8 Powerful photographs of 2015 that made a lasting impact
Pictures have the power to tell a story without expressing a word. They enable us to share an experience even when we are no more. With the growth of social media platforms like Instagram, we have the ability to see what is going on around the world and express our views using them. Here are some powerful photographs that depict 2015.
1 Cecil, the Lion
Dr. Walter Palmer faced criticism from around the world after it became known that he had paid $50,000 to hunt and kill Cecil, the lion. Cecil was a major attraction in a Zimbabwean national park. He was lured out of the park and shot with an arrow by Palmer and was shot 40 hours later. The image of this lion is surely one of the most powerful photographs that the world is bound to remember for a long time.
2 Murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward
As TV viewers were following the news with their morning tea, this news story took a complete turn. A murder was broadcasted live on television, causing a shock around the world. Former staff reporter Vester Lee Flanagan filmed himself in this odd yet mind boggling picture. It revealed himself shooting reporter Alison Park and cameraman Adam Ward on August 26, 2015.
3 TransAsia Plane Crash
The domestic flight 235 crashed in the Keelung River on February 4, 2015. As the plane went down, it hit a runway and a taxi cab running at full speed. The aircraft was a 10-month-old ATR 72-600 flying from Taipei to Kinmen in Taiwan. Only 15 of the 53 passengers survived. Before take-off, the pilots reported an engine failure. The plane was able to climb 1500 feet before descending.
4 Removal of Letterman sign
Broadway and 53rd street will never look the same again after the famous Letterman sign was removed by a demolition crew that took down the huge sign in parts with a crane and ladders. May 20th was the last episode of David Letterman and featured celebrities like Steve Martin, Bill Murray, and Jerry Seinfeld.
5 AylanKurdi’s dead body
This little boy was washed to the shoreline, and was facingdown as water lapped around him. The tragic picture showing AylanKurdi’s dead body shocked the world. The powerful imageof the Syrian toddler has captured the world’s attention far more than the distress of refugees. Three-year-old Aylan, his brother Galip aged five and mother Rehan died when their dinghy capsized while trying to reach the Greek Island of Kos when it was dark.
6 Confederate Flag taken down
Major developments took place in South Carolina, USA after the cold blooded murder of nine black people in Charleton Church. The incident caused a public outrage against racism in the state. The Confederate Flag hung in front of the state house and it caused a national debate. Installed in the ’60s, people had pushed for its removal for long. There was a long drawn debate whether it was a symbol of cultural heritage or racism. Governor Hayley signed a legislation for its removal. The bill was introduced with 2/3 of votes in both chambers after 13 hours of debate.
Comedian Simon Brodkin played a prank on FIFA president SeppBlatter by throwing $600 at him during a press conference. He bypassed the security using a media pass. This incident took place in Zurich and Brodkin was charged with trespassing and was even given a jail term. He claimed that the cash was to secure the world cup to be held in North Korea in 2026. He also wanted to spread awareness regarding the corruption within FIFA.
8 Mick Fanning facing shark attack
Mike Fanning is an Australian professional surfer who took part in the J-Bay Open competition in South Africa when he came face to face with a white shark. He fought for his life with the shark and it was shown live on television for one and a half minute. Luckily, Fanning was saved without any injuries due to the timely action of the rescue team.
These have been some of the most powerful photographs that got down in the history as a part of the happenings of the year 2015.