Pictures Of The Year 2013: Getty Images Showcase Their Best Photographs (PHOTOS)

16/12/2013 10:09 | Updated 25 January 2014

As the year draws to an end, Getty Images, the world-renowned news and sports photographic agency, have showcased their best pictures from 2013.

Each year Getty Images curates the defining images and videos of the past 12 months that encapsulate the year. This year its award-winning photographers have covered more than 16,000 news events, 28,000 sports events and 50,000 entertainment events.

The agency’s 24/7 global operation enables them to deliver – often in a matter of seconds – current events to thousands of news organisations and other media publishers in over 200 countries around the world.

Getty assigned photographers to cover nearly every major event around the world, from the Boston marathon bombings, to Typhoon Haiyman and Margaret Thatcher's funeral.

This year also saw The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce Prince George to the world's media, Jennifer Lawrence tripped up on stage to collect her Oscar and they even had a photographer in Rome as a lightning struck St Peter's dome at the Vatican as Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation.

The online version of the book can be viewed here.

  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge
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  • An Alcurrucen's ranch fighting bull stands alone surrounded by a crowd of runners on the way to entering the bullring during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona
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  • Two-year-old Jack Rigby arrives for the funeral service of his father Fusilier Lee Rigby at Bury Parish Church in Bury, Greater Manchester, England. The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers soldier was killed whilst off duty near Woolwich Barracks in South-East London in May. Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo are accused of 25-year-old's murder.
  • An aerial view shows the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela . A train hurtled off the tracks in northwest Spain killing at least 77 passengers and injuring more than 140, an official said today, the country's deadliest rail disaster in more than 40 years.
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  • Chinese astronauts (L-R) Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping salute after getting out of the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou X spacecraft following its successful landing at the main landing site in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.
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  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Shyla Smith (R) and Courtney Burdeshaw kiss in the west chapel moments after they were wed at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau .
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  • The Rolling Stones and guests perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2013 in Glastonbury, England.
  • Ash spews from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano, some 55 km from Mexico City, as seen from San Damian Texoloc in the Mexican central state of Tlaxcala. During the weekend authorities have raised the alert level to 'Yellow Phase Three,' the fifth of a seven-stage warning system, restricting access to an area of 12 km around the volcano while preparing evacuation routes and shelters.
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  • Confederate Civil War re-enactors march for an evening attack during a three-day Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment on June 29, 2013 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
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  • A Boeing 777 airplane lies burned on the runway after it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California. An Asiana Airlines passenger aircraft coming from Seoul, South Korea crashed while landing. There has been at least two casualties reported.
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  • Radical cleric Abu Qatada (L) prepares to board a plane at RAF Northolt which will take him to Jordan, after he was deported from the UK to face terrorism charges in his home country in London, England.
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  • A team go over a jump during the Red Bull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace in London, England. The Red Bull Soapbox Race returned to London after nine years and encourages competitors to build and race their own homemade soapboxes down a hill.
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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin rides in a submersible in the Baltic Sea near Gotland Island, Russia. The vessel dove to the sea floor to explore a sunken ship in the Gulf of Finland.
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  • Wayne Rooney of England celebrates scoring the first goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Montenegro at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
  • A man buries his son in green algae at a beach in Qingdao, China. A large quantity of non-poisonous green seaweed, enteromorpha prolifera, hit the Qingdao coast in recent days. Since June 8, more than 50,000 tons of such seaweed has been removed from the city's beaches
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  • Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne plays with Titas during a visit to a nursery in Hammersmith, London.
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  • A Yellow Scorpion eats his prey as it glows in the dark near Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, Israel. The Negev is second on a list of the world's top ten regional travel destinations for 2013.
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  • US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives alongside military officials at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland.
