Best Photos of 2015



Not strictly from America but – a US special forces paratrooper salutes fellow soldiers as he leaps from a plane 17,000ft above Germany during a training mission
Photograph: US Army


The United States women’s soccer team celebrates after winning the World Cup final against Japan
Photograph: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images


Rime ice extends several feet horizontally from a sign marking the summit of 5,774ft Mount Adams in New Hampshire in November
Photograph: Robert F Bukaty/AP


Rainbow-coloured lights illuminate the White House to celebrate the US supreme court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage in June
Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images


Wildfires ravaged California as it suffered its worst drought on record. Firefighters set a controlled burn in the Sequoia National Park to protect the trees
Photograph: Max Whittaker/Reuters


Cecil the lion, killed by the Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, is projected on to the Empire State Building in New York in August as part of a campaign to raise awareness of endangered species
Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters


Tommy Caldwell, one of two free climbers who scaled El Capitan’s Dawn Wall at Yosemite National Park in January
Photograph: Corey Rich/Aurora Photos

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