The tearing resignation of Theresa May, the dramatic arrest of Julian Assange, the unrest of the Brexit and the eruption of Notre Dame are just a few of the events that have caused the most powerful images in the news this year.
Getty Images has published their annual News Images Of The Year – a remarkable collection of photos that brought the most important stories from politics, war zones, current affairs and nature to life in 2019.
Award-winning photographers braved blitzed streets in Syria, tear gas demonstrations in Hong Kong and terrifying natural disasters, as well as capturing bizarre open moments to deliver outstanding images seen in newspapers and on websites around the world.
Fascinating photographs show some of the most moving moments in a year from tumultuous British politics to heart-warming images of festivals, pilgrimage competitions and traditions.
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An anti-Brexit demonstrator and a pro-Brexit demonstrator are arguing while demonstrating in front of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster in January 2019 in London. MPs voted for Theresa May's Brexit deal after her previous vote was canceled due to a major defeat
Prime Minister Theresa May makes an emotional statement outside 10 Downing Street on 24 May 2019 in London. The prime minister announced that her resignation would be on 7 June
A judge looks at the shape of a cow being led around the show arena during the first day of the 161st Great Yorkshire Show in July 2018 in Harrogate. The Great Yorkshire Show is England's most important agricultural event and was first held in 1838, where livestock events and equestrian events were brought together for three days to celebrate the farming and farming community and their way of life
Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle upon his arrival at Westminster Magistrates Court on April 11, 2019 in London. After weeks of speculation, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by Scotland Yard Police Officers in the Ecuadorian embassy in central London. The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, withdrew the Assange asylum after seven years and cited repeated violations of international conventions
A woman yells at police while on their way to protesters in Yuen Long district on July 27, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters continue weekly meetings on the streets of Hong Kong against a controversial extradition law since June 9 when the city went into crisis after waves of demonstrations and various violent clashes. Hong Kong's CEO, Carrie Lam, apologized for introducing the bill and recently declared it & # 39; dead & # 39; but demonstrators continued to attract large crowds with demands for Lam's dismissal and withdrew the bill completely.
Smoke and flames rise from Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019 in Paris, France. A fire broke out and spread rapidly across the building, causing the spire to collapse. The cause is still unknown, but officials said it might be related to ongoing renovation work
Kurdish families celebrate Nowruz, Kurdish New Year in the mountainous area around Akre on March 20, 2019 in Iraq. Nowruz marks the Persian New Year, as well as the spring equinox and is celebrated by various communities in West and Central Asia
An SDF hunter walks through an empty street amidst destruction on February 16, 2019 in As Susah, Syria. Citizens began to return to a few small towns near Bagouz that were recently liberated by the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The fighting continues in a small part in the west of Bagouz
Boris Johnson has a tipper to illustrate a point while speaking during the final hustings of the conservative leadership campaign at ExCeL London on July 17, 2019 in London, England. Johnson and Jeremy Hunt were the remaining candidates for the conservative party leadership and therefore prime minister of the United Kingdom
The bishop of Lynn, Judge Revd Jonathan Meyrick gives his sermon from the helter go-kart in the nave of the cathedral on August 18, 2019 in Norwich, England. The bishop of Lynn, Judge Revd Jonathan Meyrick led a special service, in which he delivered his sermon from the helter go-kart, sliding down to meet the congregation
An aerial view while Garry Mooring feeds his sheep on February 21, 2019 in Louth, Australia. The local farmer and landowner have been living in the region for sixty years and have a thorough knowledge of the land. During this time he has observed the changing conditions along the Darling River. Local communities in the Darling River area face droughts and clean water shortages as the debate about the alleged mismanagement of the Murray-Darling Basin grows.
