A Kashmiri woman voter displays her ink marked finger after she cast her vote as an Indian policeman stands guard during the fifth and last phase of India's General Election in Rahama, 70 km (43 miles) in Srinagar, India on May 13, 2009.
School children hold a banner as they take part in a H1N1 flu, formerly known as the swine flu, awareness run in Hyderabad, India on August 17, 2009.
A video grab shows gunmen firing in the direction of a police vehicle in Lahore on March 3, 2009. Six members of the Sri Lankan cricket squad were wounded when around a dozen gunmen attacked their bus as it drove under police escort on Tuesday to a stadium in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
Policemen stand guard among the wreckage of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar, the morning after a truck bomb destroyed part of its compound, June 10, 2009. Militants attacked a hotel popular with VIPs and foreigners in the Pakistani city of Peshawar with guns and a truck bomb on Tuesday, killing five people including a UN worker.
A four-day-old baby (C) weighing 8.7 kg (19.2 lb) sleeps between average-sized babies at the Abdul Manan General Hospital in Kisaran, Asahan regency, north Sumatra on September 25, 2009. An Indonesian woman gave birth to the baby, whose weight is equal to the weight of an average year-old infant, by Caesarean section on September 21.
[caption id="attachment_765867"] President Barack Obama, the newly sworn in 44th President of the United States, waves as he and his wife Michelle walk down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Inaugural parade in Washington on January 20, 2009. [/caption]
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Andy Roddick of the US in their Gentlemen's Singles finals match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London on July 5, 2009.
US pop singer Michael Jackson gestures during a news conference at the O2 Arena in London on March 5, 2009. Jackson died aged 50 from an apparent cardiac arrest at his rented LA mansion on June 25, 2009.
Michael Phelps of the US reacts after setting a world record in the men's 100m butterfly swimming final at the World Championships in Rome August 1, 2009.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates with mascot 'Berlino' after winning the men's 200 metres final during the world athletics championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin August 20, 2009.
Hollywood actress Kate Winslet accepts the Oscar for best actress for The Reader in front of former best actress winners, from (L-R) Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, and Marion Cotillard during the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on February 22, 2009.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie plays with Iraqi refugee children living in Jaramana, a suburb in southern Damascus on October 2, 2009.
Brawn GP Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain celebrates becoming the 2009 Formula One World Champion after finishing fifth in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo on October 18, 2009.
US tennis player Serena Williams (L)talks with tournament referee Brian Earley (2nd,R) and an official as a line judge (R) stands by during the match against Kim Clijsters of Belgium at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, September 12, 2009. Kim won the match 6-4 7-5, which ended in controversy when Williams was called for a foot-fault on a second serve to go match point down.
[caption id="attachment_765876"] Residents living in Manila Bay look out from their house that was damaged by Typhoon Mirinae in Bacoor town, south of Manila on October 31, 2009. [/caption]
The Brazilian Navy picks a piece of debris from Air France flight AF447 out of the Atlantic Ocean, some 745 miles (1,200 km) northeast of Recife distributed by the Navy in Recife, northeastern Brazil on June 9, 2009. Air France Flight 447 crashed en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, killing all 228 people on board in an incident experts are still trying to understand as French and Brazilian teams scour deep Atlantic waters for its black box voice and data recorders.
Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor (L), Dev Patel (C) and Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire arrive at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on February 22, 2009.
Hollywood actor Sean Penn holds up his Oscar for best actor for his role in Milk backstage at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on February 22, 2009.
[caption id="attachment_765880"] A security guard stands outside the head office of Satyam Computer Services in Hyderabad, India on January 7, 2009. The head of Indian outsourcing firm Satyam Computer Services resigned on Wednesday, disclosing that profits had been falsely inflated for years and sending its shares tumbling nearly 80 per cent. [/caption]
A picture says a thousand words. And this holds true for the different people who stood out in the year 2009. Snapshots of the best from the field of politics, glamour, sports and beyond.