2023 in Photos: Memorable Moments Captured by NPR Stations

A collection of photos from NPR station photographers showcasing memorable events from 2023.


Large Gatherings Highlight 2023

Throughout the year 2023, photographers from NPR stations captured pivotal moments that showcased the recurring theme of large gatherings of people. Whether it was in moments of joy, prayer, protest, or grief, the desire to be around others was particularly palpable. Some of the events documented included the East Palestine train derailment, the leak of classified U.S. intelligence documents, Texas women challenging abortion bans, the end of the nation's COVID-19 immigration emergency order, the controversy surrounding Title 42, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on race-conscious admission programs, and calls for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Diverse Range of Events

The photos captured a wide range of events that represented the diverse stories from different states and cities. From the joy of concertgoers at Beyoncé's return to the stage to the grief in vigils for the victims of a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, each photo told a powerful story. Other events documented included migrants and asylum-seekers crossing into the United States, eviction of an encampment in Oakland, protests for Palestine, St. Louis PrideFest Parade, and more.

Photographers Reflect on Their Work

The photographers, representing NPR stations from across the country, shared their thoughts on the images they captured. They aimed to convey the distinct tapestry of their respective places, highlighting both the pressing realities and cherished aspects of their communities. Through their photos, they captured the essence of the year and provided a visual narrative of the events that shaped the stories of 2023.