2010 in pictures

01 January 2011 / All photos: © ANP /

The year 2010 in over fiftyonethousand words (since a picture is worth...).

A Haitian man holds his head next to an injured child at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 14 January 2010, following the 7.0 Richter scale earthquake which struck the country on January 12.

A man prays at the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 31 January 2010.

Sven Kramer and his coach, Gerard Kemkers after being disqualified at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. In the 10000 meter finals, Kramer finished first, with a time of 12:54.50 but was disqualified for failing to change lanes during one of the later laps. February, 23, 2010

Nicolien Sauerbreij wins the gold medal on the women's parallel giant slalom at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. February 26, 2010.

View of a destroyed building in Concepcion, Chile, 28 February 2010, after an earthquake of 8,8 on the Richter scale that hit the country on last 27 February 2010.

People leave a wrecked building carrying their belongings in Valparaiso, on February 28, 2010, a day after a huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile early morning killing at least 300 people.

General view of the Park Kultury metro station in Moscow, Russia, 29 March 2010. Dozens of people were killed early 29 March 2010 in two separate attacks in Moscow‘s metro during morning rush hour.

A photo made available on 02 April 2010 showing the eruption of Fimmvoerduhals volcano in Iceland on 01 April 2010.

The Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajokull continues to erupt 19 April 2010 causing widespread air traffic disruption with clouds of volcanic ash.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill. April, 20, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill. April, 20, 2010

Photo released by the US Coast Guard on 22 April 2010 shows a fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon located in the Gulf of Mexico 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, USA. Rescue helicopters, ships and an airplane searched the waters off Louisiana's coast for missing workers on 21 April 2010 after an explosion and fire that left an offshore drilling platform tilting in the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo released by the US Coast Guard on 22 April 2010 shows a fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.

People fleeing from the Dam Square after panic broke out at the Remembrance of the Dead ceremony. May, 4, 2010

Queen Beatrix and the rest of the royal family being rushed to safety after panic broke out at the Remembrance of the Dead ceremony. May, 4, 2010

Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende resigned his position as party leader of the CDA as well as his seat in the newly elected Netherlands parliament. June, 9, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup, Woman dressed in the controversial 'Bavariajurkes'. On June, 14, 2010 36 women clad in orange miniskirts went to the Netherlands vs Denmark match in Johannesburg resulting in two woman being detained by police over claims they were advertising for an unofficial beer company.

Photo taken on June 22, 2010 shows the submerged houses and roads in Luozhen Town, Fuzhou City, east China's Jiangxi Province, June 22, 2010. The dike at the Changkai section of the Fuhe River burst at 18:30 Monday and threatened the safety and property of about 100,000 people living in the area.

A Brazilian soccer fan blows a Vuvuzela horn before the FIFA World Cup 2010 quarter final soccer match between the Netherlands and Brazil at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 02 July 2010.

Nigel de Jong's karate-kicks Spanish player Xabi Alonso in the chest during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. July, 11, 2010

Spanish players clebrates with the trophy after the award ceremony following the 2010 FIFA football World Cup between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. Spain won 1-0.

Queen Beatrix welcomes back The Netherlands national football team after placing second in The FIFA football World Cup 2010. July, 13, 2010

Revellers rush up a hill after panic broke out during the Loveparade in Duisburg, western Germany, on July 24, 2010. At least fifteen people were killed when a wave of panic swept through a Love Parade techno street party in the German city of Duisburg.

A couple walk through a tunnel leading to the Love Parade grounds in Duisburg, Germany, 25 July 2010. On 24 July 2010, 19 people died and at least 340 people were injured during a mass panic at the techno music festival Love Parade.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows an issue of the British daily The Guardian during a press conference at the Frontline Club in London, Britain, 26 July 2010, to discuss about the 75,000 Afghan war documents that the organization made available to The New York Times, The Guardian of London and Germany's Der Spiegel.

Dutch politicians Geert Wilders (M, PVV), Mark Rutte (L, VVD) en Maxime Verhagen (R, CDA) talk to the press about the possibilities of forming a minority government. July, 30, 2010.

People wait for relief boats to get evacuated from flooded areas in Nowshera, a town of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan on 01 August 2010. More than 800 people across Pakistan have been killed and hundreds of thousands stranded due to flash floods trigerred by the the ongoing spell of monsoon rains.

Crabzilla, the biggest crab ever seen in Europe arrives at Sea Life in Scheveningen. August, 3, 2010

Local residents using hand-operated fire-extinguishers walk through thick smoke as they fight a forest fire near Vyksa, district of the Nizhny Novgorod, about 300 km from Moscow, Russia, 04 August 2010.

