The 52 Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Year

12/27/2013 11:29 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Welcome to our special edition of "Moving Image," a roundup of the best photos from around the world this year.

The following images tell the story of the past 365 days' most compelling events, capturing happenstance moments and monumental occurrences all over the globe.

Our picks for 2013 are:

  • 1 MOVING IMAGE (Jan. 1 - Jan. 4)
    Andoni Lubacki/AP
  • A Syrian rebel plays football in the Saif al-Dawlah neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The United Nations estimated Wednesday that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria's 21-month-old uprising against authoritarian rule, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted. The U.N. human rights chief called the toll "truly shocking." (Andoni Lubacki/AP)
  • 2 MOVING IMAGE (Jan. 5 - Jan. 11)
    Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
  • Anglers cast lines through holes into a frozen river during an ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival on January 5, 2013 in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The annual event attracts thousands of visitors and features a mountain trout ice fishing competition in which participants compete with tradition lures or with bare hands. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
  • 3 MOVING IMAGE (Jan. 12 - Jan. 18)
    Jody Amiet, AFP / Getty Images
  • Waves hit the road along the sea near Cayenne on January 15, 2013. The coast of Guyana switched to "red alert" today as several houses of R?mire-Montjoly (10 km from Cayenne) have been "damaged" due to high tides, the prefecture of Guyana said in a statement. (Jody Amiet, AFP / Getty Images)
  • 4 MOVING IMAGE (Jan. 19 - Jan. 25)
    Ulet Ifansasti, Getty Images
  • Local resident Syamsuri is evacuated by Indonesian Army as major floods hit North Jakarta on January 20, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The death toll has risen to at least 21since severe flooding struck the city on July 17. (Ulet Ifansasti, Getty Images)
  • 5 MOVING IMAGE (Jan. 26 - Feb. 1)
    Fabrice Coffrini, AFP / Getty Images
  • Young dancer attend the Contemporary Classes at the 41th International Ballet Competition "Prix de Lausanne" on January 28, 2013 in Lausanne. The Prix de Lausanne is an international competition open to young dancers aged 15 to 18 who are not yet professionals. The best finalists win scholarships granting free tuition in a world renowned dance school or dance company. (Fabrice Coffrini, AFP / Getty Images)
  • 6 MOVING IMAGE (Feb. 2 - Feb. 8)
    ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images
  • A military regiment takes part in a morning exercise on January 29, 2013 in Heilongjiang Province of China. The temperature dipped to minus 30 degrees Celsius. (ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images)
  • 7 MOVING IMAGE (Feb. 9 - Feb. 15)
    Barry Chin, The Boston Globe / Getty Images
  • While the walkways were clear, ice still covered the facades of business storefronts on Nantasket Avenue in Hull on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, after a blizzard hit New England. (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe / Getty Images)
  • 8 MOVING IMAGE (Feb. 16 - Feb. 22)
    Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP
  • Children react as a carnivorous theropod known as the Australovenator dinosaur walks through crowds along the Southbank, in London, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. The dinosaur is one of many that can be visited at the Erth's Dinosaur Petting Zoo, visiting from Australia, the creatures can be touched and fed at the Southbank Centre. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)
  • 9 MOVING IMAGE (Feb. 23 - Mar. 1)
    Muhammed Muheisen / AP
  • Pakistani Kushti wrestlers warm up before attending their daily training session, at a wrestling club in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Kushti, an Indo-Pakistani form of wrestling, is several thousand years old and is a national sport in Pakistan. (Muhammed Muheisen / AP)
  • 10 MOVING IMAGE (Mar. 2 - Mar. 8)
    Robin Utrecht / AFP / Getty Images
  • Dutch Queen Beatrix visits on March 2, 2013 the "Beeld van Beatrix" (Images of Beatrix) exhibition at Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Portraits of the Queen, made on the occasion of her 75th birthday on 31 January, are exhibited until May 20, 2013. (Robin Utrecht / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 11 MOVING IMAGE (Mar. 9 - Mar. 15)
    Wong Maye-E / AP
  • Three 2-month old Oriental Pied Hornbills are displayed at the Jurong Bird Park's Breeding and Research Center in Singapore, Friday March 8, 2013. These three birds were hatched after successful artificial incubation at the bird park when their eggs were rescued on an off-shore island in Singapore. This is all part of the park's efforts in preserving and educating the public about its wildlife and wildlife reserves. (Wong Maye-E / AP)
  • 12 MOVING IMAGE (Mar. 16 - Mar. 22)
    Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times / Getty Images
  • Students at Design and Innovation Academy (DIA) celebrating Holi ahead of the festival which will be celebrated across country on March 27, at Sector 62, on March 21, 2013 in Noida, India. Holi marks the arrival of spring & end of the winter season. (Burhaan Kinu / Hindustan Times / Getty Images)
