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 $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.’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.’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.)