2013: The Year in Photos

Take a look back at 2013 in pictures: A year celebrating a presidential inauguration, a royal baby, a historic Miss America and more.

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Beach Huts at Sunset
Beach Huts at Sunset

Beach Huts at Sunset

"The sun sets over the beach in Cromer, England. The landscape's beauty and vibrant colors of the sky, grass, and huts helped make every night in Cromer a memorable one. Cromer had gorgeous sunsets, private huts, a beach, and a beautiful English village that keep the family busy and happy for our entire stay!" -- Skywall 960 1280

  

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

A small little lighthouse, shining out over the Edinburgh coast line. A beautiful sunset for a beautiful night. After saving for 2 years, my wife and I are traveling Europe for the summer. It's a crazy adventure for a young couple in love. We are trying to hit 17 countries before we leave Europe. Can we do it?" -- Shem702 960 1280

  

Celebrating the Sunrise

Celebrating the Sunrise

"Taken at Wildwood Beach, NJ." -- DPK 960 1280

  

Hiking up High

Hiking up High

"Hiking up high by Silverton, Colorado, requires a little extra oxygen. Taken this summer while hiking outside with a group of women." -- MANelson 960 1280

  

Mr. Turtle

Mr. Turtle

"While snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii, I got this shot of Mr. Turtle staring right at me. It truly captures the experience of swimming with dozens of turtles in the Pacific Ocean." -- Jewell 960 1280

  

Lincoln Memorial at Night

Lincoln Memorial at Night

"It was a rare summer night in our nation's capital when the temperature was perfect and there was a nice breeze. This was just after sunset." -- LMAN 960 1280

  

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

"I was enjoying a fun afternoon with my 4-year-old nephew, who is learning to swim. He was showing me how to make 'bubble cheeks.'" -- Susan 960 1280

  

Nantucket Sunset

Nantucket Sunset

"Nantucket Summer Sunset 2013 taken with a Samsung S3 phone camera." -- jig 960 1280

  

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

"These are some sheep that had already posed for me as I was on a morning run in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Back in 2010, I saw a cousin of mine that I have only seen once since 1976. We knew that our family originated in Switzerland, so we decided to plan a trip to the home of our ancestors, Merishausen, in 2013." -- Switzerland 2013 960 1280

  

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

"Tintern Abbey, is situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthsire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, which forms the border between Monmouthshire in Wales and Gloucestershire in England." -- Tintern Abbey 960 1280

  

Midnight Sun in Iceland

Midnight Sun in Iceland

"Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at 11PM on July 11, 2013. The lagoon is located on the southeast coast of Iceland. These are photos from a recent two week backpacking trip in Iceland." -- MikelDallas 960 1280

  

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

"Cute cub. Very aware of mom. We grabbed this close-up while on safari at Tanda Tula. Thought the cub was very cute. Noticed later that mom was much more observant than we initially believed." -- Patrick M. 960 1280

  

Beautiful Bryce

Beautiful Bryce

"A view from below. My husband and I spent a day at beautiful Bryce Canyon. The views were spectacular." -- Casper 960 1280

  

Mingling With the Natives

Mingling With the Natives

"Making pals along the way on our trip in South Africa. Hanging out with our pal, Abby (Adorably Big Baby)." -- Danielle 960 1280

  

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

"Two years old and already has a great back swing. Arms straight, head down, eyes on the ball, pasy in the mouth. Playing Maui, HI. What more could you ask for?" -- Ryan 960 1280

  

The Harbor

The Harbor

"On the bridge, going into Kennebunkport, looking up the river." -- TH 960 1280

  

Color-Splashed Sunset

Color-Splashed Sunset

"My husband and I were on a romantic diner cruise in Cabo, beautiful views!" -- SICSL 960 1280

  

Tuscan Paradise

Tuscan Paradise

"Most photographed church in Italy … don't mind if I do. Chapel of The Madonna de Vitaleta." -- Sybil 960 1280

  

