• News organization Reuters has released the pictures of the decade.
  • The images include royal weddings, historic moments and scenes that show the power of nature.
  • This is a selection of 10 of the best photos of the 2010s.

As the second decade of the century draws to a close, Reuters has released its Pictures of the Decade. These images show some of the people, places and events that have shaped our recent history.

This selection, based on Reuters’ 142 Pictures of the Decade, marks some of the highs and lows of the past 10 years.

1. The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume from the Eyjafjallajӧkull volcano in Iceland, 22 April 2010.

The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume of a volcano in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland
The Northern Lights are seen above the ash plume from the Eyjafjallajӧkull volcano in Iceland, 22 April 2010.
Image: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/

2. Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace following their wedding in London’s Westminster Abbey, UK, 29 April 2011.

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, watched by bridemaids Grace van Cutsem (L), Margarita Armstrong-Jones and pageboy Tom Pettifer, after their wedding in Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, April 29, 2011
Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge following their wedding in London’s Westminster Abbey
Image: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

3. Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse of Canada as they compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Men’s 100m Semi-Finals at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016.

Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse (CAN) of Canada as they compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Men's 100m Semifinals at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 14, 2016.  Picture taken August 14, 2016
Usain Bolt of Jamaica in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Men’s 100m Semi-Finals
Image: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

4. Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, signs a copy of her book before an event launching her memoir at the Southbank Centre in London, UK, 20 October 2013.

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, signs a copy of her book before an event launching her memoir,
Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, signs a copy of her book
Image: REUTERS/Olivia Harris

5. Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, 15 April 2019.

Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, April 15, 2019. Picture taken April 15, 2019
Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,
Image: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

6. A tree in the Amazon rainforest burns as the area is cleared by farmers in Rio Pardo, Rondȏnia, Brazil, 15 September 2019.

A tree in the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by farmers in Rio Pardo, Rondonia, Brazil, September 15, 2019. Picture taken September 15, 2019
A tree in the Amazon jungle burns as it is cleared by farmers in Rio Pardo, Rondonia, Brazil
Image: REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

7. An aerial view of a coastal town devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Samar province, Philippines, 11 November 2013.

An aerial view of a coastal town devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan in Samar province, Philippines, November 11, 2013
An aerial view of a coastal town devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan in Samar province, Philippines
Image: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

8. Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is approached by riot police during a protest outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, USA, 9 July 2016. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

Lone activist Leshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, U.S.A., July 9 2016. Picture taken  9 July 2016.
Lone activist Leshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest
Image: REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

9. US President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, in Panmunjom, South Korea, 30 June 2019. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019.
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Image: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

10. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg joins French Youth for Climate campaigners at the “questions to the government” session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, 23 July 2019. (REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Ivy-Fleur Boileau, Virgile Mouquet, Adelaide Charlier and Alicia Arquetoux, French activists from the Youth for Climate movement, attend the questions to the government session, at the National Assembly in Paris, France, July 23, 2019
Swedish environmental activists including Greta Thunberg from the Youth for Climate movement at the National Assembly in Paris
Image: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer