25 Of The Best Shortlisted Photos From The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

On the Tundra by Simon Morris

Frog Story by Harfian Herdi

Old Shepherd by Saeed Barikani

Cat Mothers by Ramil Gilvano

CAESAR by Christian Berthelot

Sweat and Blood by Marcin Kloce

Pray by Muhammad Berkati

Restricted Areas by Danila Tkachenko

Underwater Grace by Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong

Blue Fields by Simon Butterworth

The secondary trainer by Anthony Kham

Acid Survivors in India by Jordi Pizarro

Animal Behaviour by Kimmo Metsaranta

Swedish dads by Johan Bavman

Shadow City by Ronaldo Land

Pelican Feeding by Melissa Little

Exuberance by Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson

Miracle Mile by Gina Nero

Hundred And Forty Centimeters by Sabine Lewandowski

A Life Apart: The Toll Of Obesity by Lisa Kranttz

Glasgow; Second City of The Empire. On the run up to the Scottish Referendum,
by Dougie Wallace

Headless by Adrian Jaszczak

Futuristic Archaeology by Daesung Lee

Une Crise Humanitaire2 by Corentin Fohlen

Some photographers want more recognition than paltry few likes and inane comments from friends. These are the kind of individuals who get selected for the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 shortlist. Even this list is hundreds long, so we present a selection of some of the best pictures. These cover a wide array of areas and subjects. From people to nature to still life and pressing social issues, the Awards try to get as much of photography art as possible. Why, I think there’s even a category for the more abstract kind!

Not all of them are made by professionals: aside from “Professional” competition, the awards run “Open” (for everyone), “Youth” (for those under 19) and “Mobile” (for those who actually manage to accomplish something with cellphone cameras), as well as national competition to select the best image from each country. The competitions are further broken down into categories such as “People” and Lifestyle”, so that’s why our list is a little eclectic.

Of course, merely being shortlisted in a great honor by itself, and guarantees quite a bit of exposure on such notable websites like “Times” and “Demilked”. As for some of the more mundane awards, the winner gets $30,000 and a set of Sony visual equipment. Though really, what’s all that in comparison to bragging rights and appearing in a curated expo in London’s Somerset House? I bet that place has its own lords and ladies to shuffle around all dignified.

More info: worldphoto.org

Source: Demilked

30 years of Reuters pictures


Reuters multi-award winning photographers are celebrated here in a three part retrospective on the 30th anniversary of the service’s launch. They have captured dramatic images illustrating the human tragedy of natural disaster and war as well as the fallout of economic events across the continents, creating iconic images, recognised around the world.


Grave diggers prepare for a funeral in Colma, California. An investigation by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that more than 20 civilians have been attacked in deliberate U.S. drone strikes on funerals and mourners in Pakistan. (Photo credit: Tomas van Houtryve / VII)

A public park is seen from above in San Francisco. California is a major center for the development and manufacture of military UAVs—General Atomics builds its Predators and Reapers in the state—and the Bay Area in particular is a hub of the expanding consumer-drone market. (Photo credit: Tomas van Houtryve / VII)

Yazidi women mourn family members lost in the fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, as they travel away from Mount Sinjar in Faysh Khabur, Zakho, Iraq on Aug. 9, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)

1Remains of stores destroyed by protesters in Ferguson during a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (Photo credit: Ron Haviv / VII)

Khadhir Hassan Ahmed, 17, sits before the camera in a tent in the Khanki camp in Dohuk, Iraq on Aug. 20, 2014. Ahmed is a survivor from the village Kojo where the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria killed his family and kidnapped women before putting the young people in front of a firing squad under instructions to either change their religion or be killed. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)

Refugees show their grief, fears and fatigue after their trek from the mountains to the Nawrooz Camp in Al Malikiya, Syria on Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)

Refugees fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, arrive towards the Syria-Iraq border on their way to a control point to find shelters that will house them in Faysh Khabur, Zakho, Iraq on Aug. 10, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)

Aamir carries his sick wife Ghazala on his shoulders as they enter into Kurdistan on Aug. 9, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)

A father holds his son-Ghazaleh who has become weak from hunger and dehydration as they cross into Kurdistan, by way of the Syrian border in Faysh Khabur, Zakho, Iraq on Aug. 9, 2014. (Photo credit: Ali Arkady/VII Mentor Program)

Kiev, Ukraine. 02/2014. The days after the end of clasher between protesters and police. Mourning for the protestors died during clashes with police. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)

Deputy Lesya Orobets is photographed as she views the remains of the deadly clashes in Kiev, Ukraine on March 18, 2014. Orobets, a member of the Ukrainian Parliament, remained active during the month of the protests. Orobets will run for President in the election on May 25, 2014. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)

Officers confer in the field at Belbek air base in Lubimovka, Crimea on March 4, 2014. Under the direction of Colonel Yuli Mamchor, the unarmed self defense unit was able to maintain the power until March 23rd. Armed Russian forces finally stormed the base and the colonel was arrested. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)

A billboard in support of pro-Ukranian forces in Bakhchisarai, Crimea on March 8, 2014. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)

Riots take place in and around Maidan Square as clashes between protestors and governmental forces escalate in Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 14, 2014. (Photo credit: Davide Monteleone / VII)

China is urbanising at breakneck speed, with rural land turning into planned small towns and old slums transformed into skyscrapers like in this area in Guangzhou. From Sim Chi Yin on-going project on urbanisation in China. (Sim Chi Yin / VII)

Young British holiday makers in the Escape Club, Laganas, Zante. “I love going clubbing here. It’s much better than home. The birds are proper fit and everyone’s more relaxed and you can party all night!” Jason, 19 from Southport, Merseyside. (Photo credit: Jocelyn Bain Hogg/VII for Sea Change)

Teenagers with no place to go sit on a bench in Gourock park in Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Megan. 16 (red hair). “It’s shite being here. There is nothing to do. The weather is shite. The police follow us to where we go and then move us on again. Apparently people over the age of 14 are not allowed in that park after 7 O’clock. Where do they expect us to go?” Aternative quotation: “There is a lot of pressure to find something to do. People have no where to go because they don’t do the underage nights. There is so much violence outside with people smashing bottles. It’s ridiculous people beating other people up. They should have a place to go where they can enjoy themselves and be satisfied with the night, and they go home and have something to look forward to next weekend” Or: “Get the youth club back

Milano, Italy Syrian refugees sleeping at the train station in Milano. Milano is the transit spot no. 1 in Europe for many of the Syrian refugees who are trying to get further up north in Europe. (Photo credit: Joachim Ladefoged/VII)

Barricades along Grushevskogo Street, the frontline of the protests and location of the first deadly clashes. (Photo credit: Donald Weber / VII)



A woman mourns after her sister, Vanessa, was shot in Kilo 5, Bangui, Central African Republic on Feb. 9, 2014. Just after this photograph was taken, her cousin was killed by Rwandan soldiers as he was killing a muslim in a revenge attack. At one time there were 30,000 muslims in the town, now only 300 remain. The rest have fled to Chad. Anti Balaka Christians gave the Muslims 24 hours to leave or be killed. They left. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)

A man lies dead – killed by Muslisms after he himself attempted to make a revenge killing – in Bangui, Central African Republic on Feb. 9, 2014. At one time there were 30,000 muslims in the town, now only 300 remain. The rest have fled to Chad. Anti Balaka Christians gave the Muslims 24 hours to leave or be killed. They left. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)

Portrait of Genoveva Edward in Tanzania on Aug. 7, 2014. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)

A portrait of Evalines Lukas, a victim of female genital mutilation. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)

A moment of typical dancing and singing of women in Kihnu. In 2003 UNESCO declared the Kihnu Cultural Space a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Kihnu Island, Estonia – May 2014. (Photo credit: Stefano de Luigi / VII)

The Matas family rides in an old Ukranian Dnepr sidecar from Soviet times. Many inhabitants use this modified sidecar to travel around the island. Kihnu Island, Estonia – May 2014. (Photo credit: Stefano de Luigi / VII)