Winner: Sun Catcher

Winner: Sun Catcher

"My daughter was trying to net fish in a tide pool. She lost her balance on the slippery surface and Voila! I got the shot!" -- Heather B. 960 1280

  

A Day in Paradise

A Day in Paradise

"Hawaii is one of our top destinations. We love to go there every year. This picture was taken at Big Island, HI, on a beautiful day. Look at that sunset -- it's so peaceful." -- Annie L. 960 1280

  

African Dream

African Dream

"An unforgettable journey that lasted 6 months through Africa." -- Rochi 960 1280

  

Winner: Floating in Paradise

Winner: Floating in Paradise

"My husband and I went to the beautiful island of Bora Bora on our honeymoon. Each morning, I would jump off of our balcony into the blue lagoon below. One morning my husband saw me floating and snapped my favorite shot of the trip!" -- Tiffaney 960 1280

  

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

"Two 'blondes' having a moment at Irvine Park Zoo, Chippewa, WI." -- Kimberly 960 1280

  

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

"Emerald Lake and Cilantro Cafe in Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada." -- EL & CC 960 1280

  

Mediterranean Marvels

Mediterranean Marvels

"Sunshine over the Colosseum! My adventure to the Mediterranean this Summer was life-changing. I was captivated by the history and beauty of several of the amazing sites throughout Italy, Greece and Turkey!" -- Sable's Travels 960 1280

  

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Beach Huts at Sunset

Beach Huts at Sunset

"The sun sets over the beach in Cromer, England. The landscape's beauty and vibrant colors of the sky, grass, and huts helped make every night in Cromer a memorable one. Cromer had gorgeous sunsets, private huts, a beach, and a beautiful English village that keep the family busy and happy for our entire stay!" -- Skywall 960 1280

  

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

A small little lighthouse, shining out over the Edinburgh coast line. A beautiful sunset for a beautiful night. After saving for 2 years, my wife and I are traveling Europe for the summer. It's a crazy adventure for a young couple in love. We are trying to hit 17 countries before we leave Europe. Can we do it?" -- Shem702 960 1280

  

Celebrating the Sunrise

Celebrating the Sunrise

"Taken at Wildwood Beach, NJ." -- DPK 960 1280

  

Hiking up High

Hiking up High

"Hiking up high by Silverton, Colorado, requires a little extra oxygen. Taken this summer while hiking outside with a group of women." -- MANelson 960 1280

  

Mr. Turtle

Mr. Turtle

"While snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii, I got this shot of Mr. Turtle staring right at me. It truly captures the experience of swimming with dozens of turtles in the Pacific Ocean." -- Jewell 960 1280

  

Lincoln Memorial at Night

Lincoln Memorial at Night

"It was a rare summer night in our nation's capital when the temperature was perfect and there was a nice breeze. This was just after sunset." -- LMAN 960 1280

  

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

"I was enjoying a fun afternoon with my 4-year-old nephew, who is learning to swim. He was showing me how to make 'bubble cheeks.'" -- Susan 960 1280

  

Nantucket Sunset

Nantucket Sunset

"Nantucket Summer Sunset 2013 taken with a Samsung S3 phone camera." -- jig 960 1280

  

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

"These are some sheep that had already posed for me as I was on a morning run in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Back in 2010, I saw a cousin of mine that I have only seen once since 1976. We knew that our family originated in Switzerland, so we decided to plan a trip to the home of our ancestors, Merishausen, in 2013." -- Switzerland 2013 960 1280

  

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

"Tintern Abbey, is situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthsire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, which forms the border between Monmouthshire in Wales and Gloucestershire in England." -- Tintern Abbey 960 1280

  

Midnight Sun in Iceland

Midnight Sun in Iceland

"Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at 11PM on July 11, 2013. The lagoon is located on the southeast coast of Iceland. These are photos from a recent two week backpacking trip in Iceland." -- MikelDallas 960 1280

  

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

"Cute cub. Very aware of mom. We grabbed this close-up while on safari at Tanda Tula. Thought the cub was very cute. Noticed later that mom was much more observant than we initially believed." -- Patrick M. 960 1280

