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Pictures of the Year 2019

A Picture and its Story 2019
From the protests convulsing Hong Kong to that exchange between U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Reuters photographers covered the biggest news stories of 2019, and captured some of its most viral moments as well.

Beyond the images themselves, these are the inside stories of the men and women behind the lens and their experiences in the line of duty.
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December 11, 2019
Guatemalan migrant Ledy Perez embraces her son Anthony while praying to ask a member of the Mexican National...
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
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Guatemalan migrant Ledy Perez embraces her son Anthony while praying to ask a member of the Mexican National Guard to let them cross into the United States, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 22, 2019. Reuters Photographer Jose Luis Gonzalez: "Ledy Perez fell to her haunches, a clenched hand covering her face as she wept, an arm clutching her small 6-year old son, who glared defiantly at the Mexican National Guard soldier blocking them from crossing the Rio Grande into the United States. I captured the plight of this mother and son who had travelled 1,500 miles from Guatemala to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, only to be stopped mere feet from the United States. The woman begged and pleaded with the National Guard to let them cross to a better future for Anthony Diaz. The soldier, dressed in desert fatigues, an assault rifle slung over his shoulder, only said he was following orders. Her face was a small reflection of all migrants' suffering. One of several images Reuters published, this photo was picked up widely on social media. It has thrown into the spotlight the role Mexico's militarized National Guard police force is playing in containing migration. The soldier displayed no overt aggression during the nine-minute encounter with Perez and her son. Still, the power dynamics apparent in the image resonated with criticism of the treatment migrants are receiving. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who retweeted my picture after it was posted by a former Mexican ambassador to the United States wrote 'what a pity, Mexico should never have accepted this,'. Seizing the opportunity when the soldier glanced away, Perez lunged into the shrubs growing on the side of the river bank, pulling her son with her. They quickly ran across to the other side of the river and out of the guardsmen's jurisdiction where U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents took them into custody." REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEA
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December 11, 2019
X-Raid's driver Orlando Terranova and co-driver Bernardo Graue drive over a sand dune during Stage 2...
Pisco, Peru
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X-Raid's driver Orlando Terranova and co-driver Bernardo Graue drive over a sand dune during Stage 2 from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona at the 2019 Peru Dakar Rally, in Pisco, Peru, January 8, 2019. Reuters Photographer Carlos Jasso: "The Dakar Rally is a race like no other, a two-week long endurance challenge across Peru in some of the harshest terrain and conditions on Earth. The event spanned thousands of kilometres with motorcycles, cars and trucks racing across vast deserts and towering dunes, from the Andes to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. As a photographer, I had good access with the helicopter. I wore a harness attached to the helicopter, with the door open in order to shoot. I like the abstract images best -- the detail created by a motorcycle accelerating, the sand thrown up and combined with beautiful light so that it looks almost like a wave. You must have the camera exposures pre-set to be ready for the action, but the light is constantly shifting as clouds move across the sky. You point the camera and expose for the highlights and hope the vehicle comes into the frame and drives between the shadows of the clouds. You start reading the dunes ahead of reaching them. 'Now itÕs beautiful golden light, IÕm going to shoot a landscape.' Or 'Now there are great shadows, IÕm going to play with that.' Everything can change so quickly. Every choice you make is a gamble - the exposure you set, the dune you choose to climb." REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
People are evacuated by a member of security forces at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard...
Nairobi, Kenya
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People are evacuated by a member of security forces at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, Kenya, January 15, 2019. Reuters Photographer Baz Ratner: "I dumped my motorbike next to the front gate of the upmarket Dusit hotel complex in Nairobi. I entered the first building with armed police. A boobytrap hand grenade rolled out from behind a door. Luckily it did not explode. KenyaÕs paramilitary General Services Unit ran in through the front gate and I ran with them to the second building. The GSU started to help civilians from the first floor to safety. While the GSU was escorting one of these groups, Officer Ali Kombo formed a line of civilians behind him. When he got in front of the hotel, he pointed his rifle at the hotel where the militants were holed up. I positioned myself between the group and a wall and took a few pictures. His face would later be splashed all over local media, making him a national hero. I managed to stay inside the building even though other journalists were cleared out. There were a few foreign security operators wearing body armour Ð and so was I Ð so maybe I blended in. If someone agreed to speak to a journalist, I'd call the office and let them do the interview. I also collected phone numbers we were able to use later to reconstruct the attack. People were speaking freely to me because I had a spare battery pack, and everyone needed to charge their phones Ð including the police. It took all night to free the trapped civilians." REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
Children play a game of "Arabs and Jews" outside a school in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories, February...
