Obama, Euro Crisis, NYC Protest: Bloomberg Best Photos of 2011

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A man looks at ships swept inland by the tsunami which followed the March 11 earthquake in Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan on March 22, 2011.

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Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

A man looks at ships swept inland by the tsunami which followed the March 11 earthquake in Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan on March 22, 2011. Close

A man looks at ships swept inland by the tsunami which followed the March 11 earthquake in Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan on March 22, 2011.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Women walk through a street covered with tsunami debris in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, Japan on March 21, 2011. Close

Women walk through a street covered with tsunami debris in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, Japan on March 21, 2011.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

A woman looks at tsunami debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan on March 22, 2011. Close

A woman looks at tsunami debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan on March 22, 2011.

Photographer: Ragnar Axelsson/Bloomberg

A farmer walks through a thick cloud of volcanic ash from the Grimsvotn volcano near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland on May 23, 2011. Close

A farmer walks through a thick cloud of volcanic ash from the Grimsvotn volcano near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Iceland on May 23, 2011.

Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

An aerial view shows construction material submerged in flood water in a northwestern suburb in Bangkok, on Oct. 25, 2011. Close

An aerial view shows construction material submerged in flood water in a northwestern suburb in Bangkok, on Oct. 25, 2011.

Photographer: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Left to right, Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany's finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, Greece's finance minister, Elena Salgado, Spain's finance minister, Jan Kees De Jager, the Netherlands' finance minister, and Giulio Tremonti, Italy's finance minister, chat during a meeting of the European Union finance ministers at the European Council headquarters in Brussel on July 11, 2011. Close

Left to right, Wolfgang Schaeuble, Germany's finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, Greece's finance minister, Elena... Read More

Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

A petrol bomb explodes near riot police guarding the Greek parliament building during a demonstration against austerity cuts in central Athens, on Oct. 19, 2011. Close

A petrol bomb explodes near riot police guarding the Greek parliament building during a demonstration against... Read More

Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

George Papandreou, Greece's prime minister, reacts during an interview at his office in Athens on July 19, 2011. Close

George Papandreou, Greece's prime minister, reacts during an interview at his office in Athens on July 19, 2011.

Photographer: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

A giant euro banner, featuring an image of a euro coin and promoting stronger European economic governance, hangs on the side of the headquarters of the European Union commission at the Berlaymont Building, in Brussels on Nov. 21, 2011. Close

A giant euro banner, featuring an image of a euro coin and promoting stronger European economic governance, hangs on... Read More

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 4, 2011. Close

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a Joint Economic Committee hearing in... Read More

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, waits for the start of a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 4, 2011. Close

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, waits for the start of a Joint Economic Committee hearing in... Read More

Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg

A longshoreman walks on bags of rice in a cargo ship for export to Japan at the Port of West Sacramento in Sacramento, on Nov. 4, 2011. Close

A longshoreman walks on bags of rice in a cargo ship for export to Japan at the Port of West Sacramento in Sacramento, on Nov. 4, 2011.

Photographer: Richard Drew/Pool via Bloomberg

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is arraigned in Manhattan criminal court in New York on May 16, 2011. Close

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is arraigned in Manhattan... Read More

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A trader gestures while working on the floor of the London Metal Exchange in London on Aug. 5, 2011. Close

A trader gestures while working on the floor of the London Metal Exchange in London on Aug. 5, 2011.

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Ron Paul, a Republican representative from Texas, pauses during a break at a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

Ron Paul, a Republican representative from Texas, pauses during a break at a presidential debate sponsored by... Read More

Photographer: Alan Chin/Bloomberg

Protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations stand with arms locked after being ejected from Zuccotti park by members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) in New York on Nov. 15, 2011. Close

Protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations stand with arms locked after being ejected from Zuccotti... Read More

Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Traders work in the S&P 500 pit at the CME Group's Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago on Oct. 4, 2011. Close

Traders work in the S&P 500 pit at the CME Group's Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago on Oct. 4, 2011.

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Aug. 4, 2011. Close

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Aug. 4, 2011.

