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Photo Essay: 2021 in Photos

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DECEMBER 09, 2021


The Berkeley community experienced a widespread return to in person in 2021 — as did many parts of the world. From football games and music festivals to lectures, UC Berkeley students and city residents alike were able to look beyond their Zoom meetings, physically attending large gatherings and resuming daily life as we once knew it.

Beyond the tremendous strides made toward combating the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was a year of activism in Berkeley. Whether it was protesting against racial injustice or rising up against housing inequality, the city displayed its commitment to securing basic human rights and dignity for all. In terms of the campus community, 2021 was also a monumental year in ways that hit closer to home — The Daily Californian celebrated its 150th anniversary, and the Cal Bears triumphed at the Big Game, bringing the Axe back to Berkeley.

For whichever memory you treasure most, the photographers of the Daily Cal have been with us every step of the way, and we hope that this photo essay serves as a satisfying recap of the year and gives closure to some of the most momentous and inspiring events of 2021.

– Connor Lin, Lisi Ludwig and Theo Wyss-Flamm


Photo of a People's Park protest
Eliana Marcu/Senior Staff
Photo of a protest against discrimination
Lisi Ludwig/File
Photo of UC-AFT protestors
Sunny Shen/File
Photo of a protest
Can Jozef Saul/Staff
Photo of the Axe
Vanessa Lim/Senior Staff
Photo of Cal football
Nick Quinlan/Staff
Photo of Cal men's basketball
Theo Wyss-Flamm/Senior Staff
Photo of a line outside of a concert auditorium
Nick Quinlan/Staff
Photo of a crowd of people at a concert
Vanessa Lim/Senior Staff
Photo of a COVID vaccine being administered
Matt Gibson/File
Photo of someone putting on a mask
Antonio Martin/Staff
Photo of the Daily Californian 150th anniversary event
Lisi Ludwig/Senior Staff
Photo of students walking on UC Berkeley campus
Can Jozef Saul/File

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MARCH 15, 2023