1A member of the Christian population around PK13 runs through looted and burning homes of the Muslims who have fled after the Seleka President Michel Djotodia resigned and left the country in disarray on the outskirts of Bangui, Central African Republic, Jan. 23, 2014. The country was ruled by a minority Muslim government after the coup in March 2013. After months of oppression by the Muslim Seleka Government the local population take out their anger and frustrations on the largely innocent Muslim population. (Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale / VII)

Fregate Island, Seychelles. March 2014. (Photo credit: Stefano de Luigi / VII)

A sheep herder gathers his flock to graze and water them in the intense summer heat in Mendota, Calif. on July 3, 2014. (Photo credit: Ed Kashi / VII)

The Westlands Water district, the largest in the USA, is photographed from above, showing the extent of fallowed land due to the drought in Central Valley, Calif. on July 5, 2014. (Photo credit: Ed Kashi / VII)

A cane worker slices through the burnt stalks of sugar cane in a field in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua on May 1, 2014. He is covered in ash and soot from the field that was burned the night before. (Photo credit: Ed Kashi / VII)

Aug. 3, 2014, Warsaw 5 am. Saturday’s party is about to finish. Bars and clubs on the banks of Vistula river have been Warsaw’s hottest party spots for the last few years. (Photo credit: Maciek Nabrdalik / VII for Sea Change)

June 6, 2014, Warsaw, Poland. Bell Arto Cheerleaders of Józef Pilsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw. They cheer lead for Warsaw’s volleyball, handball and American football teams. (Photo credit: Maciek Nabrdalik / VII for Sea Change)

The Woodstock Festival in Poland (Photo credit: Maciek Nabrdalik / VII for Sea Change)

Protesters in Ferguson destroy a police car outside the City Hall during a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (Photo credit: Ron Haviv / VII)

Protesters and law enforcement in Ferguson during a night of protests and rioting over a grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a case that has inflamed racial tensions in the U.S. (Photo credit: Ron Haviv / VII)


2014 Photos of the Year, Mashable

A Coast Guard helicopter flies along the Hudson River, which is full of ice floes, during a cold spell caused by a polar vortex on Jan. 9, 2014. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

A dead lawn is seen next to an artificial lawn on July 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A view of a sinkhole, which stretches 20 meters by 30 meters, at the Solikamsk-2 mine in Russia’s Perm region. Tass/ZUMA Wire

Tide spectators react to a high wave hitting the bank of Qiantang River in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China on Aug. 13, 2014. EPA/XU KANGPING CHINA OUT

The supermoon as seen from the Canary Islands in Spain on Aug. 10, 2014.

Ukrainian riot police in Independence Square during protests in downtown Kiev, Ukraine on Feb. 19, 2014. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Anti-government protesters clash with police in Independence Square despite a truce between the Ukrainian president and opposition leaders in Kiev on Feb. 20, 2014. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 smolders in a field in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border on July 17, 2014.
Pierre Crom/Getty Images

A Palestinian boy looks out on the debris of destroyed buildings during a ceasefire in Gaza City, Gaza on Aug. 31, 2014.
Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/ Getty Images

After escaping Islamic State militants, Adlan Sharoshebo, who is part of a religious minority group called the Yazidis, now sleeps on a bare mattress in Silopi refugee camp in Turkey.
Emily Feldman, Mashable

An explosion rocks the border city of Kobani, Syria, during a reported attack by ISIS militants on a People’s Protection Unit (YPG) position in the city center.
Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images

Pope Francis prays in front of the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 26, 2014.
AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File

Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised on Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson.
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Protesters rallying against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner carry mock coffins, which bear the names of victims of fatal police encounters, as they cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Dec. 4, 2014

Protesters open their umbrellas for 87 seconds on Oct. 28, 2014, marking the 87 rounds of tear gas that Hong Kong police fired at unarmed student protesters in the same location one month before.

People carry portraits of their ancestors as they celebrate Victory Day in St. Petersburg, Russia on May 9, 2014.
AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky

Ultra-Orthodox Jews dance as they gather for a mass prayer in protest to the government’s army conscription laws in Jerusalem on March 2, 2014.

Indonesian Muslims perform Eid Al-Adha prayer at Al-Akbar Mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia on Oct. 5, 2014.
Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

Members of the Samaritan community walk in procession atop Mount Gerizim, above the West Bank city of Nablus, at sunrise on April 20 2014.

A golfer in Spain 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.
REUTERS/Jose Palazon

Susan Dunklee of the United States competes during the Women’s 4 x 6 km Relay during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 21, 2014.
Adam Pretty/Getty Images

A veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center conducts medical examinations on April 16, 2014 on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body.

British World War II veteran Frederick Glover poses for a photograph during a D-Day commemoration in Ranville, France on June 5, 2014.
AP Photo/Thomas Bregardis, pool


2014 Year in Pictures

bA pedestrian struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow as the Gateway Arch appears in the distance Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in St. Louis. An artic blast of cold winter air affected a good portion of the country for a week. Freezing cold made it all the way to Florida and is blamed for more than 20 deaths nationwide (Jeff Roberson/AP)

A seagull flies past the side of the cruise liner Costa Concordia during the “parbuckling” operation outside Giglio harbor on January 12, 2014. Parbuckling is the righting of a sunken vessel using rotational leverage. The Italian cruise ship capsized and sank after striking an underwater obstruction off Isola del Giglio,Tuscany, on January 13, 2012. 32 people died as a result of the accident. (Max Rossi/Reuters)

Students play in their school yard as Mount Sinabung erupts in Sukandebi, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (Binsar Bakkara/AP)

This picture taken on Jan. 31, 2014, and released by the UNRWA, shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. A United Nations official called on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicine in a besieged Palestinian district of Damascus. (UNRWA)

Fatima, 13, weeps as she kisses her injured father, Ahmad al-Messmar, 40, who was wounded when a deadly car bomb blew up near a gas station, in the predominately Shiite town of Hermel, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the Syrian border in northeast Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. A shadowy Lebanese Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in Hermel, a stronghold of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group, that killed several people in the latest attack linked to the war in neighboring Syria. (Hussein Malla/AP)

Ultra-orthodox Jewish bride Rivka Hannah Krois watches her groom dance after their traditional wedding ceremony in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem, on February 19, 2014. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

A priest speaks through a megaphone to riot police and anti-government protesters at the site of recent clashes in Kiev, on February 12, 2014. (Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters)

Li Yan, pregnant with her second child, lies on a bed as her daughter places her head on her mother’s stomach in Hefei, Anhui province February 20, 2014. Li gave birth to a baby boy on February 23, 2014 after Li’s family became the first to receive a birth permit to have a second child in the province earlier this month, The Chinese government said late last year it would allow millions of families to have two children, with a relaxation of its one-child policy if one of the parents was an only child. (China Daily)

A doctor conducts a thyroid examination on a five-year-old girl as her older brother and a nurse take care of her at a clinic in a temporary housing complex in Nihonmatsu, west of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

The mother of Roula Yacoub, whom her family said was killed by the daughter’s husband last year, carries a picture of her daughter and grandchildren while taking part in a rally marking International Woman’s Day demanding that parliament approve a law that protects women from domestic violence in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, March 8, 2014. Although Lebanon appears very progressive on women rights compared to other countries in the Middle East, domestic violence remains an unspoken problem and the nation’’s parliament has yet to vote on a bill protecting women’s rights nearly three years after it was approved by the Cabinet. (Bilal Hussein/AP)

Children push a cart with water containers along a damaged street in old Aleppo March 11, 2014. The number of children affected by the civil war in Syria has more than doubled over the past year, with hundreds of thousands of young Syrians trapped in besieged parts of the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund said. (Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters)

Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, offers communion to people on the Mexican side of the international border, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz. Kicanas and Boston Archdiocese Cardinal Sean O’Malley, along with several Bishops who serve along the U.S./Mexico border, were visiting the border town to bring awareness to immigration reform and to remember those who have died trying to cross the border in years past. (Matt York/AP)

Men rescue a boy from under the rubble after what activists said were explosive barrels were dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad in the Al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, on April 6, 2014. (Hosam Katan/Reuters)

