As we release our Year in Focus e-book highlighting the best photography from 2014, we ask our experts across the business for their personal selection from the year.

Stuart Hannagan is our Director of Photography in the AsiaPac region, these are his 20 standout moments from photographers in this region along with the reason why these pictures work:

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When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit your country and make that iconic walk in front of one of the greatest landmarks, in this case Uluru, it is an exciting photo opportunity. What makes this image interesting is the simplicity of the shot and the uninterrupted surroundings which look almost fake. Yes, it’s a set-up photo call but in this case, it’s a moment in time and as simple as it is, makes you look not just at the human element but also the surroundings.


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The brief for Ryan at this fashion show was to produce “alternative views” – something that looks and feels different to the usual runway shots. The use of the lights, the framing of the model off centre, and the use of black and white make this image different and sets our coverage apart from the competition.


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It’s not easy getting concert shots with light changing rapidly but sometimes a pretty basic shot on stage can have that “movie” type affect. The lighting, the bold red color of Taylor Swift’s dress and her dancers all make for a nicely balanced image.


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This image not only captures a gentle moment of an air kiss by Nicole Kidman, but it is helped by the soft light and clean background.


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The haka performed by the All Blacks Sevens pre-game has become an important part of New Zealand culture. At the end of a huge win, the players ripped off their shirts and did it in the driving rain. Cameron’s ability to get head-on, and use the rain and light to his advantage, all helps to make this black and white picture quite iconic.


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Jubilation pictures are made unique by what the photographer focuses on. Whilst the whole team celebrates a big win, Matt has focused in on one player who just oozed excitement and lay spread winged on the ground. His booming smile and the ticket tape falling down made for a stunning celebration image.


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This great shot of a pole vaulter was perfectly framed using the silhouette of the tree and the sun fading in the background. Every piece of this image makes you want to look deeper.


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What makes this image is the spray of the water against the dark background and the conversion to black and white. This is a stunning use of natural light.


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By using multiple exposure, Ryan has utilized the framing of the Olympic rings around this figure skater. It makes the image much more interesting and thought provoking.


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This scene is a photographer’s dream. Beautiful surroundings as horses race down the beach, make the image so stunning. Hagen has helped the look by slightly over-exposing the image to create a slightly washed-out look and feel.


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Many images were shot at this event, but none were as interesting as this frame by Quinn. The mud flinging across the face of this entrant and his eyes struggling to peer through makes it a great image and one that was not easy to achieve.


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Caption: Kenya celebrate after winning the bowl final between Kenya and Scotland at Westpac Stadium on February 8, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand.

A stunning frame from Hannah that captures the jubilation of a winning team. It is perfectly exposed, allowing for the blue sky, lights and athlete’s faces to draw you into the image.


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Caption: Danny Briggs of England bowls during game one of the International Twenty series between Australia and England at Blundstone Arena on January 29, 2014 in Hobart, Australia.

Scott has realized the opportunity to create a unique image with the sun setting on the mountains behind the exposed athlete giving this picture the “wow” factor.


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Sometimes a great picture is about capturing a moment that happens quite quickly. Mark has captured this moment perfectly as both men kiss the urn. The tape floating in the background adds to the moment, and the passion is clear for all to see.


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Body-building makes for nice images with the studio lights and the oiled-up bodies. Rob has captured the interesting pose and the strong facial expression of the athlete closest to the camera. The fading bodies behind him give the image depth and encourages the eye to follow those lines.


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Every so often an image captures the imagination of a nation and Lisa’s image is quickly becoming iconic here in Australia. The use of the light and clouds here casting a silhouette on the family walking their pets in a straight line, and the iconic Australian windmill, complete a beautiful picture.


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‘Daily life in China’ is such a wide brief for a photographer. What Kevin has done here is produced a thought provoking image. The old, worried looking woman peers out of the car window, and his surroundings are captured beautifully in the reflection. The eerie blue light and woman framed inside the window make this a simple but interesting frame.


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Knowing this is China and understanding the seriousness with which they take their line-ups, Feng has captured a moment that exemplifies this. The way the hand, complete with white glove, holds the string is perfect and invites the eye to follow the line.


 

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Omar has caught this young boy walking through the rubbish looking for food and scraps. What makes this unique is the dark skies, the worried look on the youngster’s face and the way you can see the piles of rubbish in the frame. A truly thought provoking image.


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Kevin has captured the worried and nervous eyes of this voter waiting in line. The veil and lace help shroud that concern and the light just touching her eyes and nose helps the image have that eerie feel.

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