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Best photos of 2014

A protester uses a catapult during clashes with riot police in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 19 February 2014. epa / Sergey Dolzhenko

A protester uses a catapult during clashes with riot police in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 19 February 2014. epa / Sergey Dolzhenko

epa presents a collection of the best photos of 2014 highlighting a few of epa’s Yearender 2014 images including pictures that defined 2014. The selection is as diverse as the year itself. epa photographers have captured events around the globe: the Ukrainian Revolution, the Israel-Gaza conflict, the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the FIFA Soccer World-Cup in Brazil and fashion shows around the world – to name but a few. In order to get the whole picture, we recommend you take a look at our more comprehensive Yearender 2014 collection.

A model presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection by Charlie Le Mindu during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 20 January 2014. epa / Yoan Valat

A model presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection by Charlie Le Mindu during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 20 January 2014. epa / Yoan Valat

Jan Matura of Czech Republic soars during the official practice session of the FIS World Cup ski jumping large hill individual competition in Sapporo, northern Japan, 24 January 2014. epa / Kimimasa Mayama

Jan Matura of Czech Republic soars during the official practice session of the FIS World Cup ski jumping large hill individual competition in Sapporo, northern Japan, 24 January 2014. epa / Kimimasa Mayama

Adams Precious from the US (L) uses her phone as she waits for the results after performing at the final of the 42nd Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, 01 February 2014. epa / Keystone / Valentin Flauraud

Adams Precious from the US (L) uses her phone as she waits for the results after performing at the final of the 42nd Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, 01 February 2014. epa / Keystone / Valentin Flauraud

The illuminated Olympic Rings appear during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 07 February 2014. epa / Tatyana Zenkovich

The illuminated Olympic Rings appear during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 07 February 2014. epa / Tatyana Zenkovich

Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers of Canada perform during the Pairs Short Program of the Figure Skating event at Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Sochi, Russia, 11 February 2014. epa / How Hwee Young

Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers of Canada perform during the Pairs Short Program of the Figure Skating event at Iceberg Palace during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Sochi, Russia, 11 February 2014. epa / How Hwee Young

Ultra-Orthodox Jews dance as they gather for a mass prayer in protest to the government's army conscription laws in Jerusalem, 02 March 2014. epa / Abir Sultan

Ultra-Orthodox Jews dance as they gather for a mass prayer in protest to the government’s army conscription laws in Jerusalem, 02 March 2014. epa / Abir Sultan

Code Pink activist Tighe Berry protests what Code Pink claims are Democratic Senator from California Dianne Feinstein's 'two-faced stance on spying' outside her office in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 12 March 2014. epa / Jim Lo Scalzo

Code Pink activist Tighe Berry protests what Code Pink claims are Democratic Senator from California Dianne Feinstein’s ‘two-faced stance on spying’ outside her office in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 12 March 2014. epa / Jim Lo Scalzo

Japanese Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi of Caterham F1 Team in the gravel bed after crashing during the 2014 Formula One Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, Australia, 16 March 2014.  epa / Diego Azubel

Japanese Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi of Caterham F1 Team in the gravel bed after crashing during the 2014 Formula One Grand Prix of Australia in Melbourne, Australia, 16 March 2014. epa / Diego Azubel

Two men pass by a crack in a highway between the localities of Iquique and Alto Hospicio, Chile, 03 April 2014. epa / efe / Felipe Trueba

Two men pass by a crack in a highway between the localities of Iquique and Alto Hospicio, Chile, 03 April 2014. epa / efe / Felipe Trueba

A baptized Sikh man prays in the pre-dawn hours as he visits to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines, on the occasion of Visakhi festival in Amritsar, India, 14 April 2014. epa / Raminder Pal Singh

A baptized Sikh man prays in the pre-dawn hours as he visits to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines, on the occasion of Visakhi festival in Amritsar, India, 14 April 2014. epa / Raminder Pal Singh

A young woman smokes cannabis during a demonstration calling for cannabis to be legalized at a 420 Day event in Hyde Park in London, Britain, 20 April 2014. epa / Andy Rain

A young woman smokes cannabis during a demonstration calling for cannabis to be legalized at a 420 Day event in Hyde Park in London, Britain, 20 April 2014. epa / Andy Rain

Thai Star Wars fan, Udomsak Ratanotayanonth, 29, dressed as a Stormtrooper donates his blood to celebrate the upcoming Star Wars Day with good deeds, at the Thai Red Cross in Bangkok, Thailand, 28 April 2014. epa / Rungroj Yongrit

Thai Star Wars fan, Udomsak Ratanotayanonth, 29, dressed as a Stormtrooper donates his blood to celebrate the upcoming Star Wars Day with good deeds, at the Thai Red Cross in Bangkok, Thailand, 28 April 2014. epa / Rungroj Yongrit

