Leaders in visual comminications – Getty Images – is staging an exhibition at its London gallery – Getty Images Gallery – this month. The exhibition titled Year in Focus 2014 is a retrospective look at the images that defined the past year in news, sport and entertainment. 

Getty Images' award-winning photographers covered more than 16,000 news events, 28,000 sports events and 50,000 entertainment events last year, supplying imagery to news rooms and other media outlets, including Buro 24/7 around the world. The most memorable of which are featured in the exhibition, which captures the powerful news images from the moments that defined 2014. Some of the images on display include photographs taken of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, the Malaysian Airlines crash in the conflict ridden area of Crimea, the ongoing conflict in Syria and the Hong Kong protests. From the entertainment sphere there are stunning moments showcased from the Cannes Film Festival, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, alongside poignant imagery remembering the life of comedian Robin Williams and the fall of the Berlin Wall on its 25th anniversary.

Speaking on the moving exhibition, Getty Images, Vice President for News, Hugh Pinney said: "In 2014 we have seen imagery from all corners of the globe – powerful and extraordinary photos documenting global and local stories. This unprecedented curation provides a chance to step back and take a look at the defining moments of the year and we are delighted to be able to open this exhibition up to the public for the very first time."

Getty Images stages new retrospective exhibition of the best images of 2014

Getty Images stages new retrospective exhibition of the best images of 2014

Getty Images stages new retrospective exhibition of the best images of 2014

Getty Images stages new retrospective exhibition of the best images of 2014

Year in Focus 2014 runs from 22 January to 11 February, 2015 and admission is free