9. Sudden hailstorm in Novosibirsk, Russia
Nikita Dudnik was at the beach on a hot day when strong winds and hail quickly moved in. He shot a video of the scene with his phone until it became too dangerous to continue. Then he switched to still photos and captured this amazing shot of giant hailstones pounding the beach.
10. Malaysian Airlines plane crash in Ukraine
On July 17th, a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane crashed in Torez, Ukraine. Photographer Jerome Sessini rushed to the area and found bodies strewn across the field. This is a photo of one of the passengers from the crash, still strapped in the seat.
There you have it. The top 10 photos of 2014. Nine of these depict some sort of tragedy or destruction, but behind many of them lie tales of hope and faith. Let us hope that 2015 will be a better year for all of us.