2020 was a year like no other. We searched our souls and experienced profound change as our nation confronted an unprecedented pandemic, a bitter political divide and a deep racial reckoning.

We witnessed heartbreak and loss — inspiration and hope. We watched those in our communities display resiliency, courage and compassion in the midst of unrelenting health, political, economic and education challenges.

We exploded onto city streets demanding justice after the police killing of George Floyd, voted in record numbers, weathered devastating wildfires and grappled with strict restrictions triggered by COVID-19 — all while learning to adapt to wearing masks, sheltering-at-home and living without the things we love. And, as the year came to a close, we cheered as the first vaccines arrived, daring to dream that next year could be dramatically different.

Here are the vivid images of 2020 captured by photographers from the Bay Area News Group.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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