Photographer: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks to Julia Gillard, Australia's prime minister, during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on Nov. 16, 2011. Close

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks to Julia Gillard, Australia's prime minister, during a news conference at... Read More

Photographer: Angelos Tzortzinis/Bloomberg

Evangelos Venizelos, Greece's finance minister, listens during a confidence vote at the Greek parliament in Athens, on Nov. 4, 2011. Close

Evangelos Venizelos, Greece's finance minister, listens during a confidence vote at the Greek parliament in Athens, on Nov. 4, 2011.

Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg

Worker Sam Danner inspects part of the four mile long Tail Race tunnel in which water travels after exiting the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Loon Lake Power Station in Loon Lake, California, on Nov. 3, 2011. Close

Worker Sam Danner inspects part of the four mile long Tail Race tunnel in which water travels after exiting the... Read More

Photographer: Alessandra Benedetti/Bloomberg

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, left, and Giulio Tremonti, Italy's finance minister, listen after an address to parliament's chamber of deputies in Rome on Aug. 3, 2011. Close

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, left, and Giulio Tremonti, Italy's finance minister, listen after an... Read More

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, center, speaks in this photo taken with a tilt shift lens during a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, center, speaks in this photo taken with a tilt shift lens during a... Read More

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Michele Bachmann, a Republican representative from Minnesota, makes a point during a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

Michele Bachmann, a Republican representative from Minnesota, makes a point during a presidential debate sponsored by... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House, left, listens as Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator, speaks during a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House, left, listens as Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator, speaks during a... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Rick Perry, governor of Texas, prepares for a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

Rick Perry, governor of Texas, prepares for a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post at... Read More

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Tributes surround a memorial photograph of Steve Jobs outside the Apple Inc. store on Regent Street in London on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Close

Tributes surround a memorial photograph of Steve Jobs outside the Apple Inc. store on Regent Street in London on... Read More

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during an event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Close

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during an event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino,... Read More

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Kweku Adoboli, the UBS trader is escorted from a prison van as he arrives at the City of London magistrates court in London on Sept. 22, 2011. Close

Kweku Adoboli, the UBS trader is escorted from a prison van as he arrives at the City of London magistrates court in... Read More

Photographer: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg

Danielle Chiesi, a former New Castle Funds LLC analyst, exits federal court after a sentencing hearing in New York on July, 20, 2011. Close

Danielle Chiesi, a former New Castle Funds LLC analyst, exits federal court after a sentencing hearing in New York on July, 20, 2011.

Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim stands for a photograph in New York on Feb. 9, 2011. Close

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim stands for a photograph in New York on Feb. 9, 2011.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks about the Xbox 360 system during his keynote address at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2011. Close

Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks about the Xbox 360 system during his keynote... Read More

Raghavan Seetharaman, chief executive officer of Doha Bank QSC, poses for a photograph following an interview in London on Sept. 19, 2011. Photographer. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg Close

Raghavan Seetharaman, chief executive officer of Doha Bank QSC, poses for a photograph following an interview in... Read More

Photographer: Adrian Moser/Bloomberg

A Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) vision connected drive concept automobile hangs from the wall on the company stand during the first press day of the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva on March 1, 2011. Close

A Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) vision connected drive concept automobile hangs from the wall on the company stand... Read More

Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg

A boy moves a herd of buffaloes in Jiandal Kot village in Matiari, Pakistan on Sept. 7, 2011. Close

A boy moves a herd of buffaloes in Jiandal Kot village in Matiari, Pakistan on Sept. 7, 2011.

Photographer: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg

Raj Rajaratnam, co-founder of Galleon Group LLC, center, exits federal court with his attorney Terence Lynam, left, in New York, on Oct. 13, 2011. Close

Raj Rajaratnam, co-founder of Galleon Group LLC, center, exits federal court with his attorney Terence Lynam, left,... Read More

Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, including one wearing a mask, take the subway to march on the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York, on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, including one wearing a mask, take the subway to march on the Upper East Side... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers clash with a protester from the Occupy Wall Street movement in Zuccotti Park in New York, on Oct. 14, 2011. Close

New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers clash with a protester from the Occupy Wall Street movement in... Read More

Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., introduces the new Kindle Fire tablet computer at a news conference in New York on Sept. 28, 2011. Close

