These striking shots make up the winners of the prestigious BPPA’s Press Photographer of the Year 2021.
The winning images were announced on March 4 and capture incredible moments that have etched their way into history through the eye of the lens.
One image depicts the moment England star Bukayo Saka is on an inflatable unicorn about to jump into a swimming pool at the St George’s Park training base, as the squad took a break in between matches at the Euro 2020 games.
Also included in the list of winners is the Queen in fits of laughter as she watched horses in the Parade Ring at Ascot, and the moment a woman ran up to Prince Andrew’s Range Rover near his Royal Lodge home in Berkshire back in December, and hammered on the glass .
Another moving image showcased the devastating impact of the pandemic, as family members are seen paying their respects next to the body of a close relative who died from Covid-19 at Manchester Central Mosque on February 24.
The Queen, 95, bursts into hysterics as she watches the horses in the Parade Ring at Ascot near her Windsor home in Berkshire
England star Bukayo Saka is pictured jumping into a swimming pool on an inflatable unicorn at St George’s Park on July 4, 2021 in Burton upon Trent
A woman ran up to Prince Andrew’s Range Rover near his Royal Lodge home in Berkshire, whilst hammering on the glass and shouting ‘Andrew, Andrew!’ through his car window in December 2021
Family members pay their respects next to the body of a close relative who died from Covid-19 at Manchester Central Mosque on February 24, 2021
St John Ambulance instructor Keith Vickers is illuminated by ultraviolet light to demonstrate how bacteria and contamination can be spread as he trains volunteers to administer Covid-19 vaccines at Manchester United Football Club on January 30, 2021
Nicky Clough is pictured visiting her mother Pam Harrison in her bedroom at Alexander House Care Home for the first time since the lockdown restrictions began to ease, in London on March 8, 2021
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London in November. She joined the Duchess of Cornwall and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex on a balcony at the Foreign Office
Boris Johnson is pictured struggling to open his umbrella next to the Prince of Wales at the dedication ceremony of the new national UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire in July
People look at the messages of support and the newly repaired mural of England footballer Marcus Rashford by the artist known as AKSE_P19, which is displayed on the wall of a cafe on Copson Street, Withington in Manchester after it was defaced by vandals in the aftermath of England’s Euro final loss on July 13, 2021
Supporters of former President Donald Trump were pictured breaching the east entrance to the United States Capitol during the Capitol Riots in Washington DC, United States in January
A member of the military stands on the grounds of Windsor Castle on the day of the funeral of Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor on April 17, 2021
A group of around 40 migrants arrive via the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on a Dungeness beach in Kent on August 04, 2021
A huge crowd of festival fans listen to Manchester indie band The Lathums during day two of the Tramlines Festival 2021 at Hillsborough Park on July 24 in Sheffield, England
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One winning image showed a flower-covered field after members of the public laid bouquets to pay tribute to Prince Philip on the day of his funeral in April.
In another, bystanders are pictured looking at the colourful messages of support on the mural of England footballer Marcus Rashford after it was defaced by vandals in the aftermath of England’s Euro final loss on July 13.
England star Raheem celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal wearing a t-shirt that reads ‘Love You Forever Steffie Gregg’ during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Hungary and England at Stadium Puskas Ferenc on September 2 in Budapest, Hungary
A police officer is pictured with his hands around the throat of an Anti-Vax protester outside Downing Street in London
Supporters of Donald Trump kick doors inside the United States Capitol as they attempt to gain access to the chamber during the Capitol Riots in Washington DC on January 6
Elderly residents of a care home are evacuated after the river Weaver burst banks in Northwich, Cheshire
Volunteers from Manchester Central Mosque preside over a funeral at Southern Cemetery during the Covid pandemic lockdown on February 24
Migrants who made the perilous journey to cross the channel sit on a bus awaiting transfer after arriving at Dover port on November 25 in Kent
The Duchess of Cambridge in hysterics as she takes part in land yachting on the Beach at St Andrews in Edinburgh
Ibrahim Elhusseiny Hamadtou, of Egypt, is pictured in action during the doubles table tennis match with Sayed Mohamed Youssef at the men’s table tennis team quarter-final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 31
The Parachute Regiment before and during their flight in Cyprus for their dawn parachute jump into Jordan during an exercise with the Jordanian Special Forces on June 23
The sun sets behind artist Luke Jerram’s ‘Floating Earth’ at Pennington Flash on November 22 in Wigan
Takahiro Shikine, of Japan, is pictured in action against Gerek Meinhardt, of the United States, during the Men’s Team Foil Fencing at the Tokyo Summer Olympics
England captain Harry Kane celebrates with Harry Maguire and team mates after scoring their side’s second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on June 29
As the sheep out in the fields and moors are sheared and relieved of their thick wooly fleeces, the busy graders at the British Wool grading centre in Galashiels, Scotland (pictured) are sorting through thousands of kilos of sheared fleece which will then be auctioned and sold for use in upholstery such as carpets and the better quality wool will be used in clothing fabrics. The centre acts as a mid point between farm and manufacturing.
Oleksandr Usyk defeats Anthony Joshua to claim the world heavyweight title in September
Anna Maria Alexandri and Eirini Alexandri of Austria during their women’s duet Artistic Swimming
Runners and riders compete in race 6 during the annual one-day Laytown races, one of the only races held on the beach under official horse racing turf club rules since 1896 in Ireland
Team GB silver medalist Ben Whittaker has his eyes tested at a Covid station immediately after the final where he won a silver medal following a controversial decision
Beatrice Maria Vio of Italy reacts after winning against Jingjing Zhou of China to give her the gold medal in the Women’s Individual Foil Wheelchair Fencin
A man jump from roof to roof armed with a hammer while staging a seven hour rooftop protest in the centre of Failsworth, Greater Manchester