President Donald Trump inspects a guard of honor consisting of soldiers from the Grenadier Guards during his ceremonial welcome to the Buckingham Palace Garden on day 1 of his state visit to the United Kingdom on June 3, 2019 in London. President Trump's three-day state visit included lunch with the queen and a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and Duke of York, before traveling to Portsmouth on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings
D-Day veteran Eddie Dibley, age 93, from Hertfordshire throws a wreath into the sea while veterans and members of the public take part in a commemorative ceremony on the beaches of Normandy while arriving on a ferry in Brittany to pay respect to fallen comrades on June 3, 2019 in Caen, France. Thursday, June 6, is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in which 156,000 troops from the Allied countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, joined forces to launch a daring attack on the beaches of Normandy, these attacks are credited with the final defeat of Nazi Germany
Chinese ethnic Lisu honey hunters stand on an improvised rope ladder surrounded by bees as they work together to gather wild cliff honey from beehives in a gorge on May 11, 2019 near Mangshi, Dehong prefecture, Yunnan province, China . Collecting wild & # 39; cliff honey & # 39; is not for the faint of heart. To get it, honey hunters are confronted with swarms of bees and are stung repeatedly while being hung on rope ladders; lower cabinets can often be achieved with wooden ladders or posts
Jesus Tavarez and Juan De La O, both from The Bronx, New York, kiss on the staircases covered with rainbow colors for Pride Month at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, June 14, 2019 in New York City. Organizers said the flag measures 12 by 100 feet and claim it is the largest LGBT pride flag in NYC
Touching Indonesian demonstrators who support Candidate Prabowo Subianto are lit by fireworks and tear gas rounds fired at them by police during a collision on May 22, 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Six people died and more than 200 were injured during mass gatherings in central Jakarta on Wednesday after Indonesian officials announced that incumbent President Joko Widodo was re-elected as president
British politician, John Bercow MP, president of the House of Commons poses for a portrait at the House of Commons on May 24, 2019 in London, England. In September 2019, Bercow stated that he would resign as Commons Speaker and MP on October 31; he remained a speaker until he was appointed to the Manor of Northstead on November 4, 2019. After serving as a speaker for 10 years, Bercow became the longest-speaking speaker since Edward FitzRoy served nearly 15 years between 1928 and 1943
Wild horses are driven out of the mountains for the annual Rapa das Bestas (shaving of the beasts) festival on July 6, 2019 in Pontevedra, Spain. During the more than 400 year old festival, which lasts four days, & # 39; Bestas & # 39; of wild horses that roam freely all year round on Mount Montouto and lead to Sabucedo where they will be three days. Wild horses are taken to the & # 39; Curro & # 39; on the second day. where they are wrestled by hand on the ground to have their manes and tails cut
President Donald Trump is leaving a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2019 in New York City. House Chair Nancy Pelosi announced that the house has opened a formal investigation into President Trump
Greta Thunberg, climate activist, visits the 7th Brussels youth climate march on 21 February 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. In just over a year, the 16-year-old Swedish activist went from anonymity to leader of a global movement. Thunberg first came to the fore in August 2018 when she started skipping school to sit outside the Swedish parliament with her & # 39; School Strike for the Climate & # 39; board, to criticize the government for climate change to criticize
Scotland's Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon arrives before answering questions in the Scottish Parliament on 17 January 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Proponents of independence gathered outside the Scottish parliament and made their voices heard that support for a second referendum is growing as the Westminster Brexit deal is voted into parliament
Thousands of anti-government protesters are marching on a street with umbrellas after leaving a rally in Victoria Park in Hong Kong, China, on August 18, 2019. Pro-democracy protesters have gathered in the streets of Hong Kong against a controversial extradition law since 9 June when the city went into crisis after waves of demonstrations and various violent clashes
In this view, rivers of melt water cut in the Greenland ice sheet at the Sermeq Avangnardleq glacier on August 4, 2019 near Ilulissat, Greenland. The heat wave in the Sahara brought temperatures to record levels in parts of Europe and also reached Greenland. Climate change has a profound effect on Greenland, where summers have become longer in recent decades and the speed with which glaciers and the Greenland ice sheet have withdrawn has been accelerated
