The 35 best Reuters photos of the year so far

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A family inside their car during the eruption of the Mount Sinabung volcano.
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Beawiharta/Reuters

For the past 30 years, Reuters’ award-winning photographers have been traveling around the world, documenting the biggest news stories as well as the smaller, tender moments that fly under the radar.

Here, we take a look at 35 of the most powerful images taken this year by their amazing team of photographers.

These photos cover a wide range of the human experience – the darkness of war, the joy that comes from love and compassion, and the bravery of those following their passions.

We’ll be updating this slideshow as 2015 comes to an end.

Editor’s note: Many of the images in this slideshow depict graphic violence, injury, and nudity, and many are upsetting.

(Captions by Reuters and Sarah Jacobs)


Professional Norwegian ski jumper Anders Fanneme soars through the air during training for the Four Hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria, on January 3.

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Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

A Syrian refugee stands behind a door at a makeshift settlement in the village of Ketermaya, south of Beirut, on January 8.

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Ali Hashisho/Reuters

A wounded volunteer with the Myanmar Red Cross Society reacts after the convoy he was in was fired upon by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army on February 17.

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Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Berber women wash a child in the village of Ait Sghir in the High Atlas region of Morocco on February 14.

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Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Enraged Christians lynch a man they suspected of being involved in a suicide attack on a church in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 15.

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Mohsin Raza/Reuters

Supporters of the Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress hits another supporter with a motorbike during celebrations in Kano on March 31.

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Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

During the eruption of the Mount Sinabung volcano, a family sits inside their car as they prepare to evacuate a dangerous area in the village of Tiga Serangkai in the North Sumatra province of Indonesia on June 24.

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Beawiharta/Reuters

Students travel to school on the roof of a wooden boat in Palembang, on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, on September 10. Behind them, haze from forest fires blanket the Musi River.

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Beawiharta/Reuters

A female Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter stands near a security position in Sinjar, Iraq, on March 13. Women fighters at this PKK base on Mount Sinjar are expected to be ready to fight, just like their male counterparts. Smoke from the front line, which marks their battle against the Islamic State, can be seen from the base.

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Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Seven-year-old Charles Athrom sits in front of his destroyed home after a tornado swept through Van, Texas, on May 11.

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Mike Stone/Reuters

Gordon Satterly, 61, kisses his husband Richard Brand, 53, at the International Gay Rodeo Association’s “Rodeo in the Rock” party in Little Rock, Arkansas, on April 24.

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Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Migrants who were found at sea collect rainwater during a heavy rainfall at a temporary refugee camp outside Maungdaw township in Myanmar on June 4.

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Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Buffaloes escape a fire by the Yamuna river on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, on June 9.

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Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia, on June 30. At least 30 people were killed.

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Roni Bintang/Reuters

Massive lightning bolts light up night skies near Barstow, California, during a monsoon storm on July 1.

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Gene Blevins/Reuters

People participate in the annual one-mile Lake Zurich crossing swimming event on July 1.

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Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

A Greek Orthodox priest stands in a safe location away from a forest fire close to Saint George church (background) in Athens July 17.

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Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Each day scores of cyclists, such as the ones pictured, make the nearly 29-mile downhill journey from Bugarama, Rwanda, to sell bananas. They often hang from the backs of trucks for the return uphill trip.


British comedian Lee Nelson throws money at former FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 20. Blatter is currently banned from all FIFA activities after an investigation on claims of widespread corruption within the organization.

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Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

An Afghan boy plays on a merry-go-round on a hilltop in Kabul on July 20.

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Ahmad Masood/Reuters

A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif.

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Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters

Chinese former “comfort woman” Zhang Xiantu rests on a traditional brick bed in her house in Xiyan Town, China, on July 18. “Comfort woman” is a Japanese euphemism for women who were forced into prostitution and sexually abused at Japanese military brothels before and during World War II. Xiantu is the only surviving “comfort woman” of the 16 plaintiffs in Shanxi who sued the Japanese government in 1995 for abducting girls and abusing them.

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Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

A migrant is rescued by an Italian Navy helicopter in the area where his boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea on August 11.

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Italian Navy/Handout/Reuters

A Los Padres National Forest firefighter watches a controlled burn on the so-called “Rough Fire” in the Sequoia National Forest, California.

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Max Whittaker/Reuters

Photographer Carlos Barria holds a print of a photograph he took in 2005 right after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Here, he matches the print up at the same location 10 years later.


A veterinarian takes a picture of a two-year-old orangutan during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Authorities said the orangutans are being examined to ensure they are free from diseases.


Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, Hungary, on August 27.

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Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

In Siwa, Egypt, patients such as the one pictured are instructed to lie buried neck-deep in the sand. Locals say taking a sand bath is a natural therapy with powers to cure many medical conditions, including rheumatism, joint pain, infertility, or impotence.

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Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

Palestinians scuffle with an Israeli soldier as they try to prevent him from detaining a boy during a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah.

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Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Hungarian policemen stand by a family of migrants as they attempt to run away at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, on September 3. Bicske houses a camp for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Policemen get hit by eggs as farmers from all over Europe take part in a demonstration outside a European Union farm ministers’ emergency meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

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Eric Vidal/Reuters

A Palestinian boy sleeps on a mattress inside the remains of his family’s house. Witnesses said the home was originally destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in the summer of 2014. Here, he rests during a sandstorm in Gaza on September 8.

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Suhaib Salem/Reuters

President Barack Obama stands with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony for the pope at the White House in Washington, DC.


China’s first lady Peng Liyuan kisses a girl from the Yu Ying Public Charter School during a visit to the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, DC, on September 25.

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Carlos Barria/Reuters

This year, NASA announced they have found the first evidence that briny water may flow on the surface of Mars during the planet’s summer months. Here, an image that shows the dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks on Mars are inferred to have been formed by contemporary flowing water.

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