The best 20 photos selected from the world’s leading photojournalists’shoots.

Islamic State militants were being photographed the moment an air strike explosion goes off on 23 October 2014

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A Palestinian boy looks out of his family’s damaged house in Gaza on 12 October 2014

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A young girl is pictured after being wounded during clashes between riot police and protestors in Istanbul on 12 March 2014

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Brazilian fans celebrate during the World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo on 12 June 2014

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Uruguay’s Luis Suárez reacts after clashing with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup match in Natal on 24 June 2014

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Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious in an Ebola ward in Monrovia, Liberia, on 15 August 2014

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A South Sudanese man from the Dinka ethnic group stands among cattle in Yirol on 12 February 2014

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Police block a road in Kiev, Ukraine, on 24 January 2014

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Protesters march as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Missouri, on 20 August 2014 after a police officer shot unarmed Michael Brown

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A plain-clothes detective, who had been marching with demonstrators, aims his gun at the crowd after someone identified him in Oakland, California, on 10 December 2014

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Oscar Pistorius is photographed in a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng high court in Pretoria on 21 October 2014

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The main peloton rides towards the amphitheatre of Buttertubs Pass as the Tour de France’s départ got under way in Yorkshire

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Residents emerge to receive food aid distributed by the UN Relief and Works Agency at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp in Syria on 31 January 2014

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People flee Bangui for Cameroon in a container on 22 February 2014

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Damaged goods lie in a shelled kitchen in Donetsk, Ukraine, on 26 August 2014

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The shadow of an aircraft is seen in low cloud cover on a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean

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Mount Sinabung volcano erupts in North Sumatra, Indonesia, on 8 October 2014

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People run for shelter from a hailstorm on the beach at the river Ob in Siberia, Russia, on 12 July 2014

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A woman cries as she stands on the road with her luggage after she left her home near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, on 2 August 2014

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Source: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/dec/27/the-20-photographs-of-the-year

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