PHOTOGRAPHY: Photos of the year (18 Photos) – Thailand

1 of  18: Cars stop to allow a wild elephant to cross Road No.3259 which runs through Khao Ang Rue Nai wildlife sanctuary in Ban Ang Suea Dam, in Tha Takiab district of Chachoengsao province. The road, which often has animals crossing, will soon be closed when a new one built around the sanctuary opens. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

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Politicians and protesters made an inevitable appearance, but it was also a year of luxury watches, floods and funny hippos. ‘Bangkok Post’ photographers bring you the year’s best images.

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    Somyot Prueksakasemsuk hugs his daughter, Prakaidao, after being released from Bangkok Remand Prison. Pornprom Satrabhaya

    Somyot Prueksakasemsuk hugs his daughter, Prakaidao, after being released from Bangkok Remand Prison. Pornprom Satrabhaya

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    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha dons a Thai farmer’s hat as he teases a handicraft shop owner at an old riverside community in Chanthaburi province. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

    Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha dons a Thai farmer's hat as he teases a handicraft shop owner at an old riverside community in Chanthaburi province. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

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    A victim of loan sharks hugs a document as she attends an event at the Provincial Police Region 1 headquarters, where land title deeds and assets were returned from unfair loan agreements. Pornprom Satrabhay

    A victim of loan sharks hugs a document as she attends an event at the Provincial Police Region 1 headquarters, where land title deeds and assets were returned from unfair loan agreements.  Pornprom Satrabhay

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    Glorious giving… Local residents in Phra Bat Huay Tom community in Lamphun’s Li district place food and other offerings on a 15-metre-high ‘tree of giving’ before a parade at Wat Phra Bat Huay Tom. The offerings signify the act of giving and will be distributed to monks and novices at the temple and people in the community. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

    Glorious giving... Local residents in Phra Bat Huay Tom community in Lamphun's Li district place food and other offerings on a 15-metre-high 'tree of giving' before a parade at Wat Phra Bat Huay Tom. The offerings signify the act of giving and will  be distributed to monks and novices at the temple and people in the community. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

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    Baby crocodile…About 1,000 yoga enthusiasts perform a ‘crocodile pose’, believed to help relieve back, waist and neck pains, in an activity carried out at Chulalongkorn University by the Embassy of India to mark the International Day of Yoga on June 21. Pornprom Satrabhaya

    Baby crocodile...About 1,000 yoga enthusiasts perform a 'crocodile pose', believed to help relieve back, waist and neck pains, in an activity carried out at Chulalongkorn University by the Embassy of India to mark the International Day of Yoga on June 21. Pornprom Satrabhaya

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    Not a care in the world… Foreign revellers dance the night away at the monthly Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani. A sleeping area was designated for partygoers who were too inebriated to make their way back to their accommodation. Officials said this was designed to boost their safety after a number of reported rapes and other crimes in the country’s southern islands in recent years. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

    Not a care in the world... Foreign revellers dance the night away at the monthly Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani. A sleeping area was designated for partygoers who were too inebriated to make their way back to their accommodation. Officials said this was designed to boost their safety after a number of reported rapes and other crimes in the country's southern islands in  recent years. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

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    The heavy downpour paralysed traffic on city streets and damaged dozens of cars. Somchai Poomlard

    The heavy downpour paralysed traffic on city streets and damaged dozens of cars. Somchai Poomlard

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    Winged menace… A woman covers her mouth and nose as she walks past a flock of pigeons before boarding a shuttle boat at Wat Rakang pier in Thon Buri. The disease-carrying birds are causing health concerns as many gather to eat food given by people who ignore feeding ban signs. Apichart Jinakul

    Winged menace... A woman covers her mouth and nose as she walks past a flock of pigeons before boarding a shuttle boat at Wat Rakang pier in Thon Buri. The disease-carrying birds are causing health concerns as many gather to eat food given by people who ignore feeding ban signs. Apichart Jinakul

