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12/30/2016 12:59 pm ET Updated Dec 30, 2016

Barack Obama's Photographer Shares His Favorite Candid Photos Of 2016

From an impromptu dance-off to quiet moments in the Oval Office, the talented photographers captured it all.
The president prepping with his national security staff before a teleconference with European leaders on Feb. 23.
Pete Souza/The White House
The president prepping with his national security staff before a teleconference with European leaders on Feb. 23.

Here we are ― nearing the end of President Barack Obama’s second term. 

It’s hard to imagine concisely rounding up the crazy presidential year that was 2016, but the amazing chief White House photographer Pete Souza has done just that in a post on Medium Friday. 

Souza selected the images he found to be most revealing of Obama, the first family and Vice President Joe Biden that White House photography staff took through the year. 

From a spontaneous dance-off to quiet moments of reflection in the Oval Office, the talented photographers captured it all. 

We don’t know what the next administration will bring in regards to photo talent, but it’s going to be tough to match Souza and his team. 

See a selection of the best photos below and read more insight from Souza in his post on Medium

  • Obama listens to his introduction by Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed during the 2012 shooting at Sandy
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama listens to his introduction by Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed during the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Jan. 5, 2016. Later, as he made remarks in the East Room, he began to cry as he recalled the horror of the shootings. He called it the worst day of his presidency.
  • The president with first lady Michelle Obama reacts to getting beat at Rock Paper Scissors during a Martin Luther King J
    Pete Souza/The White House
    The president with first lady Michelle Obama reacts to getting beat at Rock Paper Scissors during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event at Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18.
  • In the midst of a snowstorm, Obama works at his desk in the Oval Office on Jan. 22.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    In the midst of a snowstorm, Obama works at his desk in the Oval Office on Jan. 22.
  • Obama reacts as his putt falls just short during an impromptu hole of golf with staffers Joe Paulsen, left, and Marvin Nichol
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama reacts as his putt falls just short during an impromptu hole of golf with staffers Joe Paulsen, left, and Marvin Nicholson after the U.S.-ASEAN Summit at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, on Feb. 16.
  • Obama watches the first lady dance with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a recepti
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama watches the first lady dance with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin in the Blue Room of the White House prior to a reception celebrating African American History Month on Feb. 18.
  • The president prepping with his national security staff before a teleconference with European leaders on Feb. 23.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    The president prepping with his national security staff before a teleconference with European leaders on Feb. 23.
  • Obama dances in the Outer Oval with personal aide Ferial Govashiri on March 16
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama dances in the Outer Oval with personal aide Ferial Govashiri on March 16
  • During an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team in Havana, Cuba, Obama and Presiden
    Pete Souza/The White House
    During an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team in Havana, Cuba, Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba spontaneously join in "the wave" that others in the crowd had started on March 22.
  • The president and first lady dance with renowned tango-dancers Mora Godoy and Jose Lugone in Buenos Aires on March 23.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    The president and first lady dance with renowned tango-dancers Mora Godoy and Jose Lugone in Buenos Aires on March 23.
  • Air Force One arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on April 7.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Air Force One arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on April 7.
  • Obama crawls on the ground with Communications Director Jen Psaki's daughter Vivi on April 14.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama crawls on the ground with Communications Director Jen Psaki's daughter Vivi on April 14.
  • Obama meets Prince George at Kensington Palace on April 22.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama meets Prince George at Kensington Palace on April 22.
  • Biden boards a C-17 serving as Air Force Two while leaving Baghdad, Iraq, on April 28.
    David Lienemann/The White House
    Biden boards a C-17 serving as Air Force Two while leaving Baghdad, Iraq, on April 28.
  • The vice president chases children and members of the press with a super soaker during the 2016 Biden Beach Boardwalk Bash at
    David Lienemann/The White House
    The vice president chases children and members of the press with a super soaker during the 2016 Biden Beach Boardwalk Bash at the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington, D.C., on June 4.
  • Obama chats with David Axelrod's granddaughter Maelin in the Oval Office on June 22.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama chats with David Axelrod's granddaughter Maelin in the Oval Office on June 22.
  • MIchelle Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, actress Freida Pinto an
    Amanda Lucidon/The White House
    MIchelle Obama participates in a roundtable discussion with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, actress Freida Pinto and students in support of the Let Girls Learn initiative, at a high school in Unification Town, Liberia, on June 27.
  • Obama blows out candles after Biden surprised him with some birthday cupcakes on Aug. 4.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama blows out candles after Biden surprised him with some birthday cupcakes on Aug. 4.
  • Biden family members head to a ceremony for a road near Camp Bondsteel U.S. Army base in Kosovo, which the Kosovan gover
    David Lienemann/The White House
    Biden family members head to a ceremony for a road near Camp Bondsteel U.S. Army base in Kosovo, which the Kosovan government named after Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III as a sign of gratitude for his contributions to the country. Pictured (from left) are Hunter Biden, Hallie Biden, Natalie Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president, Hunter Biden and Valerie Biden Owens on Aug. 17.
  • As Govashiri continues working, Obama watches a virtual reality film on Aug. 24 that was captured during his summer trip to Y
    Pete Souza/The White House
    As Govashiri continues working, Obama watches a virtual reality film on Aug. 24 that was captured during his summer trip to Yosemite National Park.
  • While visiting service members receiving therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Obama joins Master Chie
    Pete Souza/The White House
    While visiting service members receiving therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Obama joins Master Chief Petty Officer David Halland and his family in a yoga therapy session at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence on Aug. 26.
  • Obama pauses while talking with a writer from National Geographic during his Sept. 1 visit to Midway Atoll in the North
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama pauses while talking with a writer from National Geographic during his Sept. 1 visit to Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean.
  • The first lady goes shopping at a CVS Pharmacy in preparation for life after the White House during a segment taping for "The
    Lawrence Jackson/The White House
    The first lady goes shopping at a CVS Pharmacy in preparation for life after the White House during a segment taping for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Burbank, California, on Sept. 12.
  • Obama snaps a photo of former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush with the Bonner family after the open
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama snaps a photo of former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush with the Bonner family after the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24.
  • Obama poses with a Lego man sculpture during the South by South Lawn event hosted at The White House on Oct. 3.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama poses with a Lego man sculpture during the South by South Lawn event hosted at The White House on Oct. 3.
  • Actor Bill Murray putts into a glass in the Oval Office after stopping by to be honored as the recipient of the Mark Twain Pr
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Actor Bill Murray putts into a glass in the Oval Office after stopping by to be honored as the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 21.
  • Obama flexes for Walker Earnest, son of White House press secretary Josh Earnest, during Halloween festivities at The White H
    Pete Souza/The White House
    Obama flexes for Walker Earnest, son of White House press secretary Josh Earnest, during Halloween festivities at The White House on Oct. 31.
  • The president speaks to the White House staff in the Oval Office the morning after the 2016 Election on Nov. 9.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    The president speaks to the White House staff in the Oval Office the morning after the 2016 Election on Nov. 9.
  • The White House staff built a snowman and placed it outside Obama's window in an end of the year prank on Dec. 16.
    Pete Souza/The White House
    The White House staff built a snowman and placed it outside Obama's window in an end of the year prank on Dec. 16.

CORRECTION: A previous caption misstated that it was Obama exiting Air Force One in one of the photos above.

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