Our picture editor chooses his 50 best national images from 2018

Our picture desk sees a lot of images over the course of a year, from all around the world.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 18th December 2018, 4:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th December 2018, 12:53 pm
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So in what was no easy task, picture editor Iain Lynn has selected 50 images that caught his eye over the year

Nicolas Ivanoff of France flies over the city of Cannes as part of the Red Bull air race 2018. This vertigo-inducing image captures the moment a daredevil pilot flies upside down over a French marina.
Competitors during the annual Cooper's Hill cheese rolling race in Gloucestershire, where 30-year-old Chris Anderson broke the record after winning the first of the 2018 men's downhill races.

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Video showing a van taking off from a roundabout on the A11 at Attleborough, Norfolk. Video showing a van taking off from a roundabout after failing to stop at the junction
One of the UK's largest pumpkin patches run by Maxyes Farm Shop, Kirklington, Nottinghamshire is seen just before harvest.
Howden Reservoir's water level dramatically low after a prolonged heat wave. The mud floor can be seen as water levels fell in many of the Uk's reservoirs, prompting hose pipe bans in the north west
Fresh from the Big Brother house Guide Dogs celebrity ambassador Jess Impiazzi enjoys a day at the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre
Fans celebrate at Brighton beach, following the England v Panama World Cup match
A sand drawing on Ayr Beach of Second Lieutenant Walter Tull, who was Britain's second black professional footballer and the first black officer in the British Army.
This is the moment an arctic fox turns on his heel and runs for his life after realising he's picked on the wrong bird.
These incredible pictures taken on the island of Smla in Norway show the moment a seagull swoops down on a white-tailed eagle and pecks it on the head in a brave attempt to scare it away from a fish
Dramatic pictures show flames erupting from the store on Hinckley Road, Leicester, after witnesses told of hearing a "massive explosion."
An Air bus A 4100 M comes into land at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. A very passionate aviation photographer has captured a stunning photograph of a cargo transport aircraft coming into land.
This stunning work of art shows a female taxi passengers face imprinted on the back of the driver's headrest - after he slammed on the brakes.
Mustang fight in Colorado, USA taken by Scott Wilson from the back seat of a car after he was told to avoid sunlight because of his cancer.
A freezing morning as the ice waves roll in on Man 'o' War Bay and Durdle Door on the Jurassic coast, Dorset
This is the electrifying moment a lightning bolt shoots straight through the Eiffel Tower in Paris after hitting its highest point.
These stunning images show the split second a kingfisher dives underwater to catch a fish - after catching sight of it from 30ft in the air.
Newly married Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 's procession heads towards Windsor Castle following the royal wedding. Windsor, May 19 2018.
This is the moment a rocket man with a jet pack crash landed into the sea after attempting to perform tricks with his partner. The jet skier's engine appears to have caught fire whilst he was flying mid air
This precious photo shows the moment a hero schoolboy saved his little sister's life by undergoing a stem cell transplant that sent her cancer into remission.
Macro picture inside a violin taken by Adrian Borda. These surreal pictures make the inside of old string instruments look like giant rooms.
A group of elderly female residents at a retirement home were served some cheeky dinners - after 'butlers in the buff' came to visit them.
David Gillivers Light Painting image at the banks of Loch Lomond.
Miracle escape for racing driver Ron Cumming after he crashed on Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife.
More than 350 participants from 30 nations travelled to the famous plateau in Norway with the aim of snowkiting five laps of a brutal course on either skis or snowboard.
Mat Hallett sledging in Warley Wood, Birmingham
Dalmatian Pelicans photographed on Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece.
Dani Arnold makes a free solo ascent of the icefall Beta Block Super up the Breitwangfluh above Kandersteg, Switzerland.
These astonishing pictures show a thick layer of the clouds resting on top of the city of Dubai
The great grey owl coming into land on Libby Corbin's head in a forest in New Hampshire, US.
A photographer from Brighton creates amazing series of images camouflaging people into backgrounds seamlessly by using knit wear.
A delivery driver never has to worry about his van getting pinched because his workmate is a massive dog - who leans out the window like a human.
The beautiful series of images - known as 'wire wool photography' - are created by spinning extremely thin strands of metal while alight.
A man yawns and stretches unawae there is a huge whale shark right next to him taken just off the Oslob coast on the Cebu island in the Philippines.
This is the mesmerising moment a murmuration of starlings took the form of a giant bird while being targeted by a bird of prey.
Mark and Sonia Lester see their daughter, Sam Jackson in her wedding dress for the first time.
This is the spectacular moment two adrenaline junkie brides set their dresses on FIRE after walking down the aisle.
Alec and Samantha Webster who got married at Severn Hospice, Shropshire. Popular teacher Samantha, formerly Beale, was cared for at the hospice. She died a week after her wedding.
A rare crane chick, just days old, interacts with its parent at the Slimbridge nature reserve
A giraffe in Kruger National Park, South Africa trying to 'taste the rainbow' - in a scene that looks straight out of a Skittles advert.
A giant Whaleshark underneath a boat on Ningaloo Reef, Coral Bay, Australia
These remarkable images show a family of crows cheekily stealing the wool from sheep whilst they are looking the other way.
British photographer Steve Woods, 35, is mobbed by large numbers of Sea Lions whilst photographing them off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
A major incident was declared after a huge moorland fire forced dozens of residents to flee their homes in Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe gets underway on The Royal Mile, with 250 street performances every day. People from all over the world travel to the capital for the the show and atmosphere.
The lioness takes the camera after photographer, Barbara Jensen Vorster dropped it in Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.
Veiw from North Hill, Worcestershrie shows stars above the mist in Great Malvern.
The Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland with markings above to show the position of the sun at different times of the year.
The rare Bioluminescent Plankton lights up the ocean in Penmon, Anglesey, Wales with Trwyn Du Lighthouse in the background.
A flower is captured in a falling water droplet. Susan Dobbs spent hours and took hundreds of photographs to catch the perfectly formed images.