Pictures that blew us away

The New Paper's photo desk picks its choices for the best news picture by wire agency Reuters in 2014




"What makes this shot worthy of praise is that of all the angles possible, this one shows the full extent of the catch and reach for the ball. The photographer was fast and alert enough to capture this split-second moment at a Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game in New Jersey, US, last month.


"This is the work of a thinking photographer. At the premiere of the movie Veronica Mars in Hollywood in March, the photographer showed his understanding of the situation and came up with a delightful photo showing Kristen Bell cheekily groping her co-stars Ryan Hansen (left) and Jason Dohring (right)."


"This participant in a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, Japan, took extra effort to create this 3D art. With the photographer capturing her while she was eating, it looks as if she had her face unzipped to unveil her mouth. What was otherwise a straightforward shot turned out to be so much more interesting."


"Very nice colour palette. This picture of an art installation at the Burning Man 2014 Caravansary arts and music festival in Nevada, US, in August looks surreal because of the giant flower structure. It's almost like a painting."


"This is one of those photographs where if you miss the shot, you would not get another chance to capture it again. The photographer was quick to capture this spilt-second shot, freezing the moment when people were trying to flee from a tidal wave that had surged past the barriers in Hangzhou, China, in August."


"This is a light-hearted look at a meeting between Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai (right) and China President Xi Jinping (left) in Shanghai in May. Most photos of world leaders tend to show them standing side by side, or shaking hands and smiling at the camera. But this particular shot is different because it gives the illusion that they share the same body but with two heads."


"Take a second look. Is that a real witch? No, it's a radio-controlled airplane on a test flight in Carlsbad, California, in October. It's cool that we are only limited by our imagination."


"This aerial view of the Atibainha dam in Nazare Paulista, Brazil, taken last month is one of the most powerful pictures on global warming that I've ever come across. Photographer Nacho Doce said that it was only after getting off the helicopter and looking at the images that he noticed the shot. The image looked like a woman screaming in panic - a bit like Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream. For him, this photograph represents Mother Nature screaming for help."