Like the Time magazine, The Washington Post gathered the most powerful photos of this year in their top The Year in Images and The Best-of Washington Post Photography 2014. The storytelling of a year : its dramas, its joys, its losses, its victories, its wars and its moments of glory are to discover in the gallery.
A murmuration of starlings puts on a display near the town of Gretna, Scotland, on Nov. 6. The birds visit the area twice a year, in February and November. Photo by Owen Humphreys/AP.
Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as it is seen from Karo, Indonesia, on Jan. 14. Photo by Ade Sinuhaji/European Pressphoto Agency.
A long exposure image shows the El Portal Fire burning near Yosemite National Park in California on July 27. Photo by Stuart Palley/European Pressphoto Agency.
Riot police face protesters during clashes in Kiev, Ukraine. On Jan. 22, police stormed protesters’ barricades, and more violence erupted. Photo by Anatoliy Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images.
People hold up a baby saved from the rubble of what activists said was a Jan. 7 airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. Photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters.
People watch as smoke rises from the town of Kobane on Oct. 26 at the Turkish border near Sanliurfa province. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the main Kurdish party in Syria of not wanting Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq to help it fight Islamic State jihadists trying to overrun the town. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images.
The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket, headed to the International Space Station with supplies, explodes seconds after liftoff Oct. 28 on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images.
Large waves hit Mouro island in Santander, northern Spain, on Feb. 2. Photo by Esteban Cobo/European Pressphoto Agency.
Visitors take a photograph of Canada geese flying through the winter storm past the Washington Monument on Feb. 25. Photo by Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post.
Muslims join the funeral procession of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, in Mumbai. A predawn stampede killed more than a dozen people Jan.18, as tens of thousands of people gathered to mourn the death of the spiritual leader in India’s financial capital, police said. Burhanuddin died Jan. 17. He was 102. Photo by Rajanish Kakade/AP.
A young girl in Istanbul is pictured March 12 after she was wounded during clashes between riot police and protesters after the funeral of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered during anti-government protests. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images.
A bird takes flight as the sun rises over Arlington National Cemetery in section 60 on Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Arlington, VA. Hundreds of Iraq and Afghanistan war dead are buried in the section. Photo by Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post.
Newly elected Senate Majority Leader for the 114th Congress, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks into his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC Thursday, November 13, 2014. Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post.
Raheem Rasta, 67, a drummer and flute player with the Universal Messengers of Music, has been a fixture among drummers at Meridian Hill (Malcom X) Park since receiving his own drum 14 years ago from the woman who would eventually become his wife, on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Washington, DC. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post.
Evening light cast long shadows of players on a basketball court at Jones Point Park beneath Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Alexandria, Virginia, on Saturday, June 26, 2014. Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post.
Reenactor, Gary Schwartz of Silver Spring, MD stands near an encampment as the Blue Angels fly overhead during the Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show which was part of the festivities celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the penning of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on Saturday September 13, 2014 in Baltimore, MD. Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post.
One lane of the East 26th Street between North Charles and North St. Paul streets collapsed about 4 p.m. and slid down an embankment leading to the tracks below washing away cars and flooding CSX railroad as a massive storm system drops heavy rains on the DC region with on April 30, 2014 in Baltimore, MD. Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post.
The Washington Nationals head back into the clubhouse after losing the first game of the National League Divisional Series between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on Tuesday, October 3, 2014. Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post.
Organized by a group called TribeX, demonstrators perform a “Die In” where a police shooting of civilians is acted out on Sunday, November 16, 2014, in St. Louis, MO. The St. Louis suburbs are bracing for the outcome of the grand jury decision about whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed, African-American teenager Michael Brown. Many are hoping to avoid a repeat of the violence that broke out in the weeks following the shooting. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post.
Maryland Terrapins forward Jake Layman (10) celebrates as the official rules the ball out of bounds for a Maryland possession during the final minutes of action against Florida State on February 7, 2014 in College Park, MD. Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post.
Ahmesha Ross, 23, of St. Louis, sports her new “Love” necklace outside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church before the funeral of Michael Brown on Monday, August 25, 2014, in St. Louis, MO. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male, was fatally gunned down by a White police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9 in Ferguson, MO. Ross said the necklace “represents me. I’m a loving woman. Life starts with love, but you have to love yourself before you love anyone else. Love is the key to everything. I think this [the killing of Michael Brown] happened because of racism. Society has brainwashed a lot of us to hate because of skin color. I think it was the lack of love that caused this to happen. The person who committed this brutal act had the door of love closed on him, which caused him to close the door of love on someone else”. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post.
Demonstrators gather outside the White House to protest the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on Monday November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post.
Field of Marines. Washington Nationals Kevin Frandsen (19) slips though a line of Marines prior to the playing of the national anthem prior to game action against the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post.
Erika Totten, L, of Alexandria, VA, holds a sign listing some of the names of people killed by police in the United States as hundreds of people gather at Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park for a peaceful vigil and moment of silence in honor of innocent lives lost and those who have been affected by police brutality on Thursday, August 14, 2014, in Washington, DC. This National Moment of Silence was sparked by, among other instances, the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Hundreds of groups around the nation held similar, simultaneous rallies at 7pm Eastern time to show solidarity. Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post.
Former U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco, does pull-ups during therapy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on May 2, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland. An Irag war veteran, Morrocco, lost both arms and legs by an IED in 2009; received double arm transplants at Johns Hopkins Hospital two years ago, is still recovering and going through physical therapy at Walter Reed. Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post.
Eugene Hughes sits in his electric scooter as he teaches young D.C. boxer, Fayid Ishaq, 18, who was training at Midtown Youth Academy on December 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. Whether he will creek to the front gate using a cane or scoot on over in his motorized wheelchair, Eugene Hughes still relishes unlocking the gates to the Midtown Youth Academy along the 14th Street corridor. Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post.
Moses Tarkulah stands by as colleagues enter the suspected Eloba case ward Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit, on Tuesday September 16, 2014.The newly opened 50 bed unit is managed by International Medical Corp, and was built by Save the Children. On its second day of operation to it has 3 new patients; one patient died Monday night. Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post.
Caretaker Phillip Gant carefully removes shampoo from the face of Stephen Lee while giving him a shower which is part of their morning routine. Phillip, who was homeless for several months and just recently moved into a small basement apartment, is Stephen’s primary caretaker. Stephen suffers from Huntington Disease. Photo by Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post.
Berlinda, stands at the screen door while others talk outside on Sunday September 21, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Berlina mother died of Ebola in an ambulance on the way to Redemption Hospital. The child is Berlinda is under observation for signs of Ebola and was isolated for 21 days. She was rescued by Katie Meyler and is being cared for by the NGO called More than Me (run by Meyler). Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post.
Cheyenne, a Siberian tiger, romps in an old swimming pool at Tri-State Zoological Park in Cumberland, MD on October 1, 2014. Cheyenne is one of 5 big cats living in the enclosure. Bob Candy, owner of the zoo, said that the space is not aesthetically attractive – and that he wished he could find a way to make it more appealing – but that the cats are well cared for. Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post.
Revellers pose for cell phone snapshots during the annual Independence Day fireworks display at the Washington Monument on July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post.
The American flag is surrounded by cowboys taking part in a BLM Bull and Rodeo Company event at Oakland Heights Farm on Saturday June 14, 2014 in Gordonsville, VA. Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post.
A colorful ferris wheel and two girls are reflected in a puddle on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in Langley Park Maryland at a carnival sponsored by The Langley Park Boys and Girls Club. It is located near New Hampshire Ave. and Riggs Road and is running until June 15th. Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post.
Rock Creek flows through Rock Creek Park on May 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post.
Policemen try to get a man to let go of a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators in an occupied area of Hong Kong on Oct. 3. Protesters clashed with opposition groups in two of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts, with police stepping in to try to calm the chaos. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images.