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The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3)

2008 has been an eventful year to say the least - it is difficult to sum up the thousands of stories in just a handful of photographs. That said, I will try to do what I've done with other photo narratives here, and tell a story of 2008 in photographs. It's not the story of 2008, it's certainly not all stories, but as a collection it does show a good portion of what life has been like over the past 12 months. This is a multi-entry story, 120 photographs over three days. Watch for part 2 and part 3 tomorrow and the next day. (40 photos total)

Lightning bolts appear above and around the Chaiten volcano as seen from Chana, some 30 kms (19 miles) north of the volcano, as it began its first eruption in thousands of years, in southern Chile May 2, 2008. Cases of electrical storms breaking out directly above erupting volcanoes are well documented, although scientists differ on what causes them. Picture taken May 2, 2008. (Carlos Gutierrez)
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2148 comments so far...
1.

Picture #33 - I dont understand why he's using a flare gun.

Posted by Michael December 17, 08 12:12 PM
2.

These pictures are all eye-opening and incredible. It is extremely sad to see all of the violence and destruction happening in the world today. I really hope our world will improve some day.

Posted by G December 17, 08 12:15 PM
3.

They're awesome, can't wait to see the other 2 parts.

Thanks

Posted by Olivier D. December 17, 08 12:18 PM
4.

One of the best collections so far.

Posted by Neil December 17, 08 12:24 PM
5.

1 word, wow!

looking forward to part 2

Posted by gumuz December 17, 08 12:24 PM
6.

All these pictures are amazing. I am really waiting for part 2 and 3 now.

Posted by Alfred December 17, 08 12:26 PM
7.

looking forward to day #2 and #3

Posted by medaholic December 17, 08 12:31 PM
8.

Unbelievable collection. I can't wait to see parts 2 and 3...

Posted by MJLphoto December 17, 08 12:31 PM
9.

#40
Wow!
Amazing Photos Thx!!!

Posted by Cassiel December 17, 08 12:34 PM
10.

@#1: With a flare gun, the firefighter can start a back fire from a distance, which is an important tool in robbing a quick moving brush fire of fuel. Everything is so dry here, they don't dare use something that would put them in the path of the fire. When the winds are blowing, a firefighter could find themselves in the middle of a firestorm in a heartbeat.

Posted by cavalaxis December 17, 08 12:39 PM
11.

picture 28 is sad...

Posted by the truth December 17, 08 12:41 PM
12.

This is my most favorite website of the year. I visit it daily. Thank you so much for your hard work.

Posted by Conor December 17, 08 12:41 PM
13.

IMPRESSIVE

Posted by Yahor December 17, 08 12:42 PM
14.

Just amazing...

Posted by Rafael December 17, 08 12:45 PM
15.

George Bush should be forced to keep that Sadr City photo on his nightstand.

Posted by Drew December 17, 08 12:45 PM
16.

People need to see those upsetting and graphic photos like #31 and #38. These are the realities of armed conflict. It's easy to gloss over these realities while sitting in our armchairs watching sanitized versions of the truth that the powers that be allow us to watch.
It's easy to forget about a number. Not so easy when you see a body now lifeless that was as alive as you or me.

Posted by Michelle December 17, 08 12:45 PM
17.

My life is more colorful with The Big Picture. Thank you for this

Posted by V+ December 17, 08 12:46 PM
18.

Thank you for including the violence against Palestine, a story some say didn't get much press attention in 2008. In the US we tend to portray Israel vs Palestine as a 2-sided struggle, and I think your photos are a bit guilty of this tendency. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza, inflicted by Israel to try to break the will of the people, is a major story of oppression by the strong against the weak - not of an equal battle between two peoples. A few Arab rockets cannot compare to what Israel is perpetrating with the help of boatloads of US money. Common Dreams has a good article up right now by Chris Hedges. Perhaps a comparison of the siege of Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto will make it into Parts 2 or 3.

Posted by Karen E December 17, 08 12:47 PM
19.

crying. it hurts to watch.
thank you

Posted by Sunny December 17, 08 12:48 PM
20.

Great pics, suppose #5 bought a lottery ticket when he got home?

Posted by Adam December 17, 08 12:49 PM
21.

michael, he's trying to light a backfire on the hill.

Posted by ff December 17, 08 12:50 PM
22.

I've been a big fan of The Big Picture, and as always you've picked great shots. I check it out every time you have new updates, it's inspiring.

I was wondering about #7 though, the man looks as if he's been masked in place using Photoshop. There's a chance that's oversharpening the man to bring him from the background, but it looks more like he was masked in. It's a Reuters shot (which never had a good reputation when I was doing newspaper pre-press), so you never know.
Thanks for posting the Blog though, great stuff!

Posted by Russell Dickerson December 17, 08 12:58 PM
23.


it makes me heart sick to see so many unhappy people

Posted by John Sullivan December 17, 08 01:12 PM
24.

realmente increible las imagenes, felicitaciones a los fotografos

Posted by oscar! December 17, 08 01:12 PM
25.

Still amazing...

Don't forget the Facebook fan page.

Posted by JB December 17, 08 01:19 PM
26.

@Russell Dickerson - I always welcome any scrutiny of the photos on here, and if anything was ever seen to be manipulated - I'd yank it and put up a disclosure in a heartbeat. that said, I do not think #7 has been manipulated - see a larger detail from the original photo here. The halo effect appears to come from backlighting by floodlights, not any sort of masking. Look at the edges of his arms and uniform lower in the detail - anything fuzzy or hairy picks up the halo. Also, just a gut-sense, what could be gained by the photographer manipulating this particular image? It was a very public event, there are many other photos of him at this place and this time.

Thanks for keeping a close eye on things - I expect nothing less from you all.

Posted by alan taylor December 17, 08 01:20 PM
27.

These are stunning photos - thank you for putting this collection together!

#28 (the one with the Kenyan boy and the policeman) really struck me - the fear on his face just pulls at my heart...

Posted by Destiny December 17, 08 01:24 PM
28.

It's easy enough on news shots to oversharpen too, and combined with the backlighting I can definitely see that. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

Posted by Russell Dickerson December 17, 08 01:24 PM
29.

Amazing, incredible pictures! Sometimes I wish they were even bigger so I could use them as wallpapers on my 1280x800 screen. I don't know how you do it. Every post is fantastic. Point of correction: in #4's caption, the word "Haiti" should be capitalized. And #6 should probably require a click to see, as it contains a dead body that many could find objectionable (despite it not being graphic in content).

Posted by Parker December 17, 08 01:25 PM
30.

The best Blog/website of the year. i'm waiting for #2 & 3

Posted by Alhaji December 17, 08 01:28 PM
31.

#23 Maasai warriors cover a battle field as they clash with bows and arrows:

People still fight like that!?

Posted by Nels Nelson December 17, 08 01:30 PM
32.

why do these "year end picture collections" always only include the awful things that are happening in the world? i know we need to be aware of whats going on in the world, but for every picture of something awful happening there is many pictures of something beautiful. don't forget that this world can be beautiful people, don't let the fear based attitude of a large majority of humans make you give up, your belief in beauty if what keeps it in the world.

Posted by t5 December 17, 08 01:42 PM
33.

#4, Maybe the marine will remember to wear his helmet next time ;-)

Posted by Dim67 December 17, 08 01:46 PM
34.

Beautiful photographs, but, at least as of now, I find political bias.

The photos include presumed innocents injured in an Israeli strike and a picture of Israeli security shooting tear gas at demonstrators. No photo is included of the rocket strikes on Israel, of those injured by suicide bombers who aim to kill Israeli children, etc.

Furthermore, a picture is included of innocents injured in a US strike in Iraq (and of a US serviceman ducking well-aimed insurgent fire), but no picture is included to show the numerous atrocities committed against the people of Iraq by the insurgents, such as the bombings of public markets. Surely poignant pictures were taken there too?

Afghan refugees are seen in squalid conditions - but no picture of the atrocities committed by the Taliban are shown.

If one sees these pictures, one might be wrongly lead to think that the US and Israel were prosecuting innocents for no reason.

The only picture that show damage done by terrorists is a sterile shot showing the destruction of a western building in Islamabad. It makes an interesting comparison.

I hope that future installments will be better balanced.

Posted by Les December 17, 08 01:57 PM
35.

Not sure but i think its because the fire would have gone in that direction anyway and possibly carried on down the hill, but by burning the bit in frount while the winds taking it towards the fire both will eventully meet and stop

thats just a guess though

Posted by no December 17, 08 02:01 PM
36.

Great work this year. Congrats and keep going. ;)

Posted by Rafael Slonik December 17, 08 02:02 PM
37.

That's exactly why is should appreciate what we have.. i cry... it really hurts.//

Posted by lisa corti December 17, 08 02:05 PM
38.

all great images; #28 really stood out to me tho. i'll be waiting for parts 2 and 3!

Posted by paris December 17, 08 02:08 PM
39.

THERE IS SO MUCH THAT GOES ON IN THIS WORLD THAT WE AS HUMANS YOU WOULD NEVER THINK WE WOULD SURVIIVE! THESE PHOTOS REALLY PUTS LIFE IN SUCH A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE WHEN YOU SEE HOW PEOPLE LIVE IN OTHER PARTS OF THIS WORLD, AND HOW CHILDREN ARE EXPERIENCING SUCH HARDSHIPS THAT THERE LITTLE MINDS CANNOT EVEN GRASP!! GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!

Posted by EGC December 17, 08 02:09 PM
40.

@Les

What's surprising about terrorists doing terrible things? Some of those images you point out are shocking and revealing precisely because they show that a lot of the destruction and pain in the world are caused by those whom many of us might have not suspected: ourselves. Is there political bias? Of course there is; find one site, find one *person* who is not politically biased. Aren't you?

Posted by RawheaD December 17, 08 02:19 PM
41.

lots of tragedy... at least i managed to buy a new TV.

Posted by Anonymous December 17, 08 02:22 PM
42.

but but but


so much destruction?
i am not naive..
i do know our world is full of it!
but im sure there is more joyous snapshots that would be able to be included!?

Posted by .... me! December 17, 08 02:34 PM
43.

Look at picture 26 and see what the real picture of what is happening there

Posted by Moza December 17, 08 02:36 PM
44.

Picture #33 A firefighter uses a flare gun to set a backfire:

A fire started in the path of an oncoming fire in order to deprive it of fuel and thereby control or extinguish it.

Posted by charly December 17, 08 02:40 PM
45.

Regarding Karen E's post on photo #22: I think there is more to it than Jews vs. Palestinians. "Palestinian AND Israeli peace activists during a protest agaisnt the construction of Israel's controversial security barrier in the West Bank" implies not only Palestinian objection to the barrier, but also Israeli objection which indicates political and moral as well as economic issues within the Jewish community. Don't forget that the disputed territories have both Palestinian and Jewish residents who oppose the barrier. This is a much larger problem than simply Israel reclaiming its territory.

Posted by Anonymous December 17, 08 03:38 PM
46.

-- THIS IS THE BEST BLOG OF THE YEAR BY FAR --

Posted by John Stran Motzar December 17, 08 04:00 PM
47.

moved me to tears...

Posted by christine December 17, 08 04:05 PM
48.

I'd like to throw in my comment on the Israeli/terrorist discussion here. I should point out my bias - I'm Israeli

Criticism for terrible actions done by supposedly "good" countries is very important. No military action by government should ever go unchecked or without criticism, which is why I think the images shown here are important.

However, perspective and context should also be remembered. It is an unfortunate fact of reality, that when bad actions are attempted at you, you must respond, and many times, the only proper response will be a bad action as well. This is a fact of reality, there is no fighting it.

I believe Israel's actions, has been in general, justifiable and right actions, and out of self defense. I believe Israel shows great restraint, considering the situation it is frequently in. Consider what any existing democratic country would do today if it was constantly attacked by foreign terrorists. Every time you see an image of what you think is a wrong action done by Israel, think hard on what would be the right action, and imagine yourself in the same situation.

This is my opinion. I am unfortunately rather lacking in knowledge on details.

Posted by Oded December 17, 08 04:06 PM
49.

Correction: Re #26

The journalist was killed by a tank shell which sprayed darts in the area, not a missile:

http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=80475&videoChannel=1

Posted by Corrector December 17, 08 04:10 PM
50.

Anonymous at #45

This is a bit pedant, but please be more careful and use "Israeli" when referring to citizens of Israel, and not "Jews" or "Jewish community". The 2 are not equal in meaning...
As surprising as it may seem, I see Israel as mostly a secular country, and I think on average it is even more secular than the United States!

Posted by Oded December 17, 08 04:11 PM
51.

Amazing collection of shots, alternately shocking and beautiful. What a crazy world.

About #22, the figure in the centre, sitting calmly with his back to the camera looks a lot like well-known photojournalist James Nachtwey.

Posted by Miles December 17, 08 04:11 PM
52.

This blog is just... beyond words. Never ceases to amaze and move me.

Posted by Gabriela December 17, 08 04:25 PM
53.

Fantastic! As always ..

Posted by Lance December 17, 08 04:27 PM
54.

#38 is the most sad picture... It's always a terrible shock to me looking on suffering childrens.

Posted by bzyk December 17, 08 04:30 PM
55.

All great photos. I look forward to the rest of "The Best."

For some reason, I can't stop thinking about #23. I thought it was something like an Easter Egg hunt until I read the caption. I hardly ever think about people in "modern" attire fighting with bow-and-arrow anymore.

Posted by Scott December 17, 08 04:37 PM
56.

So much violence, so much pain...

Posted by mp December 17, 08 04:59 PM
57.

There are no words to describe some of these pictures.
It just goes to show how protected from we are, here in the states, from what is truly going on in the world.
My heart goes out to those people who are in such pain. And to think that most of this pain was caused by humans. How are we capable of such inhumanity?

Posted by C. Michelle December 17, 08 05:00 PM
58.

#22 "Peace activists"? Oh, right. This is a Boston newspaper.

Great photos. But that caption led to a guffaw you probably didn't intend.

Posted by Craig Good December 17, 08 05:08 PM
59.

World is a f*cked up place

Posted by Erik December 17, 08 05:17 PM
60.

The pictures were great, but the content was mostly like news content... 'if it bleeds it leads' or content to express a particular political point of view or someone's worldview. Content should be more varied, it's a big world. Mesmerizing and excellent none the less.

Posted by Dave B December 17, 08 05:18 PM
61.

This is the best photo site - never stop - looking forward to the next parts and all the good things to come in 09

Posted by troy December 17, 08 05:33 PM
62.

An incredible year with unbelievable occasions.

Thank you for posting all those stories and pictures here, it´s been a pleasure to visit this page!

Cheers CK from TheJunction

Posted by CK TheJunction December 17, 08 05:40 PM
63.

#28 and #38 are so sad...

the innocent always pay for the sins of the guilty...

Posted by DL December 17, 08 06:05 PM
64.

Lovely collection!

I'd really appreciate it if they were sorted differently. Maybe it's intentional, but the shock of seeing a dead child is so much worse when it's between a festivity and and sports pic. It would be slightly easier to take if they were grouped (also, it would be easier to enjoy the funny/amazing pictures)

Posted by Johnny D December 17, 08 06:09 PM
65.

Why do people take these pictures? They're very eyeopening but what kind of people want cameras in their faces as they're in need of help or dying? Put the camera down and do something more productive.

Posted by Anna December 17, 08 06:09 PM
66.

i'm so impressive they're so good Thank you!

Posted by gülbin December 17, 08 06:16 PM
67.

wow
no words to describe it...
let the pictures speak.

Posted by Me December 17, 08 06:20 PM
68.

It's extremely upsetting to see so many photos of death and disaster. I'm not suggesting it would be better to be shielded from any of it. I just feel as if this should be a major wake-up call. Did we REALLY want 2008 to be like this? Let's try to make sure that 2009 is not.

Posted by sabend December 17, 08 06:43 PM
69.

The Big Picture has recently become my favourite website - thank you for the effort of those who risk their lives to capture these amazing moments around the world.

Posted by Ben December 17, 08 06:46 PM
70.

#20 - How does he land? Does he have a runway or something?

Posted by ryan December 17, 08 06:49 PM
71.

imagine what tragic events happen so far away, but we should see more of what happens in our own front and back yards,and we surely can live "it" a little more appreciative.

Posted by eddie December 17, 08 07:42 PM
72.

As with previous big picture photo essays in Boston.com, the political bias in the Middle East coverage is striking.

Lots of Palestinian victims (two photos), but absolutely nothing of the hundreds of rockets fired from Gaza on Israeli civilians in towns and cities in southern Israel resulting in loss of life and maiming. No pictures of Palestinian suicide bombers or vicious heavy machinery attacks against civilians in Jerusalem.

Nothing of horrific Muslim-on-Muslim violence in Iraq, Afghanistan. Nothing of Iranian missile firings.

Posted by Ed December 17, 08 07:47 PM
73.

Yeah those were cool!

Posted by JJB December 17, 08 07:53 PM
74.

Comment #15, Amen to that! I had a similar sentiment.

Posted by wayne December 17, 08 07:55 PM
75.

lol...every one has an opinion, so this blog does its job. But I just want to say I appreciate that you do this blog as a whole...it's the highlight of my day, good or bad subject matter, because you took the time to show me things I've missed or re-enforced things I've experienced. You make me think and you get a lot of wows out of me too. Thanks for the great year.

Posted by Sue Choppers-Wife December 17, 08 08:01 PM
76.

Wouah, respect to photographer…!!!

Posted by Julien December 17, 08 08:26 PM
77.

Realmente me he impactado, pues hay mas cosas que llenan de tristeza que momentos buenos creo que es hora de acercarce a Dios y hacer conciencia de lo que estamos haciendo o mas vien lo que estamos destruyendo, ojala que hagamos conciencia GRACIAS por leer mi nota.

Posted by Jorge G.J.J.V.A. December 17, 08 08:34 PM
78.

I stumbled upon stumbleupon.com tonight. These photos are amazing. Props to the photogs who often are in harms way and get "money shots." Looking forward see 2 & 3.

Posted by Joanne December 17, 08 08:40 PM
79.

@ Anna,
The photographers who work hard (yes, it actually is hard work) to take these photographs are documenting our life and times on this world in a way that wasn't possible before photography. We would still be living in the dark ages if it were not for them (and also movie film crews) sticking cameras in people's faces.

Posted by Chas December 17, 08 08:41 PM
80.

Fantastic! This collection of amazing photography does 2008 a world of justice.

Posted by Ric December 17, 08 08:51 PM
81.

Oded, Justified? Someone throws a rock at you, you order air strikes on their neighborhood? What would you think if people from another country came to your state/city, moved in, claimed it as their god given home land and started treating you worse than a dog? You'd be pissed. The Israeli / Palestinian "conflict" is unreal. I am an American and a patriot through and through but this country's pro-Israel policy is criminal to say the least. What have the "terrorists" told us about why they do what they do to the U.S.? Our support for Israel. What could we do to end the threat of terrorism? End our support of Israels war machine. Why don't we? That's an answer I just can't fathom. I guess this country was founded on displacing native peoples, we are just doing what we do best.

Posted by Lucas December 17, 08 09:03 PM
82.

You look at # 40 and realise how lucky we are to be living in Australia, and how much more we should think about those living elsewhere.
Thank you.

Posted by Sue Abbett December 17, 08 09:04 PM
83.

no comment

Posted by Noel Bonnici December 17, 08 09:06 PM
84.

They're all really cool, except #38 is hella sad!

Posted by reQuiem December 17, 08 09:34 PM
85.

#28 makes my heart ache. It portrays so much emotion.

Posted by Joshua Cisco December 17, 08 09:58 PM
86.

Question on #29: Is it possible that there is another person (adult?) wrapped up in the tent flap just in front of the child?

Posted by Bob December 17, 08 10:01 PM
87.

Wow, beautiful, but so sad. There is NO reason for all the suffering!? We must learn to except and help one another.

Posted by Deb D December 17, 08 10:05 PM
88.

I don't understand how these people can be doing these things when we are having such a good time - running elections and choosing the right water spigots in our nice bathroom.

Posted by Granville Wells December 17, 08 10:12 PM
89.

Thanks for your responses, I never heard of a "back fire" before

Posted by Michael December 17, 08 10:14 PM
90.

this is disapointing

Posted by Anonymous December 17, 08 10:19 PM
91.

Looking forward to sets 2 & 3.
Awesome photos.

Posted by emily December 17, 08 10:32 PM
92.

why are we F*CKING BLOWING PEOPLE UP!!!??!!!!!?

Posted by Vinney Cavallo December 17, 08 10:37 PM
93.

The wind is blowing toward the fellow holding the flare gun. He is using it to start a fire which will burn toward him, destroying grass and undergrowth and creating a break. You have to be darned sure that you can stop the smaller fire in front of you.

Posted by Dale December 17, 08 10:40 PM
94.

@ lucas: "What have the "terrorists" told us about why they do what they do to the U.S.? Our support for Israel. What could we do to end the threat of terrorism?" You advise America to give in to terrorists, and help stamp out the only true democracy in the middle east. That's not the answer.

Posted by leelee December 17, 08 10:41 PM
95.

...he's starting a fire

Posted by mike December 17, 08 10:42 PM
96.

"Oded, Justified? Someone throws a rock at you, you order air strikes on their neighborhood?"

No "neighbourhoods" are targeted in Israeli air strikes; nor are Palestinians "throwing rocks" at Israelis.

The entire town of Sderot is under constant Qassam rocket fire, often daily, indiscriminately targeting schools and residential areas. In response the Israeli military targets strikes against Hamas infrastructure and operatives which are used to launch the missiles against Israeli civilians almost daily.

Posted by reuben December 17, 08 10:49 PM
97.

wow. incredible photos! big picture rocks!

Posted by myke December 17, 08 10:50 PM
98.

This was an amazing collection of photographs. I only hope that the next two days will have a few more pleasant ones. It's crushing to see that little boy...

Posted by nathan December 17, 08 10:58 PM
99.

so sad to see the suffering.. When will men stop being selfish and hating each other ??

Posted by balajirrao December 17, 08 10:58 PM
100.

I also stumbled upon this page tonight by way of stumbleupon.com...i love stumle upon...I dont see how u all can say there is so much bias in these photos...this is a compilation of events...people just happened to be there to get good pics of what was going on...we live in a world that thrives on drama n controversy, we all proved that here by arguing over the content of some pictures...people have opinions n not vryone agrees n that causes arguing...its a fact...that is one reason y there r so many horrible situations, we all need to shake hands, play nice n help each other out or we r all going to be overcome by pettiness n violence...

Posted by Katie December 17, 08 11:09 PM
101.

"Oded, Justified? Someone throws a rock at you, you order air strikes on their neighborhood? What would you think if people from another country came to your state/city, moved in, claimed it as their god given home land and started treating you worse than a dog? You'd be pissed. The Israeli / Palestinian "conflict" is unreal. I am an American and a patriot through and through but this country's pro-Israel policy is criminal to say the least. What have the "terrorists" told us about why they do what they do to the U.S.? Our support for Israel. What could we do to end the threat of terrorism? End our support of Israels war machine. Why don't we? That's an answer I just can't fathom. I guess this country was founded on displacing native peoples, we are just doing what we do best."

Your entire comment is so grossly inaccurate, mistaken, slanderous and downright wrong it is incredible. You clearly have no idea whatsoever as to the dynamics of the conflict, its history, the relationship of the two peoples, or their respective cltures. You are simply taking misunderstood or inaccurate information, propaganda and lies, and using it to blame the Israelis for the entirety of the conflict and indeed for other peoples' hatred of Israel. This is exactly the same as the mthods the Nazis used to demonize the Jews and it is a prime example of the latent antisemitisim of the modern political left.

Posted by reuben December 17, 08 11:13 PM
102.

Pictures of 2008

Posted by Dusty December 17, 08 11:19 PM
103.

#40 - The "undisclosed" location is a spot called Shipstern's Bluff named for the huge boat-like cliff side that creates the point break of this surf spot.

Posted by Dave Conrey December 17, 08 11:28 PM
104.

captivating 15 minutes of viewing these pictures

Posted by rohandey December 17, 08 11:31 PM
105.

Wow - amazing photos. Its only a pity that most of them carry sad stories behind them of loss, betrayal, war, death or survival that have torn apart peoples lives forever.

May the photos of 2009 carry happier images!!

Posted by Nicole December 17, 08 11:38 PM
106.

Great stories! A thousand times forty words, and more, are stunningly told by these memorable pictures.

Posted by Mona December 17, 08 11:46 PM
107.

Mindblowing!!!

Posted by b-OBBY December 17, 08 11:56 PM
108.

@ reuben
I found nothing wrong with Lucas's comment. He speaks the truth. Would you like to point out what was so 'grossly inaccurate' and 'downright wrong' about his statement?

Posted by T December 17, 08 11:58 PM
109.

Good for the USA president keep full this collection, but anyway is one of the best collection so far.
But I love the picture from my awesome country CHILE, always surprising

Posted by Jose Luis December 18, 08 12:01 AM
110.

Mind Boggling pictures. One of the best I've ever seen. Has a lot of emotion attached to them. Thank You

Posted by Husain Khambaty December 18, 08 12:02 AM
111.

Look closely. Then get sick. Then get disgusted. Then get mad. Then get engaged and do something to make things better.

Posted by steve lewis December 18, 08 12:06 AM
112.

28 is disturbing ....

Posted by Soheyl December 18, 08 12:12 AM
113.

#40... Can we say "ballsy". Kerby Brown "kills" it........ BIGTIME!!!! Pray to NOT "Wipeout"!!!

Posted by Mark Bream December 18, 08 12:14 AM
114.

Amazing pictures...I wonder if we could send pic # 38 to Ms. Condoleezza Rice, she just stated in an interview with CNN "[a]fter leaving office, she wants to work on issues related to education and children"...

