From the streets of Puerto Rico to the camp at Standing Rock, this year photographers across the Americas picked up their cameras, lens, and comfortable shoes to capture the way they saw the world closest to them. Through documentary, fine-art, or editorial photography, the photographers produced photos that will play a vital role on how we will visually remember 2016.

These were some of the best photo stories and photographer profiles Remezcla published in 2016.

Ongoing struggle at Standing Rock by Josué Rivas

This Mexica Photographer’s Striking Photos Capture Standing Rock’s Emotional Setbacks & Victories

Las Patronas by Hans-Maximo Musielik


An Intimate Look at Las Patronas, the Mexican Women Who Feed Migrants Traveling on La Bestia

The life of Colombian guerrilleras by Nadège Mazars

Look Into the Lives of Colombia’s Female Guerrilla Fighters in These Powerful Photos

Juárez mourns JuanGa by Alex Duràn

Thousands of Fans Pay Tribute to Juan Gabriel in His Hometown of Ciudad Juárez

Young people celebrate indigeneity by Itzel Alejandra Martinez

We Talked to 5 Young People About What Their Indigenous Identity Means to Them

Anti-PROMESA Protests in Puerto Rico by Stephanie Segarra

Young Boricuas Have Been Camped Out For a Month Protesting PROMESA. Meet the Faces Behind the Movement.

The ethnic diversity of Brazil by Marcus Lyon


Using DNA Tests & Powerful Portraits, This Project Captures the Ethnic Diversity of Brazil

Ayotzinapa, two years later by Emmanuel Guillén Lozano

Still Searching for Answers, Two Years Later: Portraits of Ayotzinapa Victims’ Families

Young Colombians before the plebescite by Christina Noriega

Sí o No: We Talked to 8 Young Colombians About How They’ll Vote on the Peace Referendum

Puerto Ricans Underwater by Adál Maldonado

Powerful Photo Series ‘Puerto Ricans Underwater’ is a Biting Metaphor For an Island Drowning in Debt

Celebrating black beauty in Brazil by Bruno Gomes


In ‘Darkskins’ Series, This Brazilian Photographer Pays Homage to Blackness

The rich indigenous culture of Mexico by Diego Huerta


Diego Huerta Is Photographing Mexico’s 57 Indigenous Groups To Help Protect Their Legacy

The lives of trans women in Lima by Danielle Villasana


Danielle Villasana Captures the Struggles and Resilience of Trans Women Living in Peru

Colombian quinceañeras by Delphine Blast


This Quinceañera Photo Series Highlights the Sacrifices Parents Make for This Rite of Passage

Trans beauty in the Dominican Republic by Carlos Rodriguez


Through These Gorgeous Portraits, Photographer Carlos Rodriguez is Giving Visibility to DR’s Trans Community

Changing immigration narratives by Alejandro Cartagena

Americanos by Alejandro Cartagena
Photo Series “Americanos” Tells a Border Story About Those Who Return to Mexico

San Antonio flea markets by Arlene Mejorado


These Powerful Portraits Find Beauty in the Vaqueros & Vendedoras of San Antonio’s Flea Markets

What's in a name? by Sofía Muñoz Boullosa


The Life of Pedro: This Compelling Photo Series Only Features Mexican Men Named Pedro

Life in Rio's Favelas by Felipe Dana


Brazilian Photographer Felipe Dana Reveals the Beauty and Brutality of Life in Rio’s Favelas

NYFW by Francesca Beltran & Itzel Alejandra Martinez


These NYFW Street Style Looks Will Give You Enough Life to Last Through Winter