15 Dec 2017

The best photos of 2017

Flooding in Edgecumbe
1:34 pm on 21 December 2017

It began with a Donald Trump’s inauguration and the emboldened alt-right who were endorsed by the President’s tacit “very fine people” comment in the wake of a murder at the Charlottesville "Unite the Right Rally". 

Also in the US was the continuation of mass shootings with Las Vegas, and the incongruous ban on Muslims. Harvey Weinstein was toppled after decades of sexual harassment, clearing the ground for other powerful men to go down with him.

A new refugee crisis emerged when Myanmar began an ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims.

Closer to home, refugees and detainees remained in atrocious conditions under the Australian government’s draconian system of incarceration in Manus.

Australia at least took one step into the future, with the 'Yes' vote making gay marriage legal across the country.

Locally, the year began with a flood and ended with a near-drought. In between, Colin Meads died, the America’s Cup was won, the Crown apologised for atrocities committed against a peaceful Taranaki settlement and there was an election, a new government and international interest in our new Prime Minister.

These are the best photos captured by RNZ and other photographers around the world for 2017.

January: US President Donald Trump sings to the song "My Way" while dancing with first lady Melania Trump following his inauguration.

 January: US President Donald Trump sings to the song "My Way" while dancing with first lady Melania Trump following his inauguration. Photo: AFP / Getty

Trump's inauguration was marked by widespread protest.

A protestor takes a selfie during a protest on the day Trump was inaugurated into the presidency. Photo: AFP / Getty

Winston Peters outside Te Tii Marae. Mr Peters was threatened with arrest after protesting the ban on media in the marae.

 Winston Peters outside Te Tii Marae. Mr Peters was threatened with arrest while protesting the ban on media in the marae. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The friend of the missing teen joins the search. Search and rescue teams are scouring the Hutt River for signs of the missing 19-year-old.

A young man searches for his missing friend. The friend was later found dead floating in the Hutt River. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The Port Hill fires destroyed nine houses and claimed the life of one helicopter pilot in February.

 The Port Hill fires destroyed nine houses and claimed the life of one helicopter pilot in February. Photo: AFP / Matias Delacroix

The stopbank protecting Edgecumbe from the Rangitāiki River breached on the morning of 6 April 2017 giving residents mere minutes to evacuate.

 The stopbank protecting Edgecumbe from the Rangitāiki River breached on the morning of 6 April 2017 giving residents mere minutes to evacuate. Photo: RNZ / Brad White

Houses on Edgecumbe's College Road, opposite the stopbank wall on the river Rangataiki that breached and flooded the majority of the town causing the evacuation of 1600 residents in 2017.

 Houses on College Road, opposite the stopbank wall on the river Rangataiki that breached and flooded the majority of the town causing the evacuation of 1600 residents. Photo: RNZ / Brad White

US film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo at Cannes, shortly before news broke of his sexual misconduct.

 US film producer Harvey Weinstein poses for a photo at Cannes, shortly before news broke of his sexual misconduct. Photo: AFP

Flames and smoke engulf Grenfell Tower, a residential block of flats in west London on June 14, 2017. The fire caused 71 deaths.

 Flames and smoke engulf Grenfell Tower, a residential block of flats in west London on June 14, 2017. The fire caused 71 deaths. Photo: AFP

Peter Burling holds America's Cup after Team New Zealand won the event in Bermuda.

 Peter Burling holds America's Cup after Team New Zealand won the event in Bermuda. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Richard Spencer.

 White nationalist Richard Spencer and his supporters clash with Virginia State Police in Emancipation Park after the "Unite the Right" rally was declared an unlawful gathering August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo: AFP / Getty

The car that plowed through counter-protesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, killing Heather Heyer.

 The car that plowed through counter-protesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, killing Heather Heyer. Photo: AFP / Getty

The hearse transport Colin Meads at his funeral in Te Kuiti.

The funeral procession of All Blacks great Sir Colin Meads who died in August after a long battle with cancer. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Jacinda Ardern addresses media after being elected Labour Party leader

Jacinda Ardern addresses media after being elected new leader of the Labour Party. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: AFP

A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: 2017 Getty Images

Jacinda Ardern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

 Jacinda Ardern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

National and Labour front beaches talk on  the first day of the 52nd Parliament.

 National, in opposition, and Labour struck a hasty deal on the first day of the 52nd Parliament to increase the number of select committee positions to 108. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

A Rohingya Muslim refugee child cries as he stands near the Thyangkhali refugee camp at Cox's Bazar on November 29, 2017.

 A Rohingya Muslim refugee child cries as he stands near the Thyangkhali refugee camp at Cox's Bazar on November 29, 2017. Photo: AFP

A Rohingya sits aboard a bus leaving for a refugee camp after arriving from Myanmar, near Shah Barir Dip at Cox's Bazar on December 3, 2017.

 A Rohingya sits aboard a bus leaving for a refugee camp after arriving from Myanmar, near Shah Barir Dip at Cox's Bazar on December 3, 2017. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of trucks and heavy machinery line the road along the coast. SH1 north of Kaikoura is due to open on December 15th.

 Hundreds of trucks and heavy machinery line the road along the coast ahead of the re-opening of SH1 north of Kaikoura a year on from the earthquake which caused widespread damage. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore rides his horse, Sassy, to the polling station to vote in  Gallant.

Republican candidate for Alabama, Roy Moore, rides his horse to the polling station. He is accused of molesting multiple young woman. Photo: AFP

A supporter cheers for Democratic U.S. Senator elect Doug Jones during his election night gathering at the Sheraton Hotel.

A woman celebrates after Democrat Doug Jones was called as winner of the Alabama senate race. Photo: AFP

Summer in Wellington, people jump into the harbour.

Summer arrived early (technically, on time) in Wellington this year. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

 

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