Posted by Sonny December 18, 08 12:21 AM
115.

If we didn't have all of this suffering with people blowing each other up - what would we take photos of? We'd be commenting on flowers and traffic jams!

Posted by Justin Joranes December 18, 08 12:23 AM
116.

these are unreal. So powerful. Amazing photographs.

Posted by ryan December 18, 08 12:44 AM
117.

The indiscriminate use of color, (for me), dilutes the content and impact of many of the photographs. That having been said, the surfing shot is superb on every level!


Posted by Dean Cade December 18, 08 12:46 AM
118.

Disturbing, Beautiful, Terrible, Wonderful, and Eye Opening

Posted by Polaris December 18, 08 12:48 AM
119.

"@ reuben
I found nothing wrong with Lucas's comment. He speaks the truth. Would you like to point out what was so 'grossly inaccurate' and 'downright wrong' about his statement? "

Every single thing that he wrote is utterly inaccurate. Every. single. thing.
Just two of the most grievous errors:

1. His claim that Palestinians are "throwing rocks" at Israelis. The town of Sderot is under constant almost-daily bombardment by Qassam rockets that hit schools, residential areas and businesses indiscriminately. These are fired by various sub-groups of Hamas. Air strikes into Gaza are in RESPONSE to attacks such as these.
2. Air strikes into Gaza DO NOT encompass "neighbourhoods." They are confined to definite and precise targets such as single houses that contain outlets of smuggling tunnels or weapons caches; or vehicles operated by Hamas millitants. The Israeli armed forces operate with THE MOST sophisticated intelligence-gathering and targeting procedures in the ENTIRE WORLD and their focused, narrow-impact targeting and weapons technology is second to none.

In other words, the Israelis target ONLY military infrastructure and assets belonging to the other side and ONLY in reponse to or anticipation of a genuine threat to their own citizens. Hamas indiscriminately fires upon Israeli civilians without provocation almost daily.

Try a simple search of the news sometime; NOT news stories written for Reuters by a Palestinian stringer quoting Hamas officials. Search for Sderot - go to the Israeli military or foreign ministry home page and read their reports on various missions into Gaza. Israeli targeted strikes technology means that when targeting terrorists or their infrastructure a maximum of about 20% of casualties will be collateral damage - this is admitted by B'tselem which is notoriously leftist and pro-Palestinian. Note that the Palestinian territories are two of the most densely-populated areas on earth; and that Hamas and other militants do not make any attempt to avoid civilian areas for cacheing weapons or launching attacks against Israel - in fact they often deliberately use civilian areas as covers. Contrast with Israeli casualties in Palestinian attacks which are almost 100% civilian - and deliberately so since the vast majority of Palestinian attacks specficially target Israeli civilians, not military personnel or infrastructure.

These are easily verifiable facts for anyone who is willing to take the few minutes it requires to search for them, rather than buying into the leftist view of Israel as an evil oppressor which stands up to nothing greater than the most basic scrutinization of the facts.

I attempted to include some links in an earlier post but it was rejected by the comments moderation. A simple search for "Sderot" and "Israeli targeted strikes" will confirm both of these very basic facts.

People like yourself and Lucas make extravagant claims as to the evil of Israelis and their responsibility for events above and beyond their control - and dismiss even the most basic benefit-of-doubt or attempt to establish the facts of a situation, and wholesale belief in what is propagated by Hamas - whose very founding charter states their intention to destroy every Jew in Israel. How you can claim that this is "speaking truth" is beyond me.

Posted by reuben December 18, 08 01:01 AM
120.

Makes you want to sit back and think how damn lucky you are!

Posted by Rajorshi December 18, 08 01:03 AM
121.

There's no Mumbai attack in it???

Posted by Mohit December 18, 08 01:06 AM
122.

Very good......

Posted by M Rahman December 18, 08 01:23 AM
123.

#17... i see multiple faces in the smoke.

Posted by B December 18, 08 01:47 AM
124.

BRAVO-BRAVO-BRAVO Thanks for foto

Posted by Goker Ciftdemir December 18, 08 01:56 AM
125.

If you do not live in Israel, if you do not live in Iraq, if you only get your news from news and not from first hand accounts... If you do not live in Africa or America or Russia or ANYWHERE where these pictures are taken, you have no right to bend the thoughts of other to what you believe... UNLESS you were there. A picture is a picture a photo is a photo. Yes, these are incredible photos.

They are all beautiful whether happy, sad, tragic, colorful. They are still only photos and one photo does not tell even 1% of the story. Try being a photojournalist.

Fo

Fogive

Posted by Shlomsie Nadler December 18, 08 01:56 AM
126.

When I looking on Palesinian and Izraeli conflict and argumentation of Izrael I see thats history really make turns and in case of them came back to moment of Hitler and nazi politics. Like a nation such sufered thru the II war they should know better like others thats this politics is fiasco. When I'm hear about their big wall I see Hitler talking about coridor to Gdansk/Danzig. When I see killed Israeli citizens in bomb blasts I see european underground army actions effects. What for I ask what for ? Just to have some square miles/km more of what sand and rocks ?

Posted by Remi December 18, 08 02:21 AM
127.

these are amazing pics... some of them heartbreaking. Its too bad that we can't jus appreciate the photos and the emotions that come along with them, instead we have to get into the politics and create yet another argument with eachother. everyone will have their own views of the pics, but instead of argue or create more conflict, jus try to absorb and understand ur feelings associated with them and learn to appreciate the lives of others.

Posted by csiller December 18, 08 02:21 AM
128.

Congratulagtions ..... excel·lent recopilació d'imatges ...

un 10 s/10

Posted by Jordi Albà (Barcelone) December 18, 08 02:43 AM
129.

#6 I'm from China, and thanks to our impotent government, most of the survivors losing their houses in the earthquake back in May are still living in tents, with the winter coming, their nightmare is far from over.

Posted by lmanpig December 18, 08 02:47 AM
130.

Namdaemoon Gate in South Korea event was too sad.

Posted by Jen.K December 18, 08 02:50 AM
131.

I think this is a great collection. I am especially impressed by the juxtaposition of real world horror with images of recreation and sports, an equally true aspect of life, but that somehow invokes a feeling of disgust for our societal ethics and our valuation of the important aspects of life as individuals.

Posted by shredandride December 18, 08 02:51 AM
132.

thx for the pics, and Frohe Weihnachten from germany!

Posted by sebastian munich December 18, 08 02:57 AM
133.

Too US centric...

Posted by imbolcus December 18, 08 02:59 AM
134.

sad 2008, will be happy 2009 i wish

Posted by KYS December 18, 08 03:09 AM
135.

Amazing photographs! I don't like political wind comming from number of photos. I believe if you want to show the problem in some region - show both sides!

Posted by E. December 18, 08 03:21 AM
136.

This is absolutely awesome. All of them. Thanks so much.

Posted by Al December 18, 08 03:22 AM
137.

Very pretty colors!

Posted by Anonymous Coward December 18, 08 03:35 AM
138.

Lovely collection !!! Worth watching again & again...

Posted by Bala December 18, 08 03:41 AM
139.

I was higjly amazed that the most eventful event of 2008 was not featured. The election of Barack Obama.

Posted by Anonymous December 18, 08 04:06 AM
140.

Superb Collection of pictures. It hurts and pinches, picture 26, the fear on the little boys face.
Thank you for putting them all together.

Posted by Sonali Ketkar December 18, 08 04:23 AM
141.

every photo, is come with very clear massage

Posted by kamser December 18, 08 05:03 AM
142.

@ Nels Nelson
The question is really: Why are people in the world fighting at all?

Posted by Nik December 18, 08 05:21 AM
143.

The one thing that struck me out of all the amazing pictures of war torn countries was that you singled out the pic of the US marine to specifically tell us that he was uninjured. what about all the other pictures of people in extreme or dangerous situations...why do you not have a little tag line informing us of their fate?

Apart from that, thank you. Amazing stuff.

Posted by Damien December 18, 08 05:56 AM
144.

These pictures are really fantastic... they shake you completely.

Posted by Heena December 18, 08 06:25 AM
145.

amazing!!

Posted by manjagedik December 18, 08 06:35 AM
146.

This is beautiful !! Thanks for including caution messages.

Posted by Diana Salha December 18, 08 06:43 AM
147.

pic #22 , 26 ,38
showing the brutality of the occupation , both of Israeli and American attackin the civilians in Palestine and Iraq

Posted by Palestinian school boy December 18, 08 06:46 AM
148.

I am speechless. Thank you. At the moment I just can't write anything that would be nicely put , original or witty enough... and I think the photos deserve such comments. My husband is going to Afganistan next year (Happy New Year?).He is a professional soldier. I am terrified......
Thank you again.

Posted by dorota rachon December 18, 08 06:48 AM
149.

If you look up the word "Impact" in the dictionary, there will be a link to this page.

Thanks for the amazing photos

Posted by John December 18, 08 06:57 AM
150.

a little bit disjunct in continuity... mixed with dramatic.

too cold.

25 is cool.

Posted by FUZ!ON December 18, 08 07:05 AM
151.

marvelous, excellent, i have never see these kind of shots up to now

Posted by mahendra varma December 18, 08 07:07 AM
152.

Karen E has it right and she has it wrong; the struggle in the Middle East is not between Israel and Palestine, it is between Israel and the Arab world - and let us include Iran. The stated, professed goal of Hamas is the elimination of Israel which has had to defend itself for 60 years and through five wars from Arab efforts to achieve that aim. For decades Palestinian terrorists have deliberately targeted and slaughtered Israeli civilians, women and children. For how long would the U.S. or British or German or French or Chinese or Japanese governments tolerate such a situation before bringing massive force into play?

Posted by Seth December 18, 08 07:12 AM
153.

121 & 139, read the title of the page: there are another 2 sets still to come.

Posted by Alistair December 18, 08 07:18 AM
154.

For all the Above who can't live their life in a humane way:
Peace & Shelter & Food here on Earth

For those who can, don't ignore what you saw Above!!!

Love & Light

Posted by Violetta Biziou December 18, 08 07:20 AM
155.

#28 is an incredible photograph...

Posted by Chris December 18, 08 07:59 AM
156.

I am from Argentina and I must say these Photographs are incredible. I don't really find words to describe the sadness that some of the images cause on me, but I can say that I am utterly dissapointed by the human race. Very few of us have found that our potential is inmense and use it for a good purpose. Very few of us have truly understood the meaning of love and compasion. But I always ask myself: What can I do? Being so far away from this problems, how can I even give my oppinion? I see from far away, people fighting for power, for money, for resources. I see how the media is so corrupt and only shows their version of the truth. I see how our minds are perverted and alienated since chilhood...

Posted by Lucas December 18, 08 08:00 AM
157.

So I ask myself another question: Will we find the right path, or will we end destroying ourselves and our planet, and die, whit our eyes wide shut?

Posted by Lucas December 18, 08 08:04 AM
158.

Reuben, don't be a hypocrite; your vitriolic rant is filled with inaccurate assumptions and generalizations. Bottom line: there is a difference between a just conflict between two comparably endowed adversaries and a disproportional military occupation. The ratio of Israeli to Palestinian civilian casualties is approximately 1:400. And the world is fed up with America's unilateral support for Israel's ambitions. It is the PRINCIPLE reason why terrorism and instability in the ME continues unabated. If you don't know this by now, or call those who disagree with you "anti-semites" or part of the "liberal left" then you are either ignorant or in denial of the basic issues and interests at stake in this 'conflict'.

Posted by Isaballa Humey December 18, 08 08:17 AM
159.

simpyl just amazing,however the word "just" does not do these images any justice.There is nothing "Just" about them,they are a credit to the Pros's who took them.World class quality and reporting.Well done you all.

Posted by davidlongstaffe December 18, 08 08:21 AM
160.

damn i cant believe how horrible 2008 really was. it really makes me think about how lucky i am. kudos to the photographer for capturing those moments like that

Posted by odysseus December 18, 08 08:41 AM
161.

Alan - Thank you for starting this site, it's been consistently fascinating and one of my favourite places on the web since it began (and I suppose thanks to the Boston.com editors who had the good sense to ok it!). Looking forward to parts two and three of this series, and to The Big Picture in 2009.

Posted by Ambrose Chapel December 18, 08 08:45 AM
162.

Beautiful pictures.
Too bad the Israels Defence Force is depicted twice as a monster while no reference is given to the constant bombing od Sderot by Hamas and Palestinian Jihad.

Posted by yuval T. December 18, 08 08:53 AM
163.

Quanto odio c'è in questo mondo :(

Posted by titti December 18, 08 08:55 AM
164.

Incredible photos. Still photos allow the time to study and reflect and understand that isn't possible in film. The instant lives forever and penetrates even the most hardened souls. Great work.

Posted by Don December 18, 08 09:12 AM
165.

wow!!!! these are the best photographer.....they are like messi in soccer...and something more....

Posted by stylianos December 18, 08 09:19 AM
166.

Truely amazing shots

Posted by Gary Hartley December 18, 08 09:33 AM
167.

Touched deepest part of my heart (specially the air strike on Baghdad's Sadr City in Iraq on April 29, 2008, a person carrying a Dead Child )

Posted by AK December 18, 08 09:38 AM
168.

# 38 had me in tears for about a half hour. I'm currently 7 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, a son. And all I could think of when I saw that picture was: 'That was somebody's little boy. That was somebody's baby. Barely old enough to understand the concept of war, and he was a victim of it.' And #6 is beautiful in such a sad, sad way.

Posted by Rachel December 18, 08 09:40 AM
169.

Number 38 tell its all. That´s what Americans were doing in irak... and the thing that they are doing all over the world. So don't ask why everyone hates America in the entire rest of the world.

Posted by mario December 18, 08 09:46 AM
170.

craig good, can you read? more likely you're a bigot and only the word "Palestinian," which you naturally equate with terrorism and violence, registered in your brain. You should probably go back and reread the reports of the protests against the security wall.

Posted by rick gerbick December 18, 08 09:49 AM
171.

its to heave

Posted by desiree December 18, 08 09:56 AM
172.

great shot
so much pain

Posted by titto December 18, 08 10:00 AM
173.

Fantastic thanks

Posted by Anonymous December 18, 08 10:15 AM
174.

#57....
We create such inhumanity because our creator gave us "free will", the difference to know what is right and wrong, but we continue to o wrong anyway. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of right and good in this world, and I certainly try to do the right thing, but not until the bad is eradicated, will we realize what this world, our lives and those of others, is supposed to mean to us. Unfortunately, I think it will only be realized in the end, when its too late for all of us.

Otherwise, photo journalistically, great pics and hope to see more. What a great daily "Stopping place" on the web :) Nice work!


Posted by R2D2 December 18, 08 10:17 AM
175.

Israel's Apartheid needs to end. They've been murdering the native population for so long, now they're murdering journalists. What's next?

Posted by blogger December 18, 08 10:17 AM
176.

It's cool, except no. 38 is so sad

Posted by teguhsn December 18, 08 10:21 AM
177.

espectaculares fotos

Posted by Polofox December 18, 08 10:30 AM
178.

Maravilhada.

Posted by D December 18, 08 10:35 AM
179.

Referencing #7...

Do all soccer players have a fuzzy white photo-shop halo surrounding their silhouette?

Other than that, I agree with the profound impact of the photos and great respect to the courageous photographers!

Posted by Photophile December 18, 08 10:36 AM
180.

And we think we have problems!

Posted by Edite December 18, 08 10:48 AM
181.

I really like this website, it is true a picture really does tell a story, kudos and recognition to the photogs and Boston Globe and the people manning this site.

In this selection the combat photo is unreal, I am sure the subject has vivid memories of the event

Posted by bostonrugby December 18, 08 10:49 AM
182.

It is extremely hard that so shocking moments of destruction and pain are those who remember.

Posted by Eduardo Sánchez December 18, 08 11:04 AM
183.

El mundo esta podrido de nosotros mismo con males, violencia de hombre, intereses malvados, las imagenes nos dicen la cantidad de maldad que practicamos. YHVH es poderoso pero tambien es inteligente y prudente, es mejor que seamos CONCIENTES Y CAMBIEMOS DEFINITIVAMENTE RAPIDO. Les aseguro pronto ya no habra mas imagenes que mostrar pues YA HABREMOS DESTRUIDOS TODO SOBRE LA TIERRA.

Posted by Erik Aliaga December 18, 08 11:07 AM
184.

Casi lloro.

Posted by toxrn December 18, 08 11:25 AM
185.

somos una gran plaga y los unicos que van a sufrir son nuestros hijos ellos no tienen culpa alguna de todo el caos a su alrededor hagamos consiensia y tratemos de darles lo mejor stop the focking war

Posted by soto December 18, 08 11:38 AM
186.

Every single picture is unique in it's own way. It was captured at the right moment and that would be very hard to do. Kudos to all those photographers. I love the first one, nature is incredible.

Posted by Palvi December 18, 08 11:40 AM
187.

Wonderful photos!!! -

Posted by Belkior Castro - Brazil December 18, 08 11:45 AM
188.

#38 Brings home what a waste a life lost is.

I'm sure there are pictures showing simliar tragedy on opposite side but that is not the point.

A child's death regardless of race is a tragedy for all.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Mahatma Gandhi,
Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 - 1948)

Posted by Peter Stalker December 18, 08 11:51 AM
189.

great pictures. but i wonder why it does not contain any pictures from the greatest event of the year 2008 , beijng olympics

Posted by prakash December 18, 08 11:52 AM
190.

What an amazing display that reminds me of the triumphs and challenges we face, and notably, without any direct reference to the world's economic crisis. For me, many are testimony to our Creator and in many cases, depict forces at work that are much more powerful than a still child-like mind would ever hope for!

Posted by Ron Ellis December 18, 08 11:57 AM
191.

i think it is neat that you only show dead palestinians. I would think the dead jews of israel are just as picture worthy, but then again that would not fit your organization's agenda. Has there not been one picture taken of an israeli killed by a palestinian? How about the two Chabad jews tortured and killed in Mumbai? No photos of them?

Posted by Ben December 18, 08 12:05 PM
192.

Great Pictures, keep up the good work. Just to add to all the comments posted previously. The basic concept of Zionism is to create a "Jewish state". Can you get any more racist. It sounds alot like creating an Arian State.

How can anyone claim to be for freedom and then declare Zionism which is meant to create a country that is populated by a single race of people. Racism at its best. Or shall I say Fascism.

As early as October 25, 1919 Winston Churchill predicted that Zionism implied the clearing of the indigenous population, he wrote:

"there are the Jews, whom we are PLEDGED to introduce into Palestine, and who take it for GRANTED that the local [Palestinian] population will be CLEARED out to suit their convenience." (Expulsion Of The Palestinians, p. 15)

Posted by One Truth December 18, 08 12:11 PM
193.

disappointing, really hope the 2+3 sets are more than just news or taken in the ZOO!

Posted by kyyylä December 18, 08 12:14 PM
194.

@ Ruben you say "The Israeli armed forces operate with THE MOST sophisticated intelligence-gathering and targeting procedures in the ENTIRE WORLD and their focused, narrow-impact targeting and weapons technology is second to none."

If this is true, how come they got their ASSES handed to them by a small group of militants in Lebanon not so long ago?

WAKE UP!! Israel is quite happy to blame everyone in the world for their "Problems" but never willing to admit that they are a bunch of KILLERS!!!

Posted by PhotoJSA December 18, 08 12:28 PM
195.

In response to 94

It's not a democracy. No Palestinians are allowed vote in Israeli elections and what's left of the Palestinians have been herded into enclaves up and down the Levant and are remorselessly pounded by a far superior miliatry force in the most blatant form of collective punishment.

In South Africa the denying of a vote to an ethnic group was called Apartheid.

In the former Yugoslavia removing population for the plantation of another ethnicity was called Ethnic Cleansing.

In Warsaw the enclaves into which a single ethnicity was herded was called a Ghetto.

How easily we forget.

Posted by Muc Beag December 18, 08 12:28 PM
196.

People may citicize the president but he has kept us safe.
My father is fighting in Iraq and he loves what he does, it's tuff leaving behind his five kids and a wife but he signed up knowing what he was doing.
I love my father and i support his decisions which are fighting for this great country we have. These photos show how blessed we are

Posted by Hannalee December 18, 08 12:41 PM
197.

The Big Picture is truly one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.. so captivating.. to the people who are upset because some of these images are violent ..please look around at the world we live in today.. it is mainly violent and hard to swallow and its sad but true its ignorant to not want to view these photos to now want to know what's truly going on in the world.. i think the photographer is absolutely amazing and I truly thank him for his willingness to really show.. the big picture.

Posted by BIGPICTUREFOREVER December 18, 08 12:43 PM
198.

I am incredibly impressed by the majority of these photos. It makes me wonder why Photo #7 is included as it has been digitally edited and is not a true photo, but rather a compilation.

Posted by Matthew December 18, 08 01:04 PM
199.

@158...
This type of rational justification for violence, based on proportionate numbers of fatalities and collateral damage, is precisely the type of attitude which instigates a continual, perpetual violent clash in the world. Should we be happy, or even content with a 1:1 ratio of fatality? This viewpoint is the principle reason why terrorism exists today. You are counting numbers, not looking toward the cause. What a shame!!!

Posted by Humanithai December 18, 08 01:11 PM
200.

amazing... fantabulous.... unbelievable...remarkable... i dont have the words to describe such kind livelihood snaps... great...

Posted by sridharan December 18, 08 01:23 PM
201.

It would be a poignant stance to provide pictures of hardships of both sides of a conflict side by side (one after the other). Not necessarily a ratio of casualties per side but a glimpse into the pain and suffering felt by both sides. After all, it affects each one of us, individually. It would be a glimpse into the foundations of racial, societal, and cultural hatred: each suffering side feeling justified to hate the other.

Posted by Humanithai December 18, 08 01:32 PM
202.

Isaballa Humey - #158
"The ratio of Israeli to Palestinian civilian casualties is approximately 1:400."

Is this true? I am genuinely asking. I am not sure of the numbers, but I admit that I would be very surprised if this is true. Could you find me some source where I can look this up?

Also, be careful with these numbers. Because Palestine has no actual army, then everyone there, including the terrorists, would count as civilians. So I think the only fair way to compare is by comparing also with Israeli soldiers.

One more thing - ratio of killed only implies on who is more powerful, not who is more evil. Imagine a scenario of a 20-people mob suddenly attacking a very huge crowd, with intent to kill, and the end result is that 2 people of the crowd dies, and the entire 20-people mob. Would you claim that the crowd, which acted out of self defense, is more evil because much more people on the other side have died?

Posted by Oded December 18, 08 01:33 PM
203.

If it was so necessary to include anti-israeli pictures why not include pictures from Sdrot where the civilian population continually is bombarded with rockets from the terrorist population in Gaza. Stop the anti-Israeli bias. It looks to creep in to the media all over.

Posted by Mike December 18, 08 01:49 PM
204.

Those pictures made me think...Life is a Bitch!!!!

Posted by JP Eye Witness December 18, 08 01:50 PM
205.

wonderful!

Posted by jol December 18, 08 01:53 PM
206.

I loved 1 of 3, but I can't figure out how to get to 2 of and 3 of 3.

How do I get there?

Thanks.

Posted by roger Gledhill December 18, 08 02:01 PM
207.

thank you post #196. you have brought true perspective of what it is all about. May God watch over your father and everyone keeping our country safe.

Posted by ryan December 18, 08 02:01 PM
208.

Why does everything have to be turned into a political statement?? They are pictures from around the globe. Skiing, Polar Bears, and yes, war and natural/unnatural disaster, but this is not about the story, it's about the pictures.

everyone must simply get over themselves a little and stop pushing agendas.

By the way, the pictures are STUNNING.

Posted by Randy December 18, 08 02:02 PM
209.

It's sad that the world is biased nowadays towards Palestine.

Israel's civil areas get Qassam rockets daily, and when it does anything against Gaza, the world condemns it fiercely.
It happens once that they shoot civilians, and they put it as if they were the bad guys...

Talk about openness and free thinking...

Posted by Oszkar December 18, 08 02:15 PM
210.

Awsome pictures, some amazing images to make you think
Thank you
x

Posted by Anonymous December 18, 08 02:17 PM
211.

cachaça!

Posted by luiz longo December 18, 08 02:31 PM
212.

Incrible big wave in Australia...

Posted by Valter Otávio M. Porto December 18, 08 02:38 PM
213.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Posted by frankoliva December 18, 08 02:47 PM
214.

Všechny obrazy jsou nádherné, u každého tajím dech a nestaèím se divit, je to jen malá hrstka toho, co na tomto svìtì je!

Posted by Lena December 18, 08 02:47 PM
215.

A beautiful tragic of this world....

Posted by maker December 18, 08 02:49 PM
216.

Great Pictures;
Keep up the good work. These pictures make people to realise how lucky they are living in safe country and think about others who needs help.

Posted by s December 18, 08 03:03 PM
217.

Let us salute the photographers who was there to witness and document this.

Posted by Thomas December 18, 08 03:04 PM
218.

Who on earth would make things better for those who suffer exile, starvation and forced migration. Victims of young ages, people who never had the chance to make it through this life because of some god damn politics. I wonder what Condoleeza rice will have to say about pic 29 & 38. I wonder what Human rights will have to say about those pics and all the pics that were not taken and to be taken.

Posted by Moe December 18, 08 03:11 PM
219.

TERRIBLE

Posted by Fátima Rocha Perini December 18, 08 03:14 PM
220.

La cago , a veces uno duerme calientito en su casa , mientras otros pasan frio , es triste ese contraste pero tambien es unmotivo para estar agradecido de estar del otro lado , y q esto nos sirva para crear conciencia....

Posted by sir_lancelot December 18, 08 03:21 PM
221.

