Best Reuters photos of the year 2013

02:56, Dec 03 2013
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
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 on January 24, 2013.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
Bratislav Stojanovic, a homeless man, holds candles as he sits in a tomb where he lives in the southern Serbian town of Nis, on February 9, 2013. Stojanovic, 43, a Nis-born construction worker never had a regular job. He first lived in abandoned houses, but about 15 years ago he settled in the old city cemetery.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
Donald Smitherman, 98, kisses his wife Marlene at the end of a dance in Sun City, Arizona, January 5, 2013. Sun City was built in 1959 by entrepreneur Del Webb as America's first active retirement community for the over-55s. Webb predicted that retirees would flock to a community where they were given more than just a house with a rocking chair in which to sit and wait to die. Today's residents keep their minds and bodies active by socialising at over 120 clubs with activities such as square dancing, ceramics, roller skating, computers, cheerleading, racquetball and yoga. There are 38,500 residents in the community with an average age of 72.4 years.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
A fly lands between the eyes of US President Barack Obama while he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, January 24, 2013.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
Wolf researcher Werner Freund bites into a deer cadaver next to a Mongolian wolf inside an enclosure at Wolfspark Werner Freund, in Merzig in the German province of Saarland, January 24, 2013.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
Sixth grade students from the Park Maitland School in Maitland, Florida, watch as Marine One carrying US President Barack Obama to Las Vegas takes off from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, January 29, 2013.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
Women, who are part of "Sawt al-Haq" (Voice of Rights), stand with their weapons as they undergo military training in Aleppo February 17, 2013. The group of women are undergoing military training to form the Nazek Obeid group as part of the Sawt al-Haq battalion, which is based on the frontline of Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius awaits the start of court proceedings in the Pretoria Magistrates court February 19, 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house. Standing behind Oscar (3rd L), wearing a scarf, is his sister Aimee, and his brother Carl (4th L). To his right in green, are members of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby son Prince George outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London, July 23, 2013. Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, who is third in line to the British throne, ending weeks of feverish anticipation about the arrival of the royal baby.
Reuters Photographs of the Year 2013
Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the US Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
An elderly woman grabs the leg of a police officer as residents of Boeung Kak Lake community are arrested in a police truck during a protest in Phnom Penh March 13, 2013. The residents of Boeung Kak Lake have been embroiled in a long-running land dispute with a real estate development firm in the capital, and are also appealing for the release of another resident, Yorm Bopha, from prison.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
A Balinese man kicks up fire during the "Perang Api" (Fire War) ritual ahead of Nyepi day, which falls on Tuesday, in Gianyar on the Indonesian island of Bali March 11, 2013. Nyepi is a day of silence for self-reflection to celebrate the Balinese Hindu new year, where Hindus in Bali observe meditation and fasting, but are not allowed to work, cook, light lamps or conduct any other activities.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
<font color=#cc0000> <b> WARNING: Some photos may cause distress. </b> </font color=#cc0000> The barrel of New York Yankees Brennan Boesch's broken bat smacks his face during the first inning of a MLB spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida, March 17, 2013.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Bodies of migrants who drowned lie on the beach in the Sicilian village of Sampieri September 30, 2013. At least 13 people on a migrant boat arriving in Sicily drowned close to the coast near the eastern city of Ragusa, apparently after trying to disembark from their stranded vessel, Italian authorities said. Officials said the boat was carrying about 250 people but there was no immediate word on where they came from.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
dog urinates on a new work by British graffiti artist Banksy on West 24th street in New York City, October 3, 2013.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 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, 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.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Pope Francis greets a crowd of the faithful from his Popemobile in downtown Rio de Janeiro, July 22, 2013. Pope Francis touched down in Rio de Janeiro, and started his first foreign trip as pontiff and a week-long series of events expected to attract more than a million people to a gathering of the young faithful in Brazil, home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Mohammed Ilmi Adam, a 17-year-old Somali would-be immigrant, looks out of a window on a police bus after arriving at the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour early July 10, 2013. Sixty-eight African immigrants were rescued by the AFM, 70 nautical miles (130 km) south of Malta from a vessel in distress while trying to reach European soil from Africa, according to army sources.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Dan McManus and his service dog Shadow hang glide together outside Salt Lake City, Utah, July 22, 2013. McManus suffers from anxiety and Shadow's presence and companionship help him to manage the symptoms. The two have been flying together for about nine years with a specially made harness for Shadow.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Labourers who work nearby nap on a road as cars drive past in Chongqing Municipality, in China, July 23, 2013.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Song Xuxia, 19, receives treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province July 23, 2013. The death toll from two earthquakes in China's western Gansu province climbed to 95 at the time the photo was taken, with more than 1000 people injured, after about 51,800 buildings collapsed and tens of thousands more were badly damaged. Song's leg, waist and face were injured during the earthquake when she was stuck in a collapsed house. Fortunately the villagers heard her cry and managed to pull her out from the debris in time, according to local media.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Nick "The Quick" Nica of Montreal, Quebec, draws and fires his single action revolver while competing in the Canadian Open Fast Draw Championships in Aldergrove, British Columbia July 21, 2013. 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. A light atop the timer signals the competitor when to fire and once the target is hit, it turns the timer off, measuring the speed to thousandths of a second.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Firefighters spray water near a burning house in the Twin Pines Road area where the Silver Fire is raging, near Banning, California, August 7, 2013. The fire broke out near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles (145 km) outside Los Angeles in Riverside County, and within hours had blackened more than 5000 acres, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlandt said.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
England's captain Alastair Cook runs out to bat before the fourth Ashes test cricket match against Australia at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street near Durham August 9, 2013.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
