Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Photos of the Year - The best images of 2014, handpicked by Mashable editors


Frozen
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
Exploded
Students play in their school yard as Mount Sinabung erupts in Sukandebi, North Sumatra, Indonesia on Jan. 16, 2014.
AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara, File

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

Scorched
A longtime exposure shows the smoldering remains of overnight fires on the hillsides of San Marcos, California on May 16, 2014.
EPA/STUART PALLEY

Sunken
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

Ablaze
Aerial view of the lava fountains and massive plumes, Holuhraun Fissure, near the Bardarbunga Volcano in Iceland on Sept. 3, 2014.
Arctic-Images/Corbis

Rushed
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


Full
The supermoon as seen from the Canary Islands in Spain on Aug. 10, 2014.
EPA/DANIEL LOPEZ/IAC


Puffed
An F-15C silhouetted against the pyrocumlus clouds formed by the Oregon Gulch wildfire.
ORANG/Jim “Hazy” Haseltine/HIGH-G Productions

Darkness
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


Engulfed
Farmer Agustin Gomez Perez, 21, was lit on fire as a form of protest outside the Chiapas state legislature in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico on Dec. 5, 2014.
AP Photo/Cuartoscuro, Jacob Garcia

New normal

A covered dead body lies in the street near the Mariupol police station in Ukraine on May 9, 2014.
EPA/ALEXEY FURMAN
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Innocence
A young Palestinian girl, who was injured during an Israeli strike that hit a UN school, lies on a hospital bed in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip on July 24, 2014.
EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN

Ruins
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

The other side
From a hill overlooking the Gaza Strip, Israelis watch for rocket fire from Gaza and wait for Israeli airstrikes on July 14, 2014 in Sderot, Israel.
Andrew Burton/Getty Images
 Exodus
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
Bombed
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

Hope
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

Fire back
A demonstrator in Ferguson, Missouri throws back a tear gas container on Aug. 13, 2014 after police worked to break up a group of bystanders who were protesting the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Robert Cohen/MCT/ZUMA Wire

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

Burned
Protesters burn an American flag on Nov. 25, 2014 as they march through downtown Washington, D.C., following a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post


Breathless
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.
AP Photo/ Jason DeCrow

Revolution
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.
EPA/ALEX HOFFORD

Hell
A hospital worker stands over an Ebola victim in Monrovia, Liberia in August 2014.
Kieran Kesner

Gone
Chairs are piled in the corner of a classroom in Guerrero, Mexico, Nov. 16, 2014, after 43 students went missing.
Brett Gundlock/Boreal Collective/Mashable

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

Contructed
Members of the Castellers Joves Xiquets de Valls try to complete their human tower in Tarragona, Spain, Oct. 5, 2014.
AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File

Linked
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.
EPA/ABIR SULTAN

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

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

Lost
A search team hunts for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in the Indian Ocean, near the tip of Sumatra Island, Indonesia on March 15, 2014.
EPA/HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK!

Grounded
A man stands in front of a large ship grounded by Typhoon Haiyan on April 18, 2014 in the Philippines.
Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Refloated
The wreckage of the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia seen in the final stages of the refloating phase before it was towed to the Italian port of Genoa on July 21, 2014.
AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File

 Trialled
South African Paralympics running star Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa on March 4, 2014.
EPA/KIM LUDBROOK / POOL

 Escape
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

 Driven
Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar in action during the Dakar Rally between the Chilean localities of El Salvador and La Serena on Jan. 17, 2014.
EPA/FELIPE TRUEBA

 Dazzle
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Feb. 7, 2014.
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

 Finish
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

 Caught
Visitors fish at a frozen river during the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival in South Korea on Jan. 5, 2014.
EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

Aristocracy
Queen Elizabeth visits the throne room on the set of Game of Thrones in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 24, 2014.
AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Helping a friend
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.
SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images


Reverent
Nearly 2,000 torch-bearing participants receive the sacred fire at the Otou Fire Festival on Kamikura Mt. in Shingu town, Wakayama province, Japan, on Feb. 6, 2014.
EPA/EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN


Looking back
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


Looking forward
Swimmers watch fireworks during a New Year's celebration on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 1, 2014.
YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images



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