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Photos from the Associated Press: 2000-2009

Phil Coomes | 12:18 UK time, Tuesday, 22 December 2009

AP News photos

With the Noughties drawing to a close, I asked Odd Andersen, the Regional Photo Editor, and Tony Hicks, International Sports Editor, at the Associated Press (AP) to pull together a selection of important pictures taken by their photographers during that time.

The AP is the largest and oldest news organization in the world and operates as a not-for-profit co-operative working in more than 240 worldwide bureaus and is owned by its 1,500 US daily newspaper members.

AP news pictures 2000-2009

Odd Andersen:

AP News photos

"Selecting the images of the decade is a tall order - and whatever one might pick, there will be almost as many opinions as users of the web.

"For me as a photo editor for a news agency, content will always trump form. But when the two come together, we have great photojournalism.

"Looking back at the first decade of images of this century, I would argue that AP's photojournalism has never been better. There are so many good photographers who face increasing competition from within the industry as well as citizen journalists who supply media and social networking sites with a constant stream of images.

"To stand out and be heard in this river of visual information is a testament to the talent and hard work to AP's photographers around the world."

Click here to see Odd's selection of news pictures from the Associated Press archives.

AP sport photosAP sport pictures 2000-2009

Tony Hicks:

"Most of the photos I have selected are from events that I was working at and so mean a lot to me.

"Some are outstanding photos; others are photos of the great sports people of the decade."

Click here to see Tony's selection of sports pictures from the Associated Press archives.


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