TIME’s Top 10 most influential photos of 2014

There are more people than ever on Earth, but never have we been this connected with each other. Photography plays a large role, with the still image continuing to hold extraordinary power, bypassing borders and languages and cultures, to inform and educate us. Its success is its impact, altering our actions or thoughts merely because it exists. It’s our proof. And technology has kept pace.
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.
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.

Massimo Sestini – mediterranean sea – june 07, 2014
Massimo Sestini – mediterranean sea – june 07, 2014
Nikita Dudnik. Sudden hail storm in Novosibirsk Russia.
Nikita Dudnik. Sudden hail storm in Novosibirsk Russia.
Moises Saman. Sinjar Montains, Iraq. Aug12 2014
Moises Saman. Sinjar Montains, Iraq. Aug12 2014
Ross McDonnell. Kiev, Urkain. Jan25 2014
Ross McDonnell. Kiev, Urkain. Jan25 2014
Whitney Curtis – ferguson, mo – august 11, 2014
Whitney Curtis – ferguson, mo – august 11, 2014
Daniel Berehulak – monrovia, liberia – september 5, 2014
Daniel Berehulak – monrovia, liberia – september 5, 2014
Jérôme Sessini - torez, ukraine – july 17, 2014
Jérôme Sessini – torez, ukraine – july 17, 2014
Tyler Hicks. Gaza, July16 2014
Tyler Hicks. Gaza, July16 2014

 

Thomas van Houtryve. House boats on Lake Oroville, California. The lake is 70% empty due to California’s severe drought.
Thomas van Houtryve. House boats on Lake Oroville, California. The lake is 70% empty due to California’s severe drought.
Ellen Degeneres – hollywood, california – march 2, 2014
Ellen Degeneres – hollywood, california – march 2, 2014