This Year in Pictures

  • People react to the fireworks on the new year’s celebration at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 1, 2014. 
  • Students play in their school yard as Mount Sinabung erupts in Sukandebi, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Jan. 16, 2014.
  • Riot police officers gather as they clash with protesters in the center of Kiev on Jan. 22, 2014. Ukrainian police stormed protesters’ barricades in Kiev as violent clashes erupted over President Viktor Yanukovych’s failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU.
  • In the former residency of Emperor Jean Bedel Bokassa which has been looted over and over again since 1996, young recruits, abandoned by the Séléka during their training, wait to join the regular army. A young man poses with a wooden weapon in Berengo on Jan. 26, 2014.
  • A mother holds her child while attempting to take cover as repeated gun shots are heard close to Miskine district during continuing sectarian violence in the capital Bangui, Jan. 28, 2014. At least 13 people were killed in Central African Republic on Jan. 27 as the top U.N. human rights official warned of escalating reprisals against Muslims and urged foreign governments to do more to stop the country being torn apart.
  • The “Creation” exhibit depicting “Adam and Eve’s disobedience” at the Creation Museum, funded by the Answers in Genesis (AiG) is in Petersburg, Ky. As you walk through the Garden of Eden you observe the creation of Eve, the tree of life, God’s first commandment, and finally arrive at Adam and Eve’s disobedience. The museum’s mission statement is to “Exalt Jesus Christ as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer through a safe, wholesome, family-friendly center for learning and discovery.”
  • Huge waves break over the Newhaven Lighthouse on the south coast as another Atlantic storm hits Great Britain on Feb. 12, 2014 in Newhaven, England.
  • City workers tried to keep up with a fast-moving storm that moved through New York in Feb. 13, 2014.
  • Workers, caked in mud, shuck oysters from 4 - 11am weekdays in Crisfield, Md. at MeTompkin Seafood. The more oysters they crack open, the more money they make. Some workers can shuck 5,000 oysters a day.
  • Supporters of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez are hit by the police’s water cannon during a protest against Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Feb. 19, 2014. 
  • The remnants of a hard life in a home in Hugo. After the Choctaw settled in the newly formed “Indian Territory” in Oklahoma, the federal government allotted every Indian family on the census roll a parcel of land. Many families still own those allotments as well as traditional burial grounds and original buildings.
  • (L-R) Fanny Smith of Switzerland, Anna Holmlund of Sweden, Katrin Ofner of Austria and Kelsey Serwa of Canada compete in the Freestyle Skiing Womens’ Ski Cross Semi Finals on day 14 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Feb. 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
  • Paint covers the shields of French CRS riot police during a protest march in Nantes, western France, to demonstrate against the construction of a new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, some 30 kilometres (19 miles) away, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • A leopard leaps across an under-construction structure near a furniture market in the Degumpur residential area as a bystander moves out of the way in Meerut, India on Feb. 23, 2014.
  • Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 23, 2014.
  • A man sits on a chair as a group of Maidan activists lead by journalist Tetyana Chornovol visit a lavish log house belonging to multimillionaire businessman Sergey Kurchenko in search for documents connecting his business to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych family on Feb. 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • A multiple exposure image shows a model presenting a creation from the Fall/Winter 2014/15 Ready to Wear Collection by German designer Damir Doma during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Feb. 26, 2014.
  • The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbor, Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators as they try to march to the Turkish Parliament during a protest in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Cpt. Ryan Yuan (L) and his Afghan linguist with the U.S. Army’s 4th squadron 2nd Cavalry Regiment patrols on a mission to search caves for weapons caches on Feb. 28, 2014 near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • Pro-Russian Cossacks share a laugh next to a war monument at a gathering of pro-Russian supporters outside the Crimean parliament building on Feb. 28, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine.
  • A man covers his face in oil and soot as he gets ready to start a carnival festival in the small village of Luzon, Spain, March 1, 2014.
  • An opposition activist hurls a homemade explosive device toward National Guard troops during a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on March 3, 2014.
  • Afghan youth laborers work along a street during a rainy day in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 3, 2014.
  • A Pakistani woman comforts a woman grieving outside a hospital morgue, where the bodies of victims of a twin suicide bombing are, in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 3, 2014.
  • People walk along a street heading to Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine, March 4, 2014.
  • Victims who were rescued from an apartment building after it was destroyed by a four-alarm blaze arrive at West Outer Drive United Methodist Church on Detroit’s west side, early March 5, 2014.
  • Cadets with the Air Force Junior ROTC program line up while visiting the State Capitol, Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014, in Atlanta.
  • Ashton Eaton of the U.S. competes during the men’s heptathlon long jump event at the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot, Poland, March 7, 2014
  • American flags surround a picture of former President Ronald Reagan at the Young Americans for Liberty booth, March 8, 2014, in National Harbor, Md.
  • A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo stay under a shelter during a rainy day on March 8, 2014, at Uskudar, in Istanbul. 
