The best photos 2009 from Reuters (22 photos)

A selection of the best pictures of the outgoing year, according to agency Reuters.

1) A man dives into the hole of ice water on Epiphany near the historic monastery in Rostov Veliky, 200 km from Moscow on January 19, 2009. Orthodox believers celebrate the Baptism of January 19, diving into the icy water, despite the cold. (REUTERS / Thomas Peter)

2) "Oasis of the Seas" - the largest and newest cruise ship in the world - floating in the approach channel in front of thousands of spectators. The ship goes to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The picture was taken from the park in Dania Beach, FL, November 13, 2009. The liner, which was built in Finland, owned by «Royal Caribbean International». (REUTERS / Joe Skipper)

3) The reaction of the Germans Shtefi Graf (left) after American Andre Agassi accidentally hit the ball into the Belgian Kim Clijsters (center) during the mixed doubles on court «Centre Court» Wimbledon in London on 17 May 2009. (REUTERS / Kieran Doherty)

4) An Afghan woman in a burqa is the old bazaar in Kabul on March 4, 2009. The electoral commission announced that the presidential elections in Afghanistan can not be held next month, as demanded by President Hamid Karzai. Elections, as planned earlier, will be held August 20th. (REUTERS / Ahmad Masood)

5) Members of «Nomad Dance» perform a somersault during a workout on the beach of Yoff in Dakar, Senegal 14 November 2009. (REUTERS / Finbarr O'Reilly)

6) In this photo taken June 21, 2009, to help the wounded man in Tehran. On Sunday proreformistskie activists criticized the Iranian authorities after weeks of unprecedented mass protests against the leadership of the Islamic Republic. (REUTERS via Your View)

7) The thermal scanner shows signs of fever in international passengers arriving at Incheon International Airport west of Seoul, April 28, 2009. In March, the airline faced a decline in the number of passengers compared to the previous year, and swine flu only aggravated the financial situation. (REUTERS / Jung Yeon-je)

8) Party people are standing in front of a poster warning about the dangers of alcohol at the event «Carnage» in Lincoln, East England, April 27, 2009. «Carnage» - This is an unofficial event organized by the students of the University of Lincoln, which is intended to visit a certain number of bars on a Monday night and Tuesday morning. Police said that this year was attended by about 1,200 people. (REUTERS / Darren Staples)

9) Survivors of the earthquake are the ruins of the memorial park in memory of the victims of the Sichuan earthquake in Tsinchuan County, Sichuan Province, May 11, 2009. China May 12 marks the anniversary of the earthquake that shook the south-west of the country. (REUTERS / Jason Lee)

10) US President Barack Obama is a puppy first family of America - Portuguese Water Dog named Bo on. Photo taken on the south lawn of the White House in Washington on 14 April 2009. (REUTERS / Larry Downing)

11) An Israeli soldier covers his ears while firing from a tank of mobile artillery toward the Strip since the village in the central part of the Gaza Strip January 6 2009. On Tuesday, Israel sent troops into southern Gaza City. The 11-day conflict killed hundreds of Palestinians. (REUTERS / Baz Ratner)

12) A Palestinian stands in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest in the village of Bilin near Ramallah. The protest was directed against the Israeli military operations in Gaza City on January 8, 2009. Several rockets fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Thursday, wounding two people. This attack is tied to the war with Israel against the Islamist group «Hamas» in the Gaza Strip. (REUTERS / Eric Gaillard)

13) Demonstrators run away from tear gas, which is used against them, the Israeli border police during a riot at Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah January 16, 2009. Fearing that the crisis in Gaza will lead to unrest and violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israel has strengthened control and introduced to the Old City of Jerusalem, the armed forces on the weekly Muslim prayers. (REUTERS / Fadi Arouri)

14) A member of the organization for combating organized crime is helping his team-mate to check the attic to detect where the gun used in the killing, while searching for clues in Edinburg, Texas, April 14, 2009. Gangs with their violence, drugs and crime - one of the major social ills of America. But in the border cities of the problem has grown to the federal scale. (USA-GANGS / BORDER REUTERS / Jessica Rinaldi / Files)

15) roller skaters "Lee Valley" and Olympic Champion Jayne Torvill (front left) at the opening of the rink "Somerset House" in London November 15, 2009. Speakers stood in figure 10, since it is the 10th season of the winter at the rink, which opened to the public on Tuesday. (REUTERS / Luke MacGregor)

16) from a riot policeman trying to arrest student after protest in Santiago May 13, 2009. On Wednesday, the students were in favor of changes in the system of public education and the required increase in the budget for universities. (REUTERS / Victor Ruiz Caballero)

17) Victim of acid attack at a meeting with your child in Dhaka, May 12, 2009. The Fund suffered from acid attacks in Bangladesh, providing assistance and support to victims, held on Tuesday, an international conference in honor of its 10th anniversary. The conference was attended by about 600 victims of acid attacks in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Cambodia, Uganda and Nepal. (REUTERS / Andrew Biraj)

18) Construction worker checks his mobile phone at the hostel after a work shift at the construction site of the pavilion of the exhibition «Shanghai World Expo 2010" in Shanghai April 15, 2009. The level of GDP in China fell to a record low in the first quarter of this year, but quarterly increase may indicate some improvement in the economy. (REUTERS / Nir Elias)

19) Palestinian activists during the organized Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine march in the refugee camp of Al-Buraidzh in Gaza May 23, 2009. (REUTERS / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

20) The newly elected President of South Africa Jacob Zuma welcomes Nelson Mandela during the inauguration of Zuma in the building «Union Buildings» in Pretoria on 9 May 2009. (REUTERS / Pool)

21) The destruction of the German automaker's logo «Opel» in a dumpster at a former factory in Berlin on May 27, 2009. On Wednesday, the German government had to choose a partner for separating «Opel» (American automaker «General Motors»), as well as provide assistance to the company. (REUTERS / Pawel Kopczynski)

22) Aerial view of the carved Amazon jungle near Maraba in the central Brazilian state of Para 3 May 2009. Soon thousands of cows will be chewing on freshly harvested grass pastures of Pará. This is just a tiny part of the 200 millionth herds of Brazil - the largest in the world, which makes the country a powerful superpower of beef. More than 70 million of them are in the Amazon region - three for each person. This is where the industry has grown fastest in recent years. They say all thanks to cheap land, widespread illegal logging and the weak pressure from the government. Photographed May 3, 2009. (AMAZON-CATTLE / REUTERS / Paulo Whitaker)


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