Best Pictures of the Year from Reuters

RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2011

The race car of driver Will Power (L) goes airborne during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada October 16, 2011. The motor racing world was left reeling on Monday from the death of time-two Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon while the search for answers into what triggered the horrific crash began. Wheldon's death in the IndyCar finale at Las Vegas Speedway on Sunday left fans stunned and plunged series officials into crisis management mode as the season-ending celebration turned to disaster. Picture taken October 16, 2011. BARRY AMBROSE/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour928484

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Newscom is awesome because we get to work with the best in the business. Not just one of the best in the photography business, but all of the best. We’ve partnered with photographers and agencies from around the world and put them all on one platform for our customers to access quickly.

Reuters News Picture service is easily among the best and most recognized names in the photo industry. Checking out their collection of the best of 2011 images, it’s not hard to see why. They’ve got an incredible selection of images from all over the world. Many of their images are just plain mesmerizing while others fall into the emotional, shocking, dramatic, and real-life categories. Reuters has had a long time to grow to become the best. In 1851, Paul Julius Reuter, became famous for his news coverage with sources like the telegraph and a fleet of more than 200 carrier pigeons.

Even though they no longer use carrier pigeons (at least, we assume they don’t), Reuters still has a reputation for getting the news out quickly to the people who need it. We love having their images on our site, and we hope that you enjoy this small selection of some of their best images from the year. You can see more of the best of Reuters back at Newscom. (There are a lot of images on the page, so this link will take a minute or so to load. Please be patient, it will be so worth it.)

Monaco's Princess Charlene

Monaco's Princess Charlene, wife of Prince Albert II, arrives at the religious wedding ceremony in at the Palace in Monaco July 2, 2011.

A woman rebel fighter

A woman rebel fighter supporter fires an AK-47 rifle as she reacts to the news of the withdrawal of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces from Benghazi March 19, 2011. GORAN TOMASEVIC/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour931797

Raindrops are seen on roses

Raindrops are seen on roses during a memorial ceremony for Basque Socialist Party (PSE) politician Fernando Buesa Blanco on the eleventh anniversary of his assassination in Vitoria February 22, 2011. VINCENT WEST/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour931777

Nicki Minaj

Singer Nicki Minaj arrives for the Christie's Green Auction: Bid To Save The Earth event in New York March 29, 2011. LUCAS JACKSON/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour931729

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann receives styling during a commercial break during the Republican presidential debate in Ames, Iowa August 11, 2011. POOL/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour930044

Robert Peraza

Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza, pauses at his son's name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2011. POOL/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour928582

Military frogmen

Military frogmen practice during a national day rehearsal at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei October 5, 2011. PICHI CHUANG/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour928537

A polar bear

A polar bear swims underwater in the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec October 31, 2011. According to Environment Canada, Canada is home to around 15,000 of the estimated 20,000 polar bears in the world. MATHIEU BELANGER/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour928439

Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (top) scores a touchdown over Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson in the second half of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts November 21, 2011. BRIAN SNYDER/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour928418

Zukhro, an employee of the city zoo,

Zukhro, an employee of the city zoo, walks with Vadik, an 18-month-old male lion, on the territory of the zoo in the capital Dushanbe, January 20, 2011. Employees take the lion from its cage along the territory two times a week while holding a piece of meat. STRINGER/RUSSIA/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour928356

Mundari tribe

A boy from the cattle herding Mundari tribe smiles during the early morning in a settlement near Terekeka, Central Equatoria state, south Sudan January 19, 2011. GORAN TOMASEVIC/RTR/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rtrlfour928352

You may enjoy some of these other posts from FocalPoint:

Newscom’s Pictures of the Year in News

Newscom’s Pictures of the Year in Entertainment

Best Pictures of the Year from Agence France Presse (AFP)

Newscom Staff Favorites from 2011

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