  

Beautiful Bryce

Beautiful Bryce

"A view from below. My husband and I spent a day at beautiful Bryce Canyon. The views were spectacular." -- Casper 960 1280

  

Mingling With the Natives

Mingling With the Natives

"Making pals along the way on our trip in South Africa. Hanging out with our pal, Abby (Adorably Big Baby)." -- Danielle 960 1280

  

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

"Two years old and already has a great back swing. Arms straight, head down, eyes on the ball, pasy in the mouth. Playing Maui, HI. What more could you ask for?" -- Ryan 960 1280

  

The Harbor

The Harbor

"On the bridge, going into Kennebunkport, looking up the river." -- TH 960 1280

  

Color-Splashed Sunset

Color-Splashed Sunset

"My husband and I were on a romantic diner cruise in Cabo, beautiful views!" -- SICSL 960 1280

  

Tuscan Paradise

Tuscan Paradise

"Most photographed church in Italy … don't mind if I do. Chapel of The Madonna de Vitaleta." -- Sybil 960 1280

  

Winner: Sun Catcher

Winner: Sun Catcher

"My daughter was trying to net fish in a tide pool. She lost her balance on the slippery surface and Voila! I got the shot!" -- Heather B. 960 1280

  

A Day in Paradise

A Day in Paradise

"Hawaii is one of our top destinations. We love to go there every year. This picture was taken at Big Island, HI, on a beautiful day. Look at that sunset -- it's so peaceful." -- Annie L. 960 1280

  

African Dream

African Dream

"An unforgettable journey that lasted 6 months through Africa." -- Rochi 960 1280

  

Winner: Floating in Paradise

Winner: Floating in Paradise

"My husband and I went to the beautiful island of Bora Bora on our honeymoon. Each morning, I would jump off of our balcony into the blue lagoon below. One morning my husband saw me floating and snapped my favorite shot of the trip!" -- Tiffaney 960 1280

  

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

"Two 'blondes' having a moment at Irvine Park Zoo, Chippewa, WI." -- Kimberly 960 1280

  

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

"Emerald Lake and Cilantro Cafe in Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada." -- EL & CC 960 1280

  

Mediterranean Marvels

Mediterranean Marvels

"Sunshine over the Colosseum! My adventure to the Mediterranean this Summer was life-changing. I was captivated by the history and beauty of several of the amazing sites throughout Italy, Greece and Turkey!" -- Sable's Travels 960 1280

  

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Clean waves and a clear day are in place in the Aleutian Islands, also known as the "Cradle of Storms". Surfer Alex Gray lets his fins loose on this wave along the coastline. Find out more about Chris Burkard's adventures in our Q&A interview and get his photography tips, best beach picks and more. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

Surfer Keith Malloy finds solitude up north near Homer, AK, where he enjoys the entire coastline to himself to prepare to surf. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

This photo of Big Sur showcases its cold beauty on an unexpected snowy day not far from home. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur Stargazing

Big Sur Stargazing

High above the clouds in Big Sur, CA, is one of the most magical places to camp and gaze at the stars. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Art in Motion

Art in Motion

Big Sur is a place where people -- like surfer Crystal Thornburg -- journey to find peace. It?s the only word to describe her elegant dance down the line. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Guadalupe Dunes

Guadalupe Dunes

The Central Coast of California offers a variety of amazing landscapes. Two surfers trek through steep sand dunes along the coast in search of waves. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Colors

Caribbean Colors

From the turquoise waters to the vivid sunsets, the colors in the Caribbean fully bloom at sunset. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Surf

Caribbean Surf

Our efforts paid off traveling to the Caribbean to surf undiscovered waves. Here, is a glimpse into the view each surfer had countless times while on the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Beach

Jökulsárlón Beach

There are very few places in the world where you can find ice on the shores of a beach. On the way to the water, we walked around huge glacial ice chunks. There was no question that this was going to be the coldest photo session of the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Iceland Surf Trek