Gaza, Palestinian Territories
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Children play a game of "Arabs and Jews" outside a school in Gaza City, Palestinian Territories, February 20, 2019. Reuters Photographer Dylan Martinez: "We have a great team of photographers in Gaza whose main task is to photograph the clashes between Israel and Gaza. My remit was to do pretty much anything but that. It was in the lead-up to the one-year anniversary of the Gaza border protests that opened a deadly new front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that I visited Gaza for the first time. My assignment was to use my unfamiliar eyes to record life beyond the daily drumbeat of violence in the blockaded Palestinian territory. Accompanied by a Reuters assistant photographer from Gaza City, I travelled the strip, photographing it at every hour of the day and night over a 10-day period. One of the most powerful scenes was a patch of waste land between a school and a mosque where children were playing. These kids were burning some cardboard, they were in trenches and throwing sand balls, so they weren't hurting each other. I asked them what they were doing, and they said, 'We are playing Jews and Arabs.' That image will stay with me forever." REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sits in his vehicle after arriving at a railway station in Dong Dang,...
DONG DANG, Vietnam
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sits in his vehicle after arriving at a railway station in Dong Dang, Vietnam, at the border with China, February 26, 2019. Reuters Photographer Athit Perawongmetha: "I was assigned to cover Kim Jong Un's arrival by train in Dong Dang Ð the border town between Vietnam and China. I covered the North Korean leaderÕs first nuclear summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore so I knew access would be difficult. I arrived in Dong Dang two days before the arrival of Kim and preparations were tricky Ð undercover police officers stopped me every time I pulled out my camera. One day before his arrival I, along with the worldÕs media, began negotiating with media liaison officers about staking out the best spots. No one had approval from security yet. We positioned ourselves 70 meters opposite the gate of the train station. Producers sent their assistants to buy ladders. I rushed back to my hotel and borrowed one Ð but Japan's and Korea's were higher. By the afternoon no one dared abandon their spot. His expected arrival was early morning, so we camped outside the Dong Dang train station in the cold next to a wall of ladders. When he arrived, Kim Jung Un shook hands with Vietnamese delegates and waved to the media as he exited the train station. The level of access was unprecedented. After he got into his limousine, I no longer had a good vantage point from my ladder, so I instinctively ran to the side of his car which was surrounded by bodyguards. Just before the window closed, I captured his expression. I called it 'Kim Jong Un's Mona Lisa Smile'." REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
Men carry nine-year-old Ademola Ayanbola, who was rescued at the site of a collapsed building containing...
Lagos, Nigeria
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Men carry nine-year-old Ademola Ayanbola, who was rescued at the site of a collapsed building containing a school in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, Nigeria, March 13, 2019. Reuters Photographer Temilade Adelaja: "The boy lay wide-eyed on a bed of outstretched arms. The men who carried him, and others looking on, cheered at the sight of the youngster who seconds earlier had been pulled from the rubble of a four-storey building that collapsed in Lagos. Nine-year-old Ademola Ayanbola had been in a classroom on the top floor. He emerged with his face caked in white dust from the rubble and a bloody graze on the side of his head. His eyes were open, so we knew he was alive. He wasn't shouting or crying. He was so calm. People were shouting 'there's a child.' The men who surrounded him were rescue workers, residents and "area boys" Ð youths who roam parts of Lagos in gangs. The boy's father, Francis Ayanbola, had feared he would never see his son alive again. 'When I got there everything was flat,' he said. 'I was just crying. I was expecting the death of my son.' A friend eventually called Ayanbola to tell him his child was being treated at a hospital. 'When I finally held my son, I was so excited, I was so happy. It wasn't my son's dead body that I would have to carry,' he said." REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja/ File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
A dead red-tailed monkey hangs by its tail above the ground, in order to keep it away from ants, in the...
