Powerful and astonishing pics from Reuters top 100 for 2016

Reuters is one  of the top news agencies in the world with some of the best photo-journalists, so it’s no wonder that the pictures they gather from around the world are as amazing as they are.

Below is a selection of their Top 100 photos for 2016 – some are funny, some are astonishing, some are truly sad, but all are taken with a clarity and honesty that few others can lay claim to achieving.

Enjoy! . . . and as always, click on the pics to enlarge.  🙂

More can be found at the Reuters website.

Red and white balloons are released during the opening ceremony of newly built Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge, the third bridge over the Bosphorus linking the city’s European and Asian sides in Istanbul, Turkey, August 26, 2016. (Photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters)

 

Wrestler known as Gio Malkriado (top) fights with a fluorescent tube with wrestler Ciclope during an extreme wrestling fight at a temporary wrestling ring inside a car wash in Tulancingo Hidalgo, Mexico October 8, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

 

Dawn breaks behind the Houses of Parliament and the statue of Winston Churchill the day after the Brexit vote in Westminster, London June 24, 2016. (Photo by Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

 

Male chimpanzee Chacha screams after escaping from nearby Yagiyama Zoological Park as a man tries to capture him on the power lines at a residential area in Sendai, northern Japan, April 14, 2016. The chimp was eventually caught after being shot with a tranquilizer gun and falling from the power lines, Kyodo news reported. (Photo by Reuters/Kyodo News)

 

A man lies on the floor with his head stuck in a washing machine in Fuzhou, China May 29, 2016. According to local media, the man was trying to figure out why the machine was not working when his head became trapped. Firefighters eventually cut the machine and saved him. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

 

A polar bear is seen at an aquarium in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, July 27, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

 

Model Kendall Jenner poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film “Mal de pierres” (From the Land of the Moon) in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 15, 2016. (Photo by Yves Herman/Reuters)

 

A pilot looks up from a U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter as it prepares to refuel mid-air with a KC-135 refuelling plane during a flight to Britain from Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in Romania, April 25, 2016. (Photo by Toby Melville/Reuters)

 

A devotee of the Chinese Samkong Shrine walks with a bike pierced on his mouth during a procession celebrating the annual vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand October 4, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)

 

Protester Ieshia Evans is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during a demonstration against the shooting death of Alton Sterling July 9, 2016. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

 

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie reacts as it rains during a news conference during her visit to Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon March 15, 2016. March 15 marks the 5th anniversary of peaceful protests against Assad, leading to the devastating civil conflict in the country. (Photo by Mohamed Azakir/Reuters)

 

Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand stops running during the race to help fellow competitor Abbey D’Agostino of the USA after D’Agostino suffered a cramp in the 5,000m heats at the Rio Olympics August 16, 2016. (Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

 

People attend the screening of the film “Jaws” by director Steven Spielberg, screened at Strasbourg public baths during the European Fantastic Film Festival, in Strasbourg, France, September 18, 2016. (Photo by Vincent Kessler/Reuters)

 

A protester uses a tennis racket to return a tear gas canister during a demonstration to protest the government’s proposed labor law reforms in Nantes, France, June 2, 2016. (Photo by Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

 

Musafir, a pet monkey, eats a Jalebi sweet on a pavement in Kolkata, India, June 9, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

 

A “Pokeburg” hamburger with the name ‘Peakachu, inspired by the Pokemon Go phenomenon, is pictured at Down N’ Out Burger restaurant in Sydney, Australia, August 26, 2016. The restaurant sells a limited number of Pokeburgs per day, with the names Chugmander, Peakachu and Bulboozaur, capitalizing on fans’ appetite for Pokemon Go, the location-based augmented reality game. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

 

Ostriches wear masks as they are transported by a truck for relocation in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, August 8, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

 

Sheep shearer Chris Kermond from Ballarat in the Australian state of Victoria rides a motorised “esky” or drink cooler, while drinking a can of pre-mixed rum and cola at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 29, 2016. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