A woman cries inside the Trade Union building after a deadly fire broke out during clashes in Odessa, Ukraine, 04 May 2014. epa / Alexey Furman

A woman cries inside the Trade Union building after a deadly fire broke out during clashes in Odessa, Ukraine, 04 May 2014. epa / Alexey Furman

A miner leaves the area after searching for survivors of an explosion near Soma, Manisa province, Turkey, 14 May 2014. epa / Tolga Bozoglu

A miner leaves the area after searching for survivors of an explosion near Soma, Manisa province, Turkey, 14 May 2014. epa / Tolga Bozoglu

Smolderings remains of overnight fires on the hillsides of San Marcos, San Diego county, California, USA, early 16 May 2014. epa / Stuart Palley

Smolderings remains of overnight fires on the hillsides of San Marcos, San Diego county, California, USA, early 16 May 2014. epa / Stuart Palley

A girl flees as a riot police officer beats her with a baton, after chasing protesting students into the Nairobi University campus in Nairobi, Kenya, 20 May 2014. epa / Dai Kurokawa

A girl flees as a riot police officer beats her with a baton, after chasing protesting students into the Nairobi University campus in Nairobi, Kenya, 20 May 2014. epa / Dai Kurokawa

An 83-year-old Ukrainian man exercises at the Kachalka outdoor gym on the banks of the river Dniper in Kiev, Ukraine, 29 May 2014. epa / Filip Singer

An 83-year-old Ukrainian man exercises at the Kachalka outdoor gym on the banks of the river Dniper in Kiev, Ukraine, 29 May 2014. epa / Filip Singer

Afghan voters whose inked fingers were cut off by Taliban miliitants as punishment for casting their votes, receive medical treatment at a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan, 15 June 2014. epa / Jalil Rezayee

Afghan voters whose inked fingers were cut off by Taliban miliitants as punishment for casting their votes, receive medical treatment at a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan, 15 June 2014. epa / Jalil Rezayee

A young boy walks past a burning fire used to keep evicted families warm overnight after police and private security evicted families from a commercial property in Johannesburg, South Africa, 05 June 2014.  epa / Kim Ludbrook

A young boy walks past a burning fire used to keep evicted families warm overnight after police and private security evicted families from a commercial property in Johannesburg, South Africa, 05 June 2014. epa / Kim Ludbrook

Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring the 2-1 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group D preliminary round match between Uruguay and England at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2014. epa / Diego Azubel

Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates after scoring the 2-1 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group D preliminary round match between Uruguay and England at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 19 June 2014. epa / Diego Azubel

British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a ceremony marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, in Ypres, Belgium, 26 June 2014. epa / Julien Warnand

British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a ceremony marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, in Ypres, Belgium, 26 June 2014. epa / Julien Warnand

A German soccer fan waves the German flag among spectators in Paris, France, 04 July 2014, who attend the public viewing of the FIFA World Cup 2014 quarter final soccer match between France and Germany on a giant screen in front of Hotel de Ville (Town Hall). epa / Ian Langsdon

A German soccer fan waves the German flag among spectators in Paris, France, 04 July 2014, who attend the public viewing of the FIFA World Cup 2014 quarter final soccer match between France and Germany on a giant screen in front of Hotel de Ville (Town Hall). epa / Ian Langsdon

Fernandinho of Brazil reacts after a goal scored by Toni Kroos of Germany  during the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 08 July 2014.  epa / Robert Ghement

Fernandinho of Brazil reacts after a goal scored by Toni Kroos of Germany during the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 08 July 2014. epa / Robert Ghement

A Brazilian fan shows his dejection after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 08 July 2014. Germany won 7-1. epa / dpa / Thomas Eisenhuth

A Brazilian fan shows his dejection after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 08 July 2014. Germany won 7-1. epa / dpa / Thomas Eisenhuth

A Palestinian man cries as he holds the dead body of his younger brother in the Shifa hospital morgue in Gaza after he was killed in an Israeli naval bombardment in Gaza City 16 July 2014. epa / Oliver Weiken

A Palestinian man cries as he holds the dead body of his younger brother in the Shifa hospital morgue in Gaza after he was killed in an Israeli naval bombardment in Gaza 16 July 2014. epa / Oliver Weiken

A Palestinian family who fled their homes is en route to seek shelter in a UN school in Khan Younis, central Gaza Strip, 18 July 2014.  epa / Oliver Weiken

A Palestinian family who fled their home is en route to seek shelter in a UN school in Khan Younis, central Gaza Strip, 18 July 2014. epa / Oliver Weiken

Journalists look at debris from the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, that crashed into a field while flying over the eastern Ukraine region, some 100 km east of Donetsk, Ukraine, 19 July 2014. epa / Robert Ghement

Journalists look at debris from the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, that crashed into a field while flying over the eastern Ukraine region, some 100 km east of Donetsk, Ukraine, 19 July 2014. epa / Robert Ghement

