Our Favorite VICE Photos of 2015

These are some of the photographs that changed our world in 2015.

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Dec 28 2015, 5:00am


Photo by Curran Hatleberg from Lost Coast

Hi there, we're Elizabeth and Matthew, VICE's resident photography experts. Last year, we did a roundup of our favorite photos featured by VICE in 2014. We thought it was cool, and who doesn't like looking at pictures, so we made another gallery of our faves from 2015. But, before the images commence, here is a quote from Thomas Roma, the renowned photographer who runs Columbia University's photography program. It's one of many moments of sage wisdom that was cut from our latest interview with Roma, and it captures one of the many reasons photography is so important to us.

"I don't read a book constantly thinking about the author. Books I love I constantly relate to on my own—I think of myself, they're part of my life. Same thing when you look at a film, it becomes part of your cultural, psychological, political experience. You go out in the world after seeing a certain film, you see the world a little differently. Read Beloved, you read Toni Morrison, and you think, all of a sudden everything looks different. Read The Catcher in the Rye when you're young, all of a sudden you think differently. Art is supposed to raise your consciousness, if only temporarily."

These are some of the photographs that changed our world in 2015.


Photo by Dru Donovan from Positions Taken


Photo by Martin Slepcik from Lunik IX Buds


Photo by Lara Shipley from Workampers


From Jason Lazarus's ongoing project Too Hard to Keep


Photo by Zora J Murff from Corrections


Photo by Sohrab Hura from The Lost Head and the Bird


Photo by Kevin Zucker from Wintering


Photo by Pete Voelker from An Insignificant Impact


Photo by Michael Coles from Witness to a Massacre


Photo by Stacy Kranitz from her ongoing series Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold my Body Down.


Photo by Juan Madrid from Catskill


Cover of The Earth Died Screaming Issue by Steve Smith


Photo by Manon Quérouil and Véronique de Viguerie from The Sand Looters


Photo by Andrew Litchtenstein's series Life in Prison


'After Marcel Duchamp' by Anthony Costa, Jessica Frankl, Mikaela Keen Lumongsod, Frankie Mule, Gabrielia Priyma, Balazs Sebok, and Valeriya Vaynerman from Artsy Nudes


Photo by Michael Bailey-Gates from Angels


Photo by Matthew Leifheit from Leif: Boi Wonder


Photo by Elizabeth Renstrom from Fruit Salad with Laurie Anderson


Photo by Bryson Rand from The Love Trip


Portrait of Salman Rushdie by Michael Marcelle


Photo by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert from Drag Queens of San Francisco

Photo by Jackson Krule from Thanksgiving Day Madness


Photo by Joseph Maida from A Place in the Sun: The Goth Scene in Hawaii

Photo by Mirka Laura Severa from her ongoing series King Bansah

From Jaimie Warren's Horrorfest 2015

Photo by Lauren Poor fromPalo Alto Suicides


Photo by Eli Durst from Bowling

Photo by Nathan Bajar from Comic Con Two Ways


Photo by Bobby Scheidemann from Combustible Materials


Photo by Lindokuhle Sobekwa from Deep Hanging

Photo by Grey Hutton from Night Rooms


Photo by Meredith Talusan from How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International Incident

Photo by Daniel Arnold from It Was Good to Get Out of the HousePhoto interpretation of above request by Edward Cushenberry fromPhoto Requests from Solitary.

Photo by Peter Van Agtmael from Home


Photo by Thomas Roma from In the Vale of Cashmere


Photo by Lijie Zhang from Portraits of Blind Children in Rural China


Photo by Robert Melee from Mommy

Photo by Andrew Miksys from his series Tulips


Photo by Bieke Depoorter/Magnum Photos from Night Journeys in Sète

Photo by Jason Jaworski from his series Labyrinth

Photo by Irina Rozovsky from Salad Days

Photo by Michael Bühler-Rosefrom God Wallah

Photo by Maria Gruzdeva from Shooting the Edges

Photo by Maciek Pazoga from Uchronia

Photo by Annie Flanagan from Sweet Crude


Uganda Love This Issue cover by Frédéric Noy

Photo by Bruce Gilden from Two Days in Appalachia

Photo by Molly Matalon and Damien Maloney from The Wasting

Photo by Jen Davis from Women of the Arnold