In 2022, the world has witnessed a series of unwieldy and unprecedented news events. The year captures moments of historic significance and astonishment that provoke disbelief and despair. However, some days bring joy and pride. From Russia’s war in Ukraine to the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, these are some of the extraordinary stories that have unfolded this year. The year started off leisurely, as the world slowly began to emerge from its long, protracted pandemic hibernation. Yet, consistent with modern fragility, an all-out war broke out in Ukraine in February as Russia invaded the country, ending and upending many lives, including civilians and children. Photographer Evgeniy Maloletka captured one of the most graphic images of war for The Associated Press, showing a livid-faced pregnant woman with her belly in her hands as she was killed at a maternity hospital in 2016. After the bomb attack, he was carried on a stretcher by a stretcher. Mariupol, Ukraine. The unnamed woman and her child died a few days later. The photo has become emblematic of one of Russia’s many atrocities in the Ukraine war. The March 9 attack, which came just 13 days after the fighting began, is one of the most brutal days in the ongoing conflict. Pete Luna, a photographer for Uvalde Leader-News, captured the chaotic scenes outside the school, with young elementary school students running around while the shooter was still inside. And on September 8, Queen Elizabeth II shocked the world when she died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The 96-year-old monarch worked with 15 British prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Leeds Truth. She died two days after inviting Truss to form a new government. The queen’s funeral drew crowds of thousands who paid their last respects to the monarch after 70 years, also for the first time. The United States saw the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the country’s first black female Supreme Court justice. At the Winter Olympics, American Erin Jackson became the first black woman to win an individual medal in speed skating. The first all-female referee panel at the Men’s World Cup has made history. Another notable moment this year was the overturning of the Roe case. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 decision guaranteed the right to abortion in the United States under the federal constitution. The court’s decision this year sparked protests by abortion rights activists and street celebrations by anti-abortion groups, further ideologically dividing an already divided country. In November, Americans went to the polls, producing election results that defied opinion polls. As those moments unravel, the planet continues to warm, melting and separating glacial ice ridges, while much of the northern hemisphere is dealing with historic droughts, scorching soil, drying up rivers and triggering massive crop failures. The James Webb Space Telescope above Earth has captured stunning images of space in sharp detail. On the other end of the news spectrum was the bizarre moment at this year’s Academy Awards, when Will Smith brazenly slapped Chris Rock midway through the show after the comedian said something that He was very annoyed with his wife. Millions of people around the world witnessed the moment live on television. Many sports fans were rooting for Aaron Judge this summer as he broke the single-season American League home run record for fellow American Roger Maris, a remarkable feat. Intertwined with these big news events are snapshots of everyday life, reminding the world of beautiful, quiet — and sometimes hilarious — moments in people’s lives. Behind all of this year’s top photos is the hard work of photojournalists. Many of them, far from the safety of their homes, continue to document war and conflict. It is because of their perseverance and dedication that these images came to light, providing a window into the world and helping us understand it through photography. It’s “2022: The Year in Pictures” from CNN Digital.