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Dealers clean gambling chips with disinfectant at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

It will be years, decades maybe, before the generational effects of 2020 are known.

This is the time of year when publications usually take a nostalgic walk through the preceding 365 days. The result is often a copious number of "best of (insert year)" lists, daring even the most curmudgeonly to relive the past 52 weeks. But, simply put, there's not a lot to celebrate about 2020.

The year brought grief to more than 1.7 million families (and counting) worldwide who lost a loved one to COVID-19. The virus also triggered widespread economic uncertainty, further exposing stark inequities that persisted long before the coronavirus invaded the United States. Add racial unrest and a contentious presidential election to the mix, and it was enough to fill an entire history book.

That's not to say good things were obsolete. People still fell in love, babies were born, animals soaked up extra attention and forced isolation gave way to simpler joys.

But life was different.

And our photographers — Jeff Scheid, Daniel Clark and David Calvert — documented a world that would have been almost unimaginable on New Year's Day a year ago. The year started with a heavy political presence in Nevada ahead of the presidential caucus, then veered into a pandemic-induced shutdown by mid-March. Multiple race-related protests, two special legislative sessions and a mostly mail election followed, all while the coronavirus continued to drastically alter daily life.

So in lieu of commemorating this year, consider these images a reminder of how quickly major events can change the global, national and local landscape.

A bighorn sheep leaves the NDOW trailer and heads east toward the mountains on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe's land on Jan. 13, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren, left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden, during the Democratic Presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Democratic presidential hopeful Tom Steyer, right, talks with Policy Director Bobbette Bond during a tour of the Culinary Health Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
People head into the Hyde Park Middle School gym for a campaign event for former Vice President Joe Biden in Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Former Vice President Joe Biden embraces a supporter following a rally at Clayton Middle School in Reno on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, ahead of Nevada's Democratic presidential caucus. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
President Donald Trump reacts to the audience during a rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A precinct site inside the library at Sparks High School before the start of the 2020 Nevada Democratic caucus on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and his wife Jill Biden enter during a campaign event inside the Hyde Park Middle School gym in Las Vegas on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
The front door of the closed Wynn Las Vegas is padlocked on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
In downtown Reno, an Eldorado Resort Casino employee posts a sign on the door announcing that it will be temporarily suspending operations minutes before midnight on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, following an executive order from the Governor Steve Sisolak in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A worker cleans a pedestrian bridge on the Las Vegas Strip after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
An empty beverage container as seen on the Las Vegas Strip after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
A woman walks past a shut down gaming machine at Golden Nugget on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Lauran Evans, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Medicine works at the Washoe County Health District’s drive-through COVID-19 test site at the Reno-Livestock Events Center on Saturday, May 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
An empty taxi cab line at McCarran International Airport on Friday, May 15, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Stevin, a fifth-grader at Lynch Elementary School, takes care of schoolwork outside a Wi-Fi-enabled school bus that visited his northeast Las Vegas neighborhood on Monday, May 18, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
A woman is led away by law enforcement during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
A police officer at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
A protester on the ground at a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
A member of the Assembly legislative staff sits outside the Assembly on the third day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City on Friday, July 10, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Assemblyman Gregory Hafen II on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/Nevada Independent)
A poll worker at Reno High School on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Assemblyman John Hambrick leaves the Assembly chambers for the last time on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, during the fifth day of the 32nd Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Mariachi Tierra Bravia performs during a drive-through rally for Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, at UNLV on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Ana Richards listens while Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during a rally at Doolittle Park on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Gary Hawthorne helps a voter turn in her mail-in ballot at the Clark County Election Department in North Las Vegas on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Jan Moody watches election results during the GOP watch party at the South Point Hotel and Casino on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Volunteers from the Culinary Academy Las Vegas distribute donated food during a contactless Thanksgiving dinner pickup event at Cashman Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
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