  • 13 MOVING IMAGE (Mar. 23 - Mar. 29)
    Nicolas Asfouri / AFP / Getty Images
  • Myanmar refugees cover their mouths as a Thai army helicopter (not pictured) takes off at the Mae Surin camp in Mae Hong Son province on March 24, 2013. Thai rescue workers picked through the ashes of hundreds of shelters for Myanmar refugees, after a ferocious blaze swept through a camp in northern Thailand killing 35 people. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 14 MOVING IMAGE (Mar. 30 - Apr. 5)
    Sebastian Scheiner/AP
  • Nuns walk during the Sunday Easter mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, March 31, 2013. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP
  • 15 MOVING IMAGE (Apr. 6 - Apr. 12)
    Amr Nabil / AP
  • Members of Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement shout anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans and light flares during a rally in front of the prosecutor general's office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Thousands of activists took to the streets Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the founding of a leading opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement, and to push a long list of demands on Morsi, including the formation of a more inclusive government amid a worsening economy. (Amr Nabil / AP)
  • 16 MOVING IMAGE (Apr. 13 - Apr. 19)
    Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP / Getty Images
  • A Lion Air Boeing 737 lies partially submerged in the water two days after it crashed while trying to land at Bali's international airport near Denpasar on April 15, 2013. The pilot and co-pilot of a Lion Air plane that crashed at Bali's airport have passed initial drug tests, an official said on April 15, as investigators probe the causes of the accident that left dozens injured but no fatalities. (Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 17 MOVING IMAGE (Apr. 20 - Apr. 26)
    Vincent Yu / AP
  • Apartment towers and the International Commerce Centre, tower at center, are seen through a work of art entitled "Poetic Cosmos of the Breath" by Argentine artist Tomas Saraceno, which is part of an exhibition called "Mobile M+: Inflation!" at the waterfront of West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (Vincent Yu / AP)
  • 18 MOVING IMAGE (Apr. 27 - May 3)
    Leon Sadiki / City Press / Gallo Images / Getty Images
  • A M23 rebel on April 27, 2013, in Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The group is strengthening its tactics, following a resolution by the UN to deploy the intervention brigade in the area that will include the South African defence force. (Leon Sadiki / City Press / Gallo Images / Getty Images)
  • 19 MOVING IMAGE (May 4 - May 10)
    Steve Russell / Toronto Star / Getty Images
  • James Reimer makes a stop as the Toronto Maple Leafs lose in overtime to the Boston Bruins to fall behind 3-1in their first round series in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, May 8, 2013. (Steve Russell / Toronto Star / Getty Images)
  • 20 MOVING IMAGE (May 11 - May 17)
    Mario Tama / Getty Images
  • Visitors gather in the new 'Rain Room' installation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan on May 15, 2013 in New York City. The 5,000 square-foot installation creates a field of falling water that stops in the area where people walk through, allowing them to remain dry. The piece, created by Random International, releases a 260-gallon per minute shower around visitors. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
  • 21 MOVING IMAGE (May 18 - May 24)
    Miguel Angel Morenatti / AP
  • Rocio's Virgin sculpture is carried through the streets during a procession on Monday, May 20, 2013 in the village El Rocio, Huelva, southern Spain. Nearly a million people from all over Spain and Andalucia make the long journey to gather for a festival in a small hamlet of El Rocio in the marshland of the Guadalquivir River delta, where the statue of the 'Madonna of the Dew' has been worshipped since 1280. (Miguel Angel Morenatti / AP)
  • 22 MOVING IMAGE (May 25 - May 31)
    Vadim Ghirda / AP
  • A man holding a Romanian flag stands on a record breaking version of the flag, on the Clinceni Airfield, south of Bucharest, Romania, Monday, May 27, 2013. Romania entered the Guinness Book of records after it unveiled the largest flag ever made. It took about 200 people several hours Monday to unfurl a five-ton flag of Romania which organizers said measured 349.4 meters by 226.9 meters, about three times the size of a football pitch. (Vadim Ghirda / AP)
  • 23 MOVING IMAGE (June 1 - June 7)
    Dan Kitwood / Getty Images
  • A protester is arrested after skirmishes with police on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Dozens of police officers attended a protest by the British National Party (BNP) and anti-fascist counter-protestors believed to be a part of (UAF) United against Fascism in Central London today. The BNP had planned to march from Woolwich Barracks but this was banned by Scotland Yard amid concerns over violent disorder. The protests follow the suspected terror attack in Woolwich on Wednesday 22, 2012 in which Drummer Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers was brutally murdered.
  • 24 MOVING IMAGE (June 8 - June 14)
    Scott Olson / Getty Images
  • Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in downtown on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. A massive storm system with heavy rain, high winds, hail and possible tornadoes is expected to move into Illinois and much of the central part of the Midwest today. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)
  • 25 MOVING IMAGE (June 15 - June 21)
    Yawar Nazir / Getty Images
  • Stunt driver and motorcyclists perform in the well of death on June 20, 2013 in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. The barrel-shaped wooden cylinder popularly referred to as 'mout ka kuwan' ('Well of Death' is a major attraction at circus events as stunt drivers and motorcyclists virtually defy death to perform tricks. (Yawar Nazir / Getty Images)
  • 26 MOVING IMAGE (June 22 - June 28)
    Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images
  • South Korean soldiers wear North Korea's military uniforms, acting as North Korean soldiers, as they take part in a re-enactment the battle of the Korean war during a commemorative war victory event to mark the 63rd anniversary of the the Korean war on June 22, 2013 in Chuncheon, South Korea. Korean soldiers participated in the event alongside the Korean war veterans. (Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images)
  • 27 MOVING IMAGE (June 29 - July 5)
    Hassan Ammar / AP
  • Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold a large Egyptian national flag during a protest outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Egypt was on edge Tuesday following a "last-chance" ultimatum the military issued to Mohammed Morsi, giving the president and the opposition 48 hours to resolve the crisis in the country or have the army step in with its own plan. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
  • 28 MOVING IMAGE (July 6 - July 12)
    Sergei Supinsky / AFP / Getty Images
  • A girl jumps over a campfire while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday not far from Kiev on July 6, 2013. During the celebration, originating in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim naked. (Sergei Supinsky / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 29 MOVING IMAGE (July 13 - July 19)
    Arindam Dey / AFP / Getty Images
  • An Indian 'sadhu' - holy man' blows a buffalo horn on the eve of the traditional Kharchi Puja festival at Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura on July, 15, 2013. Kharchi Puja is one of the most important festivals of Tripura and is a week-long festival during which 14 gods are worshiped. (Arindam Dey / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 30 MOVING IMAGE (July 20 - July 26)
    Adam Pretty / Getty Images
  • Dimitry Prosvirnin and Dmitry Sorokin of Azerbaijan compete in the Men's 3m Synchro Springboard Diving preliminary round on day four of the 15th FINA World Championships at Piscina Municipal de Montjuic on July 23, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Adam Pretty / Getty Images)
    Two Polish nuns look at people bathing as hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims attending World Youth Day (WYD) start gathering at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro for a prayer vigil with Pope Francis, on July 27, 2013. In a speech to Brazil's political, religious and civil society leaders earlier, Pope Francis said a "constructive dialogue" was needed to confront the country's social turmoil, referring to the massive street protests that rocked Brazil last month to demand an end to corruption and better public services. (Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP / Getty Images)
    Elaia (C), 6, and her sister Lusitta, 4, play among 1,600 styrofoam panda bear sculptures displayed in front of Hauptbahnhof main railway station by the World Wildlife Fund on August 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The WWF is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is drawing attention to the fact that only 1,600 panda bears remain in the wild. The display will soon travel to 25 other cities in Germny. (Sean Gallup / Getty Images)
    People enjoy the water park day during an international gay and lesbian event in Vilassar de Mar, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The special international event has attracted many thousands of visitors. (Manu Fernandez/AP)
    Mee-ha, a Pit bull mix, jumps into a pool of water catching a ball in midair, as part of The Marvelous Mutts traveling show at the Prince William County Fair in Manassas, VA, on August 17, 2013. The show features rescued dogs and travels to fairs all over the United States. (Maddie Meyer / The Washington Post / Getty Images)
    Employees stand near mining machinery inside a potash mine operated by OAO Uralkali in Berezniki, Russia, on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Russia pressured Belarus to free Vladislav Baumgertner, the head of OAO Uralkali, the world's biggest potash producer, saying a refusal may harm relations as the smaller nation faces a funding crunch. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg / Getty Images)
    Nick Vujicic, right, is accompanied by a life guard as he treads water in an acrylic enclosure keeping safe while diving among sharks, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 in Singapore. Vujicic, a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs, is in the city-state to give a motivational talk and was visiting "The Shark Encounter at Marine Life Park" at one of Singapore's main tourist attractions in Resorts World Sentosa. (Wong Maye-E/AP)
    Carrie Bergonia of Pennsylvania looks over the name of her fiance, firefighter Joseph Ogren at the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies for the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2013 in New York City. The nation is commemorating the anniversary of the 2001 attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Following the attacks in New York, the former location of the Twin Towers has been turned into the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. (Chris Pedota/Pool/Getty Images)
