Phil Coomes, Picture editor

Phil Coomes Picture editor

Exploring the world of photojournalism, photos in the news and BBC News' use of photographs, including those by our readers

Ten photos capture the UK in 2014

As we reach the end of 2014, Milica Lamb, picture editor at the Press Association (PA), selects some of the best shots captured by the news agency's photographers across the UK.

"PA produced close to a quarter of a million images in 2014, so, as always, being tasked with selecting an editor's choice for the year has proved incredibly hard - there are just too many amazing images I have had to leave out," says Lamb.

"This year proved to be an eventful year, and with the general election, Rugby World Cup and the appearance of a new royal baby to look forward to, I expect next year to be even more exciting."

Here is Milica Lamb's selection with comments from the photographers.

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Five moments that captured 2014

As we approach the end of 2014, BBC Radio 4's The World at One is looking back at the biggest events of the year through the eyes of photographers.

Martha Kearney's interviews with photographers can be heard on the programme from 24 December, and here you can listen to short, sometimes emotional, previews which capture the motivation behind some of the most powerful pictures taken in the past year.

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Picture power: The masked man

A masked pro-Russian protester sits on a chair as he poses for a picture inside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

More than a year has passed since the crisis began in Ukraine, with a student protest in Maidan, in the centre of Kiev. Russian intervention followed and the country seemed to split, and in May pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk declared independence after unrecognised referendums.

Earlier, in April, Reuters photographer Marko Djurica took this image of a pro-Russian protester seated inside a government building demonstrators had occupied in Donetsk. Here, he explains the story behind the image.

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Picture power: Abandoned on the border

A cradle left behind by Syrian Kurdish refugees lies at the Turkish-Syrian border near Suruc

The uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began three years ago. Since then more than 3.2 million people are thought to have fled the country, with another 7.6 million internally displaced. The figures are staggering, as are the pictures of the front-line fighting and the lines of refugees making their way across the border.

Yet, this picture by Murad Sezer, of Reuters, seems to me to sum up the loss of home those forced to flee must suffer. Here, he talks of the moment he took the picture of a cradle left behind at the Turkish-Syrian border near Suruc in September.

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Picture power: Doused with milk

A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces in Ferguson

In August, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, leading to protests in the town. Photographer Adrees Latif of Reuters talks about the frame shown here, in which he captured the moment a man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit with eye irritant from the security forces.

"As the evening rolled past midnight, I saw one man among the crowd who looked particularly agitated. He seemed to be a local resident, very upset with the police, and people were holding him back as he yelled towards the officers.

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Picture power: Under the dress

A man is arrested by security in Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the highlights of the entertainment year, and the comings and goings on the red carpet can make for arresting pictures.

In this case, arresting is the right word.

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Picture power: A scar on the landscape

An aerial view of the Atibainha dam

In November, Reuters photographer Nacho Doce flew over the Atibainha dam in Brazil, part of the Cantareira reservoir that supplies the state of Sao Paulo, a region suffering its worst drought in 80 years. He took the picture above, the lakeside almost resembling a screaming face in profile. Here Doce offers his thoughts on the image.

"Words can't express what it feels like to view a landscape as bleak and disturbing as the one in this photo.

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Picture power: Royal tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the In Memoriam exhibit during a visit to the 9/11 memorial Museum, New York City

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have returned from a three-day tour of the east coast of the United States during which they visited the 9/11 memorial and museum, met President Obama and watched a basketball game. The Press Association sent photographer Jonathan Brady from London to cover the visit and here he reveals what it is like capturing the royals on tour.

"I have photographed the royals many times before for the Press Association but usually at official engagements at Windsor and Buckingham Palace. However, this time I would be spending three days following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to New York City - a tour that was guaranteed to receive a lot of media attention on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world.

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The Duke of Cambridge plays a synth guitar during a visit to the Shutterstock offices in the Empire State Building, New York City

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Fast and furious, the dangerous world of contact motorsport

Dan Bramwell, exits his car after an engine malfunction

Motorsport was made for photography. It's fast, furious, and at its best can be a spectacle ripe for capturing through your lens.

Photographer Dan Giannopoulos has been shooting short-oval circuit racing this year, having grown up watching it at Arena Essex Raceway in the late 1980s and early 1990 with his father and brothers.

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Picture power: When doves fly

Pope Francis frees doves upon arrival at the Istanbul's Holy Spirit Cathedral

Since Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the post of Pope in March last year, pictures of the white-clad figure have featured regularly on the news wires, meeting the faithful at the Vatican or on one of his many tours.

While on a visit to Muslim-majority Turkey, he was photographed by Agence France Presse photographer Gurcan Ozturk releasing two white doves outside Istanbul's Holy Spirit Cathedral.

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About Phil

Phil has worked in the photographic arena for many years, as both a photographer and picture editor, primarily at the BBC where he has covered news stories, features and audio slideshows, both in the UK and abroad.

He obtained a BA (Hons) in photography from the University of Westminster where he studied under Andy Golding, Tom Ang and Gus Wylie, the latter of whom instilled in him his love of the colour photographic document and street photography.

Despite the obvious advantages of digital photography in news, Phil can often be found running film through his old cameras and spent 64 weeks shooting a project to mark the end of Kodachrome in 2010.

Phil is a member of the British Press Photographers Association.

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