  • A competitor has tanning lotion applied during the 10th South Asian bodybuilding championship in Lahore, March 9, 2014. Around 40 bodybuilders from Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan participated in the competition.
  • People look out from a public bus in the Crimean city of Simferopol as the work day begins on March 10, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine.
  • Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 wait for new information at a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, March 11, 2014.
  • A woman prays in the snow fall for the deceased of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at a place where she was employed at a photo studio at the time, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, Japan.
  • Family members cry as people carry the coffin of Berkin Elvan, a Turkish teenager who was in a coma since being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police during the summer's anti-government protests, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 11, 2014.
  • A Palestinian family sits inside their makeshift house during power cuts in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, March 15, 2014.
  • Crimea referendum day in Simferopol, Crimea. People go to polling stations to vote for annexation to Russia, March 16, 2014.
  • A pedestrian walks around the Tidal Basin in Washington, March 17, 2014, during a late season winter snowstorm that shut down schools and the federal government.
  • The misty Lijiang River in Guilin, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, March 19, 2014.
  • Ukrainian servicemen, back, struggle to defend an entrance of the Ukrainian navy headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 19, 2014, after Crimea’s self-defense forces stormed the Ukrainian navy headquarters in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, taking possession without armed resistance a day after Russia signed a treaty with local authorities to annex the region.
  • An Indian woman carries a bucket filled with drinking water as she walks on dry mud against blowing sand, along the Brahmaputra river on the eve of World Water Day in Gauhati, India, March 21, 2014.
  • A man bring flowers to Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez’s wake at the Parliament in Madrid, Spain, March 24, 2014. Suarez, Spain’s first democratically elected prime minister after decades of right-wing rule under Gen. Francisco Franco, died in Madrid’s Cemtro Clinic hospital. He was 81-years-old.
  • The massive mudslide that killed at least eight people and left dozens missing is shown in this aerial photo, Monday, March 24, 2014, near Arlington, Wash.
  • President Barack Obama (C) and two secret service agents are silhouetted as he walks towards Marine One helicopter as they arrive at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport ahead of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 24, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
  • A family member of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cries on a bus before heading to the Malaysian embassy, outside Lido Hotel in Beijing, China on March 25, 2014. 
  • An Afghan policeman stands next to a wall splattered with blood after the Taliban launched an assault with a suicide bomber detonating his vehicle outside an election office in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 25, 2014. Gunmen stormed into the building, trapping dozens of employees inside and killing many people. A candidate for a seat on a provincial council was among those killed, along with an election worker, a civilian and a policeman.
  • Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft and a crew of US astronaut Steven Swanson, Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev aboard, blasts off from a launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, early on March 26, 2014. A crew of two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut blasted off from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket for the International Space Station, with US-Russia space cooperation pressing on despite the diplomatic standoff over Ukraine.
  • The president of the People's Republic of China, hosted by French President Francois Hollande, on the red carpet in the courtyard of the Elysee, March 26, 2014.
  • A model runs backstage before the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) and Shih Chien University Emerging Design Collection during China Fashion Week in Beijing, March 26, 2014.
  • Models wearing flamenca dresses wait on a street before taking part in an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Flamenco Fashion Show SIMOF in the Andalusian capital of Seville, March 27, 2014.
  • An Israeli border policeman detains a Palestinian protestor during clashes ahead of Land Day in east Jerusalem, March 29, 2014. 
  • Gay couple Andrew Wale (R) and Neil Allard hold hold each other as they are interviewed by the media after marrying in the first same-sex wedding at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, southern England, March 29, 2014. 
  • Rainwater drips from cherry blossoms at a Tokyo park during the beginning of the cherry blossom season in Tokyo on March 30, 2014.
  • A Brazilian military police officer keeps watch after entering the unpacified Complexo da Mare, one of the largest 'favela' complexes in Rio, on March 30, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • A cat looks through a window in a temporary housing complex at Funahiki area in Tamura, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, March 31, 2014. For the first time since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster more than three years ago, residents of a small district 12 miles from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home.
  • Women are  reflected in a window as they view cherry blossom trees in full bloom on Meguro River, on April 1, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Men drive a car near a site hit by what activists said was an air strike by government forces in Aleppo's al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood, April 2, 2014.
  • Afghan Presidential candidate Abudullah Abdullah (R) waves as he leaves a political rally on the last day of campaigning by presidential candidates in the outskirts of Kabul on April 2, 2014. 
  • Bangladeshi factory workers work at a manual black oxide factory in Gazipur district on April 6, 2014. The manufacture of black iron oxide is considered to be one of the most hazardous occupations in Bangladesh.
  • Ushers carry a screaming and emotionally distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide, April 7, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. Thousands of Rwandans and global leaders, past and present, joined together at the stadium to remember the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period.
  • The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins inspects the guard of honor at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England, April 8, 2014.
  • A detained man lies in a truck during a joint patrol of Central African Republic gendarmes, French gendarmes and French soldiers in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 12, 2014.