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., introduces the new Kindle Fire tablet computer at a news... Read More

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The iCub robot, made at the Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia in Genova, Italy, shakes hands with an attendee during the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in San Francisco on Sept. 28, 2011. Close

The iCub robot, made at the Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia in Genova, Italy, shakes hands with an attendee during... Read More

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A picker is driven through a flooded cranberry bed during harvest at Elm Lake Cranberry Co. in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin on Sept. 27, 2011. Close

A picker is driven through a flooded cranberry bed during harvest at Elm Lake Cranberry Co. in Wisconsin Rapids,... Read More

Photographer: Stuart Isett/Bloomberg

Boeing Co. employees and attendees walk toward the main stage during a ceremony to mark Boeing's delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner to All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) in Everett, Washington on Sept. 26, 2011. Close

Boeing Co. employees and attendees walk toward the main stage during a ceremony to mark Boeing's delivery of the... Read More

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Polish zloty currency coins are seen in this arranged photograph in Wroclaw, Poland on Oct. 3, 2011. Close

Polish zloty currency coins are seen in this arranged photograph in Wroclaw, Poland on Oct. 3, 2011.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Employees are seen in the turbine hall at the Volzhsky hydro-electric power station, operated by OAO RusHydro, in Volzhsky, near Volgograd, Russia on Sept. 23, 2011. Close

Employees are seen in the turbine hall at the Volzhsky hydro-electric power station, operated by OAO RusHydro, in... Read More

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Yasuhito Harayama, executive vice president of Suzuki Motor Corp., left, speaks to Masafumi Yayoshi, a managing officer of the company, before a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 14, 2011. Close

Yasuhito Harayama, executive vice president of Suzuki Motor Corp., left, speaks to Masafumi Yayoshi, a managing... Read More

Photographer: Koichi Kamoshida/Bloomberg

Osamu Suzuki, chairman of Suzuki Motor Corp., pauses during a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 12, 2011. Close

Osamu Suzuki, chairman of Suzuki Motor Corp., pauses during a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 12, 2011.

Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

Apple Inc. employees clap their hands to welcome customers at the new Apple Inc. store in Hong Kong on Sept. 24, 2011. Close

Apple Inc. employees clap their hands to welcome customers at the new Apple Inc. store in Hong Kong on Sept. 24, 2011.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, gestures towards photographers during the 66th annual United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on Sept. 22, 2011. Close

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, gestures towards photographers during the 66th annual United Nations General... Read More

Photographer: Forbes Conrad/Bloomberg

Employees stand by a Sany Heavy Industry Co. 86m truck mounted concrete pump as it is introduced at the company's factory in Changsha, Hunan Province, China on Sept. 19, 2011. Close

Employees stand by a Sany Heavy Industry Co. 86m truck mounted concrete pump as it is introduced at the company's... Read More

Photographer: Forbes Conrad/Bloomberg

Sany Heavy Industry Co. workers assemble in formation before the unveiling of the Sany 86m truck mounted concrete pump at the company's factory in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, on Sept. 19, 2011. Close

Sany Heavy Industry Co. workers assemble in formation before the unveiling of the Sany 86m truck mounted concrete... Read More

Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's prime minister, looks through a vehicle window as he leaves Europe's Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting, known as Ecofin, in Wroclaw, Poland on Sept. 17, 2011. Close

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg's prime minister, looks through a vehicle window as he leaves Europe's Economic and... Read More

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

A crane lifts building materials during the construction of the Federation Tower, operated by Mirax Group, at the Moscow International Business Center, also known as Moscow-City, the capital's new commercial district in Moscow on Sept. 13, 2011. Close

A crane lifts building materials during the construction of the Federation Tower, operated by Mirax Group, at the... Read More

Photographer: Chris Rank/Bloomberg

A quality control worker checks for malformed chopsticks at the Georgia Chopsticks LLC production facility in Americus, Georgia on Sept. 8, 2011. Close

A quality control worker checks for malformed chopsticks at the Georgia Chopsticks LLC production facility in... Read More

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Employees work on the interior fuselage section of an Airbus A380 aircraft during assembly at the company's factory in Hamburg on Sept. 1, 2011. Close

Employees work on the interior fuselage section of an Airbus A380 aircraft during assembly at the company's factory... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Larry Silverstein, president and chief executive officer of Silverstein Properties Inc., pauses during a news conference in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Close

Larry Silverstein, president and chief executive officer of Silverstein Properties Inc., pauses during a news... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Construction workers labor at the site of the World Trade Center in New York on Aug. 24, 2011. Close

Construction workers labor at the site of the World Trade Center in New York on Aug. 24, 2011.

