The Best Photojournalism of the Year

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Javier 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
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August 26, 2013. Firefighters work to prevent the Rim Fire from jumping Highway 120 near Buck Meadows, California.Max Whittaker/Reuters

A fast-moving wildfire on the edge of Yosemite National Park has forced the closure of two more areas of the park. The fire, which had grown to just over 125,000 acres as of early Saturday, remained largely unchecked with extreme terrain hampering efforts at containment, which stood at 5 percent. Max Whittaker is a freelance photographer based out of Sacramento, California. He is certainly no stranger to covering voile situations, having been embedded in both Iraq and Afghanistan. See more of his incredible photojournalism, here.

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Palestinian protesters take cover during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron.Ammar Awad/Reuters

Ammar Awad is a Reuters staffer based in Palestine. See more of his work here.

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

Osman Orsal is a Reuters staffer based in Turkey. See our full gallery from the Turkish protests here.

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A typhoon survivor walks past damaged trees at typhoon-ravaged Tolosa town, Leyte province, central Philippines, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.AP Photo/Aaron Favila

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.

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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.AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Shizuo Kambayashi is a staff photographer working for the Associated Press in Japan. See a selection of his recent work here.

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

Andres Stapff is a Reuters staffer based in Uruguay covering general news.

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Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race.Dan Lampariello/Reuters

Two simultaneous explosions ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch the world famous race.

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A member of the Vancouver Gun Club takes aim while trap shooting at their facility in Richmond, British Columbia.Andy Clark/Reuters

Formed in 1924, the shotgun-only club has a regular membership of about 400 and sells an estimated 1100 day passes each year. Canada has very strict laws controlling the use of handguns and violent crime is relatively rare. Reuters photographer Andy Clark made this photograph as part of a series depicting gun culture in Canada.

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A child watches jellyfish swim in a large tank at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, British Columbia.Andy Clark/Reuters

Andy Clark is a freelance photographer based in British Columbia, shooting for Reuters. See more of his work here.

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August 13, 2013. Paul Kipsiele Koech of Kenya jumps a water obstacle in the men's 3000 metres steeplechase heat during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Kai Pfaffenbach is a Germany-born photojournalist, who began working for Reuters in 1996, before coming on fulltime in 2001. See more of his work on the Rueters blog and on his personal site.

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A miner takes a short break inside an unregulated coal mine in Sabinas, Mexico.Daniel Becerril/Reuters

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.

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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/Reuters

Thomas Mukoya has been a photographer with Reuters since 2002. He is also the President of the Photojournalists’ Association of Kenya.

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A vending machine, brought inland by a tsunami, is seen in a abandoned rice field inside the exclusion zone at the coastal area near Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture.Damir Sagolj / Reuters

Damir Sagolj is a Reuters staff photographer based in Myanmar. He recently won first prize in the World Press Photo "Daily Life Singles" category. Check out his awesome blog over on the Reuters site.

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Thousands of tents are seen on Mount Wugongshan during the 2013 International I Camping Festival held in Jiangxi province, China.Reuters/Stringer

The event which opened on September 14, attracted more than 15,000 campers from all over the world, according to Xinhua News Agency.

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Locals carry a dead leopard into Kathmandu, Nepal. The leopard wandered into town, attacked and injured 15 people, before authorities were able to kill it.Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Navesh Chitrakar is a Reuters staffer based in Nepal. You can see more of his incredible work in our past round-ups here and here.

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Wolf researcher Werner Freund feeds Arctic wolves meat with his mouth in an enclosure at Wolfspark Werner Freund, in Merzig, Germany.Lisi Niesner / Reuters

See more of Lisi Niesner's incredible photographs, documenting Werner Freund's life with wolfs, on the Reuters blog.

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Christie's specialist James Hyslop holds a pre-17th century, sub-fossilized Elephant Bird egg in London.Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The rare egg is expected to sell for $30,000-45,000 when is it auctioned in London on April 24. The extinct Elephant Bird, a native of Madagascar, was a large bird measuring around 11 feet in height. Suzanne Plunkett is a Reuters photographer based in London. You can read more about her incredible career in photography in 9.11.01: The Photographers' Stories.

