Reflecting our hyper-visual culture, the "Best Photo of the Year" list has fast become a media staple. If you indeed come across one, what you can generally count on are the most dramatic, sensational or touching scenes from the past year's current events. Because we at BagNews spend the year tracking news imagery as much for truth telling or impressive spin, our aim here was a little different. In a short list of five photos (many of those other year-end lists can range from dozens of pics to over a hundred), we went for pictures slightly under the radar. At the same time, each of these photos -- some straight from the newswire, some bobbing to the surface via social media -- represent a deeper kernel of disclosure, novelty or poignancy about the year's top stories.
Each image links to a post at BagNewsNotes where you can look deeper.
This story appears the special Year in Photos issue of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, available Friday, Dec. 27 in the iTunes App store.