Visitors of the Holi Festival of Colours throw special colored powders in the air in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 6, 2014. The festival is fashioned after the Hindu spring festival Holi, which is mainly celebrated in the north and east of India. (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Prospectors work at the open-pit Djoubissi gold mine, north of Bambari, on April 24, 2014. (/Emmanue Braun/Reuters)

A sub-Saharan migrant is helped by a Spanish Guardia Civil officer after he fainted on top of a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Spanish and Moroccan police have thwarted a fresh attempt by dozens of African migrants to try to scale border fences to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Thousands of sub-Saharan migrants seeking a better life in Europe are living illegally in Morocco and regularly try to enter Melilla in the hope of later making it to mainland Spain. (Santi Palacios/AP)



2014 Year in Pictures

bA man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 20. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Mo., Aug. 20. On Aug. 9, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, in the St. Louis suburb. (Jeff Roberson/Associated Press)

A full moon as seen from West Orange, New Jersey, rises over the skyline of Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center (left) in New York on May 6. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)

An African migrant sits on top of a border fence covered in razor wire between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla, during a latest attempt to cross into Spanish territory on June 14. (Jesus Blasco de Avellaneda/Reuters)

Smoke rises from Tuffah neighborhood after Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City on July 29. Violence escalated overnight, as Israel renewed intense airstrikes on Gaza in response to barrages of Palestinian rockets after an attempted unofficial truce for the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday crumbled. (Mohammed Saber/EPA)

Zhiliang, whose fiancee was onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared on March 8 at the empty house which he had planned to decorate with her for their marriage on Aug. 26. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

A man carries a young girl who was injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces on June 3 in Kallaseh district in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. Some 2,000 civilians, including more than 500 children, have been killed in regime air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo since January, many of them in barrel bomb attacks. (Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman cries inside the Trade Union building as people are let inside, in the South-Ukrainian city of Odessa, Ukraine, on May 4. At least 31 people died in a fire that broke out during clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian protesters at the Trade Union building in Odessa. (Alexey Furman/EPA)

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boys climb down a wall near the scene of a suspected attack in Jerusalem on Aug, 4. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

An Afghan election commission worker waits prior to the opening of the seals to a box containing ballot papers for an audit of the presidential run-off votes at a counting center in Kabul on July 17. Afghanistan began a massive audit of 8.1 million ballots cast in the run-off round of its controversial presidential vote, hours after a brazen Taliban raid on Kabul’s airport. The audit is aimed at reversing a destabilising political crisis that has threatened to widen the country’s ethnic fissures as NATO winds down its deployment after more than a decade of war. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

Visitors run away as waves caused by a tidal bore surge past a barrier on the banks of Qiantang River, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province Aug. 13. (Reuters)

A Kosovar Bosnian woman Arleta Sahiti poses after her face was painted by a woman during a presentation of the traditional wedding ceremony of Bosnian women from Zhupa region at the Ethnological Museum in Pristina on July 2. As part of the tradition, old ladies prepare young brides, painting their faces in many layers of colors. The golden circles symbolize the cycles of life. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

Alec Martinez (27) of the Los Angeles Kings and the Kings celebrate after Martinez scores the game-winning goal in double overtime against the New York Rangers to win 3-2 in Game Five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 13 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brazil’s defender David Luiz celebrates scoring during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigerian teenager Deborah Peters, the sole survivor of a Boko Haram attack on her family in 2011, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 21. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


2014 Year in Pictures

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers and fire-fighters conduct rescue operations at mountain lodges covered with volcanic ash as volcanic smoke rises near the peak of Mt. Ontake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures on Sept. 28. (Kyodo/Reuters)

bKashmiri residents wade through floodwaters in Srinagar, India, Sept. 4. At least 100 villages across the Kashmir valley were flooded by overflowing lakes and rivers (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

A boy collects items thrown by devotees as religious offerings next to idols of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, a day after they were immersed in the waters of the Sabarmati river in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Sept. 9. (Amit Dave/Reuters)

A cradle left behind by Syrian Kurdish refugees lies at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Sept. 27. (Murad Sezer/Reuters)

Pro-democracy demonstrators clash with police officers in riot gear during a rally near the Hong Kong government headquarters on Sept. 28. Police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28, in a dramatic escalation of protests. (Xaume Olleros/AFP/Getty Images)

A Doctors Without Borders (MSF), health worker in protective clothing carries a child suspected of having Ebola in the MSF treatment center on Oct. 5 in Paynesville, Liberia. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Seventeen-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said she was “honoured” to be the first Pakistani and the youngest person to be given the award and dedicated the award to the “voiceless”. “This award is for all those children who are voiceless, whose voices need to be heard,” she said in Birmingham, central England on Oct. 10. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Oct. 9. The 2,460-metre volcano had been dormant for 400 years before it erupted in August 2010. (Dedy Sahputra/EPA)

Umbrellas are opened as tens of thousands come to the main protest site one month after the Hong Kong police used tear gas to disperse protesters Oct. 28 in Hong Kong. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

A photograph taken with a long exposure shows the Tower of London’s ‘Blood swept Lands and Seas of Red’ poppy installation, at the Tower of London in London on Nov. 10. The moat was turned red as some 888,246 ceramic poppies were planted in memory of the British and Commonwealth dead in WWI on the 100th anniversary. (Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA)

A snow-covered field is seen near Buffalo, N.Y. on Nov. 21. (Lindsay DeDario/Reuters)

A protester holds her hands up in front of a police car in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 25 during demonstrations a day after violent protests and looting following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Protest marches sprang up in cities across the US. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Flamingos are seen in a nature reserve park in Panyu district south of Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Nov. 30. (Alex Lee/Reuters)

A die-in was held at Harvard Medical School Education Center on International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10. Demonstrations at medical schools across the country took place in response to the recent decisions by authorities to not bring indictments in the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. (David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Dec. 15. (Rob Griffith/Associated Press)


2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

10014578_800630509986366_6601385574062677324_nOnno, a teenage girl from the Arbore tribe in Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Onno, like other women of the Arbore tribe, enjoys decorating herself with hundreds of beads, which she believes makes her more attractive. Her hair is cut short, which is a symbol of virginity. Soon Onno will marry and as part of the wedding process she will have to be circumcised. This process will be done by her mother and like all Arbore women she will have to follow the tradition. (© Matjaz Krivic)

One evening, driving our car on the E17, we came out of a tunnel near Antwerp, Belgium, and were suddenly confronted with this… sky? As I was the passenger, I managed to take a few pictures trough the front window. We felt like driving under an upside see of waves. It had a beautiful dampened light and the world suddenly looked very different. A sense of unknown danger was also present. We had no rain or storm and made it safely home. Other parts of the country that evening were not that lucky. (© Luc Bonduelle)

I shot this after a heavy rain storm in Port Moody, British Columbia. Along the path was this bracket fungus stuck to an old recently fallen tree. The light was filtering down on this and it really caught my eye. (© Lance Isackson)

I had a chance to photograph a puma at very close distance in Bozeman, Montana. (© Serhat Demiroglu)

A smoke column billows above the forest fire in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s most beautiful places. Many people were devastated when it went up in flames. Although it’s quite sad, this fire was actually very beneficial to the land, as there hadn’t been a blaze in this area for over 300 years. What people fail to realize is that some wildfires are part of the natural process of forests. In a year or so, proof of that in the form of fire weed and new plant growth will blanket the forest floor where the fire once raged. Knowing that, it made this fire even more beautiful to me. (© Amanda Nand)

Amadou has been a breakdancer for may years. He was preparing one of the biggest contests of his career. As I followed him during some days through Bordeaux (France) we took a moment to make this crazy flexible portrait. (© William Kerdoncuff)

Kinik, the district of Manisa in Turkey, is a well known place for dried tomatoes. Despite the difficult conditions, the children of workers are able to keep their happiness at top level. (© Melih Sular)

Eating a crab on Sanibel Island, Florida. (© Rick Loesche)

After the 30 years of banning large imported motorcycles, in 2007, the Taiwanese government reopened the import licensing of motorcycles greater than 550cc. These large bikes, which were never seen before, were thought to be strange and treated unequally. However, adversity will not stop enthusiastic bike riders from chasing the road of freedom. (© Shao hua Luo)