  • A performer dances with a policeman during the Notting Hill Carnival in London, England. More than one million people are expected to enjoy this year's Notting Hill Carnival.
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  • People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors.
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  • Police close in on the U.S. Capitol as people run for cover after reports of a shooting on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The US Capitol and the White House were placed on lockdown after an 'active shooter' situation was reported.
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  • Italian military personnel disembark from a boat carrying the bodies of African migrants killed in a shipwreck off the Italian coast lie in Lampedusa harbour on in Lampedusa, Italy.
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  • A general view of Sydney harbour shrouded in smoke haze in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as bushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.
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  • top) An emergency responder helps evacuate two people with a boat, after their neighbourhood experienced flooding due to Superstorm Sandy October 30, 2012 in Little Ferry, New Jersey. The same home in Little Ferry, NJ is shown October 22, 2013.
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  • A view over New York City and the 'Tribute In Light' marking the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City.
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  • Members of staff demonstrate a form of massage using pythons at Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa in Jakarta, Indonesia. The snake spa offers a unique massage treatment which involves having several pythons placed on the customers body.
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  • Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the autumnal countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The hunting season traditionally starts near to November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005 many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce.
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  • Downing Street's former director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson departs the Old Bailey following denying the charges against him at the phone-hacking conspiracy trial in London, England.
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  • Students from St Andrew's University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the 'academic family' in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the 'raisin weekend' which is held in the university's St Salvator's Quadrangle, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin.
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  • Chicago police investigate the murder of a 24-year-old man who was shot and killed on South Eberhart Avenue on the city's South Side in Chicago, Illinois.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) is attacked by an activist of the Ukrainian women rights group 'Femen' as German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) looks on during their visit of the industrial exhibition 'Hannover Messe' in Hannover, Germany. More than 100 Russian companies are exhibiting their industrial productions.
    The wind blows a red flag onto the face of an honour guard before a welcome ceremony for Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. At the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will pay an official visit to China after the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2013
    The members of Indonesia Search and Rescue Agency prepare to search the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) inside the wreckage of the Lion Air plane in Badung, Bali, Indonesia. The Lion Air passenger plane with over 108 passengers and crew onboard, crashed into the sea off the coast of Bali after it overshot the runway at Bali Ngurah Rai Airport.
    Honorato Hernanes of SS Lazio celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the Serie A match between Calcio Catania and SS Lazio at Stadio Olimpico.
    Guests take their seats during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral in London, England.
    In this image released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing walk near the marathon finish line in Boston, Massachusetts. The twin bombings at the 116-year-old Boston race resulted in the deaths of three people with more than 170 others injured.
    Actress Jennifer Lawrence reacts after winning the Best Actress award for 'Silver Linings Playbook' during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
    A second explosion goes off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon
    Police run across the path of the funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Ludgate Circus in London, England.
    Residents flee from an area where a suspect is hiding on Franklin St in Watertown, Massachusetts. After a car chase and shoot out with police, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police early morning April 19, and a manhunt is underway for his brother and second suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar.
    Bangladeshi volunteers and rescue workers assist in rescue operations after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka.
    Tourists ride a pedal-powered sky cycle roller coaster at Washuzan Highland Amusement Park in Kurashiki, Japan. Washuzan Highland Amusement park overlooks a panoramic view of islands on the Seto Inland Sea.
    Tens of thousands of workers and labor activists march through the central business district in Jakarta, Indonesia. Protestors were demanding the implementation of higher minimum wages and better working conditions.
    Chocolate, a miniature dachshund receives acupuncture therapy to help with lumbar disk herniation, at the Marina Street Okada animal hospital in Tokyo Japan.
