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The pandemic, protests and the polls: Texas' 2020 in photos

Photojournalists captured the unforgettable images that defined an epic year in Texas as people grappled with the pandemic, protested police brutality and made their voices heard at the polls.

Manuel Baez helped prepare a meal at the state-sanctioned camping site in Austin in January.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden spoke during a campaign stop in Dallas on March 2, 202…
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren takes questions from reporters following a town hall event in San Antonio on Feb. 27…
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander speaks at his campaign rally in Austin on Feb. 23, 2020.
Members of church security teams from across Texas gathered in Krugerville, near Denton, to get certified in church security…
A shortage of items inside of an H-E-B grocery store in Austin.
A TXDOT sign on a highway near Houston during the coronavirus pandemic on April 1, 2020.
Closed businesses in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas on March 31, 2020.
Shuttered bars on Austin's iconic Sixth Street during the coronavirus pandemic.
Empty streets in Houston because of the coronavirus pandemic on April 1, 2020.
Shuttered businesses on  Sixth Street in Austin during the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19, 2020.
David Aguirre’s mother, Estela, died March 28 at The Waterford at College Station, an assisted living facility in Texas. His…
Harris County Health Department nurse Harriet Lewis administers a test at a Harris Co. testing site located at Stallworth St…
Nurse Kristen Howell, left, and Medical Lab Tech, Amanda Hernandez, administer a COVID-19 test at the Austin Regional Clinic…
Liliana Ruiz, arranges used items in a garage sale that she is having outside of her house in a colonia in Edinburg.  Ruiz s…
A handful of cars drive down Grant Avenue Thursday evening as an advertisement from Medical Center Hospital urges community …
The parking lot of the Waco ISD Stadium is full of cars waiting to receive disaster relief food boxes from the Central Texas…
Volunteers Christy Minjarez, Sandy Grace and Yvonne Mendoza prepare boxes of food at the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry in Centr…
Volunteers load boxes of food into a car during a drive-thru food distribution hosted by the Central Texas Food Bank at the …
A volunteer coordinator prepares boxes of food at the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry in Central El Paso, which serves 700-1000 f…
Worshippers sing during an Easter service at the Glorious Way Church in Houston. Attendees maintained social distance during…
Starting from the bottom right corner, a line of cars snakes through the parking lot at Hancock Center in Austin while waiti…
Hundreds of protesters met at the Austin Police Headquaerters in downtown Austin and proceeded to take over both sides of In…
Protesters raise their arms and chant, “Don’t shoot!” after Austin police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the …
Protesters gathered at a rally for George Floyd in Houston. Floyd, a former Houston resident, was killed in Minneapolis poli…
Protesters run away as Dallas police officers launch tear gas after a confrontation during a rally for George Floyd on May 2…
A hearse containing the body of George Floyd drives up a flag-lined street as it approaches the Fountain of Praise Church in…
A man holds a bouquet of flowers at the Fountainlife Center as he waits in line to board a shuttle to the memorial for Georg…
Candles are held up in the air during a vigil for George Floyd at Yates High School in Houston on June 8, 2020.
From right, Taylor Putnam comforts her friend Veronica Holmes at a vigil honoring those who's lives were lost to police shoo…
More than 5,000 people gathered for Black Austin Rally & March For Black Lives on June 7, 2020.
Austin Justice Coalition founder Chas Moore speaks to more than 5,000 people gathered at Huston-Tillotson University for Bla…
Johnathan Whitworth, 8, participated in the Black Austin Rally & March For Black Lives  with more than 5,000 people in June.
Friends of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén gathered outside Power House Gym in Houston during a vigil held in her honor on S…
Juan Cruz kneels in front of a mural honoring his girlfriend, Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén, on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
People gathered at a mural and memorial honoring Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén at Taqueria del Sol on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
People watch a fireworks display from the parking lot of Church of the Springs in Dripping Springs on July 4, 2020.
Families attend a fireworks show at Doc’s Drive-in Theatre in Buda to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday.
Bill Hyman, executive director of the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas, with cattle at his ranch in Austin on Ju…
Nurses and doctors in the COVID-19 unit at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System in Edinburg.
Nurses prepare to enter the COVID-19 unit at the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System in Edinburg. June 30, 2020. B…
The COVID-19 unit at the DHR Health Center in Edinburg on June 30, 2020.
A nurse checks on a patient in the COVID-19 unit at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System in Edinburg.
Juan Lopez prepares to pick up a body from a refrigerated trailer at Doctors Health at Renaissance in Edinburg on July 17, 2…