#38 Photo of a little boy. Oh my god! I almost cried once I saw a dead innconect little boy! I do understand how his family's feeling since I lost my daughter myself. Kept telling myself how could I raised her good if she is still around by me. Wow, hurt it so much when I see this photo!

Posted by Mama December 18, 08 03:21 PM
222.

Estas fotografías muestra un poco de nuestra realidad diaria, milagros, desgracias, maravillas modernas y maravillas creadas por dios, esto en verdad son una serie de imágenes que nos llenan de sentimientos diferentes con solo pasar de una a otra, dejándonos boqui abierto, con la grandeza de lo que vivimos a diario, solo puedo opinar que somos parte de la solución y que con solo uno de nosotros coloque de su parte, evitaremos las desgracias, mejoraremos como personas y podremos disfrutar de lo mas hermoso el resto de nuestras y futuras vidas...
Sres. es tiempo de tomar conciencia!!!

sres

Posted by Ruben December 18, 08 03:42 PM
223.

To Reuben:
reuben you are so blind. To be fair to the Palestinians, they should also be able to arm themselves with the latest military equipment and training Israel has including nuclear bombs, and then have all out war which is more fair in my opinion, and who ever wins can get the land. But it is unfair when you are comparing and justifying qassam rockets with air strikes and daily raids of Palestinians lives. All I can tell you is you watch too much CNN or you are a Zionist.


Posted by ALex December 18, 08 03:54 PM
224.

if you enjoy photojournalism, come in Perpignan, France, each year on september, to put an eye (or both) on "VISA POUR L'IMAGE", great festival and meeting between photojournalists and public. thank you for this compilation.

Posted by Lou the french. December 18, 08 03:56 PM
225.

increible la calidad grafica de todas ellas cada una cuenta una historia por separado las tima que exista tanta violencia y cosas asi en el mundo pero es lo que nos debe de hacer dia a dia cambiar

Posted by gandark December 18, 08 04:14 PM
226.

É O RETRATO DA VIDA NO MUNDO, ONDE O RESPEITO AS DIFERENÇAS E A ESPERANÇA DE UM DIA MELHOR ESTAM REFLETIDOS NOS QUATRO CANTOS.

SOLDADO, POLÍCIA MILITAR CAVALLAZZI
FLORIANÓPOLIS, SC BRASIL

Posted by SOLDADO CAVALLAZZI December 18, 08 04:15 PM
227.

Incredible photographs. It makes me thank my lucky star on a daily basis, for my life to be so good and easy in comparison to what some people experience in other parts of the world. Thanks for making this available to the public.

Posted by Steve Penanhoat December 18, 08 04:19 PM
228.

Sad. Just plain SAD.
Everyone wants to kill everyone else.
Sad.

Posted by Sadman December 18, 08 04:30 PM
229.

I'm surrpise there were no pictures of suicide bombers walking into an eating establishment and blowing it up. Or maybe some terrorists hiding behind women and children while shooting at US Marines.

Or maybe a picture of the mentally disabled suicide bomber?

Posted by Green December 18, 08 04:35 PM
230.

Great photography!!
But not quite great journalism :Showing one side of the Israeli-Palastinian conflict is unprofessional and pro-Palastinian to say the least!!

Disappointing that photography is used to promote lies!!

Posted by eedandor December 18, 08 04:36 PM
231.

Thank you.

Posted by Karl December 18, 08 04:45 PM
232.

Incredible stuff. I'm a bit biased because I'm a surfer, but #40 blew me away. Here's the other photos from that huge wave:

http://surftherenow.com/2008/11/08/kerby-brown-rides-40-ft-monster-wave-in-western-australia/

Posted by Evan December 18, 08 04:52 PM
233.

many thanks to all the photographers who dedicate their time to capturing the moments that would otherwise be lost to time.

Posted by robyn schmidt December 18, 08 04:54 PM
234.

Picture #40 is not an undisclosed location in Austalia. The location is Shipstern bluff, one of the more famous big wave locations in the world (and one of the scariest)

Posted by karl helmstetter December 18, 08 05:00 PM
235.

the first one is one of the coolest photos i've ever seen. Wish I had take it.

Posted by James December 18, 08 05:07 PM
236.

#25 is exactly the sort of photojournalism that irks me. I have read many of the comments on here, and no one seems to have noted that the poor man in this picture, crushed by rock yet still living and in obvious pain, is spending horrifying moments being photographed up close by someone whose sole objective is to exploit his agony. For goodness' sake, help the man! Put down the camera once in a while and lend a hand. Can you just imagine what that's like, to be the man in the photograph? All you want is someone to help you, to make the pain go away, to make it "all better"--and some callous jerk gets up in your face, focuses his gigantic lens, shoots blinding light at you, and then publishes your once private agony for all the world to see--rather than organize some people together to pull the rocks away and rescue you--in the hopes of winning some Pulitzer prize.

That said, there are a great many good photos above besides this one, and I would not ask that journalists stop photographing tragedy. I merely request that in the process they not forget their humanity.

Posted by Jessica December 18, 08 05:07 PM
237.

Anyone else think the jetpack man is impressive? Just me??

Posted by Phil December 18, 08 05:17 PM
238.

Congratulation for the choice.

Posted by Roberto - Italy December 18, 08 05:17 PM
239.

very fantastic, genuis, genuis, really

Posted by chafik December 18, 08 05:21 PM
240.

US Centric? Did you read the same article I did?

Only a handful of these were US related:

1) The article is not completed yet, so any bias one way or another should be reserved until it is complete.

2) This *by far* is a better display of knowledge of world events than most commercialized journalism, so I say well done. And I applaud the limited political "voice". These are just pictures-- you decide.

3 ) Just for the record, I wish there were more of these kinds of displays of emotion in US society. If only there was caring, compassion, enthusiasm outside of hindsight, the world may be a better place.

Posted by Dancingsunlight December 18, 08 05:38 PM
241.

Nice collection, reading this blog is actually ruining it.

Posted by muzzletof December 18, 08 05:49 PM
242.

These are beautiful photographs. I find it kind of funny, though, reading through these posts. We're all so hopeful and worried about the future, but we can't appreciate good photography without getting into heated arguments about it. That's the saddest commentary of all, I think.

Posted by Bob December 18, 08 05:55 PM
243.

Well done.
Thank you for sharing talent & vision.
For those who feel that it should be closer to their ideological position,
you're missing the point.
It's truly an awesome collection.
Please keep shooting.

Posted by Gary Knowles December 18, 08 06:02 PM
244.

Ruben,

You are comparing me with a Nazi? I'm not saying the Palestinians are right, I'm saying Israel is WRONG too. You'd be surprised to learn that I'm an independent thinker, that these are my own ideas and I don't subscribe to anyone’s newsletter. Obviously, Ruben you are ignoring the fact that the JEWS LOST ISRAEL a long time ago. Yes, they were treated horribly throughout history and especially under Nazi Germany's rule, but who the hell is the UN to just "give" the Jews a homeland again?

"Sir, the Jews are wondering where they should go. Europe doesn't feel right any more"
"Well, tell them to go to Israel."
"Well sir, it’s been Palestine for a few thousand years now."
"Oh, well who lives there?"
"Palestinians sir."
"Ok. Hmm. Do they have an army?"
"No, not really. Not much of one to speak of."
"Any powerful friends?"
"Well, no, not really. They're Muslims so, outside of that region, not too many real allies."
"Ok, we'll just divide it up"

And so it was. So don't tell me I know nothing of the history. What I know is that winners write the history and Israel is quietly trying to win. They can't use words like genocide because the Americans, Israel’s biggest backer, don’t like it. We'd never knowingly back a religious cleansing so that makes Palestinians who say they want to kill every last Jew "worse" than Israel because they actually said the words.

The wool has been pulled over your eyes Ruben.

You aren't paying attention to what’s happening over there. Google "Rock throwing" and you'll get plenty of photos of Palestinians throwing rocks at Israelis. Yesterday, a man was killed when a rocket blew up his home. The home was not the target, so your insistence that Israelis have good aim and superb targeting is misguided. I'm not saying that its ok to throw rocks, people can get hurt, maybe even killed. But responding to rocks with tanks is overkill.

Maybe you were trying to say is that it’s a fair fight and let me assure you, it is not. The Palestinians kill civilians because they can not win against the Israeli military. But tell me that blowing up homes and schools and hospitals with military grade weapons isn't terrorism in its own right. Do you see the futility of your argument? Each side is fighting the war on its own terms.

Your suggestion not to get information from a stringer on the ground and to go to the government’s official websites is laughable. I try to read all sides of a story and take away what sounds the most plausible. If I read the news only from the White House, I'd think the Iraq was over, what, 3 years ago?

I am not an anti-Semite, I am not pro-Palestinian either, I'm a guy who lives in a nice neighborhood in Arizona who has kids that I let play outside because I have enough faith that no one is going to blow them up or shoot them down. Everyone deserves that lifestyle. I don't have a solution to the Mideast’s problems. Sadly, very few ideas even. But I do know that I am tired of "Holy war", I'm frankly tired of anything holy and anything war. I want my kids to be able to see the world, meet people and eat dinner with strangers. Your god is not better than mine, mine is not better than yours.

This is a war that can't be won. Both sides are going to have to compromise. We may not see eye to eye, but poking each others eyes out to make a point won't work either. People like me are not making extravagant claims; we are not listening to Hamas or Peres. The Israelis deserve to go to market without fear of being blown up by some extremist and the Palestinians deserve to go home and find it still there.

As far as giving in to the "terrorists" demands, I would never suggest we "give in" or give up. We've lost too many good men and women; I am suggesting a withdrawal of support for Israel because they are just as bad as the "terrorists".

Posted by Lucas December 18, 08 06:10 PM
245.

Beautiful! Very thanks. As belas imagens são um balanço desse ano marcado por tragédias.

Posted by carlos barbosa December 18, 08 06:12 PM
246.

Hi. TWO of the 40 pictures have ANYTHING to do with Israel and/or the Palistinians (that's 5% of the pictures). The comments, however, are overwhelmingly about those two pictures and are overwhelmingly nasty.

I have an idea. Take a deep breath, look at the picture of the polar bear, or of the surfer, or the jellyfish again, and then be amazed by the artwork, the eye, and the vision of the photographers. Leave the political nastiness aside...for 10 minutes. Can any of you do that?

Posted by Michelle December 18, 08 06:12 PM
247.

WAY too many US pictures.

Posted by alison December 18, 08 06:30 PM
248.

Wow!! Great shots!!!

Posted by Marcelo J Bresciani December 18, 08 06:30 PM
249.

Photography is image and image quality, of preference, but its great value is also that one of the opportunity. Your pictures are all magnificent ones.
To those that discuss joining either Palestinian side or Israelis’, I suggest that better they read history and so they will realize that such attitudes drive nowhere. After so many years of brutality it is time to try to promote inside these two great people to intend to constitute one homeland and doing so that they learn how to put up with the other and to cohabit with the values and beliefs of the other one.

Posted by Sergio December 18, 08 06:51 PM
250.

Isaballa (comment 158).
I think the whole world agrees with you (outside of the US and Israel).

Posted by Paul from Australia December 18, 08 07:00 PM
251.

Jus Amazing

Posted by iAngelDJ December 18, 08 07:09 PM
252.

Best... blog... ever.

Posted by vandrop December 18, 08 07:12 PM
253.

All the photos are incredible. Congratulations.

Posted by Falcogcv December 18, 08 07:31 PM
254.

Thought provoking! Roller coaster ride of emotions. Made me cry and made me wonder at natures beauty and her horror. Man's inhumanity to man stinks!

Posted by Jenny December 18, 08 07:35 PM
255.

vraiment merveilleux

Posted by Jules Falardeau December 18, 08 07:48 PM
256.

According to Dick Cheney we're safe because we waterboard people....we have broken our promise...a promise made after World War I that we would not torture people for any reason..it's call the Geneva Convention...sad that we can no longer keep our promises

Posted by Edie December 18, 08 07:51 PM
257.

#12 - Just wait until they find out what kind of carcinogens are in all those little black balls.

Posted by Matt December 18, 08 08:00 PM
258.

War itself is impressive, and the war pictures here are so good that we can not avoid having most of the comments about them. That in itself shows these pictures are great. A good picture should triger feelings. The stronger the feeling (positive or negative), the better the picture.

Posted by Cesar Flores December 18, 08 08:10 PM
259.

@243

"The Israelis deserve to go to market without fear of being blown up by some extremist and the Palestinians deserve to go home and find it still there."

That's kinda the problem though.. the Palestinians (ok, not all of them, but their leadership) won't be satisfied without the total annihilation of Israel, and ideally all Jews worldwide. They HAD a pretty good peace deal worked out in the 90's, but at the last second, Yassir Arafat said "nope, screw you guys, I'm going home" and continued planning attacks on Israeli school buses. Things went downhill from there and a decade of bloody heartbreak ensued.

In order for compromise to occur, both sides have to be willing to accept the existence of the other. I'm not saying that Israel's hands are completely clean here, but if you're going to claim that they are "as much at fault" in the ongoing conflict as the Palestinian authority, you're simply being dishonest. If your sole stated goal is the annihilation of "the other guy", there's really not much to work with.

The muslim world at large needs to *back off* a bit. That, and stop firing rockets from people's windows, then when that window has a rocket flung back into it, cry outrage that civilians were harmed.

What I'm getting at is that if the two sides need to meet in the middle, Israel may not have walked nearly far enough yet, but the other side has turned its back and continues walking in the opposite direction. Attacks against Israelis results in attacks against Palestinians and the cycle continues. The complication in worldwide opinion occurs because Palestinians are the underdogs and everyone loves to root for an underdog. Even if that dog has rabies.

Posted by Bob December 18, 08 08:11 PM
260.

The denizens of the middle east have been fighting over that same, god forsaken strip of crappy real estate for thousands of years and it's still just a waste. You stack up the bodies of the Palestinians, the Jews, the Muslims and you cat like their is some dignity or morality in your actions.

Fools. Murderers.

You steal your children's futures in the name of gods who have not managed to save either cause. It's not so holy anymore, is it? Go home. Stop fighting over sand, stone and scrub. Your gods have forsaken you, and you, them.

Posted by bunnerabb December 18, 08 08:24 PM
261.

Irresistably compellent images. Excellent photography. Suddenly, the words seem monumentally inept to describe the atomic particles of life, appended and pierced so precisely by glass, yet nothing shattered.

YOU...are the work of art here!

Posted by Beverley December 18, 08 08:36 PM
262.

very-very fantastic...i love it's

Posted by harun tajudin December 18, 08 08:40 PM
263.

Hannalee
We were not invited to iraq. While 5000 US / UK troops have died, nearly a million iraqi's have been killed, and several million fled - then there's the suffering of all the other people.
Saddam was a bad man - but it has been proven he had no links to terrorism, had no WMD's, had chemical weapons once (but we sold them to him in the 80s when we wanted him to kill Iranians' in the Iran, Iraq war).
Yes, people criTicise the president and TUFF?? Have you received any education? Do you know the history of the region? That the iraq borders were drawn up on the back of the proverbial napkin after WWI. That the US/British over-threw the democratically elected leader of Iran and installed a dictator in the 60s because the "democratically elected leader" seized the foreign oil companies. That iraq (due to the various wars) has the largest oil reserves outside of SA. That no oil could be taken from iraq by US/UK companies as they were banned from doing business with Iraq? That the French and Russians (who strangely opposed the war) had lucrative oil contracts with Iraq under the oil-for-food program?

Posted by marksmith December 18, 08 08:46 PM
264.

Palestinian people are herded like cattle in their homeland, they live behind steel fences and walls, their right to travel inside their land has been taken. They can't even use major highways that are built on their land. The problem is there are too many fascist in Israel.
Try to imagine yourself and your family living under these conditions. The nerveous breakdown is inevitable, to all this atrocity palestinians are overly patient.
But a few who become insane and blow themselves up and others give Israel the right to "defend" themselves in somebody's homeland.

Posted by tosihiko December 18, 08 09:02 PM
265.

Muito boas as fotos!!!

Posted by Italo December 18, 08 09:08 PM
266.

Almost all the elements of human existence in beautiful, horrible, breathtaking pictures frozen in time. But where is the element of human compassion., only God knows, These are the things that grab a our attention.

Posted by David T. McDonald December 18, 08 09:15 PM
267.

I like to look at these as individual photos and take each one in by itself. Each one says a lot, some more than others, but still they all have something to say. I appreciate you putting this blog up. Regardless of how these photos are interpreted, it's nice to know that someone else sees the power these photographs, as well as the art in general, have for us.


To those questioning the motives of the person taking the picture, I hope you'll realize that standing aside and documenting tragic or glorious moments can sometimes be a more powerful tool than personally interfering. Their purpose is to present these moments for others to see, for those who cannot be there. Otherwise, you would not be talking about it, would you?


To those arguing about Israel/ Palestine, and to those complaining how awful the world is, know this: All situations have two, if not more sides. This world is covered in people who don't agree. The source of all of this is exactly what you are all doing, arguing yet solving nothing. I'm not a hippie, and, as a realist, I don't believe in world peace. We'll never achieve something so fairytale-esque. These photos in many way reaffirm this belief for me. It's awful to see so much tragedy, and great to see so much achievement.

These qualities are what define us a humans, but they are also what seal our fate as a race. The photographs above capture the dual nature of us as a species, like it or not. It has nothing to do with religion or science or sides or imaginary lines in the sand. The only redeeming factor within humanity is art. In it's pure form, it is the only thing we do without purpose other than expressing what we feel. This is different for many people. For some it is to capture the emotion of a moment with a snapshot. For some it is to express this emotion in a melody or rhythm. Regardless, if it is to be pure, then it is unbiased and raw. I believe you are sullying the purity of these pictures by trying to place them in some category. They do not deserve this. These picture are what they are; Moments: good or bad, scary or sad, proud or mournful, full of awe or shame. If only for a brief time, look at them again, without your bias, without your opinions, and without trying to decide who's side the camera-person was on. Though they may present bias in the their natural state, you can choose to look at them as pictures, and not representations of opinions. If you can do this, you are doing not the artist or anyone else, but yourself and the art-form itself the justice it deserves. After all, it is all we have in a world that will undoubtedly collapse upon itself. And because when we are all gone (which will inevitably happen) there will be no use in choosing sides and arguing, only documenting what was, good or bad, right or wrong; though the real tragedy is that there will be nobody here to appreciate how it makes them feel anymore.


Blogger, thanks again. Regardless of how you may feel about what I or anyone else said, your contribution is appreciated, respected, and hopefully, understood. But then again, I'm dishing out fortune-cookie wisdom on a website, I'm likely just pissing in the wind.

Posted by Tim December 18, 08 09:16 PM
268.

Maravilhosas!

Posted by Rafael December 18, 08 09:21 PM
269.

Oh, today is attack Israel day again, whats new, the biased media always finds a way to fit in some partially staged shot to tilt public opinion.... Ohhh those poor innocent peace-seeking Palestinians are always the target of the violent Israelis....
Enough is enough, get the facts straight!!!
Israel has been willing to make major concessions with just about every Arab state, but Hamas, and the other factions aren't looking for peace they're looking to rid the region of all Jews... Listen to what they say....

Posted by Brian December 18, 08 09:21 PM
270.

Beautiful photos. Makes one stop and take time out to study the photo as a whole, and all the minute details.
Photos like these make me love photography even more - and they also rekindle the passion for the art.

Posted by ADM December 18, 08 09:29 PM
271.

We all need to appreciate what we have...

Posted by Anonymous December 18, 08 09:38 PM
272.

Awesome-the good-the bad -the beautiful -the ugly; it's all there.

Posted by Wolf Heart December 18, 08 10:11 PM
273.

thank you for the terrific photos - it's a gift to see a witness's view of life in any aspect - the ugly, the angry, the painful - as well as the beautiful, inspiring and humourous. Artists mark the now - they don't judge it. The proportion of agenda based commentary above is a sad attempt to make someone else's art either for or against what you think - grow up ladies and gents - it's not all about you.

Posted by Laurene December 18, 08 10:18 PM
274.

EXTRAORDINARIAMENTE IMPACTANTE!!!!
Esse é o nosso MUNDO...
Soldado, Policia Militar, MASCARENHAS.
Feira de Santana, Bahia, BRASIL.

Posted by Fábio Mascarenhas December 18, 08 10:30 PM
275.

Awesome!!! Great reflection of the year gone by! Merry Christmas and a Happy new year!!!

Posted by S De Alwis December 18, 08 10:45 PM
276.

Astonishing. Ought to provide a download option. Worth recomending to others.

Posted by Banni Pulikottil December 18, 08 10:48 PM
277.

As a father, my heart went out to the parents of the poor innocent lifeless child being held aloft in #38. Surely we can do better than that? For the faceless decision maker who authorises such an attack, you need to have that picture beside your phone so you fully consider the ramifications of what you do.

For goodness sake, lets not worry about what separates us, but consider more what unites us as human beings living on the one planet...

Posted by a saddened Australian December 18, 08 10:51 PM
278.

What are we doing sitting here and watching these photos? Why aren't we acting to save the world from misery ????!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Bharathi December 18, 08 11:08 PM
279.

Speaking as a Muslim living in Asia, I'm truly heartbroken to see how my fellow Muslim sisters and brothers are treated in Palestin.

Stereotyping all Muslims as 'extremists' or 'terrorists' shows how ignorant you are-- How would YOU feel when you go home and find out that your house has been taken over by Jewish people? How would you feel when your homeland, the place you've been living all your lives are being taken over by other people, regardless of their religion. Is it right when people come and say, "Hey, this place is our place now! Get the hell out of here!" Are you just going to take it or FIGHT?!

@258 ***The muslim world at large needs to *back off* a bit. That, and stop firing rockets from people's windows, then when that window has a rocket flung back into it, cry outrage that civilians were harmed.***

Back off? If standing up for your religion is wrong, then go be an atheist. I'm not saying that violence justifies violence, but when your brothers and sisters are killed mercilessly in other countries in an unending one-sided war, then something is screwed up if you don't want to realitate. Peace talks and agreements? Bullshit, tell me when that ever really works. Don't believe the goverment-influenced media-- they'll show you a picture of a flower, when the true picture is that the flower is resting on a GRAVE.

Posted by Proud Muslimah December 18, 08 11:16 PM
280.

Boston Globe: You are mixing good photography with political pornography!

By showing only the pictures of the oppressed Palestians, you are serving the official agenda declared by the Palestian Hamas: "Kill the Israelis or at least send them all back to where they came from", while ignoring the fact that they are not willing or capable to negotiate even with their own brothers, the Palestians from the West bank.

A few pictures of the Qassam rockets fired daily from Gaza at the Sderot schools in Israel would justify at least your title: "The Big Picture".

Posted by GE December 18, 08 11:33 PM
281.

Imagine a world without George Bush Jnr and Snr.

How is being in Iraq 'protecting' the US?!?! I think people who are somehow naive enough to believe that our being in Iraq makes the world a safer place haven't gotten out much themselves .. A lesson to us all, go look around this amazing world of ours. Take a look at how other people live. Come back to the US and tell us then who the real terrorists are!

Posted by k2kyinmel December 19, 08 12:00 AM
282.

@264

Kind of sounds like something that happened to the Jews in the 20th century. I'm not saying what the Isrealis are doing is justified, but you can't act like it's never happened to them. And the group leading the Palestinians happen to think the Nazis had the right idea.

Posted by Adam Sapples December 19, 08 12:01 AM
283.

#9: It's still a bit surreal to me! I used to live a few blocks from the river (I was one of the thousands flooded out) and I ran by that bridge almost daily along a riverfront path. To add a bit of fact: those buildings are houseboats from Ellis park, upriver, that came loose with the rise of the Cedar river. The bridge itself hadn't been used in years and the cars on the bridge were put there to weigh it down.

We're still recovering but a lot of businesses and households have rebuilt thanks to our great community. Happy holidays!

Posted by cedarrapidsnative December 19, 08 12:04 AM
284.

f*cking nice

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 08 12:07 AM
285.

keren bangeet!
AWESOME!

Posted by Azelia Pattiasina December 19, 08 12:11 AM
286.

Fantastic Stuff, great to see.

Posted by Pratidhwani Srivastava December 19, 08 12:31 AM
287.

Thank you Brian (269)... finally a rational opinion!

Its definately gang up on Israel day it seems...


Amazing Photos BTW.

Posted by Tsafanman December 19, 08 12:38 AM
288.

I love these photos, not so much because they are beautiful and breathtaking in the enormity of what they capture through the lens of art, but in the enormity of what they capture about us, as humanity, and what we are doing in with this world that we live on. I am awestruck with the breadth and variety of the human condition that is present in this collection of photographs-- the joy, the suffering, death, life, nature at it's best and at it's worst and always in reaction to us. On any given second on this earth, as we sit here, coddled and privileged in front of our shiny computers, so many people on this earth suffer. I'm glad that at least something moves some people to see this side of it. I hope those people start to care.

Posted by anna karenina December 19, 08 12:42 AM
289.

These images are extraordinary ...

The most memorable events give us those litle victories that we need to have flashes of happiness and the raw moments humanize us all and make us appreciate what we have and help to those who need it most

Posted by Nallheli December 19, 08 12:43 AM
290.

Super wonderful photos ...

Posted by Farshad Palideh December 19, 08 01:16 AM
291.

Amazing pics. They shows life in our planet from different aspects: beautiful nature, invisible but miracle moments, human aspiration (in sport, technology) as well as suffering no matter if it is caused by war, natural cataclism or peoples' violence.

Posted by Zaya December 19, 08 01:38 AM
292.

195.In response to 94

It's not a democracy. No Palestinians are allowed vote in Israeli elections

Hahahahahahahahahahaha... The Palestinians have THEIR OWN democratically-elected governments in Gaza and the West Bank. Guess what, Israelis aren't allowed to vote in those elections, either. Guess that must be apartheid too, huh? Likewise, I can't vote in American elections by dint of not being a citizen there, so I must be a victim of apartheid.

