Though “selfie” was technically 2013’s word of the year, it wasn’t until 2014 that the phenomenon took off. Launched into international superstardom by host Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars, people around the globe were taking their own snaps everywhere from the presidential motorcade to the Commonwealth Games, and even on safari. Below are some of the most important selfies of 2014.
Taking the selfie phenomenon to a new level, a 47-year-old British photographer captured an image of himself on top of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. To take the highest selfie, Gerald Donovan, who has lived in the UAE for seven years, used a special panoramic camera controlled by an i-Phone app to click at a height of 830 metres.
This image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyongo Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyongo and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a "selfie" portrait on a cell phone during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on 2 March, 2014, in Los Angeles.
The world's first 'elfie' has been taken after the large-trunked animal took a picture of itself when a tourist dropped his camera in a wildlife park. The hilarious shot was captured when a visitor's Apple iPhone fell into the attraction's elephant drive-thru zone. The keepers from West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire ordered Scott Brierley, 23, to stay in his car and keep moving. The phone was later retrieved and the tourist was shocked to find 22-year-old African elephant Latabe had touched the screen with its trunk and taken a selfie on 29 May.
Germany national team soccer player Lukas Podolski tweeted this epic photo shortly after Germany won the World Cup.
A group of at least 1,151 people in Bangladesh have taken a selfie together with their Nokia Lumia 730 smartphone - making it one of the gigantic selfies fit to become the world’s largest selfie.
Narendra Modi takes a "selfie" with a mobile phone after casting his vote at a polling station during the seventh phase of Indian general election in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.
A macaque monkey in Indonesia took a camera from a wildlife photographer before snapping himself in a variety of poses.
Nasa’s Mars rover Curiosity has posted a new selfie taken on a sandstone outcrop in the Kimberley region of Mars.
Two Australian Commonwealth Games hockey players were left stunned when the most famous royal in the world appeared smiling in the background of their picture. Jayde Taylor (left), 29, posted the first image on Twitter and said: "Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing", with the tweet instantly going viral.