Lightning in Vergi Port, Estonia. (© Kristjan Madalvee)

This disorienting photo was taken from a cliff overlooking Lake Louise in Banff national park. The two people are enjoying a canoe ride on Lake Louise’s turquoise waters. Even boulders the size of large cars seem like pebbles from a high vantage point. (© Ben Leshchinsky)

Chris Buchta, a surf fisherman, punches through a wave during his quest to catch striped bass in Montauk Point, New York. (© Tom Lynch)

A fennec fox sleeps in the Sahara Desert. (© Francisco Mingorance)

The chef of Ramnami people in Chhattisgarh, India. Ramnami tattoo the name of the lord “Rama” on their body. Their entire focus is on the name of Ram, the name of God that is most dear to them. The Ramnami Samaj is a sect of harijan (Untouchable) Ram. Formed in the 1890s, the sect has become a dominant force in the religious life of the area. (© Mattia Passarin)

A great moment with a whale shark at the Silver Banks, North of the Dominican Republic. Very special because it’s not common to meet a whale shark there. This place is well known for Humpback Whales. (© Christian Schlamann)

As the boss of his flock, this male Mute Swan of Lake Ontario has won countless border disputes with other males. Showing off his spectacular remiges every now and then is a reminder of his absolute dominance over other birds. (© Xuan Zhang)

During summertime, when the ice already melted, Wakhi people migrate to highland pasturage in the Big Pamir in the Wakhan Valley of Afghanistan. Above 4,000 meters above sea level, they stay in the seasonal sheds. This picture depicts a man during meal preparation. When the shed became filled with smoke the only relief he could find was the small hole in the shed roof. (© Guillaume Petermann)

Humpback Whale showing off for me in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Out on an ultimate watch early in the morning, we were awakened by this young juvenile tail slapping. (© Susan Metz)

My mother Playing with her Grand Daughter (Photo and caption by Sahasrangshu Choudhury)

Flame of hand tube fireworks. They are the traditional fireworks of Japan. The event will be the ritual worshipping God. Third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in July: Gion Matsuri Festival of Yoshida-jinja Shrine (held in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture; Old Tokaido Road, Yoshida-juku, the inn town). In the festival, you can see powerful hand-tube fireworks. (Photo and caption by Hidenobu Suzuki)

On a windy day right after a cyclone passed the far northern Great Barrier Reef I took some friends out to the reef. Never before i saw that many glass fish on this particular coral “bommie.”. Just when I set up my camera, this Napoleon Wrasse swam right through the school of fish, building a living frame. (Photo and caption by Christian Miller)

El fénnec es un animal sorprendentemente fácil de domesticar, que se habitúa fácilmente a vivir con humanos. No obstante, se le considera una especie rara y por ello es ilegal tenerlos como mascota en muchas zonas de su área de distribución. (Photo and caption by José Mingorance)

Glass eel fishing season starts in Japan in the winter. Hunters illuminate the water with a mercury lamp from onboard and scoop up eel gathering in the light with a small net. During the new moon, hunters search for glass eel and wander about with many lights in the estuaries. (Photo and caption by Yusuke Sakai)

The Big Picture

In Focus

2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

Empusa pennata, a conehead mantis, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey. (© Mehmet Karaca)

Hand tube fireworks, traditional fireworks in Japan. Gion Matsuri Festival of Yoshida-jinja Shrine, held in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. (© Hidenobu Suzuki)

There is a group of cormorants that fish close to my house in Seminole, Florida, and over time I have slowly approached them until they totally trust my presence and feel comfortable turning their backs on me when I am in close proximity. In this shot, I used a narrow DOF to hone the viewer’s eyes in on the mesmerizing eyes of the bird. I was astounded that the natural backdrop came out as if it was shot in a studio and so matched the coloration of the bird. (© Sandy Scott)

Yosemite National Park, seen from Glacier Point. This was taken at 3am with a 1 minute exposure showing Half Dome and the fire that was raging in the valley behind it. (© Judge Helbig)

A glimpse at the beauty of a Geisha in the historical streets of Kyoto. (© Sian Bullough)

Blue Ghost Fireflies in Brevard, North Carolina. Blue Ghost fireflies are unique because they stay lit and only hover about a foot off the ground. (© Spencer Black)

One of two polar bear cubs full of adrenaline on ice floes in Svalbard. The mother was just trying to have a quiet stroll but the cubs were not having any of that. This was the male cub and he just was so entertaining to watch. (© Colin Mackenzie)

A volcanic mountain with truly spectacular colors, together with a red truck, adding a finishing touch to the photo. Nallihan, Ankara, Turkey. (© Mehmet Gokyigit)

Tsuta-swamp in Aomori, Japan. The autumn leaves blazing in the morning sun. (© Sho Shibata)

I took this picture at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. The flowers are nemophila and the number of them in the park is 4.5 million. I wish to go into the blue universe again next year to photograph. (© Hiroki Kondo)

Women grieve as they stand on the stairs of the house during funerals of Islamic Brigades fighter Abdalla Ismail al Buheisi, 27, in Deir Al Balah, Gaza Strip. Muslim women in Gaza are not allowed to attend funerals and they were gathering on the stairs of the apartment building to pay the last tribute to the killed family member. (© Sergey Ponomarev)

When the Mediterranean Mantis opened its wings, It seemed very impressive in the sunshine. Nicosia, Cyprus. (© Hasan Baglar)

I took this photograph while hiking in the Austrian Alps. When I passed through a valley I spotted a herd of deer in the distance cooling of in a water reservoir from the scorching summer sun. I kept my distance and waited patiently for one of the deer to battle the afternoon sun. I was able to capture this deer just as it was shaking off the excess water. (© Winston Hintze)

Horm, 30 years old, employed by the Ghost House DREAMLAND in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dwarves are hired to dress up and frighten audiences in the Ghost House. In this country of superstitions, the little ghosts know how to play with the ambiguity of their appearance, a disability that becomes an asset for their performance. (© Arfeuil Emilie)

This photo I captured in the early afternoon in Sambas, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. This particular species of lemur can glide through the air. (© Hendy Mp)

Jump of the wildebeest at the Mara river in Tanzania. (© Nicole Cambre)

I was able to see this beautiful scenery during a recent road trip. There were many campers but no photographers at this location in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon. (© Kenji Yamamura)

In the salt lakes of the Mallee Region of Victoria in Murray Sunset National Park in Australia, a western grey kangaroo hops across a salt lake. It was a magical moment and gave the impression of the kangaroo magically walking on water. (© Christian Spencer)

Six year old Elena Noelle treks across the Matanuska Glacier a couple hours north of Anchorage. (© Rebecca Neuffer)

Despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful creature. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting and composition. After strong NE winds hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my home town and trapped overnight, enabling me to get my shots. Shellharbour, NSW, Australia. (© Matthew Smith)

I barely slept a wink last night but watching the King of Arctic action was breathtaking. I spotted this full grown adult male polar bear, estimating about 400 kg, outside Churchill, Canada. (© Kiat Choon Teo)

Unexpected underwater encounter with a Green Iguana. I was attempting to take some overunder sunset shots in a semi-submerged cave in Bonaire, Kralendijk, Dutch Caribbean, when a Green Iguana swam toward my dome with an inquisitive look. Just in front of my lens, she came up to the surface to take a quick breath. (© Lorenzo Mittiga)

A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, in San Bartolome de Pinares, about 100 km west of Madrid. (© Bartlomiej Jurecki)

Climber, Chamonix, France. (© Yosuke Kashiwakura)

National Geographic Photo Contest

the atlantic

World Press Photo’s 2014

Philippe Lopez, France, Agence France-Presse

Tyler Hicks, USA, The New York Times

Goran Tomasevic, Serbia, Reuters

Christopher Vanegas, Mexico, La Vanguardia / El Guardían

Sara Naomi Lewkowicz, USA, for Time

Fred Ramos, El Salvador, El Faro

Julius Schrank, Germany, De Volkskrant

Quinn Rooney, Australia, Getty Images

Andrzej Grygiel, Poland, for PAP-Polska Agencja Prasowa

Peter Holgersson, Sweden

Christian Ziegler, Germany, for National Geographic Magazine

Steve Winter, USA, for National Geographic

Markus Schreiber, Germany, The Associated Press

Denis Dailleux, France, Agence Vu

Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images

William Daniels, France, Panos Pictures for Time

Alessandro Penso, Italy, OnOff Picture

John Stanmeyer, USA, VII for National Geographic

Smithsonian Magazine’s 2013 Photo Contest


2Photograph by Eko Adiyanto (Bekasi, Indonesia).

