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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
  • Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
    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
  • Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
    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.
  • Mario Tama/Getty Images
    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 .
  • Matt Cardy/Getty Images
    The Rolling Stones and guests perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2013 in Glastonbury, England.
  • J.GUADALUPE PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images
    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.
  • John Moore/Getty Images
    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.
  • Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
    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.
  • Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images
    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.
  • Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images
    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.
  • Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
    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
  • Oli Scarff/Getty Images
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne plays with Titas during a visit to a nursery in Hammersmith, London.
  • Uriel Sinai/Getty Images
    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.
  • SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
    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.
  • Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
    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.
  • Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images
    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.
  • Brendon Thorne/Getty Images
    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.
  • Andrew Burton/Getty Images
    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.
  • Noam Galai/Getty Images
    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.
  • Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
    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.
  • Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
    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.
  • Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
    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.
  • Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
    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.
  • Scott Olson/Getty Images
    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.
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