Iceland Surf Trek

Surfer Phillip Gold watches his step along snowy rocks en route to a chilly point break. 960 1280

Chris Burkhard  

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

We chased the sunset as we made our way back up the cliffs over Vik. We hadn?t seen sun the entire trip, and moments after setting up camp we caught of glimpse of it before it dropped behind the mountains in the distance. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

A hiker explores the stunning Godafoss waterfall, located off a beaten path in north-central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Ice chunks drift from nearby J?kuls?rl?n Lake and scatter the beach on the edge of Vatnaj?kull National Park. Apparently, they make nice ice recliners. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Picture Perfect Iceland

Picture Perfect Iceland

As the weather shifts in the southern tip of Iceland, the clouds part to give way to a perfect rainbow. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

As the sun fades away and the Arctic begins to turn dark and cold, Dane Gudauskas finds enough warmth to take flight in Lofoten -- an archipelago and traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

With air temperatures just as cold as the water, Sam Hammer hopes to be found somewhere in between as he pulls into another arctic barrel. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Reine, Norway

Reine, Norway

A man looks across the bay at the dynamic city of Reine in Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Norway's Northern Lights

Norway's Northern Lights

With the reflection of the dropping tide below and the bursts of Northern Lights above, this scene in Norway was as close as you could get to a natural light show. It seemed that the greens of the Northern Lights were reflecting off everything in sight. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

South Falls (Oregon)

South Falls (Oregon)

The largest state park in Oregon, Silver Creek Falls has a series of waterfalls that are accessed by the Trail of 10 Falls hiking trail. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon impresses visitors with its dynamic coastline and sheer cliffs. One of many gorgeous views along Oregon?s coastal Highway 101, this beautiful headland is located near the famous Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

A climber in Oregon?s Smith Rock State Park hangs on tight as he inches his way up a tough route. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

This inviting road awaits the next off-roader near the Teton Range in Jackson Hole, WY. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

With the Snake River in the foreground, this picture captures the majestic Mount Moran located in Grand Teton National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley awakens to another sunny day. Snow-capped Half Dome is one of the most majestic rock formations in Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

The Grandeur of Yosemite

The Grandeur of Yosemite

A hiker basks in the early morning light on a hike up Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Want more photos? Visit Chris? website, Chris Burkard Photography, to see more eye-catching photography. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

little boy hangs a sign

little boy hangs a sign

George, 7, of Woodruff, SC, puts up a sign in preparation for a campaign stop by Republican presidential candidate and former US Sen. Rick Santorum at the Beacon Drive-In on Jan. 18 in Spartanburg, SC. 960 1280

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skiiers dressed in costume

skiiers dressed in costume

Participants ski in the 30th edition of the Belalp Witches Ski Race on Jan. 14 in Belalp, Switzerland. The race is inspired by a legend dating back to the Middle Ages, of a witch who tormented villagers in the area until she was burnt to death. 960 1280

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Crowds at the MLK Memorial

Crowds at the MLK Memorial

Folks gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, open for the first time on MLK Day. 960 1280

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Cruise ship is pulled up river

Cruise ship is pulled up river

Onlookers watch as the Disney Fantasy cruise ship is hauled backwards by tugboats down Ems River after the ship departed from a shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The newly-completed 130,000-ton ship can accommodate 5,450 passengers, cast and crew. 960 1280

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Skiier takes flight

Skiier takes flight

Mark McMorris of Canada soars over the Winter X feature as he practices for the men's snowboard slopestyle finals during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, CO. 960 1280

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NY Giants celebrate

NY Giants celebrate

Osi Umenyiora, No. 72, (L) and Devin Thomas, No. 15, of the New York Giants celebrate after the Giants defeated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5. 960 1280

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Golfer on the eighth tee

Golfer on the eighth tee

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland on the eighth tee during the pro-am event prior to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club on Feb. 8 in Dubai. 960 1280

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US Marine Corps helicopter flies past the US Capitol

US Marine Corps helicopter flies past the US Capitol

A US Marine Corps helicopter flies past the US Capitol with a full moon lighting the sky on Feb. 7. The night’s moon marks the peak of its waxing. 960 1280

