What with the Olympics and Euro 2016, it was a good year for sport – and a great one for sport photography. IBTimes UK looks back at the year in pictures.

Sport photos of the year 2016
Australia's David Warner leaps in the air after scoring his century against the West Indies on the final day of the third cricket Test match in Sydney on 7 January 2016William West/AFP
Sport photos of the year 2016
Matt Mitrione reacts after his heavyweight bout against Travis Browne during UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston, Massachusetts, on 17 January 2016Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Australian Open
Gael Monfils of France dives for a forehand in his fourth round match against Andrey Kuznestov of Russia during day eight of the 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on 25 January 2016Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Australian Open
Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Serena Williams of the US at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia on 30 January 2016Jason Reed/Reuters
ATP Argentina Open
Sweat drips off Spain's Rafael Nadal as he gets ready to serve during his tennis match against Italy's Paolo Lorenzi at the ATP Argentina Open in Buenos Aires on 12 February 2016Marcos Brindicci/Reuters
Jarryd Foster
Australian big wave surfer Jarryd Foster drops a wave at Praia do Norte near Nazare in central Portugal, on 19 February 2016Francisci Leong/AFP
Sport photos of the year 2016
Hong Kong's Sze Wai Lee reacts after crashing on the finish line of the Women's Keirin qualification during the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London on 3 March 2016Adrian Dennis/AFP
Mitch Larkin
Mitch Larkin of Australia competes in his Mens 100 Metre Backstroke heat during the 2016 NSW State Open Championships at Sydney Olmpic Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia on 6 March 2016Brett Hemmings/Getty Images
British Swimming Championships
Zak Logue of Great Britain competes in the Men's 400 Individual Medley heats on day three of the British Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland on 14 April 2016Clive Rose/Getty Images
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning his match against Andy Murray of Britain on 16 April 2016Eric Gaillard/Reuters
sky Bet Championship
Yoann Barbet of Brentford FC and Lex Immers of Cardiff in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Cardiff City in Brentford on 19 April 2016Justin Setterfield/Getty Images
Sport photos of the year 2016
Burnley supporters celebrate their team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Burnley in London on 7 May 2016Justin Setterfield/Getty Images
ice hockey
Switzerland's players stand on ice before the Switzerland v Kazakhstan match in Moscow, Russia on 7 May 2016Grigory Dukor/Reuters
Leicester City
Captain Wes Morgan and manager Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City lift the Premier League Trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium in Leicester on 7 May 2016Michael Regan/Getty Images
Sport photos of the year 2016
9 May 2016: Wounded warrior Michael Yule celebrates after winning the Lightweight Power Lifting gold during the Invictus Games in Orlando, FloridaCarlo Allegri/Reuters
West Ham
West Ham fans watch the action from a nearby block of flats during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground in London on 10 May 2016Michael Regan/Getty Images
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A West Ham fans sings as he looks on from his vantage point at a flat overlooking the stadium as West Ham United play their last ever home match at the Boleyn Ground, during their Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United on 10 May 2016Michael Regan/Getty Images
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Long shadows are cast by players as Mitch Wallis of the Bulldogs passes the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 08 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 15 May 2016Scott Barbour/Getty Images
UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid's Isco almost drops the trophy as they celebrate winning the Uefa Champions League at the San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy, on 28 May 2016Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Daisy Pearce of Melbourne is tackled by Emily Bates of Brisbane and Delma Gisu of Brisbane during the 2016 AFL Women's match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 22 May 2016Scott Barbour/Getty Images
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic of Serbia vs Andy Murray of Britain in Paris, France on 5 June 2016Nicolas Gouhier/Reuters
England fans
A bottle flies over an England supporter engulfed in tear gas during clashes with police in Marseille, southern France, on 10 June 2016, on the eve of England's Euro 2016 football match against RussiaLeon Neal/AFP
Euro 2016
Fans clash after the Uefa Euro 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France on 11 June 2016Lars Baron/Getty Images
England fans
England fans clash with police personnel in the city of Marseille, southern France, ahead of the Euro 2016 football match between England and Russia on 11 June 2016Leon Neal/AFP
Portugal v Iceland
Portugal's Nani scores a goal past Iceland's Hannes Halldorsson during the Portugal v Iceland on 14 June 2016Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
EURO 2016