  • A World War II veteran sits at a table during a celebration for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Simferopol, Crimea from German troops during World War II on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
  • A man walks between debris at a building affected by recent earthquakes, in Managua, Nicaragua, April 14, 2014.
  • Thousands of police officers and firefighters stand at attention as the coffin of fallen New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Dennis Guerra is brought out of St. Rose of Lima Church in Far Rockaway, Queens on April 14, 2014 in New York City. Guerra died from injuries suffered in an arson blaze at a Coney Island public housing apartment building.
  • Bystanders react as victims of a bomb blast arrive at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2014. A morning rush-hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station near the capital on Monday, raising concerns about the spread of an Islamist insurgency after the first such attack on Abuja for two years.
  • An Indian child looks out of a window as Farooq Abdullah – union minister, patron for the National Conference and candidate for Srinagar’s seat for the lower house of parliament in India’s general election – speaks during an election rally in Rawalpora village, some 34 miles from Srinagar on April 15, 2014. 
  • A Spanish legionnaire throws his weapon in the air as he warms up outside the church of "Mena" brotherhood during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, April 16, 2014.
  • An injured man walks along a street after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Myassar neighborhood April 16, 2014.
  • Kevin, a man accused of being a thief by civil servants at the Work Inspection office, lays in pain after being attacked by a man with a machete and sticks,  in plain view of others, in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 18, 2014.
  • Pro-Russia protesters sing and dance near a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine on April 21, 2014. 
  • A transgender Indian during a gathering in New Delhi, India, on April 19, 2014, to celebrate a landmark court ruling recognizing transgender rights as human rights. The court ruled that people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
  • The daughter of one of the victims of the Mount Everest avalanche on April 18 collapses during a cremation ceremony at Syambhu in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 21, 2014. The single deadliest accident in the history of the world's highest mountain took the lives of more than a dozen Sherpas on April 18, 2014, leaving the Everest climbing community in a state of shock.
  • A Turkish war veteran rests in front of the Turkish memorial as he waits for the start of an international service in Gallipoli April 24, 2014, marking the 99th anniversary of the World War I campaign at Gallipoli.
  • An attendee, with an NRA belt, in the exhibition hall at the NRA’s annual convention, April 27, 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Uprooted trees are pictured after a tornado hit Vilonia, Ark. on April 28, 2014.
  • A Filipino mother carries her children while their house is on fire in a residential slum area in Manila, Philippines on April 29, 2014. The Manila Fire Department said fire left more than 30 families homeless and three residents were hurt.
  • An attendee scores the Derby fashion trifecta, wearing a hat, shirt, and bag all ready for the races, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.
  • Israeli Aliza Amar visits the grave of her brother Kemal Matzliach, who was killed during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war in Sinai, as Israeli soldiers, in the background, salute after placing small Israeli flags on the grave of fallen soldiers at the Kiryat Shaul Military cemetery in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 4, 2014.
  • A Brazilian family is seen inside their home in the Boa Esperanca neighborhood that will be flooded by the Belo Monte dam, May 6, 2014. 
  • An ANC supporter waits for the ruling party president Jacob Zuma to arrive at a victory party downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, following the announcement of the results for the 2014 national election result on May 10, 2014. 
  • Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini is thrown into the air by his team as they celebrate winning the English Premier League trophy following their soccer match against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, May 11, 2014.
  • An injured miner came out carried by rescuers after an explosion in Manisa on May 13, 2014. At least 157 miners were killed after a mine collapse in the western Turkish city of Manisa. "At least 200-300 workers were working in the mine when an electric fault caused an explosion," the mayor of Soma, a district of Manisa, told private NTV television.
  • A firefighter battles a wildfire in Fallbrook, California, May 14, 2014. The fire flared as California entered the height of wildfire season in the midst of one of the state’s worst droughts on record.
  • Toubou human smuggler Barka al Qatrun looks out for cars driven by his colleagues coming from Libya at a checkpoint outside Agadez, March 14, 2014. 
  • Family members prepare a grave in the hamlet of Starovarvarovka, in Donestsk Oblast, Ukraine on May 15, 2014, for Lena Ott, 42, who was killed in the town killed in the town allegedly by Ukrainian national Army forces during operations against pro-Russian Separatists the previous evening. Her family claimed that the village had political alliances with neither side.
  • An armed service member perspires behind his shield after anti-government protesters broke into an air force base in Bangkok, May 15, 2014. Protesters seeking to oust Thailand's government broke into the grounds of an air force compound on Thursday where the acting prime minister was meeting the Election Commission to fix a date for new polls, forcing him to flee.
  • Esme Beach, 18, (left) and Claudia Pizzarelli, 18, (right) are reflected in the school’s trophy case glass and mirror as they put final touches on their uniform before Admiral Farragut Academy graduation Saturday, May 17, 2014. 
  • Serbian Army soldiers evacuate a boy from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, May 17, 2014. Emergency services pulled seven dead bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia on Saturday and soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century.
