Best offbeat news photos of 2014

A little girl reacts as a horse tries to catch her at Piazza di Spagna on October 2, 2014 in Rome. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

TORONTO – From selfies with the Queen and an awkward moment with a prince, to a candid moment with a president and pantless subway riders, photographers from around the world have captured some unique moments this year.

Here’s a look at some of the best offbeat news photos of 2014.


A fan adjusts his latex mask at the rugby sevens tournament in Hong Kong on March 29, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images


Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Myanmar President Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 27,2014. Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images


Zoe Mahan, centre, pushes the trophy as her mother Kandi, left, grabs her while they pose with Hunter Mahan, winner of The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. AP Photo/Mel Evans


U.S. President Barack Obama jokingly reacts as he shakes hands with a man wearing a horse-head mask on a street in Denver, Colorado, on July 8, 2014. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images


A car sits atop an embankment after the driver lost control on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles on August 24, 2014. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images


A balloon flies past Pope Francis during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on May 14, 2014. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images


In this photograph taken on April 16, 2014, a veterinary staff member of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme Center conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan. Sutanta Aditya/AFP/Getty Images


Prince William picks up a dart from a Maori warrior during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington on April 7, 2014. Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images


New Zealand players perform the “haka” in the rain after their victory over England in the final match of the three-day rugby sevens tournament at Hong Kong Stadium on March 30, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images


A flock of migrating starlings is seen as they perform their traditional dance fly before landing near the southern Israeli village of Tidhar on February 12, 2014. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and their spouses Sara Netanyahu and Laureen Harper take part in a welcome ceremony in Jerusalem on January 19, 2014. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images


Children play around a man disguised as Batman in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 9, 2014. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images


People enjoy Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 4, 2014. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images


Chandra Bahadur Dangi, from Nepal, the shortest adult to have ever been verified by Guinness World Records, poses for pictures with the world’s tallest man Sultan Kosen from Turkey, during a photocall in London on November 13, 2014. Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images


Switzerland’s Ilaria Kaeslin performs on the uneven bars during the women’s qualification at the Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, in China’s southern Guangxi province on October 5, 2014. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images


A little girl reacts as a horse tries to catch her at Piazza di Spagna on October 2, 2014 in Rome. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images


A male-walrus blows a bubble ring during a performance show at the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama on September 7, 2014. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images


This photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows Leng Yuting, 26, posing underwater for her wedding pictures at a photo studio in Shanghai. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images


Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan lands a punch on Nauru’s Mathew Martin during their men’s boxing bout during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on July 25, 2014. Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images


German pianist Stefan Aaron hovers about the Munich airport on July 23, 2014. Stefan Aaron is seated in front of his piano on an aluminum structure that is reminiscent of a flying carpet and attached to a helicopter. Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images


Sea World marine rescue workers try to rescue a humpback whale beached at Palm Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast on July 9, 2014. Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images


Colombia’s midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates with a locust on his arm during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014. Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images


An employee of the Russian Space Training Center hangs out space suits to dry on July 2, 2014. AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko


Barack Obama makes a face as he reads “Where the Wild Things Are” during the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 21, 2014. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster


A boy takes a selfie in front of Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to St George’s indoor market in Belfast on Tuesday June 24, 2014. AP Photo/Peter Macdiarmid


A model gets her shoe caught in her dress on the catwalk while a shoe of another model lies abandoned after a similar incident during a show for Fashion Week in London on February 15, 2014. Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images


A child looks at a polar bear during at Mulhouse Zoo on April 2, 2014. Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images


Spain’s Fernando Verdasco puts his fingers in his eyes during a match at the French Open on Monday, June 2, 2014. AP Photo/David Vincent


A shirtless spectator watches Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla compete during the women’s 10K classical style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Russia. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong


Some riders enter the New York subway in their underwear as they take part in the 2014 No Pants Subway Ride on January 12, 2014. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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