Best Photos Of 2004 From Reuters
December 10, 2004 6:50 AM   Subscribe

You can browse your way through the Reuters 2004 Pictures Of The Year over at Yahoo! News. They also have a Slide Show For Easier Viewing. They range from the Puzzling, to the Amusing, and Sad or kinda Creepy. Some took incredible Timing or Good Luck to capture. I only spotted a couple that looked familiar, including the kite surfing Kerry. My favorites, 2 men on fire, one Literally and one Figuratively.
posted by Blake (15 comments total)
Can anyone figure out why this one is on the list?
posted by smackfu at 7:01 AM on December 10, 2004

the good folks at are showing the excellent Extreme Asia: The photographs of Philip Blenkinsop
posted by matteo at 7:12 AM on December 10, 2004

This is one of the best sports photographs I've ever seen, whether or not synchronized swimming is actually a sport.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:33 AM on December 10, 2004

Honestly, I can't figure out why most of these photos are considered pictures of the year (disclaimer: part of my job at is photo editing, including our own Year in Pictures).

Since Yahoo doesn't say, I'm curious about what the requirements were or who decided - did Reuters editors pick these? Yahoo's editors? Were these the most emailed photos from Yahoo's site, which might explain the Becks and Posh frame.

This feels more like a "personalities of the year", which is certainly fine, there's obviously a place for that kind of work. But to say that these are the best photographs taken in 2004 is a stretch.
posted by jimray at 8:36 AM on December 10, 2004

Cirque girl kissing Pope is brilliant.
Pick the goofy-looking one.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:52 AM on December 10, 2004

I'm a little bothered by the idea of a man on fire being anyone's favorite anything. Maybe that's just me.
Not to say that others are much happier.
Except The Matrix.
posted by metaculpa at 10:13 AM on December 10, 2004

What is with that picture of Becks and Posh Spice? He looks like Leonardo diCraprio with a mullet.
posted by psmealey at 10:23 AM on December 10, 2004

"I'm a little bothered by the idea of a man on fire being anyone's favorite anything."
Well when you put it that way, I did sound creepy didn't I?
Not that I enjoy watching people burning, it's just an amazing thing to see captured on film, or bits.

I wonder how many of these where done with print vs. digital camers?
posted by Blake at 10:25 AM on December 10, 2004

I love this one of the Ukranian winter sunbathers...

I wonder why none of the Abu Graib pictures made the cut. Do these have to be taken by Reuters photogs to be considered? Because that freaky one of the guy in the costume with the fake electrodes is definitely the "image of the year" if not the "photo' of the year.
posted by chaz at 10:27 AM on December 10, 2004

Whoever selected these pictures of the year had a different concept of Picture of the Year.

Some are indeed pretty cool and worthwhile but some (like the Beckham and Posh Spice) are stupid and completely inappropriate.
posted by fenriq at 10:52 AM on December 10, 2004

That picture on "Luck" is just a gorgeous picture, no matter how you look at it. But it may not have taken as much luck as it appears - isn't there another swimmer below the water, holding her in this position?
posted by soyjoy at 10:58 AM on December 10, 2004

What Fenriq said. I even like these cliched shots better... Or perhaps some vintage photos?
posted by Specklet at 11:41 AM on December 10, 2004

Wow, specklet. Some of those picture are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing that.
posted by psmealey at 12:18 PM on December 10, 2004

matteo -- Now those are some awesome pictures. Of the "photos of the year", well, I'm at least glad this (from series) made it.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 1:08 PM on December 10, 2004

This picture has my undying love for all of eternity.
posted by Kattullus at 12:54 PM on December 11, 2004

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