Getty Images World Cup team of 46 photographers shot around 600,000 pictures in Brazil. Of course they don’t all make the grade but roughly 50,000 of those images were chosen and sent out by our editors during the tournament. The photographers themselves picked their favourite 280 pictures between them and out of these came our favourite 20!

Have a look at the best action, goals, scene setters and portraits from Brazil 2014 and vote for your favourite at the end of the page.

 

1 – Ryan Pierse – 09 June

The first stop for a football photographer in Brazil? Ipanema, famous for its beach football as the sun sets over the mountains. Ryan Pierse shot this with a black and white twist, setting the mood for the tournament.

 

2  – Shaun Botterill – 06 June

Shooting the official player portraits is an important part of the work Getty Images do ahead of the tournament. It gives the opportunity for some great pictures of the top stars. The pick of the bunch being the ever so cool Andrea Pirlo of Italy by Shaun Botterill.

 

3 – Alex Livesey – 11 June

As Brazil prepared to host the World Cup and thousands of fans descended on the country Alex Livesey found this scene on the beach in Maceio. A picture that reinforces Brazil’s passion for the game at all levels.

 

4  – Ryan Pierse – 13 June

The Netherlands hit the ground running with a spectacular performance to beat champions Spain 5-1. Robin Van Persie running straight back to celebrate with his manager Louis Van Gaal. A sign of things to come at Manchester United.

 

5 – Mike Hewitt – 19 June

Wayne Rooney and England’s struggles symbolised in this picture taken by Mike Hewitt’s remote camera behind the goal. When Rooney leapt up to meet a cross the ball cannoned off the bar and Rooney hit the back of the net himself.

 

6  – Martin Rose – 21 June

Surpassing Ronaldo’s World Cup goals tally isn’t easy  but Germany’s Miroslav Klose managed it in Brazil. Here he celebrates scoring against Ghana with his trademark flip.

 

7 – Matthias Hangst – 24 June

The World Cups most controversial moment came in Uruguay’s game against Italy. Luiz Suarez biting down on his Italian counterpart Giorgio Chiellini. Matthias Hangst capturing aftermath as Chiellini protests to the referee and Suarez holds his teeth in pain!

 

8 – Martin Rose – 26 June

As Germany faced off against the USA in rainy Recife, Martin Rose caught a picture of a frustrated Joachim Loew getting airborne. Did he even realize he’d forgotten his coat?!

 

9 – Alex Livesey – 29 June

 

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring from the spot against Mexico in spectacular style. Perfectly timed by Alex Livesey.

 

10 - Matthias Hangst – 01 July

Shades of the classic Maradona picture here as Lionel Messi finds himself surrounded on all sides by Swiss defenders in Sao Paulo

 

11 – Alex Livesey – 04 July

David Luiz’s face after scoring a great free kick against Colombia will live long in the memory. Veins bursting out of his neck, eyes bursting out of their sockets, a great celebration picture!

 

12  – Jamie McDonald – 04 July

One of the tournaments huge talking points, captured by Jamie McDonald. The ball drops to Neymar as Brazil attack from a corner. A split second later following a challenge from Juan Camilo Zuniga a country holds its breath and his tournament is over.

 

13 – Mario Tama – 05 July

Argentina fans celebrate in the sea off the famous Copacabana beach. What better way to cool down after watching your team progress past Belgium? Mario Tama’s picture puts you right in there with them!

 

14 – Buda Mendes – 08 July

Brazil’s ferocious singing of their national anthem was a feature of the World Cup and when Julio Cesar and David Luiz  held a Neymar shirt for their missing team mate ahead of the semi final against Germany is made for a powerful picture.

 

15 -  Laurence Griffiths – 08 July

You’ve just seen you dreams of World Cup glory destroyed 7-1 by Germany, most Brazilians sat, head in hands, some reduced to tears… not this guy. He reacted by eating his own flag!

16 – Jamie Squire – 13 July


The famous Maracana, rebuilt for the tournament provided many a dramatic moment during the tournament. Jamie Squire shot a great wide angle picture of the stadium during the final

 

17 Shaun Botterill - 13 July


Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove for being the tournaments best goalkeeper, some would argue he played mainly as a sweeper! In charging out to clear the ball from Gonzalo Higuain in the final he took the ball and the Argentinan! It made a great action picture.

 

18 - Laurence Griffiths – 13 July


64 matches boil down to one moment of genius to take the World Cup to Germany. Mario Goetze scores with a great finish to give Germany a late lead in the final. A picture which will define the final forever and no photographer wants to miss!

 

19  – Matthias Hangst – 13 July


Philipp Lahm lifts the trophy for Germany. The trophy picture always looks great at a World Cup Final but Mattias Hangst had a great angle on this one, capturing the joy on the team’s faces as the party began!

 

20  – Shaun Botterill – 13 July


Germany’s hero Mario Goetze captured in isolation kissing the World Cup Trophy after scoring the winning goal for his team. The colours of the stadium roof in the background adding drama to an almost serene moment in the middle of the celebrations.

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