Dimitri Payet of France celebrates after he scored his side's second goal during the Uefo Euro 2016 Group A match between France and Albania at Stade Velodrome on 15 June 2016 in MarseilleLars Baron/AFP
Euro 2016 best photos
Jan Durica of Slovakia and Artem Dzyuba of Russia battle for possession during their Group B match in Lille on 15 June 2016Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
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16 June 2016: At the London Welsh Centre, an England supporter reacts to the winning goal in the England v Wales Euro 2016 gameJack Taylor/Getty Images
Euro 2016 best photos
18 June 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal pulls his shorts up after missing a penalty during their game against Austria in ParisClive Rose/Getty Images
EURO 2016
Hungary's Zoltan Stieber and Richard Guzmics in action as Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson looks on during the Iceland v Hungary game on 18 June 2016Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
NBA Finals
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after beating the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on 19 June 2016Bob Donnan/Reuters
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Wales supporters watch the game during the Uefa Euro 2016 Group B match between Russia and Wales at Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, on 20 June 2016Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
NBA Championships
Cleveland Cavaliers JR Smith takes a selfie during a parade to celebrate winning the 2016 NBA Championship in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on 22 June 2016Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters
Euro 2016 best photos
Ari Skulason celebrates with his baby after Iceland beat Austria 2-1 in Paris on 22 June 2016Darren Staples/Reuters
Sport photos of the year 2016
29 June 2016: Elias Mannucci of Istrice (Porcupine) parish rides his horse during the first practice for the Palio horse race in Siena, ItalyStefano Rellandini/Reuters
Sport photos of the year 2016
3 July 2016: Antoine Griezmann kisses Dimitri Payet's foot after France scored their third goal against Iceland during the Euro 2016 quarter-final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near ParisFrancisco Leong/AFP
Sport photos of the year 2016
7 July 2016: Paul Pogba celebrates with supporters after France beat Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final at the Stade Velodrome in MarseilleValery Hache/AFP
Tour de France 2016
Chris Froome in the yellow leader's jersey rides in the pouring rain up the Andorra Arcalis during stage nine, from Vielha Val d'Aran to Andorre Arcalis on 10 July 2016Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP crowd-surfs with fans to celebrate his win during the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on 10 July 2016Clive Mason/Getty Images
Euro 2016
Portugal's captain and forward Cristiano Ronaldo holds up the winners' trophy as he celebrates with his team after the Euro 2016 final football match between France and Portugal at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on 10 July 2016Franck Fife/AFP
Wimbledon
Great Britain's Andy Murray kisses the trophy as he celebrates winning the Wimbledon men's singles final against Canada's Milos Raonic at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, on 10 July 2016Tony O'Brien/Reuters
Chris Froome
Australia's Richie Porte, Netherlands' Bauke Mollema and Britain's Christopher Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, fall on the ground during the 178 km twelvelth stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Montpellier and Chalet-Reynard on 14 July 2016Bernard Papon/AFP
Tour de France 2016
Didi 'The Devil' Senft jumps in the air during stage 16 of the 2016 Le Tour de France, from Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne in Switzerland on 18 July 2016Michael Steele/Getty Images
NBA Championships
Cleveland Cavaliers fans fill a parking garage to try to get a look at the large tv screens at a watch party at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, during the NBA Championship Game 7 played in Oakland, California on 19 July 2016Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters
EURO 2016
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Nani and Joao Mario after scoring their second goal during their Euro 2016 match against Hungary at Stade de Lyon, on 23 July 2016Max Rossi/Reuters
Chris Froome
Yellow jersey leader Team Sky rider Chris Froome of Britain celebrates with his wife Michelle Cound and their son after winning the Tour de France 2016 on 24 July 2016Benoit Tessier/Reuters
Rio 2016
A US diver is seen underwater during a practice session at the Olympic diving venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 3 August 2016Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Rio 2016 Olympic opening ceremony
Fireworks explode over Maracana stadium during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as seen from the Mangueira favela on 5 August 2016Mario Tama/Getty Images
Rio 2016 Olympic opening ceremony
Flag bearer Pita Nikolas Aufatofua of Tonga leads his team into the stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony on 5 August, 2016Leon Neal/AFP
Rio 2016
Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 5 August 2016Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters
Rio 2016 Olympics best photos
Spectators watch the men's beach volleyball Olympic qualifying match between the Netherlands and Russia as the sun sets over Copacabana on 6 August 2016Leon Neal/AFP