Een Chinook-helikopter bereidt zich voor op het laten vallen van zandzakken op de dammuur bij het Toddbrook-reservoir na een ernstige structurele storing na zware regenval, op 2 augustus 2019 in Whaley Bridge, Engeland. Ongeveer 1500 inwoners van de 6.500 inwoners van de stad werden gedwongen hun huizen te verlaten na de gedeeltelijke instorting van de dam gisteren in Toddbrook Reservoir, Derbyshire. Ingenieurs pompten 's nachts water uit het reservoir om het waterniveau te verlagen
Een politieagent houdt pepperspray omhoog terwijl hij op 5 september 2019 in Hong Kong, China, demonstranten probeert te verspreiden uit het platform op Po Lam Station. Pro-democracy protesters continued demonstrations across Hong Kong since 9 June against a controversial bill which allows extraditions to mainland China, as the ongoing protests, many ending up in violent clashes with the police, have surpassed the Umbrella Movement from five years ago and become the biggest political crisis since Britain handed its onetime colony back to China in 1997
Tenggerese gather at crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada Festival on July 18, 2019 in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia. Tenggerese people are a Javanese ethnic group in Eastern Java who claimed to be the descendants of the Majapahit princes. Their population of roughly 500,000 is centered in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in eastern Java. The most popular ceremony is the Kasada festival, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. The festival is the main festival of the Tenggerese people and lasts about a month
Pro-remain campaigner Steve Bray protests on Brighton Beach on Day 2 of the Labour Party conference on September 22, 2019 in Brighton, England. He wears trousers with the EU flag and a Union Jack blazer as he holds a sign reading 'Lead with facts not leave with lies'
A little girl stands beside a unicorn lantern and a Chinese dragon during the launch of the Chinese New Year Edinburgh festival on January 14, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. A full programme to celebrate Chinese New Year took place in 17 February, across Scotland's capital as locals and visitors celebrate the Year of the Pig
Syrian refugees fleeing the Turkish incursion in Northern Syria wait to receive water, bread and lentil soup as more than 200 arrive at the Bardarash IDP camp on October 17, 2019 in Dohuk, Iraq. More than 1000 refugees have arrived in Northern Iraq since the beginning of the conflict, with many saying they paid to be smuggled through the Syrian border
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau balances a baby during a campaign stop alongside local Liberal candidate Andrea Kaiser, September 23, 2019 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Just a week after he launched his re-election campaign, Trudeau was caught in a scandal after a photo emerged showing him wearing blackface makeup to an Arabian Nights party at the private school where he was teaching in 2001
Former conservative MPs (from left to right) Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry pose for a photograph after a press conference regarding their resignation from the Conservative Party on February 20, 2019 in London. MPs Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston resigned from The Conservative Party to join the eight Labour MPs who resigned forming The Independent Group on Monday. They intend to sit as independent MPs occupying the centre ground of British Politics
High winds blow hot embers from the Kincade Fire on October 29, 2019 in Calistoga, California. Fueled by high winds, the Kincade Fire has burned over 76,000 acres and has prompted nearly 200,000 evacuations in Sonoma County and beyond. 96 structures were destroyed and nearly 80,000 homes were threatened
Greek riot police use a tear gas during clash with demonstrators at a rally on January 20, 2019 in Athens, Greece. The country's parliament is to voted on whether to ratify the agreement that will rename its northern neighbor North Macedonia. Macedonia has already ratified the deal, which, polls show, is opposed by a majority of Greeks
The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint's coffin is carried during his funeral at St Mary's Church on March 29, 2019 in Braintree, England. Keith Flint was the front man of British electronic band The Prodigy. He was found dead at his home on the 4th March, 2019
Pugs parade around the show ring on the fourth day of Crufts Dog Show at National Exhibition Centre on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world. The annual four-day event features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'
D-Day veteran Tony Huntbach, aged 94 poses for a portrait in his home on May 03, 2019 in Fylde, United Kingdom. Lance Corporal Tony Huntbach of the 70th (Young Soldiers) Battalion, The Kings Regiment/8th (Liverpool) Battalion landed on Juno Beach 20 minutes after H hour. After Normandy Tony volunteered for duty with the Airborne Forces and saw action at Pegasus Bridge and later went on to Operation Varsity tasked with the capture of the Bridge over the River Issel. Huntbach's glider was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the fly-in to their landing zone and he was slightly wounded. During the 75th anniversary of D-Day, some of the handful of surviving Normandy Veterans made their way to France to commemorate the landings
