SAN FRANCISCO -- It's hard to quantify the year 2020. Whatever words you use may not be able to reflect this past year, so National Geographic turned to another medium: photos.
It has a special issue, "The Year in Pictures," publishing just a handful of photos from more than 1.7 million taken throughout the year.
NatGeo divided it up into four categories: The year that tested us, isolated us, empowered us, gave us hope.
This is the first time in its 133-year history that National Geographic has singled out one year for an issue like this.
Here's more from National Geographic's Year in Pictures campaign.
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