10 Epic Reuters Photos

Reuters‘ global network of 600 photographers distributes 1,600 pictures each day, constantly adding up to a growing archive of over 6 million. Images are transmitted within minutes to the world’s media, providing us with a constant window on the world. News are important, and information is power. But sometimes photos represent way more than that.

Their photographers have won more than 60 international photography awards in 2012, including major prizes for Damir Sagolj in World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. Here are some pretty influential photos that might give you an idea about what these incredible people do each and every day,

1. Goran Tomasevic

Goran Tomasevic

Sgt. William Olas Bee, a U.S. Marine from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Luckily, he was not injured.

2. Adrees Latif

Adrees Latif

Kenji Nagai, a Japanese video journalist, tries to take photographs as he lies injured after police and military officials fired upon and then charged at protesters in Yangon’s city center. He did, in fact, die.

3. Akintunde Akinleye 

Akintunde Akinleye

A man rinses soot from his face at the scene of a gas pipeline explosion near Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

4. Diana Markosian

Diana Markosian

Afghani women make their way to the border of Tajikistan.

5. Carlos Barria

Carlos Barria

An Iraqi child watches U.S. soldiers leave the area after a car bomb explosion at a market in the neighborhood known as New Baghdad.

6. David Loh

David Loh

A girl cries as she helps her parents salvage belongings from their home after a fire gutted the area and left 658 families homeless. Almost too sad to watch.

7. Feisal Omar

Feisal Omar

A man carries a shark through the streets of Mogadishu. Incredible, right?

8. Jorge Silva

Jorge Silva

An Iraqi man suspected of having explosives in his car is held after being arrested by the U.S. army near Baquba, Iraq.

9. Petar Kujundzic

Petar Kujundzic

A Yugoslav army officer defuses an anti-tank mine planted by Slovenian forces on the highway near Krsko July 2, 1991.

10. Shannon Stapleton

Shannon Stapleton

Rescue workers carry fatally injured New York City Fire Department Chaplain, Rev. Mychal Judge, from one of the World Trade Center towers.

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