Photographer: Guenter Schiffmann/Bloomberg

Gold bars weighing one kilogram each sit on a table in the vault of gold vendor ProAurum in Munich on Aug. 23, 2011. Close

Gold bars weighing one kilogram each sit on a table in the vault of gold vendor ProAurum in Munich on Aug. 23, 2011.

Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

Stanley Ho, chairman of SJM Holdings Ltd., center seated, and Pansy Ho, managing director of Shun Tak Holdings Ltd., center standing, are greeted by Li Ka-shing, chairman of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., right, as they arrive at the University of Hong Kong's centenary ceremony, in Hong Kong on Aug. 18, 2011. Close

Stanley Ho, chairman of SJM Holdings Ltd., center seated, and Pansy Ho, managing director of Shun Tak Holdings Ltd.,... Read More

Photographer: Duncan Chard/Bloomberg

A visitor holds prayer beads as he watches financial data on screens inside the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai on Aug. 8, 2011. Close

A visitor holds prayer beads as he watches financial data on screens inside the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai on Aug. 8, 2011.

Photographer: Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg

The DAX index curve is displayed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Frankfurt on Aug.1, 2011. Close

The DAX index curve is displayed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Frankfurt on Aug.1, 2011.

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2011. Close

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2011.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2011. Close

The U.S. Capitol building stands in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2011.

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

U.S. dollar bills are arranged for a photograph in New York on July 26, 2011. Close

U.S. dollar bills are arranged for a photograph in New York on July 26, 2011.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A pedestrian passes a display of Edward Bates Ltd. hats in the window of a Hilditch & Key clothing store in London on July 14, 2011. Close

A pedestrian passes a display of Edward Bates Ltd. hats in the window of a Hilditch & Key clothing store in London on July 14, 2011.

Photographer: Koichi Kamoshida/Bloomberg

Vehicles are seen washed up alongside damaged buildings in Fukushima, Japan on March 13, 2011. Close

Vehicles are seen washed up alongside damaged buildings in Fukushima, Japan on March 13, 2011.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

A fishing vessel swept inland by the tsunami which followed the March 11 earthquake is lifted by a crane in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on July 13, 2011. Close

A fishing vessel swept inland by the tsunami which followed the March 11 earthquake is lifted by a crane in... Read More

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

A worker looks at debris stacked by heavy equipment after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on July 13, 2011. Close

A worker looks at debris stacked by heavy equipment after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi... Read More

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, listens as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, unseen, speaks to the media following the Democratic Caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on July 14, 2011. Close

Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, listens as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada,... Read More

Photographer: Keith Bedford/Bloomberg

Contestants for the Miss Universe China Pageant practice proper make up application at a training camp in Beijing on June 23, 2011. Close

Contestants for the Miss Universe China Pageant practice proper make up application at a training camp in Beijing on June 23, 2011.

Photographer: Kevin Lee/Bloomberg

An attendant at the completion ceremony of the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge project stands beside a picture of the U.S. bridge, in Shanghai on July 11, 2011. Close

An attendant at the completion ceremony of the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) San Francisco-Oakland... Read More

Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

Members of the media gather around Rupert Murdoch, chief executive officer of News Corp., as he arrives for a morning session at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 7, 2011. Close

Members of the media gather around Rupert Murdoch, chief executive officer of News Corp., as he arrives for a morning... Read More

Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., arrives for a morning session at the 29th annual Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 6, 2011. Close

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., arrives for a morning session at the... Read More

Photographer: Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg

An employee walks across a large mound of potash, stored in the warehouse at the K+S AG potash mine in Unterbreizbach, Germany on July 5, 2011. Close

