Thursday, Reuters released is top photos of 2015. It’s an annual tradition, and those in the news industry – and outside it – look on it as a chance to review the year. You can see them here.
This year’s list is telling: the first photo is of a man with an outstretched hand to a refugee swimming up to the shore of Lesbos in Greece. There’s a photo of a man recovering after being sprayed with pepper spray during clashes in Baltimore, Md. Others are from Syria, France, a tiny pink sneaker in the foreground of the wreckage of the Russian jet that went down in the desert, journalist Chris Hurst wiping a tear after his girlfriend and co-worker Alison Parker was gunned down while on assignment in Roanoke, Va. Others are political: a photo of the Pope and the U.S. President, the U.S. President with Raul Castro, the White House lit up with rainbow lights to celebrate the Supreme Court decision in favour of gay marriage in Washington. There are snowstorms, floods, vocanos, fires. Refugees and wars, though, define the year. There are even photos of refugees in rain storms . . .
One photo stands out midst the strife, and even midst the other “lighter” photos such as the one of Queen Elizabeth II in her carriage, or Prince George peeking into Princess Charlotte’s carriage; it’s a photo of our Prime Minster, Justin Trudeau, leaning forehead-to-forehead with his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau on Remembrance Day. It’s not staged. Justin’s eyes are open with a look of genuine love, and Sophie’s eyes are closed but her peaceful smile shows strength. I look hard for something more – but I see nothing but equality, two firm, capable, steady travellers a journey they know brings demand and trial. For this moment, they perched together, sharing their strength and resolve.
It’s a remarkable moment of peace in an otherwise strife-filled year. And it’s Canada’s moment.