The Best Pictures of the Year from Reuters


A supporter made up as a zombie attends a rally for A. Zombie as he announces his candidacy for President of the United States and kicks off his cross country bus tour in San Diego, California August 20, 2012. The “Zombie for President” campaign is organized by AMC Networks after satellite provider Dish Network dropped AMC channels earlier this year. Zombie’s mission is to “find an alternative television provider” ahead of the October 14 third season premiere of AMC’s highest-rated show “The Walking Dead”. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive633106

In the second edition of our roundup of some of the best pictures of the year from our partners around the world, we’re focusing on the best of 2012 from Reuters. The photos are stunning, heartbreaking, moving, and fabulous – all rolled in to one lightbox. Reuters chose to highlight some of the biggest news stories of the yearwith both iconic images of big events next to human interest photos telling the same story from a different angle.

In an email they sent out about their collection, our partners at Reuters said they produce “up to 1,600 images a day covering top news, sport, entertainment, and features from all over the world. This selection highlights the best of this content.”

You can see 25 pictures from this collection here in this blog post, but if you’d like to see them all, head back to Newscom to see the best pictures of 2012 from Reuters (Editor’s note: there are more than 500 pictures at this link, so it may take a while to load. Be patient, you won’t regret waiting to see these images).

As part of releasing their best images of 2012, Reuters also made a video slideshow of the images and published a blog with thoughts from the photographers about 95 of these images. We loved seeing a little bit more about the background on some of these images.

For example, read what the photographer had to say about the image below:

“There was a scheduled rally that day due to the official visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It was apparent, early on, that it was not going to be a peaceful protest, and sure enough violence broke out around noon. There was a storm of rocks, teargas and police arrests. There were violent clashes in the street, and the crowds had grouped towards the lower part of Syntagma Square to protect themselves from the riot police. Suddenly, there was an outburst of cries and applause, as a naked man emerged from among the protestors, and started running towards me. I started to run too, taking pictures at the same time, waiting for him to pass by me, so that I could have a few frames of him running against a background of the Parliament. The symbolism was as plain as day in my eyes: a man standing naked right in front of the riot police and the Parliament, naked in the face of power imposition and the new austerity measures about to be taken. The protester kept running towards the police holding his arms up, as if to show he was unarmed, until he disappeared in the crowd, having passed by the Parliament.”

A naked protester

A naked protester runs past the parliament in Syntagma Square in Athens during a violent protest against the visit of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel October 9, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and stun grenades at protesters in central Athens on Tuesday when they tried to break through a barrier and reach visiting Merkel. Tens of thousands of demonstrators defied a ban on protests, gathering in Syntagma square to voice their displeasure with the German leader, who many blame for forcing painful cuts on Greece in exchange for two EU-IMF bailout packages worth over 200 billion euros. JOHN KOLESIDIS/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive629933

Or how about this stunning image from Brazil:

“The village has electric generators that usually run at night. Their houses are lit by lamps, and more light comes from their TV sets. The Yalawapiti love to watch soccer and news programs. The night I took this photo there was no moon and I was struck by the starry sky. I ran back to the house, grabbed my tripod, and tried a few positions until I was able to frame it the way I liked. I set the camera on a slow shutter speed until I captured the light emanating from behind the house. It was only after taking the photo that I realized the light from behind the house was from a fire where they were cooking fish for the guests of the Kuarup ceremony the following day.”

Yawalapiti village

A view of the Yawalapiti village before the start of this year’s ‘quarup,’ a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them, in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, August 12, 2012. This year the Yawalapiti tribe honoured two people – a Yawalapiti Indian who they consider a great leader, and Darcy Ribeiro, a well-known author, anthropologist and politician known for focusing on the relationship between native peoples and education in Brazil. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from rtrlfive630062

Looking through this lightbox, and the others we will continue to publish on FocalPoint over the next few weeks, will be a great way to help you put together your features on the best images and events of 2012. So whatever story you decide to tell about this past year, Newscom – and Reuters– have the best images to help you tell that story best.

Boy Scout in Nigeria.

A boy scout sits after a parade marking the International Workers’ Day celebration in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, May 1, 2012. AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628616

Protester at US Consulate in Benghazi.

A protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have been protesting a film being produced in the United States September 11, 2012. An American staff member of the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi has died following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources said on Wednesday. Armed gunmen attacked the compound on Tuesday evening, clashing with Libyan security forces before the latter withdrew as they came under heavy fire. ESAM OMRAN AL-FETORI/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628557


The Orvillecopter by Dutch artist Bart Jansen (R) flies in central Amsterdam as part of the KunstRAI art festival June 3, 2012. Jansen said the Orvillecopter is part of a visual art project which pays tribute to his cat Orville, by making it fly after it was killed by a car. He built the Orvillecopter together with radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman (L) . STRINGER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive629980

Chhat festival in Kathmandu.