Oh, unless you were referring to Palestinian Arabs who live in Israel and are Israeli citizens, who do in fact vote and have in fact elected several Arab lawmakers and (if he's still in the post) a Palestinian Arab science minister as well as several other high-ranking leaders.

You might as well claim that Mexicans in Mexico are apartheid victims because they can't vote in US elections.

Did you ever stop to think that such idiotic misuse of words like apartheid, ethnic cleansing etc. as are thrown around with reference to Israel, are simply cheapening the words themselves and insulting ACTUAL apartheid victims?

and what's left of the Palestinians have been herded into enclaves up and down the Levant

"What's left of the Palestinians?" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

There were around 750 THOUSAND up to ONE MILLION Palestinian Arabs who fled Israel during the war of independence. Check the UN figures if you'd like. There are now around FIVE MILLION Palestinian Arabs in Palestine. There are around ONE POINT EIGHT MILLION Arabs, mostly Palestinians, who live in Israel proper, and are outstripping every other demographic besides the tiny ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority in birth rate. "What is left" of the Palestinian Arabs is around FIVE TIMES what their numbers were in the war of independence.

Oh, and as I already demonstrated from the factual record of commentary at the time, it was NOT the Jews who did this. The Jews inherited the problem twenty years later from the Egyptians and Jordanians who created it in the first place.

Is criticism of Israel no longer even required to make the slightest sense at all these days? What a joke.

and are remorselessly pounded by a far superior miliatry force in the most blatant form of collective punishment.

Oh really. Do you have proof of this? Do you mean "relentlessly pounded" like Sderot is - where the population has ACTUALLY DECLINED and economic activity is crippled by the barrage of Qassam rockets? Or do you mean the targeted, low-impact strikes that Israel performs in order to neutralize militant infrastructure that is used to target Israeli civilians?

In South Africa the denying of a vote to an ethnic group was called Apartheid.

In the common vernacular, implying that Jews are committing grievous human rights offences such as denying others the right to vote on the basis of their race when no such thing is true, is called ANTISEMITISM. GET USED TO IT.

In the former Yugoslavia removing population for the plantation of another ethnicity was called Ethnic Cleansing.

I guess Gaza has been ethnically cleansed of Jews then - after, that is, the Arab nations ethnically cleansed their own people from Israel as is ADMITTED by EVERY ARAB NATION.

In Warsaw the enclaves into which a single ethnicity was herded was called a Ghetto.

Hey - there are no Jews in the territories because the Palestinians didn't want them there, not the other way around. Are you forgetting this? Is settlement of the territories by Jews now a GOOD thing?

OR WERE YOU PERHAPS REFERRING TO ISRAEL - THE ONLY PLACE AMONG THE VAST EXPANSES AND INNUMERABLE PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST IN WHICH JEWS MAY LIVE WITHOUT PERSECUTION. IS THIS PERHAPS THE GHETTO OF WHICH YOU SPEAK??? SURELY YOU CAN'T BE REFERRING TO THE MUSLIM ARAB TERRITORIES WHICH BORDER MUSLIM ARAB NATIONS AND HOUSE MULSIM ARABS???

How easily we forget.
Posted by Muc Beag December 18, 08 12:28 PM

IN 1940S GERMANY, CLAIMING THAT THE JEWS WERE AN IMMORAL PEOPLE WHO VIOLATED OTHERS' RIGHTS AND HAD NO REGARD FOR THE HUMANITY OF ANY BESIDES OTHER JEWS WAS USED AS JUSTIFICATION TO MURDER MILLIONS OF THEM, ON MORAL GROUNDS, AND TO PREVENT THEIR NEGATIVE INFLUENCE ON HUMANITY AND RESTORE MORALITY.

HOW QUICK SOME ARE TO REVIVE SUCH SENTIMENTS AND PRETEND THEY HAVE NO RELATION TO THOSE THAT SAID THE SAME THINGS ONLY SIX DECADES AGO.

Posted by Reuben December 19, 08 01:41 AM
293.

After looking at these pictures and reading most of the comments, I would like to say that bickering back and fourth at each other is entertaining. Yet you must realize that is not the reason these pictures are on this website. If you would like to know the real reason anyone should appreciate photography and these pictures you should read comment 267. It will explain to those who bicker that art is meant to express basic emotions not political differences. Yes some can be viewed as having outside influence but when the artist decided to make his work of art he was thinking of a basic emotion. Whether it be happy, angry, sad, mad, or any other emotion, the artist just expressed how they felt or still feel. please don't ruin an artists work by making it all about you. just appreciate the art and enjoy every bit of it.

Posted by Mark Chapman December 19, 08 01:50 AM
294.

No Pictures of the destruction after the Hurricane hit Galveston Island?

Posted by Bigmista December 19, 08 01:52 AM
295.

Hope you all do have a merry christmas

Posted by Jrd December 19, 08 02:15 AM
296.

Nice one Tim. Not just pissing in the wind this time. I got it. Good stuff there. And I NEVER read blogs. I just got forwarded these pics and they were so increadible, and I got sucked into the commentary that followed.

On all this Israel/Palestine talk, Bunnerab nailed it. Totally shut up and go home you religious whacko yahoos. Like THIS is what your "God" wants you to do? Seriously? He just wants you all to be in some neverending stalemate of suffering and pain? Obviously your God either doesn't exist or doesn't want to help you, because you're all still there in that horrifying mess with no end in sight. If I lived in that area and I believed in God I think I'd call him a duchebag and tell him to sit and spin.

Posted by Joseph O. Aramathea December 19, 08 02:22 AM
297.

To comment 179...

The white halo you speak of is actually caused by the bright lights seen on the right side of the frame.

Posted by L.Bee December 19, 08 02:34 AM
298.

awesome ..

Posted by fla December 19, 08 02:50 AM
299.

How great moment

Posted by Young December 19, 08 02:55 AM
300.

Fantastic Photos!!!

Posted by Damianos December 19, 08 03:03 AM
301.

lovely

Posted by Gayatri December 19, 08 03:59 AM
302.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Posted by frankoliva December 19, 08 03:59 AM
303.

great pictures

Posted by ken December 19, 08 04:03 AM
304.

every picture a world press photo! very good selection by the editors, congratulations

Posted by martin meissner December 19, 08 04:11 AM
305.

these pictures are so astounding and and capture amazing moments!
however it is an upsetting reminder of the state of our society that the majority of these pictures depict some form of violence..
it is my wish for all of us that, when we look back at the end of 2009, the year will be a reflection of peace, humanitarianism and happiness!

Posted by L. Werth, South Africa December 19, 08 04:23 AM
306.

Kinda puts my life in perspective

Posted by Karen Heins December 19, 08 04:28 AM
307.

Amazing photos, shame there are so many comments of people pointing the finger at the other side, the photos are meant to make us realise how amazing nature is and how destructive man.
Enough of the religious and political disputes - nature knows not of politics or religion just of mutual respect and respect of nature itself.

Stop polluting the minds of the children with hate and grudges.

Posted by richard December 19, 08 04:36 AM
308.

Excellent pictures. Unbelievable. congrats! Looking forward to the rest

Posted by facundo December 19, 08 04:40 AM
309.

@ MarkSmith (#263)
Lay off. She's a daughter who is trying to cope with her father being in the war. I assume that at the moment what she doesn't need is a political lesson from some faceless blogger. Like many have said to others, try putting your political agenda aside, and consider the emotions that are stirred by tragedy on both ends. That's what I believe art and photography of this nature should do.

Posted by CLDunn December 19, 08 04:56 AM
310.

Me gustaría poder conservarlas... Impactante año, como siempre...
Paz para todos y Justicia más.

Posted by Salam December 19, 08 05:43 AM
311.

I agree with Edite.
And we think we have problems .....

Posted by Dragos December 19, 08 05:45 AM
312.

We kill ourselves.

Posted by baSTARd December 19, 08 06:02 AM
313.

im dumbfounded.......... these are brilliant...........

Posted by baptu December 19, 08 06:15 AM
314.

I pick #40... doesn't need to say why.

Posted by YK Song December 19, 08 06:28 AM
315.

fudido! *>*

Posted by lowis December 19, 08 06:31 AM
316.

Fantastyczne ujecia, super zdjecia, gratulacje

Posted by profil December 19, 08 07:05 AM
317.

Awesome,inspiring,devastating,thought provoking,sad,happy,triumphant
everything that photo journalism should be about.....
2008 is not over yet however

Posted by John December 19, 08 07:10 AM
318.

Very well captured... Too good!!

Posted by sid December 19, 08 07:19 AM
319.

Wonderful contrast between privileged Europeans and Australians living it up (skiiing, surfing) as against the misery almost everywhere else

Posted by Ravi December 19, 08 07:35 AM
320.

Every picture tells a story (Happy or sad)

Posted by Angela December 19, 08 07:47 AM
321.

Fantastisch mooie foto's zitten ertussen.
Prachtig

Posted by Ron December 19, 08 07:47 AM
322.

USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

LONG LIVE THE USA! We have secured freedom for more people and more countries than any country in the history of the world!

Posted by Guy December 19, 08 07:55 AM
323.

The little boy make me cry.

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 08 07:59 AM
324.

Super impactantes, muy buenas...

Posted by Path December 19, 08 08:20 AM
325.

Ano após ano as imagens das guerras continuam figurando entre as mais chocantes... Somos corajosos o suficiente pra aceitar a guerra e não se manifestar contra, mas quando vemos imagens de crianças mortas ficamos chocados.

Posted by Fabio Garrossino - Brasil December 19, 08 08:35 AM
326.

Too "US centric"? It is the BOSTON GLOBE, a US newspaper, after all, I thought it was pretty well balanced myself.

Posted by Tom December 19, 08 08:42 AM
327.

# 38

Poor kid...
...it seems the only innocence suffer in the time of war.

Posted by Hien December 19, 08 08:50 AM
328.

Reuben

750,000 Palestinians were either removed from their land by the Israeli military or left it before the Israeli military got there on advice from their leaders during the Israeli war of independence. That was ethnic cleansing pure and simple, otherwise Israel would have allowed them back to their homes in Israel after the war instead refusing them re-entry and allowing Christian Militias to butcher them in the Lebanese refugee camps under Israeli control.

Pretending that they ethnically cleansed themselves is as farcical as claiming Bosnian Muslims fleeing the Bosnian Serb army ethnically cleansed themselves.

The Palestinians vote in the Palestinian Authority - laughably lauded as a government of the Occupied Territories by Israel and the US.

Except it has no state to govern (there is no Palestinian state), no control over it's borders, no control of its tax revenue, it is completely cut off from another supposed part of its territory which is under blocade, it has no standing army with which to defend itself, it is only ALLOWED to govern the areas that do not have large illegal Israeli settlements (which break up the West Bank into numerous pockets and are strictly cleared of Palestinians), its borders are frequently violated by military incursions and its citizens interned by its neighbour without trial, including children.

Swathes of the West Bank have been annexed illegally under international law by a wall, which even surrounds entire towns on 3 sides, its larger neighbour can kill its citizens with impunity, its land can be annexed at any time by Israel for yet further Jewish-only settlements and you're trying to convince me that they're free????

Blacks were "allowed" to vote in the ANC for years, it doesn't mean they were allowed vote in the REAL government running apartheid South Africa.

The problem with you Reuben is that you don't understand that most people actually agree with the existence of Israel and wish her and her citizens peace but we don't agree that Israelis have any right to use that existence to commit crimes against humanity.

And let's forget the religion of Israel because it clouds judgment on their actions because of past horrors committed against Jews. If you accuse an Italian of committing murder, it doesn't make you anti-Catholic. It means you are accusing the Italian of a crime.

More Italians are Catholics than Israelis are Jewish, so by the same logic, accusing Israel of crimes does not mean you are an anti-semite.

How many Palestinians have died in this conflict for each Israeli? Answer: 400. That's 400 Palestinian eyes for each Israeli eye. Do they not have the same right to defend themselves?

Or is the right to freedom exclusively the preserve of Israeli citizens?

Terrorism is wrong plain and simple, whether it is committed by terrorist organisations or a fully fledged state.

Posted by Muc Beag December 19, 08 09:01 AM
329.

Watching these Photos made me cry...

Thank you!

Posted by Malte December 19, 08 09:11 AM
330.

What a beautiful view for the eyes.I am fascinated of these photos.Very good work.Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Limoeg December 19, 08 09:16 AM
331.

Reuben = Bellend

Posted by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink December 19, 08 09:37 AM
332.

These pictures are all so moving. Each tells a story that words could never portray.

Posted by Bonnie December 19, 08 09:39 AM
333.

SOLO DOS VALORACIONES, LA PRIMERA HUMANA, ESTAS FOTOS REFLEJAN EL MUNDO EN QUE VIVIMOS, LOS CONTRASTES, LOS DESATRES, LA FURIA DE LA NATURALESA Y EL DOLOR HUMANO. QUE MIEDO PENSAR QUE SOMOS PARTE COMO TESTIGOS Y PROTAGONISTAS DE TANTO PERPLEJIDAD.
LA SEGUNDA VALORACION ES FOTOGRAFICA, GRACIAS AL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y A LA ENTRADA EN NUESTRAS VIDAS DE LA FOTOGRAFIA DIGITAL PODEMOS VER Y COMPARTIR ESTAS IMAGENES SIN FRONTERAS Y CON LA RAPIDES EN QUE SUCEDEN LOS HECHOS.

Posted by GLADYS PEREZ December 19, 08 10:00 AM
334.

Amazing, tragic, beautiful, ridiculous.
And yes, I am also in tears over #38.

Posted by Javier December 19, 08 10:07 AM
335.

Why is it that white people think that a picture of a poor black person is somehow considered sweet/endearing/cute/empathetic, etc?. It is really just patronizing and demeaning.

Posted by JRM December 19, 08 10:12 AM
336.

Some one said that picture 40 was shipsterns in tazmania, which is not in the south west its in the south east. I think it maybe Cyclops which is off the coast of albany/ Esperance (forget which) in south west oz.

Might be wrong but it does look like cyclops !!??

Posted by dave Tripp December 19, 08 10:20 AM
337.

Great pics.

Pity about Rule Number 1 of the Internet (that is, that any mention or inclusion of anything relating to Isreal and Palestine will result in an endless tirade of name-calling between two seething sides, neither of whom are EVER going to listen to each other.)
Very pointless, very dull.

Posted by mike ryko December 19, 08 10:23 AM
338.

ESTAS FOTOS SON GENIALES

ESTASN SUPER INCREIBLES¡¡¡¡¡¡


Posted by SORAYA RAMIREZ December 19, 08 10:23 AM
339.

whoever said "Too many US pictures" is a dumbass.
I counted. There are 7 pictures that were photographed IN the U.S.

7. Out of 40.

Posted by shook December 19, 08 10:33 AM
340.

the best photos i have seen recently.. good job...
i liked it very much

Posted by a rakesh December 19, 08 10:39 AM
341.

Thank you for giving us a peek at the world we live in. Keep shooting.

Posted by Elizabeth December 19, 08 10:46 AM
342.

These photos bring joy, sadness and contemplation about the state of our world today.

Posted by Judy Rickard December 19, 08 10:58 AM
343.

Realmente são fotos maravilhosas, acho simplesmente brilhante a fotografia jornalística com uma pitada de foto artística...um dia eu chego lá...

São Paulo
Zona Sul

Brasil

Posted by Bruno Melo December 19, 08 10:59 AM
344.

What is in the upper left hand corner of picture 40? It looks like a shark fin.

Posted by Larry D. Johnson December 19, 08 11:00 AM
345.

Outstanding pictures I have to say. Very ubiqutious with a hint of eerieness that manifast itself into unprofounding insights of the human sense.

Posted by GOD December 19, 08 11:00 AM
346.

my fav image is the wave and surfer. regarding a comment i saw earlier on torturing "the enemy" for information, i once thought "hey when battling terrorism, to extract info about, say, a nuke bomb in NY Harbor, then 'do what you gotta do'..." and perhaps there are instances where such extreme situations occur. If so, then let the law state it is illegal, and the one doing the torturing/authorizing it, be held accountable by whatever punishment is dictated by law. Otherwise, when we cross a line where we treat people reprehensibly with aggregious methods, then no matter what game we are playing - we lose. Study Christ and see he was no dweeb or dummy - maybe there is a time for killing/war/extreme measures, but ... torture?? a friend once called it "walking between the paradoxes."

Posted by dave parham December 19, 08 11:04 AM
347.

Absolutely fabulous photos! Enough has been said about the sad ones so I'll comment on the surfer... Wow, the huevos displayed to WILLINGLY drop into that wave is beyond my comprehension. What a stud!

Posted by Brian Pitts -- Patricia Island, OK. December 19, 08 11:06 AM
348.

amazing selection

Posted by anna simmons December 19, 08 11:17 AM
349.

Respect...

Posted by Sanderalek December 19, 08 11:18 AM
350.

1) There are 8 pictures having to do with the US. Given that this is a US-based publication, 8 of 40 does not exactly seem overly biased.

2) JRM wrote: "Why is it that white people think that a picture of a poor black person is somehow considered sweet/endearing/cute/empathetic, etc?. It is really just patronizing and demeaning."

I don't even know what you're talking about. The only possible pictures you could be referring to are #2 and #29, neither of which are "sweet" or "cute." I would classify them as tragic, and not because the children are black or poor. It is this sort of narrow perspective that hinders change. And no, I am not white.

Posted by andrew December 19, 08 11:39 AM
351.

Amazing photography! The world and it's inhabitants are mind boggling!!! Look forward to seeing what else happened in this year. Unforgettable images. Thank you!

Posted by Audree December 19, 08 11:42 AM
352.

Very awesome images. The truth hurts.

Posted by steveo December 19, 08 11:51 AM
353.

As usual the world wants to see only Palestinian side. I know G-d won't forgive them for this. And world will pay for it. Pity but we will pay together.

Posted by Prof. Shifrin December 19, 08 11:52 AM
354.

Espectaculares las fotografías.

Posted by TIbaldo Borjas December 19, 08 11:53 AM
355.

Most Awesome Photos ever! Just one question.. how come I never ever have even heard of most of these stories happening on CNN or for that matter on any major cable news networks..?

Posted by Sheth December 19, 08 11:57 AM
356.

very ,, very good.

Posted by Ariana December 19, 08 11:58 AM
357.

All those images are impressive. Some are just beautiful, others are terrible. It's true that mainstream news agencies don't show to the world what's going on. These pictures mesmerize my mind.

Posted by JohnRangel December 19, 08 11:59 AM
358.

Des êtres humains meurent et la seule chose qu'on puisse lire ici et là, c'est "merveilleux"... Au contraire, je trouve ça indigne de photographier des gens morts ou entrain de mourir.

Au lieu d'aider ces personnes en difficultés lors de ces évènements, vous ne faites que photographier. Je trouve ça minable voir dégueulasse et plus encore si c'est pour se faire du fric sur ça...

D'façon ca sert à rien de parler ou de s'expliquer, le monde est déjà foutu...

Posted by Fahd December 19, 08 12:00 PM
359.

Can everyone please limit your comments to the relavance of these AMAZING photos! This is not an Award Show to stage your politcal views

Posted by jtags December 19, 08 12:04 PM
360.

how fragile & often strange we are as a species, excellent work...keep it up!!!

Posted by alex riha December 19, 08 12:11 PM
361.

absolutely amazing and wonderful picts tho some were very sad

Posted by roger hicks December 19, 08 12:20 PM
362.

Incredible.

Posted by Pete Kistler December 19, 08 12:36 PM
363.

these photos are art in themselves, and as such should be interpreted by the viewer in a way he/she feels suits. if you get something from any of the images then they have served a purpose

Posted by keith Longman December 19, 08 12:42 PM
364.

Please go back to #28 and look again. Think of your own children and picture them in place of that little boy. No more comments.

Posted by Roberta December 19, 08 12:47 PM
365.

thought provoking. required watching. reminds me of Baraka. ps. #263 from a war watcher- right on.

Posted by susan latta December 19, 08 01:09 PM
366.

Having just listened to Laura condemn the shoe throwing incident as an assault, I wonder her reaction to the dead child in Iraq. A polemic repudiation to be sure.

Posted by Steven R Williams December 19, 08 01:13 PM
367.

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays everybody, roll on 2009

Posted by Simon UK December 19, 08 01:24 PM
368.

Son fotos que nos hacen reflexionar, algunas personas nos quejamos por tonterias mientras que otras viven un infierno todos los dias.
Ojala y tengan paz en algun momento.

Posted by Sonia December 19, 08 01:40 PM
369.

Death, fire, and destruction seem to be the common thread that tie all of these "magnificent" photos together.

Posted by bob December 19, 08 01:48 PM
370.

Neighborhood Bully by Bob Dylan

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully

Copyright ©1983 Special Rider Music

Posted by KnowTheFacts December 19, 08 01:50 PM
371.

To Bharathi, whose comment was #278:

You bemoan the fact that we're looking at these photos instead of acting. How, exactly, does sitting and writing a comment on this blog help save the world from misery?

Posted by Dennis December 19, 08 01:51 PM
372.

Why children must die for f*cking politicians??? WHY????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Respect to al camerapeople worldwide and shame on bastards politicians!

Posted by Eugene December 19, 08 01:56 PM
373.

To Muc Beag...WRONG...the palestinians were told to leave VOLUNTARILY for a bit while the military destroyed the Jews and then all the palis could come "home" and have it all. Too bad the pali's underestimated the Israeli's will to live. The Palestinian's left in hopes of the full destruction of the Israeli's. They lost their bet.

To Reuben. Keep speaking the truth!

Posted by LJRC December 19, 08 02:02 PM
374.

fantastiche.sono belle perchè racchiudono il momento deli fatti successi in quella foto.complimenti.

Posted by liukis December 19, 08 02:05 PM
375.

@ all Posters arguing over this never ending Israeli -Palestine pics (war)

Never ending blood shed over "religion and land". Its a f*cking joke if you ask me. When is the invisible spook from the clouds going to come down and save you all? Better yet, join in your immoral battle? NEVER. Im religious but people like you all make me wonder what the f*ck is the point?! Kill yourselves or just look at the other pics and theyre beauty. Savages.... (All of you holy rollers...)

Posted by The Man... December 19, 08 02:12 PM
376.

If only we COULD act to save the world from misery...our world is slowly self-destructing around us, and we have no one to blame but ourselves:(

Posted by Adrienne December 19, 08 02:15 PM
377.

Muito Boa as fotos..sao sinceramente as melhores fotos que já vi..e os fotografos sao profissionais maravilhoso.

Posted by Francielle December 19, 08 02:16 PM
378.

before I finish to see this I was already crying . Its a shame for everyone is not possible that we do so much damage to others just because they think different, there is not a truly true (verdad absoluta) is just different points of view, what we need is to respect the others, their way of thinking, belives etc. After I see this I think that we dont deserve to have the chance to live at this beutiful world and also it make you think in how good you are in life but at the sametime how useless you are how can we change ? I think starting by ourselfs been each day a little better please teach kids to respect others and nature . They really are the future and are our last chance to do better . sorry for my english I really speak spanish . bye to all

Posted by Elizabeth December 19, 08 02:21 PM
379.

Amazing Pics ..........

Posted by Kunal Bhardwaj December 19, 08 02:26 PM
380.

I weep

Posted by mitch December 19, 08 02:32 PM
381.

Great pictures.

How bout everyone in this thread just STFU and appreciate the pictures for what they are?

Take your political commentary and stick it.

Posted by The mediator December 19, 08 02:37 PM
382.

amazingly awesome.
speechless.
every picture worth its title..

Posted by kadirchan December 19, 08 02:50 PM
383.

LJRC : "373.To Muc Beag...WRONG...the palestinians were told to leave VOLUNTARILY for a bit while the military destroyed the Jews and then all the palis could come "home" and have it all. Too bad the pali's underestimated the Israeli's will to live. The Palestinian's left in hopes of the full destruction of the Israeli's. They lost their bet."

Even if that were the case, which it's not, it doesn't explain why Israel refuses to allow them back to their homes or why Israel allowed them to be butchered in the refugee camps by Lebanese militias.

This all started because some people took exception to the Boston Globe daring to show a picture of the suffering of a few Palestinian children because it didn't show the suffering of Israelis (which doesn't do anything to change the picture or the event) and started accusing just about everybody with a different opinion of being anti-semitic.

The pictures are awesome from start to finish.


Posted by Muc Beag December 19, 08 02:51 PM
384.

First off, to the people complaining about the Israeli-Palestinian war of words being waged here, there is a simple reason for this, and it may help with the next installment of pictures to come tomorrow.

There was nothing wrong with the pictures, it is the captions that are the problem. In picture 26, the caption says that it is a picture of a Palestinian News truck hit by and Israeli Missile, and the wounded lying on the ground. The problem with his caption is that it is 100% pure Palestinian propaganda, and the picture does not support the caption.

The van does not show any sings of being hit by a missile. There are no scorch marks, or signs of a fire that would have resulted from a missile hitting its target. The frfront window looks like it was shot out with a b.b. gun. If a rocket hit that truck, there would have been more damage than what is shown.

If you don't add biased captions, the debate between the sides would not be as intense.

Rueben, thank you for speaking up, keep up the great work. I love to see people standing up for Israel when the world is constantly demonizing her.

As for the photography itself, it is all excellent. Is there any way to get ultra-high res copies of any of these? Picutre #1 is just absolutely amazing, and I would love to make it a large poster size picture to hang on my wall.

Posted by Jason December 19, 08 03:17 PM
385.

Subarashi... Tote-mo subarashi. Yama-sama blowing up in God decry is beautiful.

Posted by Adol Tsumaki December 19, 08 03:26 PM
386.

