Best Photos of the Year

    Published December 29, 2013

    Selection of some of the most eye-catching photos of 2013


    The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is seen stranded in ice in Antarctica, Dec. 29, 2013. An Antarctic blizzard has halted an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach a Russian ship trapped for a week with 74 people onboard, rescuers said.


    Supporters of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League beat a lawmaker and supporter of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during a protest by opposition activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 29, 2013. Security forces and opposition activists clashed in the capital, leaving at least one person dead, as thousands of police took to the streets to foil a mass rally calling on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cancel upcoming elections.


    A layer of ice coats the leaves of a Japanese maple tree after an ice storm in Toronto, Canada, Dec. 22, 2013.


    Military personnel line the route as former South African President Nelson Mandela's casket is taken to its burial place in Qunu, South Africa, Dec. 15, 2013.


    Protesters wearing masks depicting pictures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso take part in a demonstration against austerity on the first day of a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 1, 2013.


    An anti-government protester gives a rose to a Thai soldier at the Defense Ministry during a rally in Bangkok, Nov. 28, 2013.


    Residents look at a ship that was swept by Typhoon Haiyan nearly two weeks ago, in downtown Tacloban city in central Philippines, Nov. 21, 2013.


    The most rated photo of the year on Protesting students wearing fake military uniforms shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration in front of Sofia University, Bulgaria, Nov. 20, 2013.


    A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash, as pictured from Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia, Nov. 18, 2013.


    A vehicle sits on a pile of debris from the destruction caused by a tornado that touched down in Washington, Illinois, USA, Nov. 17, 2013.


    Lazaro Martinez sits in the mud while continuing to search for his wife and two children in the town of La Pintada, Mexico, Nov. 1, 2013. Villagers are demanding that the government continue the recovery of bodies after a mudslide buried dozens after Tropical Storm Manuel more than a month ago.


    Brazilian big wave surfer Carlos Burle rides a wave in Nazare, central Portugal, Oct. 28, 2013.


    Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates her victory against Li Na of China after the WTA tennis championships final match in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 27, 2013.


    A man shaves his monkey with a razor before it performs tricks for money in Lahore, Pakistan, Oct. 7, 2013.


    A Syrian man with more than half his body burnt from an air strike leaves a field hospital to go back home at a village turned into a battlefield with government forces in Idlib province, northern Syria, Sept. 22, 2013.


    Visitors take pictures of tidal waves affected by Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, Sept. 22, 2013.


    Coffins of victims are seen in an hangar of Lampedusa airport, Oct. 5, 2013, after a boat with migrants sank killing more than 100 people. Italian emergency services hoped to resume the search for bodies despite rough seas after the accident, in which 111 African asylum-seekers are confirmed dead and around 200 more are still missing.


    A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, Kenya, Sep. 21, 2013. The gunmen stormed a shopping mall, killing at least 20 people in what the government said could be a terrorist attack.


    A man runs up the "gostra", a pole covered in grease, during the religious feast of St Julian, patron of the town of St. Julian's, outside Valletta, Malta, August 25, 2013.


    An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of the overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad, Aug. 6, 2013.


    Pope Francis is projected on screens at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 26, 2013.


    A fireman carries a wounded victim from the wreckage of a train crash near Santiago de Compostela, northwestern Spain, July 24, 2013. A train derailed outside the ancient northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela on Wednesday evening, killing at least 77 people and injuring up to 131 in one of Europe's worst rail disasters.


    Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London, July 23, 2013.


    A member of the Italy team is thrown up in the air during a synchronized swimming training session ahead of the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, July 18, 2013.


    A runner is gored by an El Pilar fighting bull on Estafeta street during the sixth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 12, 2013.


    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, applauds as the members of the ‘Malala Day’ Youth Assembly wish Malala Yousafzai, center, a happy birthday, July 12, 2013 at United Nations headquarters.


    A child is seen near members of the Muslim community attending midday prayers at Strasbourg Grand Mosque in Strasbourg, France, on the first day of Ramadan, July 9, 2013.


