From the death of David Bowie to the rise of Trump, and mayhem in Mosul and Aleppo: photographers describe how they took the pictures that tell the story of 2016. Selection by Karin Andreasson
Boy on a bike at the Qayyarah oilfields (21 October)
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I had heard the oilfields were on fire in Qayyarah, Iraq, and spent hours driving to get there. When I finally arrived, there was a strange atmosphere in the town – it felt dangerous and volatile, like anything could happen. My fixer said he was worried, that it didn’t feel right, and when a local guy like him is saying he doesn’t feel safe, you have to listen. We agreed to spend only 10 minutes on the ground, so I set my stopwatch and started snapping.