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Belgian tourists watch a hybrid solar eclipse from Lake Oloidien near Naivasha in Kenya Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.AP Photo/Ben Curtis

A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday with some areas witnessing a total blackout and others experiencing a partial version. Ben Curtis is an Associated Press staff photographer based in Kenya. See more of his work here.

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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.Imad Abdul Rahman/AP Photo

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.

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A worker puts finishing touches on masks of Pope Francis at a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro.Sergio Moraes/Reuters
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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/Reuters

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.

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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.Andy Clark/Reuters

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.

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Ram Pratap Verma, a 32-year-old aspiring Bollywood film actor, poses for a photograph wearing his worn out socks on a beach in Mumbai.Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

He made the journey to Mumbai from his small village eight years ago, and despite carrying his whole "home" inside his bag, he is determined not to give up on his ambitions. Danish Siddiqui is a Reuters staffer based in India. You can keep up to date with his work by following his Reuters blog.

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A paramilitary policeman jumps through a fire barrier during a military training exercise in Chuzhou, Anhui province, China.Reuters/China Daily

Chinese military training exercises are notoriously photogenic occurrences. See more excellent images here.

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A peasant rests along a street next to his flags during a march, upon arrival in Mexico City.Edgard Garrido / Reuters

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.

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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/Reuters

John Kolesidis is a photojournalist based in Athens, Greece, shooting for the likes of Reuters and Corbis.

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Fighters from the Free Syrian Army's Tahrir al Sham brigade use a shotgun to fire an improvised grenade at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neighborhood of Damascus.Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Goran Tomasevic is a Reuters staffer who predominantly covers wars and conflicts. We’ve recently made a point of including at least one of his images from the frontlines, in our weekly round-ups.

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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
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Thai officers destroy counterfeit watches with hammers at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok.Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Thai customs and police officials destroyed 90 tons of counterfeit goods worth over 1,480 million baht ($49 million) by running a steamroller over piles of DVDs, handbags, clothing and watches. Athit Perawongmetha is a full-time freelance photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand. His images have been printed international is newspapers and publications across the globe.

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An animal rights activist protests against meat consumption through a performance to promote vegetarianism during "Day Without Meat" in central Barcelona.Albert Gea/Reuters
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Freed Palestinian prisoner Ibrahim Baroud kisses a gun as enters the northern Gaza Strip surrounded by Islamic Jihad militants. He had spent 27 years in Israeli jail. Mohammed Salem is a Reuters photographer based in Palestine.Mohammed Salem/Reuters
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See our full interview with Lucas Jackson about his twilight images of the 2013 Oklahoma tornados here.Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Jewish settlers remove belongings after Israel's civil administration razed prefabricated homes in the West Bank outpost of Maale Rehavam, south of Bethlehem. The structures were apparently built illegally. Baz Ratner is a veteran conflict photographer and staffer for Reuters.Baz Ratner/Reuters
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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
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August 12, 2013. Poll workers in Bamako, Mali count ballots in Sunday's high stakes presidential runoff, with former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita tipped to claim the difficult job of stabilizing the West African nation after more than a year of turmoil.Joe Penney/Reuters

Joe Penney is a Reuters staffer based in Western Africa. See more of his work here and here.

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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/The Star-Ledger

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.

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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
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Anti-government protesters wave Thai national flags after removing barbed wire over the fence of the prime minister's office known as Government House in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Wason Wanichakorn is an Associated Press photographer currently covering the anti-government protests in Thailand.AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn
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August 7, 2013. Fire fighters struggle to put out a fire at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi August 7, 2013.Noor Khamis/Reuters

A fire engulfed Kenya's main airport on Wednesday, choking a vital travel and trade gateway to east Africa. The cause of the fire was not yet known. Noor Khamis is a Reuters staff photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work mainly revolves around documenting daily life in the East African nation, although he is also well-versed in shooting breaking news and sports photography.

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In this Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 photo, a Lebanese policeman helps 16-year-old Mohammed Shaar who was injured at the scene after a car bomb explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.AP Photo/Uncredited
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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
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A fly lands between the eyes of U.S. President Barack Obama while he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Larry Downing is a Reuters staff photographer covering president Barack Obama.Larry Downing/Reuters
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin is seen through the glass of C-Explorer 5 submersible after a dive to see the remains of the naval frigate "Oleg", which sank in the 19th century, off of Finland in the Baltic Sea.Reuters/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Aleksey Nikolskyi is a staff photographer for RIA Novosti, one of the largest state-owned news agencies in Russia. He frequently photographs Mr. Putin and other political figures.

