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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, 2020.
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren takes questions from reporters following a town hall event in San Antonio on Feb. 27, 2020.
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 and trained for an active shooter situation by the National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management, on Jan. 11, 2020.
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 brother, Art Aguirre, has been fighting for Texas leaders to disclose the locations of long-term care centers where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred.
Harris County Health Department nurse Harriet Lewis administers a test at a Harris Co. testing site located at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown on March 21, 2020.
Nurse Kristen Howell, left, and Medical Lab Tech, Amanda Hernandez, administer a COVID-19 test at the Austin Regional Clinic drive-up testing site in Kyle on March 31, 2020.
Liliana Ruiz, arranges used items in a garage sale that she is having outside of her house in a colonia in Edinburg.  Ruiz says that she called the census phone number to get her family counted. March 25, 2020.
A handful of cars drive down Grant Avenue Thursday evening as an advertisement from Medical Center Hospital urges community members to stay home in Odessa on April 9, 2020.
The parking lot of the Waco ISD Stadium is full of cars waiting to receive disaster relief food boxes from the Central Texas Food Bank on April 14, 2020.
Volunteers Christy Minjarez, Sandy Grace and Yvonne Mendoza prepare boxes of food at the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry in Central El Paso, which serves 700-1000 families a day during the Coronavirus pandemic. April 7, 2020.
Volunteers load boxes of food into a car during a drive-thru food distribution hosted by the Central Texas Food Bank at the Travis County Expo Center on June 30, 2020 in Austin.
A volunteer coordinator prepares boxes of food at the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry in Central El Paso, which serves 700-1000 families a day during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Worshippers sing during an Easter service at the Glorious Way Church in Houston. Attendees maintained social distance during the two services and used hand sanitizer upon entry and exit.
Starting from the bottom right corner, a line of cars snakes through the parking lot at Hancock Center in Austin while waiting for COVID-19 tests at the Community Care clinic. Some patients reported four hour wait times. June 25, 2020.
Hundreds of protesters met at the Austin Police Headquaerters in downtown Austin and proceeded to take over both sides of Interstate 35. The protest followed the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN and Mike Ramos in Austin, both by police officers.
Protesters raise their arms and chant, “Don’t shoot!” after Austin police officers fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd. May 30, 2020.
Protesters gathered at a rally for George Floyd in Houston in 2020. Floyd, a former Houston resident, was killed in Minneapolis during an arrest by police.
Protesters run away as Dallas police officers launch tear gas after a confrontation during a rally for George Floyd on May 29, 2020.
A hearse containing the body of George Floyd drives up a flag-lined street as it approaches the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston on June 8, 2020.
A man holds a bouquet of flowers at the Fountainlife Center as he waits in line to board a shuttle to the memorial for George Floyd in Houston on June 8, 2020.
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 shootings at Freedman's Memorial Cemetery on May 31, 2020.
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 Black Austin Rally & March For Black Lives on June 7, 2020.
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 Sunday.
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 July 21, 2020.
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. Because of the risk of exposure to COVID-19, nurses are required to wear personal protective equipment.
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, 2020.
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. After picking up the body, Lopez will deliver it to a local funeral home. July 17, 2020.
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 the deceased and delivers them to local funeral homes. July 17, 2020.
From left, Al Luna and Miguel Guzman move the body of someone that recently died from COVID-19 onto a table. They will shortly place the body inside an incinerator at the crematorium at Val Verde Memorial Gardens. July 17, 2020.
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 Austin in July.
A protester armed with a baseball bat kneels in the street with fist upraised as protesters clashed with police in downtown Austin on Aug. 1, 2020.
A police officer sprays a protester with pepper spray as demonstrators clash with police in riot gear in downtown Austin on August 1, 2020.
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 Orange on Aug. 27, 2020.
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 were placed outside of a North Austin home on July 10, 2020.
Members of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe rallied outside of the Capitol today to help increase voter turnout. Tribal Council Chairperson Cecilia Flores hopes that a higher voter turnout will result in tribal issues taken more seriously.
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 his school and throughout Texas with the Dallas organization Youth First.
Janet Abou-Elias, vice president of the University of Texas at Austin Arab Student Association, outside the Moody College of Communication building on Oct. 16, 2020. Abou-Elias is disappointed by the under-recognition of Arab Texans in the U.S. Census.
Guests dance at Billy Bob’s Texas, a honky-tonk in Fort Worth. Billy Bobís has been operating since August 13 under food and beverage guidelines after previously being classified as a bar. Bars that did not already get the food and beverage license were allowed to reopen October 14 at 50% capacity, and must stop selling alcohol by 11 pm.
Guests dance at Billy Bobís Texas, a honky-tonk in Fort Worth. Billy Bobís has been operating since August 13 under food and beverage guidelines after previously being classified as a bar. Bars that did not already get the food and beverage license were allowed to reopen October 14 at 50% capacity, and must stop selling alcohol by 11 pm.
From left, Malachi Bryant and Jay Smith, dance together on their first date at Veranda Rooftop Bar and Patio in San Marcos. Gov. Greg Abbott recently allowed bars to reopen at 50% capacity. Oct. 17, 2020.
New medical tents set up at University Medical Center of El Paso hospital due to the huge spike in active COVID-19 cases (11,300+) in El Paso. October 25, 2020.
Francisco A. Morua, 95, walks home past campaign signs after casting his vote at the Grandview Senior Center on election day in El Paso on Nov. 3, 2020.
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, 2020.
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 that come with remote learning.
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 after Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Nov. 7, 2020.
Supporters of President-elect Joe Biden gather at the state Capitol to celebrate his victory in the 2020 Presidential Election.
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. Nov. 7, 2020.
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 help to clients like Smoot during the pandemic, but several sources of food and money from federal and state governments are ending soon. Dec. 4, 2020.
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 in their backyard on Dec 9, 2020.
Angela Hobbbs, a social work intern with the University of Texas, receives the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine from Nursing Intern Emily Houston, on Dec 15, 2020.
Sidney Phillips, administrative director of Pharmacy at Memorial Hermann Hospital, receives and transports the first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center in Houston on Dec. 15, 2020.
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Linda Yancey receives the fifth Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center in Houston on Dec. 15, 2020.
Dr. Annamaria Macaluso Davidson holds a COVID-19 vaccine registration card at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center in Houston on Dec. 15, 2020.
Elsa Ramirez, and her daughters Josseline, 11, and Francheska, 4, stand outside their home in Houston on Dec. 14, 2020. She and her three kids have managed to stay housed in her two-bedroom apartment, thanks to a federal eviction moratorium that expires at the end of the month.
Cate Puckett in her Houston home on Dec. 14, 2020. She is one of many Texans legally fighting against eviction as the CDC moratorium expires at the end of the month.
The Restlawn Memorial Park cemetery in El Paso on Dec. 5, 2020.

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