2018 in pictures: Striking photojournalism from around the world


The BBC News picture team has selected some of the most arresting images by photojournalists from around the world in 2018.

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image captionA woman is sprayed with tear gas by a riot police officer during a "yellow vests" protest against higher fuel prices, in Brussels, in December. Reuters photographer Yves Herman said of the woman: "When one young man was seized, a young woman with him rushed towards the line of police, shouting that he had done nothing wrong... She wasn't even wearing one of the fluorescent yellow vests."
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image captionThe aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong in September. Peak winds of 125mph (200km/h) were recorded, damaging buildings and shutting down the city. The typhoon killed dozens in the Philippines, before moving across southern China.
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image captionLava erupts from a fissure east of Leilani Estates in Hawaii, during eruptions of the Kilauea volcano in May. The fissures and vents opened overnight, with lava leaping up to 230ft (70m) into the air.
image copyrightYasuyoshi Chiba / AFP
image captionA young participant in Kenya's Mr and Miss Albinism beauty pageant receives a makeover in Nairobi in November. The Albinism Society of Kenya set up the event to support those with the hereditary condition and help combat the discrimination and violence they frequently face.
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image captionTourists release thousands of sky lanterns during the annual lantern festival in Pingxi,, Taiwan, in March. The event celebrates the last day of the lunar new year.
image copyrightMarius Vagenes Villanger / AFP
image captionThe crew of Norwegian patrol vessel KV Svalbard play football on ice in the sea around Greenland in March. Two armed guards look out for polar bears.
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image captionSalah Khashoggi (left), the eldest son of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, shakes the hand of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in October. Salah was invited to the meeting in Riyadh to receive condolences from Crown Prince Mohammed. The US Senate has blamed the Saudi crown prince for the murder, while Saudi officials deny the royal family was involved.
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image captionAn aerial view of a neighbourhood in Paradise, obliterated by California's deadliest wildfire, in November. The Camp Fire destroyed thousands of homes and killed over 80 people.
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image captionYemeni mother Nadia Nahari holds her five-year-old son, Abdelrahman Manhash, who has severe malnutrition and weighs 11lb (5kg), in November. She stands on a weighing scale at a treatment clinic in the Khokha district, in the western province of Hodeidah.
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image captionGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with US President Donald Trump, surrounded by other world leaders at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada, in June. The photo, provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), went viral on social media, sparking memes and caption contests.
image copyrightSTEFANIE GLINSKI / AFP
image captionA boy from the Dinka tribe tends to a cow in the early morning in March, in Mingkaman, Lakes State, South Sudan. During the country's dry season, farmers move from the highlands to the lowlands, close to the Nile, where they set up large cattle camps.
image copyrightShannon Stapleton / Reuters
image captionHollywood producer Harvey Weinstein handed himself to police in New York in May and was charged with rape and sexual abuse, charges he denies.
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image captionA man washes chemically treated plastic bags in a canal that leads to the Buriganga river in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in June. In 2002, Bangladesh became the first country in the world to ban thin plastic bags, after they were found to have choked the drainage system during devastating floods.
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image captionAdult film actress Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) is seen with her lawyer, Michael Avenatti (left), arriving at the United States District Court Southern District of New York in April for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer. In December, Cohen was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to making a $130,000 (£102,735) hush money payment to Ms Daniels.
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image captionAn aerial view from a helicopter shows disinfectant being released over an area in Palu, in Indonesia, in an attempt to sterilise the ground following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in September, in which more than 380 people died. The area shown was affected by soil liquefaction, in which the structure of soil loses strength, causing buildings to shift and collapse.
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image captionA shaman in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, takes part in a fire ritual meant to summon spirits to mark the summer solstice, in June. Banned for 70 years under Communist rule, shamanism has seen a resurgence in Mongolia since 1992, when the ancient practice became protected by the country's constitution.
image copyrightClodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters
image captionA Rohingya refugee girl wears thanaka paste at Shamlapur camp, in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, in March. Since August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya people have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar, also known as Burma, for neighbouring Bangladesh.
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image captionAn aerial drone view of Rio de Janeiro's National Museum after fire ripped through the building in September, destroying almost 90% of the collection of 20 million artefacts. Critics blamed lack of government funding for the extent of the damage, with dry hydrants nearby and no sprinkler system in the building.
image copyrightJIM WATSON / AFP
image captionFacebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, in April. Mr Zuckerberg said one of his greatest regrets was the company's slowness to act against disinformation posted by Russian trolls during the US election.
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image captionTwo Eritrean sisters are reunited in their home country after 20 years of being apart. The pair were separated in the fallout of Eritrea seceding from Ethiopia in 1993, followed by a conflict in 1998, in which 80,000 people were killed. Commercial flights between the two countries resumed in July this year, after a "peace and friendship" agreement was signed by Eritrea's president.
image captionSoldiers feed electric cable deep into the flooded Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand in June, as part of an enormous operation to rescue 12 boys and their football coach trapped in the complex cave system. The group were found alive huddled on a ledge after more than two weeks in the cave. They were all freed in July after a dangerous three-day operation.
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image captionNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (right) hold hands in triumph after signing the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula during the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House in April. The meeting was the third Inter-Korean summit after the 1945 division of the peninsula.
image copyrightALEXEY NIKOLSKY / AFP
image captionFrench President Emmanuel Macron punches the air as France triumphs against Croatia in the Russia 2018 World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
image copyrightMARK RALSTON / AFP
image captionActress Frances McDormand leaves the stage after winning the Oscar for best actress in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in March. During her acceptance speech, McDormand gave a rallying cry for female nominees to stand up, as she declared "look around, because we all have stories to tell".
image copyrightJIM WATSON / AFP
image captionEmma Gonzalez (centre) stands with other students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during a March for Our Lives Rally in Washington in March. Seventeen people were murdered at the high school in Florida. Students subsequently organised a political movement supported by hundreds of thousands of Americans.
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image captionAn emotional Naomi Osaka (left), of Japan, becomes the US Open women's singles champion after defeating Serena Williams, in September. During the match, an angry Williams accused the umpire of being a "thief", in some of the most dramatic scenes seen at a Grand Slam final.
image captionSpectators in Russia mark Shrovetide, an ancient farewell ceremony to winter, in February, by watching the burning of a 30m (100ft) structure built of branches made in the form of a Gothic-style building. The effigy, created by artist Nikolay Polissky, was burned in the village of Nikola-Lenivets, in the Kaluga region, 220km (140 miles) south-west of Moscow.
image copyrightMohamad Torokman / Reuters
image captionA Palestinian man argues with an Israeli soldier in October during clashes over an Israeli order to shut down a Palestinian school in the town of as-Sawiyah, south of Nablus, in the occupied West Bank.
image copyrightKim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters
image captionMaria Meza (centre), an asylum seeker from Honduras, runs away from tear gas with her five-year-old twin daughters, Saira Mejia Meza (left) and Cheili Mejia Meza (right), in front of the border wall between the US and Mexico, in Tijuana.

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