22 Incredible Photos That Tell The Story of 2017

When you think back on 2017, what images come to mind? The blaze at Grenfell Tower, Theresa May being handed a P45, Hurricanes Maria, Beyoncé's pregnancy with twins or the hordes of people in solidarity at the Women's March?

It was a dramatic 12 months and the images captured by photojournalists are just as dramatic. We've chosen 22 definitive pictures of 2017; take a look back at the year's most memorable moments...

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Women's March On Washington, 21st January

Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, with the US Capitol in the background, on 21st January 2017 in Washington, DC. Large crowds attended the anti-Trump rally a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th US president.
Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Theresa May, First World Leader To Meet President Donald Trump, 27th January

British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump walk along The Colonnade of the West Wing at The White House on 27th January 2017 in Washington, DC. Theresa May was on a two-day visit to the United States, where she was the first world leader to meet with President Donald Trump.
Photo by Awol Erizku/The Carters/Instagram.
Beyoncé Pregnant With Twins, 1st February

A photograph by the artist Awol Erizku: Beyoncé pregnant with twins, shared by Beyoncé and Jay Z on Instagram, 1st February 2017.
Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Iranian Women Train In Self-Defence, 5th June

Iranian women perform as they train in Far East Fighting Arts so as to be able to defend themselves at Jughin castle, which is located 40km from Tehran, Iran, on 5th June 2017.
Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
IPC World Para Athletics Championships, 23rd July

Sara Andres Barrio of Spain and Fleur Jong of the Netherlands after competing in the Women's 200m T44 final during Day 10 of the IPC World Para Athletics Championships 2017 at London Stadium on 23rd July 2017 in London, England.
PHOTO by HALUK SATIR/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES.
Turkey Forest Fires, 25th July

A local man is seen amid forest fire in the Bayindir district of Izmir, Turkey on 25th July 2017. Approximately 100 hectares of forestland were affected by the fire.
Forest Fires In The South Of France, 25th July

People enjoy the beach as they look at a forest fire in La Croix-Valmer, near Saint-Tropez, on 25th July 2017. Firefighters battled blazes that consumed swathes of land in southeastern France for days, with one inferno out of control near the chic resort, emergency services said.
Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester.
One Love Manchester Benefit Concert, 4th June

Ariana Grande wipes away a tear as she performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 4th June 2017 in Manchester. On 22nd May 2017, a homemade bomb was detonated in an act of Islamist terror as people were leaving Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. Twenty-three people including the bomber were killed, and over 500 were injured.
Photo by REX/Shutterstock.
Grenfell Tower Fire, 14th June 2017

Thick acrid smoke rises into the cloudless sky as over 200 firefighters from across London continue to tackle the blaze at Grenfell Tower. Crews were called just before 1am to the high rise block on the Lancaster West housing estate in White City. The fire caused 71 deaths, including one stillbirth, and over 70 injuries. Occupants of 23 of the 129 flats died, and 223 people escaped.
PHOTO by JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES.
Total Eclipse Of The Sun, 21st August

A total eclipse with the 'diamond ring' effect is seen from South Mike Sedar Park on 21st August 2017 in Casper, Wyoming. Millions of people flocked to areas of the US that were in the 'path of totality' in order to experience a total solar eclipse. During the event, the moon passed in between the sun and the Earth, appearing to block the sun.
Photo by STR/AFP.
Kim Jong-un Watches A Missile Drill, undated (September)

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 16th September 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. Kim vowed to complete North Korea's nuclear force despite sanctions, saying the final goal of his country's weapons development is "equilibrium of real force" with the United States, state media reported.
Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Bangladesh Refugee Crisis, 20th September