People dive into the Mediterranean Sea on a hot summer's day in Nice, southern France, 21 July 2014. epa / Sebastian Nogier

People dive into the Mediterranean Sea on a hot summer’s day in Nice, southern France, 21 July 2014. epa / Sebastian Nogier

Smoke rises from Tuffah neighbourhood after Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City, 29 July 2014. 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.  epa / Mohammed Saber

Smoke rises from Tuffah neighbourhood after Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City, 29 July 2014. epa / Mohammed Saber

Divers train before the competitions at the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships 2014 in Berlin, Germany, 23 August 2014. epa / dpa / Maja Hitij

Divers train before the competitions at the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships 2014 in Berlin, Germany, 23 August 2014. epa / dpa / Maja Hitij

A Ukrainian soldier rests as he patrols territory close to a Ukrainian checkpoint near town of Gorlovka, Ukraine, 28 August 2014. epa / Roman Pilipey

A Ukrainian soldier rests as he patrols territory close to a Ukrainian checkpoint near town of Gorlovka, Ukraine, 28 August 2014. epa / Roman Pilipey

A mechanic of Scuderia Ferrari carrying a tire during the second practice session at the Italian Formula One circuit in Monza, Italy, 05 September 2014. epa / Valdrin Xhemaj

A mechanic of Scuderia Ferrari carrying a tire during the second practice session at the Italian Formula One circuit in Monza, Italy, 05 September 2014. epa / Valdrin Xhemaj

Liberian health care workers on an Ebola burial team collect the body of an Ebola victim at a motor vehicle garage in Paynesville on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 09 September 2014. epa / Ahmed Jallanzo

Liberian health care workers on an Ebola burial team collect the body of an Ebola victim at a motor vehicle garage in Paynesville on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia 09 September 2014. epa / Ahmed Jallanzo

An Ebola sign placed in front of a home in West Point slum area of Monrovia, Liberia, 25 September 2014.  epa / Ahmed Jallanzo

An Ebola sign placed in front of a home in West Point slum area of Monrovia, Liberia, 25 September 2014. epa / Ahmed Jallanzo

A baby shark is hauled onto a  rickshaw for transportation  to the fish market in Banda Aceh, Indonesia 14 September 2014. epa / Hotli Simanjuntak

A baby shark is hauled onto a rickshaw for transportation to the fish market in Banda Aceh, Indonesia 14 September 2014. epa / Hotli Simanjuntak

Models present creations from the Spring/Summer 2015 Ready to Wear Collection by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 24 September 2014. epa / Etienne Laurent

Models present creations from the Spring/Summer 2015 Ready to Wear Collection by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 24 September 2014. epa / Etienne Laurent

Seventeen-year-old student leader Joshua Wong outside the Hong Kong government offices on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, Central District, Hong Kong, China, 29 September 2014.  epa / Alex Hofford

Seventeen-year-old student leader Joshua Wong outside the Hong Kong government offices on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, Central District, Hong Kong, China, 29 September 2014. epa / Alex Hofford

Syrian refugees wait in a bus at the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 30 September 2014. epa / Sedat Suna

Syrian refugees wait in a bus at the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 30 September 2014. epa / Sedat Suna

Park Jisoo of South Korea falls from the uneven bars during the Women's All-Around Artistic Gymnastics qualification at the 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China, 06 October 2014. epa / Rungroj Yongrit

Park Jisoo of South Korea falls from the uneven bars during the Women’s All-Around Artistic Gymnastics qualification at the 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China, 06 October 2014. epa / Rungroj Yongrit

An Indian fish vendor carries a fish at a wholesale market during early morning in Bhayander near Mumbai, India, 08 October 2014.  epa / Divyakant Solanki

An Indian fish vendor carries a fish at a wholesale market during early morning in Bhayander near Mumbai, India, 08 October 2014. epa / Divyakant Solanki

A worker climbs out of a tank in a leather factory where the skins of animals slaughtered during Eid al-Adha are processed, in Hazaribagh Dhaka, Bangladesh, 08 October 2014. epa / Abir Abdullah

A worker climbs out of a tank in a leather factory where the skins of animals slaughtered during Eid al-Adha are processed, in Hazaribagh Dhaka, Bangladesh, 08 October 2014. epa / Abir Abdullah

The moon shines with a reddish glow as it rises during a total lunar eclipse in Kathmandu, Nepal, 08 October 2014.  epa / Narendra Shrestha

The moon shines with a reddish glow as it rises during a total lunar eclipse in Kathmandu, Nepal, 08 October 2014. epa / Narendra Shrestha

Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 09 October 2014. epa / Dedy Sahputra

Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 09 October 2014. epa / Dedy Sahputra

Teen education activist Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan delivers a statement in the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, 10 October 2014, after being named as a winner of the 2014, Nobel Peace Prize. epa / Facundo Arrizabalaga