3Photograph by John Matzick (Port Hadlock, Washington)

4Photograph by Christopher Doherty (North Palm Beach, Florida)


6Photograph by Pyiet Oo Aung (Yangon, Myanmar)

7Photograph by Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez (La Garriga, Spain)

8Photograph by David Koester (Halle, Germany)


2Photograph by Nguyễn Bảo Sơn (Phan Rang-Thap Cham, Ninh Thuận, Vietnam

3Photograph by Vincent Cheng (Burnaby, Canada)

4Photograph by Yasir Nisar (Lahore, Pakistan)


1Photograph by Mark Kaplan (Carrollton, Texas)

Photograph by Willie Huang (Sunnyvale, California)

7Photograph by Abigail Friel (Northampton, Massachusetts)


Photograph by Nicolas Reusens (Madrid, Spain)

10Photograph by Craig Bill (Midland, Texas)

11 Photograph by Pistolwish (El Segundo, California)


13Photograph by Darlene Jensen (Richmond Hill, Georgia)

14Photograph by John Gamble (San Francisco, California)

15Photograph by Michael Hill (Orlando, Florida)

Winners Highlights from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

Cheung Lai San, Hong Kong

Chen Li, China
Arup Ghosh, India
Chin Boon Leng, Singapore

Holger Schmidtke, Germany

Hairul Azizi Harun, Malaysia

Theo de Witte, the Netherlands

Ivan Pedretti, Italy

Chi Hung Cheung, Hong Kong

Kristhian Castro, Colombia

Wolfgang Weinhardt, Germany

Michael Nordqvist, Sweden

Irwansyah, Indonesia

Adhi Prayoga, Indonesia

Minh Ngo Thanh, Vietnam

Valerie Prudon, France

Simon Morris, United Kingdom

Sean Batten, United Kingdom

Elly Prestegard, Norway

Bobby Bong, Indonesia


The Most Powerful Photos Of 2013, Buzzfeed

1AP Photos/Discovery Channel, Tiffany Brown
Aerialist Nik Wallenda walks a 2-inch-thick, quarter mile long steel cable over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona in June.

Christophe Simon / AFP / Getty Images
A demonstrator is shot by rubber bullets as riot police charge after clashes erupted during a protest against corruption and price hikes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nacho Doce / Reuters
A man dressed as Superman smiles at patient Joao Bertola, 2, and his father at the Hospital Infantil Sabara in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn, File
An anti-government protester gives a rose to a Thai soldier at the Defense Ministry during a rally in Bangkok.

Tó Mané / Barcroft Media / Landov
Garrett McNamara attempts to break the Guinness World Record for largest wave ever surfed on in Nazare, Portugal.

Samantha Sais /The New York Times / Redux Pictures
Renata Teodoro, 25, right, holds hands with her mother, Gorete Borges Teodoro, who was deported six years ago from the U.S., through the bars of a border fence in Nogales, Ariz.

Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images

Mohammad Sajjad / AP
An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad in August.
A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a car bombing in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan.

STR / AFP / Getty Images
A young man jumps from the Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, China, into the river following another person who committed suicide minutes earlier.

Superbonnie via Reddt / Via reddit.com
A boy looks into the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., which was temporarily closed due to the government shutdown.

Hasan Jamali / AP
A Bahraini anti-government protester is engulfed in flames after a shot fired by riot police hit the gasoline bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw.

Luke Macgregor / Reuters
Runners observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings before the start of the London Marathon in Greenwich, southeast London.

Noah Berger / AP
Sue Rochman, left, and Robin Romdalvik hug their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik, 8, at San Francisco’s City Hall, after the Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

Jonathan Palmer / Herald-Leader
Figo, a Kentucky police dog, pays his last respects to his human partner, Officer Jason Ellis, who was killed in an ambush five days earlier.

Dmitry Lovetsky, File / AP Photo
Riot police guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia.

Jason Lee / Reuters
A boy holds his mother’s leg as he cries in front of their damaged house after a strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake at Longmen village, Lushan county in Ya’an, Sichuan province.

Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports
An Air Force sergeant surprises his wife and daughter during the second quarter of a game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers.

Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters
A couple runs near riot police gathered at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sept. 7 before the international friendly soccer match between Brazil and Australia.

Rescue workers carry a child who was rescued from the rubble at the site of a collapsed residential building in Mumbai, India, in September.

Roni Bintang / Reuters
An Indonesian child watches as ash spews out of Mt. Sinabung.

Erik De Castro / Reuters
Newly-born Bea Joy sleeps as her mother recuperates in a makeshift birthing clinic at the airport in typhoon-devastated Tacloban. Ortega was in an evacuation center when the storm hit and had to swim and cling to a post to survive.

Make-A-Wish Bay Area / sf.wish.org / Via Twitter: @SFWish
Miles, a five-year-old battling leukemia, is dressed as “Batkid” as part of a day arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco on Nov.


Best photos of 2013, New York Post

BEST OF 2013 - Greenland:  A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global Warming
The village of Ilulissat is seen near the icebergs that broke off from the Jakobshavn Glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland.
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Crowds jam Copacabana Beach for Pope Francis’ final Mass in Rio de Janeiro.
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A coal-burning energy plant in the early morning hours near Bismarck, North Dakota.
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Central American immigrants stand atop a freight train headed north in Arriaga, Mexico. Thousands of immigrants ride atop the trains, known as “la bestia,” or the beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to the US border.
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A building gets sucked into a sinkhole that opened overnight at Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Florida.

An employee uses the light from a head torch to illuminate the walls of a potash mine operated by OAO Uralkali, world’s biggest potash producer, in Berezniki, Russia. Russia pressured Belarus to free Vladislav Baumgertner, the head of OAO Uralkali, saying a refusal may harm relations as the smaller nation faces a funding crunch.

A male jaguar bites a Yacare caiman on a river island in Pantanal, Brazil.
Barcroft Media

A laborer separates onions inside Shivshankar Trading Company’s onion storehouse at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Lasalgaon, India.

‘The Tribute in Light,’ commemorating the World Trade Center’s twin towers that were destroyed on September 11, 2001, rises above buildings in lower Manhattan.

Jonathan Trappe during his unsuccessful world record attempt to cross the Atlantic using helium-filled balloons.
Barcroft Media

Folks happily celebrate the start of Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, in Munich.

A super cell thunderstorm illuminates the sky in Sanford, Kansas.
Barcroft Media

Shepherds (unseen) lead their sheep through the center of Madrid in defense of ancient grazing and migration rights threatened by urban sprawl.

Thania Sayne of Effingham, Illinios, cries at the grave of her husband, Army Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, during the playing of taps at a nearby burial service at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, – one day before what would have been their third wedding anniversary. Sayne was four months pregnant with their second son, Douglas, when her husband was killed on Sept. 18, 2011.

Yves Rossy, aka the Jetman, soars past Mount Fuji in Japan after jumping from a helicopter at 11,811 feet with a pair of jet wings.

Sarah Stanczyk lies covered up in Arlington Cemetery at the grave site of Sfc. David Metzger, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
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A young survivor uses a plastic cover to protect himself from rain as he passes by a damaged Boy Scout statue in typhoon-ravaged Leyte, Philippines four days after Typhoon Haiyan struck.

Family members gather around a grave of a relative killed by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte, Philippines.
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Desperate villagers rush to the window of a US Navy Seahawk helicopter as crewmen deliver aid during an emergency drop in San Jose, Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore across several islands in the eastern Philippines on November 8.