Rio 2016
France's Samir Ait Said reacts after breaking his leg while competing in the qualifying round for the men's vault event of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on 6 August 2016Thomas Coex/AFP
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Kacper Majchrzak of Poland reacts following the men's 200m freestyle final on 7 August 2016Julian Finney/Getty Images
Rio 2016
Michael Phelps of USA competes during the Preliminary Men's 200m Butterfly Heats at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, on 8 August 2016David Gray/Reuters
Rio 2016 Olympics best photos
Adam Peaty of Great Britain celebrates after winning the men's 100m Olympic breaststroke final and setting a new world record on 8 August 2016Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
Rio 2016
David Boudia and Steele Johnson of USA compete during the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving Final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 8 August 2016Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
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Mathlynn Sasser of Marshall Islands reacts during the women's 58kg weightlifting contest on 8 August 2016Lars Baron/Getty Images
Sport photos of the year 2016
Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion of Canada compete in the women's synchronised 10m platform diving final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 9 August 2016Odd Andersen/AFP
Rio 2016
Simone Biles of USA is pictured during the women's team artistic gymnastics final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 9 August 2016Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Rio 2016 Olympics
Simone Biles of USA celebrates with team mates following her floor routine during the women's gymnastics team final at the Rio 2016 Olympics on 9 August 2016Mike Blake/Reuters
Rio 2016
Gold medallist Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 200m Butterfly Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on 9 August 2016Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Carlos Barria
Coxswain Daniela Druncea and other members of the Romanian bronze medallist team attend their medal ceremony on 13 August 2016Carlos Barria/ Reuters
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks at Andre De Grasse of Canada as they compete during the Men's 100m Semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 14 August 2016Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Sam Kendricks
Water splashes up as Sam Kendricks of USA lands after a jump during the Men's Pole Vault Final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 15 August 2016Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Rio 2016 olympic funny faces
Sergey Semenov of Russia and Heiki Nabi of Estonia compete in the men's Greco-Roman 130kg bronze medal bout on 15 August 2016Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Rio 2016 Olympics
Jhoanis Portilla of Cuba, Orlando Ortega of Spain and Deuce Carter of Jamaica compete in the rain during the Preliminary Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 15 August 2016Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Mutaz Essa Barshim
Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) of Qatar reacts after winning silver in the Men's High Jump Final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 16 August 2016Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Brianna Rollins
Brianna Rollins of USA celebrates winning the gold medal with silver medallist Nia Ali of USA and bronze medallist Kristi Castlin of USA after the Women's 100m Hurdles Final during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 17 August 2016Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Usain Bolt
Jamaica's Usain Bolt jokes with Canada's Andre De Grasse after they crossed the finish line in the Men's 200m Semifinal during the athletics event at Rio 2016 in the Olympic Stadium, on 17 August 2016Olivier Morin/AFP
Usain Bolt
Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes selfie photos as he celebrates with fans after winning the Men's 200m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on 18 August 2016Damien Meyer/AFP
Marko Djurica
Daniel Narcisse (FRA) of France kisses his wife Emanuelle after the France v Germany Handball Semifinal's at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 19 August 2016Marko Djurica/ Reuters
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on 19 August 2016Michael Regan/Getty Images
Rio 2016
Team Britain jump in the air during a photocall, after winning bronze during the Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 19 August 2016Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Rio 2016
Yeon Jae Son of Korea competes during the Women's Individual All-Around Rhythmic Gymnastics Final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 20 August 2016Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Mo Farah
Mo Farah of Great Britain reacts after winning gold in the Men's 5000 metre final on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on 20 August 2016Ian Walton/Getty Images
Rio 2016
The coach of Mongolian wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig takes off his clothes as he protests after the match against Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan during the Men's Wrestling Freestyle 65 kg Bronze Final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 21 August 2016Toru Hanai/Reuters
