Sometimes, you see a photograph which summons a whole storm of emotions inside. Often this is down to a perfectly chosen angle or a shot taken at just the right moment. Sometimes, it’s a shot of a stunning landscape or an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. But in other cases, it can be something as simple as the chronicling of our everyday lives from all around the world.
Here, we’ve gathered together 20 of the most brilliant photographs we’ve seen this year. Some are amusing, some exciting, and others simply wonderful.
Some very ’attentive’ judges at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan
A woman quietly observes Johnny Depp’s arrival at a movie premier
A herd of sheep pass through a gate
The heavens open. Copenhagen, Denmark
My neighbour Totoro
This guy dreamed of having two sons. His dreams came true — eventually!
Feeding the ’birds’ in Ecuador
A tornado in Genoa, Italy
So much emotion in just one photo!
Life is good
A cycling team from Rwanda sees snow for the first time
The photographer fell over when he was taking the shot and ended up with this masterpiece of a wedding photo
A cat: The view from below
Swans swim through the street after floods, UK
A walrus becomes embarrassed when it’s given a cake made of fish for its birthday, Norway
I really want to know what they’re looking at…
A typical rainy day in Chicago, USA
Police dogs in China queue for lunch
In the African wilderness
Marilyn hasn’t aged well…