Reuters releases a collection of the oddest pictures photographers take each year.
In 2021, some photos look unreal by playing with scale. Others are not what they seem to be at first.
There are also images that captured unusual sightings, like a stray dog that's unnaturally blue.
Some photos in Reuters' series of the year's oddest photos are not what they seem at first glance, like this human-like robot manufactured in Russia, pictured here getting a layer of skin.
This image appears to be a drawing or painting, but really it's an aerial photo of sand art on a beach in Blackpool, Britain. The sand art was created by Sand In Your Eye, a team of sculptors.
Ron Mueck's sculpture "Dark Place" looks like a real-life giant next to the gallery assistant posing next to it in this image taken in London.
This photo looks like a surreal, multidimensional setting, but the people in it are simply reflected in a puddle during a sunset in Moscow, Russia.
Some photos play with scale in an odd way, like this image of a monkey walking across a miniature model parking lot at Bakhchisaray Park Crimea in Miniature, a zoo in Russia with 50 model scenes.
These micro apples placed inside a match box after being picked off of a tree outside of Yakutsk, Russia — the world's coldest city, according to The Guardian — make this person's hands look gigantic.
This photo of an injured cow being transported by helicopter down a mountain in Switzerland, as ABC reported, makes the large animal appear small.
Similarly, this image of a string quartet performing from a violin-shaped boat in Venice, Italy, makes the musicians look tiny.
Other photos capture unusual sightings, like a student attending online school from a desk set up among her father's herd of mountain goats in Italy.
You don't see a blue dog everyday. This pup is part of a pack of stray dogs with blue fur found near a chemical plant in Dzerzhinsk, Russia. Officials told Vice that the hue probably comes from chemicals that were left behind.
Alexandr Kudlay and Viktoria Pustovitova were a couple who handcuffed themselves to one another for three months to avoid breaking up and shared the unusual experience on Instagram. The couple split in June, The Guardian reported.
This photo of a man in Iceland cooking hot dogs on a volcanic site two days after it erupted might be most unusual of the bunch.
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