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    Workers at an electronic waste recycling factory in Lat Krabang industrial estate separate usable electronic components from electronic waste illegally imported from overseas. The factory which runs the factory, also allegedly distributed the waste to other recycling plants across Chachoengsao. Patipat Janthong

    Workers at an electronic waste recycling factory in Lat Krabang industrial estate separate usable electronic components from electronic waste illegally imported from overseas. The factory which runs the factory, also allegedly distributed the waste to other recycling plants across Chachoengsao. Patipat Janthong

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    The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand, a state agency which operates the subway, has opened a health park in front of its headquarters in the Rama IX area. Comprising of yellow sunn hemp fields, jogging tracks, and a bicycle lane, the park is open to the public between 5am-7am on weekdays and 5am-9am and 4.30pm-6.30pm at weekends. Patipat Janthong

    The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand, a state agency which operates the subway, has opened a health park in front of its headquarters in the Rama IX area. Comprising of yellow sunn hemp fields, jogging tracks, and a bicycle lane, the park is open to the public between 5am-7am on weekdays and 5am-9am and 4.30pm-6.30pm at weekends. Patipat Janthong

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    Into the swing of things … An ethnic Lahu villager plays on a swing in Thung Kang Han (wind turbine field) in Khao Khor, Phetchabun, which has been developed into a tourist attraction. The wind farm, covering 350 rai, can produce 60 megawatts of electricity. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

    Into the swing of things ... An ethnic Lahu villager plays on a swing in Thung Kang Han (wind turbine field) in Khao Khor, Phetchabun, which has been developed into a tourist attraction. The wind farm, covering 350 rai, can produce 60 megawatts of electricity. Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

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    Plumes of smoke engulf a cannon after it was fired to mark the opening of a territorial defence naval training exercise presided over by the navy chief in February. The ceremony was held in Sattahip district of Chon Buri.PHOTO BY SOMJAI SUSIKONG

    Plumes of smoke engulf a cannon after it was fired to mark the opening of a territorial defence naval training exercise presided over by the navy chief in February. The ceremony was held in Sattahip district of Chon Buri.

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    A rescuer emerges from a tight spot on the side of the Tham Luang cave complex, hoping to find a suitable channel to locate the 12 boys and their football coach, trapped in the cave by flooding in late June. The boys and their coach were later rescued and sent safely to hospital.PHOTO BY SOMJAI SUSIKONG

    A rescuer emerges from a tight spot on the side of the Tham Luang cave complex, hoping to find a suitable channel to locate the 12 boys and their football coach, trapped in the cave by flooding in late June. The boys and their coach were later rescued and sent safely to hospital.

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    A boy takes a close look at ageing hippopotamus Mae Mali at Dusit Zoo. The 51-year-old animal has been the star of the 80-year-old zoo since 1967. The zoo was closed at the end of September and relocated to Pathum Thani’s Klong Luang district.PHOTO BY SOMJAI SUSIKONG

    A boy takes a close look at ageing hippopotamus Mae Mali at Dusit Zoo. The 51-year-old animal has been the star of the 80-year-old zoo since 1967. The zoo was closed at the end of September and relocated to Pathum Thani's Klong Luang district.

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    Intelligent nursing robots are on duty at Mongkutwattana General Hospital. The hospital brought in three robots from China to assist with administration to increase efficiency and reduce operation costs.PHOTO BY SOMJAI SUSIKONG

    Intelligent nursing robots are on duty at Mongkutwattana General Hospital. The hospital brought in three robots from China to assist with administration to increase efficiency and reduce operation costs.

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    A visitor looks at a skeleton on display at the 15th National Herbs Expo in Nonthaburi. The July 18-21 expo promoted the use of herbal and holistic medicines.PHOTO BY SOMJAI SUSIKONG

    A visitor looks at a skeleton on display at the 15th National Herbs Expo in Nonthaburi. The July 18-21 expo promoted the use of herbal and holistic medicines.

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    Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon answers media questions about his luxury watches as he is about to leave Government House.

    Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon answers media questions about his luxury watches as he is about to leave Government House.

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