Oh What a collection!!! The best I have seen.

Posted by Onismus Kufa December 19, 08 03:40 PM
387.

Sencillamente, ¡espectaculares! Felicitaciones a todos quienes hicieron posible esta recopilación. Fantástica!!!. Congratulations!

Posted by jortizp December 19, 08 03:46 PM
388.

What a ridiculous monolougue made by Reuben et al. 'Human rights atrocities' are just that, crimes against humanity, and regardless of race, religion or creed you're totally ignorant if you won't allow yourself to recognise that. We need to look outside of our own experience and our communities if we really want to see the truth. You hide behind quotes and statistics to support a point of view which is far too bound up in your own identity to ever be close to being objective. Don't be a sheep and tow the 'party line' because it suits your agenda. Be a man and think for yourself.

Posted by Nadia December 19, 08 04:04 PM
389.

ok, I will be a better person now
thank you

Posted by aina December 19, 08 04:13 PM
390.

this was scary!;O

Posted by soley December 19, 08 04:15 PM
391.

#370, the wackest song off of infidels is the best dylan we could come up with?

Posted by ajt December 19, 08 04:32 PM
392.

Fotos realmente maravilhosas, pena que o explendor de algumas contracena com as barbaries causadas pela humanidade... E ano após ano vemos as mesmas cenas e nos questionamos: Quando deixaremos de ser irracionais?? pois nem animais são capazes de praticar atos tão inescrupulosos como os humanos...
Parabenizo os profissionais pelas fotos e discredito os humanos causadores de algumas delas...

Posted by Sergio Henrique December 19, 08 04:38 PM
393.

your an idiot man. religion has caused to much sh*t in this world. f*ck religion and f*ck the people who are constantly questioning other peoples faith and oppinions. if there IS a god or higher being of some sort, then im sure he put us on this earth to actually live a life, not bicker and praise someone who may not even exist. most religions are a complete contradiction of themselves anyway.

If people werent so stuck in their obtuse arguments about the statistics and logistics over the arab/muslim distribution, then im sure this would be alot more constructive.

back to the pictures: some amazing pictures in their. i think the polar bear picture is by far the best.

and to those arguing over politics, i guarantee it will get you NOWHERE unless you act for the 'right' reasons.

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 08 05:47 PM
394.

thank you so much for sharing these pictures...AND for letting me decide if I want to see the disturbing ones...I appreciate it. It has been a difficult year on all fronts...here's to a more peaceful 2009!

Posted by Darcie December 19, 08 06:05 PM
395.

number 20 is obviously a buzz lightyear wannabe :P

Posted by minibon December 19, 08 06:16 PM
396.

Just to clarify post 292

The term 'ghetto' was originally used to refer to the Venetian Ghetto in Venice, Italy where Jews were forced to live. The word "ghetto" actually means "foundry" in Italian, used in this sense in a reference to a foundry located on the same island as the area of Jewish confinement.[2] An alternative etymology is from Italian borghetto, diminutive of borgo ‘borough’.

Posted by Rafael December 19, 08 06:20 PM
397.

Thought i would contrubute to this long line of comments

Some stunning photos although many sad ones

What a world we live in

Posted by Stephen- December 19, 08 06:34 PM
398.

The most astonishing picture I have seen this year was the pictures of Galveston, TX USA after hurricane Ike hit. Thanks

Posted by txmuzk December 19, 08 06:47 PM
399.

its a mixture of emotion u can feel if u watch all the different fotos; all i can say is we still happy and dont regret with what u have ...just be happy and pray for our peace and good health

Posted by felicidad oca December 19, 08 06:50 PM
400.

We have no control over anything really...everything has its own reason for happening... pe@ce and prosper to all

Posted by Dahveed All Green December 19, 08 07:25 PM
401.

Outstanding pics...disheartening as some of them are. The moments a photograph might catch can be amazing without a word being said. That first photo just fascinates me. I knew volcanic eruptions sometime caused electrical storms, but the natural raw power in the pic is outstanding...and the blue/green strand just stands out!

Posted by Bdub December 19, 08 07:27 PM
402.

amazing!

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 08 07:51 PM
403.

For all those bleeding heart liberals…
For all those who pretend to know history…
And to all those anti-Semites who replace the word "JEW" with "ISRAEL"…
And for anyone interested in the truth:

Palestine is a land made up of 3 entities known as the State of Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. This area was under Ottoman rule for hundred of years. In fact the whole Middle East was a vast open area part of the Ottoman Empire. Countries such as Syria, Lebanon and Iraq NEVER EXISTED.

After WWI, when the Ottoman Empire collapsed, the British received the mandate to rule Palestine and promised (Balfur Declaration- 1917) to create a JEWISH Home in Palestine. Why: In order to end the historic injustice created 2000 years ago to a happy end! To let the Jews return to their historic homeland where they had a temple in Jerusalem 1000 BC while the ancestors of all present days Jew-Israel haters where still living in caves.

Meanwhile, down in the Arabian Peninsula, a battle was raging between 2 Arab families. The Ibn Saud Family and the Hashemite family. The Ibn Saud family own, hence the name Saudi Arabia. The British wanted to help the Hashemite family so they took one of their sons, Abdullah and nominated him the king of a newly created country called Transjordan, which was no more than 2/3 of original Palestine. Churchill: "I created Transjordan with a stroke of a pen on a Sunday afternoon".

It was called Transjordan because it was all the land East of the Jordan river. The name was later changed to Jordan. Do you get it? The British created a NEW country and installed a Bedouin king from Sadui Arabia!!. Meanwhile they let the Jews and Arabs fight on the remaining land West of the Jordan river, what is now known as Israel and the West Bank.

So what is the just solution to all of this? A state of Israel West of the Jordan river (1/3 of Palestine) and a Palestinian State East of the Jordan river (2/3 of Palestine) where 70% of the population there is Palestinian anyway ruled by the Bedouins of Saudi Arabia. All those Arabs living West of the Jordan River will move West to the Palestinian state. Transfer? Yes! It was successfully done in the Balkans, India and Pakistan, Europe after WWI and many more places.

P.S. for all those who wonder the origin of the name Palestine: When the Roman destroyed Israel 2000 years ago (Yes, Jewish Israel NOT Arab Palestine) they wanted to humiliate the Jews so they changed the name of the land to Palestine after the name of Israel's arch enemy for generations – the Philistines. I wonder if the Arabs even know who gave the inspiration to the name they so proudly display.

Posted by Jacob Wiedhopf December 19, 08 08:05 PM
404.

just mindblowing man

Posted by Frank B December 19, 08 08:06 PM
405.

328.
Reuben wrote:
...750,000 Palestinians were either removed from their land by the Israeli military or left it before the Israeli military got there on advice from their leaders during the Israeli war of independence. That was ethnic cleansing pure and simple,"
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Ethnic cleansing? Are they dead you assh*le? You don't even know the meaning of the term. Go move to Gaza you imbecile. Maybe you should ask Jordan why your palestinians are still in camps. Can't get jobs, can't vote, can't be free....they are beloved by all.

Posted by Sandwich December 19, 08 08:15 PM
406.

Look at the picture of the Kenyan boy traumatized in his doorway. Raila Odinga is Barack Obama's cousin. Obama took a call from him while campaigning in New Hampshire this year.

Posted by John Smith December 19, 08 08:19 PM
407.

absolutely amazing and wonderful pictures, o..
Merry Christmas 08 & Happy New Year 09.

Posted by Tresno Budiyanto December 19, 08 08:24 PM
408.

thank
for live in my country

Posted by FELIPE December 19, 08 08:27 PM
409.

Fotos muito boas! Amazing!

Posted by Alexandre December 19, 08 08:33 PM
410.

as a photographer but mostly as a human being I simply can not understand how you can stand in the presence of a dying or trapped person and snap a photo in their face. they could have only one more breath left before its too late, and there you stand wasting it, so that you can have a good photo. instead of trying to save someones life you are standing there thinking of only yourself. one word for all of you. karma.

Posted by disgusted December 19, 08 08:35 PM
411.

that was really powerful.

Posted by lyssa December 19, 08 08:42 PM
412.

muuuuuuuuuuuuiito legal!

Posted by Willianne December 19, 08 09:03 PM
413.

to think that all these unbelievable pictures came free to your own home - makes you deeply grateful and humble.
Thank you,

Posted by yaffa schlesinger December 19, 08 09:17 PM
414.

the little boy made me cry too... the images are sad but the photography is beautiful

Posted by ape December 19, 08 09:35 PM
415.

# 26 is incorrect. It was actually an Israeli tank airburst shell that did it to the car and people not an airstrike. The camera man was filming the tank, tank crew thought the camera man was carrying an shoulder fired rpg so they shot at him...you can see the actual footage at this link

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b1c_1208421211

Get your facts right!!!

Posted by roger December 19, 08 09:40 PM
416.

Apart from the obviously beautiful images of the natural world, the ones that are focussed on war torn areas, natural disasters etc, or simply humans suffering are the epitome of dsgusting. A f*cking photographer would rather capture the moment of a dying man trapped under rubble that help him. yeh the photographer MIGHT hlep him but his/her intial thought is to get "the money shot"..."get the photo that will speak those 1000 words"...."get the photo that will provoke thought, feelings and deep dispair" of the public who view it, rather than help the poor man or save a life. Disguting human beings, more interested in getting fame, or that one "vietnam-esque" photo of modern day.

SICK!

Posted by ... December 19, 08 09:55 PM
417.

no indian photograph
tjeraj
chennai

Posted by t j ethiraj December 19, 08 10:00 PM
418.

Re #410 "disgusted" ... Don't chastize what you apparently do not understand ... if you were referring to the student caught in the collapse of the school, any unplanned or poorly coordinated rescue attempt will almost certainly result in further collapse and injury or death. I have been involved in rescue operations for over 30 years and slow, methodical, well planned operations are far more sucessful. I can understand your desire to "get in and do something", laudable, but slow and steady is far more effective.

Posted by Alcabiades December 19, 08 10:04 PM
419.

I find it unbelievably sick that you'd take pictures of people who were dying. For instace a guy who had rock, or snow, or SOMETHING fall on him, and you run in there to take a snapshot of him, instead actually trying to save the poor guy. And taking a picture of a chiuld hiding from a sand storm, instead of offering the child protection, and taking a picture of a terrified child and police demand entry into his home. Sure, some pictures are good, but it sickens me that at such tense times there is a photographer everwhere now. It make me wonder if, while they're taking pictures of men risking their lives in the line of duty, are the photographers in line of fire? Taking cover? Or is it posed. Sorry, that annoyed me, reply all you want saying that I'm wrong. It's my personal oppinion

Posted by Olivia December 19, 08 10:17 PM
420.

l love that stuff !

Posted by NUNO MOREIRA December 19, 08 10:30 PM
421.

TO "Guy" You also have killed more ppl then you have saved, plus u voted for Bush.. do i need to say more?

Posted by Binni December 19, 08 10:35 PM
422.

How powerful does that wave look!

Posted by iluciv December 19, 08 10:38 PM
423.

every picture has its own story........ some sad and some happy.....
I literally cried looking at the dead child...
the voilence in the whole world is disturbing

Posted by sadiq December 19, 08 10:47 PM
424.

Those pictures are amazing! We can watch each other like citizens of the world and not as individuals. We feel sorrow for our world, for the people that sufers regadless their nationality or social group. Stop discrimination. Let´s be as one and let´s forget borders. We are part of this world. Maybe we can have racial diferences but we have something in common: We are alive. Let´s forget being Mexicans, Americans, Russians, etc. And let´s be TERRESTIALS. Begin to unite the world. "It isn´t hard to do" JOHN LENNON. Let´s think on those hungry babies from Africa. Let´s make an only one Goverment in the world, just one country called: PLANET EARTH.

Posted by Carlos Carreón Mendoza December 19, 08 11:00 PM
425.

Photo No.3----it will not help to spend money in space, but it does help to improve the environment of the earth.

Posted by Simon Lo December 19, 08 11:09 PM
426.

essas maravilhosas fotos servem para abriri nossos olhos prara a realidade em que o mundo se encontra, infelizmente são acontecimentos, muitas vezes horriveis, porém, que sirvam como colírios para os ue ainda teimam em não ver.

belém PA. Brasil
Adriana Moraes

Posted by Adriana Moraes December 19, 08 11:22 PM
427.

verey good

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 08 11:36 PM
428.

To the guy who said there were 7 U.S. photos.

I counted 6, actually. Maybe I missed one.

By the way those who say the list is too "American".

1) America is large.
2) It's an American newspaper
3) Shut the hell up

Posted by Seanithan December 20, 08 12:16 AM
429.

Truely moving work. Of all the sadness in the world I can say I'm truely greatful for the photographer risking their all for these moments captured.

Posted by Chris Weichert December 20, 08 12:21 AM
430.

#16, what a emergency situation ..

Posted by fe December 20, 08 12:38 AM
431.

There are a lot of comments from people upset that the photographers sometimes take pictures of people who are, well, "in a bad way" to put it very lightly. I understand their point and their wish to help people in need. However photographers (usually) are not trained medical personnel, rescue workers, or aid workers and their trying to help often can just make the problem worse. Another larger issue is that photo journalists are often given a LITTLE bit of freedom to work in disaster areas or war zones without fear of persecution BECAUSE they stay out of it. If, for example, a photographer was working in a war zone and participating in helping wounded soldiers or fighting, he would then become a soldier and not a reporter. Again, often without the required training. He certainly would be killed, injured, or forced to leave.

Finally, the last thing on any journalists mind is the "money shot". They are not there to revel in suffering or exploitively take these pictures. They are three to help show the world what is happening. Certainly, without them we could only have a very limited knowledge about what's going on in various places. Also, people would be less inspired to actually care about it.

So, I laud your desire for photojournalists to help the people they're photographing, (and sometimes they DO) but if they did that, the ramifications might be very severe on many levels.

Posted by Chris December 20, 08 01:15 AM
432.

Nice

Posted by ismayil December 20, 08 01:27 AM
433.

Amen, Muc Beag.

American media portrays Israel as inherently tumultuous, with bloodshed between Muslims and Jews going back centuries. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The bloodshed didn't begin until after WWII, when Zionists used the Bible as "historical justification" to claim Palestinians' land as their own. They started forcing Palestinians into what are effectively smaller and smaller concentration camps as a means to claim more and more property.

Check out this critically acclaimed documentary, which objectively examines the issue from a number of perspectives. It's definitely worthwhile, and features many prominent news anchors and internationally recognized scholars: www (dot) moviesfoundonline (dot) com/occupation_101.php

Posted by asdf December 20, 08 01:44 AM
434.

Amazing photos, depicts what the world is about. 2008

Posted by Merryl Moun tain December 20, 08 01:57 AM
435.

Hello. I'm south korean...
When i was writing the e-news... I chanced upon the article that published the 5th picture.
Then a certain person informed me of the original of the 5th picture.
Hhmm... it is a good thing that 5th picture's marine was not injured...
I hope the marine will be okay...
But the other pictures make me feel sad... Especially, as the people of the south korean, 24th Namdaemun gate picture makes me very very somber... ah...
destroyed our treasure...
Namdaemun is our national treasure...I wish that the incident like this happens again.
and... WISH NO WAR... i don't know why the innocent people are killed by anyone...
I pray for the people... I always dreamed to help people in need...
that is my dream...

ps. My English ability is very very no good... really sorry...

Posted by Sun December 20, 08 02:52 AM
436.

feel sad...

Posted by ... December 20, 08 02:55 AM
437.

before end of year 2008
I review the event happen in the world during this year.
I feel fortunate that
I am still alive
although I am jobless
at least I still have hope
hope for the future year 2009

Posted by JESSICA December 20, 08 02:57 AM
438.

fotos impactantes y reales ,

Posted by juan lucena December 20, 08 03:10 AM
439.

NO GOD, NO PEACE.
KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE.
When will we get it that the end times are near?
Have you rec'd God into your heart before it's too late?
Outstanding accounts of humanity/inhumanity.

Posted by JLuis December 20, 08 03:39 AM
440.

Real life,some times is hard to believe.

Posted by Thomson December 20, 08 03:45 AM
441.

@ #371
Dennis,
This blog may not make any physical difference in the world, but (I know this sounds cliche but it's true) it makes people aware that these problems are out there and that there are people who need to be helped. I think it's great and really comforting to know there are at least the number of people who posted on this blog (400ish) who have been moved by what we've seen here; to know that there are people with real caring emotions in the world. If one person is truly affected by what they've seen here i would call this a success. Ignorance is the world's biggest enemy and this online community is just one way - even if it's minor - to take some of the blindness out of the world; little by little at least.

Posted by shredandride December 20, 08 04:27 AM
442.

Journalists are not rescuers, their training is limited to documenting the events at hand - there is a reason that we have freedom of the press as the first amendment of the Bill of Rights. Chances are the photographers called for help from someone who /was/ trained and then, in many cases, risked their lives for the ability to give you not just an image but a /story/ within the photographs they are sending to the rest of the world.

Posted by SeentheFnords December 20, 08 04:31 AM
443.

Alguien dijo en un post arriba ": LA SEGUNDA VALORACION ES FOTOGRAFICA, GRACIAS AL DESARROLLO TECNOLOGICO Y A LA ENTRADA EN NUESTRAS VIDAS DE LA FOTOGRAFIA DIGITAL PODEMOS VER Y COMPARTIR ESTAS IMAGENES SIN FRONTERAS Y CON LA RAPIDES EN QUE SUCEDEN LOS HECHOS."
Que tontería, aberración e insulto a los grandes tipo Leonard Freed, Capa, Elliot Herwitt....

MUY BUEN LINK, ENHORABUENA

MUY BUEN LINK

Posted by rafa December 20, 08 04:39 AM
444.

In response to 405:

The following is the definition of ethnic cleansing:

"ethnic cleansing is a euphemism referring to the persecution through imprisonment, expulsion, or killing of members of an ethnic minority by a majority to achieve ethnic homogeneity in majority-controlled territory."

People do not necessarily have to die en masse to be ethnically cleasned.

And the above definition describes exactly Israel's actions - imprisonment and expulsion especially.

To all those accusing all and sundry of anti-semitism for daring to question the actions of Israel, YOUR actions are threatening to cheapen the term irreperably by using it to snuff out any counter argument, no matter how reasoned.

Nazi Germany was anti-semitic. Nazi Germany was responsible for murdering 6 million Jews and Nazi Germany is rightly remembered world wide for being the epitome of evil.

Questioning Israel's actions as a nation state when there is over-whelming evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity on the Palestinian population is not anti-semitic. It is required for all free thinking people, as it is required of Zimbabwe, as it was required of apartheid South Africa.

If Israel wishes to be considered an upstanding nation state then it must allow its actions to be scrutinised and it must respond appropriately to the findings of that scrutiny.

Posted by Muc Beag December 20, 08 05:10 AM
445.

y yo me levanto con ansiedad por no poder soportar mi trabajo. ¡qué pensamiento más egoista el mío!
El sufrimiento de este mundo algún día nos llegará a occidente.

Posted by Jesús December 20, 08 05:14 AM
446.

Great pictures. It's very sad that average people don't see these. It gives an idea as to the suffering in the world and heart ache. We don't realize how lucky we are.

Posted by Ted December 20, 08 05:56 AM
447.

very good pics. everything is in that fhotos.worlds problems.fire,death,war,....... really good!!

Posted by Noitra December 20, 08 06:16 AM
448.

On #38... Does anyone else see the man in that picture laughing? WTF is so funny? I don't know how to feel about that photo. It made me terribly upset in many ways.

On #9... Well I'm from Waterloo, Iowa. How could I not be moved by a photo that was taken not so far from where I live. I was lucky to not be hit by the floods to that extreme, but most of us in Iowa were affected by the floods in some way. I am a photographer myself, and I took many photos of the floods AND the tornados that took place. E-mail me at stormi_e@hotmail.com if you are interested in seeing some spectacular tornado and storm photos of the 2008 storms.

Posted by Stormie December 20, 08 06:24 AM
449.

"We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. God gives us a capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes. And we must. " - Jimmy Carter, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, 2002

Posted by OregonCubb December 20, 08 06:27 AM
450.

For all you "photographers" and such that think that it is wrong to have taken these photos, instead of helping them out, what makes you think they didn't? And if they didn't...what could they have done? Sometimes it's like sending a janitor in to perform heart surgery. Unless you are there yourself, you should keep your comments to yourself. What are you doing to help these situations? At least you are now informed on the crisis, and that they truly exist. Without the photographer, you are uninformed. How would you like to have their job? To inform feeling helpless would be already devastating enough.

Posted by Stormie December 20, 08 06:40 AM
451.

I would like to know why there is no 1 picture from the palestinian Bombs ISRAEL day and night ???

Posted by yael December 20, 08 06:42 AM
452.

Muchas gracias

Posted by Rafa December 20, 08 06:56 AM
453.

Increíble, hay ciertas realidades que aunque no nos toquen de cerca se sienten, duele ver como el hombre en su afán de poder intenta eliminar a su propia especie con absurdo sentimiento de superioridad.

Gracias por la galería, excelentes imágenes.

Posted by Alvaro Marichal (Uruguay) December 20, 08 07:06 AM
454.

14,15, and 19 are just not in the same league as the other pictures in regards to subject matter or importance.

Posted by from Down Under December 20, 08 07:08 AM
455.

ZAjebiste fotki

Posted by fx December 20, 08 07:11 AM
456.

First and foremost these are some amazing pictures!
In regards to comment #416: do you know what happend after or before the "money shot" was taken? being a journalist myself i can only express my utmost respect for people reporting from areas which are torn by war or are ravaged by natural desasters. reporting from locations like that puts one in the middle of it and i do not know any reporters who would just take a picture and then walk off ... as if they didnt see what they wanted the world to see. for a lot of photographers helping comes first, regardless of your distorted view! "gross" will remain reality until the world changes ... it's your choice to see reality or to look away, we are merely the first spectators in line. do not blame us for what this world is!

Posted by A Reporter December 20, 08 07:22 AM
457.

why...?

Posted by CODE_14 December 20, 08 07:57 AM
458.

reuters....great agency.

Posted by Chris December 20, 08 08:14 AM
459.

I will send this to all four of my young daughters just starting out on their journeys in life. I want them to know how very lucky they are to have lived such a gentle life so far in comparison to the rest of the world. The next time they complain that their ipod is not the latest model or that they have to shovel the walk after a storm maybe some of these images will come to mind. Betty Pogor, North Andover, MA

Posted by Betty Pogor December 20, 08 08:18 AM
460.

Binni.....

Might want to remove your foot from your mouth before you speak again....

No we have NOT killed more then we have saved. There are MILLIONS of people in Iraq that have been saved because of us being there. We have not killed near that many people. I voted for Bush, I am a soldier, I KNOW the cost, quite possibly my life, and I am willing to give it for their freedom. (sorry to you haters, but I do not fight for oil.)

Here is a perfect example of how they are better off now, then they were before....a man throws a shoe at a world leader and is still alive....could he have done that to Saddam Insane and still be alive today? (the answer is no)

Posted by A Soldiers Duty December 20, 08 08:34 AM
461.

Breath taking pics!

Posted by Michael Hendrickx December 20, 08 09:35 AM
462.

Well, I have red the discussion about the conflict between Israeli and Palestinians. It surprises me that no one has stated the obvious; if there is no religion, the conflict will probably disappear. The importance of that piece of land is for the Israeli as well as Christian’s Jerusalem must be in Jewish hands in order for the messiah to come (back) to earth. Muslim’s also reckon Jerusalem to be a holy place. Besides that the Koran states that every piece of land that was once owned by Muslims should remain that way.
Concluding even if al the other problems there are solved the meme religion will remain to spoil it.

Posted by lis December 20, 08 09:39 AM
463.

BIG RESPECT.
SINCERILY;

Posted by Bonneau Marylène December 20, 08 09:41 AM
464.

The pictures are really interesting and illustrative. I wonder if there were not DPhoto, how we can get any idea about all this amazing scenes? Congrats to your team

Posted by Alejandro December 20, 08 09:48 AM
465.

Que hermosas fotografías y que vergüenza de nuestro mundo.

Posted by miguel delpozo December 20, 08 09:49 AM
466.

Imgenes increibles
muy guapas

Posted by Foncho December 20, 08 09:53 AM
467.

The best Collection ever... The child.. :(

Posted by Ahmet Topal December 20, 08 09:54 AM
468.

for the person who said he had never seen anything on the major news networks about most of these stories, where the heck were you? I watched stories on the earthquake, the hurricanes, the floods, the volcano, Darfur, the balls in the water, etc etc. You must be joking.

These photos are awesome representations of some of the big news stories that are going on in our world. I am saddened by the deaths in Darfur and all of the other areas where they aren't getting enough international help. If we can go to war for oil, then we should be able to help the starving people in Africa.

Posted by sharon December 20, 08 10:18 AM
469.

Great,really great and wonderful. I cant believe that. These are the best pictures I have ever seen.But I must say:"I hope for the day that no war and injustice exists anymore"
CONGRATULATIONS.

Posted by mehdi December 20, 08 10:56 AM
470.

Amazing, and very revealing, photos. We are so much more fortunate that people even just a few generations ago, in that we can so quickly see exactly what is going on in out world. Each year our world becomes a smaller and smaller place; and we are lucky to be able to see what is going on in other parts of the world, whether the goings-on are good or bad, dangerous or beautiful, war related or nature related. We have the ability to see, and feel, images, experiences, and peoples that others, just a few generations ago, were not even aware of. Some of life, and some of what goes on in the world, is ugly. That's true. However, at least now we can know what is going on all over the world, in just minutes, or hours, or days. That's a huge blessing!

