Reddit | eneeidiot

16+ Powerful Photos That Captivated The Internet

Pics can be powerful. Your typical Insta selfie might not carry a lot of emotional weight, but there are plenty of pics out there that pack quite a punch.

If you're ready, read on.

Keeping things safe.

Reddit | lady-patience

"30+ years ago my big bro painted this rock to act as a guardian at my bedroom door to keep me safe from nightmares," wrote the Redditor who posted this. "Now it guards the front door of my house."

Making them proud.

Reddit | Jay_no_pho

Anyone who's ever graduated from college knows how tough it can be. A Masters degree is even tougher.

The Redditor who posted this says it shows his family celebrating his brother's accomplishment: becoming the first person in the family with a Masters.


Reddit | jacathinker

The story of Anne Frank hiding from Nazis with her family is a powerful one. While most of the family was killed in the Holocaust, Anne's father Otto survived.

He's seen here revisiting the attic where his family hid, years after the fact.

Human emotion.

Reddit | diablek

This candid photo from 1986 captures so much humanity. In the top right, a nurse is laughing. The newborn baby is crying. The mom is cracking up with laughter after seeing her husband faint.

Take that, flat Earthers.

Reddit | Mass1m01973

Sometimes the curvature of our planet is immediately apparent. Case in point: Lake Pontchartrain, an enormous estuary just north of New Orleans, shows the curvature when you look at the power lines that stretch across it.

Hustle, loyalty, respect.

Reddit | eternalrefuge86

He might say you can't see him, but if you're a Make-a-Wish kid, you can absolutely see John Cena. The WWE superstar has granted over 500 wishes, at a rate of one wish every eight days for over a decade.

He's proud.

Reddit | Bbiron01

This shows the quiet scene at Texas Christian University, just outside the hall where graduation ceremonies were commencing. A photographer captured this pic of a support staff worker who applauded each and every grad.

Just like clockwork.

Reddit | icantredd1t

These hospital workers are used to making room for this mother duck with her ducklings. Every year, she lays eggs in a hospital courtyard, then pecks on the windows when it's time to move on.

A kind gesture.

Reddit | VainillaJAM

"My brother was injured during the Special Olympics and couldn’t compete. In the picture, is a Special Olympics medal from Friday’s competition," wrote the Redditor who posted this. "One of these young men won the medal, and chose to give it to my brother as an act of friendship and support."

He stands out.

Reddit | piefordays

Yao Ming, a basketball legend in both the United States and his native China, is seen here in a crowd. At seven and a half feet tall, he can't exactly blend in.

Why not?

Reddit | 5or3en

Older people can often feel lonely and alienated as they lose spouses and friends. This wholesome tweet shows a great way to show them that they're still important people.

To infinity and beyond.

Reddit | jacathinker

This photo shows a Falcon 9 rocket launch, bound for the International Space Station, launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. The perfect reflection on the water is just a bonus.

On top of the world.

Reddit | Mono_420

Most people are pretty proud of themselves if they've climbed Mount Everest. Kami Rita Sherpa, seen here, has climbed the world's tallest mountain an astonishing 23 times over the years.

The beautiful game.

Reddit | Ispril

Soccer (sorry, football/futbol/whatever) is played just about everywhere in the world. The pitch might look different — it might be right next to an icefield in Greenland, for instance — but it's always the beautiful game.


Reddit | Steve Biro

Bald eagles might be a symbol of the United States, but these beautiful birds of prey are found elsewhere as well. This shot from Canada shows the precision entailed in their flight.

Riding high.

Reddit | beaverkc

Anyone who uses a wheelchair probably feels short at one time or other. The freedom to get up high and see over the crowd clearly elicits a powerful response — just look at how happy this guy is.

Perfect timing.

Reddit | nhtrvcxe

This is an ordinary, albeit stunning, waterfall at Yosemite. But once a year, the heavens conspire to shine the sun's light on it in such a way that it looks like molten gold.


Reddit | ashenk_2

We're used to seeing the moon pretty clearly, but sometimes other bodies from our solar system are visible as well. Here, Jupiter and four of its moons are plainly visible, even though they're more than 300 million miles away.

Last Northern White Rhino.

Reddit | GallowBoob

The last male Northern White Rhino passed away last year, marking the animal's possible extinction as only two females are left in Kenya. Scientists are working on IVF for the females, but there is no guarantee it will work.

