From the protests convulsing Hong Kong to that exchange between U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Reuters photographers covered the biggest news stories of 2019, and captured some of its most viral moments as well.
Beyond the images themselves, these are the inside stories of the men and women behind the lens and their experiences in the line of duty.
Below is a selection of some exceptional 2019 Reuters pictures along with the stories of how they came to be, directly from the photographers who took them.
Jose Luis Gonzalez: "Ledy Perez fell to her haunches, a clenched hand covering her face as she wept, an arm clutching her small 6-year old son, who glared defiantly at the Mexican National Guard soldier blocking them from crossing the Rio Grande into the United States.
I captured the plight of this mother and son who had travelled 1,500 miles from Guatemala to the border city of Ciudad Juarez, only to be stopped mere feet from the U.S.
The woman begged and pleaded with the National Guard to let them cross to a better future for Anthony Diaz. The soldier, dressed in desert fatigues, an assault rifle slung over his shoulder, only said he was following orders. Her face was a small reflection of all migrants' suffering.
One of several images Reuters published, this photo was picked up widely on social media. It has thrown into the spotlight the role Mexico's militarized National Guard police force is playing in containing migration.
The soldier displayed no overt aggression during the nine-minute encounter with Perez and her son. Still, the power dynamics apparent in the image resonated with criticism of the treatment migrants are receiving.
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who retweeted my picture after it was posted by a former Mexican ambassador to the United States wrote 'what a pity, Mexico should never have accepted this.'
Seizing the opportunity when the soldier glanced away, Perez lunged into the shrubs growing on the side of the river bank, pulling her son with her. They quickly ran across to the other side of the river and out of the guardsmen's jurisdiction where U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents took them into custody."
Scott Heppell: "I was assigned to cover Nigel Farage doing a routine meet and greet in Newcastle upon Tyne. We didn’t know it would go down in the history books as the day he got milkshaked.
A reporter had jokingly said before the event started that he had been in touch with the fast food shops to ask if milkshakes were available. At first, nobody knew what had been thrown at Farage. There was chaos as his handlers tried to whisk Farage away as quickly as possible. He was bundled into a nearby taxi and his city visit cut short.
I was lucky enough have been using a 16-35 lens to catch the reaction on Farage’s face and his security grabbing hold of the man who had thrown the milkshake."
For part two of A Picture and its Story 2019 click here.