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Fix your gaze on 31 awesome photos from July 2014



By ANDREW TAVANI

The Duchess of Cambridge once again leads our roundup of the month's most memorable photos. (Back in May, a priceless photo snapped of her checking out a Maori warrior's ... ahem ... physique as she stood alongside Prince William was a big hit.) This time, Kate and her hubby were photographed in the midst of a strong reaction elicited by a turn in a women's field hockey game the two we're watching in Glasgow last week. The royal couple typically wears their emotions on their sleeves while viewing sporting events, the 'Today' show reported.

So, as the calendar turns from July to the dog days of August, look back at 31 awesome images from the month that was. The July edition takes you around the globe, from the heated competition of the World Cup in Brazil to the war zone and tragic site of the MH17 crash in Ukraine to an odd nearly 80-foot-tall inflatable toad on a lake in China that was meant to inspire enthusiasm for art, but backfired and instead triggered an Internet crackdown.

And there are plenty of great shots from America, too, including a cool, abstract image of President Obama's Marine One helicopter captured by Associated Press photographer J. David Ake, a once-in-a-lifetime shot of a cloud-to-ground lightning strike from the window of an airplane by Gina Hyams (a passenger on a Southwest flight heading into Denver) and a baseball player who managed to bunt a ball off of his own head.

Of her extraordinary lightning strike photo, Hyams says the pilot was circling while giving the thunderstorm time to pass and that gave her an opportunity to nail the shot. 'I pulled out my iPhone and did a photo burst and caught the shot,' she wrote in an email to AOL. 'I #gotlucky!'

Take a moment to view life on earth through the camera lens, and see you next month.

For 30 amazing photos from June, click here.

For 31 amazing photos from May, click here.

For 30 amazing photos from April, click here.

For 31 amazing photos from March, click here.

For 28 amazing photos from February, click here.

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BRUCE July 31 2014 at 1:28 PM

Is it possible for the Dutchess of Cambridge to ever look bad in a photo?
Every one I have ever seen (and it has been many) she is always just so dang classy....God I love this woman.

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Mike July 31 2014 at 1:32 PM

And here I thought they were watching Philip pound Elizabeth.

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tren555 July 31 2014 at 3:15 PM

parasites

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markschupp July 31 2014 at 10:29 PM

Well this is the most important thing AOL and liberals care about,

R U FUKIN KIDDING?

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fenwaypark9 markschupp July 31 2014 at 10:31 PM

I detest the Royals and all monarchies around the world. Nothing more then wealthy welfare recipients if you ask me.

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smashingmonkey markschupp August 01 2014 at 9:15 AM

Actual liberals recognize royalty for what it is: a shameful remnant of the past.

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MAD_DAWG1 July 31 2014 at 7:06 PM

AOL....NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE SO CALLED JOKE ROYAL FAMILY.
STOP

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bri71666 July 31 2014 at 10:25 PM

WHY do they keep pushing this royal crap on us?! I really dont give 2 craps about the royal family.

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fenwaypark9 bri71666 July 31 2014 at 10:28 PM

I agree and would only add ALL ROYAL FAMILIES. People who admire them are idiots.

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fenwaypark9 July 31 2014 at 10:36 PM

The only Thing the so called Royals had going for them was Diana and they killed her.

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geoflying July 31 2014 at 3:35 PM

What a bunch of plastic psychopathic looking bunch.

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green gate farm geoflying July 31 2014 at 9:12 PM

You are either a Bieber fan or just jealous.

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mistykay13 July 31 2014 at 2:39 PM

Most of the photos were awesome but WHAT was awesome about Tiger Woods swinging a golf club or Obama shaking hands with some donkey-headed guy in the crowd?

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geldonski July 31 2014 at 9:22 PM

Nice to see the Royal Leeches living off the fat of the land thanks to the tax payers in Great Britain.

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fenwaypark9 geldonski July 31 2014 at 10:29 PM

Yep, and the Brits love them. Matter of fact so do millions of Americans. The so called Royals are nothing more then con men.

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MARCELLE NOSS geldonski July 31 2014 at 10:45 PM

Really. Those creeps. I have no praise for them. He should be working in the ship yards and she as a house cleaner. F***k the royalty crap. They are no more royal than me unless it would be a royal pain in the butt.

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