What your November 2021 looked like

From Sudan to Siberia, here's a snapshot of the world from last month.

by Ryan White
01 December 2021, 8:00am

i-D closed out 2020 with My Year in a Photo, a 12-month retrospective that brought in hundreds of incredible submissions from all over the world. We enjoyed it so much that from now on, we’ll be running it as a regular feature. At the end of each month, we’ll open our inbox to photographs from anyone and everyone — just email photography@i-d.co

Once again we received even more submissions than the month before, making the process of editing this story even harder. For anyone whose images did not make the cut, please do keep sending us your photography, as we’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions and want to keep sharing as much of it as possible.

Girl in rhinestone hoodie and polka dot scarf sitting in a field.

Vlad Molodez, 22, Sharypovo, Siberia

“Purity, spirituality and connection with faith, as the basis of life, which I broadcast through the photographs of younger generation from my Motherland. We all do not have enough air and light in these difficult times.” @vladmolodez

Boy clutching a red light at night.

Ksyn Taylor, 19, New York, USA

“I took this photo the day I graduated high school, and having dealt with a lot of social and mental challenges a few days prior my friends encouraged me to be the one in front of the camera and express how I felt.” @auteury

Close up of the tie of a man wearing a pinstripe suit.

Archie Davidson, 20, Manchester, UK

"Floyd in Matt and Phred's jazz bar."

Hands raised in the air showing the peace sign.

Ahmed Abushakeema, 34, Khartoum, Sudan

“This photo was taken on the 21st of November, after a month of the military coup that happened in Sudan. The photo shows the hands of young people protesting against the coup and all the consequences of it. In the times where everything seem darker, being too close to lose everything people revolted for, these protests rebuilt hope, making it easier for everyone to keep fighting.”

A group of female protesters wearing masks and holding signs stand by the edge of a road.

Anita Monteiro Cavalcanti Neiva, 14, Ontario, Canada

“We walked out of class on November 10th to criticize the misconduct concerning sexual offences in our school district, and to show solidarity with the victims.” @anitamonteirro

A girl takes a selfie in the reflection of a wet window with the colourful lights of the city outside glowing through the pane.

Mhavic de Jesus, 26, Tokyo, Japan

“That day I decided to check in at the Prince Hotel for one night just because I wanted to see the city lights from above. It’s not very clear here but I had a direct view of the Tokyo Tower and I actually watched the lights turn off at midnight.” @kawasakidreamin

The gap between two people walking through a wooded area.

Lisa Koops, 23, Leipzig, Germany

“I took this picture during a walk along one of the lakes here together with two friends. I felt totally one with nature feeling the cold. Walks there always help me to get away from the buzz.”

A man in shorts and trainers carrying heigh on his head and holding a gardening rake.

Tuhin Chandra, 26, Mumbai, India

“Man I met on my short trip to my village home.” @visionsoup

A woman with long braided hair sitting with her back to the camera

Toju Lusan, 22, Lagos, Nigeria

“I took this self portrait one afternoon in November, a month that has been more turbulent than most. This photograph represents my attempt to preserve stillness amidst the chaos.” @tojulusan

A group dancing with one person in the middle in a sheer blue dress twerking while someone grabs her butt.

Tsele Nthane, Cape Town, South Africa

“My friend invited me to a new queer-friendly safe space created by her and her friends. One of the best nights of our post-pandemic summer!” @melanateyourmood

Telephone wires at night.

Valentina, 24, Busan, South Korea

“Nothing better than a beautiful sky.” @valentina__re

Men in colourful garments hold drums while sitting and standing on the side of a road.

Javed, 36, Madhya Pradesh, India

“This photograph was taken at my village during annual fair. This looks so dreamlike.”

Two people swing two skipping ropes while another raises their hands next to them.

Aida Sherif, 21, Rhode Island, USA

“I took this photo at a cookout where some of my friends were double dutching — some of us for the first time in a LONG time. Sustained some minor injuries and good memories.” @aida.sherif

A close up of someone's butt wearing a thong.

Ilias Pappas, 29, Greece

“The freedom of youth and the desires of humanity.”

Three people play volleyball in the ocean

Najla Said, 22, Ain Sokhna, Egypt

"We drove from Cairo to spend a few hours by the seaside, to grasp the last few days of warmth. I could feel Cairo’s noise vanish."

A girl stands in the doorway of a home wearing a brown dress and brown cardigan.

Frankie Perez, 32, Montreal, Canada

“The day before American Thanksgiving. Made this portrait with Chi in her new home in celebration of getting a place." @pluralist_

A shirtless boy in red swim shorts puts his arm around an older man in a floral top holding a beer.

Ori Harpaz, 39, New York, USA

“After over two years of not visiting my family back home, I was finally able to see them. I took this photo of Leonid and his father during that visit, in Eilat.” @oharpaz

A car covered by cardboard and nets of oranges.

Igor Moura, Tibau do Sul, Brazil

“In the country where's summer all year long, you have many ways to get vitamin C.” @igormoura

A boy sits on his bed staring out of the window.

John Cardillo Jr., 20, Ontario, Canada

“This is a photo of my 17-year-old step brother, taken at 7am on a Friday, right before I drove him to school. He and his girlfriend had just broken up the night before.” @jj.cardillo

A boy in a red shirt stands in front of a camper van in the desert.

Emma Valles, 21, California, USA

“My friend Will asked me to do a project with him during a class break one day. These are the first rolls of color medium format that I’ve shot.” @emvalles

A girl lies on her bed holding her phone over her.

Anne Schwarzelt, 24, Munich, Germany

To be honest, this picture wasn’t taken this year but two years ago in November. But it still reminds me of the quiet feeling I get every November.” @yungsheez

A man stands in a dry deserted space with a line of trees to his side and a bike on the floor.

Mehrdad Mosaferi, 23, Bandar Abbas, Iran

“Autumn was a good season to forget you.” @mehrdadmosaferii

A boy lies on a football pitch with lots of bananas next to him.

Christopher Iduma, 28, Lagos, Nigeria

“This images typifies the average young boy making ends meet for both he and his family. This is a plantain seller who had taken some time out on the busy Lagos island expressway to rest from hawking his wares.” @chrisiduma

A boy looks thoughtfully out of the window as the sun begins to set.

Tomás Monteiro, 27, Lisbon, Portugal

“You can always see the sunset through your friends." @monteirotomas

Two boys, one shirtless the other wearing a white vest lie on a bed.

Tamara Blake Chapman, 24, New York, USA

“Sharing and documenting tender moments.” @btwtamara


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