Marko Djurica
French players Nikola Karabatic, Michael Guigou and Thierry Omeyer celebrate during the Denmark v France Handball Finals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on 21 August 2016Marko Djurica/ Reuters
Rio 2016
Kohei Uchimura of Japan falls as he competes on the horizontal bar during the Men's Preliminary Artistic Gymnastics Subdivisions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 22 August 2016Dylan Martinez/Reuters
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Max Whitlock of Great Britain poses with his medals during the Team GB flight back from Rio on British Airways flight BA2016 on 22 August 2016Alex Livesey/Getty Images for British Airways
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Gold medalists of Team GB pose for a selfie with a member of British Airways cabin crew prior to flying back from Rio de Janeiro on 22 August 2016Alex Livesey/Getty Images for British Airways
Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Gary Hunt of the UK dives from the 27-metre platform during the first training session for the fifth stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Polignano a Mare, Italy on 26 August, 2016Dean Treml/Getty Images
Wayne Rooney
England's Wayne Rooney announces his retirement from international football during a press conference at St George’s Park in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, on 30 August 2016Carl Recine/Reuters
American football
Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall kneels during the national anthem on September 2016, before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, ColoaradoRon Chenoy/Reuters
Rio 2016
Juan Jose Mendez Fernandez of Spain competes in the Men's 3km Pursuit C1 Individual Pursuit Qualifying on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Rio Olympic Velodrome on 9 September 2016Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Sport photos of the year 2016
15 September 2016: Australia's Scott Reardon reacts after winning the 100m at the Paralympic Games in Rio de JaneiroChristophe Simon/AFP
Rio 2016
Regas Woods of United States competes in the Men's Long Jump - T42 final during day 10 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on 17 September 2016Lucas Uebel/Getty Images
Sport photos of the year 2016
Sahara Force India F1 Team's German driver Nico Hulkenberg reacts after crashing at the start of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix on 18 September 2016Jeremy Lee/AFP
World Triathlon Championships 2016
British athlete Alistair Brownlee helps his brother Jonathan to cross the line in second and third place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, on 18 September 2016Elizabeth Ruiz/AFP
Cleveland Indians v Kansas City Royals
Cleveland Indians Brandon Guyer is held by centre fielder Tyler Naquin as shortstop Francisco Lindor dumps ice on him after the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on 20 September 2016. The Indians won 2-1Ken Blaze/Reuters
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Rickie Fowler of the United States looks on while fellow team members celebrate with their partners after winning the Ryder Cup, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, on 2 October 2016Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
World Cup 2018
Brazil's Neymar is helped by Bolivia's goalkeeper Carlos Lampe during the Brazil v Bolivia World Cup 2018 Qualifier at Dunas Arena Stadium, Natal, Brazil on 6 October 2016Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
turtle
A green sea turtle, also known as 'Honu', is a symbol of good luck and longevity in Hawaiian lore. One swims past athletes awaiting the start signal of a 140.6-mile journey at the 2016 Ironman World Championship triathlon on 8 October 2016Donald Miralle/Getty Images
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Hundreds of seagulls fly over the pitch as Tasmania bats during day two of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Tasmania at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26 October 2016 in Melbourne, AustraliaScott Barbour/Getty Images
Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians fans react while watching their Major League Baseball World Series game against the Chicago Cubs outside Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on 2 November 2016Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs players celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on 2 November 2016Charles LeClaire/Reuters
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton of Britain leaps from his car as he celebrates after winning the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Circuit of Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil on 13 November 2016Nacho Doce/Reuters
Surf
A surfer drops in on a large wave at Praia do Norte in Nazare, Portugal on 19 November 2016Rafael Marchante/Reuters
UEFA Champions League
Monaco players take part in a training session ahead of the Uefa Champions League Group E match against Tottenham Hotspur FC at La Turbie training ground on 21 November 2016Michael Steele/Getty Images
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney is injured during the Manchester United v West Ham game during the EFL Cup Quarter Final on 30 November 2016Phil Noble/Reuters
Rugby Champions Cup
Steam comes off players during a scrum during the Exeter Chiefs v Bordeaux-Begles European Rugby Champions Cup Pool Five at Sandy Park on 11 December 2016Henry Browne/Reuters