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Pictures of the Year 2014
The Photographers' Story - 26 Nov 2014 - Sort by:
The Photographers' Story - 26 Nov 2014
Reuters picture editors have chosen key images from 2014 and asked the photographer to tell the story behind the picture.

The photographer's story is in the caption of each image.
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26 Nov. 2014
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26 Nov. 2014
Sochi, Russia
Four out of five Olympic rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in this February 7, 2014 file photo.

This image is a great example of the cliche 'always expect the unexpected'.

Two days before, at the Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal, I had seen that the Olympic rings were supposed to open from a small, flower-shaped ball and then explode in flash of extreme brightness. The massive changes in light required a quick estimation as to how to adjust the exposure, so every photographer was anxious, knowing what was supposed to come next.

I had just reduced my ISO and increased my shutter speed when I noticed the top-right ring was not forming like the others. So I took a few photographs, still anticipating the next stage. But no. Nothing. The incomplete Olympic symbol just hung there before disappearing completely.

Did I manage to correctly adjust the camera settings for the unpredicted dull Olympic ring? Thankfully, you see the answer before you. Needless to say, it was the talking point of the opening ceremony, and became one of the most memorable images of the Sochi Olympic Games. - David Gray

REUTERS/David Gray (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS PICTURE IS PART OF THE PACKAGE 'PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - THE PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY'. SEARCH 'PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY' FOR ALL IMAGES'
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26 Nov. 2014
People hang out in a Publix grocery store after being... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Pro-European integration protesters take cover from... more
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26 Nov. 2014
The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls is pictured in Ontario,... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A male red deer with antlers covered in bracken, walks... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A cradle left behind by Syrian Kurdish refugees lies... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Palestinian pedestrians and a motorcyclist commute... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Zhiliang, whose fiancee was onboard Malaysia Airlines... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Michael Lucarelli runs from the media as he leaves... more
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Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Armed pro-Russian separatists (R) escort a column of... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Indonesian police use tear gas and water cannon to... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Three men found guilty by a Somali military court of... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Ifeoma Nwoye of Nigeria is carried away by her coach... more
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26 Nov. 2014
The son (L) of one of the members of Tayseer Al-Batsh's... more
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26 Nov. 2014
An Israeli woman (C) and a Palestinian woman gesture... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A radio-controlled flying witch makes a test flight... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Debris flies after the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft blasted... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Mahindra Moto3 rider Bryan Schouten of the Netherlands... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Tariq Khdeir is greeted by his mother after being released... more
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26 Nov. 2014
An explosion is seen during a car bomb attack at a... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A U.S. flag sticks out the window of a damaged hot... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A large TVS (tornadic vortex signature) thunderstorm... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A masked pro-Russian protester sits on a chair as he... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A young member of the choir of "Sinfonia por el Peru"... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Pro-Russian protesters attack a pro-Ukranian protester... more
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Four runners carry Adam Hurst down Boylston Street... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Bystanders react as victims of a bomb blast arrive... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Eric Parker from central Idaho aims his weapon from... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Men rest after salvaging metal on the 30th floor of... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Indians who are considered uncontacted by anthropologists... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Actress Angelina Jolie cries at the Srebrenica Genocide... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sits on a bench... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (L) gestures to... more
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Anti-government protesters kiss during a protest against... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Two women wearing nun outfits drink beer while watching... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Local women watch armed men, believed to be Russian... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Demonstrators use a slingshot against the National... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Uttara Saud, 14, sits inside a Chaupadi shed in the... more
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26 Nov. 2014
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A Hindu devotee worships in the polluted waters of... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Secret Service agents keep watch as U.S. President... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike,... more
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26 Nov. 2014
A man is arrested by security as he tries to slip under... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Anti-government protesters take over the parliament... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Italy's Giorgio Chiellini shows teeth marks on his... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Qin Zhengyu, 78, shows moles and tumours on her back... more
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26 Nov. 2014
Smoke rises from a house days after part of the ground... more
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