Photography, since its invention, has played a vital and fundamental role in society. Not only do photographs document history, people, and places, powerful images can also ignite communities to act when seeking justice.

As we close off the year and look back at the events that defined 2017, it’s impossible to overlook the impact photography had in bringing awareness to the extent of natural disasters, in highlighting the activists who refused to remain complacent in Donald Trump’s America, and in uplifting the artists who created culture in music, art, and film. Striking photos of Mexico’s earthquake and Hurricane Maria led to a global call for aid, photos of the Women’s March on Washington showed the magnitude of female resistance, and joyous photos from Houston’s World Series Parade captured a city bouncing back.

The photos produced this year will serve as a visual reference of 2017 and live on to remind us of a tumultuous year in history. From the highs to the lows, here is 2017 in photos.

MCALLEN, TX : A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks birth certificates while taking Central American immigrants into custody on January 4, 2017 near McAllen, Texas. Thousands of families and unaccompanied children, most from Central America, are crossing the border illegally to request asylum in the U.S. from violence and poverty in their home countries. The number of immigrants coming across has surged in advance of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration January 20. He has pledged to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC : Protesters walk during the Women’s March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Large crowds are attending the anti-Trump rally a day after U.S. President Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC : Brenda Perez and her family protest during the Women’s March in Washington, DC. Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez for Remezcla

NEW YORK, NY -: In this handout provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal authorities announced Friday that Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases including, El Chapo, will face charges filed in Brooklyn, New York, following his extradition to the United States from Mexico. Guzman Loera arrived in New York under heavy escort by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other authorities. (Photo by Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL: Venezuelan’s protest against the Venezuelan government as Florida Governor Rick Scott hosts a Venezuelan Freedom Rally at El Arepazo 2 to show his support for the release of Venezuelan prisoner Leopoldo Lopez on May 8, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Lopez was jailed after he was found guilty in 2014 for inciting violence during protests against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY: Madame Tussauds New York hosts Selena Quintanilla’s sister for unveiling of late singer’s figure in Times Square at Madame Tussauds on June 23, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Javier Hernandez of Mexico celebrates his sides first goal as Luis Neto of Portugal (not pictured) scored a own goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Play-Off for Third Place between Portugal and Mexico at Spartak Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX: People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

HOUSTON, TX: People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

HOUSTON, TX: Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros lifts the World Series Trophy during the Houston Astros Victory Parade on November 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 to win the 2017 World Series. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: Peru fans sing ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between the New Zealand All Whites and Peru at Westpac Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – SEPTEMBER 20: Bottled water is distributed at Parque Mexico in the Condesa district the day after an earthquake on September 20, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. Emergency workers continue to search the rubble after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on September 19. The total death toll is at least 230 with many more still number missing. Photo by Rafael S. Fabres/Getty Images

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Rescuers work in the rubble after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck on September 19, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. The earthquake caused multiple fatalities, destroyed buildings and knocked out power throughout the capital. Photo by Rafael S. Fabres/Getty Images

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Rescue operations continue on September 21, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. Photo by Rafael S. Fabres/Getty Images News

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX: Lilly Navejan in front of a picture of her brother while visiting a memorial where 26 crosses were placed to honor the 26 victims killed at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on November 10, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Naveja’s brother, Ricardo Rodriguez, will be buried next to his wife Therese, who was also killed in the church, tomorrow in Sutherland Springs Cemetery. On November 5, a gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, shot and killed the 26 people and wounded 20 others when he opened fire during Sunday service at the church. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

VENTURA, CA: Firefighters monitor a section of the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway on December 7, 2017 north of Ventura, California. The firefighters occasionally used a flare device to burn-off brush close to the roadside. Strong Santa Ana winds are rapidly pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY: Hundreds of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally and march to Trump Tower in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also known as DACA on August 30, 2017 in New York City. Immigrants and advocates across the country are waiting to hear President Donald Trump’s decision on whether he will keep DACA which allows young people who immigrated to the U.S. as children to temporarily escape deportation and receive other benefits, started under President Barack Obama in 2012. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS, NV: Honoree Alejandro Sanz (R) performs with a group of “DREAMers” onstage during The 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for LARAS

LAS VEGAS, NV: Luis Fonsi (L) and Erika Ender accept the Song of the Year award for ‘Despacito’ onstage during The 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for LARAS

LAS VEGAS, NV: (L-R) Steve Aoki, French Montana, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny perform onstage at the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

LOIZA, PUERTO RICO: Residents wade through flood waters at their home days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, on September 22, 2017 in Loiza, Puerto Rico. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images News

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: Residents clear the streets after Hurricane Maria made landfall, September 21, 2017 in the Guaynabo suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images News

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: Residents line up for gasoline days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, on September 22, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz speaks to the media as she arrives at the temporary government center setup at the Roberto Clemente stadium in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images News

LOS ANGELES, CA: In this handout photo provided by One Voice: Somos Live!, Alex Rodriguez and singer Jennifer Lopez speak onstage during “One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert For Disaster Relief” at the Universal Studios Lot on October 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevin Mazur/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images

NEW YORK, NY : People carry signs addressing the issue of sexual harassment at a #MeToo rally outside of Trump International Hotel on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS: Local Bario 18 gang leader “El Mortal”, 18, poses for a photo on August 19, 2017 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He said he has been a gang member since he was age 10. In Honduras, rival gangs including Barrio 18 and MS-13 tightly control territory, earning money from extortion and drug trafficking. San Pedro Sula has one of the highest rates in the world for violence and homocide rates, most of it gang-related, for a populace not at war. Poverty and violence have driven immigration to the United States, although the number of U.S.-bound immigrants has dropped during the first months of the Trump Presidency. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC: People who call themselves Dreamers, protest in front of the Senate side of the US Capitol to urge Congress in passing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS, NV: Cardi B performs during the BIG3 three on three basketball league championship game on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images

HOLLYWOOD, CA: Benjamin Bratt at the U.S. Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ at El Capitan Theatre on November 8, 2017. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

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LAS VEGAS, NV: Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard for the victims of Sunday night’s mass shooting. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images News

NEW YORK, NY : Activists, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Rep. Adriano Espaillat, sit on Fifth Avenue in an action of civil disobedience near Trump Tower on September 19, 2017 in New York, New York. The action was intended to call attention to President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies, including the rollback of DACA. Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES, CA: (L-R) Actors Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega attend the press conference for the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi at InterContinental Los Angeles on December 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney