A selection of the best images from the Dakar Rally in South America, an annual off-road race
The gruelling Dakar Rally concluded in South America last week. Open to motorbikes, cars and trucks, the course covers more than 1,200-miles (nearly 2,000 km) of the harshest off-road terrain that Argentina, Chile and Bolivia have to offer. The rally traditionally ran from Paris, France to Dakar, Senegal but concerns about terrorism in Mauritania forced the move to South America, where the race has been held since 2009.
Three people have died during this year's race - a Belgian motorcyclist who was found dead along the course on January 10, as well as a freelance journalist and his driver, who died while attempting to navigate challenging terrain in Argentina. More than 50 people have died during the race since its inception in 1978.
Pictured here, Yamaha rider Cyril Despres of France waves to the crowd after crossing the finish line at the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally from Salta, Argentina to Uyuni, Bolivia on January 12, 2014.
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