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A world in splendour: The most spectacular photos of the year

Updated : December 31, 2018 10:14 AM IST

Through the eyes of Associated Press photographers, the world of 2018 was always captivating, sometimes comical, often awe-inspiring and above all, beautiful. Here are few pictures which took our breath away:

Rows of parked cars are covered by the first snowfall at a shopping center in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Rows of parked cars are covered by the first snowfall at a shopping center in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
Anthony Torres poses for a photograph at his brother's home in Atco, N.J., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Torres says he was the rider caught shaving on a New Jersey Transit train in a video that went viral. Torres said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Anthony Torres poses for a photograph at his brother's home in Atco, N.J., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Torres says he was the rider caught shaving on a New Jersey Transit train in a video that went viral. Torres said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Spectators watch the women's quarterfinal between Ukraine's Elina Svitolina and Belgium's Elise Mertens on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Spectators watch the women's quarterfinal between Ukraine's Elina Svitolina and Belgium's Elise Mertens on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
A diver carries lobsters during a fishing journey near Cay Savannah, in the Miskito coast, Honduras on Sept. 9, 2018. A diver receives 75 lempiras (three dollars) per pound of lobster. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A diver carries lobsters during a fishing journey near Cay Savannah, in the Miskito coast, Honduras on Sept. 9, 2018. A diver receives 75 lempiras (three dollars) per pound of lobster. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A tourist kicks up her heels as she and a friend wait for the driver of a hot pink private taxi, a classic American Chevrolet convertible, before they take a driving tour of Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A tourist kicks up her heels as she and a friend wait for the driver of a hot pink private taxi, a classic American Chevrolet convertible, before they take a driving tour of Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Protesters burn a mask painted as a U.S. flag during a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. Manila's top diplomat has accused Human Rights Watch of deceiving the international community by making it appear
Protesters burn a mask painted as a U.S. flag during a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. Manila's top diplomat has accused Human Rights Watch of deceiving the international community by making it appear "that the Philippines has become the Wild, Wild West of Asia where we just kill people left and right." Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano demanded an apology from the U.S.-based rights group for reporting a larger number of drug suspects killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on illegal drugs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Paratroopers drop into the Mediterranean Sea before an air show during Independence Day celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of the state in 1948, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Paratroopers drop into the Mediterranean Sea before an air show during Independence Day celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of the state in 1948, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Members of the Uzbekistan delegation gather, left, as two women sit in a public space near the United Nations headquarters during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Members of the Uzbekistan delegation gather, left, as two women sit in a public space near the United Nations headquarters during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A migrant who was expelled from Algeria sits in a transit center in Arlit, Niger on Friday, June 1, 2018. The only certainty about the man is that he was expelled from Algeria with thousands of others before ending up in this transit camp in a decaying mining town in the heart of the Sahara. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
A migrant who was expelled from Algeria sits in a transit center in Arlit, Niger on Friday, June 1, 2018. The only certainty about the man is that he was expelled from Algeria with thousands of others before ending up in this transit camp in a decaying mining town in the heart of the Sahara. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Two members of the New York City fire department look towards One World Trade Center through an opeining in the ceiling of the Oculus, part of the World Trade Center complex in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, the anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks. The transit hall ceiling window was opened just before 10:28 a.m., marking the moment that the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Two members of the New York City fire department look towards One World Trade Center through an opeining in the ceiling of the Oculus, part of the World Trade Center complex in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, the anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks. The transit hall ceiling window was opened just before 10:28 a.m., marking the moment that the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Contestants participate in the final round of the National Amateur Body Builders' Association competition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Dozens of glistening competitors took the stage for the annual body building and fitness competition. But behind the scenes, machismo makes way for cooperation. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Contestants participate in the final round of the National Amateur Body Builders' Association competition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Dozens of glistening competitors took the stage for the annual body building and fitness competition. But behind the scenes, machismo makes way for cooperation. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 photo, a security official walks through a curtained-off area during a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The annual conclave of China's National People's Congress is a carefully scripted affair, but the actual decision-making happens out of sight and away from prying eyes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 photo, a security official walks through a curtained-off area during a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The annual conclave of China's National People's Congress is a carefully scripted affair, but the actual decision-making happens out of sight and away from prying eyes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A dog walks past a mural by street artist Alex Martinez outside a shop in the Psiri area of central Athens, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A dog walks past a mural by street artist Alex Martinez outside a shop in the Psiri area of central Athens, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A father and son spend time together over breakfast at a cafe in the North Beach Section of San Francisco on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A father and son spend time together over breakfast at a cafe in the North Beach Section of San Francisco on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A group of girls stand next to photos of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the opening of the Sports House, set up to support the Russian delegation of the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A group of girls stand next to photos of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the opening of the Sports House, set up to support the Russian delegation of the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Tasha Hughes bathes her daughter, Madison, 4, as Jeffrey Dumich holds a flashlight outside their room at the damaged American Quality Lodge where they continue to live without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Simply getting through the day is a struggle at the low-rent motel where dozens of people are living in squalor amid destruction left by the hurricane. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Tasha Hughes bathes her daughter, Madison, 4, as Jeffrey Dumich holds a flashlight outside their room at the damaged American Quality Lodge where they continue to live without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Simply getting through the day is a struggle at the low-rent motel where dozens of people are living in squalor amid destruction left by the hurricane. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, April 20, 2018, during a weekly protest on Gaza's border with Israel. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, April 20, 2018, during a weekly protest on Gaza's border with Israel. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A spectator waits for the start of the Jeremy Scott show during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A spectator waits for the start of the Jeremy Scott show during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Published : December 31, 2018 10:14 AM IST
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