Typhoon Haiyan victims sift through the rubble of their destroyed homes as a military cargo plane flies over head in Tacloban.
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Tribesmen lead their camels through the sand dunes of the Liwa desert, west of Abu Dhabi.
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People queue up at the Pretoria showground to board buses that will take them to the Union Buildings to bid farewell to South African former president Nelson Mandela.
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An orthodox Jewish man builds a snowman in Jerusalem following a snowstorm. The hilltop city was paralyzed by its fiercest snowstorm in years, with its mayor calling out the army to help stranded motorists.
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Army cadets hold a large photo of Army head coach Rich Ellerson during an NCAA college football game against Navy in Philadelphia. Navy won 34-7.

A volunteer carries a baby red howler monkey during its recovery at the Santa Fe Zoo in Medellin, Colombia. The red howler monkeys are an endangered species, which makes them attractive to wildlife traders.


Best photos of 2013, New York Post ( 2 )

BEST OF 2013 - People Watch President Obama Officially Be Sworn In, A Day Before Outdoor Public Ceremony At Capitol
JAN 20: Patrons eat at Fred’s Texas Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas as a television shows President Obama being officially sworn-in for his second term.
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Attendees, which included world leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers, check their mobile phones during a break in sessions on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

A leopard seal reaches to bite a penguin as it swims through the sea in Port Lockroy, Antartic Peninsula.
Barcroft Media

A man hangs onto the railing of North Curl ocean pool after winds and rain battered Sydney, Australia.
Getty Images

Daredevil climbers hang upside down as they climb a giant frozen waterfall in British Columbia.
Barcroft Media

Thousands of couples take part during a mass wedding in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea for the first time since Unification Church founder Moon Sun-Myung passed away.
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People walk around the Buddha Statue holding candles for prayers during Makha Bucha Day at Buddhist Park in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Makha Bucha Day is celebrated by Buddhist monks in local temples across Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month.
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Female Marine recruits stand in line waiting for lunch during boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order one month earlier that restricted women from ground combat units.
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New homes are under construction in Mesa, Arizona. Phoenix is undergoing a housing boom after housing prices fell 55 percent between 2005 and 2011.
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A Somali woman reacts near the site of a car bomb in central Mogadishu. At least eight people were killed by a car bomb in one of the bloodiest attacks in the war-ravaged capital in recent months, police said.
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A worker walks a garment area in PT Sritex, Sri Rejeki Isman di Sukoharjo, Indonesia. PT Sritex produces fashion garments and military uniforms for 29 countries.

Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the Tidal Basin after a colder-than-normal March and chilly April delayed the beginning of cherry blossom season in Washington, DC.
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Supporters wave flags and cheer prior to the arrival of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf (PTI) party, during an election campaign rally in Multan, Pakistan.
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A man overcome by fumes falls out of a window as a fire burns at the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Plaza in Lahore, Pakistan.
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An American flag flies over the rubble of a destroyed neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma. A tornado tore through the town on May 20, killing at least 24 people.
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A dust cloud rises as people run from a collapsed building that killed a woman and injured at least 13 others in Philadelphia.

Swiss Shepherd dogs Kenai (left) and Yasu (right) jump into the water during the dog diving competition at the International Pedigree Dog and Purebred Cat Exhibition in Erfurt, Germany.

The flooded Gave de Pau River in Villelongue, France one day after unseasonal storms caused havoc across the country.
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Andrew “Goofy” Saunders (left), Dashawn Martin (center) and Raymon “Lex” Santos (right) perform dynamic dance moves while hanging upside-down from the handrails in a New York City subway car.
Barcroft Media

Antonio Lopez Chaj, a 43-year-old house painter, wins $58 million in a Los Angeles court after being beaten to the point where he lost half of his skull and his ability to speak.

Water is seen on part of the Glacial Ice Sheet in Greenland. The sheet covers about 80 percent of the country.
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Mexico’s Ivan Garcia and German Sanchez compete in the men’s 10-meter synchronized platform event at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona.
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The Best Photojournalism of the Year, American Photo

1Javier Manzano’s portrait of rebel snipers guarding their nest during the siege of Aleppo in 2012 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photograhy—the first time in 17 years a freelance photographer has received the award.
Javier Manzano/AFP

A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas as people protest against the destruction of trees in Taksim Square, Istanbul. Osman Orsal is a Reuters staffer based in Turkey.
Osman Orsal / Reuters

A typhoon survivor walks past damaged trees at typhoon-ravaged Tolosa town, Leyte province, central Philippines, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. One month since Typhoon Haiyan, signs of progress in this shattered Philippine city are mixed with reminders of the scale of the disaster and the challenges ahead. Tens of thousands are living amid the ruins of their former lives, underneath shelters made from scavenged materials and handouts.Aaron Favila is an Associated press staffer currently covering the recovery efforts in the Philippines.
AP Photo/Aaron Favila

A Sunshine International Aquarium staff member dressed in a Santa Claus costume embraces a Zebra shark as he swims with fish inside the aquarium in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Shizuo Kambayashi is a staff photographer working for the Associated Press in Japan
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Supporters of Club Nacional de Football cheer amidst smoke from fireworks, before the start of a match against Penarol in Montevideo, Uruguay. Andres Stapff is a Reuters staffer based in Uruguay covering general news.
Andres Stapff/Reuters

A child watches jellyfish swim in a large tank at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Andy Clark is a freelance photographer based in British Columbia, shooting for Reuters. See more of his work here.
Andy Clark/Reuters

A miner takes a short break inside an unregulated coal mine in Sabinas, Mexico. Everyday, thousands of miners go to work in the unregulated coals mines of northern Mexico knowing they may not return. Daniel Becerril is a stringer working for Reuters in Mexico.
Daniel Becerril/Reuters

An activist reacts as mock coffins burn outside the Kenyan parliament during a protest dubbed “State Burial-Ballot Revolution”, a demonstration against legislators’ plans to receive higher bonuses. Thomas Mukoya has been a photographer with Reuters since 2002. He is also the President of the Photojournalists’ Association of Kenya.
Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Thousands of tents are seen on Mount Wugongshan during the 2013 International I Camping Festival held in Jiangxi province, China. The event which opened on September 14, attracted more than 15,000 campers from all over the world, according to Xinhua News Agency.

August 14, 2013. A member of the Egyptian security forces speaks to a woman holding a stick as police clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, at the smaller of two camps, near the Cairo University campus in Giza, Cairo. Egyptian security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, moved on Wednesday to clear two sit-in camps set up by supporters of the country’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out at both sites.
Imad Abdul Rahman is an independent photojournalist stringing for Reuters in Egypt. His images offer a sobering glimpse into the deadly crackdown that is currently taking against supporters of Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
Imad Abdul Rahman/AP Photo

Models are pictured in compact mirrors as they prepare backstage before a presentation of the Honor Spring/Summer 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week. Lucas Jackson is a New York City-based Reuters staffer. We had the pleasure of interviewing Mr Jackson back in May, regarding an eerie series of images he shot following the Oklahoma tornados. Read that interview and see more of his work here.
Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Frank Lawton of Deadwood, South Dakota fires his single action revolver after cocking the gun with his left hand during the Canadian Open Fast Draw Championships in Aldergrove, British Columbia The present-day Fast Draw competition was born from the Hollywood myth of the western gunfighter, and the idea is to draw a single action revolver from a holster, and cock, fire and hit a designated target in the shortest possible time. No live ammunition is ever used, only blank cartridges or wax bullets. The targets are either a metal silhouette used with wax bullets or balloons that burst from the muzzle blast from the blank cartridges. Andy Clark is a freelance photographer based in British Columbia, who frequently shoots for Reuters.
Andy Clark/Reuters

A peasant rests along a street next to his flags during a march, upon arrival in Mexico City. The peasants who started this march 30 days ago in Villa Hermosa, in the state of Tabasco, are heading to the capital to seek government support to make their land more productive. Edgard Garrido, who has been with Reuters since 2007, is also an accomplished string musician. See more of his work here.
Edgard Garrido / Reuters

A woman stuck in her car is rescued from floodwaters by a resident during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens, Greece. John Kolesidis is a photojournalist based in Athens, Greece, shooting for the likes of Reuters and Corbis.
John Kolesidis/Reuters

