2017 had amazing visual moments captured by the lenses of our photographers. AAP Visual Media Editor, Sam Mooy, had the difficult task of choosing the top five based on their aesthetic beauty, technical accomplishment and relevance to the year that was in news.
The images Sam chose are a mix of genres, from AAP's vast library of political, entertainment, sports and news images in 2017.
The first image is the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, captured in a very different light to the persona we are used to seeing in parliament.
A different take on Turnbull, a silhouette, easily identifiable to the audience. The sharp monochromatic contrast makes the image stand out.
Next, also taking place in federal parliament, is the instance when Labour MP Linda Burney is lifted up by Liberal Mp Warren Entsch as emotions were running high during the same-sex marriage vote, making history.
"News Image of the Year. This incredible image captured by a split second reaction ran on the front pages of multiple media outlets."
In an outstanding case within the media industry, this image of Rebel Wilson celebrating her win against Bauer Media made it across multiple outlets.
"A strong news moment captured by one of our longer serving freelancers. The strong emotion of Rebel immediately captures the viewer."
And who could not read between the lines in this photograph of American President Trump and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull in Manila, just after that call?
"A political image that reflects the tension between the U.S and Australia. It mirrors the political tension. Taken on one of our overseas trips with the PM, the image was captured in the middle of a pool spray"
Last but not least, a different take on sports photography showing tennis titan Rafael Nadal. We are used to seeing Nadal battling against other players, but never against a moth. An unusual sequence of images and a different side of sports photography at the Australian Open 2017.
"The image says it all. No words are needed. A unique moment in time, frozen between man and nature."
The team of AAP photographers embodies the essence of great photojournalism: strength across multiple aspects of photography, focus on the hard news stories, versatility, and teamwork.