Looking Back and Moving Forward: A Recap of 2014 through @Time

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“The Umbrella Revolution”
Photograph by Alex Ogle-AFP/ @gettyimages

They say that to be able to move forward, we must be able to look at our past straight. We welcomed the new year a couple of weeks ago and before we knew it, we’re already nearing the end of the first month of 2015. Before this year to rolls out completely, @Time helps us to look back at the events that shaped the year 2014 through their Instagram.

 

The Sochi Winter Olympics:
The Sochi Winter Olympics took place Feb. 11, 2014. This is a photograph of Shaun White of the U.S during the men’s snowboard half pipe final event. Photograph by Mike Blake – @Reuters

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CAR Seleka Rebels Attack in Bangui:
In May 2014, CAR Seleka Rebels attacked a church in Bangui killing many. In this photograph, “A man of mixed Muslim/Christian parentage recuperates in Bangui after Seleka fighters detained an tortured him for five months, Jan. 31, 2014. Photograph by William Daniels (@williamodaniels)-Panos for TIME (@panospictures)”. – @Time

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The Mystery of Flight MH370:
March 2014, Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 disappeared after losing contact with air traffic control. Until now the plane remains missing. Photograph by Dedi Sahputra – EPA

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The Scottish Vote of Independence “No Thanks”:
In 2014, Scotland answered the big question: Should we be an independent Country? 55% of Scotland voted against being an independent country. Photograph by Jo Metson Scott

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Ukraine’s Unrest:
“An anti-government protestor waits at the entrance of Independence square in Kiev on February 23, 2014. Photgraphy by Bulent Kilic-AFP/Getty Images (@gettyimages). –@Time

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The MH17 Plane Crash:
Tragedy struck as Malaysia Flight MH17 crashed in this field of sunflowers in eastern Ukraine. The plane was brought down by a surface-to-air missile. Photograph by Jerome Sessini – @MagnumPhotos)

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The Plight of the Yazidis:
Moises Saman (@MagnumPhotos), photographs the plight of the Yazidis who were rescued after being trapped atop Sinjar mountains by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.

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Ferguson:
Scenes of protest and encounters with police take place in Ferguson, Mo after police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager to death. Photograph by Jon Lowenstein (@jonlowenstein)

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The Umbrella Revolution:
“Hong Kong police fired tear gas as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of the city to a standstill on Sept. 28, 2014, in a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese territory for days. The protest erupted after Beijing rejected demands that Hong Kong’s highest officeholder, the Chief Executive, be directly elected from candidates nominated by the city’s 3.5 million eligible voters and not chosen by an election committee composed of oligarchs and pro-Beijing figures. Photograph by Xaume Olleros ( @xaumeolleros)—AFP/ @gettyimages)” – @Time

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#BringBackOurGirls:
276 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria in March 2014. The social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls aims to promote awareness and inspire action to locate the missing school girls.

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The FIFA World Cup:
“A boy who lives in the Moinho slum plays while residents watch the opening game of the FIFA #2014World Cup in Sao Paulo/ @phmuseum @time (Photograph by Alice Martins @martinsalicea)”

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EBOLA:
The Ebola outbreak kills thousands in the last year. “In this photograph, shot by @gettyimage‘s JohnMoore, Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious in an Ebola ward on Aug. 15, 2015 in Monrovia” – @Time

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GAZA:
‘Peter van Agtmael (@pvanagtmael) spent the last Gaza war taking pictures on the Israeli side. But when the fighting ended, he made the surreal journey across the Erez Crossing from Israel into the Strip, home to 1.8 million Palestinians. What he encountered changed the way he worked. “When you’re confronted with that degree of destruction, you can’t shy away from it,” Photograph by Peter Van Agtmael-@magnumphotos‘ – @Time

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Article contributed by Venice Atienza. Venice is a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in the Philippines. She loves telling stories, running, and chasing vegetables. To know more about Venice, visit www.veniceatienza.com or follow her on Instagram @veniceCatienza.

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