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The most POWERFUL photos over the past year

Last updated on: June 3, 2013 09:07 IST

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The sixth volume of the bestselling Reuters Our World Now collector's series, published by Thames and Hudson, will launch on June 11 in the United States. Reuters photojournalists continually bear witness to events as they happen across the globe. 

Producing some 1600 images a day, their award-winning work pushes the boundaries of news photography. Sometimes surprising, sometimes devastating, always compelling, the images in this book, taken by 143 photographers of 55 nationalities  encompass the drama and diversity of trends and topics that defined the past year. 

With an introduction by Reuters European Editor Paul Taylor, over 300 striking images and behind-the-scenes Witness features, this highly successful series has become an indispensable record of our times and demonstrates the enduring power of visual storytelling.

Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, vice president of Pictures and picture editor of the series said: "The Our World Now photography book series has become a collector's item. This success points to the unparalleled global impact of photography, and to our mission at Reuters of journalistic excellence. In Our World Now 6 our photographers captured new struggle for survival in Europe as well as ongoing street battles in Syria and the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. They combined key world moments with intimate details, forming a multi-layered visual story that very few have the privilege to tell."

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A photographer jumps over a smoke canister during a demonstration by firefighters, security and military personnel against cuts in their salaries imposed by Spanish Government, in the Andalusian capital of Seville September 29, 2012. Spain's debt will reach 90.5 percent of gross domestic product by end 2013 after hitting 85.3 per cent of GDP by the end of this year, the government's budget document showed on Saturday. 

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Photographs: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

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A man dressed in a red and yellow costume representing the devil, known as El Colacho, jumps over babies placed on a mattress during traditional Corpus Christi celebrations in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, northern Spain June 10, 2012. The northern Spanish town has for centuries chosen to protect its young from evil spirits with the unusual ritual in which a man dressed as the devil leaps over mattresses each holding four or five babies. 

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Photographs: Ricardo Ordonez/Reuters

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United States President Barack Obama reacts as Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona, launches a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon in the State Dining Room of the White House during the second White House Science Fair in Washington February 7, 2012.

The fair celebrates the achievements of student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

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Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

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Yawalapiti children play over the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, May 9, 2012. In August the Yawalapiti tribe held the Quarup, which is a ritual held over several days to honour in death a person of great importance to them.

The Quarup honoured two people -- a Yawalapiti Indian who they consider a great leader, and Darcy Ribeiro, a well-known author, anthropologist and politician known for focusing on the relationship between native peoples and education in Brazil.

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Photographs: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

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Seventeen-year-old prostitute Hashi, embraces a Babu, her "husband", inside her small room at Kandapara brothel in Tangail, a northeastern city of Bangladesh, March 4, 2012.

Many young and inexperienced prostitutes have "lovers" or "husbands" who normally live outside the brothel occasionally taking money and sex from them in exchange for security in this male dominated society. She earns about 800-1000 taka daily ($9.75 - $12.19) servicing around 15-20 customers every day. Hashi is one of hundreds of mostly teenage sex workers living in a painful life of exploitation in Kandapara slum's brothel who take Oradexon, a steroid used by farmers to fatten their cattle, in order to gain weight and appear "healthier" and more attractive to clients.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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Hava Hershkovitz, 79, (2nd R), a Holocaust survivor and winner of a beauty contest for survivors of the Nazi genocide, stands with other contestants during a contest in the northern Israeli city of Haifa June 28, 2012. The beauty contest for Holocaust survivors stirred deep emotions in Israeli with organisers hailing it an affirmation of life and detractors calling it a macabre spectacle.


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Photographs: Avishag Shar-Yashuv/Reuters

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The ancient Colosseum is seen during an heavy snowfalls late in the night in Rome February 4, 2012.


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Photographs: Gabriele Forzano/Reuters
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A view shows the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island January 15, 2012.

Teams were painstakingly checking thousands of rooms on the cruise ship for nearly 40 people still missing, more than a day after the huge vessel foundered and keeled over with more than 4,000 on board.


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Photographs: Max Rossi/Reuters

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A female anti-government protester runs away after returning tear gas fired by riot police towards demonstrators during clashes in the district of Sitra in Bahrain March 24, 2012. Demonstrators were protesting in Sitra against the government holding the F1 Grand Prix.

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Photographs: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
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A boy waits to buy bread in front of a bakery shop during winter in Al Qusayr, a city in western Syria about 4.8km southwest of Homs, March 1, 2012.


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Photographs: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

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An instructor from the Tianjiao Special Guard/Security Consultant Ltd. Co smashes a bottle over a female recruit's head during a training session for China's first female bodyguards in Beijing January 13, 2012.

According to the company, the training session consists of 20 women, mostly college graduates, who underwent 8-10 months of training to develop sufficient skills to become security guards. The company then offered the best trainee a chance to attend the International Security Academy in Israel.

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Photographs: David Gray/Reuters

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Libyans attend celebrations for the one-year anniversary of the "February 17 Revolution" at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli February 17, 2012.

Flags flew on Martyrs Square in Tripoli and crowds across Libya gave voice to joy at being free of Muammar Gaddafi, as the anniversary of their revolt offered brief respite from fears that it has brought them only chaotic paralysis.


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Photographs: Anis Mili/Reuters

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A man confronts hooded protesters who were vandalising a bank facility during a protest against spending cuts in public education in Barcelona February 29, 2012.

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Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters
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Plainclothes police officers detain a protester in central Barcelona during a general strike in Spain March 29, 2012. Spanish unions said a high turnout for a general strike to protest government budget cuts and reforms had almost brought heavy industry to a halt while the government said the day was proceeding normally.

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Photographs: Carlos Ruano/Reuters

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A molotov cocktail is thrown during a clash between student protesters and the government against plans to raise fuel prices in Jakarta March 27, 2012. Protesters rallied across Indonesia against a government proposal to increase fuel prices by a third as parliament prepared to vote on a divisive subsidy that cost Southeast Asia's largest economy some $18 billion in 2011.

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Photographs: Beawiharta/Reuters

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A worker test drives a car in the shape of a heels on a road in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad March 7, 2012. The shoe is part of a ladies series of creations by Indian car designer Sudhakar Yadav to mark the International Women's Day and the car can run at a maximum speed of 45 kph.

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Photographs: Krishnendu Halder/Reuters

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Cori Walters, 32, (R) hugs her daughter Hannah Walters, 6, at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California May 5, 2012. An annual Mother's Day event, Get On The Bus, brings children in California to visit their mothers in prison. Sixty per cent of parents in state prisons report being held over 161 km from their children.


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Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Cali Farmer, four, cries as she hugs her mother Netta Farmer at California Institute for Women state prison in Chino, California May 5, 2012.


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Students look inside a indigenous traditional house during a visit at Kari-Oca village in Rio de Janeiro June 15, 2012.


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Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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A man cools himself as he collects recyclable materials on the last day of the Jardim Gramacho landfill in Rio de Janeiro May 31, 2012. Ahead of the Rio+20 United Nations sustainable development summit that will be held from 13 to 22 June, the Rio de Janeiro City Hall shut down the 36-year-old landfill.

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Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

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Illustrated self portraits by 200,000 children are projected onto Buckingham Palace to form portraits of Queen Elizabeth in central London April 19, 2012. The portraits were collected by the Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts to celebrate the nation's children in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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Photographs: Andrew Winning/Reuters

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