School children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi assemble to mark his anniversary in the southern Indian city of Chennai. Babu Babu is a Reuters phographer based in Chennai.
Babu Babu / Reuters

An animal rights activist protests against meat consumption through a performance to promote vegetarianism during “Day Without Meat” in central Barcelona.
Albert Gea/Reuters

See our full interview with Lucas Jackson about his twilight images of the 2013 Oklahoma tornados here.
Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Children play on self-made swings on scaffolding at a construction site in Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, China. William Hong is a Reuters photojournalist working in the eastern portion of China.
William Hong / Reuters

Three Brothers Pizza is consumed by a fast moving fire which began earlier in the day at the south end of the Seaside Boardwalk. 9/12/2013. Andrew Mills is a veteran photographer at The Star ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper. He came on staff in 1996 and since then, has done two tours overseas for the daily, one in Israel and one in the Gaza Strip. He has photographed countless breaking news and professional sports events. Andrew describes himself as a ” peak-action, spot-news kind of guy.” Check out our interview with him here.
Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger

A displaced boy mimics the photographer taking a picture of him, using a fake plastic jewel, at a United Nations compound which has become home to thousands of people displaced by the recent fighting, in the capital Juba, South Sudan Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Ben Curtis is an Associated Press staff photographer based in Kenya.
AP Photo/Ben Curtis

People sunbathe by the wall of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. Alexander Demianchuk is a Reuters staffer based in St. Petersburg.
Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters

Responders try to rescue trapped garment workers from the Rana Plaza building, which collapsed earlier in the week, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The accident killed upwards of 228 people and injured thousands more. Andrew Biraj is a Reuters staff photographer based out of Dhaka, Bangladesh and the winner of a 2011 World Press Photo award.
Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Buddhist monks pray at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, north of Bangkok, Thailand, on Makha Bucha Day. Makha Bucha Day honours Buddha and his teachings, and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month. Kerek Wongsa is a stringer working for Reuters in Thailand.
Kerek Wongsa/Reuters

A man walks through the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at sunrise across from New York’s Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, September 11, 2013. Gary Hershorn is a 28-year Reuters veteran from Hoboken, New Jersey. See more of his work here and here.
Gary Hershorn/Reuters

Rescue workers carry a garment worker, who was pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza garment building, in Savar, Bangladesh.

August 9, 2013. A still smoldering mountainside is seen under the stars at the Silver Fire, California. The blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m., near a back-country road south of Banning, 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County. Within hours, it had blackened more than 5,000 acres. David McNew is based in Pasadena, California. He has worked as a photojournalist since the mid-1980’s having contrinuted to an impressive list of organizations, including: UPI, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and Getty Images. See more of David’s work here.
David McNew/Reuters

A boy slides down a water chute in a public swimming pool in Thun, Switzerland.
Ruben Sprich is Reuters’ chief photographer in Switzerland. He shoots everything from breaking and general news, to sports photography.
Ruben Sprich/Reuters

A Star Wars movie character mannequin stands outside a tornado-destroyed house in Oklahoma City. The owner of the house collected movie memorabilia. Rick Wilking started with Reuters as its Chief Photographer for Switzerland in 1985. In 1989 he moved to Washington DC, where he covered the White House up until 1998, before relocating to Colorado. He is currently covering the aftermath of the tornado in Oklahoma. See more of his work on the Reuters blog.
Rick Wilking/Reuters

A Typhoon Haiyan survivor carries his belongings through the ruins of Tacloban, Philippines on his way back to his temporary shelter.David Guttenfelder is the Associated Press’ Chief Photographer for Asia. He was previously covering daily life in North Korea, but flew out to the Philippines after the Typhoon struck, to document the aftermath. He was also recently awarded TIME’s Instagram photographer of the Year award. See his Instagram here.
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder


2013: The Year in Photos, September – December, The Atlantic

2Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco, on November 15, 2013. San Francisco turned into Gotham City on that day, as city officials helped fulfill Scott’s wish to be “Batkid.” Scott, a leukemia patient from Tulelake in Northern California, was called into service on Friday morning by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to help fight crime, The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A Syrian opposition fighter rests in a rebel camp in the Idlib Province countryside, on September 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

Horticulturists work in a field of dyed heather on September 6, 2013 in the eastern French town of Bischoffsheim. (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)

A Chinese boy sits on his father’s shoulders to see an 18 meter high rubber duck at Beijing Garden Expo Park on September 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. After touring 13 cities in 10 countries, the giant rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floated first at Beijing Garden Expo Park and then at the Summer Palace in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

The Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy of NASA, lands safely in a remote area of Kazakhstan, on September 11, 2013. (Reuters/NASA/Bill Ingalls)

A U.S. Park Police officer watches at left as a National Park Service employee posts a sign on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on October 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In the town of Rjukan, Norway, people gather in front of the town hall, where sunlight is reflected by giant mirrors (top) erected on the mountainside, on October 18, 2013. Rjukan, a small industrial town 150 km west of Oslo, is situated in the bottom of a valley between steep mountains in Telemark County, and is cut off from direct sunlight for five to six months a year. Now, three giant mirrors mounted on a nearby mountainside will reflect winter sunlight into the valley. (Reuters/Tore Meek/NTB Scanpix)

Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle rides a huge wave in Nazare, central Portugal, on October 28, 2013. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

Saw Min lies on a bed with weights on her eyes after receiving local anesthesia ahead of a cataract operation at a government hospital in Bago, Myanmar, on October 22, 2013. She waited with hundreds of Myanmar’s poorest villagers to be prepped for the simple, free surgery she hopes will restore her sight. “My heart is racing,” said the 38-year-old mother of five, who lost all vision in her left eye one year ago and, in the months that followed, all but 20 percent in her right. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

A person takes a photograph of a sculpture by artist Lucy Humphrey titled “horizon” on a rocky cliff which is part of the “Sculpture by the Sea” exhibition at Sydney’s Tamarama Beach, on October 24, 2013. The free and temporary outdoor exhibition, now in its 17th year, stretches for two kilometers along the coastline between Bondi and Tamarama beaches. (Reuters/David Gray)

Bipedal humanoid robot “Atlas”, primarily developed by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics, is presented to the media during a news conference at the University of Hong Kong, on October 17, 2013. The 6-foot (1.83 m) tall, 330-pound (149.7 kg) robot is made of graded aluminum and titanium and costs HK$ 15 million ($1.93 million). It is capable of a variety of natural movements, including dynamic walking, calisthenics and user programmed behaviors, according to the University of Hong Kong’s press release. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

A suicide attacker lies on the ground after his vest was defused in Jalalabad province, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2013. Afghan security forces captured the would-be suicide attacker before he was able to blow himself up.

Kaden Bowden, son of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden, looks at the casket for his father during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on September 27, 2013. Bowden was from Villa Rica, Georgia, and died on August 31, 2013, from injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A kitten sits on the roof of a house that is covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Mardingding, North Sumatra, on November 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

A demonstrator kisses a riot police officer during a protest in Susa, Italy, against the high-speed train (TAV in Italian) line between Lyon and Turin, on November 16, 2013. The link, expected to come into service in 2025, will see one million fewer trucks on the highways a year, and reduce train times between Paris and Milan from seven hours to just over four. (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

Donna Auchinvole with Duke and Lorraine Clark with Barron, Clydesdale Horses, attend a topping out ceremony at The Kelpies on November 27, 2013 in Falkirk, Scotland. Construction work has been completed on Andy Scott’s Kelpies, the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures and one of the UKs tallest pieces of public art. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Anti-government protesters give roses, through razor wire, to security personnel guarding the Defense Ministry as protesters gather outside it in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 28, 2013. Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra breezed through a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday as confusion emerged over the goals of an anti-government protest movement massing at government offices. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

A rare total inversion was seen on November 29, 2013 by visitors to Grand Canyon National Park. This shot is of the Desert View Watchtower near Desert View Point on the South Rim. The Watchtower is located at Desert View, the eastern-most developed area on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, the tower was constructed in 1932. (National Park Service/Erin Huggins)

Flowers left by mourners surround a portrait of Nelson Mandela in the Sandton district of Johannesburg, on December 6, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died on December 5, aged 95. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)



