Our selection of the photos that defined 2017
For many people, 2017 is a year they won’t mind saying goodbye to.
It was filled with tragedy on a national and global scale, with war, natural disasters and loss of life dominating headlines.
As we come towards the end, it’s time to look back and consider everything that has gone before.
Here are the ones our picture editors at Metro.co.uk have chosen as the stand-out images of 2017.
The image above was taken weeks after Donald Trump was inaugurated in January. Theresa May holding his hand was a powerful symbol of the new political landscape – very different from what many had expected last November.
The IPC World ParaAthletics Championships 2017
London hosted the World Athletics Championships and the World ParaAthletics Championships, raising the country’s spirits.
Sara Andres Barrio of Spain and Fleur Jong of Netherlands are seen celebrating after competing in the Women’s 200m T44 final in July at London Stadium.
The Rohingya crisis
Over half a million refugees are estimated to have fled the Burmese military into Bangladesh, many perishing on the dangerous journey.
In this photo, Hanida Begum, a Rohingya Muslim woman, kisses her infant son, Abdul Masood, who died when the boat they were traveling in capsized just before reaching the shore of the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip on September 14.
The Mediterranean migrant crisis
A migrant tries to board a boat of the German NGO Sea-Watch in the Mediterranean Sea on November 6.
During a shipwreck, five people died, including a newborn child. According to the German NGO Sea-Watch, which has saved 58 migrants, the violent behavior of the Libyan coast guard caused the death of five people.
Wildfires in Portugal
Raging wildfires in Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others in June, most of them burning to death in their cars.
This photo shows a wildfire reflected in a stream at Penela, Coimbra, central Portugal.
Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late on June 17 to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts.
Saffiyah Khan faces down an EDL demonstrator
This photo became a powerful image of defiance in the face of bigotry.
Saffiyah Khan faces down English Defence League protester Ian Crossland during a demonstration in the city of Birmingham, in the wake of the Westminster terror attack.
Jeremy Corbyn hugs local councillor Mushtaq Lasharie after the Grenfell Tower disaster
This photo was taken in contrast to the government’s stilted response to the Grenfell Tower disaster in June, when 71 people were killed in the burning building.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is shown hugging councillor Mushtaq Lasharie as he arrives at St Clement’s Church in west London where volunteers provided shelter and support for people affected by the fire.
A war photographer dies documenting Afghanistan
This incredibly powerful photo shows the moment a mortar accidentally exploded, killing four Afghan soldiers and the US Army photographer who took the photo, Spc. Hilda I. Clayton.
It happened during an Afghan National Army live-fire training exercise in Laghman Province in July 2013.
The combat photographer’s family gave permission for the picture to be released four years on.
The military takes over Zimbabwe
Young women walk past an tank stationed by an intersection as Zimbabwean soldiers regulate traffic in Harare on November 15.
Zimbabwe’s military took control, with Robert Mugabe stepping down shortly later.
Emmanuel Macron is elected French president
French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron kisses his wife Brigitte before addressing his supporters at his election day headquarters in Paris on April 23.
Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen went head-to-head in a runoff in France’s presidential election, setting up a showdown over its participation in the European Union.
French riot police are set on fire
Officers were engulfed in flames as they faced protesters during a march for the annual May Day workers’ rally in Paris on May 1.
Six officers were injured during riots in protest against far right Marine Le Pen’s success in the first round of the French presidential election.
One officer, believed to be the man pictured above, was seriously hurt by a firebomb which exploded on the top of his helmet.
Firefighters respond to Grenfell Tower
A rainbow appears in the water as firefighters respond to Grenfell Tower, painfully contrasted with the blackened building it appears in front of.
71 people died when the tower block was engulfed by flames in June.
An inquiry is now taking place into fire safety at the block, and whether there were failings which contributed to the loss of life.
Kellyanne Conway slouches on the sofa as Trump welcomes black dignitaries
This photo went viral as it as seen as disrespectful for Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, to kneel on the sofa with her feet on the seat while others stood.
Donald Trump was welcoming leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office of the White House in February.
Sloane Stephens wins the US Open
Winning player Sloane Stephens reacts as the lid to the championship trophy falls off during a photo app after the women’s singles final in September.
She beat Madison Keys, of the United States, to win the championship.
The UEFA Super Cup final soccer match
Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini heads the ball during the final between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Philip II Arena in Skopje, on August 8.
People evacuate the beach due to wildfires
Sunbathers are evacuated from the beach in Le Lavandou on the French Riviera as plumes of smoke rise in the air from burning wildfires on July 26.
The Invictus Games
Prince Harry sits with David Henson’s wife Hayley Henson and daugther Emily Henson at the Sitting Volleyball Finals during the Invictus Games 2017 on September 27, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
The prince founded the annual games for disabled war veterans.
Jay Z and Beyonce
Jay Z and Beyonce pictured at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February.
The couple welcomed twins this year.
Brexit is mocked in Germany
This float in a German parade gives an idea of what many think of Brexit on the continent.
Theresa May’s likeness was seen in Dusseldorf’s annual Rose Monday parade in February.
Political satire is a traditional cornerstone of the event, which also took aim at Trump, the rise of the far right across Europe and Germany’s national elections.
Jermain Defoe walks on onto the pitch with Bradley Lowery
Cancer sufferer Bradley Lowery achieved his dream of being a football mascot when his ‘best friend’ Jermaine Defoe, of Sunderland, brought him out onto the pitch.
The picture is taken before the Premier League match between Sunderland and Swansea City at the Stadium of Light on May 13.
Bradley lost his fight with neuroblastoma in July.
Defoe said ‘He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life.’
Hurricane Irma approaches Cuba and Florida
This satellite image taken on September 8 shows the super-strength storm approaching Cuba and Florida.
It devastated large parts of the Caribbean, including Richard Branson’s home on Necker Island.
The Westminster terror attack
A woman assists an injured person after an incident on Westminster Bridge in London.
Five people were killed and dozens injured when Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians on March 22.
Trump looks at the solar eclipse without glasses
Donald Trump is pictured looking at the solar eclipse along with wife Melania and son Barron.
People were warned not to look directly at the eclipse without glasses, but Trump decided he knew bettern August 21.
The Queen is pictured in the mirror of her Range Rover
Queen Elizabeth II was reflected in the door mirror of her Range Rover as she drove herself from the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The five day equestrian event took place in the grounds of Windsor Castle.