A look back at 2014 in pictures

With 2014 coming to a close, many publications have highlighted their picks for photos of the year. My three favorite collections are from The New York TimesBuzzfeed (yes, Buzzfeed) and Reuters.

The Reuters set is the darkest of the three, which is perhaps an accurate reflection of the overall tenor of the year, but it’s worth a visit because every image includes a note from the photographer explaining the moment behind the shot.

Here are some of my favorites from each of the collections...

 January: Tyrone Siu for Reuters (Hong Kong)

January: Tyrone Siu for Reuters (Hong Kong)

 March: Ben Nelms for Reuters (Kamloops, Canada)

March: Ben Nelms for Reuters (Kamloops, Canada)

 March: Bulent Kilic for Agence France-Presse/Getty Images (Istanbul, Turkey)

March: Bulent Kilic for Agence France-Presse/Getty Images (Istanbul, Turkey)

 March: Christian Veron for Reuters (Caracas, Venezuela)

March: Christian Veron for Reuters (Caracas, Venezuela)

 July: Damon Winter for The New York Times (New York, USA)

July: Damon Winter for The New York Times (New York, USA)

 August: Robert Cohen for MCT/St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri, USA)

August: Robert Cohen for MCT/St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri, USA)

 August: Xu Kangping for EPA (Hangzhou, China)

August: Xu Kangping for EPA (Hangzhou, China)

 September: Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times (New York, USA)

September: Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times (New York, USA)

 October: Toby Melville for Reuters (London, England)

October: Toby Melville for Reuters (London, England)

 October: China Daily (Jinhua, China)

October: China Daily (Jinhua, China)

 November: Yves Herman for Reuters (Brussels, Belgium)

November: Yves Herman for Reuters (Brussels, Belgium)

 November: Al Bello for Getty Images (New Jersey, USA)

November: Al Bello for Getty Images (New Jersey, USA)