Posted by Karon Gubbrud December 20, 08 11:11 AM
471.

religion has nothng to do with the isreali and palestine genocide.....its about money.

its cruel, inhuman, brutuality, which will shame the isreali nation in history, in the way nazi's shamed the history of germany......there is no difference between them....a nation born of brutality, inhumanity will never know humanity, civility, and peace......and so it goes.....

a cycle of blood shed.

Posted by tim December 20, 08 11:32 AM
472.

"Imagine all the world living life in peace." John Lennon

Posted by CraigieH December 20, 08 11:42 AM
473.

pretty cool!

Posted by Alex Kestonov December 20, 08 11:49 AM
474.

Those pics r amazing!!!! i just hope that they helped the people in them......

Posted by ........................... December 20, 08 11:54 AM
475.

In support of some comments by a few here, a photographer's function is to document, to heighten awareness, to convey reality. I have known a couple of professional photo-journalists that have worked war zones and disasters, and believe me, they are NOT just going for that "money shot"! They often come away just as moved, or more so, as the affected people. They risk their lives as much as the troops and emergency workers, to bring the story to us...often in hopes of avoiding a recurrence of the same atrocities or disasters. And they most certainly cannot simply lay down their camera, and begin pulling rubble away from a victim, without putting the victim, and others, in even MORE danger! Beautiful shots!
Beautiful shots!
Be

Posted by Doc2626 December 20, 08 12:03 PM
476.

maravillosas fotografias que nos dicen lo que es verdaderamente el ser "humano" (?)

Posted by ramon December 20, 08 12:32 PM
477.

Wow.

People stop complaining, these photos are awesome (not good awesome, but inspiring awe).

People would rather not see photos like these and pretend things dont happen. The world is a very vibrant place.

Posted by phil December 20, 08 01:00 PM
478.

Oh! It'sreally GREATEST World Photos!

Posted by Roman December 20, 08 01:05 PM
479.

wow....good picture

Posted by Sadie Jones December 20, 08 01:08 PM
480.

Now what the worlds people to say after watching the picturs of Iraq and Palestinians ?
Is the baustered bush is right ?
Now it is up to u

Posted by Aleena December 20, 08 02:35 PM
481.

Woah! It's so cool!!!! Respect to Photografs!!! But sometimes the photos from war are terrible!
With love form Russia !

Posted by Soul December 20, 08 02:38 PM
482.

may

Posted by Anonymous December 20, 08 02:48 PM
483.

wonderful, courageous photographers,

Posted by Anonymous December 20, 08 02:53 PM
484.

One word....EXPLANDID !!!

Posted by Calixto December 20, 08 03:48 PM
485.

Never point cylindrical objects (like camera lenses) at a tank
armed with missiles in a danger (war) zone.

Posted by Mark 42 December 20, 08 04:02 PM
486.

estan bie estas fotos aunque las espantosas matanzas de los gringos en irak y Afganistan merecerian algo mas de sitio aqui.

Posted by es_t_lp December 20, 08 04:09 PM
487.

@ post 393 anon
"and f*ck the people who are constantly questioning other peoples faith and oppinions"

What did your post just do?

Posted by Edward F. Guy December 20, 08 04:23 PM
488.

very sad world we live in

Posted by janey December 20, 08 04:31 PM
489.

Great stuff.

Thank you.

#38 Is Such a Moving Photograph.

Posted by Tom December 20, 08 04:37 PM
490.

Wough, Impressive!!

Posted by Adri Benschop December 20, 08 05:19 PM
491.

I find it hard to believe there is so much suffering... The pictures of war/death/poverty/pain far outweigh the good, uplifting pictures. Is this really the world that we are part of? If so, why is this so? It makes you wonder...
My best wishes to all those out there- I'll be praying tonight for you, even though I have no religion.

Posted by Hannah December 20, 08 05:57 PM
492.

@ December 19, 08 05:47 PM

i think its post number 393.

dude your super right, people need to realise pages have been cut out of their bibles. they are infact, not worshiping all the words that they should be.

Posted by anonymous also December 20, 08 06:01 PM
493.

#435, South Korean "Sun". Your English is MUCH better than my Korean! I had no problems understanding what you had to say.

awesome pictures as usual.

Am Israel Chai!

Posted by Rummy December 20, 08 06:11 PM
494.

and then... lots of really great things happened.

seriously. this isn't all that happens.

and to the person who talked about religion causing this... yes, islamic extremism causes more violence than any other religion on the planet - in history. period. ignore it, deny it, whatever. it doesn't go away and it will only get worse.

and just to lighten the somber mood: puppies, kittens, umm... and raindrops on roses.

:)

Posted by anon December 20, 08 06:30 PM
495.

Thank You for the opportunity to see such wonderful (and horrific) photos.
Apart from the mix of emotions they carry, they are, above all, the work of excellent professionals.
I also appreciated the care you've taken in informing viewers about potential shock of some of the images.

May 2009 create more beautiful and less awful pictures.

Thank You

Posted by Nuno - Portugal December 20, 08 06:47 PM
496.

As a human nation...how and why do we let some of the things illustrated by these photographs happen.
I feel ashamed of myself and my fellow man.

Posted by Deb December 20, 08 07:27 PM
497.

very nice

Posted by handy loekito December 20, 08 07:58 PM
498.

Very nice picture's, but some of them were very sad.

Sick world we live in.
I hope for peace.

Posted by Hakar - Sweden December 20, 08 08:05 PM
499.

I only can say that this pictures are amazing...amazing but true and sad.
Our world in only 40 pictures,and they say so much,so much hurt.
I dream night to night to do photographies like this.
(Sorry my english is bad)

Posted by DarkSmile December 20, 08 08:06 PM
500.

sad

Posted by Anonymous December 20, 08 08:15 PM
501.

I agree with 495.

Posted by jakob aebischer December 20, 08 08:17 PM
502.

"This world is a burning house.
Only I, can save them"

The Lotus Sutra

Posted by Safwan December 20, 08 10:24 PM
503.

I'm truly sorry for our kind, living life in the epoch of globalization purely for the best of wealth & power, the time has come for our race to stand up for what we as children believed in. We fight amongst ourselves instead of directing our interest in health and well being for all. The economic (power) gap grows bigger by the second and we become spectators as it happens. Much grief is in my heart after watching those pictures... hoping for a better 2009, starting by being a better neighbor to you all.

Posted by Gustaffe Chateau December 20, 08 10:35 PM
504.

Thanks for sharing

Posted by bo December 20, 08 11:05 PM
505.

estamos cagaos

Posted by Daniel Carrasco Medina December 20, 08 11:50 PM
506.

Its amazing phots

Posted by Faces of Death comunity December 20, 08 11:52 PM
507.

amazing shots!

Posted by guri December 21, 08 12:00 AM
508.

It is so shameful what we do to another...makes me cry seeing these photos. How is it we have strayed so far as not to care for our brother and sisters of our Earth. WE ALL LOVE, HURT, BLEED AND DIE!
CONCEEDED IS THE PERSON THAT THINKS HIS/HER LIFE IS MORE PRECIOUSE THEN ANOTHERS!

Posted by SUNBUNNY December 21, 08 12:34 AM
509.

I think these photos have done what they themselves should do .....That is to make people think and see maybe what we should be seeing. We hide in our little worlds living like kings. It's good to see what is actually going on in the world. For those who were disgusted well open your hearts ...this is what is happening out there.
I for one would like to say Thank You.
For making me Think.

Posted by Greystoke December 21, 08 12:50 AM
510.

Beauty is often torturous, we have lost our humanity, we've morphed into something far more vile. Heaven and Hell exists people but its right here on Earth.

Posted by David Wamugi December 21, 08 12:57 AM
511.

I have waited for these pictures for a few years now, and it never ceases to amaze me how every year they are similar; the shocking, the beautiful, the horrific, the children, sport,brutal geological and climactic events.....every year I am reminded just how human the whole world is, and how thankful I am that there are people willing to risk their lives to show it to me.

Simply amazing

Posted by Amy December 21, 08 01:21 AM
512.

Violence, wars, injuries and death is an extraordinary material of cause, but it doesn't make a good photography.
What is the meaning of most of this photos? that 2008 year was full with violence? that in order to make a good journalistic photo it should capture something horrible? It makes you feel only sorrow and hate.
Still, there were some great images above full with optimism: the image with moving stars (taking with long exposure), with jellyfish and the hand, with men running in the Olimpics, where the feet are in the air, the man skiing above the city where you don't see the snow and the lightening above volcano - the first one,

vg

Posted by Di December 21, 08 02:19 AM
513.

love it. thanks

Posted by Nicke December 21, 08 02:48 AM
514.

no photos from terror attack on israel?
no photos of the 1100 rockets palastinan shoot on civil city's in israel in 2008?

Posted by ben December 21, 08 02:54 AM
515.

I believe in phrase: "The beauty will save the world" and of course not shocking photos.

Posted by Gad December 21, 08 03:30 AM
516.

shot to my heart

Posted by ding December 21, 08 03:34 AM
517.

so what u guys are saying is a photographer should lift up thousands of pounds of wreckage to save a person? maybe help was already on the way.
or perhaps he should pick up a gun and help the marines fight the taliban.
please think before you speak

Posted by taylor December 21, 08 03:48 AM
518.

I think these photos do a great service to many stories we see and hear that are reduced to mere soundbites and headlines. I think they are amazing pictures, sad and beautiful.

Posted by Rob December 21, 08 03:52 AM
519.

two comments, there is a saying in Israel. if Palestinians would put down the arms there would be peace now, the exact moment. if Israelis would put down there arms. there would be no Israel.
if anybody can tell me thats not tru.
second. from six billion people on this earth, hunderds of conflicts all around the world. do you not find it funny or sad that only Israel against the palestians got two pctures. none showing the israeli side of hunderds of missles falling every day on souther israel.. the press is one sided and only the palestinian side.

Posted by Anonymous December 21, 08 04:29 AM
520.

I have been following the exchange regarding Israel and Palestine with great interest. However, I must note that a lot of what is being said is not supported by the truth but rather by biased feeling towards this or that group. The fact of the matter is that the so called Palestinian Nation is an invention! Surprised? I knew you would! Before the British arrived in Palestine in 1917, there were very few Arabs living there. On the other hand there were 4 Jewish communities living in the 4 holy cities – Jerusalem, Safed, Hebron and Tiberia – continuously since the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD. After the first wave of Jewish immigration in 1882 and more so after the British mandate took effect in 1917, the country exhibited an economic boom. This attracted many Arabs from areas outside the so called Palestine. They came from present day Syria, Lebanon and Eygpt. There were also many who were brought into the land from North Africa by the Turks (Ottoman Empire) to build the railroad or for other menial work. So talking about a Palestinian nation? During the 1920 and 1930 the Arabs living in Palestine saw themselves as belonging to Syria. In fact they considered Palestine is part of so called Greater Syria. The concept of Greater Syria (Syria-Lebanon-Palestine) is still alive and kicking, mainly in the mind of the Syrians. Maybe you can start to understand the conflict in Lebanon and why Syria would not let an independent Lebanon survive). One more point: Not only is a Palestinian Nation a myth but they already claim that they are descendents of the Canaanites, a group that disappeared from the earth 3,000 years. The middle east imagination does work overtime…

Posted by Michael December 21, 08 04:38 AM
521.

Wow ! So much impact in a few amazing pictures. Sure beats 24 news .Thankyou to all the photographers...my heart feels so sad for the little girl being held up.Will we ever learn......Lets hope so...Peace and Goodwill to all at this time for remembrance and giving.

Posted by Brian Ford December 21, 08 05:18 AM
522.

Amazing collection, covering the whole spectrum of emotions.

Posted by Anonymous December 21, 08 06:13 AM
523.

Disneyworld? Football games? Carnival?Fashion world?New lear jets?Nothing at all! This is the real world.

Posted by Alex Ferraz, Salvador, Bahia ("The Carnival land"),Brasil December 21, 08 06:50 AM
524.

Great photos.
It's just a shame you allow people to comment - the photos should be left to stand on their own - the (mostly) idiotic opinions at the bottom of the page are a waste of time and only cheapen them.
(I realise it's pretty hypocritical adding another one to point this out).

Posted by ad December 21, 08 06:58 AM
525.

amazing
but, some really painfull

Posted by unnikrishnan.S December 21, 08 07:16 AM
526.

Is that man in #38 LAUGHING???

Posted by Stormie December 21, 08 07:34 AM
527.

great pictures!

regarding #37 - Perchten in Austria - more pictures of this pagan tradition in Austria may be found here (and with less ISO noise if I'm allowed to say that )

if you are interested:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brennuskrux/sets/72157610400794635/

Posted by venkman December 21, 08 07:53 AM
528.

today i
drove my car
bought christmas gifts
swam in a river with my husband and child
felt sad beyond words about war
and tried a little bit more to be loving.
but after looking at these fotos
the truth is: that i just dont get us (humanity) at all.

Posted by Serena K December 21, 08 08:27 AM
529.

In response to comment 448 - I don't see the man as laughing, his face is clearly one of grief (as are the faces of the other 2 men you can see).

Amazing pictures.

Posted by Steebs December 21, 08 08:50 AM
530.

Nice Flash back

Posted by Terence December 21, 08 09:19 AM
531.

great .... unbeliveable photos thanks

Posted by hans anders December 21, 08 09:39 AM
532.

An Iranian poet writes:

The last page of Rain's travelogue says that the Earth is soiled.

Posted by Mohammad Reza Bateni December 21, 08 09:43 AM
533.

Impresionante fotografia la primera del volcan chino.
Hay algunas mas tambien interesantes en esta página. Besos.

Posted by David December 21, 08 10:11 AM
534.

Very eye opening photos of the world today. Most of us shut our eyes to everything around us, but to be a better person we should be more aware of what reaaly goes on around us.

Posted by KJ December 21, 08 10:33 AM
535.

Alas, too many heartbreaking shots....proof of man's inhumanity to man

Posted by bill costello December 21, 08 10:51 AM
536.

SOME OF THEM ARE GREAT, BUT I HAVE TEARS RUNING ON MY FACE.... WE SHOULD STOP... PLEASE STOP KILLING AND HURTING OTHER PEOPLE. WE ARE HERE IN THIS WORLD TO HELP EACH OTHER NOT TO USED AND ABUSED OTHER PEOPLE. SOMEONE CALLED THIS ART, ITHING IS JUST EVILNESS

Posted by SOMEONE IN MEXICO December 21, 08 11:18 AM
537.

The scary thing about this blog is the passion with which so many people rage against various issues, when their approach and words so clearly show that they are unqualified to hold such strong views. Let me make such a comment: "democracy is doomed unless you read and think more".

Posted by Tomme December 21, 08 11:55 AM
538.

I was impressed

Posted by Lin Foying December 21, 08 12:00 PM
539.

THESE PICTURES SHOWS US THAT WE ARE NOT FROM THIS PLANET, WE ARE NOT CONSTRUCTED TO LIVE HERE WITHOUT DAMADGE THE PLANET.OUR LIVE IS 100 YEAR PROJECT EXPERIMENT OF "THE THING"( i don't know how to name it but its no God) WE ARE HERE TO GAIN EXPIRIENCE FOR THE MACHINES WHO CONTROL THE WHOLE SYSTEM, OUR MINDS ARE THAT WHAT WE ARE, OUR BODIES ARE THE MACHINES WICH WE CONTROL WITH THE MIND, WHY ANIMALS NOT DO THIS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS LIVING HERE IN THE EARTH WE THEY LIVE IN THE NATURE WHY?!?! WHY WE NOT UNDERSTAND ANIMALS, BECOUSE WE ARE NOT FROM HERE

Posted by Alexander December 21, 08 12:57 PM
540.

in #38 I know I should be horrified but all I can focus on is the horrible knock-off adidas shirt the guy on the right is wearing. "adibos"? Really? That's the best you can do? Hire some Chinese consultants and learn to counterfeit properly.

Posted by HIMEOBS December 21, 08 01:18 PM
541.

As an American woman living in Los Angeles surrounded by Israeli's who have served their country and particularly one friend who left Israel to serve in the U.S. Navy Seals, I found it disturbing that all of the Israel/Palestinian conflict pictures were of Palestinians being 'victimized' by Israel. A demonstrated bias in reporting the conflict. Utterly disappointing. I defer to the expertise of the writers of 519 & 520.

Posted by Ilsa Gaia December 21, 08 01:44 PM
542.

Magnificas fotografias y sobre todo magnificos fotografos que estaban en el lugar en esos momentos arriesgados. Enhorabuena a todos por hacernos ver la triste realidad de este planeta.

Un fuerte abrazo y Felices Fiestas y prospero año 2009.

Posted by Jose December 21, 08 02:35 PM
543.

the reality
for all
and for nothing

Posted by coco December 21, 08 02:38 PM
544.

Wonderful photos!

I don't know if this has already been mentioned (I don't really want to read through 540 comments in order to to find out!), but the caption on #26 is significantly inaccurate. First, the cameraman's name is Fadel Shana'a, not Fadel Shaana. Second, he was killed by a flechette artillery round fired from a tank, not a missile fired as part of an air strike. He was filming the tank at the time and his footage shows the shell being fired and then everything goes black as the it hits him and the car.

You can see the footage and the Reuters report here:

http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=80475&videoChannel=1

Posted by Matt December 21, 08 03:31 PM
545.

WHOA, the first one is just awesome! The other ones are okay but Wow!

Posted by Unanimous December 21, 08 03:37 PM
546.

Muito interessante as fotos, ficaram ótimas. Parabéns!

Posted by Manoel Júnior (Faces Of Death) December 21, 08 03:44 PM
547.

you're missing a picture of Palestinians bombings the town of Sderet in Israel (Which happens pretty much almost every day all year long..)

Posted by i December 21, 08 04:16 PM
548.

Superbes photos pour réfléchir.

Quand les hommes vivront d'amour, il n'y aura plus de misère....
Mais nous, nous serons mort mon frère !!!

Posted by Reynald December 21, 08 04:42 PM
549.

FOR EVERYONE WHO CLAIMS THIS COLLECTION IS UNFAIR AND IS ANTI-ISRAELI OR PRO-PALESTINIAN:
A) You are WRONG. Go to PART 3 (and yes, learn to read - this is a 3-part collection of 120 photos) check out photo #12 for dead Palestinians who were launching mortars at an Israeli neigborhood, or #30 for the funeral of one of the Israeli victims of the Mumbai attacks.
B) WTF? Does every single collection of photos of a conflict have to show equal coverage of both sides - all the time, every time? And if you answer "all media does this" or "it happens all the time", check that - we are talking about THIS blog, and THIS collection.
C) Knee-jerk reactions like yours won't gain any you any sympathy

I have no particular horse in this race, I think both the Israelis and the Palestinians have done despicable things in recent years, and I'm not particularly rooting for either side.

I've been following this blog for months now, and have only picked out what might be the slightest bias - but that might just be me. The photographs are amazing, the stories are fantastic, and I've seen this blog labeled as being a right-wing propaganda factory and a biased left-wing pack of lies. I guess that must mean it's hitting pretty close to the middle, which is good enough for me.

Posted by adrenalynne December 21, 08 05:22 PM
550.

I can't witness a dead child being held aloft weeping forefathers, only to see a french man sailing through the air on skis. What is the point of that? Shed the fashion, the pretense and ego and come back to basics. People need saving. Those of us who can, do not enough. I will vouch to do more after seeing this.

Posted by Bec Smith December 21, 08 06:04 PM
551.

some are sad but some r cool

Posted by Gabrielle December 21, 08 07:15 PM
552.

This world has always been full of woe and beauty, to catch it in film like this is breathtaking !

Posted by Doug mc Clintock December 21, 08 07:19 PM
553.

Exc Fotos

Posted by Gerrado December 21, 08 07:27 PM
554.

MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING
MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING
MISSING MISSING MISSING MISSING
Where are the pics of Kashmiris marching towards UN?????Millions of Kashmiris gathered near the UN office...asking for help..
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/22/kashmir.india
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7567305.stm
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2008/08/200881891840572825.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7734018,00.html

Posted by haider_up32 December 21, 08 07:33 PM
555.

Fotos inacreditáveis.
Realmente, o homem é o lobo do homem.

Posted by Gil Pereira December 21, 08 07:58 PM
556.

WHEN YOU TYPE IN ALL CAPS IT MEANS YOU ARE YELLING!
Please, quiet down. These are some amazing pictures, and they are great examples of the human experience and what life is like on Earth.

Posted by December 21, 08 08:13 PM
557.

These are the best of time, and these are the worst of times. Everyday we get to choose between life and death, good and evil and to steward our 86,400 seconds. Only the Lord knows what will happen next, but He has given us the ability to make the choices that affect us and those we touch. Choose well.

Posted by Kelly McDermott December 21, 08 09:09 PM
558.

Why did the Israilis hit a Routers van???

Posted by Anon December 21, 08 09:47 PM
559.

WOWWWWWW THE BEST THE BETER

Posted by WILLIAM HADDAD FROM BRAZIL December 21, 08 10:31 PM
560.

I am speechless.. these fotos are simply amazing.

Posted by a girl from Iceland December 21, 08 11:12 PM
561.

#528 - We all try. Have a little faith...

Posted by JohnnyJ December 22, 08 12:14 AM
562.

Great compilation!!! I'm proud to be a part of an organisation (Reuters) that captures the world through its lenses. The pictures make me wonder if there is any humanity at all left. However, hats off to the brave journalists and their aides to have captured the moments (of truth), just to tell the ignorant world about the happenings. I only wish Reuters had a stronger arm in Kashmir (as good as the Middle-East arm) to expose the unwanted violence created by Pakistan (denies).

Posted by Vilas Narasimha Murthy December 22, 08 02:40 AM
563.

Brilliant shots. Just wondered what happened to the subjects after the shot was taken (I mean the curiosity to know whether they survived the tragedy or not).

Posted by webdesignexperts4u December 22, 08 03:59 AM
564.

Ronaldinho.

You can see the joy he sees @ San Siro, and you can also see the pain and anguish he suffered at Barcelona the past season.

Posted by Rafa December 22, 08 04:42 AM
565.

incredibile.... te face sa te gandesti se scurta poate fi viata.

Posted by maryana December 22, 08 04:43 AM
566.

Que pasa en la casa - super fee pics, mayn!

Posted by Supermayn December 22, 08 04:45 AM
567.

What a beautiful collection of beautiful pictures.
Sadness, Scariness, Happiness, i'ts al there.

I can't wait till the next part of the 2008-collection,

Posted by Remco Egelman from Holland December 22, 08 05:32 AM
568.

Estas fotografías son increíblemente buenas, pero desgraciadamente muchas muestran lo mal que está el mundo y lo mal que lo está pasando mucha gente. Una se siente muy impotente ante estas situaciones y piensa lo bien que vivimos en muchos países y a veces encima nos quejamos... no tenemos ningún motivo para ello. Sería bonito pensar que algún día no tendremos que ver imagenes de guerra y de destrucción... ojalá sea así.

Posted by a girl from the Basque Country, Spain December 22, 08 05:34 AM
569.

That was a really nice collection, the image of the child made me super sad:(

Israeli army got some issues me finks too

Posted by Blat December 22, 08 06:05 AM
570.

amazing pictures
thank you!

Posted by aurélien ( FRANCE ) December 22, 08 06:34 AM
571.

It makes me sick to read people defending killing their fellow man (women and children). Seriously, does that clown think it makes a difference whether there is technically a "Palestinian Nation". (520) Reubin ...in the name of God wake up to yourself!!!!! Open your eyes son, people are dying.There is only one God and He commanded us not to kill. No excuses! The other clowns who blame religion are just as crazy. People kill people not religion. Abolish religions and the killing will go on. All of you, stop justifying and start putting a stop to it.

Posted by Steven December 22, 08 06:38 AM
572.

This Pictures be verry fabulous...

Posted by Juana December 22, 08 06:46 AM
573.

COISA MAIS LINDA ESSAS FOTOS.
SHOW DE BOLA.

ABRAÇO DO BRASIL

Posted by THIAGO RAMOS December 22, 08 06:47 AM
574.

son realidades muy infelices del mundo que vivimos, sino cambiamos siempre sera peor, y luego vendra la autodestruccion Joana

Posted by Caracas Venezuela December 22, 08 06:57 AM
575.

Oh my God...is the end of world....is the end of days...
Please, have a litle of love for your brother's and sister's.
Thank's.
Francisco, John

Posted by John December 22, 08 07:01 AM
576.

post #540: you are disgusting. shame on you!

Posted by frogclaude December 22, 08 07:23 AM
577.

Very thought provoking images, thanks to all those photographers putting their life at risk to show the world what is really happening behind our every day easy life style.

We complain, we moan, we judge, we jury and sadly we don't make the additional step forward to actually help fellow human's in true need.

Posted by Dirk December 22, 08 08:07 AM
578.

pity, what has the world come to.

and dear 520. you're a complete asshole. you should be ashamed of yourself!

Posted by Maranca December 22, 08 08:10 AM
579.

lakvar sent me this! super!

Posted by ninja December 22, 08 08:35 AM
580.

Awesome pics! I agree with 575 ,apparently,It is the end of World,the end of days...

Posted by BridieLin December 22, 08 09:11 AM
581.

thanks

Posted by afshin December 22, 08 09:11 AM
582.

This World is Dead

Posted by Alex(Ukrain) December 22, 08 09:22 AM
583.

waiting the next set. great colection.

Posted by crazy hat tattoo December 22, 08 09:22 AM
584.

This World is Dead

Posted by Alex(Ukrain) December 22, 08 09:22 AM
585.

Wake up folks, stop the crying and think about what you have seen. This is life - in all its beauty and disgust.

Posted by Jack December 22, 08 09:24 AM
586.