A Rohingya refugee boy desperate for aid cries as he climbs on a truck distributing aid for a local NGO near the Balukhali refugee camp on 20th September 2017 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. More than half a million Rohingya refugees have flooded into Bangladesh to flee an offensive by Myanmar's military that the United Nations has called "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". The refugee population is expected to swell further, with thousands more Rohingya Muslims said to be making the perilous journey on foot toward the border, or paying smugglers to take them across by water in wooden boats. Hundreds are known to have died trying to escape, and survivors arrive with horrifying accounts of villages burned, women raped, and scores killed in the "clearance operations" by Myanmar's army and Buddhist mobs that were sparked by militant attacks on security posts in Rakhine state on 25th August 2017. What the Rohingya refugees flee to is a different kind of suffering in sprawling makeshift camps rife with fears of malnutrition, cholera, and other diseases. Aid organisations are struggling to keep pace with the scale of need and the staggering number of them – an estimated 60% – who are children arriving alone. Bangladesh, whose acceptance of the refugees has been praised by humanitarian officials for saving lives, has urged the creation of an internationally recognised 'safe zone' where refugees can return, though Rohingya Muslims have long been persecuted in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. World leaders are still debating how to confront the country and its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who championed democracy, but now appears unable or unwilling to stop the army's brutal crackdown.
PHOTO: VCG/VCG VIA GETTY IMAGES
Cliffside Yoga, 23rd September

Women hanging on wires perform yoga next to the cliff of Qingyao Mountain on 23rd September 2017 in Luoyang, Henan Province of China.
Hurricane Maria, 27th September

Irma Maldanado stands with Sussury her parrot and her dog in what is left of her home, which was destroyed when Hurricane Maria hit on 27th September 2017 in Corozal, Puerto Rico. The island experienced widespread damage, including to most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture, after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, passed through.
Las Vegas Shootings, 1st October

A man lies on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported on 1st October 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stephen Paddock fired on thousands attending the concert from his room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across the street, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 before turning the gun on himself. The photographer witnessed the man help the woman up and they walked away.
PHOTO BY CARL COURT/GETTY IMAGES.
Theresa May Handed A P45, 4th October

Comedian Simon Brodkin, aka prankster Lee Nelson, hands Prime Minister Theresa May a P45 during her keynote speech to delegates and party members on the last day of the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central on 4th October 2017 in Manchester, England. The prime minister rallied members and called for the party to "shape up" and "go forward together". Theresa May also announced a major programme to build council houses and a cap on energy prices
PHOTO by IVAN DAMANIK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Mount Sinabung Volcano, 17th October

An Indonesian villager takes a picture of Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews thick smoke as seen from Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra on 17th October 2017. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years. After another period of inactivity it erupted once more in 2013, and has remained highly active since.
Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images
Wedding In The Philippines, 21st October

Bride Katty Malang Mikunug with friends, takes a photo before her wedding on 21st October 2017 in Saguiaran in Lanao del Sur, southern Philippines. Paulo Mamayo Ambor, 22, a resident of Marawi who got displaced by the fighting between government troops and IS-inspired militants, wed Katty Malang Mikunug, 22, a resident of an adjacent town in Saguiaran. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi liberated, following the death of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and one of the Maute brothers, Omar Maute, after nearly five months of fierce urban battle inside the besieged city. The fighting started on 23rd May and left more than 1,000 people dead, while displacing at least 400,000 people.
PHOTO BY SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES
Texas Shootings Memorial, 7th November

Derrick Bernaden of San Antonio, Texas visits a memorial where 26 crosses stand in a field on the edge of town to honour the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on 7th November 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. On 5th November, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during a Sunday service.
PHOTO: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Mugabe's Resignation, 21st November

The portrait of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is removed from the wall at the International Conference centre, after his resignation on 21st November 2017 in Harare. Robert Mugabe was swept from power as his 37-year reign of brutality and autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover. The bombshell news was delivered by the parliament speaker to a special joint session of the assembly which had convened to impeach Mugabe, 93, who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life since independence in 1980.
Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP.
Families Reunited Through Mexico/USA Border, 10th December

A man holds a baby next to the border wall between Mexico and the United States, during the 'Keep our dream alive' event, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on 10th December 2017. Families separated by the border are reunited for three minutes through the fence that separates Ciudad Juarez Park in Mexico and Sunland in New Mexico, United States, during the event, organised by the Border Network for Human Rights on International Human Rights Day.
Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images
Declaration Of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital, 16th December

A Palestinian flag tied to balloons floats away in Jerusalem on 16th December 2017, as demonstrations continue to flare in the Middle East and elsewhere over the US president's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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