From wars to protests, freak accidents and natural disasters, 2014 has been one happening year. However, here are 14 images that capture the year in all its glory and magnificence:
The enchanting photo shows Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle on Oct. 2.
August of this year witnessed the most beautiful supermoon. A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full at the closest point in its orbit to Earth, called a perigee full moon.
Reuters’s photographer Navesh Chitrakar captured the impure women of Nepal in this touching photo. Chaupadi is the practice of treating women as impure and untouchable during the days they menstruate practiced in many ancient cultures but is practiced in some cultures even today. During this time, the women going through their monthly cycle are not allowed to enter a house or pass by a temple.
Every so often there is proof that beauty can make itself known in destruction as well. Beit Hanoun of Reuters captured such an image during the 51-day war in Gaza.
A family of giraffes looks out from their enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo.
A competitor leaps up the air during a bridge jumping competition in Kanal ob Soci, Slovenia.
Aquarist Bret Grasse releases a flamboyant cuttlefish into a display for the "Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes" exhibition at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.
Cattle ranching at night captured at its best on the Great Plains of eastern Hungary.
A perfectly timed shot shows the immediate aftermath of the Soyuz rocket blast amid orange flames.
A girl from the minority Yazidi sect rests after fleeing violence in Sinjar, Iraq.
Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims reach out to touch the tomb of Imam al-Abbas located inside the Imam al-Abbas shrine to mark Arbain in the holy city of Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad.
A reveler tries to hold on to a wild horse during the "Rapa Das Bestas" traditional event in the Spanish northwestern village of Sabucedo.
Turkish soldiers keep warm atop a hill overlooking the Syrian town of Kobani, near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian.
Belarus' Anton Kushnir competes during the men's freestyle skiing aerials qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.