An employee walks across a large mound of potash, stored in the warehouse at the K+S AG potash mine in... Read More

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Nikolai Fomenko, founder of Russian sports car maker Marussia Motors, poses for a photograph with a Marussia B1 vehicle during the 15th Annual Investor Conference organized by Renaissance Capital in Moscow on June 28, 2011. Close

Nikolai Fomenko, founder of Russian sports car maker Marussia Motors, poses for a photograph with a Marussia B1... Read More

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A visitor takes a photograph on his mobile phone of an aerostructure, a mock-up of the fuselage shell section for the new Airbus A350XWB, displayed at the Premium Aerotec GmbH stand at the Paris Air Show in Paris on June 22, 2011. Close

A visitor takes a photograph on his mobile phone of an aerostructure, a mock-up of the fuselage shell section for the... Read More

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

An employee checks the washing machine display in a Currys store in London on June 20, 2011. Close

An employee checks the washing machine display in a Currys store in London on June 20, 2011.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Wool grader Stephen Kitson sorts wool in the British Wool Marketing Board's depot, in Bradford, U.K. on June 15, 2011. Close

Wool grader Stephen Kitson sorts wool in the British Wool Marketing Board's depot, in Bradford, U.K. on June 15, 2011.

Photographer: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Bloomberg

A maintenance worker cleans solar panels manufactured by Tata BP Solar India Ltd. at North Delhi Power Ltd.'s (NDPL) Keshavpuram power station in New Delhi on June 14, 2011. Close

A maintenance worker cleans solar panels manufactured by Tata BP Solar India Ltd. at North Delhi Power Ltd.'s (NDPL)... Read More

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

U.S. President Barack Obama leaves 10 Downing Street after his meeting with David Cameron, U.K. prime minister, in London on May 25, 2011. Close

U.S. President Barack Obama leaves 10 Downing Street after his meeting with David Cameron, U.K. prime minister, in... Read More

Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

The Shard tower, second right, and construction cranes rise above the city skyline in London on May 10, 2011. Close

The Shard tower, second right, and construction cranes rise above the city skyline in London on May 10, 2011.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, waits to walk out to the opening ceremony of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2011. Close

Hillary Clinton, U.S. secretary of state, waits to walk out to the opening ceremony of the U.S.-China Strategic &... Read More

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

A man walks past a model of the No. 3 reactor at Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka nuclear power station in Omaezaki city, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan on May 8, 2011. Close

A man walks past a model of the No. 3 reactor at Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka nuclear power station in Omaezaki... Read More

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A completed MP4-12C supercar produced by the Mclaren Group sits at the end of the production line at the company's plant in Woking, U.K. on May 4, 2011. Close

A completed MP4-12C supercar produced by the Mclaren Group sits at the end of the production line at the company's... Read More

Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Donald Longueuil, a former junior portfolio manager at SAC Capital Advisors LP, leaves federal court in New York on April 28, 2011. Close

Donald Longueuil, a former junior portfolio manager at SAC Capital Advisors LP, leaves federal court in New York on April 28, 2011.

Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

White Apple Inc. iPhone4, on sale for the first time, and black iPhone4 mobile devices are arranged for a photograph in New York on April 28, 2011. Close

White Apple Inc. iPhone4, on sale for the first time, and black iPhone4 mobile devices are arranged for a photograph... Read More

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Cans of Coca-Cola move along the production line of Sendai Coca-Cola Products Co.'s Zao plant in Zao town, Miyagi prefecture, Japan on April 22, 2011. Close

Cans of Coca-Cola move along the production line of Sendai Coca-Cola Products Co.'s Zao plant in Zao town, Miyagi... Read More

Photographer: Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg

Wheat stalks stand in a field during a harvest near Sonipat, India on April 20, 2011. Close

Wheat stalks stand in a field during a harvest near Sonipat, India on April 20, 2011.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., smiles during a town hall event at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto on April 20, 2011. Close

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc.,... Read More

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A member of the security staff patrols a beach in Sanya, Hainan Province, China, on April 12, 2011. Close

A member of the security staff patrols a beach in Sanya, Hainan Province, China, on April 12, 2011.

Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg

Oil pumps stand at the Chevron Corp. Kern River oil field in Bakersfield, California on March 29, 2011. Close

Oil pumps stand at the Chevron Corp. Kern River oil field in Bakersfield, California on March 29, 2011.

Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

A coal worker poses for a portrait in Shanxi Province, China on March 24, 2011. Close

A coal worker poses for a portrait in Shanxi Province, China on March 24, 2011.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

An employee demonstrates the use of an Apple Inc. iPad 2 tablet computer at the company's store on Regents Street in London on March 25, 2011. Close

An employee demonstrates the use of an Apple Inc. iPad 2 tablet computer at the company's store on Regents Street in... Read More

Photographer: Rupert Hartley/Bloomberg

George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, holds the dispatch box containing the 2011 budget outside 11 Downing Street in London on March 23, 2011. Close

George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, holds the dispatch box containing the 2011 budget outside 11... Read More

Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg

An Allied Defense Recycling (ADR) worker cuts away part of the SS Solon Turman's crane mast at ADR in Vallejo, California on March 14, 2011. Close

An Allied Defense Recycling (ADR) worker cuts away part of the SS Solon Turman's crane mast at ADR in Vallejo,... Read More

Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

A security agent walks past people checking their mobile phones at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on Monday, March 14, 2011. Close

A security agent walks past people checking their mobile phones at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing on Monday, March 14, 2011.

Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

A military delegate awaits the opening of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2011. Close

A military delegate awaits the opening of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great... Read More

Photographer: Jochen Eckel/Bloomberg

A Volkswagen Golf Cabrio is loaded into the company's cylindrical tower facility in Wolfsburg, Germany on March 10, 2011. Close

A Volkswagen Golf Cabrio is loaded into the company's cylindrical tower facility in Wolfsburg, Germany on March 10, 2011.

Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

John Paulson, president of Paulson & Co. Inc., listens at the Foreign Policy Association's annual Financial Services Dinner in New York on Feb. 23, 2011. Close

John Paulson, president of Paulson & Co. Inc., listens at the Foreign Policy Association's annual Financial Services... Read More

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

A chemical plant stands at night in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on Feb. 10, 2011. Close

A chemical plant stands at night in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on Feb. 10, 2011.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Mugs of tea and drinks sits in front of board showing stock prices in Shanghai on Feb. 9, 2011. Close

Mugs of tea and drinks sits in front of board showing stock prices in Shanghai on Feb. 9, 2011.

Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Workers labor at a construction site for a residential development in Chongqing, China, on Jan. 25, 2011. Close

Workers labor at a construction site for a residential development in Chongqing, China, on Jan. 25, 2011.

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Hu Jintao, China's president, speaks during an event hosted by the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2011. Close

Hu Jintao, China's president, speaks during an event hosted by the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 2011.

Photographer: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Visitors view wall mounted Nintendo Co.'s 3DS handheld players on display during a Nintendo sponsored event in Amsterdam on Jan. 19, 2011. Close

Visitors view wall mounted Nintendo Co.'s 3DS handheld players on display during a Nintendo sponsored event in... Read More

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Pedestrians walk over London Bridge towards the City, in London on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Close

Pedestrians walk over London Bridge towards the City, in London on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A statue of 'Ariel' by Charles Wheeler illuminated at night stands above the Bank of England in London on Jan. 12, 2011. Close

A statue of 'Ariel' by Charles Wheeler illuminated at night stands above the Bank of England in London on Jan. 12, 2011.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Larry Ellison, chief executive officer of Oracle Corp., leaves the stage after speaking at the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 conference in San Francisco on Oct. 2, 2011. Close

Larry Ellison, chief executive officer of Oracle Corp., leaves the stage after speaking at the Oracle OpenWorld 2011... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Construction workers monitor equipment on the Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) East Side Access project under Grand Central Terminal in New York, on Nov. 4, 2011. Close

Construction workers monitor equipment on the Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) East Side Access project under... Read More

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Shuichi Takayama, president of Olympus Corp., pauses during a news conference in Tokyo, on Nov. 8, 2011. Close

Shuichi Takayama, president of Olympus Corp., pauses during a news conference in Tokyo, on Nov. 8, 2011.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

A railway worker inspects a fuel wagon, operated by OAO Russian Railways' Freight One cargo unit, at the Zeletsyno train station near Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on Oct. 31, 2011. Close

A railway worker inspects a fuel wagon, operated by OAO Russian Railways' Freight One cargo unit, at the Zeletsyno... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street movement gather at Juan Pablo Duarte square in New York on Nov. 15, 2011. Close

Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street movement gather at Juan Pablo Duarte square in New York on Nov. 15, 2011.

Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

A crew from Alpha Oil & Gas Services Inc. constructs a 10 inch gas pipeline outside of Watford City, North Dakota, on Oct. 12, 2011. Close

A crew from Alpha Oil & Gas Services Inc. constructs a 10 inch gas pipeline outside of Watford City, North Dakota, on Oct. 12, 2011.

Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, pauses during a debate in the lower-house of the German parliament in Berlin, on Oct. 21, 2011. Close

Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, pauses during a debate in the lower-house of the German parliament in Berlin, on Oct. 21, 2011.

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers clash with a protester from the Occupy Wall Street movement in Zuccotti Park in New York, on Oct. 14, 2011. Close

New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers clash with a protester from the Occupy Wall Street movement in... Read More

Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Rajat Gupta, former Goldman Sachs Inc. director and former senior partner at McKinsey & Co., right, exits federal court in New York, on Oct. 26, 2011. Close

Rajat Gupta, former Goldman Sachs Inc. director and former senior partner at McKinsey & Co., right, exits federal... Read More

Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

FILE PHOTO / BEST BLOOMBERG PHOTOS FOR 2011: Metropolitan Police officers stand on a flooded road in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said a "50-50" chance remained that inner Bangkok would avoid flooding as a deluge approaches the city and a coming high tide pushes up water levels. Close

FILE PHOTO / BEST BLOOMBERG PHOTOS FOR 2011: Metropolitan Police officers stand on a flooded road in Bangkok,... Read More

Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg

Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat SpA, pauses during the 'Make it in Italy' conference in Turin, Italy, on Oct. 24, 2011. Close

Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat SpA, pauses during the 'Make it in Italy' conference in Turin,... Read More

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The sun sets behind the ConocoPhillips Co. refinery in Richmond, California, on Oct. 24, 2011. Close

The sun sets behind the ConocoPhillips Co. refinery in Richmond, California, on Oct. 24, 2011.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Taxi cabs drive past The New York Times Co. headquarters in New York, on Oct. 18, 2011. Close

Taxi cabs drive past The New York Times Co. headquarters in New York, on Oct. 18, 2011.

Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg

The spire of the Mormon Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is seen in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 12, 2011. Close

The spire of the Mormon Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is seen in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Oct. 12, 2011.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Audience member watch a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

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Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

FILE PHOTO / BEST BLOOMBERG PHOTOS FOR 2011: Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House, center, is flanked by Ron Paul, a Republican representative from Texas, left, and Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator, right, during a commercial break at a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

FILE PHOTO / BEST BLOOMBERG PHOTOS FOR 2011: Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House, center, is flanked by... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, watches a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, watches a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post... Read More

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Michele Bachmann, a Republican representative from Minnesota, from left, Rick Perry, governor of Texas, Herman Cain, former chairman and chief executive officer of Godfather's Pizza, and Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, participate in a presidential debate sponsored by Bloomberg and The Washington Post held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, U.S., on Oct. 11, 2011. Close

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Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Kenneth "Ken" Feinberg, Gulf Coast claims facility administrator, waits to begin a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27, 2011. Close

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Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

An aerial view shows a highway submerged by flood water in a northwestern suburb in Bangkok, on Oct. 25, 2011. Close

An aerial view shows a highway submerged by flood water in a northwestern suburb in Bangkok, on Oct. 25, 2011.