    Ariel Castro stands with his head down during his arraignment on kidnapping and rape charges in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro is accused of abducting three girls, Michelle Knight, 32, Amanda Berry, 27 and Gina DeJesus, believed to be about 23 and holding them for about 10-years.
    A man overcome by fumes falls out of a window as a fire burns at the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Plaza in Lahore, Pakistan. Rescue work is underway at the site of the fire with fire trucks being used to extinguish the fire and helicopters used to rescue stranded victims from the roof of the building.
    Four-year-old Sophia Phillips carries an American flag presented to her during a burial service for her father, Staff Sergeant Francis G. Phillips, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Virginia. Phillips, from Meridian, New York was killed in combat in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device.
    An American flag flies over the rubble of a destroyed neighbourhood on May 24, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado of EF5 strength and two miles wide touched down killing at least 24 people and leaving behind extensive damage to homes and businesses. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.
    Head coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns has a cooler of ice water dumped on him by his team after the Longhorns beat the Oklahoma Sooners 36-20 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
    Revelers surround the 'Nans Vells', 'old dwarves' in Catalan, during the first day of 'La Patum' Festival in Berga, Spain. The Patum festival's roots are found in the theatrical performances of the Middle Ages and is held in the town of Berga each year during the week of Corpus Christi.
    Competitors celebrate completing the Colour Run in Gold Coast, Australia.
    Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. This is Pistorius's first appearance ahead of his murder trial.
    A protestors gestures during clashes with Turkish police near Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan office, between Taksim and Besiktason in Istanbul, Turkey. The protests began initially over the fate of Taksim Gezi Park, one of the last significant green spaces in the center of the city. The heavy-handed viewed response of the police, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government's increasingly authoritarian agenda has broadened the rage of the clashes.
    An aerial view of the flooded parts of the Slovak capital Bratislava from the high water level of the Danube river in Bratislava, Slovakia. Bratislava underwent the Danube highest water level in history which reached record-breaking 1,030 centimetres but the anti-flood barriers at the city centre resisted successfully.
    Riot police fire tear gas to disperse the crowd during a demonstration near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul has seen protests rage on for days, with two protesters and one police officer killed.
    Andy Murray of Great Britain kisses the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England.
    Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in downtown in Chicago, Illinois. A massive storm system with heavy rain, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes is expected to move into Illinois and much of the central part of the Midwest today.
    Leaders (L-R) President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and European Council President Herman Van Rumpuy, stand for the family group shot at the G8 venue of Lough Erne .
    Students prepare to sleep on mats laid out on the floor inside a gymnasium at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei province of China. About 600 students slept inside the gymnasium to keep cool in Wuhan which reached 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday. The university turned on the air conditioner in the gymnasium and provided more than 450 mats for the students.
    Two Tengananese men fight each other using thorny pandanus leaves Tenganan, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia. Every year Tengananese people in the island of Bali celebrate a month-full ceremony called 'Usabha Sambah', to demonstrate respect to the God Indra, the Hindu god of war.
    U.S. Army soldiers carry the flag-draped transfer case containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. David J. Chambers, during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware. Chambers, who was from Hampton, Va., was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
    Recording artists Jay-Z and Beyonce arrive at the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.
    A sleeping giant, Boris the Polar bear underwent a full physical exam at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's animal hospital in Tacoma, Washington, as a team of veterinarians, technicians and staff also performed a root canal and some minor eye surgery on the 27-year-old polar bear.
    U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sing together as they dance during the Inaugural Ball at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Obama was sworn-in for his second term of office earlier in the day.
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Lawmakers questioned Clinton about the security failures during the September 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
    A truck is covered in ice as firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits.
    This combination of photos shows (bottom) the Tiananmen Square during severe pollution on January 23, 2013, and the same view (top) taken during clear weather on January 24, 2013 in Beijing, China. The air quality in Beijing on Wednesday hit serious levels again, as smog blanketed the city.
