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)