Editors at The Associated Press sorted through countless photographs taken around the world to come up with their top photos of 2019. Together these images tell the story of the year – capturing moments of hope and heartbreak, triumph and tragedy.
Seen here: Flames and smoke rise from Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as firefighters tackle the blaze on April 15, 2019.
In this photo made with a tilt shift lens, Luis Saez rides Maximum Security across the finish line first during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2019. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards.
Fires in the Amazon
A Brazilian soldier puts out fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, on Sept. 3, 2019.
Fleeing ISIS in Syria
A woman and her baby, who were evacuated from the last territory held by Islamic State militants, walk after being screened by U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the desert outside Baghouz, Syria, on Feb. 25, 2019.
Tropical Storm Barry
Tyler Holland guides his bike through the water as winds from Tropical Storm Barry push water from Lake Pontchartrain over the seawall in Mandeville, Louisiana, on July 13, 2019.
State of the Union
President Donald Trump turns to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches, on Feb. 5, 2019.
A firefighter sprays water while embers threaten a residence as the Hillside fire burns through San Bernardino, California, on Oct. 31, 2019.
Protests in Spain
A man holding a Catalan independence flag is surrounded by smoke released by demonstrators during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept. 11, 2019.
Cannes Film Festival
Singer Jessica Jung arrives at the premiere of the film "The Dead Don't Die" at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 14, 2019.
Hong Kong protests
Riot police move forward as anti-government protestors occupied a road in Hong Kong on Oct. 1, 2019.
Women's World Cup
U.S. teammates Megan Rapinoe, right, and Alex Morgan celebrate after Rapinoe scored the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Women's World Cup final soccer match between the U.S. and The Netherlands, in Lyon, France, on July 7, 2019. Team USA won the tournament.
Morocco horse show
A troupe charges and fires their rifles during Tabourida, a traditional horse riding show also known as Fantasia, in the coastal town of El Jadida, Morocco, on July 25, 2019.
An alligator ignores the small fish swimming nearby as it awaits its next opportunity for a meal in the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida on Oct. 30, 2019. A fishing line dangles from the reptile's mouth.
Firefighters battle the Marsh Fire near the town of Brentwood, California, in Contra Costa County, on Aug. 3, 2019.
Queen Elizabeth II and President Donald Trump arrive with others through the East Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London ahead of the State Banquet on June 3, 2019.
Swimmers reach for drink bottles while competing in the men's 10km open water swim at the World Swimming Championships in Yeosu, South Korea, on July 16, 2019.
Tiger Woods reacts after winning the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, on April 14, 2019.
Simone Biles of the United States performs on the uneven bars during a warmup for the women's all-around final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, on Oct. 10, 2019. She won 5 gold medals and her fifth overall world championship.
Puerto Rico protests
A demonstrator draped in a Puerto Rican flag joins thousands of others in a march to the governor's residence in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 17, 2019. The protesters chanted demands for Gov. Ricardo Rossello to resign after the leak of online chats that showed him making misogynistic slurs and mocking his constituents.
Ballet dancer Erin King of Ballet Central prepares to pose for photos at the Central School of Ballet in London on Feb. 20, 2019.
Flooding in India
People navigate their way through a street flooded by torrential rains in Mumbai, India, on Sept. 4, 2019.
Diver and coral
Diver Lenford DaCosta cleans up lines of staghorn coral at an underwater coral nursery inside the Oracabessa Fish Sanctuary on Feb. 12, 2019, in Oracabessa, Jamaica.
The Israeli Iron Dome air defense system takes out rockets fired from Gaza near Sderot, Israel, on May 4, 2019.
Sandra, a 33-year-old orangutan, stands in her enclosure at the former city zoo now known as Eco Parque, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sept. 16, 2019. Sandra's solitary life took a turn when she left Buenos Aires for her new home at the Center for Great Apes in central Florida, United States. There, she joined other orangutans and chimpanzees rescued or retired from circuses, stage shows and the exotic pet trade.
Family photos of some of those who died hang on display in an exhibition at the Kigali Genocide Memorial centre in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on April 5, 2019. Rwanda commemorated the 25th anniversary of the country's descent into an orgy of violence in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by the majority Hutu population over a 100-day period in what was the worst genocide in recent history.
