AP's top 2022 photos capture a planet bursting at the seams
Wind whips embers from a burning tree during a wildfire near Hemet, California, United States, on September 6, 2022.

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — Taken together, they can convey the feeling of a world convulsing — Associated Press images from across 2022 showing the fragments that make up our lives and freezing in time the moments that somehow, these days, seem to pass faster than ever.

As history in 2022 unfolded and the world lurched forward — or, it seemed sometimes, in other directions — Associated Press photographers were there to bring back unforgettable images. Through their lenses, across the moments and months, the presence of chaos can seem more encircling than ever.

A year's worth of news images can also be clarifying. To see these photographs is to channel — at least a bit — the jumbled nature of the events that come at us — whether we are participating in them or, more likely, observing them from afar. Here are some of the highlights:

Arsha Begum receives the Covishield vaccine for COVID-19 from Fozia, a health-care worker, during a COVID-19 vaccination drive in Budgam, south-west of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on January 11, 2022.
A Taliban fighter stands guard at the site of an explosion in front of a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 19, 2022. It was one of several deadly explosions that have targeted educational institutions in Afghanistan's capital.
Children play in the Catia neighbourhood of Caracas, Venezuela, on January 2, 2022.
People throng President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's official residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on July 11, 2022, the day after it was stormed by protesters demanding his resignation amid the country's worst economic crisis in recent memory.
A boy cools off in a public fountain in Vilnius, Lithuania, during a heat wave on June 26, 2022.
Israeli police clash with mourners as they carry the coffin of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem on May 13, 2022. Abu Akleh, a Palestinian-American reporter who covered the Mideast conflict for more than 25 years, was shot dead two days earlier during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank town of Jenin.
Ecuadorian migrants walk across the Darien Gap from Colombia into Panama, hoping to eventually reach the US on October 15, 2022.
People walk through flood waters after heavy rainfall in Hadeja, Nigeria on September 19, 2022. Nigeria is battling its worst floods in a decade.
A man steps into the frame asking the photographer to stop taking photos as men carry a coffin during a funeral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on October 21, 2022.
Dirk Russell, who has medical issues, lies on the sofa in his waterlogged home, which was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, on Pine Island, Florida, on October 1, 2022.
People wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Gauhati, Assam state, India, on June 14, 2022.
A civilian wears a Vladimir Putin mask as a spoof, while a Ukrainian soldier stands atop a destroyed Russian tank in Bucha, Ukraine, outside of Kyiv, on April 7, 2022. (Photos: AP)

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