A Week in AAP Images

Top shots of 2017

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action during the Mens Singles Final against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day fourteen of the Australian Open, in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday Jan. 29, 2017. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaking at the Australian Financial Review Business Summit in Sydney, Thursday, March 9, 2017. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

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.

Liberal MP Warren Entsch lifts up Labor MP Linda Burney as they celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, December 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

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."

Rebel Wilson leaves the Victorian Supreme Court after winning her case, Thursday, June 15, 2017. Wilson Has won her case against Bauer Media, claiming defamatory print and online articles made her out to be a serial liar, costing her roles in Hollywood and tarnishing her reputation. (AAP Image/ David Crosling) NO ARCHIVING

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"

United States President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are seen at a trilateral meeting with Japanese President Shinzo Abe (not pictured) during the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) forum in Manila, Philippines, Monday, November 13, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

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.

A moth lands on the nose of Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Men's Singles Quarterfinals match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day ten at the Australian Open, in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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. 

View the Best of 2017 or visit AAP Photos to explore our galleries. 

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