The 10 Most Compelling Photos of 2010

Dec 29, 2010
Jenny Inglee is a Los Angeles-based journalist and the Education Editor at TakePart.

In 2010, these striking photos were all worth more than a thousand words.

(Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

A woman puts her hand near a crack on a wall as she waits for food distribution in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, two weeks after the country was devastated by a massive earthquake. Learn more about the aftermath and how to help here.

(Photo: Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters)

A Muslim boy in Indonesia waits near police shields as his mother attends an anti-Israel protest in front of the U.S. embassy in Jakarta on June 1, 2010. The protesters condemned Israel's deadly attack on a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla. Learn more here.

(Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

A 5-year-old pig-tailed macaque named Santisuk (which means "peace" in Thai) dons a police shirt and chills on the back of a patrolling vehicle in southern Thailand's Saiburi District on April 1, 2010. Local policemen adopted the injured monkey and took him on patrol. Santisuk sadly was killed by a dog a few months after this picture was taken.

Santisuk improved the force's image and relations with the public in the troubled province. Separatists are blamed for most of the attacks on Thailand's predominantly Muslim population in the south. Read more about the conflict in Thailand here.

(Photo: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters)

Female North Korean soldiers marched in sync during a military parade to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea. The oppressive state celebrated its leader Kim Jong-il and his successor, youngest son Kim Jong-un. Read more about the anniversary parade here.

(Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

A shot of Pope Benedict XVI entering a building during his visit to Lambeth Palace in London on September 17, 2010. The Pope spent four days in England and Scotland on this visit, and was met with both adoration and protest. Read more about his visit here.

(Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

This laundry might have a slight dead animal smell when it comes off the clothesline.

In Northern Ireland, duck, pheasant and rabbits are hung out before being plucked, skinned and frozen at Garron Point near the village of Carnlough.

(Photo: Asim Tanveer/Reuters)

Flood victims in Pakistan desperate for relief raise their hands to receive food on August 21, 2010. The monsoon rains in July and August caused devastating flooding across the country. An estimated 21 million people were affected in the worst natural disaster the country has ever seen. Learn how to help here.

(Photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

Two polar bear cubs play together at the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in Quebec on June 2, 2010. The zoo allowed public access to the polar bear cubs for the first time when this photo was taken.

(Photo: Lee Celano/Reuters)

An oil worker's hard hat floats in the murky water near East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, on June 8, 2010. BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster was one of the worst oil spills in history. The oil began gushing on April 20 and was not permanently sealed off until September 19. An estimated 4.4 million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico and the cleanup cost BP $10 billion.

To see the BP oil spill timeline, click here.

(Photo: Ho New/Reuters)

Perhaps the biggest success story of 2010 was the miner rescue in Chile. After a mine collapsed in August, 2010, 33 men were trapped underground for more than two months. Luckily, all of the miners survived and were rescued in a live broadcast viewed by millions on October 12, 2010.

The miner in this photo is Luis Urzua, the last to be rescued. The team leader is standing next to Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. Pinera showed his support throughout the rescue mission.

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