 

A body is seen on the ground July 15, 2016 after 86 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday July 14. (Photo by Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

 

Wrestler Kairi Hojo jumps at her opponent Mieko satomura during their Stardom female professional wrestling show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, July 26, 2015. Professional women’s wrestling in Japan means body slams, sweat, and garish costumes. But Japanese rules on hierarchy also come into play, with a culture of deference to veteran fighters. The brutal reality of the ring is masked by a strong fantasy element that feeds its popularity with fans, most of them men. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

 

A banded mongoose plays with a Halloween pumpkin at a zoo in Chongqing, China, October 29, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

 

Horses look out a window of their stable near the village of Pontoiraklia, Greece, May 27, 2016. (Photo by Marko Djurica/Reuters)

 

Hindu devotees laugh as they watch the religious festival of Lathmar Holi, where women beat the men with sticks, in the town of Barsana in Uttar Pradesh March 17, 2016. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

 

A young girl sells balloons by the Yamuna River on the last day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Delhi, September 15, 2016. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

 

A resident brings French baguettes to his mother’s flooded house after heavy rain falls in Chalette-sur-Loing Montargis, near Orleans, France, June 1, 2016. (Photo by Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

 

A monkey catches knives as it balances on a board during a daily training session at a monkey farm in Baowan village, Xinye county of China’s central Henan province, February 2, 2016. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)

 

Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec July 26, 2016. (Photo by Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

 

A giant panda cub falls from the stage while 23 giant pandas born in 2016 are seen on a display at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, September 29, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)

 

Barrier tape is tied around 15-month-old Shivani’s ankle to prevent her from running away, while her mother Sarta Kalara works at a construction site nearby, in Ahmedabad, India, April 19, 2016. Kalara says she has no option but to tether her daughter Shivani to a stone despite her crying, while she and her husband work for 250 rupees ($3.8) each a shift digging holes for electricity cables in the city of Ahmedabad. There are about 40 million construction workers in India, at least one in five of them women, and the majority poor migrants who shift from site to site, building infrastructure for India’s booming cities. Across the country it is not uncommon to see young children rolling in the sand and mud as their parents carry bricks or dig for new roads or luxury houses. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

 

Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of the resentencing hearing for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at Pretoria High Court, South Africa June 15, 2016. (Photo by Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

 

Castellers de Vilafranca form a human tower called “castell” during a biannual competition in Tarragona city, Spain October 2, 2016. (Photo by Albert Gea/Reuters)

 

A coach wipes away tears and comforts a girl who was feeling tired during gymnastics lessons at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School in Shanghai, China, May 4, 2016. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)

 

Canada’s men’s wheelchair basketball team player Adam Lancia embraces his wife Jamey Jewells of Canada after her women’s wheelchair basketball playoff match against China at the Rio Paralympics September 16, 2016. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

 

The body of 11-year-old Mahmoud Barakeh is placed on a table to be prepared for burial after shelling in the rebel held besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria, October 24, 2016. Mahmoud’s father was killed last year in a bombing in the same town. (Photo by Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

 

A migrant eats a biscuit on the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Topaz Responder after being rescued around 20 nautical miles off the coast of Libya, June 23, 2016. (Photo by Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)

 

Milli Astill, age 7, attempts to persuade 3-year old Lissi-Lu to have her photograph taken with her in their Leicester City tu-tus in Leicester, Britain April 22, 2016. Leicester City’s Premier League title dream became reality on Monday as their only remaining challengers Tottenham Hotspur drew 2-2 at Chelsea to complete one of the greatest ever sporting achievements.The Foxes’ Premier League campaign has captivated fans in the provincial English city as well as sports fans worldwide. (Photo by Darren Staples/Reuters)

 

British actor Sacha Baron Cohen (C) arrives at the world premiere of the film “Grimsby” at Leicester Square in London, Britain, February 22, 2016. (Photo by Toby Melville/Reuters)