Rival teams the 'Up'ards and Down'ards' battle for the ball during the annual Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide 'no rules' football match on March 05, 2019 in Ashbourne, England. Played since the 17th Century, the annual Shrovetide Football Match sees teams from opposite ends of the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne aim to get a ball into one of two goals that are positioned three miles apart at either end of Ashboune. The game has 'no rules' and can sometimes end in injury and damage to property although volunteer stewards keep a watchful eye for any serious foul play or possible damage
Forensics teams work at the scene of a stabbing in Edmonton on March 31, 2019 in London, England. Four people were randomly attacked over a period of 10 hours in the north London area. The victims appeared to have been selected randomly, police said. 74 people have been knifed to death so far in London this year, with 123 homicides overall
The first group of Turkish infantry prepare to enter Syria on the border between Turkey and Syria on October 09, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. The military action is part of a campaign to extend Turkish control of more of northern Syria, a large swath of which is currently held by Syrian Kurds, whom Turkey regards as a threat. U.S. President Donald Trump granted tacit American approval to this campaign, withdrawing his country's troops from several Syrian outposts near the Turkish border
Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, along with one Boeing 787 at top, are parked at Grant County International Airport October 23, 2019 in Moses Lake, Washington. Boeing reported that its profits were down by more than half in the latest quarter. The company has finished updates and testing on the 737 MAX and plans to have the planes flying by the end of the year
Floodwater surrounds a farm on March 22, 2019 near Craig, Missouri. Midwest states are battling some of the worst floodings they have experienced in decades as rain and snowmelt from the recent 'bomb cyclone' which inundated rivers and streams. At least three deaths have been linked to the flooding
Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy reviews material before hosting his comedy show Liga Smeha (League of Laughter) on March 19, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians are set to go to the polls on March 31, choosing from nearly 40 registered candidates
People walk at the El Chapparal port of entry on their way to enter the United States on March 31, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters that he planned to close the U.S. Southern border
Wrestlers perform during an all-female wrestling event on International Women's Day at the Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green on March 8, 2019 in London, England. EVE is an all-female professional wrestling show, founded in 2010 by Emily Read and her husband Dann. The night features costumed performers wrestling against one another in rehearsed contests
Scientists and volunteers with the Marine Mammal Center and California Academy of Sciences perform a necropsy on a beached grey whale on April 23, 2019 in Tiburon, California. This female grey whale is over 12 meters long. Scientists are studying the causes of death of 7 whales that have washed up on the shores of the San Francisco Bay and along the coast in the past month. It was determined that four of the whales died from malnutrition and three have died from ship strikes
A man cries as he prays in the street near St Anthony's Shrine one week on from the attacks that killed over 250 people, on April 28, 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. At least 15 people, including six children, were found dead on Saturday morning in the village of Bolivarian on Sri Lanka's east coast after a raid by security forces on a house linked to the Easter suicide bombings. he Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks
Racegoers in top hats watch the action on the first day of races at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar, with 2011 marking the 300th anniversary of the annual event. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711
Radio City Music Hall is seen during a major power outage on July 13, 2019 in New York City. Thousands of New Yorkers were without power as a major outage left portions of Manhattan, including Times Square and the Upper West Side in the dark and disrupting subway service across the city
Medical staff work on a trauma patient with gunshot wounds in the emergency room at the Emergency Surgical Center for Civilian War Victims on September 22, 2019 in Kabul, Afghanistan. In August, there were 455 admissions to the Emergency hospital, which is the highest in well over a decade. The war in Afghanistan, now in its 18th year, continues to inflict significant harm on the countrys civilian population. The months leading up to the September 28 presidential election were particularly deadly, as the Taliban went on the offensive during peace talks and US and government forces responded with increased air strikes and night raids. The Islamic State has also claimed responsibility for several high-profile attacks on civilians