Mbandaka, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
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A dead red-tailed monkey hangs by its tail above the ground, in order to keep it away from ants, in the forest near the city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, April 5, 2019. Reuters Photographer Thomas Nicolon: "I slept overnight with the poachers in the forest. The sun had risen above the canopy, there was still fog over the river and the hunters packing their dugout canoes ready to leave. That day we would go back to the city of Mbandaka after spending four days in the rainforest hunting bushmeat. The monkey that had been killed the day before was hanging from a tree above the water, in order to prevent ants from eating it. Its baby had been crying all night. They would eat it a few hours later. I grabbed my camera and got closer to the dead monkey. I wanted to show the crude reality of hunting. Hours earlier the monkey was swinging from branch to branch, high up in the trees, a symbol of CongoÕs rich biodiversity. But by morning it was just flesh. It had been disemboweled, and it was now a symbol of Congo's empty forests." REUTERS/Thomas Nicolon/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at the Westminster Magistrates Court, after he was arrested...
London, United Kingdom
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at the Westminster Magistrates Court, after he was arrested in London, Britain, April 11, 2019. Reuters Photographer Hannah McKay: "We had been waiting for Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years. Every now and then there would be a rumour that he was leaving and we would scramble to Knightsbridge (the neighborhood where the embassy is located), but nothing. When the news broke that Assange had been taken into custody I was in Downing Street. I rushed to Westminster MagistratesÕ Court in case he was taken there. A Reuters colleague got an exclusive image of him leaving the police station, and let me know that Assange would be in the second van in the convoy. When the police vans arrived it was pandemonium. The photographers and TV crews surged forward as police tried to hold us back. One officer lunged towards me. I darted to the left and shot a few frames. To be honest, I was quite surprised that I got the shot. Shooting through tinted glass is a bit of a skill. You had to jam your lens as close to the window of the moving vehicle as possible and fire the flash to illuminate through the glass. I've been told that the picture is reminiscent of an oil painting. That's partly due to the colour of the tinted window, and partly because the image isnÕt entirely sharp!" REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. Reuters...
Paris, France
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Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. Reuters Photographer Benoit Tessier: "I was covering Vivendi's AGM when I was directed to Notre Dame because it was on fire. When I arrived, this was the first image I saw Ð the cathedral going up in smoke. I could not have imagined the fire would be so big or spread so quickly. It is difficult to find your way on the crowded sidewalks around the cathedral. This image was taken with a 24-70 mm lens at about 400m from the scene.Thousands of Parisians and tourists from around the world, came to see the fire with their own eyes. I remember two emotional young women in shock standing next to me. We couldn't even imagine the damage inside at that stage. The phone network was saturated and sending a photo was a nightmare. It was an urban landscape that was being transformed by this partial destruction. A symbol burned that day." REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
French riot police charge towards protesters during the traditional May Day labour union march with French...
Paris, France
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French riot police charge towards protesters during the traditional May Day labour union march with French unions and yellow vests protesters in Paris, France, May 1, 2019. Reuters Photographer Gonzalo Fuentes: "The May Day labour union march in Paris was joined by the Yellow Vest protestors and the Black Bloc Ð anti-globalisation anarchists who wore black clothes and covered their faces. Following several months of Yellow Vest demonstrations, the challenge was to avoid an image repeat. I walked in the march until I identified a small group of Black Bloc who were trying to blend in. Walking next to them for a while allowed me to feel those little tensions that usually precede a clash. A couple of hours later I followed a polices tactical unit on the move and decided to stay close to them which led me to a confrontation. However, the crowd suddenly moved, and I found myself standing between the police and the demonstrators at the exact moment an officer pointed a teargas canister to disperse activists. I was there with my camera pointing at him and without thinking I took the picture. Luckily the police officer never fired his teargas canister as the demonstrator was arrested. It wasn't until I saw the image in my camera that I realised that I was standing too close to the clash. As photojournalists we try to blend in with the crowd to work. But protestors do this too Ð pretending to be media by using cameras to approach the police." REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farrage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit...
