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The Best PHOTOS of the Year: Part I

Last updated on: December 29, 2013 13:35 IST

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As 2013 nears its end, rediff.com presents a selection of the most enduring images of year from around the world.

Also check: Best Photos of the Year Part II and Part III

We start off the first of the three-part photo feature with this photograph of the Munich Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer fest that draws millions of visitors annually.

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Image: Girls enjoy a fairground ride during Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany.
Photographs: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

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A Balinese man kicks up fire during the "Perang Api" ritual ahead of Nyepi day in Gianyar on the Indonesian island of Bali March 11, 2013. Nyepi is a day of silence for self-reflection to celebrate the Balinese Hindu new year, where Hindus meditate and fast. They do not work, cook, light lamps or conduct any other activities.



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Photographs: Reuters

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Song Xuxia, 19, receives treatment at a hospital after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit Minxian county, Dingxi, Gansu province July 23, 2013. Song’s leg, waist and face were injured during the earthquake when she was stuck in a collapsed house. Fortunately the villagers heard her cry and managed to pull her out from the debris in time.

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Photographs: Reuters

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Issa, 10 years old, carries a mortar shell in a weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, September 7, 2013. Issa works with his father in the factory for ten hours every day except on Fridays.

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Photographs: Hamid Khatib/Reuters

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A jockey spurs the cows as they race in Pacu Jawi on October 12, 2013 in Batusangkar, Indonesia. This Pacu Jawi (traditional cow racing) is held anually in muddy rice fields to celebrate the end of the harvest season by the Minangkabau people. Jockeys grab the tails of the bulls and skate across the mud barefoot balancing on a wooden plank to show the strength of their bulls who are later auctioned to buyers.

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Photographs: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

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Journalist and presenter Evan Davies poses with a 3D printed model of himself in the exhibition '3D: printing the future' in the Science Museum on October 8, 2013 in London, England. Davies' model features his arm in a sling due to him being scanned in August 2013 whilst recovering from a broken wrist. The exhibition featured over 600 3D printed objects ranging from: replacement organs, artworks, aircraft parts and a handgun. 

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Photographs: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

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Participants pass Buckingham Palace, close to the start of the Royal Automobile Club's annual Veteran Car Run in Hyde Park on November 3, 2013 in London, England. Around 500 eligible pre-1905 cars take part in The Royal Automobile Club's annual 60-mile drive from Hyde Park in central London to the seafront on the Sussex resort of Brighton. It is the longest running motoring event in the world, and attracts entrants from across the globe.

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Photographs: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

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A Yellow Scorpion eats his prey as it glows in the dark on August 5, 2013 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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Photographs: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

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A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 22, 2013

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Photographs: John Kolesidis/Reuters

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Saudi youth demonstrate a stunt known as "sidewall skiing" (driving on two wheels) in the northern city of Hail, in Saudi Arabia March 30, 2013. Performing stunts such as sidewall skiing and drifts is a popular hobby amongst Saudi youth.

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Photographs: Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge on July 22 gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side.

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Photographs: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

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Riot police fire tear gas to disperse the crowd during a demonstration near Taksim Square on June 11, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. What began as a protest over the fate of Taksim Gezi Park, has turned, with the heavy-handed response by police, into a protest over what is being seen as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian agenda. 

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Photographs: Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images

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US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sing together as they dance during the Inaugural Ball at the Walter Washington Convention Centre January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama was sworn-in for his second term of office earlier in the day.

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Photographs: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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Danielle Stephan holds boyfriend Thomas Layton as they pause between salvaging through the remains of a family member's home one day after a tornado devastated the town Moore, Oklahoma, in the outskirts of Oklahoma City May 21, 2013. Rescuers went building to building in search of victims and thousands of survivors were homeless after a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, wiping out whole blocks of homes and killing at least 24 people.

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Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters

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A White Standard Poodle is prepared during the World Team Dog Grooming Championships on October 13, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Seventeen countries participated in the World Team Dog Grooming Championships styling Poodles, Schnauzers and spaniels.

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Photographs: David Ramos/Getty Images

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