  • Kenyan riot police strike fleeing students with wooden bats in Nairobi University on May 20, 2014. The students were protesting against a controversial fee increment which ended in a riot with tear gas fired and riot police forcing their way inside the university to arrest students after rocks were thrown.
  • Bishops shelter from the sun on May 21, 2014, in Vatican City.
  • Mohammed Chiari, commander of a vigilante group of traditional hunters, poses for a picture at the hunters' camp in Maiduguri, May 21, 2014. About 100 traditional hunters from villages in Borno state have gathered in a camp in Maiduguri and volunteered to hunt for Boko Haram to the local government.
  • Fifteen Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 31 injured at an assault on a military checkpoint near the village of Volnovakha in the restive Donetsk province of Eastern Ukraine on May 22, 2014.
  • A boy gestures in front of a barricade on fire during a protest after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari, Central African Republic, May 22, 2014.
  • A general view of sunbathers at Bondi Beach on May 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. 
  • An elephant handler applies a shower on an elephant at Alipoor zoo enclosure while the temperatures reached 41 degrees celsius in Calcutta, eastern India, May 24, 2014. 
  • A model adjusts her outfit made of flowers as she attends a flower festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 24, 2014.
  • Two men paddle in a canoe on a flooded road in Trysil, southeast Norway, May 26, 2014. 
  • (L-R) Joseph Cusi Delamerced of Cincinnati, Ohio; Harry Harman of New Concord, Ohio; Dylan O'Connor of Alexandria Bay, New York; Tajaun Gibbison of Mandeville, Jamaica; Tea Freedman Susskind of Redmond, Washington; and Ankita Vadiala of Manassas, Virginia celebrate after advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 28, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 spellers from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest.
  • Relatives react as two bodies are prepared in the morgue of the General Hospital in Bangui on May 28, 2014 after ten people were killed and several others wounded in clashes in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic.  The violence erupted during the afternoon close to the Notre-Dame de Fatima church in Bangui, according to a police officer and a military source.
  • Giraffe baby Martin and its mother Maud stand in their enclosure at Opelzoo in Kronberg im Taunus, Germany, May 28, 2014. 
  • An Israeli soldier of the Caracal battalion stands next to backpacks after finishing a 20-kilometre march in Israel's Negev desert, near Kibbutz Sde Boker, marking the end of their training, May 29, 2014. The "Caracal" battalion, two-thirds of whose members are women, was established in 2004 with the purpose of incorporating female soldiers in combat units. The main mission of Caracal is routine patrols on Israel's border with Egypt to intercept infiltrators and smuggling from the Sinai desert.
  • Seleka fighters carry a sick child to her mother, at a village between Bambari and Grimari, in the Central African Republic, May 31, 2014.
  • A protester walks away with closed eyes as Turkish riot police officers fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators gathered on the central Istoklal avenue near Taksim square in Istanbul, on May 31, 2014. Turkey's combative prime minister warned protesters that police would do "whatever is necessary" to clamp down on demonstrations today in Istanbul's Taksim Square to mark the anniversary of last year's turmoil.
  • Syrian rescue workers pull a girl from the rubble following reported barrel bomb attacks by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo, late on June 1, 2014. Syria on June 1 wrapped up campaigning for the June 3 presidential election expected to return Bashar al-Assad to power, a vote the opposition brands a "parody of democracy".
  • An Afghan woman attends an election campaign of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah in Chaghchran capital of Ghor province, June 2, 2014. 
  • World War II veteran Charles Alford of the 6th Armor Division, from Waco, Texas, looks up Omaha Beach where he landed as part of the invasion of Normandy, June 4, 2014, in Vierville-Sur-Mer, France. June 6th is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United States and the United Kingdom join forces to launch an attack on the beaches of Normandy. These assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany.
  • Volunteers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's Hindu nationalist organisation, take part in a drill during a training camp in the central Indian city of Bhopal, June 7, 2014.
  • Seleka fighters stand in their base before a mission in the town of Lioto in the Central African Republic, June 9, 2014.
  • People play soccer in a small floodlight stadium in the Ondina suburb of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, June 10, 2014.
  • A woman walks through Tiergarten park while the morning sun shines through the trees in Berlin, Germany, June 12, 2014.
  • Afghan National Army soldiers line up to vote at Zargona Girls School in central Kabul soon after polls opened for the second round of voting in the Afghan presidential election between Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, June 14, 2014.
  • Brazilians are pictured at the beach where the Ghana national football team’s base camp is located in Maceio on June 18, 2014. 
  • Buyers listen to a live auction for cattle at the Visalia Livestock Market in Visalia, Calif. on June 18, 2014. The drought forced many ranchers to sell off their livestock they could not sustain as the feed fell short.
  • Women from the female-only 106 unit of the Peshmerga’s 2nd Battalion ride on the back of a pick-up truck inside the General Command Peshmerga base in Sulimaniyah in eastern Kurdistan, June 22, 2014.
  • Dambatta Local Government Area, Kano State, northern Nigeria.