An aerial view of flooded areas near Tonsa Sharif in southern Punjab, Pakistan, 04 August 2010. More than 1000 people across Pakistan have been killed and hundreds of thousands stranded due to flash floods triggered by the ongoing spell of monsoon rains.

A Russian man walks in a forest near the village of Golovanovo, Ryazan region, on August 5, 2010.Russia struggled to contain the worst wildfires in its modern history that have killed 50, after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked top military officers for negligence in the catastrophe.

Sail 2010. SAIL Amsterdam is a large maritime event held every five years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Tall ships from all over the world visit the city to moor in its Eastern harbour, and people can then visit the ships for four days (free of charge). August, 19, 2010

The famous Anne Frank tree blown down by high winds during a storm. The tree was between 150 and 170 years old. August, 23, 2010.

Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador grimaces during a press conference on September 30, 2010 in Pinto, as he was suspended today after failing a dope test, in the latest drug scandal to hit cycling's most prestigious event. The cycling superstar, who won his third yellow jersey at the end of July's three-week epic, announced that he had tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance, but blamed it on food contamination.

An image grab from state-run Korean Central Television (KCTV) broadcast on South Korean television and taken on September 30, 2010 shows whom experts believe is Kim Jong-Un, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's youngest son and likely heir, attending the Conference of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on September 28, 2010.

French Army soldiers are on patrol as part of France's national security alert system Vigipirate above the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on October 3, 2010

The risky operation to hoist the workers from the bottom of a collapsed mine in Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago on October 12, 2010

In this picture taken from Cangkringan village in Sleman the Merapi volcano releases lava on November 1, 2010. Indonesia's most active volcano which had claimed at least 36 lives last week spewed more searing clouds of gas and ash on October 31, triggering fresh panic among locals.

November, 10, 2010. Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) politician Eric Lucassen sparks controversy after the Dutch media reported he a had history of threatening his former neighbors. Later that month it was also announced that he was found guilty in 2002 of abusing his position of seniority in the Royal Airforce to obtain sexual pleasures.

November, 18, 2010. Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) politician James Sharpe resigns his seat in parliament after the Dutch television program Pownews revealed that his phone sex company had been fined in Hungary in 2008 for misleading customers.

This handout picture taken on November 24, 2010 by the Ongjin County Office shows destroyed houses on Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells on November 23. North Korea fired the deadly barrage of artillery shells onto the South Korean island on November 23, 2010 in one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, inciting global condemnation.

This illustration taken on November 30, 2010 in Schwerin, northeastern Germany, shows a woman watching the internet site of WikiLeaks as on the screen at (R) can be seen a photo of WikiLeaks-founder Julian Assange. WikiLeaks faced a worldwide backlash over its release of secret US diplomatic cables, with some countries saying the revelations undermined diplomacy while others dismissed them as worthless

A file photograph showing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrives to speak about his organization Wikileaks and the United States and the human rights, during a press conference, at the Geneva press club, in Geneva, Switzerland, 04 November 2010. Media reports state on 02 December 2010 that Sweden's top court has rejected an attempt by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to appeal against a detention order issued for him over alleged sexual crimes.

Ruud Gullit delivering a speech during the presentation of the HollandBelgium Bid, at the FIFA headquarters, in Zurich, Thursday 02 December 2010. Sepp Blatter later announced the winning bids at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich. Russia was chosen to host the 2018 World Cup, and Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 World Cup.

Red flags are seen on the ground in front of riot policemen after a demonstration against austerity measures in Athens on December 2, 2010. The government agreed on the austerity programme in May in return for a 110-billion-euro (134 billion dollar) bail-out from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.

A picture taken on December 4, 2010, shows Albanian Civil defence forces evacuating people from their flooded houses in the city of Shkodra. Thousands of people and livestock are being evacuated due to flooding in northwestern Albania. The government declared a state of emergency in the northwestern districts of Albania following days of torrential rain.

Heavy snowfall causes massive traffic jams on the Dutch highway networks. December, 17, 2010

Dutch politician/milf Femke Halsema announced the retirement from her function as leader of the GroenLinks(Green Left) parliamentary party. Today we take a look back at her political career that started in 1998 and ended in 2010. December 17, 2010.

January 1, 2011. A garbage man cleans up mess left by fireworks from the night before.

January 1, 2011. Thousands of dutch early birds participate in the traditional New Year's dive in Scheveningen.

Last but not least: GigaPica's own UnoxBabe of 2011.