Find out what photos amazed and shocked the world in 2011, from the Japanese tsunami aftermath to the Occupy Wall Street protests to rarely seen photos from Africa. These are memorable images from both Digital Journalists, local media and other sources.
This year has given us a variety of powerful and emotionally wrenching photos snapped by photographers from across the world. The photos below represent the many news stories storming headlines from January to December 2011, and they are taken by Digital Journalists, local media outlets, government departments and freelance photographers.
In the comments section below, let us know what photos amazed you this year.
Here are our top 30 photos of 2011, in no particular order:
Thousands of protesters attended a rally in Tahrir Square to call on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to transfer power to a civilian administration and to honour the revolution's martyrs
Matthew M. Bradley / U.S. Navy
A Japanese mother and daughter pause for reflection as they find a family photo amid the wreckage of their home.
Rioters flipped cars, started fires and broke store windows in Vancouver after the city's hockey team lost in the Stanley Cup final in June of 2011
Will and Kate sharing a kiss after their wedding
Sgt Rupert Frere RLC / UK Ministry of Defence
Danish troops fire 120mm mortar whilst engaging the enemy outside their patrol base in Helmand, Afghanistan.
Egyptians gathering at Tahir Square
Eskinder Debebe / UN
Somali refugees sharing a meal in an Ethiopian tent
Shareef Sarhan / UN
In an event dubbed the Great Global Gaza Bounce, 7,200 campers of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Summer Games gather in Gaza City in a bid to set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous basketball bounce