2020 in Pictures: A year that looked like no other

  • Part of the Black Lives Matter crowd outside the State House Plaza in Concord on June 6, 2020. Demonstrations against police brutality flared up after a George Floyd died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

  • Rundlett Middle School art teacher Stephanie Bednaz shows first year student Oballa Ojullo, 11, his art kit that he can use for online learning starting next week. Oballa's mother Awili and brother A.J. look on at the school on Thursday, September 3, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—GEOFF FORESTER


  • Navy veteran Gregory Couture toasts his wife of 46 years Celeste with a cupcake at the window of the Town Hall meeting area of the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton on March 17, 2020.

  • Johnny Ruffo gets a kiss through their masks from his dad, Mike, as he gets ready to enter Henniker Community School on Sept. 9, 2020.

  • Pastor Virginia Fryer of the Bow Mills United Methodist Church adjusts a cross with Rosanne Nee at Dimond Hill Farm on April 11 in preparation for a virtual Easter service.

  • Concord forward Whitney Vaillant is thwarted by Beford goalie Zoe Santos at the end of the first half at Memorial Field in Concord on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Concord came back to tie Bedford, 1-1. GEOFF FORESTER—

  • LEFT: Concord Hospital medical personnel wave to passing emergency vehicles in front of the hospital on Friday afternoon, April 10, 2020. Local emergency and police vehicles had a parade to thank all the medical personel at the hospital for their service during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Carl Lakowicz holds the flag he received at the memorial service for his father, U.S Army Ranger Michael Lakowicz at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery on Oct. 7.

  • Rally organizer Ella McCown (in white shirt with a read heart) marches into the State House Plaza with her friends at the Black Lives Matter rally on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

  • Jeremy Cayford of Manchester leads a prayer at the second #ReopenNH Rally at the State House on May 2, 2020.

  • Relatives and friends wave as a Merrimack Valley High School graduate passes by after receiving a special recognition at the graduation at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on June 13, 2020. Geoff Forester / Monitor file

Published: 12/31/2020 3:28:01 PM
Modified: 12/31/2020 3:27:48 PM

Call it the year of the mask. Whether rallying for racial justice, sending a child off to school for the first time, or saying goodbye to a loved one at a funeral, it was all done behind protective masks in 2020, making the year look different than any before.

All of the human emotion was present in 2020 – from triumph and heartache on the sports field, holy prayer, partisan politics and even our protests – but the year was held under a new kind of shroud.

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