  • North Koreans sit along the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, June 25, 2014. 
  • Balloons drop after the Raj Shah speech and right before Above and Beyond started playing at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md., June 26, 2014.
  • African asylum seekers gather in the shade of trees during a protest after leaving Holot open detention center in southern Israel’s Negev desert, June 28, 2014. 
  • An Israeli woman cries during the funeral of three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, in the Israeli town of Modiin on July 1, 2014. 
  • 11-13 year-olds in a classroom at the G.S. Kamabuye school in Mayange, Rwanda on July 3, 2014.
  • Fighters struggle with a wild horse during the “Rapa Das Bestas” (Shearing of the Beasts) event in the northwestern village of Sabucedo, Spain, on July 5, 2014. During the 400-year-old festival, hundreds of wild horses are rounded up from the mountains, trimmed and groomed.
  • Local couple Christiano and Gecyane spent their Sunday together at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 6, 2014.
  • Asim Smith practices flips in front of his home in East Oakland, California, on July 6, 2014.
  • People look at screens showing rockets launching in the new space museum, ”TenQ”, in Tokyo, Japan, July 8, 2014.
  • An Israeli woman covers her head and lays on the ground while sirens sound in the southern city of Ashdod, Israel, July 9, 2014. Israel launched the military operation Protective Edge as a response to the rockets sent from the Gaza Strip. 
  • The mother of a 13-year-old girl who was raped as punishment for her brother’s alleged assault weeps during an interview in Swang Gulgulia Dhoura, India, July 12, 2014. The authorities have arrested Ghosal Pasi, the village headman, on suspicion of ordering the rape, and his son-in-law, Nakabandi Pasi, on suspicion of rape. The girl’s brother, Harendra Pasi, is in custody. 
  • A supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, July 12, 2014. A supermoon is a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk and occurs when a full moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth. 
  • In this photo taken on a smartphone, people run to shelter from a hailstorm on the beach at Ob River, in Novosibirsk, Russia, July 12, 2014. The Investigative Committee said in a statement that two young girls aged three and four had died when a tree fell on their tent, where they were taking shelter from the storm along with their families. 
  • A man who fled from Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, sleeps in a UN school which was transformed into a shelter in Gaza City, July 13, 2014. 
  • A horse’s veins after being hosed down at Bath racecourse on July 15, 2014 in Bath, England.
  • Bob Grutza rides on horseback through his field of sunflowers, July 15, 2014 near Maysville, Ky. Grutza has five acres of sunflowers on his property.
  • Families from North Gaza seek refuge in one of the UNRWA schools in Gaza, July 15, 2014. 
  • A man carries a child as another lies dead after two explosions on a beach in Gaza, July 16, 2014. 
  • A dead insurgent - one of five killed by Afghan Security forces - was placed on a stretcher before being taken away from where he had taken position in a half complete apartment building in Qasaba on the northern side of Kabul International Airport from and from where he and his fellow attackers launched an attack on the military section of the airport with rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons on July 17, 2014.
  • A Kashmiri Muslim protester is seen through a Palestinian flag as he shouts slogans against Israel in Srinagar, India, July 18, 2014.
  • People dive into the Mediterranean Sea on a hot summer’s day in Nice, southern France, July 21, 2014.
  • A group of elderly women from a nearby village shelter from the rain in Grabovo, Ukraine, after visiting the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, July 22, 2014.
  • Ellisha Flagg, sister of Eric Garner cries during a vigil demanding justice for Garner, a Staten Island man who died while being arrested by New York City police. Demonstrators gathered at a park on July 22, 2014, near where police attempted to arrest Garner, 43, on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.
  • Two air hostesses react at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 23, 2014. The Dutch government declared a day of national mourning for the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in Ukraine.
  • A Ukrainian rescue team searches for remains of victims and the aircraft at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, July 26, 2014.
  • A Palestinian man, wearing an undershirt stained with the blood of his son, reacts in rage outside al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. 
  • Oliver Dingley of England is seen underwater as he competes in the men’s 3m Springboard final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 31, 2014. 
  • A person is seen lying on the ground after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, August 1, 2014. An explosion caused by a gas leak in the southern Taiwanese city Kaohsiung has killed 15 people and injured another 243, Taiwanese media reported.
  • Canada’s Jennifer Abel warms up prior to the women’s diving 3-meter springboard final of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, Scotland, Aug. 2, 2014.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Avrohom Wallis in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah She’arim, Aug. 4, 2014. Avrohom Wallis was killed when a Palestinian excavator driver ran him over in a terror attack Monday.
  • A worker uses a laptop inside his dormitory near a residential construction site in Hefei, Anhui province, Aug. 6, 2014.
  • Palestinian medics prepare the lifeless body of Ibrahim al-Dawawsa, 12, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, in the morgue of the Shifa hospital, before his funeral in Gaza City, Aug. 8, 2014. Israel and Gaza militants resumed cross-border attacks on Friday after a three-day truce expired and Egyptian-brokered talks on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.
