The average picture tells a thousand words, but surely a mug shot says more.
This simple snippet in time captures a crucial moment in a person's life, when they are being charged with a crime.
So many thoughts must be going through the suspect's mind and mug shots immortalize that (hopefully) unique moment in their lives.
As you go through our top mug shots of the year, read their stories and try and imagine what the subjects were thinking at the moment the photo was taken.
Then vote for your favorite in the poll below.