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STUNNING: Award winning pictures of 2011

Last updated on: May 19, 2011 08:05 IST

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To say that 2010 was an eventful year would be an understatement. Last year, we witnessed events as widespread as polling in Afghanistan, to floods in Pakistan, to the anti-government protests in Thailand, just to name a few. We at rediff.com bring you 25 award-winning pictures from last year, from around the world.

Image: Ultra Orthodox students gesture as they pray during a reading class at the Kehilot Yaacov Torah School for boys in Ramot, Jerusalem.

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Photographs: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
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A family smokes together during a quiet moment at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp.

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Residents being evacuated through flood waters dodge an army truck carrying relief supplies for flood victims in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province.

Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters
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Thai soldiers take cover by Lumphini park during clashes with anti-government protesters at Bangkok's financial district.

Photographs: Jerry Lampen/Reuters
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A dog walker strolls through an earthquake-damaged district of Padang, Indonesia's West Sumatra province in the early hours.

Photographs: Dylan Martinez/Reuters
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Reflected in his teleprompter, U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about jobs and the economy during a visit to Celgard Inc in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
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Gurzada, a 76 year-old Pashtun man, raises his hands in prayer at a mosque left destroyed by heavy floods in Charsadda, located in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.


Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters
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Andre Coetzee, 57, drinks a mug of coffee at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp.

Photographs: Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters
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A statue and a torn Thai national flag remain in front of Bangkok's Central World shopping mall, which was gutted by fire after army soldiers advanced towards an encampment of thousands of anti-government "red shirt" protesters.

Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters
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US President Barack Obama returns from a weekend at Camp David to the White House in Washington. This photo won a second place award in Presidential category of the White House News Photographer's Association "Eyes of History 2011" contest.

Photographs: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
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The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in the evening.

Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (R) stands on his own as leaders talk with United States President Barack Obama during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Summit in Lisbon.

Photographs: Yves Herman/Reuters
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Children of foreign workers dressed in costume play together during a party celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim at a school in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.

Photographs: Amir Cohen/Reuters
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Omar Feisal, a Reuters photographer based in Somalia, has won the 1st Prize Daily Life Single category with this picture of a man carrying a shark through the streets of Mogadishu in Somalia.

Photographs: Feisal Omar/Reuters
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A donkey transports ballot boxes to villages unreachable by vehicles in Panjshir province, north of Kabul.

Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
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A duck, pheasants and rabbits hang from a clothes line before being plucked, skinned and frozen at Garron Point near the village of Carnlough in Northern Ireland.

Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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Left-wing activists wearing masks of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak take part in a protest in Tel Aviv against the government's policies in the occupied territories.

Photographs: Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters
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A protestor jumps on a burned out police car as another police car burns during a demonstration against the G20 summit in downtown Toronto.

Photographs: Mike Segar/Reuters
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A woman looks out the window of her one-room hut at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp.

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Volcanic ash from an erupting volcano mixes with water and slides down a barn roof which farmers are working to clear, near Eyjafjallajokull.

Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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An Afghan news reporter stands next to TV screens at Tolo television, owned by Saad Mohseni, the country's biggest media mogul, in Kabul.


Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
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Protesters, one holding farm produce symbolising crops from villages, bow during a protest march outside Hong Kong's Legislative Council.

Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters
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Marooned flood victims looking to escape grab the side bars of a hovering Army helicopter which arrived to distribute food supplies in the Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan's Punjab province.


Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters
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An Afghan man looks at a ballot paper as he casts his vote at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul.

Photographs: Ahmad Masood/Reuters
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Palestinians stand on the balcony of their damaged house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.


Photographs: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters
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