Teen education activist Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan delivers a statement in the Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, 10 October 2014, after being named as a winner of the 2014, Nobel Peace Prize. epa / Facundo Arrizabalaga

A business man looks at a blocked road during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central in Admiralty, Hong Kong, China, 10 October 2014. epa / Mast Irham

A business man looks at a blocked road during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central in Admiralty, Hong Kong, China, 10 October 2014. epa / Mast Irham

Rain pours down as President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin (2-R) attends a military parade accompanied with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (R) in Belgrade, Serbia, 16 October 2014. epa / Srdjan Suki

Rain pours down as President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin (2-R) attends a military parade accompanied with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic (R) in Belgrade, Serbia, 16 October 2014. epa / Srdjan Suki

Hong Kong police clash with pro-democracy protesters from the Occupy Central movement using umbrellas for protection, just before midnight in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, 17 October 2014. epa / Rolex Dela Pena

Hong Kong police clash with pro-democracy protesters from the Occupy Central movement using umbrellas for protection, just before midnight in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, 17 October 2014. epa / Rolex Dela Pena

Rescuers try to save a sinking boat in the harbour of Harlingen in northern Netherlands, 22 October 2014, during the first autumn storm of the year. epa / anp / Catrinus Van Der Veen

Rescuers try to save a sinking boat in the harbour of Harlingen in northern Netherlands, 22 October 2014, during the first autumn storm of the year. epa / anp / Catrinus Van Der Veen

Syrian refugee Bargin Efendi 11, poses as he works in a repair shop in the Suruc district in Sanliurfa Turkey, 23 October 2014.  epa / Ulas Yunus Tosun

Syrian refugee Bargin Efendi 11, poses as he works in a repair shop in the Suruc district in Sanliurfa Turkey, 23 October 2014. epa / Ulas Yunus Tosun

Marcel Hirscher of Austria in action during the first run of the Men's Giant Slalom race of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season on the Rettenbach glacier, in Soelden, Austria, 26 October 2014. epa / Keystone / Jean-Christophe Bott

Marcel Hirscher of Austria in action during the first run of the Men’s Giant Slalom race of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season on the Rettenbach glacier, in Soelden, Austria, 26 October 2014. epa / Keystone / Jean-Christophe Bott

Wrestler Cassandro El Exotico soars through the air in a daring acrobatic manoeuvre against Puma King (R) and Magnus (C)  during a Lucha Libre wrestling exhibition match at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, France, 03 November 2014. epa / Ian Langsdon

Wrestler Cassandro El Exotico soars through the air in a daring acrobatic manoeuvre against Puma King (R) and Magnus (C) during a Lucha Libre wrestling exhibition match at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, France, 03 November 2014. epa / Ian Langsdon

Passenger air balloons fly over temples and pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar, 19 November 2014. epa / Lynn Bo Bo

Passenger air balloons fly over temples and pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar, 19 November 2014. epa / Lynn Bo Bo

Protesters gesture in front of a burning building in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 25 November 2014. epa / Tannen Maury

Protesters gesture in front of a burning building in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 25 November 2014. epa / Tannen Maury

A protester in the crowd at Times Square, New York City 25 November 2014 listens to the outcry against the St. Louis County grand jury decision not to bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. epa / Justin Lane

A protester in the crowd at Times Square, New York City 25 November 2014 listens to the outcry against the St. Louis County grand jury decision not to bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. epa / Justin Lane

Pope Francis releases a white dove  as he arrives at St Esprit church for a service in Istanbul, Turkey 29 November 2014. epa / Tolga Bozoglu

Pope Francis releases a white dove as he arrives at St Esprit church for a service in Istanbul, Turkey 29 November 2014. epa / Tolga Bozoglu

South African model Candice Swanepoel takes to the catwalk during the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, Britain, 02 December 2014.  epa / Facundo Arrizabalaga

South African model Candice Swanepoel takes to the catwalk during the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, Britain, 02 December 2014. epa / Facundo Arrizabalaga

Filipino residents wade on floodwater in Borongan city, Samar island, Philippines, 07 December 2014.  epa / Francis R. Malasig

Filipino residents wade on floodwater in Borongan city, Samar island, Philippines, 07 December 2014. epa / Francis R. Malasig

A Filipino boy collects salvageable materials among debris following a fire that razed a slum area in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines, 10 December 2014. epa / Dennis M. Sabangan

A Filipino boy collects salvageable materials among debris following a fire that razed a slum area in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines, 10 December 2014. epa / Dennis M. Sabangan

Costumed senior citizens march at the Macy's 88th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, New York, USA, 27 November 2014. epa / Peter Foley

Costumed senior citizens march at the Macy’s 88th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, New York, USA, 27 November 2014. epa / Peter Foley

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