2013: The Year in Photos, May – August, The Atlantic

1In a natural color mosaic, Saturn eclipses the Sun as seen by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on July 19, 2013. This image spans about 404,880 miles (651,591 km) across. Earth is barely visible as a single pixel just below the main rings, and to the right of the planet. At this point, Cassini was looking back from more than 898 million miles (1.5 billion km) away from Earth.
(AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI)

An aerial photo of a neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma, completely flattened by the massive tornado on May 20, 2013. In less than an hour, 25 were killed, 375 injured, 1,150 homes destroyed, damages adding up to more than $2 billion. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

This picture taken with a slow exposure shows seagulls flying in the sky over Rome on May 2, 2013. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

A series of images shows a mockup of a terrorist with a balloon for a head, as it is shot by members of the Brazilian Navy acting as snipers, during an exhibition showcasing their operational capacity to combat terrorist attacks and riots, ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro May 27, 2013. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

A Turkish riot policeman sprays tear gas as people protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul, Turkey, on May 28, 2013. (Reuters/Osman Orsal)

Erdem Gunduz (center) stands in a silent protest along with others, at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 17, 2013. Gunduz, a Turkish man, staged an eight-hour silent vigil on Istanbul’s Taksim Square, scene of violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters, inspiring hundreds of others to follow his lead. (Reuters/Marko Djurica)

A protester tries to remain standing as police use a water cannon during clashes at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 11, 2013. Hundreds of police in riot gear forced their way through barricades in the square early Tuesday, pushing many of the protesters who had occupied the square for more than a week into a nearby park. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Syria in Ruins. A man walks along a damaged street filled with debris after years of warfare, in Deir al-Zor, Syria, on June 17, 2013. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

Smuggled bear paws, arranged on the ground at the China-Russia border in Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on June 15, 2013. Two Russians were arrested for smuggling 213 bear paws into China at a China-Russia land border, according to the Chinese customs police’s recent announcement. Bear paws reportedly are believed by some people in China to have high nutritional value. (Reuters/Stringer)

Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on board Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe off the island of Gogland 180 km (110 mi) west of St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 15, 2013. Putin rode the small submersible craft 60 meters (200 feet) down to see the remains of the naval frigate Oleg, which sank in 1869. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Asiana Airlines flight attendants and rescued passengers rest on a San Francisco International Airport runway after their flight crash-landed, on July 6, 2013. Flight 214, a Boeing 777 aircraft, struck a seawall at the end of the runway, before slamming to the ground and sliding to a rough stop. Out of 307 people aboard, 3 were killed, and 181 injured. (Reuters/Eugene Anthony Rah)

A German tourist bathes in the Aegean sea in Arcadia prefecture on the east coast of Peloponnese south of Athens, Greece, on July 3, 2013. (Reuters/Yannis Behrakis)

A Yellow Scorpion eats his prey near Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, Israel, on August 5, 2013. Scorpions have chemicals in their cuticle that naturally fluoresce when viewed under black light. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A military helicopter is illuminated by green laser lights from below, as it flies above Tahrir Square while a huge crowd of protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans against him and Brotherhood members, in Cairo, on June 30, 2013. Egyptians poured onto the streets on Sunday, swelling crowds that numbered into the millions, calling on Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to resign. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Millions attend as Pope Francis celebrates a huge mass at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 28, 2013. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)

A police vehicle falls off of the 6th of October bridge close to the largest sit-in by supporters of ousted President Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, on August 14, 2013. The vehicle apparently fell while backing away from protesters, and was not pushed over, as was earlier reported. (AP Photo/Aly Hazzaa, El Shorouk Newspaper)

After Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted, his supporters took to the streets. A pro-Morsi demonstrator holds another as Egyptian security forces move in to clear a protest in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, on August 14, 2013. Egyptian security forces, backed by armored cars and bulldozers, moved to clear two sit-in camps by supporters of Morsi, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out at both sites. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

A firefighter uses a hose to douse flames of the Rim Fire on a hillside, on August 24, 2013 near Groveland, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters battled the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A marionette version of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, on the track ahead of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at the Luzhniki Sports Complex on August 9, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

2013: The Year in Photos, January – April, The Atlantic

A soldier of the French foreign legion wearing a skeleton mask stands next to an armored vehicle in a street in Niono, Mali, on January 20, 2013. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the goal of France’s military action in Mali was to retake control of the entire country from Islamist militants who have seized the north. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

A white shelf cloud caps brownish dirt from a dust storm, or haboob, as it travels across the Indian Ocean near Onslow on the Western Australia coast in this handout image distributed by fishwrecked.com and taken January 9, 2013. (Reuters/Brett Martin/fishwrecked.com)

President Barack Obama is sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as First lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama look on during the public ceremonial inauguration in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2013. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Lightning strikes the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. (US Department of the Interior/Travis Roe)

Norway’s Anders Bardal jumps during the official training session of the FIS Ski Flying World Cup in Vikersund, Norway, on January 25, 2013, while a full moon rises over the mountain. (Daniel Sannum Lauten/AFP/Getty Images)

Sixth grade students from the Park Maitland School in Maitland, Florida, watch as Marine One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama takes off from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington as he departs for Las Vegas, on January 29, 2013. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

During a time of dangerous levels of air pollution, a bright video screen shows images of blue sky on Tiananmen Square, on January 23, 2013 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Free Syrian Army fighters run for cover as a tank shell explodes on a wall in Damascus, on January 30, 2013. Syria’s civil war raged hot and cold throughout 2013. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

A meteor’s trail over the Ural Mountains’ city of Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, Russia, on February 15, 2013. The 13,000 ton meteor hit Earth’s atmosphere at 42,000 mph and exploded, smashing windows and causing hundreds of minor injuries. (AP Photo/Chelyabinsk.ru, Yekaterina Pustynnikova)

Volker Maiwald walks among rock formations during a simulated Mars walk in the Utah desert, on March 2, 2013. Maiwald is part of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) outside Hanksville in the Utah desert, on March 2, 2013. The MDRS is built and operated by a space advocacy group called the Mars Society, investigating the feasibility of human exploration of Mars. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

A March 13, 2013 view of Firdos Square, in Baghdad, Iraq, at the site of an Associated Press photograph taken by Jerome Delay ten years earlier, as the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down by U.S. forces and Iraqis on April 9, 2003. Today, the pedestal in central Baghdad stands empty. Bent iron beams sprout from the top, and posters of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in military fatigues are pasted on the sides. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Stella Ferruzola, 3, poses with a Blue Morpho butterfly on her nose at the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, on March 25, 2013. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

One morning last March, I happened to discover some apparent photo-doctoring by North Korea. This picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 26, 2013 appears to show evidence of digital manipulation, specifically the cloning of at least two hovercraft, to make it appear as if more vehicles were involved in a recent military exercise. The original caption: This picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on March 26, 2013 and taken on March 25, 2013 shows the landing and anti-landing drills of KPA Large Combined Units 324 and 287 and KPA Navy Combined Unit 597 at an undisclosed location on North Korea’s east coast. Full story here. (KCNA Via KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

A leopard trapped in a well looks up to forest officials on the premises of the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, India, on April 4, 2013. The animal was later tranquilized and rescued. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was badly injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013. While recovering, Bauman was able to provide authorities with an eyewitness account to help in the ensuing manhunt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

An overhead view of guests attending the ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, on April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dominic Lipinski)

At the site of a collapsed garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh, people gather in front of Rana Plaza building as rescue workers continue their operations on April 25, 2013. Survivors of collapse described a deafening bang and tremors before the eight-floor building crashed down around them. An estimated 1,129 people were killed in the collapse, the deadliest accidental structural failure ever recorded. (Reuters/Stringer)

A victim’s body lies amid rubble at the site of the collapsed garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh, on April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/A.M.Ahad)

A man kicks a topless Femen activist, as she raises her fist to protest against Islamists in front of the Great Mosque of Paris, on April 3, 2013. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

A member of the Free Syrian Army sits on a sofa in the middle of a debris-strewn street in Deir al-Zor, Syria, on April 2, 2013. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)