Sometimes the biggest stories of the year included images so powerful they seared into our collective memories. Sometimes, they were from not so well known stories. Take a look at the images we at the Digital Media team for CCTV America found the most compelling, and click through for their associated stories.
Our favorite images from 2014
Pope Francis leaves at the end of a morning session of a two-week synod on some very controversial family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
One person on our team said they were moved by this photo "because it shows an array of emotions -- confusion, hope, sadness and curiosity."
A man stands in front of a billboard in support of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have a meeting at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing on April 23, 2014. The hunt for physical evidence that the Malaysia Airlines jet crashed in the Indian Ocean more than three weeks ago has turned up nothing, despite a massive operation involving seven countries and repeated sightings of suspected debris.. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO
In this insanely cute photo taken Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014, panda mother Ju Xiao plays with her triplet cubs in the Chimelong Wildlife Park in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province. The cubs, born on July 29, are the fourth panda triplets recorded in history and the only living triplets now in the world. (AP Photo)
This June 15, 2007 file photo shows actor and comedian Robin Williams posing for a photo in Santa Monica, Calif. Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in an apparent suicide. Williams was 63. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows a girl, wearing the full-length hijab talking to the camera at an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM
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Hundreds of young people from Europe and Australia have joined ISIL.
In this undated family file photo provided by the National Action Network, Eric Garner, right, poses with his children during a family outing. According to a lawyer for the victims family, a New York City grand jury on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 cleared a white police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of the unarmed Garner, who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network)
The basketball star stands next to our correspondent Mike Walters to illustrate his epic height.
The first-ever 3-D printed presidential bust went on display in December at the Smithsonian Castle building in Washington, D.C. How realistic do you find the rendering?
One team member described this image as "arresting." The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington was offering an exhibit focusing on the contemporary portraits of six U.S. Latino artists. Under the title Portraiture Now: Staging the Self, these creative and often experimental works challenge our traditional view of a portrait.
Twitter was abuzz Wednesday with hashtags over the news that the U.S. and Cuba announced they would re-establish diplomatic and economic ties — including a prisoner swap and the release of Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds — as part of the “most important changes to Cuba policy in more than 50 years,” including #Cuba, #Havana, and #AlanGross. But what were Cubans saying?
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a speech at Madison Square Garden in New York City to thousands of Indian-Americans in September.
A protestor pours milk in his eyes after being tear gassed by Seattle police at the Interstate 5 entrance on Cherry Street in Seattle, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Protestors took to the streets in response to the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Anna Erickson)
In this video frame grab made available by Associated Press Television News, Arturo, a 28-year-old polar bear, stands inside his concrete enclosure at the zoo in Mendoza, Argentina, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Despite a petition by hundreds of thousands of people asking for Arturo's relocation to a zoo in Winnipeg that has accepted the transfer of the bear, the Mendoza Zoo Director said Tuesday, that Arturo will remain in Argentina. The country's last remaining polar bear in captivity only suffers the typical ailments of old age said the director and asks Arturo supporters to "stop bothering the bear," adding it would be risky to move him due to his advanced age. (AP Photo/APTN, Pablo Astie)
The doctors, nurses, and other health care workers fighting Ebola were named Time’s 2014 Person of the Year award.
If there’s any animal that symbolizes Australia besides the kangaroo, it’s the cuddly koala. Staff at a koala sanctuary in the Brisbane, Australia were preparing their star attractions to welcome world leaders in a special photo op with participants of the G-20 summit in November.
A woman walks with her bicycle near the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC
This undated file photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman who plans to die under Oregon's law that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives. Sean Crowley, spokesman from the group Compassion & Choices, said late Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, that Maynard was surrounded by family Saturday when she took lethal medication prescribed by a doctor and died. She was weeks shy of her 30th birthday. (AP Photo/Maynard Family)
A pro-Russian activist climbs up on the flagpole as he holds flag of so-called Donetsk Republic in the teeth after Ukrainian policemen left their guarding outside of state city building in southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on May 7, 2014. Townhall is back in "control" of separatists after national guard stormed in briefly raised Ukrainian flag. They left peacefully this morning. Building still thick with teargas. Building now is mainly empty and ransacked. AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV
Netherlands' supporters wait for the start of the quarter-final football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI
Edvard Eriksen's "The Little Mermaid" juxtaposed against industrial smoke stacks.
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, center, joins hands with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the beginning of the 17th ASEAN-China Summit at Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Leaders from left, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Li, Myanmar President Thein Sein, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Prison population rates in Brazil are among the highest in the world. With more than half a million men and women behind bars, the country is fourth on the list of most incarcerated people, only behind the U.S., China and Russia. But what’s most alarming is Brazilian prison occupancy rates average 172%. That means an average prison holds almost double the number of inmates it can handle.
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