As 2015 quickly approaches, TIME looks back at the year’s most influential images. annually, the magazine pours over thousands of photographs from around the globe, each in some way providing a snapshot of the last twelve months whether in world news, sports or popular culture. the content curation team describes of their election of a top 10: ‘each photograph selected for time’s top 10 photos of 2014, unranked and carefully culled from thousands, takes us into a dramatic scene that provides an important visual record of history. as these images came through our news-gathering operation over the course of the year, they not only astounded us, but they also moved us.’
From celebrity selfies garnering over 3.36 million retweets on twitter to a haunting image of malaysia airlines flight 17 wreckage in ukriane, these images have been chosen for their resonance and relevance in 2014. see the complete top 10 on TIME magazine here — warning: some of the following images are graphic.
Ellen Degeneres – hollywood, california – march 2, 2014
Ellen Degeneres’ star-studded selfie at the academy awards exceeded 1 million retweets in the first hour.
Jérôme Sessini – torez, ukraine – july 17, 2014
Jérôme Sessini’s haunting picture of malaysia airlines flight 17’s crash – a scene of a man still strapped to his seat in a wind-blown wheat field.
Whitney Curtis – ferguson, mo – august 11, 2014
Whitney Curtis captured an extraordinary exchange in ferguson between a man with his hands up and law enforcement officers.
Daniel Berehulak – monrovia, liberia – september 5, 2014
Daniel Berehulak’s work for the new york times from liberia, gave us a window into a devastating ebola epidemic.
Nikita Dudnik – Novosibirsk, Russia – July 12, 2014
Ice is the subject of the picture of a hail storm in russia, captured in mid-july by amateur photographer Nikita Dudnik.