I love the texture and three-dimensional quality of this image considered for our Year in Pictures slideshow.
See which photos made the final edit here: The Year in Pictures - News.
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A gold miner prepares to climb down into a mine shaft in Manica Province near the Zimbabwe border on Sept. 18. Hundreds of miners work in individual claims rented from local landowners.
Both of these photos have an "epic" quality that really struck me. They have an almost lithographic feel - the Pakistan image is reminiscent of an artistic drawing from biblical text, and the wildebeests seem to tap imagery from the wild west you might have seen a century ago.
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Flood victims scramble for food rations as they battle the downwash from a Pakistan Army helicopter during relief operations on Sept. 13, 2010 in the village of Goza in Dadu district in Sindh province, Pakistan. Over six weeks after flooding began, new devastation continues across the Sindh province of Pakistan, as flood waters, still on the rise, continue to overcome new villages. The country's agricultural heartland has been devastated, with rice, corn and wheat crops destroyed by floods. Officials say as many as 22 million people have been effected during Pakistan's worst flooding in 80 years. The army and aid organisations are struggling to cope with the scope of the wide spread scale of the disaster that has killed over 1,700 people and displaced millions. The UN has described the disaster as unprecedented, with over a third of the country under water.
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Wildebeests (connochaetes taurinus) run after crossing the Mara river during a migration in the Masaai Mara game reserve, 165 miles southwest of the capital Nairobi, on Aug. 25. The migration is the world's greatest wildlife spectacle taking place between the open plains of the Serengeti and the Masaai Mara as the animals migrate to greener pastures as the seasons change and the circle of life and death continues.
While both were featured in editions of The Week in Pictures earlier this year, they didn't make the final vote for The Year in Pictures - check out the images that are featured in the final slideshow here: Year in Pictures - News.