2016 in Photos

By The Irrawaddy 27 December 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, The Irrawaddy showcases the best photographs to come from the lenses of our outstanding photographers this year—they never fail to capture Burma’s most iconic moments.

A devastating blaze at Rangoon’s Mingalar Market caused 36 billion kyats (US$27.8 million) worth of damage on the morning of Jan. 19. (Photo: Myo Min Soe/ The Irrawaddy)


The previous government demolished squats on farmland in Dagon and Seikkan townships in Rangoon in February. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


The first WWE Smackdown in Rangoon on Feb 12. (Photo: Pyay Kyaw / The Irrawaddy)


The Myanmar Color Festival took place on March 26 at Rangoon’s People Square. (Photo: Pyay Kyaw / The Irrawaddy)


The 71st Armed Forces Day was observed at the military parade ground in Naypyidaw on March 27. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Burma’s President U Htin Kyaw welcomes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the state dinner to swear in the NLD-led government on March 30. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and senior military officials photographed during the official power transition ceremony on March 30 in which Burma’s outgoing President U Thein Sein handed over the presidential insignia to new President U Htin Kyaw at the presidential residence in Naypyidaw. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Revelers on the overpass near Theingyi Zay Market in downtown Rangoon during Thingyan Festival. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Local farmers protested the reopening of copper mines in Sagaing Division’s Salingyi Township on May 5 and demanded compensation from the Chinese company Wanbao Co. (Photo: Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy)


A worker at a used drum warehouse on the outskirts of Rangoon in May. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Contestants at a fitness and bodybuilding competition on June 18 in Rangoon. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Children play at a camp for internally displaced persons in Kachin State’s Mai Ja Yang on July 16. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


People wait outside the entrance of Rangoon’s Mausoleum on July 19 to pay their respect to Burma’s national heroes who were assassinated on that day 69 years ago. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


A man walks across the famed U Bein Bridge in Mandalay as it became inundated by floodwaters in July. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Floodwater submerged the central market of Kangyidaunt Township, Irrawaddy Division on Aug. 12. (Photo: Pyay Kyaw / The Irrawaddy)


A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Burma on Aug. 24 and damaged 396 pagodas and temples in the famous ancient capital of Bagan. (Photo: Zaw Zaw / The Irrawaddy)


Burma’s President U Htin Kyaw talks to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi after the 21st Century Panglong peace conference on Sep. 3 in Naypyidaw. (Photo: Pyay Kyaw / The Irrawaddy)


A full moon lunar eclipse on Sept. 16. The phenomenon will not take place again until 2024. (Photo: Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy)


A government-aligned Border Guard Force (BGF) soldier stands guard on Karen State’s Methawaw Road amid clashes between the Democratic Karen Benevolence Army (DKBA) and a joint force of BGF and Burma Army on Sept. 22. (Photo: Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy)


A Burmese policeman on patrol at the Burma-Bangladesh border fence after militants attacked border police headquarters and checkpoints in northern Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township on Oct. 9. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Fumigation was carried out in some townships of Rangoon after the first case of the Zika virus was reported in the former capital in October. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


The Super Moon over Rangoon’s skyline on Nov. 14. (Photo: Hein Htet / The Irrawaddy)


Bomb squad and police conducted security checks in the Rangoon Division government compound following a minor explosion at 6pm on Nov. 25. (Photo: Pyay Kyaw/The Irrawaddy)


Children with HIV and AIDS at the National League for Democracy AIDS Center in Rangoon on November 30. (Photo: Pyay Kyaw / The Irrawaddy)


A funeral for Eleven Media Group journalist Ko Soe Moe Tun, who was discovered beaten to death, was held in Monywa, Sagaing Division on Dec. 15. (Photo: Zaw Zaw / The Irrawaddy)