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farrage gestures after being hit with a milkshake while arriving for a Brexit Party campaign event in Newcastle, United Kingdom, May 20, 2019. Reuters Photographer Scott Heppell: "I was assigned to cover Nigel Farage doing a routine meet and greet in Newcastle upon Tyne. We didn't know it would go down in the history books as the day he got milkshaked. A reporter had jokingly said before the event started that he had been in touch with the fast food shops to ask if milkshakes were available. At first, nobody knew what had been thrown at Farage. There was chaos as his handlers tried to whisk Farage away as quickly as possible. He was bundled into a nearby taxi and his city visit cut short. I was lucky enough have been using a 16-35 lens to catch the reaction on Farage's face and his security grabbing hold of the man who had thrown the milkshake." REUTERS/Scott Heppell SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
A man jumps off the Tower Bridge in London, United Kingdom, June 1, 2019. Reuters Photographer Alkis...
London, United Kingdom
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A man jumps off the Tower Bridge in London, United Kingdom, June 1, 2019. Reuters Photographer Alkis Konstantinidis: "I got a call from UK & Ireland Chief Photographer Dylan Martinez. "Welcome to London," he said, and asked me to head to Tower Bridge, where a man had climbed to the top. Access to the bridge was blocked off by the authorities, and a boat of rescuers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was on standby, ready to intervene. I made my way through nearby buildings and reached the banks of the Thames, where police were telling onlookers to move back in order to create a "free zone." I had to secure a position where I wouldn't be removed by police but still maintain a clear view. I stood there, eye in the viewfinder, and didn't move for several minutes. Suddenly, we heard a scream, followed by more screams. The man fell into the river. The fall lasted a couple of seconds and a thump echoed as he landed on his back. I didn't expect him to survive that fall with no injuries, but fortunately, as rescuers rushed towards him, he started swimming towards their boat." REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
A Turkana tribeswoman reacts after an accidental fire of a shelter in Turkana settlement in Ilemi Triangle,...
ILEMI TRIANGLE, Kenya
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A Turkana tribeswoman reacts after an accidental fire of a shelter in Turkana settlement in Ilemi Triangle, Kenya, July 15, 2019. Reuters Photographer Goran Tomasevic: "First, the lookouts saw a footprint, then a suspected spy from a rival ethnic group, scuttling off into the bush. Expecting an attack, young men grabbed their guns and mothers grabbed their children - there are few state security forces in this remote area of northern Kenya. The Ilemi Triangle, a disputed sliver of land along the border with Ethiopia and South Sudan, is the northernmost tip of Turkana, Kenya's poorest county. A series of deadly clashes between the community and other ethnic groups that they said had crossed from South Sudan have put people on edge. Farmers and nomads frequently clash over limited resources. Livestock is the most important currency here. The danger is real. I saw several places scattered with skulls or bones with shredded clothing. Families drink from the same muddy pools as their livestock. There are few schools Ð children instead help herd cows to nearby watering holes. Chief Eipa Choro said the community felt abandoned by the government; clean water from an aid group's borehole was two hours' drive away. The nearest police station several hours away. We weren't attacked during the time I spent with them, but each time we moved, the community sent out scouts to secure the way and try to spot potential ambushes from cattle raiders. Raids can be a disaster for a community." REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
Anti-LGBT protesters attack a participant of the KharkivPride march in support of the LGBT community...
Kharkiv, Ukraine
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Anti-LGBT protesters attack a participant of the KharkivPride march in support of the LGBT community in Kharkiv, Ukraine, September 15, 2019. Reuters Photographer Gleb Garanich: "As a gay pride march in Kharkiv, north eastern Ukraine, was winding down, I noticed a gang that was clearly hostile to the LGBT community. Then I heard some screams, saw a commotion and ran over. A skinny teenage boy with a streak of dyed blonde hair was lying on the grass in the park, being brutally attacked by members of the far-right, anti-LGBT gang. Three or four men, some with their faces covered, were kicking him as he was huddled on the ground. The crowd was jeering. I captured what was happening on camera as I ran over and then decided to step in. The teenager's life was in danger. I got in between him and the assailants, helped him up off the ground and led him away from the crowd. I said a few words to the attackers, and they stepped back. Later his mother sent me a message, saying they could have kicked him to death. After I walked him out of there, I got back to work. The far-right group moved on to look for their next victim. And I followed them, to document it." REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
Guajajara Indians "forest guardians" detain a logger during a search for illegal loggers on Arariboia...