An Israeli policeman drags an ultra-Orthodox man during clashes in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem August 12, 2013. An Israeli police spokesperson said some 21 ultra-Orthodox protesters were detained in the town during clashes with police after a group of them broke into a construction site to prevent work from taking place at the site they believe contains ancient graves.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
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 August 25, 2013. In the traditional "gostra", a game stretching back to the Middle Ages, young men, women and children have to make their way to the top and try to uproot one of the flags to win prizes. From May to September in Malta, there is hardly any weekend when a town or a village is not celebrating the feast of its patron saint or other saints revered in different churches.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 25, 2013.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organised as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013. As couples celebrated the "Qixi" festival, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day, millions of women face stark choices in a society where traditional ideas about matrimonial hierarchy run up against huge economic and social changes sweeping the world's most populous country. There are plenty of men to go round among China's nearly 1.4 billion people but social status can conspire against single professional women, sometimes making it difficult to find a partner.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
The Team Emirates New Zealand sails before the third race of their Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series yacht race against Luna Rossa Challenge in this underwater picture in San Francisco, California, August 18, 2013.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
A man, whose last name is Hou (L), climbs outside a window with a knife, as his mother (C) and a plain clothes policeman look on, in Anshan, Liaoning province, China, on August 26, 2013. Hou held his mother captive in his apartment before climbing out of the window and threatening to cut himself. After several hours, he was controlled by policemen who managed to enter the house from another window with the help of his mother, local media reported.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Residents flee as winds whip flames from the Morgan fire along Morgan Territory Road near Clayton, California in unincorporated Contra Costa County September 9, 2013. The blaze, burning in dense, dry scrub, grass and timber in and around Mount Diablo State Park, had scorched some 3700 acres (1500 hectares) by Monday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of about 100 homes at the edge of the town of Clayton.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
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. Americans commemorated the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with solemn ceremonies and pledges to not forget the nearly 3000 killed when hijacked jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter August 26, 2013. The giant vessel, which has lain partly submerged in shallow waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio since the accident in January 2012, will be rolled off the seabed and onto underwater platforms.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri (L) reacts with 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 15, 2013.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Troops hold coloured cards during a military parade celebrating Independence Day at the Zocalo square in downtown Mexico City September 16, 2013. Mexico was celebrating the 203nd anniversary of its independence from Spain.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Numerous tents are seen during the 2013 International I Camping Festival in Mount Wugongshan of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, China, September 14, 2013. The event which opened on September 14 attracted more than 15,000 campers all over the world, according to Xinhua News Agency.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
A passenger aircraft, with the full "Harvest Moon" seen behind, makes its final approach to landing at Heathrow Airport in west London, September 19, 2013. The Harvest Moon is a traditional name for the full moon that is closest to the autumn equinox, and at a traditional period where farmers would be harvesting crops. The moon's rise time and angle of path give the illusion that the Harvest Moon is both closer, larger and brighter; though actually it is not.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
An injured woman cries for help after gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013. Gunmen stormed the shopping mall in the Kenyan capital killing at least 15 people, according to the Kenyan Red Cross, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets seeking safety.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi September 21, 2013. The gunmen stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi killing at least 20 people in what Kenya's government said could be a terrorist attack, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets in search of safety. Sporadic gun shots could be heard hours after the assault started as soldiers surrounded the mall and police and soldiers combed the building, hunting down the attackers shop by shop. Some local television stations reported hostages had been taken, but there was no official confirmation.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Young Palestinian groom Ahmed Soboh, 15 and his bride Tala, 14, stand inside Tala's house which was damaged during an Israeli strike in 2009, during their wedding party in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border between Israeli and northern Gaza Strip September 24, 2013.
Reuters Photographs Of The Year 2013
Members of the Tokyo bid committee celebrate as Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announces Tokyo as the city to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Game during a ceremony in Buenos Aires September 7, 2013.
Reuters Best Photographs of the Year 2013
A model poses nude while a girl draws her during an art workshop on Valentine's Day in Mexico City February 14, 2013.
Reuters Best Photographs of the Year 2013
A runner gets gored by a bull on Estafeta Street during the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 12, 2013. The runner, a 31-year-old man from Castellon, Spain, identified by local media as Diego Miralles, was gored three times.
Reuters Best Photographs of the Year 2013
An excavator is used to move villagers away from a flooded area during heavy rainfall in Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, July 10, 2013. More than 300 hundred people were evacuated in Yingxiu after roads connecting the township to the outside world were cut off by floods and landslides.

From catastrophic natural disasters to the conflict in Syria to the massacre at the Westgate mall in Kenya, 2013 has seen it all, and its most defining moments were caught on camera as they unfolded.

As the end of the year draws near, news agency Reuters has released a collection of some of the most striking images from its global coverage of news, entertainment and sport.

An image of a hand poking out from under the rubble of a collapsed building in Bangladesh appears alongside pictures of President Barack Obama's second-term inauguration and a photo of a man getting gored by a bull during the sixth running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appearing with baby Prince George outside the hospital he was born in also feature, as does Pope Francis.

A photo of Emirates Team New Zealand racing in the America's Cup appears in the 93-image gallery, taken by photographer Peter Andrews who had a broken leg at the time.

See the full gallery and captions explaining the photos here.

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