Firefighters work to resuscitate the driver of a commuter train who was injured in a collision with another train in Sao Cristovao station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 27, 2019.
Liverpool's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League final soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in Madrid on June 2, 2019.
Fleeing ISIS in Syria
Women and children ride in the back of a truck as part of a convoy evacuating hundreds out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants in Baghouz, Syria, on Feb. 20, 2019.
Carol Dean, right, cries and embraces Megan Anderson and her 18-month-old daughter, Madilyn, as Dean sifts through the debris of the home she shared with her husband, David Wayne Dean, who died when a tornado destroyed the house in Beauregard, Alabama, on March 4, 2019.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris meets with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, during lunch at Sylvia's Restaurant in the Harlem neighborhood of New York on Feb. 21, 2019. Harris dropped out of the race nine months later.
Lady Gaga, winner of the Academy Award for best original song for "Shallow" from "A Star Is Born," gets emotional in the press room during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2019.
Spectators watch from the scoreboard on day four of the third cricket test match between England and West Indies at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, on Feb. 12, 2019.
Competitors ride their motorcycles across the dunes during stage nine of the Dakar Rally in Pisco, Peru, on Jan. 16, 2019.
President Donald Trump hugs the American flag as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2019, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on March 2, 2019.
Along the border
Floodlights from the U.S., left, illuminate multiple border walls, center, as traffic flows along a street in Tijuana, Mexico, on Jan. 7, 2019.
Volunteers wade through a flooded road against wind and rain brought on by Hurricane Dorian to rescue families near the Causarina bridge in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in the Bahamas, on Sept. 3, 2019.
Dolls decorate a window in the old part of the Transylvanian town of Sibiu, Romania, on May 10, 2019.
The afternoon sun hangs low as it shines through the snow at the airport in Nome, Alaska, on Feb. 13, 2019.
A demonstrator is knocked over by a strand of barbed wire during clashes with the Bolivarian National Guard in Urena, Venezuela, near the border with Colombia, on Feb. 23, 2019.
A cliff diver jumps from the landmark Raouche sea rock during qualifying for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 13, 2019.
People flee as security forces aim their weapons during a deadly attack by extremists at a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, on Jan. 15, 2019. Explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the complex during the attack that killed more than 20 people.
A U.S. Border Protection officer stands in heavy rain near the border fence between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, on Jan. 1, 2019.
In one of the most widely shared photos of the year, the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria lie on the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico, on June 24, 2019, after they drowned trying to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas.
Martinez's wife, Tania, told Mexican authorities she watched her husband and child disappear in the strong current. In an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes," she said they were seeking a better life. "Our dream was to move our family forward. Every human being has dreams."
Hong Kong protests
A bleeding man is taken away by policemen after he was attacked by protesters outside Kwai Chung police station in Hong Kong on July 31, 2019.
Byron Xol, an immigrant from Guatemala, lies on the floor in a makeshift disco ballroom in Buda, Texas, during his birthday party on June 23, 2019. Byron was separated from his father, David Xol-Cholom, in May 2018, during the Trump administration's wide-scale separation of immigrant families.
Badou Jack, left, fights Marcus Browne in the WBA interim light heavyweight title boxing bout on Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. Browne beat the No. 1 Jack in a unanimous decision.
Two ballerinas rest as other dancers perform during a rehearsal in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, on June 11, 2019.
President Donald Trump pumps his fist to the crowd after speaking to a campaign rally in Montoursville, Pennsyvlania, on May 20, 2019.
Multiple cars crash during a NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race on Feb. 17, 2019, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
A man walks through the gate of the Sachsenhausen Nazi death camp with the phrase "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) on the gate in Oranienburg, Germany, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, 2019.
A youth is carried by medics to a safe zone after he was injured in clashes with Venezuelan National Guardsmen blocking the entry of U.S.-supplied humanitarian aid on the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in La Parada, Colombia, near the border with Venezuela, on Feb. 25, 2019.
Art amid the wreckage
A mural is illuminated at dusk on Feb. 8, 2019, on the chimney of a home in Paradise, California, that was destroyed by the Camp Fire. Artist Shane Grammer says he painted murals throughout the fire-ravaged town to convey hope in the midst of destruction.