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devotee has his body pierced

devotee has his body pierced

A devotee has his body pierced with hooks before taking part in the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Feb. 7 in Singapore. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. Devotees pray and make vows. When the prayers are answered, they fulfill the vows by piercing body parts, such as their cheeks, tongues and backs, before carrying a "Kavadi" along a 2.5-mile route. 960 1280

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Adele

Adele

Adele attempts to hold her Grammys in the press room of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The singer took home 6 awards at the 54th annual show, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. 960 1280

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Westminster

Westminster

Andrew Mueller, 10, competes with his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Stella in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC. 960 1280

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama performs in Des Moines, IA, during an event highlighting her "Let's Move" initiative. 960 1280

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Whitney Houston Memorial

Whitney Houston Memorial

A fan writes a message on a tribute wall in Manila, Philippines, for the late singer-actress Whitney Houston. Fans worldwide mourned after learning of her death on Saturday. 960 1280

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children play in the water

children play in the water

Japanese children wear loincloths as they splash about in freezing cold water during Saidaiji Naked Festival, at Saidaiji Temple on Feb. 18 in Okayama, Japan. The festival is one of Japan's more quirky ones. 960 1280

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Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro

A reveler, from the Vila Isabel samba school, parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. 960 1280

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Chris De Aboitiz rides a wave in Queensland

Chris De Aboitiz rides a wave in Queensland

In this handout provided by Friends Furever, Chris De Aboitiz rides a wave with his surf dog during the Surfing Dog Spectacular on March 12 at Noosa beach in Queensland, Australia. The VetShopAustralia.com.au Surfing Dog Spectacular was the first official dog surfing event held in Australia, and opened the Noosa Festival of Surfing. 960 1280

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Chicago River

Chicago River

Members of a plumbers' union dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago. The river was first dyed green in 1962; the practice has become a St. Patrick's Day tradition in Chicago. 960 1280

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Anne Frank Center USA in New York City

Anne Frank Center USA in New York City

The entrance of the Anne Frank Center in New York City opened on March 15, 2012 as an attempt to inspire tolerance by sharing the life and thoughts of Anne Frank, a victim of the Holocaust. 960 1280

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NCAA Championship

NCAA Championship

The Kentucky Wildcats celebrate after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks in the national championship game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. 960 1280

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Easter week in Spain

Easter week in Spain

Easter week in Spain is traditionally celebrated with processions. In the town of Zamora, penitents walk up Calle Balborraz during the procession of the Cofradia de la Virgen de la Esperanza. 960 1280

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Songkran Water Festival

Songkran Water Festival

A boy splashes elephants with water during the Songkran Water Festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province. Songkran, the most celebrated festival of the year, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year 960 1280

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ArtScience Museum in Singapore

ArtScience Museum in Singapore

Chinese lanterns decorate the area around the ArtScience Museum in Singapore. A total 2,228 lanterns were hung around the museum to commemorate the passengers on board the maiden voyage of the Titanic 100 years ago. 960 1280

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Santi White

Santi White

Singer Santi White performs onstage during the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Coachella, CA. 960 1280

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Cryophil Winter Swimmers Club

Cryophil Winter Swimmers Club

A member of the Cryophil Winter Swimmers Club lies on floating ice on the Yenisei River in Siberia. 960 1280

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Enterprise

Enterprise

The space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, flies over New York City. Originally housed at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Enterprise will be demounted from the carrier plane and placed on a barge that will be moved by tugboat to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum. 960 1280

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Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

Mario Gutierrez (R) reacts after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY 960 1280

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II attends the state opening of Parliament. 960 1280

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Maikos, or apprentice geishas, observe the solar eclipse on Monday with solar viewers at a shrine in Kyoto. The sun and moon aligned over the Earth in a rare astronomical event -- an eclipse that dimmed the skies over parts of Asia and North America, briefly turning the sun into a blazing ring of fire. 960 1280

REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun  

A 2-year-old Asian elephant

A 2-year-old Asian elephant

Nayan, a 2-year-old Asian elephant, is squirted with water by keepers to cool him down in his enclosure at Chester Zoo in northern England. 960 1280

REUTERS/Phil Noble  

Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan

A man spreads rose petals, which will be used to make incense sticks, on the floor to dry in Lahore, Pakistan. 960 1280

REUTERS/Mohsin Raza  

Fireworks over Buckingham Palace

Fireworks over Buckingham Palace

Fireworks over Buckingham Palace mark the end of The Diamond Jubilee Concert from The Mall on June 4th in London. This year -- for only the second time in history -- the UK is celebrating the 60th anniversary of a monarch’s reign, and thousands of well-wishers from around the world flocked to London to witness the spectacle of the weekend's celebrations. 960 1280

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Sittwe, Myanmar

Sittwe, Myanmar

Boys play in heavy rain at a Buddhist monastery used as a collective shelter for people displaced by recent violence in Sittwe, Myanmar. 960 1280

REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun  

Beaver Dam Swimming Club in Cockeysville, MD

Beaver Dam Swimming Club in Cockeysville, MD

Amanda Jacobs dives into a quarry lake at the Beaver Dam Swimming Club in Cockeysville, MD, where residents seek ways to avoid the heat after electric power was knocked out by a major storm. 960 1280

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2012 Tour de France

2012 Tour de France

Bernhard Eisel of Austria drives the peloton as they defend the yellow jersey of race leader Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain during the 2012 Tour de France from Macon to Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine in France. 960 1280

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Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the USA

Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the USA

Serena Williams and Venus Williams of the USA celebrate with their winner's trophies after their Ladies' Doubles match against Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London. 960 1280

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San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain

San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain

Performers dressed as oversized traditional figures dance through the streets during the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain. 960 1280

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Salisbury International Arts Festival, Amesbury, England

Salisbury International Arts Festival, Amesbury, England

Fires light the ancient megalithic monument of Stonehenge as part of the Salisbury International Arts Festival near Amesbury, England. The Fire Garden, which will run for 3 consecutive nights at the UNESCO World Heritage site, has been created by French arts group Compagnie Carabosse. 960 1280

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Assateague Channel

Assateague Channel

Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel for their annual swim to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. Every year, the wild ponies are rounded up to be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. 960 1280

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Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca, Morocco

The faithful pray on the path to the Hassan II Mosque -- the 7th-largest mosque in the world -- as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Casablanca, Morocco. 960 1280

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Fireworks explode over Olympic stadium, officially bringing the London 2012 Olympic Games to a close, with the help of royalty and rock stars -- Queen, The Who, George Michael and the Spice Girls, to name a few. 960 1280

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In Acre, Israel, children play at an amusement park as Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. 960 1280

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Yawalapiti men wrestle as part of this year's 'quarup,' a ritual held over several days to honor the death of a person of great importance to them, in Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State. This year the Yawalapiti tribe honored 2 people -- a Yawalapiti Indian who they consider a great leader, and Darcy Ribeiro, a well-known author, anthropologist and politician known for focusing on the relationship between native people and education in Brazil. 960 1280

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Baseball prodigy Christian Haupt throws the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the San Diego Padres and hist favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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People take part in a sunset yoga session as the Tribute in Light shines over the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River on the 11-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York. The Tribute in Light is an art installation near the site of the World Trade Center in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. 960 1280

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A model presents a creation from Project Runway alum Christian Siriano's Spring/Summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week. 960 1280

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President Barack Obama holds on as he is hugged and picked up by Big Apple Pizza owner Scott Van Duzer in Fort Pierce, FL, while campaigning across the state by bus. 960 1280

REUTERS/Larry Downing  

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, watch a dancing dragon as they attend a cultural event in Queenstown on day 2 of their Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East in Singapore. 960 1280

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Shop owner, Herbert Lipah, is happy to show off a selection of Lederhosen shorts at his store. Shoppers can find lederhosen that are over 100 years old in his Lederhosenwahnsinn in Moosach, Munich, just in time for the start of Oktoberfest. 960 1280