  • A man backs away as law enforcement officials close in on him and eventually detain him during protests over the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer, in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 11, 2014. 
  • A multiple exposure picture shows a Perseids meteor shower in the night sky from the mountains of Sierra Norte, Spain, August 12, 2014. The perseid meteor shower occurs every year in August when the Earth passes through the debris and dust of the Swift-Tuttle comet. 
  • A protester takes shelter from the tear gas exploding around him in Ferguson, Missouri on the fourth night of unrest after the fatal police shooting of teen Michael Brown, Aug. 13, 2014.
  • Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious in an Ebola ward on Aug. 15, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being sent by Liberian health workers to the center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID. 
  • Cyclists ride during the 102-mile fourth and last stage of the Arctic Race in Norway, Aug. 17, 2014.
  • A picture taken on Aug. 19, 2014, shows clothes hanging to dry at a UN school where Palestinian families have sought refuge to escape the fighting that broke out between Israel and Hamas in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Children dance to music playing from a truck with the words “no shoot, no loot” written on it and parked in a lot on West Florissant Ave. during a protest on Aug. 19, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Moments later riot police insisted that the protesters keep marching in circles around the designated protest area and not stop to dance.
  • A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit with an eye irritant by security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20, 2014.
  • A Liberian Army soldier, part of the Ebola Task Force, beats a local resident while enforcing a quarantine on the West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 20, 2014. 
  • National Guard members watch from a small hilltop a couple blocks away as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo, Aug. 21, 2014.
  • People quarantined in the West Point township wait for relatives to deliver them food and personal items on Aug. 23, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Authorities began allowing relatives to make deliveries after local residents complained they were not receiving enough basic necessities. The Liberian government sealed the neighborhood on Aug. 20 to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the capital of Monrovia.
  • Ron Mcgee, bottom, and Shawn Williams, top, sunbathe on a float in a shallow tidal pool, Aug. 23, 2014, on the South Beach of Tybee Island, Ga.
  • Doctors Without Borders workers suit up in protective clothing before entering an Ebola ward at the Elwa Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, Aug. 23, 2014. 
  • Patients and relatives gather in a hospital basement after an early-morning shelling that hit the hospital compound in central Donetsk, Ukraine, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Lesley McSpadden, in red, mother of Michael Brown, reacts while standing next to her son’s coffin during his funeral service at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Aug. 25, 2014. 
  • Cierra Martin, 18, was born and raised in Atlantic City and recently graduated. “My family is going to be affected by the casino closures because they have to care [for] their families and children. That’s going to affect their children in the long run and its hard to get a job nowadays. My dad worked at Trump Plaza, he got laid off. I think the city is really going to go downhill, because the casinos are where we make most of our money.” Photo taken on Aug. 28, 2014.
  • Festival-goers stand in front of Pulse and Bloom, an interactive art installation that visualizes the heartbeats of participants, during the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada, Aug. 30, 2014.
  • Children play on the hills in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 3, 2014.
  • Medical workers take James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into the J.F.K. treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 5, 2014. Dorbor died a short time later. With the severe shortage of treatment centers, many apparent Ebola patients are dying at home, often infecting family members, neighbors and others in a circle of contagion.
  • Palestinian Bedouin students arrive to Arab Al-Ka’abneh school in Al-Mu’arrajat, near the West Bank city of Jericho on Sept. 8, 2014. Dozens of Palestinian children in the ramshackle Bedouin community outside Jerusalem defy Israeli authorities with the simple act of going to school. Their school is a series of buildings made of iron that were built over the objections of Israeli authorities who are now threatening to demolish the structures.
  • An internally displaced five-month-old girl rests in a makeshift cradle inside a tent on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 8, 2014. The war-torn country faces the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and a lack of infrastructure.
  • Gondola Rides at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • A dancer painted to look like a tiger dries his body in the sunlight before taking part in festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of Onam in Trichur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Sept. 10, 2014. The ten-day long festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolize the return of King Mahabali to meet his subjects.
  • Sam Pulia, mayor of Westerchester, Illionis, and a former police officer of the same town, salutes the name of his cousin, New York firefighter Thomas Anthony Casoria, who was killed in the South Tower, prior to the the memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in in New York on Sept. 11, 2014. 
  • Services at the International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV). The congregation totals about 10,000 members.
  • This Sept. 14, 2014 photo shows fire as it approaches the shore of Bass Lake, Calif. Crews are working to get better access to two raging wildfires in California that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes.
  • A Kurdish peshmerga fighter launches mortar shells toward Zummar, controlled by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, near Mosul, Iraq, Sept. 15, 2014.
  • A model stands between the colorful bristles of a car washing machine during the press tour of the ‘Automechanika’ car accessories fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Sept. 15, 2014.
  • Troops hold cards during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City, Sept. 16, 2014.
  • Macau's synchronized swimming team perform during their synchronized swimming teams technical routine at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sept. 21, 2014.