AMARANTE, Brazil
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Guajajara Indians "forest guardians" detain a logger during a search for illegal loggers on Arariboia indigenous land near the city of Amarante, Maranhao state, Brazil, September 17, 2019. Reuters Photographer Ueslei Marcelino: "The photo shows the actions of the indigenous Guajajaras against illegal logging in the Amazon Rainforest. I followed these ÒGuardians of the ForestÓ for seven days on their mission to expel invaders. We walked many miles with no potable water, food, tents or adequate weapons. Spiritually the Guajajaras believe they are defending their land as predestined by their ancestors. "I go to sleep, and I can never forget my grandfather before he died saying that one day, I would defend our land with my own life," one man known as Wolf, said. This logger was tied up and interrogated. After attempting to remove the trucks loaded with the logs they were burned. Then the man was released and the Guajajaras returned to their villages. Some celebrated the fact that logging was paralysed for a few days at least. This was not an easy assignment. The loggers fired at the indigenous people. Physically the pace of the Guajajaras can be compared to high-performance athletes Ð the distance was immense, and they faced jungle heat and dehydration. For me, it was seven days of expectation, for a few minutes of confrontation in the darkness of the forest." REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
People run as Haiti's Senator Jean Marie Ralph Fethiere (PHTK) fires a gun in the air, injuring Chery...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
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People run as Haiti's Senator Jean Marie Ralph Fethiere (PHTK) fires a gun in the air, injuring Chery Dieu-Nalio, a photographer for Associated Press, while facing opposition supporters in the parking lot of the Haitian Parliament and Senate, as the government attempted to confirm the appointment of nominated Prime Minister Fritz William Michel, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 23, 2019. Reuters Photographer Andres Martinez Casares: "When Senator Jean Marie Ralph Fethiere pulled a pistol and started shooting outside the Haitian parliament to disperse who he described as 'violent militants,' I was prepared. Earlier another senator was seen with a pistol in his hand when confronted by angry opposition protesters as he arrived at the parliament. We decided to go and get our bulletproof vests and helmets. The situation was turning dangerous. When Fethiere shot into the air and at the ground, an Associated Press photographer and a security guard were injured. Fethiere later told a local radio station he was acting in self-defence. This picture captures the moment when protesters and journalists scrambled to get out of the line of fire as Fethiere fired several shots after getting out of his car in the parliament's parking lot in Port-au-Prince. The shooting only lasted two or three seconds. I took my pictures super-fast. This image shows the senator grimacing at the sound of the gun as he fires, while protesters and journalists bump into each other as they flee. The weapon is clearly visible against a clear blue sky. An AP photographer Dieu Nalio Chery was left behind, injured in the jaw. I saw Chery coming towards me, calling to me and pointing to his chin. At first, I could not see anything. Then I saw blood. I got out a bandage from my pouch and stopped the bleeding. A doctor came and checked Chery out and he was taken off for treatment." REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. T
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December 11, 2019
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie, meet Archbishop...
Cape Town, South Africa
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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie, meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu (not pictured) at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, September 25, 2019. Reuters Photographer Toby Melville: ''I took this photograph during The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's official tour in southern Africa, across a courtyard balcony as they met Nobel-prize-winning civil rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Though Tutu is not in this frame, the presence of this magnetic personality I think put both Meghan and Harry at ease. Technically the image is helped by the bright sunlight which bounced around the white courtyard walls and lifted the details in Archie and Meghan's facial features, particularly in Meghan's eyes, and made the photograph more arresting. This was the first "public" outing of Archie since pooled photos were taken of him two days after he was born. Harry and Meghan tread a fine line trying to keep their personal life private while using the press to promote their causes. They had choreographed exactly when they wanted their son to be filmed and photographed on this tour. Unlike some of the other British Royal Family tours, direct access and interaction with Harry and Meghan is more limited. In part, I think it is due to the early stage of their relationship and the unpredictability of having a five-month-old child in tow, but also it is because of Harry and Meghan's prickly relationship with some of the media." REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
A riot police officer pepper sprays an anti-government protester during a demonstration at Causeway Bay...
