A visitor poses for a photo outside Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn or the Royal Pantheon inside the Grand Palace which reopened to the public in May after two months of closure forced by the pandemic.Wichan Charoenkiatpakul
A visitor poses for a photo outside Prasat Phra Dhepbidorn or the Royal Pantheon inside the Grand Palace which reopened to the public in May after two months of closure forced by the pandemic.Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

The photojournalism of the Bangkok Post was a key element in the newspaper's news story-telling during 2020.

These Photos of the Year have captured important incidents and events, some of them historic moments, over the past 12 months.

The first outbreak of Covid-19 that reached its peak in April, for instance, came as one of the nation's gravest crises, which prompted a curfew to be imposed by the government to contain the spread of the new coronavirus along with the implementation of health measures to prevent more people from contracting the deadly virus.

And while political, social and environmental movements in this country have come and gone, the recording of these activities through the lens will always serve as a reminder of all these stories and memories, good or bad.

This collection of photographs instantly bring back memories as well as feelings associated with past events.

A security official shows a woman how to use a cubicle equipped with disinfectant spray for people entering Srithanya Hospital in Nonthaburi in late March. Chanat Katanyu

People in all-enveloping clothes make their way through Suvarnabhumi airport early this year when Covid-19 hit the country. Somchai Poomlard

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha gives a mini heart gesture as he leaves the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School in Nakhon Nayok in January. Apichit Jinakul

Protesters, many wearing raincoats, crowd around Victory Monument, the primary site of rallies in October. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Visitors pray at Ai Khai Wat Chedi, Nakhon Si Thammarat. Some believe the statue will bring them wealth and good luck. Nutthawat Wicheanbut

Flowers and dolls are placed outside Terminal 21 in Nakhon Ratchasima in memory of those killed in the February mass shooting. Apichart Jinakul

Police use a water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters on Oct 16 near Pathumwan intersection. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

The so-called 2nd Khana Ratsadon plaque is laid in concrete at Sanam Luang on Sept 20 after a brief ceremony held by anti-government protesters. Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Customers return to their favourite food stalls on Yaowarat Road, home to the capital's 'Chinatown', after the gradual relaxation of the city lockdown in May. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Monks don face shields during their morning alms round in Bangkok in late March. Nutthawat Wicheanbut

A bride and groom and guests put on face masks at a wedding at Bangkok's Priest Hospital in March. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Thai Airways International planes sit idle at Suvarnabhumi airport during the Covid-19 pandemic. The loss-ridden national carrier's financial woes have worsened because of the crisis. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

A girl kisses her mother through a face mask after being dropped off at school in Samut Prakan. Somchai Poomlard

Workers in full protective outfits spray disinfectant in Siam Paragon shopping complex on May 14 before it was later reopened. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

A woman whispers to the statue of Musika, the mouse that serves as the 'mount' of Hindu god Ganesha, asking for blessings during the Year of the Rat at the Ganesha shrine near Huai Khwang intersection in Bangkok. Varuth Hirunyatheb

An Oct 22 photo shows a burnt-out vehicle left by a blast and widespread fire caused by natural gas leaking from the pipe leading to the Asia Industrial Estate Suvarnabhumi in Samut Prakan.

Muslim devotees observe social distancing while attending prayers during the holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Bangkok's Klong Tan area. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Students attend class on the first day of term on July 1 at Mathayom Prachaniwet School in Bangkok. Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

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