  • Jim Clements, president of Clemson University, leads a moment of silence during a vigil for Tucker Hipps as people use their cell phones to illuminate Bowman Field in Clemson, S.C., Sept. 23. One day after Hipps fatally fell from a bridge after a run with his fraternity brothers, Clemson University suspended activities for all of its fraternities, citing reports of alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct but stopping short of tying the ban to the death.
  • Shi'ite Houthi rebels swim at the house of the business tycoon and Islah party leader Hameed al-Hamar after they took control of it in Sanaa, Sept. 24, 2014. The leader of a Shi'ite rebel group on Tuesday hailed the takeover by his fighters of much of the Yemeni capital after four days of fighting last week as a "successful revolution" for all citizens.
  • A Jewish woman prays for forgiveness (Selichot) at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, Sept. 24, 2014. The prayers are held prior to the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) which this year falls at sunset on Sept. 24.
  • A Palestinian stands on top of the ruins of his house in Al-Shejaeiya neighborhood, in the east of Gaza City, Sept. 24, 2014.
  • New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter pauses as he walks around the field to acknowledge applause from the crowd after driving in the winning run against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sept. 25, 2014, in New York. The game, which the Yankees won 6-5, was Jeter’s last home game of his career. 
  • Police walk down a stairwell as pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept. 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on Sept. 28 in protest at Beijing’s refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy.
  • A protester raises his arms as police officers try to disperse the crowd near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 29, 2014. Riot police advanced on Hong Kong democracy protesters in the early hours of Monday, firing volleys of tear gas that sent some fleeing as others erected barricades to block the security forces amid chaotic scenes in the former British colony.
  • A Syrian Kurdish woman stands in front of military truck after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey after several mortars hit both sides near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Sept. 29, 2014. Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds flooded into Turkey fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group that prompted an appeal for international intervention. Some of the refugee now want to return to protect their homes and join the fight against IS militants.
  • A man showing symptoms of Ebola waits to be granted entrance at a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 29, 2014. The man was admitted shortly thereafter. 
  • A tourist takes photos of an Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over the Bals-Fiord north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik late Sept. 30, 2014.
  • Joshua Wong, leader of the student movement, delivers a speech as protesters block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, Oct. 1, 2014. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, and students threatened to ramp up demonstrations if the city’s pro-Beijing leader did not step down.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz reflect on a car window as they gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Oct. 2, 2014. Tashlich, which means “to cast away” in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically “throw away” their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
  • From a nearby building, a pro-Russian commander directs artillery fire upon the Ukrainian army positions at the airport in Donetsk, Ukraine, Oct. 4, 2014. 
  • An Indian village woman mourns the death of her relative whom locals say was killed by firing from the Pakistan side of the border at Arnia village, near Jammu, Oct. 6, 2014. 
  • Tawana Keene (right), 35 and Antoine Crisp (center), 36, residents of Burlington N.C., registered to vote on Oct. 8th.
Crisp said: “I have issues with the law itself. They should be out here fighting to get rapists, drug dealers and everything off the street, not pulling suspicious people that’s actually out here just driving trying to get from one place to another.”
  • Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Oct. 9, 2014. Mount Sinabung erupted in the last four days, forcing hundreds of people to flee their home. The 2,460-meter volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010. 
  • Varney Jonson, 46, grieves as an Ebola burial team takes away the body of his wife Nama Fambule for cremation on Oct. 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia
  • A police officer faces protesters in front of the Ferguson Police Department building on Oct. 10, 2014.
  • Assan Mohamed Najar, 30, and his wife, Tahreer Adnan Najar, 27, who is pregnant and blind, pose at the site of their destroyed home in Khoza’a in Khan Yunis. The house was damaged during Israeli artillery and airstrikes. Despite their difficult and dangerous situation, they have to stay where they are because it is too expensive to move and there is nowhere else for them to go.
  • Participants in the Black Hills Powwow enter the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota during the opening dancing. Native Americans are among most economically disadvantaged populations in the state of South Dakota.
  • A dancer from the Deep Roots Dance Company performs during a training session in an old theatre in downtown Havana, Oct. 14, 2014.
  • The gloved hands of an army nurse at the Germany army medical center, Bundeswehr Clinc, in Koblenz, Oct. 16, 2014, are seen during a demonstration of an isolation chamber for the treatment of infectious disease patients. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 4,000 people – mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – and has spread beyond West Africa, with a nurse in the United States and one in Spain having caught the disease from patients.
  • Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 20, 2014. 
  • A man shakes out his towel at the beach on the Mediterranean Sea in Caesarea, northern Israel, Oct. 22, 2014.
  • A protester bleeds from his face as he tries to stop a group of taxi drivers from trying to remove the barricades which are blocking off main roads, near a line of riot police at an occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Oct. 22, 2014. 
  • A Border Security Force soldier lights sparklers on the eve of Diwali, near the border with Bangladesh on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India’s northeastern state of Tripura, on Oct. 22, 2014. 