Sou do Brasil e te dou o meu Parabéns!
Você tem em suas mãos, uma dádiva de Deus!
Muito obrigada por mostrar a nós esta realidade que não estamos costumados a ver mas que sabemos que está em todos os lugares.
Continue a nos maravilhar e até mesmo nos chocar com tamanho crueldade ou beleza.
Sucesso sempre!
Abraços

Posted by Vânia Freitas December 22, 08 09:34 AM
587.

I must say I work for a branch of Reuters at Thomson West and yes it hard to see the sadness in this world but to be the photographer that shares it with the world - I give you my admiration. Please be proud that you can show the world it own reality - maybe it'll wake some of us up and do something about it all.
Good work reuters and Getty photographers I'm proud of you and your work, because not only do I see your wonderful work in the sadness of our times but also the beauty you do in nature and happiness of our time.
Thanks you.

Posted by Deb Shoemaker December 22, 08 09:51 AM
588.

Re photo 26...The Israeli Defence force Really do not like the truth being exposed in the press. Far too many press reporters have been targeted for it to be accidental. The Inmates/prisoners of Gaza are collectively punished at every opportunity. As the innocent cyclists have found out riding a bike is a "crime punishable by summary execution!"
When will Israel give back the land they illegally occupy?

Posted by John Duggan December 22, 08 10:28 AM
589.

Es bastante conmovedor y al mismo tiempo asombroso, el como una cámara fotográfica puede plasmar en cuestión de segundos una realidad de la vida del planeta desde muchos ángulos, al punto de devolvernos por unos minutos, a un estado reflexivo del que no deberiamos desprendernos nunca , para que con ello todos y cada uno de nosotros pensemos en hacer de este planeta un lugar mejor para vivir, y disfrutar de manera pacifica, todas las maravillas que hay en el, incluyendo a la mejor de todas " el ser humano". ESPECTACULARES FOTOS!!!,,,,SANDRA A. Bogotá. Colombia.

SANDRA LIA AMAYA BUSTOS

Posted by Anonymous December 22, 08 10:31 AM
590.

SENCILLAMENTE ESPECTACULARES!!!!

Posted by Anonymous December 22, 08 10:36 AM
591.

I know that the tragedies of human life seam to get more play than the good in humankind. God has created a beautiful world for all of us to enjoy and experience our individual gifts in. It is truly sad that we spend so much time expressing the evils of this world and not enough time on the good. We need to be careful at what we are playing up. If man spent more time showing only the good in man then this would be a much better world. When you give attention to bad behavior that is what you will get. Try giving attention to good behavior and see what we get!!! I love the photographs. Everyone was a wow. Now let's see the good in man also.

Posted by Laura December 22, 08 10:42 AM
592.

Funny is that when Israel defends itself against the Palestinias everybody talk, but everyone pretend to not notice all the attacks the arabs inflict on Israel. Exactly as in the Bible. Israel will be alone and will be attacked by arabs and RUssians, GOD HIMSELF will defend Israel.
Arabs , throughout history - since ancient times LOVES war, destruction and always hated Israel, always. They suffer today because they choose to live in hatred.
Look at Jordan, they chose a different path, they live peacefully, how different and better looking is Jordan from the other countries. Not to include Saudi Arabia, Bill Clinton has been working hard for them

Posted by Cariucha December 22, 08 10:44 AM
593.

What is all this about the End of the world....... Haven't you studied the world history.... Haven t you heard about World War II.....

These are challenges which have been put forth in front of us by no one other than ourselves.....
We have to win. We have to fight back....Thanks to the Media we have an opportunity to see these atrocities that human kind done on itself.... Sad is the state of affairs in the World but still we prefer to fight against each other....There is hardly anything we have learnt from our past.....

Posted by Ramit Mehra December 22, 08 11:07 AM
594.

Why were there no pictures of the destruction committed by the Palestinians against the Israelies?

Posted by Bruce A Hoffer December 22, 08 11:42 AM
595.

most of those photographs are about war and death

what's wrong with this world!

Posted by Anonymous December 22, 08 11:49 AM
596.

beautiful

Posted by Anonymous December 22, 08 11:53 AM
597.

Simply manificient. Each one - individual and expressing.

Posted by Denys Misyuk December 22, 08 11:55 AM
598.

São realmente magníficas, porém, deixam uma mensagem de dor, tristeza, o nos leva a uma profunda reflexão.
Natal...será que merecemos o Cristo renascido?
Fome e guerra pela terra...é Natal...tempo de paz e amor?!

Posted by Lucy December 22, 08 12:46 PM
599.

the world would be such a nice place if all these cultures could just live together.
painful to see that even after so many years we can't.

Posted by J. D. December 22, 08 12:49 PM
600.

..............most of those pics are far from here.
But I can feel everything.....

Gustavo
Brazil

Posted by Gustavo Camarini December 22, 08 01:00 PM
601.

It is regretable that political ideologies from a limited few amongst us result in such hurt, terror, and death

Posted by gerry cooper Canada December 22, 08 01:01 PM
602.

Mr Mehra, you clearly is not a Christian, and implicitly try to bring ridiculousness to it ,so you ignore the word of God, you ignore what it is to have Him manifest in your life, secularization is what you anchor yourself, you also seem to ignore the persecution that Cristians face in India, where we are beaten . I, for one, know well World History, enough to know what happened since ancient times. After dedicating decades in studying it, and studying the Bible, what I say may be different from what you believe but is not a lie or exaggeration.

Posted by Cariucha December 22, 08 01:02 PM
603.

It makes me feel very insignifigant

Posted by car December 22, 08 01:03 PM
604.

Son la vida misma, fantásticas instantáneas que ponen de manifiesto la realidad de nuestro planeta: injusticia, guerra, dolor, tristeza, desesperanza....nos deberían hacer reflexionar. ¡Enhorabuena! a los fotógrafos.

Posted by loli December 22, 08 01:54 PM
605.

Buen trabajo fotografico en todos los sentidos.

Posted by Tulip December 22, 08 02:13 PM
606.

Fotos espectaculares, que muestran la verdadera cara de nuestro mundo, de alegria, dolor, tristeza y poco amor.

Que estas imagenes sirvan para reflexionar y preguntarnos que nos esta pasando y hacia donde vamos.

Saludos y felicidades.

Posted by Eugenio Hdez.. Rico December 22, 08 02:17 PM
607.

haha. Are people actually saying that the media is pro-palestine? sweet Jesus, you must be kidding. Who owns all the media here in NA? Jews do. Watch CNN, Fox whatever you want, and you will see that the media is in fact pro-israel. The whole Bush administration is pro-Israel, making the US pro-Israel. Please, if anyone should complain, it is the palestinians. What Israel is doing is just as bad, and they have broken many international laws. Google it, you will educate yourself...
I'm neither from Palestine or Jewish. I just call it like it is.

Posted by Aaron December 22, 08 02:44 PM
608.

What is that triangle in the top left of the last surfing picture?

Posted by AK December 22, 08 02:45 PM
609.

Magnificient pictures! Each one tells a story no matter whether it is about happiness or sad.

Posted by Rathan December 22, 08 02:49 PM
610.

beautiful pictures
they simply show who we are

Posted by marina December 22, 08 02:51 PM
611.

powerful images

Posted by andrew knox December 22, 08 03:27 PM
612.

Nice pictures. I love how fanatics on either side of any issue can excrete their poorly informed opinions into the comments section of any internet posting, anywhere. Good times. The photos give me faith in humanity's capacity for beauty. The comments section helps chip away that faith and convince me that we have a capacity only for lies, fanaticism, and ugliness.

Posted by J December 22, 08 03:36 PM
613.

#13

It's not a tiger, it's a puma / cougar. A powerful animal in south american mythology.
Tigers are present in asia only.

Posted by Glad December 22, 08 03:39 PM
614.

And we are nothing...

Posted by Dora December 22, 08 03:40 PM
615.

What amazing pictures that capture world events, otherwise we wouldn't be able to view if it were not for the internet. For the beauty and devestation that occurs in our world each day. I'm a bit annoyed at the comments of Isreal & Palastine. He said, she said comments, pointing the finger at one another. They are not the only countries who face astrocies. What about the 38 countries that incur genocide on a daily basis? Where are those photos of innocent people being butchered because they are women, and children .

Posted by Kathy Hjort December 22, 08 03:40 PM
616.

Great photo set. How sad it is that so many of us die promoting a mythical god . Grown men killing children for a god that doesn't exist. Absolutely mind boggling. IF there was a god, would he really reward us for acting this way?

Posted by Bill December 22, 08 03:45 PM
617.

Wunderbare Photos....!

Posted by Zoli Toeroek (Germany) December 22, 08 03:56 PM
618.

je suis français et trés touché par ces photos, des photos trés dur de l'afrique et d'autre magnifique avec une nature splendide.
Merci.

Posted by jolan December 22, 08 03:57 PM
619.

To the moron who wrote post 519: ISREAL is the REASON there so much violence over there. They are an arrogant nation that has stolen from and sucked on other nations for goods and weapons. They seem to flash there excuberance and love of money in everyones face with there nice, modern cities. How can the Palistinans begin to put down guns when they have none to begin with? Those poor and innoncent people live in sheer poverty because of Isreal's arrogance of always barging an treating the Palistinans like s---. They have nothing but sticks and rocks to fight an Isrealli army equipped with automatic rifels, and they bravely defend themselves every time.

It's time Isreal grew up and actaully supported a defined Palistinan state show that the power struggle can subside. Until then Isreal continues to show it's stupidy by fighting a losing battle which innocent Palstinans, like the ones pictured, by the price for.

Posted by anonymous December 22, 08 04:26 PM
620.

The written word talks to your mind.
Pictures talk to your gut.
There are some really strong images in this collection, and as long as we still react to them, all is well.

Posted by Erik December 22, 08 04:59 PM
621.

Great Photos!
Oh God do something,to this Planet ,
We want to see your Mighty Kingdom Come!...

Posted by Noel December 22, 08 05:53 PM
622.

I hope 2009 will be better...

Posted by Nenad Kostadinović December 22, 08 06:13 PM
623.

Educational. thank you.

Posted by suzabelle December 22, 08 06:30 PM
624.

Great photos, i was impressed. We really have to think about all, abot our life about future of our children. I dont want my children live in THIS world. I want to see them happy, i want to see just kind and honest people around them.
I dont want to see reproach on theirs eyes.
It's terrible and we have to stop it TOGETHER!
Look aroun yourself and change your life!
Äà ïðåáóäåò ìèð.

Posted by Anna December 22, 08 06:46 PM
625.

It is amazing how the world keeps silent about the Palestinians’ murder and destruction by Israel!!

Posted by Fredrick December 22, 08 06:59 PM
626.

david numero 533...es un volcan chileno, no chino.

saludos

Posted by victor December 22, 08 07:32 PM
627.

Fire, ice, wind, rain...all the natural elements combine to test
the endurance of the human spirit. A thoughtful and stunning
piece that gives me pause to ponter about our world.

Thanks,

Anne W. Buckley

Posted by Anne W. Buckley December 22, 08 07:43 PM
628.

son unas fotografias nitidas hermosas en todo su esplendor.
gracias, son impresionantes.

Posted by sonia gonzalez December 22, 08 07:52 PM
629.

The picture that got to me the most out of the 3 day collection was the one of all the photographers around an injured man. It is very sad when so many men are more concerned about getting a picture and doing their job than they are about helping our fellow man.

Posted by Curtis Self December 22, 08 08:08 PM
630.

Por lo que veo para el fotografo este año solamente fueron desastres y sufrimiento,definitivamente es realidad en fotos,pero fue solo tragedia el 2008? !Que pesimista¡

Posted by andres December 22, 08 08:16 PM
631.

A mote of dust be man, but indeed lodged deep enough into the eye of the world to bring it to tears.
I only hope, some day before our end, the tears will be ones of pride.

Posted by Ting Henson, Vancouver Canada. December 22, 08 08:24 PM
632.

Fantastic photos! That first one looks like an elephant, lol. What a strange, strange world we live in.

Posted by Kit December 22, 08 08:49 PM
633.

Thank You for Sharing....

Posted by Bob Wood December 22, 08 08:51 PM
634.

Are you people looking back at only the last 10 yrs. The damn isrealis have no business being there in the first place. What the hell did the palestinians do to deserve those bastards for coming onto their land after WWII? Just because the US and Britain said you can go live in Palestine now even though Hitler and Germany was the one that destroyed you. I don't understand the damn logic in that. Or is it because they are "god's chosend people" and they were born to have that land? They are nothing but theives. And the reason you see more Palestinian pics over Isreali pics is because the Jews without a factual doubt kill more palestinians every day as opposed to them being killed by palestinians.

Posted by Ray December 22, 08 09:25 PM
635.

Belas fotos...

Ronaldinho Gaucho representa bem o Brasil!!

Posted by Daiane _ vivoverde.blogspot.com December 22, 08 10:03 PM
636.

The vast majority of us will never see or experience such realities, but it does offer us a glimpse through the help of professional photographers who dare to go to unimaginable places and show us incredible footage! Let this open our eyes wider and think what each one of us can do to make this a better world to live in!
Giselle
A Canadian living in UAE (Middle East)

Posted by Anonymous December 22, 08 10:48 PM
637.

all in all the human spirit is disgusting

Posted by Ryan December 22, 08 11:19 PM
638.

hi...me impresiona en verdad esas imagnes que puedo decir es aterrador y solo pienso en la suerte que tengo de hoy poder escribir estas palabras un beso grande ..bye

Posted by dahiana December 22, 08 11:43 PM
639.

Outstanding pictures, Jen! I am viewing this in Oklahoma. Love, Frank

Posted by Anonymous December 23, 08 12:44 AM
640.

Truly amazing shots, some quite sad shots, but that's life. The light, angle, capturing expressions of some, incredible.

Posted by Fiona Avery December 23, 08 12:47 AM
641.

Go ahead America, continue with your head up your ass and keep buying foreign cars. You have no right to be sad about the economy, etc... you bought the sh*t: (foreign cars)

Posted by BigNick December 23, 08 01:01 AM
642.

ride the wave of humanity...

Posted by jeff December 23, 08 01:04 AM
643.

if we could search our souls to define our lives, simplicity could begin again.

Posted by jacqui taylor December 23, 08 01:30 AM
644.

Cool, Never seen pics like these before!
Hope to see more!

Posted by Scorpion_Sting December 23, 08 01:52 AM
645.

I want some of what #539 Alexander is smokin'.

Posted by Tim December 23, 08 01:54 AM
646.

What's with all of this demonizing of Jews? Israel has a right to exist, that's all they ever asked for and they've been attacked from LITERALLY Day 1. The arabs in the area are fueled by religious/nationalistic insanity that will never allow any sort of Jewish State whatsoever. And you guys go along with all of that by getting your jollies out of portraying the Israelis as victimizers.

To be sure, the Israeli government isn't saintly, no government is. But the fact remains that there isn't another people alive on the face of this earth who would have dealt with such extreme restraint when dealing with such a vicious - and weak - enemy. Israel has buried thousands of her sons because she behaved far far FAR too mercifully with those who sought her destruction. She's been far more careful with the use of violent force than has any other nation on Earth who faced a homicidal and suicidal enemy who was bent on her destruction.

Posted by mnuez December 23, 08 02:07 AM
647.

amazing photos....

Posted by -m-e-n-d- December 23, 08 04:08 AM
648.

Brilliant pics. Some very sad. But every picture has a lot of story to tell. Awesome compilation!

Posted by Soumiya December 23, 08 04:10 AM
649.

#634 I'm not Israeli nor Palestinian, but I wanna say having lived and worked in both Israel and another Middle East state, I can tell you why Israelis kill more Palestinians than the reverse each day.

1st) God is on their side
2nd) If they don't do it, they will be wiped out by the Arab states. Why? Cos Arabs think they are superior to every one. They live in a master and slave era kindof mindset. They don't give a shit about others. I saw a TV show and this Arab guy was saying on National TV that it's man's right to beat their wivies if they don’t fetch the slippers or behave like a slave. Guess what… the rest of the audience were happily agreeing with him. Let me quote the exact phrase “You beat her until she learns. After one beating if she doesn’t learn. Beat her again until she learns to be good.”
I mean if they can't love their own wife and family and treat everyone like dirt. You don’t have to give them a reason to try and kill everyone who doesn’t bow to them. It’s like the days of Japanese occupation, bow to the soldier or bayonet to the gut. Seriously… that’s how psycho they are.

Posted by Jack December 23, 08 05:00 AM
650.

I liked the last the most.....All the photos are really rockin......


The Photographer rocks...

Posted by Aditya December 23, 08 05:12 AM
651.

I really appreciate the effort behind these photographs. They are relly amazing...

Posted by Harika December 23, 08 05:18 AM
652.

and spain? always the same

Posted by juanca December 23, 08 05:26 AM
653.

IT IS A VERY BIG & GREATFUL

Posted by CHANDRASHEKAHR DIWASE December 23, 08 05:26 AM
654.

I LOVE WAR !

Posted by Anonymous December 23, 08 06:01 AM
655.

[i]Why were there no pictures of the destruction committed by the Palestinians against the Israelies?[/i]

because they're crap photos, this isnt a post about just world events its about amazing photos of world events....boo hoo

Posted by Gavin December 23, 08 06:44 AM
656.

somos nada!

Posted by bruna madeira December 23, 08 07:15 AM
657.

very very interesting . looking to the stories of Palestine with right eyes is very good. photos are wonderful and helps me to understand the events of world more better .
have a nice time

Posted by Ali December 23, 08 07:26 AM
658.

The photos are wonderful in their clarity and crispness.
They are unique in their perfect timing in capturing the events –whether tragic or triumphant. They should make us thankful that we have not experienced the tragedy some have had to go through, while making us sad that there is so much heartache and pain in the world. And it makes one reflect on why the world does not spend less energy and resources on foolishness, when there is so much need in the world that one could put their effort to and give a helping hand to a brother.

Posted by Rebecca December 23, 08 07:53 AM
659.

Qué desastre de mundo, en líneas generales !!!

Posted by CIGsa December 23, 08 08:22 AM
660.

WOW!

Posted by Vlad December 23, 08 08:59 AM
661.

These pictures are just amazing. Whoever took them should be proud.
Nice selection too, it sadly defines 2008 perfectly.
I'll put a link to this page in my blog, 'cause I think it's a must in the list of things to do before 2008 ends. Let's try to fight for a 2009 free of some of these scenes.

Posted by marta December 23, 08 10:08 AM
662.

Dear God,
Forgive us for we know not what we do!!!
Lord Thank You for having mercy on us. We are so
bless here in America!!
Lord forgive us for taken that or you so lightly
Lord thank you for supplying our needs.
Thank You for being with my family and blessing my family.
Lord be with our military, our leaders, and our President. Lord help
him make the decisions that only You want him to make.
Be with our future President. Be with him Lord!!! Help him make
the decisions that only You want him to make.
May he always put You first in his life. Lord I pray that if he is not saved by your grace that You
touch his heart. Lord his wife and his children. Be with this nation Lord.
Please God
Lord Thank you for loving me and Lord I love you!!!

Posted by Julie H December 23, 08 10:24 AM
663.

Breathtaking photography!

Posted by Anonymous December 23, 08 10:31 AM
664.

Life, our lives, are clearly full of hope, of ambition and misery. It's about balance and praying that the former always outweighs the latter

Posted by Mark P. December 23, 08 10:40 AM
665.

its marvellous oh god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Posted by yameen December 23, 08 11:03 AM
666.

Como es la vida: maravillosa, emocionante, intensa; dolorosa, terrible, miserable. Pero, sin duda, hay más esperanza en el Tercer Mundo, lo cual no se muestra en la proporción debida en esta selección de imágenes extraordinarias. Solo es cuestión de saber encontrar y no suponer que la felicidad es exclusiva de las naciones ricas y prósperas.

Posted by José Donayre Hoefken December 23, 08 11:06 AM
667.

amazing what a year can do, once i thought the USA should be more like the rest of the world and then after getting a good look at the rest of the world i want no part of it.

i hope the children of the world are able to break the cycle of violence and failure that their parents have made for them.

Posted by metro December 23, 08 11:14 AM
668.

Man, amazing pictures!
Congratulations.

Posted by Júlio Alves December 23, 08 11:27 AM
669.

Glædelig Jul!
Hvor har vi det godt her i Danmark!
v.h.
cj

Posted by Svend December 23, 08 11:43 AM
670.

Es asombroso , el cómo una cámara fotográfica, plasma en cuestión de segundos momentos tan significativos para la historia de la humanidad, y de igual manera nos pone en un punto bastante reflexivo sobre cómo está dividida nuestra escala de valores en una sociedad cada vez más compleja.
Sin embargo no hay que perder la esperanza, el ser humano sigue siendo la especie más importante y significativa en el planeta tierra, tambien hay mucha bondad y seres dispuestos a dar lo mejor de si.
Footografias SENCILLAMENTE ESPECTACULARES, ,,,SANDRA AMAYA. Colombia.

Posted by SANDRA LIA AMAYA BUSTOS December 23, 08 11:46 AM
671.

It amazes me that after seeing these photographs some people still are not humbled. They use these comments to attack and be aggressive. Simple truth is we can all be right about everything. Perhaps there is a God and perhaps not. We cant even agree on that never mind what Religion he is. So lets not use Religion as a yard stick to measure any person by. They can believe what they want. Just afford the basic courtesy to all.
If anyone doesnt have a tear in their eye for the little kid and his family in snap number 38 then I dont know how you can be reached...
What can we do????

Posted by Carl December 23, 08 11:47 AM
672.

from Russian: Pochemu amerikanci dumayut, chto Bog est' tolko u nih, a vse ostal'nye nacii - tyomnye yazichniki??? Pochemu oni dumayut, chto tol'ko u nih est' iskluchitelnoe pravo vmeshivatsa vo vnutrennie dela drugih stran..
Konec sveta budet po vine diavola i Ameriki (The Day the Earth Stood Still)

Posted by Vadim Doronin December 23, 08 12:12 PM
673.

Excelentes desde el punto de vista técnico, pero hubiese preferido que muchas de ellas no hubiesen podido ser tomadas. Especialmente aquellas en las que el desastre no es natural. OJALÁ contribuyan a la reflexión y mejor entendimiento entre los hombres y mujeres de todas las ideologías, razas y credos.

Posted by Américo Patetta December 23, 08 12:12 PM
674.

La belleza y la miseria humana a la vez,increibles fotos.

Posted by Sergi December 23, 08 12:13 PM
675.

GREAT WORK!!!

Posted by Tiago December 23, 08 12:15 PM
676.

sorry my english isnt good but i think every body can underestand what me say i wana say this pic is perfect realy perfect

Posted by vahid December 23, 08 12:44 PM
677.

With all these great photos to show how the world really is. Alot of americans still do not REALIZE just how great we have it here.....
We are the greatest country on the planet, and we should realize this and not take anything for granite anymore.
Do something for your fellow american to show how grateful you are to live in such a great country!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Corey December 23, 08 12:57 PM
678.

The photographs are, of course, incredible.

But what's struck me the most about this article are the comments...

Why do so many people still believe in God?

Posted by Aaron December 23, 08 01:17 PM
679.

This is not the end of days. Acts like these have been happening since the beginning of the human race. I've read many comments on here saying " this world is dead or it really is the end of days." That sounds to me like many people in the world would rather post something on the internet discussing how wrong this world is rather than getting off their lazy ass and trying to do something about it. It shows just how much backbone some people are lacking. Just because a bunch of pictures were posted which only show the evils of the world doesn't mean that there isn't still good. I'm not saying there aren't things that need to be changed or worked on but I am saying that this world has seen much worse. If one would only look at history they would see that this is bad, however, far more evil acts have been committed in the distant and near past.

Posted by Michael December 23, 08 01:47 PM
680.

These are some of the most awesome images i've ever seen.

Posted by Zena December 23, 08 02:02 PM
681.

To Aaron (post 678), I had the opposite reaction, "Why don't more people believe in God?" The photos here show not only tragedy, but compassion, grace, and the power of God's creation.

Posted by NOTW December 23, 08 02:03 PM
682.

No limits to the men's perversity !!!!

Posted by ANDRE December 23, 08 02:39 PM
683.

number 38 shows the only thing that the troops are doing on Iraq


Posted by lucy December 23, 08 02:46 PM
684.

super zdjêcia , polecam wszystkim

Posted by mlodygorce December 23, 08 02:50 PM
685.

interesting to know the type of world you live in

Posted by cheese December 23, 08 03:01 PM
686.

Simplemente magníficas. Somos incapaces de aprender de nuestros propios tropiezos. Esta es una muestra de lo que fuimos, lo que somos y lo que seremos.

M Gordillo

Posted by Marcos Gordillo December 23, 08 03:11 PM
687.

EStan poca mauser Todas las fotos!!

Posted by vlad December 23, 08 03:21 PM
688.

I am truly sorry for saying this, but 'it hurts my eyes to see, and it hurts my ears to hear' all this talk here - 'amazing photos' and quarrel over who is right. I believe humans at some point shall start conveying messages of peace, beauty, and harmony... the picture, where the child is carried on an elders arms will be stuck in my mind permanently... Thank You! I know the world is suffering and as my wish from Santa is that people abandon their agendas of controlling and manipulating others for we are here for a reason...

Posted by maria December 23, 08 03:45 PM
689.

There is no more haunting image than the picture of the lifeless body of the young Iraqi boy being carried after dying in an airstrike. I am moved to tears when I see the absolute destruction humans inflict on one another, especially on those most vulnerable. We are not deserving of this world...this gift of wonders...that we choose to destroy along with its most innocent of inhabitants.

Posted by mr happynewyear December 23, 08 03:56 PM
690.

Words seem kind of insignificant. Too much trauma and death in this world and most of caused by man. I hope the next life is more peaceful.

Posted by Bev M. December 23, 08 03:57 PM
691.

The most beautiful photos i saw this year.