A devotee offers prayers to the rising sun during the “Chhat” festival in Kathmandu November 20, 2012. Hindus in Nepal are celebrating “Chhat”, a four-day festival that honours the sun god, by praying at sunrise and sunset and giving offerings to seek blessings for their families. NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from rtrlfive628553

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with her trophy in the dressing room after winning the women’s singles final match against Sara Errani of Italy during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 9, 2012. POOL/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628656

Dakar Fashion Week

Model Nafissatou Gningue wears a creation by Egyptian designer Tito backstage during the 10th annual Dakar Fashion Week June 16, 2012. FINBARR O”REILLY/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628639

Russian servicemen in Red Square.

Russian servicemen, dressed in historical uniform, take part in a military parade rehearsal in Red Square, with St. Basil’s Cathedral seen in the background, in Moscow November 5, 2012. The parade will be held on November 7 to mark the anniversary of a historical parade in 1941 when Soviet soldiers marched through Red Square towards the front lines at World War Two. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628520

Child with hoarfrost.

A child, with eyelashes covered with hoarfrost, is seen along a street in the eastern Siberian city of Yakutsk in Sakha (Yakutia) Republic February 10, 2012. The air temperature in Yakutsk is about minus 35 degrees Celsius (minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit). STRINGER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628394

U.S. President Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates on stage as confetti falls after his victory speech during his election rally in Chicago, November 6, 2012. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628502

Manuel Minginfel

Micronesia’s Manuel Minginfel drops weights on the men’s 62Kg Group B weightlifting competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 30, 2012. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive629856

Angelina Jolie

Actress Angelina Jolie poses at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 26, 2012. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628459

Demonstrators march in favor of Trayvon Martin.

Demonstrators march in a rally in support of slain teenager Trayvon Martin in New York April 10, 2012. The February 26 killing of the black teenager by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, a Hispanic man, has triggered protests around the country. KEITH BEDFORD/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628519

 G8 Summit

Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain (centre L-R) , President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and others watch the overtime shootout of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League final in the Laurel Cabin conference room during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Maryland, May 19, 2012. WHITE HOUSE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628596

U.S. model Lydia Hearst

U.S. model Lydia Hearst poses during the opening ceremony of the 20th Life Ball in Vienna May 19, 2012. Life Ball is Europe’s largest annual AIDS charity event and takes place in Vienna’s City Hall. LISI NIESNER/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628590

Tiger Woods

The sun reflects off the club as Tiger Woods hits off on the seventh tee during the final round of the AT&T National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland July 1, 2012. KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive633083

 Mount Mercy

Muslim pilgrims sit on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat in the early morning during the annual haj pilgrimage near the holy city of Mecca October 25, 2012. Nearly 3 million Muslim pilgrims started the first phase of the annual haj on Wednesday, travelling through packed streets from Mecca’s Grand Mosque to the enormous camp at Mina just outside the Saudi Arabian city. AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive629963

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of female punk band, “Pussy Riot”, stands behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow July 4, 2012. Three members of the all-woman punk band “Pussy Riot” were detained on February 21, 2012, after they stormed into Moscow’s main cathedral to sing a protest song against Vladimir Putin and criticised the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for Putin. SERGEI KARPUKHIN/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive629842

Flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

Car are seen on a street flooded at Hoboken in New Jersey, October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the nation’s most densely populated region, swamped New York’s subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan’s financial district. Eduardo Munoz/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from rtrlfive629824

double rainbow

A double rainbow appears after a heavy monsoon storms over Nipton Road in Searchlight, Nevada, July 13, 2012. GENE BLEVINS/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive633121

Alexandra Raisman

Alexandra Raisman (L) of the U.S. is hugged by her coach Mihai Brestyan after coming in second place during the AT&T American Cup gymnastics competition at New York’s Madison Square Garden March 3, 2012. MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628435

Movement of Landless Rural Workers

Members of the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST), who are protesting for change in the process of land reform, hold a flag up by burning tires on a highway in Brasilia November 21, 2012. UESLEI MARCELINO/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive628476

Space Shuttle Endeavour

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is escorted by two F18 jets as it passes the Hollywood sign on the back of a 747 on its arrival in Los Angeles September 21, 2012. The Endeavour will be put on display at its new permanent home the California Science Center in October. MIKE BLAKE/REUTERS/Newscom. License this from rtrlfive633159

Again, you can see all of the best of 2012 from Reuters back at Newscom.

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