Hong Kong, China
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A riot police officer pepper sprays an anti-government protester during a demonstration at Causeway Bay district in Hong Kong, China, September 29, 2019. Reuters Photographer Tyrone Siu: "In this picture, an elderly man was pepper sprayed in the face by riot police in Hong Kong. This man was different from the usual protestors Ð especially the more radical ones at the frontline of the conflict who were usually young, black-clad and wearing protective gear. This man was among the locals from the neighbourhood who came to complain about the heavy police presence in Causeway Bay, one of the busiest shopping and residential districts in the city. The officers were there to disperse crowds who joined an unauthorised anti-government rally during a series of ongoing protests triggered by an extradition bill amendment. The residents shouted insults at the police and accused them of endangering the area, while the riot police, who appeared to lose patience, responded by spraying one of the men in the face. What surprised me was how fearless the unarmed residents were when faced with a full army of police officers equipped with lethal weapons. Even after the man was sprayed, the others were undeterred, if not more enraged and stayed on to express their anger." REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
Bolivia's President and current presidential candidate for the Movement for Socialism (MAS) party Evo...
Shinahota, Bolivia
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Bolivia's President and current presidential candidate for the Movement for Socialism (MAS) party Evo Morales offers fruit to residents on a street in Shinahota in the Chapare region, Bolivia, October 19, 2019. Reuters Photographer Ueslei Marcelino: "I'd been covering Evo Morales' final days campaigning. The day before the Bolivian election we visited the small town where Morales was born politically. The president was due to arrive in Villa Tunarri in the late afternoon and spend the night before voting the next day. We were waiting for the presidential entourage by the side of the highway back. I noticed the cars slowing and I guessed the president would get out to greet people, so I ran over to photograph. Many people surrounded him to greet him next to a roadside fruit market. He bought a lot of fruit from the vendor and shared it. Morales offered oranges to his staff and our cameraman. The president was in a good mood. One person handed President Morales some pineapple. He looked at me and walked towards me as I photographed him. He held out his hand offering me a piece of pineapple. Smiling, he said that I also had to eat, drawing laughter from everyone. I said, 'Gracias Presidente' picking up the fruit. I was surprised, but I didn't stop shooting. I ate the fruit while the president continued talking to those who had gathered. A few minutes later he said goodbye and headed for the town. The challenge of covering a presidential campaign is photographing the candidates' moments of intimacy and this moment with Morales achieved that. He was comfortable in front of the camera and acted very naturally. Here in Brazil, the word pineapple is used in an expression about tricky problem-solving. People in difficult situations might say, 'All thatÕs left for me is to peel the pineapple'." REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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December 11, 2019
First lady Melania Trump kisses Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next to U.S. President Donald...
Biarritz, France
Pictures of the Year: A Picture and its Story
First lady Melania Trump kisses Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next to U.S. President Donald Trump during the family photo with invited guests at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019. Reuters Photographer Carlos Barria: "During the G7 meeting in France the leaders, with their spouses, gathered for the traditional family photo. As a member of the White House press pool, I travelled with President Trump to document his every move. I focused my lens on President Trump, while also keeping an eye on the First Lady. ItÕs a fast photo opportunity so I was filing directly from my camera Ð sending pictures instantaneously, like live TV. As I was focused on Trump, I could see in the corner of my frame that Melania Trump had a spontaneous and fleeting interaction with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It happened so quickly it was almost imperceptible. I stopped and looked at my camera screen and thatÕs when I saw it. I sent it to the editor, who also saw its potential and sent it out quickly.Minutes after the event ended, people were already retweeting the image and creating memes. It underscores how even in a crowd of photographers focused on the same subjects, there are opportunities to capture something unique, and potentially viral." REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo SEARCH "POY STORIES 2019" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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