Sunday, 28 December 2008

Best News Photos Of 2008

The Age Newspaper has published a collection of photographs from a variety of news sources. These have yet to been seen in other news services' 'best of...' collections. Some absolutely awesome stuff here.



1. In this June 27, 2008 file photo, a man runs next to balloons placed at Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro. Demonstrators released around 4,000 red balloons during an event representing the 4,000 victims of violence that will be a product of violence in the six months. Photo: AP

2. In this June 17, 2008 file photo, visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art look at artwork by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled Novecento, a taxidermic horse suspended from the ceiling by leather slings, on the opening day of the 2008 Biennale of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Photo: AP

3. In this July 17, 2008 file photo, Tracy Roberts, 33, of Rockville, Md. has her toes nibbled on by a type of carp called garra rufa, or doctor fish, during a fish pedicure treatment at Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, Va. Photo: AP

4. In this April 18, 2008 file photo, an Afghan man sprays water on his rooster during a cock-fighting tournament in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: AP

5. In this April 24, 2008 file photo, Hungarian Puli sheep dog, Fee, jumps over a hurdle during a preview for a pedigree dog show in Dortmund. Photo: AP

6. In this march 19, 2008 filep photo, penitents of the 'Stmo. Cristo de las Injurias' light their candles before a Holy Week procession in Zamora, northern Spain. Photo: AP

7. In this Sept. 12, 2008 file photo, a Palestinian woman is seen on her way to pray for the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: AP

8. In this Feb. 9, 2008 file photo, Palestinian youths and children play during sunset in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photo: AP

9. In this Sept. 16, 2008 file photo, He Pingping from Inner Mongolia, China's autonomous region, the world's smallest man sits underneath Svetlana Pankratova from Russia, the Queen of Longest Legs, as they pose at Trafalgar Square in London. Photo: AP

10. In this Feb. 29, 2008 file photo, an Aurora Borealis spins above the Talkeetna Range and a hay field on Farm Loop Road near Palmer, Alaska. Photo: AP

11. In this July 24, 2008 file photo, sunbathers watch Russian marines training for Navy Day, on a beach of the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo: AP

12. In this June 14, 2008 file photo, Aboriginal village members of the Tao tribe hoist a new fishing boat into the air during a traditional launching ceremony on Orchid Island, Taiwan. Photo: AP

13. In this Aug. 2, 2008 file photo, Pakistani Kushti wrestlers train at the Champion Khalu Behalwan wrestling club in the Old City of Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: AP

14. In this March 31, 2008 file photo, an Iraqi family reacts as U.S. Army soldiers detain their relative after a rocket propelled grenade attack on U.S. troops in Mosul, northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: AP

15. In this July 4, 2008 file photo, U.S. military service members take an oath at a mass re-enlistment ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: AP

16. In this May 27, 2008 file photo, Palestinian protesters take cover behind an olive tree as they get caught in a barrage of tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops during a demonstration against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin, near Modin. Photo: AP

17. A bodybuilder poses during the "Open Cup of Kiev for Bodybuilding 2008" in Kiev on April 20, 2008. Photo: AFP

18. In this June 25, 2008 file photo, a female police officer aims with her pistol in a shooting range, during a graduation ceremony in Karbala, south of Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: AP

19. A malnourished boy is portrayed at a feeding center 10 June 2008 in Damota Pulassa village, southern Ethiopia. Photo: AFP

20. Swiss professional pilot Yves Rossy, the world's first man to fly with fitted jet fuel powered wings strapped to his back, flies during his first official demonstration, on May 14, 2008. Photo: AFP




21. Girls wearing traditional mantillas play after finishing a procession in a school in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain March 13, 2008. Photo: Reuters

22. Children attend an outdoor class at Gassire, a camp for displaced Chadians who have fled fighting around the eastern town of Gos Beida near the Sudanese border, June 7, 2008. Photo: Reuters

23. A vendor arranges slaughtered chickens while waiting for customers at a market in Baokang, Hubei province, neighbouring central China's Hunan province, February 19, 2008. Photo: Reuters

24. A horse shakes its head during the 'Icehorse' championship, where Icelandic horses race on an ice track, in Berlin March 8, 2008. Photo: Reuters

25. Spanish matador Pepin Liria is tackled by a bull during a bullfight in The Maestranza bullring in Seville April 3, 2008. Photo: Reuters

