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Our pick of 2014's best amateur videos

In 2014, videos captured by amateurs made headline news around the world. No one needs reminding of the images of Eric Garner that galvonised millions to protest against police brutality in the United States. Yet perhaps few of you saw the brutal "flying coffin" ceremonies that stunned the Ivory Coast. And while the football world cup played out in Brazil, who knew that astronauts were also taking part... in outer space? Here's our pick of 20 amateur videos that helped define 2014. Read more...

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The best amateur photos of 2014

The rise of the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, a student revolt in Mexico, the “Umbrella revolution” in Hong Kong… These are just a few of the stories you were able to follow on our site in 2014, often thanks to photos taken by citizens. As the year draws to a close, here is a selection of ten of the most striking photos we published. See photos...

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BEST OF 2012: The most striking amateur images of the year

 

2012 may not have marked the end of the world after all, but it was still a very busy year. The Observers team has put together a selection of the most striking stories from the past twelve months. Below the list, you can vote for the story you found most important. Read more...

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The week in amateur videos: A marriage proposal at Occupy Wall Street and more..

 
Silly, amazing or shocking things happen every day, all over the world – and in our era of video phones and high-speed internet, chances are they’ll be caught on camera and broadcast across the globe. Read more...

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The Best Obs: The week in amateur videos

Silly, amazing or shocking things happen every day, all over the world – and in our era of video phones and high-speed Internet, chances are they’ll be caught on camera and broadcast across the globe. Here’s our pick of this week's best.

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