Here is an alternative look at some of the biggest events of 2014 – from space. DigitalGlobe, a provider of high-resolution satellite photos, has chosen the top satellite images of the year.

The images include satellite views of the protests in Ukraine and refugees fleeing Sinjar, as well as huge festivals such as Glastonbury and Oktoberfest.

IBTimesUK presents 10 of the best in this gallery. There are more on the DigitalGlobe Facebook page, where you can vote for your favourites.