Photojournalism of the Month: November 2014

The best pictures in the news

The sister of Lebanese soldier Ali Bazzal, who was kidnapped by Islamic State militants, cries as she sits on the ground blocking a main road, after Nusra Front released this afternoon a picture for her brother with a sword points on his neck threatened to kill him within hours if Lebanese authorities do not release a woman that is being held over terrorism charges, as she protests demanding that the government negotiate with the militants, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Police used water cannons to break up a protest Friday by relatives of several kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, after the protesters blocked a main highway in the capital. Several protesters and some journalists were also beaten by security forces as they broke up the demonstration. Hussein Malla is the Chief AP Photographer in Beirut. See more of his work here. AP Photo/Hussein Malla
In this Nov. 2, 2014 photo, a family leaves the cemetery under a rainbow after decorating the niches of her loved ones during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Huamanga, Peru. Families gather at the graves of their departed relatives at this time of the year, a tradition that coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day on Nov. 1 and 2. Rodrigo Abd has been an AP Staff Photographer based in Guatemala since 2003. In 2013 he was part of the team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his work covering the Syrian Civil War. See more of his work here. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
Iraqi Shiite faithful worshippers cut themselves with swords and knives to show their grief during the holy day of Ashoura in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Shiites mark Ashoura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. See more of Nabil al-Jurani's work here. AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani
No indictment for Wilson
Police and protesters meet at a line on South Florissant Avenue on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury did not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown. Christian Gooden has been a Staff Photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 2007.AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden
Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following an airstrike by the US led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. See more of Vadim Ghirda's work here. AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Ultra-Orthodox Jews carry the body of Mosheh Twersky during his funeral in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing Twersky and three others n the city's bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout. Oded Balilty has been with AP since 2002. In 2007 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. See more of his work here. AP Photo/Oded Balilty
Maria Mala, a displaced woman with her new born baby Namadi, who was born Thursday morning rest at the camp for internally displaced people in Yola, Nigeria, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Thousands of people have fled their homes in recent times due to Boko Haram attacks. Sunday Alamba is an AP photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. See more of his work here. AP Photo/Sunday Alamba
LOCAL SNOWVEMBER AERIAL GEE
A man digs out his driveway in Depew, N.Y.,Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another lake-effect storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday. Derek Gee is the Chief Photographer for the Buffalo News.AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee
In this Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, file photo, conscripts stand at a military conscription office in Grozny, Chechnya's provincial capital, Russia. The Russian military has begun drafting conscripts from the province of Chechnya for the first time since a separatist war. See more of Musa Sadulayev's work here. AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File
A student wearing white clown makeup with the Spanish word for "justice" written on the side of his face, stands outside the Attorney General's office, in Mexico City, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, during a protest demanding the release of students arrested two days earlier, following a massive gathering in the Zocalo. Tens of thousands marched to the capital's main plaza Thursday, demanding that authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day normally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-17 Revolution. See more of Marco Ugarte's work here. AP Photo/Marco Ugarte
Syrian Kurdish babies from the Kobani area share a cradle at a refugee camp in Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. Vadim Ghirda is a photographer for AP. See more of his work here. AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 photo, Kashmiris stand in queue to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of voting to the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections at Shadipora, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Thousands lined up to cast their votes amid a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups who reject India's sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region. See more of Mukhtar Khan's work here. AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan

Our Photojournalism of the Month gallery highlights moments of exceptional documentary photography, curated from the daily output of wire photographers from around the world. Want more photojournalism? Check out our round-ups from August, September, and October as well as The Best Photojournalism of 2013.