Big good boy wolf.

Reddit | britweins

Although this animal looks like a giant wolf, it's actually not. This beast is grey wolf, husky, and German shepard.

Imagine owning a dog bigger than a Great dane!

But first, let me take a selfie.

Reddit | GallowBoob

These gorillas sure wanted their 15 minutes of fame posing with these anti-poachers!

These gorillas have grown up with the rangers who raised them after their parents were killed by poachers, so they've learned to imitate them.

First image of a black hole.


Early this spring, NASA made history after releasing the first image of a black hole.

The best part? A woman, Dr. Kate Bouman, developed the computer program that was able to capture the photo.

Flying solo.

Reddit | tysenburg

Am I the only person who gets chills looking at this photo?

This is a wild image of Bruce McCandless II flying untethered in space. He was the first to do it.

Whale fossil watching.

Reddit | 9w_lf9

You're lucky if you're ever able to see a whale during a whale watching adventure.

To catch the skeleton of a whale is not something they advertise for those expeditions.

Ice ice baby.

Reddit | takingthescenicroute

This before and after of a lighthouse in Michigan captures what happens after an ice storm out by the lake.

It really looks like a magical castle fit for an ice king and queen.

Feeling pretty small right now.

Reddit | StugotzLobos

This is the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. And that is a woman at the bottom, showing just how great this piece of history really is.

Total eclipse of the sun.

Reddit | [deleted]

This photographer captured the moment the moon landed directly over the sun during a solar eclipse.

It looks like the perfect photo for a poster in my room.

Wrong place right time.

Reddit | Botatitsbest

While I definitely wouldn't want to be anywhere near a volcano when its just erupted, it sure makes for an amazing photo op.

I want him as my school bus driver!

Reddit | gangbangkang

Curtis Jenkins, a school bus driver in Dallas, bought all of the kids who ride on his bus a Christmas gift that they asked for.

This is proof that there is good in the world.

Packing my bags ASAP.

Reddit | notGhxst

It's hard to believe something like this actually exists in real life, and the good news is that it does.

This is the Ubari oasis in Libya, and that is where I want to retire.

Australians are the real MVPs.

Reddit | GallowBoob

This is a mesh net drain system that helps capture pollutants from going into larger water reserves.

This Australian town is really living in 2019 and we're still stuck somewhere in the past.

Bringing an old forest new life.

Reddit | GallowBoob

Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife began replanting trees on the property in the 90s after his own father had completely deforested the area previously.

The sun setting over the World Trade Center on September 10, 2001.

Reddit | elondrakdrypare

Although no one knew it at the time, this would be the very last sunset that would touch these two towers, and the last time they would ever appear in the New York City skyline.

No, this isn't Mars, the Red Planet.

Reddit | ButtaButtaJam

Although it certainly looks like it. But in fact, this is the surface of Venus, as taken by Russia’s Venera 13 spacecraft. The craft only actually lasted 127 minutes before it eventually succumbed to Venus' extremely harsh atmosphere.


Reddit | Porodicnostablo

This picture show last month's protest rally in Hong Kong, just one of the ongoing demonstrations in the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement.

This Great White Shark isn't doing so great.

Reddit | Ilikespaceandmemes

In fact, this magnificent creature was already dead when it was abandoned at a Melbourne wildlife park and left to rot in a tank filled with formaldehyde.

A more humane circus experience.

Reddit | Gallowb00b

These photos show the holographic animals which are used in place of real ones at one Denmark circus. That way, no creatures are harmed or treated poorly just for our own selfish entertainment.

Close call.

Reddit | Mikeymac2016

This man is posing with the very helmet he was wearing when he was shot with a 7.62 round at just 20' away. In other words, this is the helmet that saved his life.

This photo proves how accurate age progression pics really are.

Reddit | hootersbutwithcats

Not only is this noteworthy in terms of how far technology has come, but also in its lifesaving abilities. After all, an aged photo could very well turn out to be exactly what locates a person who's been missing for years and no longer looks like how they did when they were last spotted.

Pictured: India on the first day of 2019.

Reddit | Gallowb00b

A total of 5 million women across the country came together to create a 300-mile long human chain, stretching from the northern to southern tip of Kerala, to protest sexism and oppression.