    A child walks in the grandstand during the doubles Spain vs Ukraine as part of the World Group Play-offs 2013 at the Caja Magica sports complex in Madrid on September 14, 2013. (Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images)
    A Malaysian special soldier sweats during the 80th Army Day parade in Kuala Lumpur on September 21, 2013. The Malaysian army celebrated its 80th anniversary with a grand military parade and a display of military gear at the historical Independence Square. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)
    Jung Ha-yoon, 2, appears to be stuck inside a ceramic container while playing with other children at the traditional sports square during the "Taste Korea! Korean Royal Cuisine Festival" held at Unhyeon Palace, also known as Unhyeongung Royal Residence, in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)
    A Sikh youth performs an act of fire as he displays martial art skills during a religious procession on the eve of birth anniversary of Guru Ram Das in Amritsar, India, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Ram Das was the fourth of the ten gurus of Sikhism. (Sanjeev Syal / AP)
    The tail of a dinosaur costume sticks out as the person wearing it boards a bus they had to promote their exhibit, near the Houses of Parliament in London, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. The man leading the costume wearer said they were walking around to promote their dinosaur experience exhibit at Blackgang Chine theme park on the Isle of Wight. (Matt Dunham/AP)
    A rhino at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve on October 23, 2013, in Pilanesberg, South Africa. Rhino were tagged and DNA collected to form part of the park's anti-rhino poaching initiative. The project is sponsored by the SAB Boucher foundation. (Daniel Born/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
    An Indian potter paints earthen lamps ahead of Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival which will be celebrated on Nov. 3. (Prabhjot Gill/AP)
    A pigeon lands on a boy's head in the flooded Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark's Square) on November 4, 2013 in Venice. Saint Mark's Square, as the lowest point of Venice, is always the first place to be flooded. (Oliver Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
    Queen Elizabeth II (R) watches a youth working out during boxing training during her visit to The Factory Youth Zone in Manchester on November 14, 2013.
    Robotic jockeys control camels during a race at Dubai Camel Racing Club during the Al Marmoum camel racing season on November 17, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Camel racing is one of the oldest sports in the Middle East. Historically children from India were used as jockeys on the camels until it was outlawed in 2002. Today robot jockeys are used and include shock absorbers and GPS tracking systems. The camel's owners control the robot's whips from their speeding four wheel drives at the side of the track. Thoroughbred racing camels can be as valuable as one million US dollars. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
    Donna Auchinvole with Duke and Lorraine Clark with Barron, Clydesdale Horses, attend a topping out ceremony at The Kelpies on November 27, 2013 in Falkirk, Scotland. Construction work has been completed on Andy Scott's Kelpies, the world's largest pair of equine sculptures and one of the UK’s tallest pieces of public art. The 30 metre tall Kelpies have cost £5million to complete and play a central role in the £43 million, 350-hectare Helix land transformational project between Falkirk and Grangemouth. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
    Afghan schoolchildren take lessons in an open classroom at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province on December 1, 2013. Afghanistan has had only rare moments of peace over the past 30 years, its education system being undermined by the Soviet invasion of 1979, a civil war in the 1990s and five years of Taliban rule. (Noorullah Shirzada / AFP / Getty Images)
    Turkish riot police officers take cover as Kurdish protesters shoot fireworks at them during clashes in central Istanbul on December 7, 2013. Two protesters were killed on December 6 in armed clashes with Turkish police that erupted over claims that Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed, local media reported. Some 30 masked men in a group of around 150 demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails and hand grenades at security forces in the Yuksekova district of Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey, the Dogan News Agency said. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)
    A sulfur miner carries a goats head in a white bag as he climbs to bury the head in the crater as part of an annual offering ceremony on the Ijen volcano on December 17, 2013 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The ritual is performed by the sulfur miners of Mount Ijen who slaughter a goat and then bury the head in the crater of mount Ijenn. The sacrifice is performed to ward off potential disasters for the next year. The Ijen crater rises to 2,386m, with a depth of over 175m, making it one of the world's largest craters. Sulphur mining is a major industry in the region, made possible by an active vent at the edge of a lake, but the work is not without risks as the acidity of the water in the crater is high enough to dissolve clothing and cause breathing problems. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
    A tourist makes a sunrise visit to the temple of Karnak on the day of the winter solstice in Luxor, 510 kilometers (320 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Tourism, which accounts for nearly 20 percent of Egypt's foreign currency revenues, has been hard hit by the past three years of turmoil. Government officials have been campaigning to regain some of the European, American and Asian tourism that was suspended following violence this summer. (Ibrahim Zayed / AP)

CORRECTION: A previous version of an Associated Press caption incorrectly referred to the Isle of Wight as the Isle of White. We regret the error.

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