The below competition is now closed. Congratulations to Alexander Koerner who won the vote with his picture of The NH-90 Helicopter during Bundeswehr training exercise in Germany. Stay tuned for next month’s poll.

These are the Top European News photos for the month of October chosen by our panel of photographers and experts.


Jeff J Mitchell

Editor’s caption: Kenny Galt from the Tweed Foundation and Tommy Heard Water Bailiff for the River Tweed Commission, take Salmon from the River Ettrick to be tagged on October 27, 2014 in Selkirk, Scotland. The salmon were being tagged to test the efficiency of the new fish pass at the Murray Cauld on Philiphaugh Estate as they returned upstream from the sea where they have spent between two and four winters feeding and will now return to the fresh waters to spawn.


Peter Macdiarmid

Editor’s caption: British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne visits the Relish cafe to meet with local people (unseen) on October 24, 2014 in Beeston, England. The Chancellor is on a two day tour meeting with women working in the UK economy.


Matt Cardy

Editor’s caption: This image was processed using digital filters) In this composite image (L-R top row) Dok Haze, Douglas Child as Camp Dracula, Mongolian Laughing Boy, Tony Walls, Asia Sawika as Anastasia, (L-R bottom row) zombie bass guitar player Ozzy Jackson, sword swallower Hannibal Hellmurto, pickled person, Zoe Olivia Ellis and The Sinister Sisters, Steph Bates (L) and Steph Randall (R) pose for a photograph prior to a rehearsal of the Circus of Horrors’ latest show The Night of the Zombie at the Wookey Hole Caves Theatre near Wells on October 23, 2014 in Somerset, England. The Britain’s Got Talent finalists who are now celebrating their 20th year, are currently touring the UK with their show – which features sword swallowers, knife throwers, balancing acts, aerialists, a demon dwarf, the Sinister Sisters and gyrating and fire limboing acrobats.


 Dan Kitwood

Editor’s caption: City workers walk over London Bridge as the early morning sun breaks through clouds on October 21, 2014 in London, England. Despite weather warnings issued by the Met Office for high winds and rain off the back of Hurricane Gonzalo, those predictions didn’t materialize in London.


Christopher Furlong

Editor’s caption: Students brave high winds and rain on Blackpool promenade as Britain prepares for high winds over the next two days on October 20, 2014 in Blackpool, England. 


Jeff Mitchell 

Editor’s caption: Students from St Andrew’s University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honor the ‘academic family’ on October 20, 2014, in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the ‘raisin weekend’ which is held in the University’s Lower College Lawn, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Editor’s caption: Pink powder is spread over a dog held by a participant in the annual Holi Run on October 19, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Around 20 thousand revelers have attended the Holi Run Madrid, a five kilometre race without winners where participants are showered and cover each other with more than 15,000 colored dry powders.


Matej Divizna

Editor’s caption: A participant holds his cat during the World Cat Show 2014 on October 25, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. About 1,600 cats from around the world are attending the World Cat Show, the biggest cat show of the year.


Jeff Mitchell

Editor’s caption: Members of the public cross a bridge at Loch Faskally on October 24, 2014 in Pitlochry, Scotland. 


Peter Macdiarmid

Editor’s caption: Members of the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment stand over a coffin holding the remains of a World War One soldier during a re-burial ceremony with 14 others at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Y-Farm Cemetery on October 22, 2014 in Bois-Grenier, France. The remains of 15 Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment of the British army, who were killed in the opening months of World War One on October 18, 1914 were discovered in 2009 during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny. Using DNA tests on samples provided by their surviving relatives it has been possible to identify 11 of the soldiers. Those who have been positively identified and whose surviving family members have been traced are: Private Herbert Ernest Allcock, Private John Brameld, Private William Butterworth, Corporal Francis Carr Dyson, Private Walter Ellis, Private John Willie Jarvis, Private Leonard Arthur Morley, Private Ernest Oxer, Private John Richmond, Private William Alfred Singyard and Lance Corporal William Henry Warr. Members of their families will attend the service.


Alexander Koerner

Editor’s caption: The NH-90 Helicopter is pictured during an evacuation of an injured soldier during an exercise in Munster prior the arrival of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundeswehr training ground on October 10, 2014 near Bergen, Germany. Von der Leyen is having to deal with revelations that a large portion of Germany’s military hardware, including helicopters, jet fighters, transport planes and tanks, are currently inoperable due to a shortage of spare parts and a lack of investment over recent years. In addition a recent independent audit she commissioned claims that all of the nine biggest investment projects in new hardware by the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, over the last few decades have been beset by massive cost overruns and debilitating delays. Critics have called for a total overhaul of the Bundeswehr’s procurement process.


Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Editor’s caption: A Spanish nurse infected with Ebola is moved to Carlos III Hospital from Alcorcon Hospital on October 7, 2014 in Alcorcon, Spain. Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato confirmed the nurse had tested positive after treating two Ebola patients that had been brought back to the country from Africa.


Carsten Koall

Editor’s caption: A child leans on a woman after they had arrived from Syria at the border crossing on October 2, 2014 near Suruc, Turkey. The Turkish Parliament is considering measures that would allow the Turkish military to send ground troops into northern Syria and also allow foreign forces to use airbases on Turkish soil in the ongoing international war against the Islamic State (also called ISIS, or ISIL). Meanwhile ISIS fighters have reached the outskirts of the Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani, which lies just across the border from Suruc.

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