Striking photojournalism from around the UK

We’ve picked a selection of some of the most striking pictures taken around the United Kingdom during the past year.

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Image caption A blue morpho butterfly rests on the face of model Jessie Baker at RHS Garden Wisley near Woking, Surrey.
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Image caption Members of the Junior Jarl Squad carry flaming torches through Lerwick, on the Shetland Isles, during the Up Helly Aa Viking festival, which is held annually on the last Tuesday in January.
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Image caption People walk their dogs on Blyth Beach, in Northumberland, after several centimetres of snow fell in some parts of the country in February.
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Image caption Stormzy performs on stage during the 2018 Brit Awards show at the O2 Arena, in south-east London.
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Image caption Members of the emergency services fix a tent over the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found in a critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, Wilts, on 4 March. Police believe that the Russian former double-agent and his daughter were “targeted specifically” with the nerve agent Novichok.
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Image caption Competitors take part in the annual Mud Madness event in Portadown, Co Armagh. The event includes two laps of a muddy 8km (five-mile) course through 25 obstacles.
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Image caption The Duchess of Cambridge leaves St Mary’s Hospital, in London, with her newborn son, Prince Louis. The prince was born on 23 April at 11:01 and is fifth in line to the throne.
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Image caption A statue of suffragist and women’s rights campaigner Millicent Fawcett is unveiled in Parliament Square, in central London. The statue marks the 100th anniversary of of the 1918 Representation of the People Act – which gave some women over the age of 30 the vote.
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Image caption The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave during a procession after their wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire. Thousands of members of the public turned out to see Prince Harry and Meghan as they were driven around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage.
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Image caption First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sits on a swing at the official opening of a children’s play park in Dunfermline. The park is specially designed for both non-disabled children and children with physical and learning difficulties.
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Image caption The Moon rises behind burning moorland as a large wildfire sweeps across the moors near Buckton Vale, Greater Manchester. The blaze broke out on 24 June and approximately 100 soldiers were drafted in to help tackle it at its height.
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Image caption A member of the public takes a selfie with the Prince of Wales as he visits Tretower Court, in Crickhowell, Powys.
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Image caption The Red Arrows perform for a flypast over London in July. A centenary parade and a flypast of up to 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace marked the Royal Air Force’s 100th birthday.
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Image caption US President Donald Trump joins Prime Minister Theresa May at her country residence, Chequers, in his first official visit to the UK.
Image copyright Toby Melville / Reuters
Image caption Officials record and examine cygnets and swans during the annual census of the Queen’s swans, known as swan-upping, along the River Thames near Chertsey, Surrey.
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Image caption Team Spain compete in the synchronised swimming teams free routine final during the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
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Image caption Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable speaks at the National Liberal Club, in central London, in September.
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Image caption Fashion enthusiast Sophie Cochevelou poses during London Fashion Week.
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Image caption Prime Minster Theresa May dances on to the stage to deliver her leader’s speech during the final day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham in October.
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Image caption Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ascends a climbing wall at The Climbing Lab in Leeds, which was damaged by floods in December 2015.
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Image caption Sotheby’s employees pose with the Banksy artwork Love is in the Bin. Following its sale at auction for £860,000 (just over £1m with add-ons), Banksy’s Girl with Balloon unexpectedly began to pass through a shredder at the bottom of the frame, resulting in this new work of art.
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Image caption Princess Eugenie and her new husband, Jack Brooksbank, kiss as they emerge from St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire. The second royal wedding of the year, the ceremony was attended by 850 guests, while 1,200 people chosen by ballot followed proceedings from the grounds.
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Image caption Buddhist monks lay tributes by a photograph of Leicester City Football Club’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, outside the King Power Stadium. The billionaire businessman was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the stadium car park moments after taking off from the pitch.
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Image caption Capt James Pugh places a figure among artist Rob Heard’s installation Shrouds of the Somme, which honours the dead of World War One, at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. Volunteers, including members of 1 Royal Anglian, laid out 72,396 small shrouded figures, representing soldiers never recovered from the Somme battlefields.
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Image caption Costumed characters representing the Dreams and Wishes children’s charity emerge from No 10 Downing Street.

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