

Image 4: Border Crossings

March 14, 2019

Image 5 Ethiopian Airlines Crash

March 14, 2019

Image 6 First Image of a Black Hole

April 10, 2019

Image 7 Venezuelan Opposition Leader at Rally

May 1, 2019

Felicty Huffman

May 13, 2019

Robert Mueller

May 29, 2019

The USA celebrates victory at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Will they repeat their success for a third time?

July 7, 2019

Image 11 Jeffrey Epstein Appears In Manhattan Federal Court On Sex Trafficking Charges

July 8, 2019

Mourners gathered at memorial crosses near the scene of a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart on Aug. 3

August 6, 2019

Image 13 Toni Morrison Dies at Age 88

August 6, 2019

Image 14 German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson

August 21, 2019

Image 15 Parapan American Games Lima 2019 Opening Ceremony

August 23, 2019

Image 16 Hurricane Dorian Damage

September 5, 2019

Image 17 Climate Activist Greta Thunberg addresses the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations General Assembly

September 23, 2019


October 4, 2019

Image 19: US Withdrawal from Syrian Border

October 14, 2019

Image 20 Democratic Presidental Debate

October 15, 2019

Image 21 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stands and speaks to President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room

October 16, 2019

Image 22 All Female Spacewalk

October 18, 2019

Image 23 Representative Elijah Cummings Funeral Services

October 17, 2019

Image 24  Washington Nationals Win World Series

October 30, 2019

Image 25 House Intelligence Committee Holds Open Impeachment Hearings

November 20, 2019



For WGBH News:
Meredith Nierman: Feature Producer and Photo Editor Kaitlyn Locke: Captions Editor
Tori Bedford, Esteban Bustillos, Arun Rath, Cristina Quinn and Saraya Wintersmith: Audio Narration

For WGBH Digital:
Tim Kinnel: Developer
Andrea Wolanin: Senior Project Manager
Gene Yoon: Design Director

For WGBH's National Center for Accessible Media:
Bryan Gould, Claire Houston and Madeleine Rothberg: Audio Descriptions, Accessibility Consulting.

To learn more about descriptive audio:
The Described and Captioned Media Project
WGBH Accessibility

To download a free screen reader:
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