Reuters has released their “Best Photos of the Year” collection, and the latest installment for 2013 has us speechless.
We’re living in tumultuous times, and it’s the perfect photograph that can bring us right into the space of others whose experiences we can’t even fathom. Some of us choose not to look. But when we do, we’re reminded how fragile, tragic, and ultimately inspiring the human experience can be.
There are 93 photos in the collection, and we’ve selected 24 of the ones we felt were the most gripping. You can see the entire series here.
WARNING: SOME IMAGES CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT OR NUDITY
NOOR KHAMIS, Kenya: An injured woman cries for help after gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi September 21, 2013.
CARLOS BARRIA, China: A couple waits to participate in a staged mass wedding, organized as part of a matchmaking event to inspire singles to get married, in a suburban area of Shanghai May 18, 2013.
JORGE CABRERA, Honduras: The dead body of a woman who was killed with three gunshots is seen at a crime scene in San Pedro Sula March 21, 2013.
JOHN KOLESIDIS, Greece: A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 22, 2013.
MUZAFFAR SALMAN, Syria: A father reacts after the death of two of his children, whom activists said were killed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, at al-Ansari area in Aleppo January 3, 2013.
SAJID HOSSAIN, Bangladesh: The hand of a garment worker is seen among the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka April 30, 2013.
LUCY NICHOLSON, United States: Donald Smitherman, 98, kisses his wife Marlene at the end of a dance in Sun City, Arizona, January 5, 2013.
IVAN ALVARADO, Chile: A student protester bites a riot policeman while being detained during a riot at a rally demanding Chile’s government reform the education system in Santiago, May 8, 2013.
ZOHRA BENSEMRA, Pakistan: Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan’s only female war-ready fighter pilot, climbs up to a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha, north Pakistan June 6, 2013.
ANGEL EDUARDO ALANIS, Mexico: Spectators react after a monster truck rammed the stand where they were watching a monster truck rally show at El Rejon park, on the outskirts of Chihuahua October 5, 2013.
KEVIN LAMARQUE, Northern Ireland: President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland June 17, 2013.
RONI BINTANG, Indonesia: A hibiscus flower is seen on an ash-covered plant at Mardingding village in Karo district, Indonesia’s north Sumatra province November 19, 2013.
CHEN HAO, North Korea: Female North Korean soldiers patrol along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, April 11, 2013.
SUSANA VERA, Spain: Diego Miralles gets gored by a bull on Estafeta Street during the sixth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona July 12, 2013.
MIKE BLAKE, United States: A radio-controlled Superman plane, flown by designer Otto Dieffenbach, passes the moon during a test flight in San Diego, California June 27, 2013.
ALESSANDRO BIANCHI, Italy: An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter August 26, 2013.
EDGAR SU, Singapore: Nick Vujicic, an Australian motivational speaker who was born without limbs, swims with sharks at the Marine Life Park in Singapore September 5, 2013.
YVES HERMAN, Belgium: Activists from women’s rights group Femen react after spraying water at Belgian Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Primate of Belgium Andre-Joseph Leonard (L) during a conference at Brussels University ULB April 23, 2013.
CHRISTOPHER VANEGAS, Mexico: The wrapped bodies of two dead people hang from an overpass as three more dead bodies lie on the ground in Saltillo March 8, 2013.
GORAN TOMASEVIC, Kenya: A child runs to safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree at Westgate shopping center in Nairobi September 21, 2013.
MIKE BLAKE, United States: Jennifer Lawrence reacts as she poses backstage with her Oscar after winning the best actress award for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook” at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 24, 2013.
NIR ELIAS, Israel: An Israeli policeman drags an ultra-Orthodox man during clashes in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem August 12, 2013.
GORAN TOMASEVIC, Syria: A Free Syrian Army fighter (L) looks at his comrade as he gets shot by sniper fire during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus January 30, 2013.
HAMID KHATIB, Syria: Issa, 10 years old, carries a mortar shell in a weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo, September 7, 2013.