Major stock library Shutterstock has launched its 2020 Year in Review, its choice of pictures of a year none of us will forget anytime soon. “As the world prepares to ring in the new year, the curated collection looks back at the people and events that have left a mark in 2020,” says the company. “From a glamorous red carpet season to a global pandemic and social unrest, this year began with hope and has transpired into one that will be remembered mostly for loss but also for a newfound appreciation for humanity.”
From the millions of photographs published by Shutterstock Editorial in 2020, the company’s picture editors have come up with their the Top 10 most downloaded images (below), the Top 50 and Top 200. Out of the top ten photos of the year, eight centred on the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement. This was a significant shift from recent years, as A-list celebrities took the back seat. Other themes included:
* The US Election: Starting with a field of candidates and narrowing to a nail-biting finale between Trump and Biden that stretched on longer than anyone had expected, the review * captures the evolution of the campaigns from start to finish
* The Awards Season: In what seems like a lifetime ago, 2020 delivered a landmark Oscars, with Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’ winning Best Picture, and in doing so, becoming the first non-English-language film to take Hollywood’s top prize. Other big Awards Season winners included Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix and Billie Eilish.
* Sports: The crowds grew silent being substituted with cardboard cutouts and fabricated fan noise in empty stadiums, leaving players around the world in quite a surreal predicament as they played on for the love of the game.
The year was summed by Shutterstock photographer Stephen Lovekin, who found himself doing more and more news stories, rather than covering his usual entertainment industry patch. ‘”Combine the worst pandemic in a hundred years, racial tensions at an all-time high, and probably the most important Presidential election in US history, and you have a year like none other. It has forced me to challenge myself creatively. And for this I am forever grateful. Call it the ‘silver lining’ to a year most of us would rather forget.”