The Most Powerful Photos Of 2014 Will Blow You Away

2014 was full of powerful moments both spectacular and devastating. We cheered for our countries in the Sochi Olympics and World Cup, came together as horrific weather conditions struck every part of the world, watched Ebola claim countless lives, and witnessed what felt like an endless stream of riots and protests both abroad and in our neighborhoods. We hope that this gallery of the most powerful photos of 2014 will help you remember all of the incredible, heartbreaking, life-changing and moving events that took place in the world this past year:

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Powerful Photos Romanian Child

A Romanian Roma child. Roma children often live in deprived communities and face poverty levels that are four times higher than the national average. Source: TIME

Quiantang River Powerful Photos of 2014

A huge wave stuns spectators at the bank of China’s Qiantang River. Source: TIME

Pro-Russian Riots 2014

A mannequin sits upon the roof of a burned truck during a riot in Ukraine. Source: TIME

Palestinian Protesters

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters during a weekly demonstration. Source: TIME

Most Powerful Photos of 2014 Kitten and Soldier

This pro-Russian separatist can’t resist a little kitten. Source: TIME

Life in Gaza 2014

A Palestinian girl in Gaza City, wielding a Kalashnikov rifle amid Islamic Jihad militants. Source: All That Is Interesting

Powerful Photos of 2014 Child Bride Thea

12-year-old Thea pretends to marry 37-year-old Geir to draw attention to the issue of child brides. Source: Global Citizen

MH17 Crash Powerful Photos of 2014

A flower arises from the remains of the MH17 crash in Ukraine. Source: ABC

Mount Sinabung Erupts 2014

Mount Sinabung erupts on Indonesia’s Sumatra island in February 2014. Source: Dark Room

Powerful Photos Sochi Olympics

Dancers perform at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Source: Boston

Murdered Giraffe Powerful Photos

Zoo staff kill, skin, and dissect a healthy giraffe named Marius, and then feed him to the zoo’s lions. Source: Greanville Post

Sex Workers Protest in Mexico City 2014

Sex workers in Mexico City wear skeleton masks to remember deceased colleagues. Sex workers are more likely to be victims of violence and other human-rights violations. Source: TIME

Alleged Rapist Beaten

As an alleged robber and rapist, this man is stripped and dumped in a gutter in Africa. Source: Nana Kofi

Child Injured from Israeli Airstrikes

Following Israeli airstrikes, Palestinians like this child face severe injuries and worse. Source: Daily Mail

World Cup Security

Security for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil cost an estimated $855M. Source: NBC

Kim Jong Un Plays with Kids

Kim Jong Un plays with children at Taesongsan General Hospital in a photo released in May 2014. Source: TIME

Kurdish Woman Most Powerful Photos of 2014

A Kurdish woman runs from a water canyon after Turkish authorities temporarily closed the border. Source: TIME

2014 Pollution in China Out of Hand

Polluted, contaminated water flows through a river in Cangnan county of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province. Source: Business Insider

Ebola Victim 2014 Powerful Photos

A blanket covers the body of Mekie Nagbe, an Ebola victim in Liberia. Source: IB Times

Redemption Powerful Photos of 2014

The mother of Abdolah Hosseinzadeh confront her son’s murderer before removing his noose and saving his life. Source: TIME

2014 Powerful Ferguson Protests

During a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, a man holds his hands up in remembrance of Michael Brown. Source: Pop Sugar

Greenpeace Protesters 2014

Wearing masks of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Greenpeace protesters demonstrate in Mexico City, Mexico. Source: TIME

California Drought Most Powerful Photos of 2014

California suffers from one of the worst droughts in its history. Source: ZME Science

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High Society Furs

Models at the Longchamp Races in France display the latest fur fashions, clothing that the average 1930s woman couldn’t afford. Source: Parade

With income inequality as high today as it was in the 1930s, a photo peek into the past presents us with a not-too different vision of our divided present. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 hurtled the coming decade into a financial crisis that would leave a lasting impact across the globe. Authoritarian governments would sink their teeth into nations in Europe, Asia and South America, while most Americans and Canadians suffered from extreme poverty and starvation. Labor rebellions broke out in the English controlled Caribbean and Mohandas Gandhi led a march to the sea as a stand against Imperialism. The 1930s proved to be a difficult time for many, and would eventually lead to the rise of Nazism and the start of World War II.
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What We Love This Week, Volume C

Best Photojournalism Panoramic NYC

A panoramic photo–composed of 567 images–from the top of One World Trade Center in New York. Source: Time Lightbox

TIME Features Its Picks For The Year’s Best Photojournalism

Best Photojournalism Refugee Camp

A Syrian boy carries his bread rations at a Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.
Source: Time Lightbox

From the civil war in the Central African Republic to the bloating Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, to the escalating crisis in Ukraine, there has–as is the case every year–been no shortage of photojournalism material in 2014. Time photojournalists have scoured the globe to bring these stories home to readers, journeying all the way from Afghanistan to Brazil to Japan to Gaza. The photos they have produced raise more questions than answers, but that’s exactly what a powerful photograph should do. Be sure to check out the rest of the series at Time Lightbox.

Best Photojournalism Afghan Women

Afghan women at a rally for presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul.
Source: Time Lightbox

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