    People standing on balconies look at participants as they run in front of Alcurrucen's bulls during the first bull run of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 7, 2013.


    Rescue officials stand near an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane after it crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport in California, July 6, 2013. Two people were killed and 130 were hospitalized, San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanna Hayes-White said.


    A supermoon rises next to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, some 65 kilometers south of Athens, June 23, 2013.


    U.S. President Barack Obama (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, June 17, 2013.


    A garden with a swimming pool is inundated by the waters of the Elbe river during floods near Magdeburg in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt, Germany, June 10, 2013. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region's worst floods in a decade.


    A Turkish riot policeman uses 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, May 28, 2013.


    Fisherman Ompong Vargas, 39, who wears a facial mask made of fabric to protect his skin from getting darker, holds a fish in his mouth as he searches a net at Laguna de Bay in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 24, 2013.


    Babies held by student sumo wrestlers cry beside a referee (C) clad in a traditional costume during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Sensoji temple in Tokyo, Japan, April 29, 2013.


    Rescue workers rescue a woman from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 27, 2013. The collapse of a garment factory complex killed more than 1,000 people.


    The coffin of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, draped in the Union Flag, is carried on a gun carriage drawn by the King's Troop Royal Artillery during her funeral procession in London, April 17, 2013. Thatcher, who was Conservative prime minister between 1979 and 1990, died on April 8 at the age of 87.


    A competitor wearing a kilt and standing on a barrel throws a ball between his legs during the 'brigaball' contest at the 36th Bundanoon Highland Gathering held in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, April 6, 2013.


    A Somali woman reacts near the site of a car bomb in central Mogadishu, March 18, 2013. At least eight people were killed in one of the bloodiest attacks in the war-ravaged capital in recent months, police said.


    M23 rebel recruits stand at attention during a training session at the Rumangabo military camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, May 16, 2013.


    A baby monkey, a lion cub and tiger cubs play at the Guaipo Manchurian Tiger Park in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, May 1, 2013.


    Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuang Banna, Yunnan province, China, April 15, 2013.


    People fly kites during the international kite festival in Berck-sur-Mer, northern France, April 13, 2013.


    A woman takes pictures of art installation "Alice" by Spanish artist Cristina Lucas in the Andalusian Center of Contemporary Art in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 10, 2013.


    Indian salt worker Walbai Ayyubbhai, 70, carries a rake at a salt pan on the eve of International Women's Day in the Santalpur region of Little Rann of Kutch, some 240 kms from Ahmedabad, March 7, 2013.


    Chilean riot policemen protect themselves with shields during clashes with students who demand the government of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera to improve the public education system, in Santiago, March 7, 2013.


    A man stands in front of a mosque as it burns in Meikhtila, March 21, 2013. The central Burma town declared a curfew for a second night after sectarian clashes between Buddhists and Muslims killed 10 people, including a Buddhist monk, and injured at least 20, authorities said.


    A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Feb. 21, 2013 shows wounded Syrians after a powerful car bomb exploded near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party in the center of Damascus, police said.


    A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens, Greece, Feb. 22, 2013.


    A French soldier checks passengers of a transport truck arriving in Gao, northern Mali, Feb. 14, 2013. Malian forces have stepped up security around the port and the main market, in an effort to stop the infiltration of rebel fighters in the town.


    Protesters flee from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes after protesters removed a concrete barrier at Qasr al-Aini Street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 24, 2013.


    A female Hindu pilgrim takes a dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India, Jan. 14, 2013. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti."


    South Africa's Riaan Van Niekerk rides his KTM during the 5th stage of the Dakar Rally 2013 from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile, Jan. 9, 2013.

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    by: Ling from: China
    January 14, 2014 7:30 AM
    some pictures relating to wars are just too startling and fearsome.

    by: Wang from: China
    January 02, 2014 2:30 AM
    These photos are eye-catching and some are really thought-provoking.