As one Redditor explained, the gesture their doing with their hands is how they say pledges.

These stones were found beneath Lake Michigan.

Reddit | Jm-Rie

Even to the untrained eye, they're a remarkable find. But for more context, they're believed to be around 10,000 years old, and divers even found a picture of a mastodon carved into one of the stones.


Reddit | abdouh15

This is the clearest photo of Neil Armstrong walking on the phone, as taken from the reflection in his comrade Buzz Aldrin's space helmet.

Lining up to save a life.

Reddit | Gallowb00b

A record-breaking 4,855 people came and stood in the rain for hours, just to see if they were a stem cell match for one 5 year-old-boy battling a rare type of cancer. All these people selflessly came to see if they would be able to help save this youngster's life.

This is Ruby Bridges.

Reddit | Galowb00b

This brave 6-year-old girl is pictured here being escorted by U.S. Marshalls inside her new school in the year 1960. She made history by becoming the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South

Two cultures merging.

Reddit | Bleeeeedorange

In this photo, we see two young boys teaching each other about their respective cultures and their respective hunting rituals.

This is Mars.

Reddit | Mono420

Well, it would be if it still had a magnetic field, atmosphere, and water.

More than just a speck of dust

Reddit | _invalidusername

If you look really closely in that little black space in the middle of the picture, you'll see a dot. And that "dot" is actually a picture of a single atom.

Sydney Opera House recently lit up ini honor of the firefighters battling the bushfires.

Reddit | Lorealair

The famous building's magnificent sails had touching images of the brave men and women, most of whom are volunteers, fighting he devastating fires that are scorching the country.

A picture's worth a thousand words.

Reddit | Palifaith

This customer has taken a photo with his barber ever since he began going to that particular shop. The evolution of both time, appearance, and camera quality is incredible to see.

This girl is refusing to let her handicap let her be seen as weak or vulnerable.

Reddit | trinhead

As she explained,

"Being disabled changes the way people see you and how you see yourself. To boost my confidence when using my mobility aids and to diminish their stigma, I punk-ed out my rollator."

A group of black medical students recently posted in front of an old slave plantation.

Reddit | JAlbert653

As reported in CNN, the powerful photos were meant to illustrate the "connection between America’s past and America’s present."

19-month-old Harvey Keaton is given a medal to honor his father who died fighting the bushfires in Australia.

Reddit | ParkwayDrove

Deputy Captain Geoffrey Keaton was posthumously awarded the honor for Commendation for Bravery and Service, which his toddler son accepted on his behalf at his funeral.

This woman received powerful inspiration when she needed it the most.

Reddit | shookababy

As she explained,

"I sent my stepmom a pic of my now shaved head cause of chemo and she sent back this. She made me feel like a warrior when I really needed it."

A broken family brought back together again.

Reddit | 107bees

This photo shows the moment a son finally achieved his dream of taking a picture with both his mom and his dad, something which hasn't happened since the pair divorced when he was just nine months old.

One grandpa went the extra mile for his grandkids.

Reddit | Butterfly504

When he learned how difficult it was for his grandkids to get to and from school every day without a bus available to take them, Doug Hayes of Gladstone, Oregon, purchased a mini school bus he dubbed the "Grandfather Express" to take them there himself.

An entire gymnasium filled wtih donations from one person.

Reddit | GrumpyFinn

As this Redditer user explained,

"My mom works for an elementary school in a poor part of Pennsylvania. Today someone anonymously donated hats, gloves, and shoes or boots for every single student. This is going to make a huge difference for some of these kids."

This pediatric surgeon goes the extra mile to make his young patients feel more at ease.

Reddit | SuperAtomic707

Dr. Robert Parry always takes a moment to sit down and personally draw popular characters onto his patient's dressings so their surgical scars aren't the only lasting impressions they leave the hospital with.

Portrait of perseverance.

Reddit | eneeidiot

The story behind these Jewish men's matching tattoos is a powerful one: 73 years before this photo was taken, they checked into Auschwitz within hours of each other.

They survived the Holocaust, going on to live long lives.

Frozen in time.

Reddit | s8nSAX

This child is remarkably well-preserved considering they've been dead for over 500 years. An unfortunate victim of human sacrifice, this Incan child was drugged before being buried to appease the gods.