2013 in Review: Photos from the Year

There are only about three weeks left in 2013. So, while you’re out doing your holiday shopping, traveling to see your friends or family for the holidays, or just sitting at home and enjoying the quiet (or the noise, whatever you’re into), try to take some time to check out In Focus’s three-part series on photos from the major events of 2013. Some of the photos are graphic because no year is completely peaceful and happy. Still, take some time to check it out and be amazed by just how much happened this past year. (You can find it here: Part I, Part II, and Part III.

It started out with some great photos of beauty amidst destruction with images of cars, barrels, and more frozen over with water that was used to battle the blazes in a Chicago warehouse fire. Then there were images from the rebellion and fighting in Mali, from the ISS, the inauguration of President Obama, the riots for and against Morsi in Egypt, a meteor landing near Chelyabinsk in Russia, the Boston Marathon Bombing and the manhunt that followed, Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, and the on-going war in Syria. Spring and summer showed us images from Saturn, the destruction of the Moore, OK tornado, California wildfires, protests in Turkey, floods in Europe, the birth of a new royal family member, airline crashes, Papal masses, and Miley Cyrus showing her classlessness. As the year began to wane and the weather cooled off, we saw Batkid and Batman saving Gotham city, fields of dyed heather in France, fighting in the Philippines, the standing devastation from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the US government shutdown (which had the National Park Service spending more money than usual to close monuments that weren’t guarded in the first place), the Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, a rare total inversion in the Grand Canyon, and finally, the death of Nelson Mandela.

All of us here at Beach Camera would like to take a moment to thank the photojournalists who captured the images of the events of 2013. Photojournalism is a messy, dangerous, but necessary job. Without their efforts, many of us would have no idea what was going on beyond our horizons. And, as always, here’s to hoping that 2014 is a better year than the years that have come before it.

— da Bird