2011 Images of the Year

It’s that time of year when various media outlets publish their lists of the best photographs from 2011. The following images are my personal favourites from their lists;

Lightning flashes around the ash plume of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano chain near Entrelagos, Chile.
Carlos Gutierrez/REUTERS

Wild horses are herded down from the mountains for the annual Rapa das Bestas (shearing of the beasts) festival in Sabucedo, Spain. Hundreds of wild horses are rounded up from the mountains and directed into the outdoor pen to be trimmed and marked.
Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Brutus, a 5.5m saltwater crocodile, gives a boatload of tourists a moment they’ll never forget on the Adelaide River.
Katrina Bridgeford

A fisherman arranges a net as his wife paddles their boat in the waters of the Periyar river on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Kochi on 5 January.Sivaram V/REUTERS

A boy swims along the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province, China.

Mithun, 11, carries soil at a laterite brick mine in Ratnagiri district. He is paid two Indian rupees per brick and carries an average of 100 bricks out of the mine each day.
Danish Siddiqui/REUTERS

Space shuttle Endeavour lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Joe Skipper/REUTERS

Fans leave condolence notes in memory of Steve Jobs at the Apple store on in San Francisco, California.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Antigovernment protesters in Pearl Square in Manama, Bahrain, on Feb. 20.
Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

A girl stands in front of a damaged home on the eastern outskirts of Tripoli on March 25.
Moises Saman for The New York Times

Crowds rehearsed in Juba in preparation for South Sudan’s independence ceremonies. After decades of guerrilla struggles and two million lives lost, the Republic of South Sudan officially split from the north on July 9 and became Africa’s 54th country.
Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Specialist Michael Miller, age 23 from Melbourne, Florida, sat at the feet of Sergeant Quintana, silent, with a glassy haunted stare.Adam Ferguson—VII for TIME

A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan, following the massive earthquake and tsunami.
Yuriko Nakao/REUTERS

Shuttle launch. May 16, 2011
Stefanie Gordon—AP

Love Your Job
Edmond Terakopian

A woman jumps from a burning building during the London riots in August.Amy Weston

A U.S. Army soldier takes five with an Afghan boy during a patrol in Pul-e Alam, a town in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan.
Umit Bektas/Reuters

The tall ship Alexander von Humboldt cuts through waves and weather during Kieler Woche.
Eduard Bopp

The links below contain many more images deemed to be some of the best from this past year.
(Disclaimer – some of you may find some of the images unsettling/disturbing)

MSN 2011 in pictures
Huffington Post
As Seen From Space

12 thoughts on “2011 Images of the Year

  1. Hard to pick one out as a favourite from that bunch.As I love nature/landscape ones I`ll plonk for the first one of the volcano and lightning 🙂
    Honourable mention to the wee girl in Tripoli as next best.

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