Photographer: Robert Gilhooly/Bloomberg

Cars, trucks and other debris were swept inland by the inland by a tsunami following an earthquake in Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, on March 13, 2011. Close

Cars, trucks and other debris were swept inland by the inland by a tsunami following an earthquake in Sendai city,... Read More

Photographer: Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg

A visitor walks across an exposed area of salt in the salt pans of Baskunchak lake near Volgograd, Russia, on Aug. 18, 2011. Close

A visitor walks across an exposed area of salt in the salt pans of Baskunchak lake near Volgograd, Russia, on Aug. 18, 2011.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs often bemoaned his competitors’ lack of attention to design. Close

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs often bemoaned his competitors’ lack of attention to design.

Photographer: Jeff Adkins/Bloomberg

Guitars are neatly lined in the paint shop of the Gibson Guitar Corp. factory in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., on Oct. 7, 2011. Close

Guitars are neatly lined in the paint shop of the Gibson Guitar Corp. factory in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., on Oct. 7, 2011.

Bloomberg Photos produced memorable images throughout 2011 that reflected the news within the world of business and finance.

Thousands of photographs served all Bloomberg platforms and its media clients in print, Internet, mobile and television. They illustrated world financial-market volatility and the European sovereign debt crisis, which cut both currency values and economic growth.

The photo team also covered the legal case at the Galleon Group LLC hedge fund, the biggest insider-trading scheme in a generation.

Among the dramatic images this year:

Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which led to the worst radiation release since Chernobyl, was captured by Tomohiro Ohsumi. He photographed large ships that were tossed onto houses and cars.

As world travelers suffered from another Icelandic volcanic explosion, its beauty was recorded by Ragnar Axelsson. In one shot, a lone figure struggled through the gloom caused by the ash cloud.

Another natural disaster was the Bangkok floods. Dario Pignatelli photographed art-like sculptures rising from dirty brown water -- construction material lying partly submerged on the city’s northern suburbs.

In Europe’s battle with the debt crisis, Jock Fistick pictured finance ministers looking almost jovial as they met in Brussels to discuss possible solutions.

By contrast, George Papandreou, who was Greece’s prime minister until last month, had his hands clasped as if in prayer when he was photographed by Kostas Tsironis.

Tsironis also braved riots to record Greek police facing petrol-bomb attacks as protesters rallied against austerity cuts.

Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, was captured in a serene portrait by Andrew Harrer.

By contrast, frenzied traders are shown reacting to changing prices in images by Chris Ratcliffe, Scott Eells and Tim Boyle.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who had to step down as chief of the International Monetary Fund after being accused of sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid, was photographed slumped in a New York court house by Richard Drew.

Elsewhere, Kweku Adoboli, the trader accused of costing UBS AG (UBSN) $2.3 billion by making unauthorized transactions, was captured on camera by Simon Dawson as he entered a London court.

Danielle Chiesi, a former New Castle Funds LLC analyst who pleaded guilty to securities fraud, had time to wave for a portrait by Rick Maiman as she left a New York court house.

Politics produced some telling moments recorded by Bloomberg’s photographers.

President Barack Obama and Julia Gillard, Australia’s prime minister, seemed oblivious to the cameras following a news conference in Canberra. Their shared moment was caught by Mark Graham.

Italy’s Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti bowed his head as he sat next to the country’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in an image by Alessandra Benedetti, which came four months before Berlusconi departed office.

The U.S. presidential debate in Hanover, New Hampshire, with Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, provided us with key images as the campaign gathered pace. Scott Eells and Daniel Acker were the photographers.

Chris Ratcliffe recorded a floral tribute to Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Steve Jobs as an impromptu street memorial was placed outside the London Apple store after the computer executive’s death.

Tim Cook, Apple’s new chief executive officer, was caught as a small figure below the company logo by David Paul Morris.

Among other business portraits, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim stands out in a beautifully lit shot by Chris Goodney.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s chief executive, appears in silhouette against an Xbox 360 light screen in a picture by Andrew Harrer.

The diversity of the coverage is shown with Adrian Moser’s image of the BMW concept vehicle from the Geneva Motor show and a boy moving a herd of buffaloes along a country lane in Pakistan by Asim Hafeez.

The photo team’s year was rounded off with Chris Ratcliffe being named as Business Photographer of the Year in the U.K. Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2011.

(Natasha Cholerton-Brown is the global team leader for Bloomberg Photos. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the editor responsible for this slideshow: Natasha Cholerton-Brown at

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