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

The 52 Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Year

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)
    A Syrian rebel plays football in the Saif al-Dawlah neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The United Nation
    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)
    Anglers cast lines through holes into a frozen river during an ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festiva
    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)
    Waves hit the road along the sea near Cayenne on January 15, 2013. The coast of Guyana switched to "red alert" today as sever
    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)
    Local resident Syamsuri is evacuated by Indonesian Army as major floods hit North Jakarta on January 20, 2013 in Jakarta, Ind
    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)
    Young dancer attend the Contemporary Classes at the 41th International Ballet Competition "Prix de Lausanne" on January 28, 2
    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)
    A military regiment takes part in a morning exercise on January 29, 2013 in Heilongjiang Province of China. The temperature d
    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)
    While the walkways were clear, ice still covered the facades of business storefronts on Nantasket Avenue in Hull on Sunday, F
    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)
    Children react as a carnivorous theropod known as the Australovenator dinosaur walks through crowds along the Southbank, in L
    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)
    Pakistani Kushti wrestlers warm up before attending their daily training session, at a wrestling club in Lahore, Pakistan, Tu
    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)
    Dutch Queen Beatrix visits on March 2, 2013 the "Beeld van Beatrix" (Images of Beatrix) exhibition at Het Loo Palace in Apeld
    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)
    Three 2-month old Oriental Pied Hornbills are displayed at the Jurong Bird Park's Breeding and Research Center in Singapore,
    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)
    Students at Design and Innovation Academy (DIA) celebrating Holi ahead of the festival which will be celebrated across countr
    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)
    Myanmar refugees cover their mouths as a Thai army helicopter (not pictured) takes off at the Mae Surin camp in Mae Hong Son
    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)
    Nuns walk during the Sunday Easter mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed to be the site of the cru
    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)
    Members of Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement shout anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans and light flares during a rally in front of t
    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)
    A Lion Air Boeing 737 lies partially submerged in the water two days after it crashed while trying to land at Bali's internat
    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)
    Apartment towers and the International Commerce Centre, tower at center, are seen through a work of art entitled "Poetic Cosm
    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)
    A M23 rebel on April 27, 2013, in Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The group is strengthening its tactics, followi
    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)
    James Reimer makes a stop  as the Toronto Maple Leafs lose in overtime to the Boston Bruins to fall behind 3-1in their first
    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)
    Visitors gather in the new 'Rain Room' installation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan on May 15, 2013 in New Yo
    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)
    Rocio's Virgin sculpture is carried through the streets during a procession on Monday, May 20, 2013 in the village El Rocio,
    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)
    A man holding a Romanian flag stands on a record breaking version of the flag, on the Clinceni Airfield, south of Bucharest,
    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)
    A protester is arrested after skirmishes with police on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Dozens of police officers attended a
    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)
    Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in downtown on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. A massive storm
    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)
    Stunt driver and motorcyclists  perform in the well of death on June 20, 2013 in  Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian admi
    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)
    South Korean soldiers wear North Korea's military uniforms, acting as North Korean soldiers, as they take part in a re-enactm
    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)
    Opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hold a large Egyptian national flag during a protest outside the presi
    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)
    A girl jumps over a campfire while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday not far from Kiev on July 6, 2
    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)
    An Indian 'sadhu' - holy man' blows a buffalo horn on the eve of the traditional Kharchi Puja festival at Agartala, the capit
    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)
    Dimitry Prosvirnin and Dmitry Sorokin of Azerbaijan compete in the Men's 3m Synchro Springboard Diving preliminary round on d
    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)

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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