 

Musafir, a pet monkey, eats a Jalebi sweet on a pavement in Kolkata, India, June 9, 2016. (Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

 

Jackeline, 26, holds her son who is 4-months old and born with microcephaly, in front of their house in Olinda, near Recife, Brazil, February 11, 2016. (Photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

 

A man collects coconuts and other items thrown as offerings by worshippers in the Sabarmati river, a day after the “Dashama” festival in Ahmedabad, August 12, 2016. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

 

Actor Jackie Chan poses with his Honorary Award at the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles, California, November 12, 2016. (Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

 

Julian Assange’s cat sits at the window of Ecuador’s embassy as prosecutor Ingrid Isgren from Sweden interviews Assange in London, Britain November 14, 2016. (Photo by Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

 

Refugee children play with a stuffed toy at a muddy makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece March 15, 2016. (Photo by Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters)

 

A demonstrator looks at a riot policeman during a protest marking the country’s 1973 military coup in Santiago, Chile September 11, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Vera/Reuters)

 

A woman holds a hedgehog at the Harry hedgehog cafe in Tokyo, Japan, April 5, 2016. In a new animal-themed cafe, 20 to 30 hedgehogs of different breeds scrabble and snooze in glass tanks in Tokyo’s Roppongi entertainment district. Customers have been queuing to play with the prickly mammals, which have long been sold in Japan as pets. The cafe’s name Harry alludes to the Japanese word for hedgehog, harinezumi. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

 

Syrian refugee girl Housaida rests inside the Spanish rescue vessel Astral after being rescued by the Spanish NGO Proactiva off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea August 18, 2016. (Photo by Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters)

 

(L-R) Maria Silva, Milena Cortes, Maria Arteaga, Jackeline Bastidas and Gissy Abello pose for a picture at the Famproa dogs shelter where they work, in Los Teques, Venezuela, August 25, 2016. Venezuelans struggling to feed their families let alone pets amid an unprecedented economic crisis are increasingly dumping scrawny animals in streets, parks and makeshift shelters. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

 

A man rides a horse through the flames during the “Luminarias” annual religious celebration on the eve of Saint Anthony’s day, Spain’s patron saint of animals, in the village of San Bartolome de Pinares, northwest of Madrid, Spain, January 16, 2016. According to tradition that dates back 500 years, people ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of this small village to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires. (Photo by Susana Vera/Reuters)

 

A Buddhist monk lights a candle at Wat Phra Dhammakaya during a ceremony on Makha Bucha Day in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok February 22, 2016. The Dhammakaya temple is regarded as the country’s richest Buddhist temple. Makha Bucha Day honours Buddha and his teachings, and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month. (Photo by Jorge Silva/Reuters)

 

A woman with a Ziggy Stardust tattoo visits a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, January 11, 2016. David Bowie, a music legend who used daringly androgynous displays of sexuality and glittering costumes to frame legendary rock hits “Ziggy Stardust” and “Space Oddity”, has died of cancer. (Photo by Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

 

People walk on a sightseeing platform in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China, August 1, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

 

An injured woman reacts at a site hit by airstrikes in the rebel held area of Old Aleppo, Syria, April 28, 2016. (Photo by Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)

 

A rat’s head rests as it is constricted in an opening in the bottom of a garbage can in the Brooklyn borough of New York, October 18, 2016. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

 

Indian model and acid attack survivor Reshma Quereshi has make up applied before walking to present Indian designer Archana Kochhar’s Spring/Summer 2017 collections during New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough of New York, September 8, 2016. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

 

Saida Ahmad Baghili, 18, who is affected by severe acute malnutrition, sits on a bed at the al-Thawra hospital in the Red Sea port city of Houdieda, Yemen October 24, 2016. (Photo by Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

 

 

Donald Trump listens as Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, October 9, 2016. (Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters)

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