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Thousands of fans sing along with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith during the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas, “the biggest live music event in radio history.” 960 1280

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Dean O'Malley flies using a JetLev, a water-powered recreational jetpack flying machine in Newport Beach, CA. O'Malley will attempt to establish a new world record for flight of the JetLev by making a 26-mile-open-ocean crossing from Newport Beach to Avalon, Catalina Island. 960 1280

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PSY performs his international hit “Gangnam Style” at Kyunggi University in Suwon, South Korea. The song is No. 2 on the Hot 100 Billboard chart currently, and the music video has the most YouTube likes in history. 960 1280

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Devotees carry an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh for immersion into the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai, India. Ganesh idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing and later immersed in a river or the sea, symbolizing a ritual seeing-off of his journey towards his abode and taking away with him the misfortunes of all mankind. 960 1280

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Paint the town ... pink? That's the idea behind the Breast Cancer Campaign's "Turn London Landmarks Pink." The infamous Tower of London is illuminated pink for breast cancer awareness month. 960 1280

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Inava Kuzmanouska and Rachel Cooper’s sculpture, Mirador, can be seen at the Sculpture by the Sea outdoor exhibition in Sydney. The exhibition features 100 artworks that line the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. 960 1280

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navratri festival

navratri festival

A woman wears a metal structure comprising of 1,151 oil lamps for a prayer ritual at the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad, India. The vibrant festival is held every year for 9 nights to celebrate the Hindu goddess, Durga, who symbolizes power and the triumph of good over evil. 960 1280

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presidential debate

presidential debate

President Barack Obama shakes hands with the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, as they are joined on stage by Michelle Obama and Ann Romney at the conclusion of the final US presidential debate in Boca Raton, Florida. 960 1280

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evil spirits parade

evil spirits parade

A couple in costumes and creepily-realistic gory makeup participated in the “Evil Spirits Parade” flash mob in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Halloween. 960 1280

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world series

world series

San Francisco Giants fans celebrate after the baseball team won the MLB World Series against the Detroit Tigers. 960 1280

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thanksgiving turkey

thanksgiving turkey

President Obama shares a moment with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, as he pardons the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House. The turkey named Cobbler and its companion, Gobbler, will spend the rest of their lives at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia. 960 1280

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President Barack Obama celebrates his reelection on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, VP Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, after his victory speech in Chicago. 960 1280

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rockerfeller tree

rockerfeller tree

The Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree is lit during the 80th annual Lighting ceremony in NYC. 960 1280

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soldiers homecoming

soldiers homecoming

The Third Battalion Yorkshire Regiment soldiers return home from a 6-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and march through York, England in their homecoming parade. 960 1280

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skinny-dipping

skinny-dipping

Attempting to break the skinny-dipping world record, people line up to be counted before diving into the water at Papamoa Beach in Tauranga, New Zealand. 960 1280

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king birthday

king birthday

Thousands hold up candles and sing to honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 85th birthday in Bangkok. The King has reigned since 1946, making him the world’s longest reigning monarch alive. 960 1280

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U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class EO3 John Chen, 23, from Lakehurst, NJ, kisses his new bride, Victoria Chan, 25, from Manhattan, as they pose for photographers after they were married in a civil ceremony at New York City's Office of the City Clerk. Hundreds of couples packed the office in lower Manhattan to be married on the date 12/12/12 as this will be the last such triple date for almost a century until January 1, 2101. 960 1280

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Two women paddle on stand-up paddle boards at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Two women paddle on stand-up paddle boards at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Two women paddle on stand-up paddle boards at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. 960 1280

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People dressed in green costumes imitating extra-terrestrials talk with journalists while in the view of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France. Surrounded in legend for centuries, Bugarach has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumors have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. Residents of the tiny southern French hamlet, are witness to a rising influx of Doomsday believers convinced it is the only place that would survive judgment day, December 21, 2012. 960 1280

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