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Rape as a Weapon of War
Ayak poses while nine months pregnant at a safe house in Uganda, Dec. 8, 2015. She lost her entire family to a rebel attack on her village near Bentiu, in South Sudan. She was raped while fleeing, alone, for a U.N. camp, and then raped repeatedly while she was at the camp. One of her rapists gave her HIV. Ayak says that her unborn child is the only family she is likely to ever have.From "The Secret War Crime: How Do You Ask Women to Relive Their Worst Nightmares?"Lynsey Addario—Getty Images Reportage for TIME
Rape as a Weapon of War
A woman cries after her boat arrives on the island of Lesbos, Greece.
A man spreads his arms in a  bid to defuse tensions between asylum seekers and police at a demonstration at the Macedonian border.
Refugees and migrants from many countries, including Afghanistan, Morocco, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia. They are camped on the Greek-Macedonian border in the village of Idomeni because Macedonia closed its borders to any migrants who are not from Iraq or Syria. Demonstrating in front of Macedonian border police. Macedonain soldiers constructing a fence to keep migrants out. Those not permitted to cross watching through a fence as those who are permitted make the crossing. Migrants hurl rocks at the Macedonian forces who take cover behind riot shields. A chaotic food distribution by a local non-NGO.by James Nachtwey
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Hillary Clinton campaigning in New Hampshire presidential primary. Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, NH. Being interviewed by Joe Klein of TIME Magazine.by James Nachtwey
President Barack Obama and American Ballet Theater's principal dancer, Misty Copeland, in the Oval Office of the White House. 20160229. Photos by Callie Shell.
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Refugees in camp at border of Greece and Macedonia near town of Idomeni. The refugees are being stopped from moving beyond Greece and have been languishing in the rain and the mud and the cold with insufficient food and medical care while sleeping in small tents. by James Nachtwey
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The village of Barpak, in Gorkha district, close to the epicenter of the earthquake, which destroyed almost the entire village. Villagers rebuilding houses and pathways and building a new religious stupa. Much of the work is accomplished communally. Buddha Himal mountain in background.by James Nachtwey
The village of Barpak, in Gorkha district, close to the epicenter of the earthquake, which destroyed almost the entire village. Villagers rebuilding houses and pathways and building a new religious stupa. Much of the work is accomplished communally.by James Nachtwey
The village of Barpak, in Gorkha district, close to the epicenter of the earthquake, which destroyed almost the entire village. Villagers rebuilding houses and pathways and building a new religious stupa. Much of the work is accomplished communally.by James Nachtwey
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05/08/2016 Patag, Philippines controlled Spratly Islands, South China Sea. Marines walk on the shore of Patag island in the afternoon. Philippines' controlled Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on 05/08/2016.
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Ayak poses while nine months pregnant at a safe house in Uganda, Dec. 8, 2015. She lost her entire family to a rebel att
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TIME's Best Photojournalism of 2016

Dec 14, 2016

In 2016, TIME commissioned photojournalism across the globe, assigning photographers in Greece, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Nepal, Cuba, Venezuela and the South China Sea. They brought us unforgettable images from the continuing migrant crisis in Europe to the civil war in South Sudan, the collapse of Venezuela and Iraq's battle against ISIS.

James Nachtwey returned to Greece where the historic migration into Europe pressed on without ease. He documented the influx of Afghan, Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the Greek island of Lesbos and shed light on the squalid conditions in a camp between the Greek and Macedonian borders. Nachtwey also returned to Nepal where he continued his coverage of the the aftermath from 2015's devastating earthquake.

Lynsey Addario uncovered war crimes in Leer, South Sudan where government forces captured more than 50 men and imprisoned them in a shipping container for 36 hours. Her portrait of the only survivor, a 13-year-old boy, was published on the cover of TIME International's May 30 issue.

Domestically, Christopher Morris was joined by Landon Nordeman, Ben Lowy, Natalie Keyssar and Dina Litovsky as they followed the campaigns that led to the most polarizing election in recent U.S. history. Ruddy Roye crisscrossed America documenting the moods of Dallas, Baton Rouge, La., and Minneapolis, which were thrown into the spotlight after a string of deaths during a racially charged summer.

As one tumultuous year ends and another begins, TIME looks back at these photographers and their important, evocative and sometimes surprising work.

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