A young Rohingya is seen during a rainstorm at the Nayapara refugee camp on August 21, 2019 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Rohingya refugees said on August 21st that they did not want to return to Myanmar without their rights and citizenship. August 25th marks the second anniversary of the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh after Myanmar's military crackdown on the ethnic Muslim minority forced over 700,000 to flee to Bangladesh from violence and torture. The United Nations has stated that it is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing
An abandoned boat sits in the water amid dead cypress trees in coastal waters and marsh August 26, 2019 in Venice, Louisiana. Many oak trees and cypress trees throughout Louisiana's coastal marshes have died due to a combination of the saltwater intrusion and subsidence. According to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Louisiana's combination of rising waters and sinking land give it one of the highest rates of relative sea level rise on the planet. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost over 2,000 square miles of land and wetlands, an area roughly the size of Delaware
Afghans listen to speeches during the final campaign rally for Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of Afghanistan in Bamiyan, Afghanistan on September 25, 2019. The country is struggling with unrelenting violence and a very high death toll for August as many question whether it is work showing up to vote in the upcoming Presidential elections. President Trump cancelled peace negotiations with the Taliban with a possible return to the talks still unclear after 18 years of war confusion and chaos to a solution remains. The US state department also cut $100 million in aid
Young children play in the olive grove in the unofficial camp outside the Moria Refugee Camp on October 14, 2019 in Mytilene, Greece. Moria migrant camp was built for 3,000 people but is now believed to contain up to 14,000 and has sprawled into the neighbouring olive groves. Migrants have dubbed the new camp 'The Jungle'. Authorities have begun to relocate refugees and migrates from overcrowded island hotspots to facilities on the mainland in a bid to ease pressure on the island camps, as the flow of new arrivals from neighbouring Turkey continues
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is driven into the Houses of Parliament on October 28, 2019 in London. Boris Johnson formally broke his promise to bring the UK out of the EU on 31 October. The prime minister accepted the bloc's offer of a three-month extension, though Brexit could still happen before 31 January if MPs vote through a deal to leave
Chilean demonstrator protest against the policies of President of Chile Sebastian Piñera at Palacio de La Moneda on October 28, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. Demands behind the protests involve health care, pension system, privatization of water, public transport, education, social mobility and corruption
An Irish Customs Post stands alone along the border on February 11, 2019 in Tully, Ireland. Along the winding 499 kilometers of the Irish border are vestiges of a harder boundary: derelict customs houses, 'dragon's teeth' bollards and two-toned tarmac. These relics evoke a time when movement between the countries was less free, and underscore what is at stake as the United Kingdom negotiates its exit from the European Union. Both parties have vowed to avoid a physical border
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters pose for a photo with the American flag on stage after a SDF victory ceremony announcing the defeat of ISIL in Baghouz was held at Omer Oil Field on March 23, 2019 in Baghouz, Syria. The Kurdish-led and American-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) declared on Saturday the '100 per cent territorial defeat' of the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The group once controlled vast areas across Syria and Iraq and a population of up to 12 million, an aspired 'caliphate' that drew tens of thousands of foreign nationals to join its ranks
A woman lays on the coffin of her loved one during a memorial service for the Ethiopian passengers and crew who perished in the Ethiopian Airways ET302 crash at Selassie Church on March 17, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All 157 passengers and crew perished after the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 Flight came down six minutes after taking off from Bole Airport
Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his wife Olena Zelenska casts their ballots on April 21, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. Recent polls have indicated that Zelenskiy is likely to win the election by a large margin over incumbent Petro O. Poroshenko