Look at 30 amazing photos from the month of April 2014
Britain's Prince William (C) and his wife Catherine (L) meet a Maori warrior during a welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington on April 7, 2014. Britain's Prince William, his wife Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE
This photo of lightning striking at the Grand Canyon was submitted to the Department of the Interior by Michael Leonard submitted as part Share the Experiencephoto contest. According to Tim Fullerton, the Interior Department's Director of Digital Strategy, it was the department's most popular photo on social media in early April.
Ding Ning of China serves against Eva Odorova of Slovakia during their women's singles round two match of the 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Tokyo on April 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
An employee wipes a TV screen in a shop in Moscow, on April 17, 2014, during the broadcast of President Vladimir Putin's televised question and answer session with the nation. Putin accused today Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV
A newly hatched blackbird chick opens his beak alongside three other eggs in a nest in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany on April 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DPA/ ARNE DEDERT GERMANY OUT
General view during a fire in Valparaiso, 110 km west of Santiago, Chile, on April 12, 2014. Authorities decreed a red alert for the area after the fire consumed more than 100 houses. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO MIRANDA
US President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama alongside the Easter Bunny during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 21, 2014. The 126th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, the largest annual public event at the White House with more than 30,000 attendees expected, features live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and Easter egg rolling, with the theme, 'Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.' AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: In this handout image provided by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard, a passenger ferry sinks off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including students and teachers, traveling to Jeju island.
West Bromwich Albion's English defender Craig Dawson (C) unsuccessfully tries to stop Manchester City's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on April 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES
An Iraqi boy jumps in the water near cows south of Iraq's central Shiite Muslim Shrine city of Najaf on April 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI
Palestinian youths play as the sun sets in Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on April 9, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS
A rugby fan adjusts his latex mask at the rugby sevens tournament in Hong Kong on March 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
The Tungurahua volcano erupting is seen from Banos, Ecuador on April 4, 2014. The Tungurahua volcano, which has been in eruption since 1999, experienced a heightening of its seismic activity. AFP PHOTO / ANDRES REYES
Polar bear Uslada stands next to its five-month-old cub in their enclosure at the St. Petersburg Zoo, on April 24, 2014, during the cub's first public appearance. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA
An Indian artist dressed as the Hindu goddess Kali participates in a procession to celebrate the Ram Navami festival in Allahabad on April 8, 2014. Hindu devotees celebrate the festival of Ram Navami, the birth anniversary of Lord Rama, across India, which also marks the end of the nine-day long fasting and Navaratri festival. AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIA
President Obama fist-bumping with a baby at the Embassy in Malaysia. Photo was posted to Twitter by White House photographer Pete Souza on April 29, 2014.
Bishops attend the canonisation mass of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on St Peter's at the Vatican on April 27, 2014. Catholics from around the world gathered in Rome on Sunday for a mass presided by Pope Francis to confer sainthood on John Paul II and John XXIII -- two influential popes who helped shape 20th century history. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO
France's Gevrise Emane (white) fights with Germany's Lljana Marzok (blue) during the Judo European Championships women team final in Montpellier, southern France, on April 27, 2014. France won gold. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT
Christ the Redeemer, the giant monument and tourist magnet that looms atop Mount Corcovado, is surrounded by clouds in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON
A picture taken on April 25, 2014 shows a Java mouse-deer cub, one of the world's smallest hoofed animals, at the Fuengirola Biopark, near Malaga. The latest specimen of the world's tiniest deer -- a rare species no bigger than a hamster -- has been born in a nature park in southern Spain, conservationists said today. The baby 'deer-mouse' became just the 43rd living member of this species in Europe when it was born on April 9. AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 21: Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer play tennis inside the Gran Teatre del Liceu during day one of the ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on April 21, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
Indian Catholic devotees re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during a 'passion play' tableau at The Mount Caramel Church in Hyderabad on April 18, 2014. Passion plays, a dramatic presentation depicting the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, are an integral part of Good Friday celebrations for Catholics. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM
Participants are covered in coloured powder during the first Color Run in Bucharest April 26, 2014. The Color Run also referred to as the 'Happiest 5k on the Planet' is a race of 5 km of euphoric color that celebrates health, joy and originality where thousands of participants are painted from head to toe in various colors at the end of each kilometre. AFP PHOTO DANIEL MIHAILESCU
As the calendar turns from April to May, look back on some of the news photos you may have missed. It was a tremendous month for still photography. People behind the lenses captured all manner of mesmerizing and well-timed images that brought the story of April 2014 to life while immortalizing it. From the revealing shot above of Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, meeting a Maori warrior and getting quite the eyeful while on a three-week tour of Australia, to the many shots depicting nature's raw power and gentle splendor to incredible shots of athletes in the heat of competition -- take a few moments to click through each one and reflect on the month that was.