    Workers stand in a suspended platform ready to clean windows at the Shanghai World Financial Center in the Pudong area of Shanghai, China. China's economic growth accelerated for the first time in two years as government efforts to revive demand drove a rebound in industrial output, retail sales and the housing market.
    A military regiment takes part in a morning exercise in Heilongjiang Province of China. The temperature dipped to minus 30 degrees Celsius.
    A man comforts his daughter on their roof as they inspect damage to their neighbourhood as parts of southern Queensland experiences record flooding in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Oswald in Bundaberg, Australia.
    A man hangs onto the railing of North Curl Curl ocean pool after winds and rain battered Sydney last night producing large swell in Sydney, Australia. Parts of Sydney are experienced record rainfall after ex-cyclone Oswald swept through the city last night.
    Ifandbutwhynot ridden by Timmy Murphy falls during the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle Race, at Ayr racecourse in Ayr, Scotland.
    Richard III Society member Philippa Langley stands besides a facial reconstruction of King Richard III before it is unveiled by the Richard III Society in London, England. After carrying out a series scientific investigations on remains found in a car park in Leicester, the University of Leicester announced yesterday that they were those of King Richard III.
    Hindu devotees bathe on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. The Maha Kumbh Mela, believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth, is held every 12 years on the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.
    Brooke Linsky knocks a snow-coverd branch in Central Park in New York City. The park received almost a foot of snow, as New York was spared the worst of the massive snow storm that hit the U.S. Northeast.
    Lightning strikes St Peter's dome at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will resign as leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics because his age prevented him from carrying out his duties -- an unprecedented move in the modern history of the Catholic Church.
    Thousands of couples take part in a mass wedding ceremony at Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea. 3,500 couples from 200 countries around the world exchanged wedding vows for the first time after the Unification Church founder Moon Sun-Myung passed away.
    British Prime Minister David Cameron admiring the beauty of Sanctum Sanctorum of Golden Temple after receiving the robe of honour by Head Granthi Gaini Mal Singh during his visit of Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.
    People walk around the Buddha Statue holding candles for prayers during Makha Bucha Day at Buddhist Park in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
    Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful from the Popemobile as he arrives in St Peter's Square in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff has attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down tomorrow.
    Drill Instructor SSgt. Jennifer Garza disciplines her Marine recruits with some unscheduled physical training in the sand pit outside their barracks during boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Female enlisted Marines have gone through recruit training at the base since 1949.
    Israelis look at a swarm of locusts arriving over the Negev desert near the Egyptian border in Kmehin, Israel. Egypt and Israel have been swarmed with millions of locusts over the past few days causing wide spread disturbances.
    General view during the march of the supporters of President Hugo Chavez through the streets of Caracas to the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela.
    Newly elected Pope Francis I waves to the waiting crowd from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
    Economic related graffiti adorns a wall at the Panapestimiou Street, Athens. The numbers of homeless in Athens is rising rapidly as businesses face bankruptcy and workers with work find themselves unable to pay their bills.
    A portrait of U.S. Army Sgt. Alessandro L. Plutino rests at the base of a tree in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
    Workers begin dying the Chicago River green to kick off the city's St. Patrick's day celebration on March 16, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The dying of the river has been a tradition in the city for 43 years.
    Duchess of Cambridge gets her shoe stuck in the grating and is helped by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as they visit the Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, England.
    Bullfighter Juan Jose Padill performs during a bullfight as part of the Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain. The Fallas festival celebrates the arrival of spring with fireworks, fiestas and bonfires made from large ninots (puppets).
    Firefighters put out a Falla during the last day of the Las Fallas Festival on March 20, 2013 in Valencia, Spain. The Fallas festival celebrates the arrival of spring with fireworks, fiestas and bonfires made by large puppets named Ninots.
    Coloured powders are released over devotees gathered at the Krishna Temple of Shriji, during Lathmar Holi. Men from Barsana raid the town whilst being assaulted with coloured water sprayed from rooftops, they are beaten by Nandgaon's women with large sticks and smeared with Holi coloured powders in a counterpart festival to the one held in Barsana on the previous day. The spectacle is a riot of colour amidst frenzied celebrations.
    An American pilgrim from 'The Hope of Glory' order reenacts the Passion of Christ along the Via Dolorosa during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel.
    Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Sky Procycling, celebrates winning the Tour of Britain in central London in London, England. Today's 89km route along the banks of the river Thames and concluding on Whitehall is the final stage of the race.
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