26. A crocodile hatches during a crocodile hatching festival at Sriracha Tiger Zoo, 120 km east of Bangkok May 13, 2008. The zoo consists of more than 200 Bengal tigers and 100,000 crocodiles. Photo: Reuters

27. A pig crawls through a hole in a wall of a collapsed house in Renhe village in the earthquake-hit area of Shifang, Sichuan province, May 21, 2008. Photo: Reuters

28. Luigi Bruschelli of Istrice parish rides his horse during the last day of practice for the Palio horse race in Siena July 1, 2008. Photo: Reuters

29. RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2008 A Kazakh hunter releases his golden eagle during the Kyrgyz hunting competition in Bokonbayevo 300 km (186 miles) from the capital Bishkek, October 18, 2008. Vladimir Pirogov (KYRGYZSTAN) Photo: ? Vladimir Pirogov / Reuters

30. A man with an umbrella walks past an advertisement in Berlin April 15, 2008. Photo: Reuters

31. Parts of mannequins are covered in bags at a store in Lima, June 18, 2008. Photo: Reuters

32. Models appear at the end of Portuguese designer Fatima Lopes' Spring/Summer 2009 women's ready-to-wear fashion collection show in Paris September 27, 2008. Photo: Reuters

33. Soccer star David Beckham watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Toronto Raptors in their NBA basketball game with his sons (L-R) Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz in Los Angeles November 30, 2008. Photo: Reuters

34. Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blows a kiss to her family during her address at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 3, 2008. Photo: Reuters

35. (Top row L-R) Viktors Scerbatihs of Latvia, Evgeny Chigishev of Russia, Grzegorz Leszcz of Poland, Maama Lolohea of Toga, (bottom row L-R) Artem Udachyn of Ukraine, Matthias Steiner of Germany, Jeon Sangguen of South Korea and Ihor Shymechko of Ukraine compete in the men's +105kg weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 19, 2008. Photo: Reuters

36. Switzerland's Philippe Senderos heads the ball during their Group A Euro 2008 soccer match against Czech Republic at St Jakob Park in Basel, June 7, 2008. Photo: Reuters

37. Men are caught in a dust storm while playing cricket at a playground in Kabul March 31, 2008. Photo: Reuters

38. A Cambodian soldier looks out from the crest of the Chuor Phnom Dangkrek Mountain, the site of the disputed 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple, at dusk October 16, 2008. Photo: Reuters

39. Singer Amy Winehouse leaves Snaresbrook Crown Court in London, after attending a court hearing for her husband Blake Fielder-Civil January 18, 2008. Photo: Reuters



40. British rocker Gary Glitter walks at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport August 20, 2008. Glitter was stuck at Bangkok airport on Wednesday after faking illness to avoid boarding a flight to Britain following his release from a Vietnamese prison for child sex abuse, Thai police said. Photo: Reuters

41. Sarah Jessica Parker arrives for the world premiere of ''Sex And The City: The Movie'' at Leicester Square in London May 12, 2008. Photo: Reuters

42. Actor Sir Sean Connery holds a copy of his new autobiography "Being A Scot" in front of his face during a photocall for its launch at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 25, 2008. Photo: Reuters

43. Olga Kaniskina of Russia leads the field during the 20km walk of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 21, 2008. Photo: Reuters

44. A student shows another how to smile during an etiquette training class at a vocational school in Beijing January 7, 2008. Photo: Reuters

45. Gasoline prices are advertised at a gas station near Lindbergh Field as a plane approaches to land in San Diego, California June 1, 2008. Photo: Reuters

46. Wei Shengchu, 58, a supporter of traditional Chinese medicine, inserts an acupuncture needle with a miniatureThai national flag attached to it into his head during a photo opportunity in Guangzhou, Guangdong province July 24, 2008. Photo: Reuters

47. Tony Jeffries of Britain celebrates his victory over Imre Szello of Hungary in the men's light heavyweight (81kg) quarterfinal 1 boxing match at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 19, 2008. Photo: Reuters

48. Michael Phelps of the U.S. swims the butterfly stroke during his team's victory in the men's 4x100 meters medley relay at the National Aquatics Center during the Beijing 2008 Olympics August 17, 2008. Photo: Reuters

49. A girl straightens her overcoat as she passes one of the monuments in the open-air museum of WWII in Kiev on May, 8, 2008. Photo: AFP

