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    Photos of the Year
    FROM DEFIANCE IN HONG KONG TO CELEBRATION IN D.C., SEVEN DEFINING IMAGES OF 2019

    AN ICON BURNS

    Paris was in flames months before the April 15 blaze at Notre Dame. Protesters enraged over President Emmanuel Macron’s economic plans had smashed storefronts and vandalized ATMs. But the smoke that filled the sky that day seemed to give the beleaguered city a sense of unity. Soon, another battle took hold: How to rebuild?

    (VERONIQUE DE VIGUERIE—GETTY IMAGES)

    A GENERATION ROARS

    Carrie Lam’s proposal to allow extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China had barely been announced before the territory’s leader felt the heat of a frustrated generation. Hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets—like these on June 10—then did it the next week, and then the next. At one point they numbered 2 million. The extradition bill did die, but it was too late to stop what it had started: Hong Kong had been transformed, and a new normal had arrived.

    (LAM YIK FEI—THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX)

    AFTER THE WIND

    When Hurricane Dorian tore into the Bahamas in September, it settled in. Forecasters watched as the Category 5 storm hovered for days over Grand Bahama, with its winds reaching 185 m.p.h. and a storm surge 25 ft. high. Coffins, like this one at a cemetery in McLean’s Town, were lifted out of the earth. The damage left behind was staggering, estimated at some $3.4 billion.

    (RAMON ESPINOSA—AP)

    AN EMBRACE RESONATES

    Waves of migrants tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in 2019, often described as part of faceless caravans flowing from Central America. This intimate scene shows who many of them are. José, 27, and his 6-year-old son, José Daniel, spent weeks trekking from Guatemala to the border, where they crossed into El Paso, Texas, on May 16.

    (PAUL RATJE—AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

    A COMEBACK FOR THE AGES

    Not since 1924, when Calvin Coolidge was in the White House, had a baseball team in America’s capital won the World Series. But on Oct. 30, with a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7, the Washington Nationals did. The Commissioner’s Trophy, hoisted that night, mostly withstood the resulting celebration in the victors’ clubhouse.

    (DINA LITOVSKY—THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX)

    BY HIS SIDE

    First Lady Melania Trump weathered a tumultuous year for the White House by the side of her husband, as she was in this image on April 11. As the President faces potential impeachment and removal from office, she remains a source of stability.

    (TOM BRENNER—THE NEW YORK TIMES/REDUX)

    A SYMBOL RISES, A DESPOT FALLS

    For months, protesters had been marching in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, calling for the ouster of their leader of three decades, Omar al-Bashir. Three days after activist Alaa Salah, 22, was photographed on April 8 speaking atop a car, al-Bashir was gone. A new generation of Sudanese was heard.

    (LANA H. HAROUN)

    To see the complete collection of TIME’s 100 Photos of the Year, go to TIME.com/2019-photos