Zaatari Camp, in Jordan, run by UNHCR for refugees from war in Syria.Daily bread ration supplied by WFP. Photograph by James Nachtwey.
December 2013. Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. Syrian boys carry their daily bread ration supplied by the World Food Programme. From "Syrian Refugees by James Nachtwey"James Nachtwey for TIME
Zaatari Camp, in Jordan, run by UNHCR for refugees from war in Syria.Daily bread ration supplied by WFP. Photograph by James Nachtwey.
Zaatari Camp, in Jordan, run by UNHCR for refugees from war in Syria.Newly arrived refugees outside UNHCR compound waiting to receive basic living materials.Photograph by James Nachtwey.
Zaatari Camp, in Jordan, run by UNHCR for refugees from war in Syria.Standing on high ground of earthen embankment surrounding camp searching for clearest mobile phone signal to call Syria.Photograph by James Nachtwey.
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Central African Republic-Bangui-A Christian man is destroying burn out cars in rage, next to a looted mosque that was set on fire earlier, in the capital Bangui.
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USA. Los Angeles, 2014. On the set of madmen (7th season).
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Miley Cyrus, "The Bangerz Tour"  at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.
Approximately 24 hours after 2 landslides buried over 2000 residents of Argo district in the mountainous northeastern state of Badakhshan under hundreds of feet of mud. The first landslide buried some 300 homes and those who had been inside or on the streets at the time as well as those attending a wedding party. The second landslide struck as villagers attempted to rescue those trapped - digging with shovels and their bare hands. Today - Saturday - rescuers called off a search for survivors due to a lack of heavy machinery required for the massive task. Mohammad Karim Khalili, one of Afghanistan’s two Vice Presidents along with a handful of ministers travelled from Kabul to pay their respects at the site of the landslide today. Saturday 3 May, 2014. Photo by Andrew Quilty / Oculi for TIME. Men from the village look over the site of the landslide from a mound of mud that made it's way up the adjacent side of the valley. Saturday 3 May, 2014. Photo by Andrew Quilty / Oculi for TIME.
Local citizens burned trolleybus, bus, marshrutky in the centre of the city during the attack of the Ukrainian army to block the passage of the vehicle to the city executive office. Kramatorsk, May 3
Homs Syria May 12 2014Residents return to devastated Homs to salvage what remainsThe people of central Homs came to salvage what remained of their belongings and homes after years of conflict and siege after government troops entered the neighborhoods as part of an agreement that granted rebel fighters safe exit from the city.
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More than two years of war has destroyed the once-thriving middle-class neighborhood of Qabaris, in the Old City area of Homs. May 13, 2014.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 2014: Carlos Henrique do Nascimento, 46, is known as Caíque. He is a bricklayer and goes to all the games Vasco play. Caíque is reputed to bring luck to the team. Vasco is his religion. He goes to all the games with a banner that reads ‘faith’ and the leaves of a rue plant that many people in Brazil believe brings luck. (Photo by Sebastián Liste/ Reportage by Getty Images)
Rohingye people, a Muslim population, living in Rakhine State on the northwest coast of Burma have been restricted to their villages and placed in Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps by the Burmese government. They have been the victims of persecution and communal violence by numbers of the Buddhist majority in Rakhine. International NGO's such as MSF have been expelled by the government, leading to a soaring crisis in health care.Photograph by James Nachtwey.
Rohingye people, a Muslim population, living in Rakhine State on the northwest coast of Burma have been restricted to their villages and placed in Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps by the Burmese government. They have been the victims of persecution and communal violence by numbers of the Buddhist majority in Rakhine. International NGO's such as MSF have been expelled by the government, leading to a soaring crisis in health care. Brick kilns operated by Rohingya IDP's. Workers are IDP's. Adults are paid 2,000 kyat per day for about 10m hours of work. Children are paid 1,000 kyat per day. Children in photos are from age 6 to 8 and the oldest is 14.Photograph by James Nachtwey.
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Demonstraters during clashes with police that erupted folwoing a mostly peacful protest at 12:30 AM on Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 in Furguson, MO.Photograph by ANDREW CUTRAROÑREDUX FOR TIMEIssue Date: September 1, 2014 / U.S. Edition / Volume 184 / Number 8*FINAL *LOW RESFROM SHOOT* RETOUCHED FILE* Please contact photographer for usage
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Japan, Okuma, 2014. Inside the Central Control Room for Reactor 1 and 2 which both had a meltdown and exploded after the earthquake and tsunami hit the east coast of japan in 2011.
Japan, Namie, 2014A dozen cow remains are dumped into a large pit along side almost two thousand cow carcasses inside the 20km exclusion zone only a few kilometres from the stricken nuclear plant.
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Gaza Strip, Gaza City: Relatives of four boys, all from the Bakr family, killed by Israeli naval bombardment, mourn during their funeral in Gaza City, on July 16, 2014. . ALESSIO ROMENZI
Wounded American service members in rehab at Walter Reed Hospital. Wayne Waldon, Army Capt., retired - leg amputee. Rock climb. Cedric King, Army Master Sergeant - bilateral leg amputee. Swimming pool. Stephanie Morris, Army E4 - external leg prosthetic. Adam Hartswick, Army Sergeant - bilateral amputee. Video monitor therapy.by James Nachtwey
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CHINPALCINGO, MEXICO - 31 OCTOBER 2014:Holding portraits of the missing students in Chinpalcingo Zocalo (Main Square) while a woman sell ballons for the Dia de los Muertos. Chilpancingo de los Bravo is the capital of Guerrero State and is located just 14 km from the Raul Isidro Burgos de Ayotzinapa College. This city is the head of the demonstrations against the government for the lack of proof and responsibilities for the 43 disappeared students on September 26th in Iguala.
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December 2013. Za'atari refugee camp, Jordan. Syrian boys carry their daily bread ration supplied by the World Food Prog
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TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2014

In 2014, TIME's commitment to photojournalism remained as strong as ever, as the magazine assigned photographers to stories all across the U.S. and in Afghanistan, Brazil, Burma, Central African Republic, Finland, Gaza, Hong Kong, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, the Phillipines, Syria and Ukraine among many other countries.

From the gruesome civil war in Central African Republic to the geopolitical conflict in Ukraine, the devastation in Gaza and the humanitarian crisis in Syria, TIME's photographers were on the front lines of a particularly violent year, bringing back some of the most compelling images produced over the past 12 months.

There were lighter moments, though, when TIME sent Magnum photographer Alex Majoli on the set of Mad Men, or when Christopher Morris documented this year's U.S. mid-term elections. And there were moments of hope, as well, when Elinor Carucci of Institute followed the difficult and emotional first days of a premature infant.

2014 also marked James Nachtwey's 30th anniversary as a contract photographer for TIME. This year, the celebrated photographer recorded the plight of Syrian refugees in Jordan and of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. He also witnessed the incredible resilience of protesters in Hong Kong, and the unwavering strength of injured U.S. soldiers at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland -- proving once more that he remains one of today's best photojournalists.

No one knows what 2015 will bring -- many of this year's conflicts remain unresolved -- but there's no doubt that these talented photographers and many others like them, will be reporting back.

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