50. A Chinese paramilitary policeman tries to block photos being taken of a military parade rehearsal, outside the Olympic Stadium which is known locally as the "Bird's Nest" in Beijing on July 21, 2008. Photo: AFP

51. Competitors ride on Le Touquet, northern France, 03 February 2008, during the 3rd edition of the Touquet Enduropal motorcycling race, that replaces the traditional Enduro, created by Thierry Sabine motorcycle racer. Photo: AFP

52. An Ugandan boy suffering from malnutrition is measured inside the St Kizito Hospital in the Matany village of Moroto on April 9, 2008, in Karamoja, one of the driest and least developed areas in this east African country. Photo: AFP

53. A slow shutter speeds shows South Korean protesters march after a candlelight protest against US beef imports in Seoul on June 13, 2008. Photo: AFP

54. Students reacts as police fire water cannons to disperse them during a demonstration in front of the parliament house in Jakarta on June 24, 2008. Photo: AFP

55. A F-4E Phantom is checked under extreme weather at a climatic chamber of the Air-Weapons Systems Testing Center in Seosan, 150 kilometers southwest of Seoul on September 8, 2008. Photo: AFP

56. A member of the Milwaukee Bucks "Rim Rockers" goes airborne for an acrobatic slam dunk to entertain fans during a break in the action against the Golden State Warriors at an NBA preseason exhibition game in Beijing on 18 October, 2008 at the Beijing Basketball Arena. Photo: AFP

57. Residents of the Mathare slum in Nairobi shout at demonstrators during clashes between two rival groups 01 January 2008. Photo: AFP

58. A Kenyan man leads his children away from his neighborhood as he flees violence during disturbances in the streets of the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya 01 January 2008. Photo: AFP

59. Bulgarian Muslim, Letfe Mekerozova is attended to by unseen persons during her two day wedding ceremony 06 January 2008 in the village of Ribnovo some 210 km from the capital Sofia. Photo: AFP



60. Three Iranian drug traffickers hang limply from the nooses as it snows in a square in central city of Qom, 120 kms south of capital Tehran, 02 January 2008. Photo: AFP

61. Canada's John Kucera skis on the famous Hahnenkamm course during men's second official downhill training of FIS Ski World cup in Kitzbuehel on 16 January,2008. Photo: AFP

62. A Kenyan boy screams as he sees kenyan policeman with a baton approach the door of his home in the Kibera slum of Nairobi 17 January 2008. Photo: AFP

63. The Guizer Jarl is silhouetted as members of his Viking Squad walk around a long boat with burning torches during the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, 29 January 2008. Photo: AFP

64. Two women cross the tracks of the Gara de Nord railway station, Bucharest's main train station, 01 February, 2008. Romanian Railroad Company (CFR) employees blocked most of the rail traffic during their three-hour strike in order to force the government to raise their salaries. Photo: AFP

65. Pope Benedict XVI blesses faithful as he leaves the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel in Sydney on July 17, 2008. Photo: AFP

66. Athletes rest at the end of the women's 100m T42 final during the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games at the National Stadium in the Chinese capital on September 13, 2008. Photo: AFP

67. A nearly full moon over the National Stadium or better known as the Bird's Nest in Beijing on early September 14, 2008, which is now hosting the athletic competition for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Photo: AFP

68. A man jumps out after bathing in a Dnieper's river ice-hole on a cold winter day in Kiev 18 January, 2008. More and more of Ukrainians nicknamed "walruses" take traditional cold bathes to keep their health in a good condition. Photo: AFP

69. Miss Porky Pig sails through the air as she prepares to land in the water as part of the racing and diving pig show which is on exhibition the the Royal Melbourne Show, on September 23, 2008. Photo: AFP

70. A man belonging to the Luo tribe and supporters of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga sits inside a destroyed vehicle with a burning tyre on its roof during ethnic clashes in the Western Kenyan town of Kisumu 29 January 2008. Photo: AFP

71. One of eight looters who were trying to vandalise a nearby store reacts after he was caught and beaten up by private guards in a street of Nakuru 26 January 2008. Photo: AFP

72. A tear runs down the face of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama as he speaks about his grandmother who died earlier on Monday, during a campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 3, 2008. Photo: Reuters

73. US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008. Photo: Reuters

74. An employee of the Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) counts 100-dollar bills for foreign bonds redemption at the bank's headquarters in Seoul October 9, 2008. Photo: Reuters

75. A supporter listens to Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during a rally in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania October 8, 2008. Photo: Reuters

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