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Responders try to rescue trapped garment workers from the Rana Plaza building, which collapsed earlier in the week, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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.

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Buddhist monks pray at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, north of Bangkok, Thailand, on Makha Bucha Day.Kerek Wongsa/Reuters

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.

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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he stands inside a burned shop in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district. Hamid Khatib is an independent photojournalist stringing for Reuters. His images from the frontlines continue to be some of the most telling photographs we've seen come out of the Syrian crisis.Hamid Khatib/Reuters
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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/Reuters

Gary Hershorn is a 28-year Reuters veteran from Hoboken, New Jersey. See more of his work here and here.

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Rescue workers carry a garment worker, who was pulled alive from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza garment building, in Savar, Bangladesh.Stringer/Reuters
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Quebec rower Mylene Paquette celebrates as she arrives in Lorient, western France, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, after a solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean.AP Photo/David Vincent

Paquette is the first North American woman to row solo across the North Atlantic. She left Halifax just over four months ago in a specially designed 7.3-metre boat propelled only by Paquette and the currents. David Vincent is a stringer working for the Associated Press in France.

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August 9, 2013. A still smoldering mountainside is seen under the stars at the Silver Fire, California.David McNew/Reuters

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.

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A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the "Cobra Gold 2013" joint military exercise, at a military base in Chon Buri, Thailand.Damir Sagolj is a Reuters staff photographer based in Myanmar.Damir Sagolj/Reuters

He recently won first prize in the World Press Photo "Daily Life Singles" category. Check out his awesome blog over on the Reuters site.

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August 1, 2013. An unruly crowd broke out into a full-scale riot this weekend in Huntington Beach, California, on the final day of the US Open of Surfing.Captain Soncho

Rioters knocked down street signs, smashed cars and windows and overturned portable toilets. Cops eventually resorted to using pepper spray, and non-lethal projectiles to disperse the crowd. The photographer of this image, who was unlucky enough to be hit by the police department's non-lethal projectles, is based in Huntington Beach, California. He runs CaptainSoncho.org.

"When I arrived downtown, Huntington police were in riot gear and were lined up. People started throwing glass bottles and whatever they could get there hands onto. Police shot rubber bullets into the crowd. I was shot 4 times by rubber bullets and tear-gassed but that was because I was in the middle of all the chaos. I only felt threatened when a cop pointed his gun at me when I was only about 15 feet from him..."

After seeing Soncho's photographs from this weekend's riots, we couldn't help but think of Nick Waplington's Huntington Beach riot photos shot exactly 25 years earlier, also on the final day of a major surf competition. The similarities between the two sets of images are uncanny.

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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
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Free Syrian Army fighters react during the launching of a rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Deir al-Zor.Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Khalil Ashawi is a freelance photographer, covering the civil war in Syria from the rebels' perspective. His images continue to offer an incredibly intimate view of the daily lives of rebel forces, struggling to oust President Bashar al-Assad. See more of Khalil's work on our site here.

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A giant Uncle Sam balloon is marched down 6th Avenue during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York City.AP Photo/John Minchillo

John Minchillo is an independent photojournalist based in New York City. See more of his incredible work here.

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A Star Wars movie character mannequin stands outside a tornado-destroyed house in Oklahoma City.Rick Wilking/Reuters

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.

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A Typhoon Haiyan survivor carries his belongings through the ruins of Tacloban, Philippines on his way back to his temporary shelter.AP Photo/David Guttenfelder

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.

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France's President Francois Hollande waves goodbye to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden after a working lunch and joint news conference at the Elysee Palace. Philippe Wojazer is a Reuters photographer based in Paris.Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

At the end of each year we like to take some time to look back and pinpoint what we feel were its' strongest moments in photojournalism. This year's collection of photographs is nothing short of amazing. With images coming from the Associated Press, Reuters and a variety of independent sources, and from nearly every continent on the globe, here is your chance to relive the year, through the eye's of some of its strongest image makers.

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