In news media, photos have the power to capture the zeitgeist, to communicate the emotional energy of a story.
Each month we take a look at some of the most impactful images from AAP.
NSW Rural Fire fighters establish a backburn in Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales, Sunday, December 8, 2019. (AAP Image/Jeremy Piper)
Sharnie Moran and her 18 months old daughter Charlotte look on as thick smoke rises from bushfires near Nana Glen, near Coffs Harbour, Tuesday, November 12, 2019. There are more than 50 fires burning around the state, with about half of those uncontained. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)
A Climate Change Emergency hot air balloon is seen during a Climate Change rally outside Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, October 15, 2019. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)
Large crowds march during The Global Strike 4 Climate rally, Melbourne, Friday, September 20, 2019. The Global Strike 4 Climate will take place in 110 towns and cities across Australia, with organisers demanding government and business to commit to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030. (AAP Image/James Ross)
At present, it is the harvest season of crops such as corn and pepper in Qianjiang district of Chongqing city, China. Villagers take advantage of the fine weather to speed up the harvest and drying to ensure the grain goes back to the warehouse and increase their income. (Photo by /Sipa USA).
Swimmers reach for drink bottles while competing in the men’s 10km open water swim at the World Swimming Championships in Yeosu, South Korea, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Thousands of protesters take part march against amendments to an extradition bill in Hong Kong, China, 09 June 2019. The controversial bill, which has faced immense opposition from pan-democrats, the business sector, and the international community, would allow the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions which Hong Kong does not have a treaty with, including mainland China. Critics of the bill have expressed concern over unfair trials and a lack of human rights protection in mainland China. (EPA/JEROME FAVRE)
Expeditioners line up to vote at Davis research station, Antarctica, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AAP Image/Supplied, Australian Antarctic Division, Greg Stone)
Jockey Hugh Bowman returns to the scale after riding Winx to victory in race 7, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, during The Championships Race Day at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AAP Image/Steve Christo)
In this photo released by New Zealand Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, center, meets representatives of the Muslim community, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand’s prime minister says the “primary perpetrator” in the killing of at least 49 people in two Christchurch mosques was living in Dunedin, a seaside city south of Christchurch. (New Zealand Prime Minister Office via AP)
Commissioner Kenneth Hayne and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (right) are seen with the final report from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, February 1, 2019. (AAP Image/Fairfax Media Pool, Kym Smith)
Julia Goerges of Germany in action against Danielle Collins of the United States during day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Monday, January 14, 2019. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)
A protestor waves the French tricolor flag during anti-government demonstrations in Paris, France, December 08, 2018. The withdrawal of French President Emmanuel Macron from implementing the Polluting Fuels tax, had very little to no effect on calming the tense situation in France as mass violent demonstrations continue to take place through several flashpoints across the country. In the French capital, members of the ‘Yellow Vests’ movement along side high school students (protesting the education reform) and other citizens took to the streets.
Customers drink coffee inside Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar as it re-opens to the public in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, November 13, 2018. (AAP Image/Daniel Pockett)