  • A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla on Oct. 22, 2014. Around 400 migrants attempted to cross the border into Spain, according to local media. 
  • A model adjusts her dress before walking a runway for a fashion show in Neve Tirza prison in Ramle, central Israel, Oct. 27, 2014. Neve Tirza, Israel’’s only women’’s prison, hosted its first fashion show Monday where models on towering heels strutted on a red catwalk, showcasing clothes designed and made by inmates. 
  • Police officers clear away protesters during a demonstration of feminist organization Femen in front of the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 27, 2014. The protest addresses the execution of a 19-year old woman in Iran.
  • Honor guards salute during the welcoming ceremony for Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Oct. 27, 2014.
  • A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime President Blaise Compaore in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 30, 2014. Protesters stormed Burkina Faso’’s parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, in the most significant challenge to the president’’s rule during his 27 years in power.
  • Palestinians run for cover as Israeli police (not seen) use stun grenades to disperse a crowd trying to enter the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, Nov. 5, 2014.
  • Vietnam War veteran Vincent Bochicchio from New York City smokes a cigar as he stands in uniform to watch the Veterans Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York, Nov. 11, 2014.
  • Stranded window washers hang on the side of 1 World Trade Center in New York, N.Y. Nov. 12, 2014.
  • Pro-democracy protesters confront police officers outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong early Nov. 19, 2014. 
  • The Skywalker marijuana plant growing in the Flowering Room (also known as the “Bloom Room”) where cannabis plants grow to final cultivation at a Starbuds warehouse in Denver, Colo. This Bloom Room holds approximately 460 marijuana plants at one time.
  • A woman cries during a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Holodomor famine, in Kiev Nov. 22, 2014. 
  • A demonstrator sits in front of a street fire during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, Calif., Nov. 25, 2014. 
  • A Chinese barber waits for customers at his shop on Nov. 26, 2014 in Beijing, China.
  • A monkey cowers as its trainer Qi Defang approaches during training for a circus in Suzhou, Anhui province, Nov. 29, 2014. Suzhou is known as the hometown of circus troupes in China and has more than 300 circus troupes.
  • A Romanian soldier sleeps on a bus before taking part in a military parade to mark Romania’s national day in Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 1, 2014. Romanians braved the cold weather to watch the traditional armed forces parade, held outside the Palace of Parliament formerly the House of the People, built during the rule of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
  • People take part in a protest against the grand jury decision on the death of Eric Garner in midtown Manhattan in New York, Dec. 3, 2014.
  • The Bullett party at The Rec Room, a popular and exclusive club in South Beach, Fl., frequented by celebrities is photographed on Dec. 6, 2014.
  • An image of joint Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, center, is displayed on a screen alongside previous winners of the prize in the Nobel Field exhibit at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, Dec. 9, 2014. The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented to and shared between the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever, 17-year-old Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai, and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi in a ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday.
  • A man stands in falling snow following a news conference where members of Justice League NYC presented a list of demands at City Hall in New York, Dec. 10, 2014. The league, made up of of juvenile and criminal justice advocates, artists and experts, and formerly incarcerated individuals, presented the list in response to the failure of a Staten Island grand jury to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner.
  • A Pakistani man comforts a student standing at the bedside of a boy who was injured in a Taliban attack on a school, at a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing more than 100, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in over a year.
  • A man dressed as a Santa Claus poses at the front of the Kollhoff Tower at Potsdamer Platz square in Berlin December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4HYB8
  • The skyline of Manhattan is seen in the background as investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot, Dec. 20, 2014 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police said an armed man walked up to two officers sitting inside the patrol car and opened fire before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide. Both police officers were killed.
  • A mourner cries as he leaves a makeshift memorial near the site where NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Dec. 22, 2014. Police say Ismaaiyl Brinsley ambushed the two officers in their patrol car in broad daylight Saturday, fatally shooting them before killing himself inside a subway station. 

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It has been a tumultuous year, marked by upheaval across the world. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine boiled over. The terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continued its brutal assault in the Middle East. And protests rocked Ferguson, Missouri and New York City following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police. Photographers have documented these events at every turn. 

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Ebola threatened to ravage West Africa, as officials and international aid workers mounted unified efforts to combat the devastating outbreak. 

Sports fans celebrated a month of World Cup soccer in Brazil, Olympians struggled with warmer-than-normal weather in Sochi, and Derek Jeter played his last game as a New York Yankee after an indelible 20-year career. 

Environmental disasters wreaked havoc across the globe: In Indonesia, Japan and Hawaii, volcanoes caused widespread damage; flooding and droughts affected vast swaths of the United States; and the Philippines endured the threat of another crippling typhoon.

In the U.S., Democrats suffered a resounding defeat in the midterm elections, even as progressive issues like gay marriage and marijuana legalization continued to gain traction.

And in the skies above it all, two Malaysia Airlines flights ended in heartbreaking disaster – one plane disappeared without a trace, and another was shot down over Ukraine.

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