A selection of the best photographs taken by news photographers around the UK this year.
Image copyright Owen Humphreys / PA Media Image caption The owner of a three-wheeled Reliant Robin car battles snow off the A6 near the village of Shap in January. Roads and schools were closed across Cumbria, with snow covering parts of North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales.
Image copyright Dominic Lipinski / PA Image caption On a cold winter’s day, a group of Polish tourists have fun by trying to see how many of them can fit into a red telephone box in Westminster, London.
Image copyright Jack Taylor / Getty Images Image caption Anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray (left) and a pro-Brexit protester argue as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, in January.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Olivia Colman clutches her Oscar for best actress, for her role as Queen Anne in the The Favourite. She gave a heartfelt speech, saying: “It’s genuinely quite stressful. This is hilarious. I got an Oscar.”
Image copyright Katie Collins / PA Image caption Twins Ami and Aya from Tokyo took the catwalk to the street during London Fashion Week.
Image copyright Phil Coomes / BBC Image caption In February, students around the country walked out of schools to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem. Organisers Youth Strike 4 Climate said about 15,000 people had protested, in more than 60 towns and cities. Later in the year, a global climate strike saw millions of people around the world demonstrate for “an end to the age of fossil fuels and climate justice for everyone”.
Image copyright Danny Lawson / PA Media Image caption In March, a member of the Canal & River Trust inspects the Standedge Tunnel on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
Image copyright Stefan Rousseau / AFP Image caption Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (centre) meets Green Party Westminster leader Caroline Lucas (left) and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the House of Commons in April. Ms Thunberg criticised the UK for supporting new exploitation of fossil fuels and exaggerating cuts to carbon emissions. An empty chair was left for former Prime Minister Theresa May, who did not attend.
Image copyright Ben Birchall / PA Media Image caption Participants take part in the annual cheese-rolling competition at Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, in May. Max McDougall, 22, won the first men’s downhill race after tripping and tumbling down the hill. Mr McDougall said: “It was better than last year, when I knocked myself out.”
Image copyright Danny Lawson / PA Media Image caption In April, about 50 firefighters tackled a large blaze on moorland above White Wells, in Ilkley, covering 25,000 sq m (six acres), with helicopters making water drops. The fire came amid record-breaking temperatures in the UK.
Image copyright Paul Harding / PA Media Image caption Elite runner Hayley Carruthers crawls over the finish line of the London Marathon, in April. The NHS worker said she started to feel unwell just after the halfway point of the 26.2 mile (42.2km) race. Despite crawling over the finishing line with the help of marshals, Carruthers still managed to beat her personal best time by three minutes, finishing in two hours, 33 minutes and 59 seconds.
Image copyright Owen Humphreys / PA Media Image caption Gardner Eric Drennon trims the maze at Traquair House, in Peebleshire. Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland, has been lived in for over 900 years.
Image copyright Charles McQuillan / Getty Images Image caption A friend of Lyra McKee holds an order of service at the funeral of murdered journalist at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. Ms McKee, 29, was shot in the head observing rioting in Londonderry’s Creggan estate in April. The New IRA admitted carrying out the murder in a statement and offered “full and sincere apologies” to her family and friends.
Image copyright Scott Heppell / Reuters Image caption Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage reels from having a milkshake thrown at him as he arrives at a campaign event in Newcastle in May. Paul Crowther, 32, later pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage, at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. The attack, which involved a £5.25 banana-and-salted-caramel milkshake, was described in court as “politically motivated”.
Image copyright Chris Allerton / SussexRoyal / AFP Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Sussex show their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The Queen met her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle in May.
Image copyright Oli Scarff / AFP Image caption Football fans line the streets at an open-top bus parade around Liverpool in June. Liverpool won the Uefa Champions League final 2-0 against Tottenham, at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.
Image copyright Danny Lawson / PA Media Image caption An RAF Chinook helicopter flies in sandbags to shore up a dam at Toddbrook reservoir, after it was damaged by heavy rainfall in the summer. More than 1,500 people were evacuated from Whaley Bridge, in Derbyshire, in August over fears the dam would collapse and flood the town. Temporary work to repair the damaged dam will begin in 2020.
Image copyright Stefan Rousseau / PA Media Image caption Chelsea pensioner and D-Day veteran George Skipper, 95, poses for photographs at his home in the Chelsea Royal Hospital. Mr Skipper, who landed in Normandy on 6 June 1944, sailed back there to mark the 75th anniversary.
Image copyright Richard Sellers / PA Media Image caption The England squad listen to head coach Phil Neville after losing the semi-final to the USA at the Women’s World Cup in France.
Image copyright Nick Potts / PA Image caption England beat New Zealand to win the World Cup for the first time in one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played, with victory coming only after an extra over apiece.
Image copyright Stefan Rousseau / AFP Image caption Boris Johnson enters 10 Downing Street on the day he was confirmed as the new Prime Minister by the Queen in July. Mr Johnson was elected as the new Conservative leader with 92,153 votes from party members. Later in the year, he won a large majority in a general election.
Image copyright Mike Egerton / PA Media Image caption Dina Asher-Smith celebrates her silver medal after the 100m final during day three of the IAAF World Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar. Asher-Smith became the first British woman to win an individual World Championships sprint medal in 36 years.
Image copyright Dan Abbott Image caption A diver swims alongside an enormous jellyfish off the coast of Cornwall. In July, wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly and fellow diver Dan Abbott encountered the barrel jellyfish during a week-long project documenting marine encounters.
Image copyright Kirsty O’Connor / PA Image caption Ahead of the release of the film The Rise of Skywalker, the final chapter in the Skywalker saga begun by George Lucas in 1977, a selection of helmets and props from earlier Star Wars films were sold at auction at the BFI Imax in Waterloo, London.
Image copyright Liam McBurney / PA Media Image caption Martha Brown (centre left) and her partner, Louise McCullough, celebrate new legislation in Belfast. In October, legislation was passed to allow people of the same sex to get married and abortion was decriminalised. The first same-sex weddings in Northern Ireland are set to take place in February 2020.
Image copyright Neil Hall / Reuters Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge admire the view during their visit to the Chiatibo glacier, in the Hindu Kush mountain range, in Pakistan. The glacier has retreated rapidly in recent years because of global warming. During the visit, in October, Prince William said communities “vulnerable to change” needed more awareness of climate change.
Image copyright Fayez Nureldine / AFP Image caption British boxer Anthony Joshua (right) competes with Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles, in Diriya, Saudi Arabia, in December. Joshua won a unanimous points victory to become a two-time world heavyweight champion.
Image copyright Jane Barlow / PA Media Image caption SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets constituents in Edinburgh on the final day of campaigning before the general election on 12 December. Her party won 48 seats, 13 more than in the 2017 election.
Image copyright Jane Barlow / PA Image caption As the year draws to a close, for some there is a chance to enjoy the snow. Here Geraint Stone pulls his two-year-old son Arthur on his sledge across the snow-covered lawn in front of Balmoral Castle.
Image copyright Jeff Overs / BBC Image caption Although there is no snow in London, its residents can still enjoy some winter sport as ice rinks like this one in Greenwich pop up across the capital.