Juan Lopez wheels a stretcher toward a house in McAllen. Lopez is picking up the body of a person that died due to COVID-19.…
Juan Lopez works to remove a dead body from a home in McAllen. The person recently died from COVID-19. July 17, 2020.
Juan Lopez sprays disinfectant after placing a body in the interior of his vehicle in McAllen. Lopez picks up the bodies of …
From left, Al Luna and Miguel Guzman move the body of someone that recently died from COVID-19 onto a table. They will short…
Smoke billows out of a smoke stack at the crematorium at Val Verde Memorial Gardens in Donna. July 17, 2020.
Aimee Tambwe outside of the student union on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton in August.
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 25: Juanita Ramos poses for a portrait in her back yard on July 25, 2020. (Photo by Montinique Monroe)
Armed Protestors guard the memorial to Garrett Foster, who was shot and killed during a protest against police brutality in …
A protester armed with a baseball bat kneels in the street with fist upraised as protesters clashed with police in downtown …
A police officer sprays a protester with pepper spray as demonstrators clash with police in riot gear in downtown Austin on …
Isaiah Vale  places flowers at a memorial honoring the victims of the Walmart shooting at Ponder Park in El Paso.
The Mount Calvary Baptist Churchís steeple lays entangled with tree debris on the ground after Hurricane Laura blew through …
Drainage foreman Robert Walker scans the side of his house for storm damage after Hurricane Laura blew through Orange.
Flags representing the Texans who have died because of COVID-19 are placed outside of a North Austin home on July 10, 2020 i…
Members of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe rallied outside of the Capitol today to help increase voter turnout. Tribal Council C…
U.S. History teacher Cris Hernandez teaches a class remotely in an empty classroom at Westfield High School on Sept 15, 2020.
Shubhi Agarwal is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin and got tested for COVID-19. Sept. 4, 2020.
Atticus Sandlin, 16, works to provide support and empowerment to LGBTQ youth. He takes part in youth-led sex education at hi…
Janet Abou-Elias, vice president of the University of Texas at Austin Arab Student Association, outside the Moody College of…
Guests dance at Billy Bob’s Texas, a honky-tonk in Fort Worth. Billy Bobís has been operating since August 13 under food and…
Guests dance at Billy Bobís Texas, a honky-tonk in Fort Worth. Billy Bobís has been operating since August 13 under food and…
From left, Malachi Bryant and Jay Smith, dance together on their first date at Veranda Rooftop Bar and Patio in San Marcos. …
New medical tents set up at University Medical Center of El Paso hospital due to the huge spike in active COVID-19 cases (11…
Francisco A. Morua, 95, walks home past campaign signs after casting his vote at the Grandview Senior Center on election day…
Barbara Boyle poses for a portrait after voting at Sugar Lakes Clubhouse on Election Day in Sugar Land on Nov. 3, 2020.
Joanne Brodsky, center, chats in her garage-turned-polling location on Tuesday during Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3, 202…
Voters waited in line outside the Manor ISD building on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.
Voters stand in line at Highland Hills Library to cast their ballots on Election Day in Dallas. Nov. 3, 2020.
Hezekiah Hunter has been learning from home due to the pandemic and has struggled to manage the onslaught of assignments tha…
Trump supporters gathered outside the capitol to protest President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory on Nov. 7, 2020.
A Trump supporter screams profanities at a group of Biden supporters at the state Capitol in Austin as people turned out aft…
Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden gather at the state Capitol to celebrate his victory in the 2020 Presidential Electi…
Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden gathered in downtown Austin to celebrate his election victory. Nov 7, 2020.
Luki Martino and Joannie Wu hold gathered near the Capitol to celebrate the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden. N…
Signs against tourism to Marfa during the COVID-19 pandemic were posted in some parts of the city. Nov. 30, 2020.
Quinn Smoot poses for a portrait at West Houston Assistance Ministries which runs a food pantry. Food banks have been a huge…
Before the start of the school day, Isabel Suarez works on homework from her home in Pflugerville. Dec. 9, 2020.
Isabel Suarez, left, and her sister, Llana Ramos, right, take a break from their virtual schooling to jump on the trampline …
Angela Hobbbs, a social work intern with the University of Texas, receives the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine from Nurs…
Sidney Phillips, administrative director of Pharmacy at Memorial Hermann Hospital, receives and transports the first Pfizer …
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Linda Yancey receives the fifth Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Memorial Hermann Hospital in th…
Dr. Annamaria Macaluso Davidson holds a COVID-19 vaccine registration card at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Cente…
Elsa Ramirez, and her daughters Josseline, 11, and Francheska, 4, stand outside their home in Houston on Dec. 14, 2020. She …
Cate Puckett in her Houston home on Dec. 14, 2020. She is one of many Texans legally fighting against eviction as the CDC mo…
The Restlawn Memorial Park cemetery in El Paso on Dec. 5, 2020.

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