How do you summarise a year with photography alone? Ken Mainardis of Getty Images has chosen a selection of the best pictures taken by his photographers and explains in his own words how they sum up 2017 to him.
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Image copyrightCHRISTOPHER POLK/ GETTY IMAGESImage captionThere are only three photographers allowed backstage at the Academy Awards and that type of access allows Christopher Polk to capture this very personal moment shared between Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Stone after she won an Oscar. The behind the scenes aspect of the photo crossed with the aesthetic of a shot that could have been taken in the 1950s to make for a breathtaking picture.Image copyrightKEVIN FRAYER/ GETTY IMAGES
Image copyrightRYAN PIERSE/ GETTY IMAGESImage captionAt Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, photographer Ryan Pierse captured the moment a surfer falls off his board. The composition of this image does a tremendous job of providing the viewer with a sense of the enormity of the wave while putting humanity in perspective to nature. As the surfer loses control of his board and is beginning to tumble into the wave, the photo strikes you with a sense of fear that nature has the power to control our fate at any time.Image copyrightCHIP SOMODEVILLA/ GETTY IMAGES
Image copyrightBRUCE BENNETT/ GETTY IMAGESImage captionPatric Hornqvist of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores against Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils in Newark, New Jersey. There are two important aspects of sports photography that Bruce Bennett has been able to master: capturing a moment of extreme importance to the outcome of the game and capturing a view that people won’t see on television. Bruce placed a remote camera in the goal and captured this image at the perfect moment.Image copyrightKEVIN MAZUR/ GETTY IMAGES
Image copyrightJES AZNAR/ GETTY IMAGESImage captionOn the outskirts of Marawi, Philippines, bride Katty Malang Mikunug takes a “selfie” with friends. The city has been partly held by fighters linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) since an attack in May. Two things strike me about this photo by Jes Aznar: firstly, the way it is composed gives it the effect of a painting and secondly, the act of taking a selfie humanises people who are involved in conflicts that, at times, feel so far away.Image copyrightDAVID BECKER/ GETTY IMAGES
Image copyrightTRISTAN FEWINGS/ GETTY IMAGESImage captionSinger Rihanna attends a screening during the Cannes Film Festival. This picture was probably shot by hundreds of photographers, but the way Tristan Fewings has used light in a red carpet situation is incredibly unusual, making for a beautiful frame.