Bravissimo

Posted by Guy D. December 23, 08 04:45 PM
692.

Estas imagens são espetaculares! Algumas nos chamam a atenção pela sua beleza, expressão e singulariedade. Outras, por sua vez, apresentam um chamado para que todos nós, irmãos em Cristo, possamos largar tudo e aceitar o mandamento de Jesus para as Nações.
Cristo está voltando, atentem para isto!
Deus abençõe a todos!!!

Posted by Alberto, Brasil December 23, 08 05:17 PM
693.

all are magnificent; #40 is remarkable, the light , the shadows, great pic

Posted by e mitton December 23, 08 06:16 PM
694.

The world would be far better off without humans. We have such a beautiful planet and all we want to do is fight over who owns what. We must disgust mother nature.

Angels on the sideline,
Puzzled and amused.
Why did Father* give these humans free will?
Now they're all confused.

Don't these talking monkeys know that Eden has enough to go around?
Plenty in this holy garden, silly monkeys
Where there's one you're bound to divide it right in two.

Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground.
Silly monkeys.
Give them thumbs, they forge a blade,
And where there's one they're bound to divide it right in two.

Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground.
Silly monkeys.
Give them thumbs, they make a club to beat their brother down.
How they've survived so misguided is a mystery.
Repugnant is a creature who would squander the ability
To lift an eye to heaven, conscious of his fleeting time here.

( Tool 2006, 10,000 Days, Right In Two)


Posted by Monkey killing monkey killing monkey over pieces of the ground. December 23, 08 06:26 PM
695.

Self explicit

Posted by BHASI BAHULEYAN December 23, 08 06:39 PM
696.

A contemporary phenomena wich compel to the conclusion that success in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.

Posted by Fernando Salcido December 23, 08 07:40 PM
697.

Muito boas! Sensacinais! Um dia chego lá!

Posted by leandro givisiez December 23, 08 07:45 PM
698.

Através dessas fotos podemos ver como a natureza está cobrando
td o que o homem lhe tirou, e nem assim eles aceitam tirar a venda que
insiste em cobrir seus olhos e continuam a destruí-la.
Quando acordarão e verão a realidade!!!

Posted by Magda - Brasil December 23, 08 08:16 PM
699.

Comment 602 by Cariucha
Cariucha is clearly an idiot. Xtians are causing most of the trouble in peaceful India by being terrorists etc. Most of them are rice Christians who would convert for a bag of rice. Missionaries would ask them to throw stones at temples to get other groceries.
Where do you live? I want to invent a religion, come to your country and ask converts to desecrate your holy places. See whether you will still be "peaceful". God will not bless your soul.

Posted by jjp December 23, 08 08:17 PM
700.

What a wonderful collection of great pictures of events t hat happened in the year 2008. I Thank the people who did such a great job of putting all of them in this thrilling piece of Art to keep forever. And mostly I thank our cousin in Israel, Liza, who transferred this e-mail to us.

Posted by Zelda K. Magdule1 December 23, 08 08:26 PM
701.

So many issues and problems .. so few experts on how to resolve them - including many posters on here who would rather spew political and religious nonsense! Shut your faces .. we don't care about your worthless opinions!

Posted by Volcano December 23, 08 08:37 PM
702.

Boo hoo! In case you haven't learned yet .. life is unfair - face the reality AND the sooner the better!

Posted by Miquel December 23, 08 08:39 PM
703.

I can't actually look at them all. Some stabbed straight through me. Its scarey and depressing to think that this is the world in which we live. What is scarier however is that we did this to ourselves...makes you think

I'm glad to see the truth is finally comeing out.

Posted by Charly December 23, 08 09:00 PM
704.

The collection of pictures of some of the momentous events that took place in 2008 in different parts of world must have taken the photographer(s) a great amount of efforts, patience and pains for capturing and processing them. The pictures contain great perspective details. They would definitely be stored for posterity for my children and children's children. Please continue with the fantastic work.

Posted by Dr William Lau December 23, 08 09:09 PM
705.

To anonymous #619

Better go back and study your history. Israel isn't the cause of the strife the MUSLIMS are and ALWAYS have been. All those "Palestinians" are nationals from other ME countries.

And since when is it a crime for a country to defend it's self from MUSLIM TERRORISTS?

Great pictures.


G

Posted by MJ December 23, 08 09:11 PM
706.

damn life is soo short

Posted by david December 23, 08 09:12 PM
707.

To the person (post #608) asking about the triangle in the upper left corner of the surfing picture. The triangle is probably the tow line the surfer used to get out to the waves. It's attached to a jet ski.

Posted by Jason December 23, 08 09:37 PM
708.

great photos, theyr very educational...i looked up what i didnt know. The first picture was dope, i looked up Perchten and found some very interesting stuff. I love that like 3 of the pictures are of/in switzerland (being a swiss citizen, as well as US), Im proud! boston.com always puts of great pics, ex. greek riots

Posted by Alex D. B. December 23, 08 09:39 PM
709.

simply stunning

Posted by otto December 23, 08 10:39 PM
710.

The triangle is the end of the tow rope that is attached to the jetski that pulled him in.

Posted by james December 23, 08 10:47 PM
711.

la foto de la erupcion del volcan Chaiten es simplemente espectacular, la naturaleza nos demuestra lo insignificantes que somos a su lado.
Toda una ciudad tubo que ser evacuada y hasta el dia de hoy no se puede volver a habitar, la destruccion fue de enormes proporciones.

Fuerza compatriotas de Chaiten, pronto volveran a vivir en su hermosa ciudad...

Gabriel
Santiado, Chile

Posted by Gabriel December 24, 08 12:27 AM
712.

(From China) Hope our splendid Planet full of laughter less sorrows. AMITABHA

Posted by Li, shuyi December 24, 08 01:04 AM
713.

i see the best and wonderful pictue

Posted by arash December 24, 08 01:12 AM
714.

owesome..
unforgetable moment....

Posted by camelia December 24, 08 02:07 AM
715.

The extraordinary revolution of life

Posted by Mind matters December 24, 08 02:18 AM
716.

These pictures talk more than what words could do!!

Posted by Anil Kumar December 24, 08 02:34 AM
717.

I don't think it's right for one person to pass judjgement on another jjp :) I live in a country you might have heard from Encino Man only.... and through here many people have passed, built and destroyed... Religion is Power... all in all it might be nicer to help a child standing in a sandstorm rather than take a photograph of him... I thought that kind of compassion would be prevalent in every religion or human being...

Posted by maria December 24, 08 04:17 AM
718.

shame on the author who posted this blog and spreads the conflict

Posted by Anonymous December 24, 08 04:29 AM
719.

fantastica

Posted by Anonymous December 24, 08 04:30 AM
720.

Just amazing.....

Posted by Ratdevil December 24, 08 04:59 AM
721.

Ñèëüíûå ðàáîòû ... î÷åíü âïå÷àòëèëî

Posted by Denis V. Tyurin December 24, 08 05:13 AM
722.

Some times it is very hard to recorgnize the reality.
Smetimes we just want pretend we don´t know what is happening at the other side of the world.
But it is very necessary to be conscious of them.
These photgraphs help us to do it.
Thank you.

Posted by Akikokin December 24, 08 05:36 AM
723.

eu estou incrivelmente impressionada, com a qualidade das fotos mostradas. são de um feitio incrível, e de uma emoção embutida fenomenal. Parabéns a todos os fotógrafos que fizeram esta tão linda arte da realidade.

Simply stunning, congrats to have shared this with us!

Posted by Karoline (Brazil) December 24, 08 05:44 AM
724.

Out of this set of images, #28 really captured my attention. Excellent presentation of images by The Boston Globe.

Posted by Rodrigo December 24, 08 06:19 AM
725.

la misma manipulación de siempre, africa miseria, guerra, europa lo guay. señores que este año ha habido una guerra en europa (georgia vs rusia) y estoy convencido que en africa o en asia pasan cosas maravillosas. sean creativos en 2009

always the same manipulation: europe=cool, africa=war, misery america=folkclore. photographs, be creatives in 2009!

Posted by pendejo electronico December 24, 08 06:21 AM
726.

Those were impressive pictures that capture a piece of extraordinary reality. Thanks for capturing the invisible for all of us.... They contribute giving us awareness of our world. We should start changing things, starting with ourselves... Responsabilty, commitment and love!
Merry Xmas to all!!!

Posted by Stef December 24, 08 06:48 AM
727.

Grande imagens feitas por grandes homens. Realmente um presente para os apreciadore de imagens. Parabéns!!!

Posted by Jorge Junek December 24, 08 07:04 AM
728.

Bravo Et merci pour toutes ces Photo qui nous montre un autre regards envers le Monde. ou en ce moment même les Buffets remplis nos tables et que d'autres pays n'ont même pas de quoi passer quelque minute de Bonheur,Bravo.!!

Posted by MAX December 24, 08 08:20 AM
729.

me parecen unas imagenes impresionantes ,que nos quedarán para el recuerdo

Posted by Anonymous December 24, 08 08:59 AM
730.

Wow.
Thank you for these...a glimpse into other lives.

Posted by Sana December 24, 08 09:24 AM
731.

NLM.

Posted by Anonymous December 24, 08 09:40 AM
732.

Me gustaria que algunas de estas fotos no existieran...
Mas precisamente, que el momento en el que fueron sacadas jamás hubiera existido...
Somos ésto. Seres humanos con miedos, dolores, rabias. Tambien con ternura, amor, capacidad de dar y esperanza. E ilusiones. ilusiones de que cada día podamos ser más tolerantes, más generosos, más puros en nuestros sentimientos. Está en cada uno de nosostros intentarlo cada día.

Posted by Cristina Fernández Ventoso December 24, 08 09:53 AM
733.

one time, when asked to linkin park member about of the brasil, he is answer, ai now, blanka street fighter and sepultura, he his right, less this 2 things rest only football sh*t!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous December 24, 08 09:57 AM
734.

Please again sent attractive photos

Posted by Shoukath Ali Photographer December 24, 08 10:12 AM
735.

Me es muy dificil hacer un comentario a esta serie de imprecionantes fotos.
Sencillamente estan IMPRECIONANTES

Posted by luis arguello h. December 24, 08 10:12 AM
736.

And I can only use a"brownie box" camera!!Such suffering one tends to forget

Posted by Peter G Jones December 24, 08 10:31 AM
737.

great pics

Posted by riki December 24, 08 10:35 AM
738.

#5 shows the willingness of the US to confront all totalitarian dictators who want to subjugate their citizens using mass murder (Saddam had over 300 mass graves), no matter what the cost is to US soldiers. Let this be a lesson to all those critical of the US. Next time, it might be YOUR country that we come and save. Again. Ungrateful Euroweenies.

Posted by Dave M. Philadelphia, Pa. December 24, 08 11:06 AM
739.

These pictures make me soar with pride one minute and fall in dispair the next. We live in a world of such extreme contrasts. I wonder what God thinks of his human creations. Why can't we be kind and generous to each other?

Posted by Louise Wolanske December 24, 08 11:11 AM
740.

wow!!!! espectacular, saludos desde mexico.

Posted by ch@v@ December 24, 08 12:01 PM
741.

RE: # 539 I think Alexander was dropped on his head when his mother was loaded on something.

The photos are great. The selection of all of them is near perfect.

Thanks

Posted by circle8 December 24, 08 12:49 PM
742.

wow ok THAT'S A GALLERY!!


but i still hate most of them... the %90 are about war...this year got better things than that...

Posted by dulcedeleche December 24, 08 12:50 PM
743.

Cool, Great, Fantastic, Hyperbole, Shocking, Amazing and Heart-Touching!!

Posted by ROCHAMLIANA December 24, 08 12:52 PM
744.

"38
A man carries the body of a child recovered from the rubble of a destroyed house after an air strike in Baghdad's Sadr City in Iraq on April 29, 2008. (REUTERS/Kareem Raheem) #"

- Why doesn't it say that it is an American air strike

Posted by Max December 24, 08 01:03 PM
745.

Lets all pray the balance of good always outweighs evil. I have a small child the same age as the one in image 37. It moved me to tears.

Posted by Mr Smith December 24, 08 01:05 PM
746.

Amazing photos. What a world we live in. Hope all the violence stops and people can live in harmony, I know it will probably never happen, but only one can hope. What we need to see is some more positive pictures.

Posted by Michelle December 24, 08 01:30 PM
747.

#678 ... You ask... Why do so many people still believe in God? The question should be... Why do so many people SAY they believe in God? Furthermore, some religions have totally distorted the true meaning of God.
If more people truly followed the teachings of Jesus "Love thy neighbor as thyself" things would be a lot different.
There's a lot of hypocrisy in this world, but I still believe in the goodness of the human race and this wonderful planet Earth.
I invite you to look at a sunset this evening.
Merry Christmas!

Posted by BVR December 24, 08 02:08 PM
748.

Bien pensant que le français est aussi populaire et beaucoup plus explicite que l'anglais, je déplore qu'il n'y a pas eu de traduction disponible pour l'explication de toutes ces belles et fantastiques images.
Bravo pour tous ceux qui sont concernés malgré que la paix et la misère sont aussi loin l'un de l'autre. Philippe PL

Posted by Philippe Lapointe December 24, 08 02:15 PM
749.

No es hora de moverse......???? Mierda de mundo.....

Posted by Fernando December 24, 08 02:41 PM
750.

Todos aquellos ojos que puedan ver estas fotografías no me van a dejar mentir cuando digo que no hay límites para una cámara fotográfica. Las imagenes son impresionantes. La velocidad de obturación, el enfoque, todo. Nunca dejarán de impresinarnos las imagenes que nos puede regalar nuestro mundo. y Felicidades a quienes pudieron capturar cada uno de esos momentos.

Posted by Óscär December 24, 08 03:05 PM
751.

Yes, there is so much injustice and craziness occuring today, but it is to the detrement of all humanity when we make generalizations about a culture based on a framed image.
In themselves, these images are powerful.
But to use them to capture the year 2008 only covers a very limited few viewpoints, and the truth is that every person in each situation had their own perspective, and that every experience of the world is unique. These photos serve for me as a reminder of the perpectives that I have not encountered, and for this I am grateful.

Posted by Rose December 24, 08 03:14 PM
752.

Todos loa años las mismas fotos, distintos actores, las mismas cagadas.

Posted by Moisés Salas December 24, 08 03:19 PM
753.

is exelent ...is the beatiful photos... amaizing....

Posted by Anonymous December 24, 08 03:26 PM
754.

And not to be rude to the americans that think they live in the greatest country in the world---WAKE UP---u dont..but i live in a good country..but not the best..there is alot of countrys the r way much bether to live in.but as most americans..they never been out side of the USA..only seen the news of the rest of the world..and then they see WAR after WAR..but hey thats just a tiny little part of it..
Not meant to be rude, but its the truth.


But the photos r perfect..

Posted by micro the nub December 24, 08 03:58 PM
755.

LA VERDAD NO PODEMOS SER PEORES... Q DESASTRE!

Posted by FEDERICO ZAMPROGNO December 24, 08 05:00 PM
756.

All those children getting caught up in all that violence...it is very sad.

Posted by Cathy December 24, 08 05:01 PM
757.

Uma extraordinária exibição fotografica da imensa tragédia que envolveu o mundo neste 2008.Acontecimentos naturais e tragédias humanas incriveis.E, que excelentes fotografos.É preciso divulgar e mostrar com o objetivo de humanizar as pessoas. A fazê-las compreender a tragédia que podem produzir.Uma fotografia dessa vale um milhão de vezes mais que um discurso.

Posted by antonio eduardo ludwig December 24, 08 05:01 PM
758.

la humanidad no ha cambiado nada..

Posted by beto December 24, 08 05:26 PM
759.

Es asombroso lo que el ser humano puede captar en un solo instante y con tan solo una imagen se puede contar historias que lo que las hace especiales es que son verdaderas y en muchos casos muy tristes, lo cual muchos de nosotros decearamos que fueran todo lo contrario...pero es la naturaleza del hombre tener una divercidad encotrada de acciones, reacciones y sentimientos lo cual nos lleva a resultados de alegria o de mucha tristesa o injusticio....unas fotografias muy asombrosas!!!!!

Posted by Vladimir December 24, 08 05:45 PM
760.

I guess someone has to take these pictures ! But they have been mainly unreported in the West where oppulent life still prevails and people worry about thier taxes on the bass boats and SUV's.

Clearly this planet contains heave and hell simuntaneously, depending upon where you are at the time. And it is the human race that makes it so instead of sharing in the bounty of nature or a creator who has made enough for all.


JJoseph Turner

Posted by Joseph Turner December 24, 08 06:10 PM
761.

this world is going wrong!!!

Posted by Raul E December 24, 08 06:11 PM
762.

Great work by amazing photographers !!!

Posted by Nuno Tenório December 24, 08 06:31 PM
763.

Lo que pasa en el mundo en segundos, tan impactantes momentos, como bellos y unicos.

Larga vida al planeta tierra!

Posted by Pablo December 24, 08 06:37 PM
764.

Amazing work by great photographers !!!

Posted by Nuno Tenório December 24, 08 06:51 PM
765.

These pictures show a lot of beauty and sadness in the world we live in. I can only hope that 2009 will bring better days, less bloodshed, and fewer tears in this world.
Amazing photography.

Posted by David Turner December 24, 08 06:51 PM
766.

Super intresting photo collection. It really makes you think...

Posted by rox December 24, 08 07:37 PM
767.

BEAUTIFUL AND DISGUSTING WORLD, LIKE GOD

Posted by ROD December 24, 08 08:14 PM
768.

Señor: soy un ateo reciente (4 años, nada más), no existes. Si existes, guárdanos de ese hatajo de imbéciles que te usarán como excusa "es la voluntad de DIOS" y de esa escoria beata "DIOS seguro le ha dicho a mis AMOS que hagan esto, y ellos seguro que saben qué hacer", y de los tarados que te van a bendecir cuando todo va bien y no te van a maldecir cuando el cielo les cae en sus cabezas. Si existes, eres algo demasiado serio para dejarte utilizar por esa escoria, cuídate de ellos y cuídanos de esa gentuza. Sea como sea, si no existes, debieras, y si existes, maldito seas por tu silencio y tu inacción. Corrige o desaparece, y ten cuidado con los meapilas.

Posted by faustonoir December 24, 08 08:59 PM
769.

we need a new flood

Posted by noah December 24, 08 09:00 PM
770.

thanks. great collection. I looove it.

Posted by ingo December 24, 08 09:16 PM
771.

It is when we see these moments captured on film, dipicting true fear, true torture, tru victory then only do we realise how thankful we are to be where we are! When will all the war and hatred end? How many more must die?? Plze in '09 let's make a difference!
Be victorious in all we attempt, all we endure; let is teach us! and may we learn from it. FAST!

Posted by Ish December 24, 08 09:25 PM
772.

super

Posted by Mohd.noordheen December 24, 08 10:10 PM
773.

The Wonderful Love of God is still their, if we would just stop and look and listen, though evil shows it's ugly side, with war and death, The Love of God is greater far then pen or Voice can ever tell.It goes beyond the hightest star and reaches to the lowest hell.

Posted by George Riethaler December 24, 08 10:53 PM
774.

what a wonderful world.....!

Posted by clay (in korea) December 24, 08 11:41 PM
775.

Go back and look closely at the photos...several of the human tragedies and destruction displayed are directly related to Muslim extremists. What a much better world this would be without them!

They seek to destroy all who do not believe in the so called God they serve - they leave their destructive footprint everywhere they go. I will never understand why the media and news sources and even the photographers are in support of the nut-jobs. Go back and look through the photos again, count how many are related to Muslim extremists! Why do they deserve any attention or glory?

As for Israel...God Bless them...and their daily fight to survive as a people! I am American...and I support Israel 100%. I cannot imagine what it is like to live in a small little country where so many hate you, and all the nations who live around you want to wipe you out! Palestinians cannot relate! How can you hate people who are simply trying to defend themselves? To all those who preach tolerance, why are you so intolerant and hate filled towards the people of Israel?

Posted by Michelle December 25, 08 01:16 AM
776.

Quite,quite refreshing and thought provoking ,in the light of all the sub -standard material that filters our systems!!!

Posted by j chetty December 25, 08 01:37 AM
777.

The words are not enough for thsese pictures. Congrats for those who took them. Courage, inspiration, passion. I think this is the secret for these amazing photos. Thank you all for showing us the real life! Merry Christmas!

Posted by T.o (www.teodoram.blogspot.com) December 25, 08 04:39 AM
778.

Great photographs, great American nation, you see that especially on a picture where the dead Iraqui boy is carried away, same happened when an 8 y old girl died out of bombs during Belgrade bombings in 1999.....great nation...great ppl...high quality aircrafts.

Posted by Dejan December 25, 08 05:43 AM
779.

Is it just ME, or does anyone else see the angry face in the top left corner of the clouds/smoke of the eruption of the Chaiten volcano, photo #1 ?!

Posted by Matt Hovey December 25, 08 05:50 AM
780.

amazing!!!

Posted by RKIT December 25, 08 06:01 AM
781.

Thank you for open our blind eyes, for make us smile, and primarily for provoking us crying with such terrible photos...

Posted by Ibon December 25, 08 07:10 AM
782.

I guess you couldn't find ONE, SINGLE, SOLITARY picture of one of OUR GUYS who was killed by one of THEIR GUYS? FIGURES......

JC
USA

Posted by JC December 25, 08 09:20 AM
783.

God Damn War all over the planet and all over the reasons
And God damn the one that is starting it

Posted by adrian December 25, 08 09:38 AM
784.

to all you handwringers who don't think we deserve this to be on this planet , have you ever watched the animals deal it out , have you considered that the child hiding behind the tent is hiding from mother nature and that him and his family might be content with their lives when the sun is shining, and think about this ,it's not what God thinks about the world it's what he thinks about YOU. And that sillymonkey song is right up ther with Lennon's Imagine for most stupid mindless songs ever.

Posted by carnivore December 25, 08 09:43 AM
785.

An amazing display of humanity and the world we live in. Now if we could all stop hating each other for just a short time maybe the dreadful things in some of these pictures could be stopped

Beware Indifference
Cast out Hate
Embrace Compassion

Posted by AB December 25, 08 10:20 AM
786.

Really cool pics!!!

Posted by Dubno December 25, 08 11:36 AM
787.

increibles fotos
maravilloso!

Posted by fran December 25, 08 11:45 AM
788.

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Ìîÿ áóêâà - Â.

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Posted by Brawserka December 25, 08 11:48 AM
789.

son fotos impresionantes que nos muestran la violencia cada vez mas grave en el mundo, el amor y la paz del hombre cada dia se aleja mas

Posted by pedrin torres December 25, 08 12:06 PM
790.

son fotos impresionantes que nos muestran la violencia cada vez mas grave en el mundo, el amor y la paz del hombre cada dia se aleja mas

Posted by pedrin torres December 25, 08 12:44 PM
791.

photos.........................uffff how exelent ... beatiful and... amaizing

Posted by timalsinak@yahoo.com December 25, 08 12:44 PM
792.

These are the type of things predicted to occur before the return of the Lord - there is still a way to go yet though (as far as I believe just now).

Let us all pray for the reconstruction of the Third Temple and that the other propheses be fulfilled sooner rather than later - THEN the suffering will cease.

Your plan, in its own time though, Oh Lord

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Posted by David December 25, 08 01:01 PM
793.

These photos are great, but i don't see their correlation with events in 2008. However, these are very moving photos.

Posted by colin December 25, 08 01:57 PM
794.

What a glorious assembly of photographs ! Some of them are mind - blowing !!
Thanks .

Posted by John Harvey. December 25, 08 02:43 PM
795.

QUE EL HOMBRE DESPIERTE, Y HAGA ALGO POR NUESTRO PLANETA ANTES QUE ESTE SE TERMINE.....UNAMONOS PARA SALVAR NUESTRO AVITAD.......TERE

Posted by TERE December 25, 08 04:44 PM
796.

I don't see how I could have missed or forgotten the one of the volcano and lightning.

The one with the black balls appears to be photoshopped.

Posted by imp December 25, 08 05:51 PM
797.

Overwhelming beauty amist tragic images. Brilliant....disturbing.....it makes one stop and re-evaluate his place in the world. Bravo!

Posted by Dr. Robert Squeri December 25, 08 08:12 PM
798.

Demaciado arrechas todas esas fotos ,,,,

Posted by Ricardo Rodriguez December 25, 08 10:33 PM
799.

So many sad viewpoints, so many extreme diatribes, so much negativism! If your view is so correct, why haven't you fixed the flooding & stopped the inane wars? Who cares if the black balls are a photoshop? I saw early that life is unfair but that did not keep me from trying to make this world better. Any person could change so much if they chose to get involved, rather than set at a computer and point fingers at this group, that religion, those people or that country. Get a grip on your self , then help someone else up.

Posted by jb54 December 25, 08 10:56 PM
800.

I'm Korean. Namdeamun gate is our sorrow........................
T.T

Posted by ¾Æ¼± December 26, 08 12:08 AM
801.

than you americans for the war and the childs dead............

Posted by skull088 December 26, 08 12:23 AM
802.

nice photos photo number 37 is the best

Posted by talal December 26, 08 02:11 AM
803.

thank you very much.

Posted by THANADET December 26, 08 02:12 AM
804.

I have never seen such kind of PHOTOGRAPHY.. U r a winner , A TRUE WINNER http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/12/the_year_2008_in_photographs_p.html

Posted by Ankit December 26, 08 03:25 AM
805.

super zdjêcia !

Posted by mlody_gorce December 26, 08 04:29 AM
806.

interesting fotos

Posted by Bob December 26, 08 06:39 AM
807.

Beautiful work - as a fellow shooter it's always a rush when I see great Photography - here's cheers to capturing the moments many choose to forget but everyone should see!

Posted by Chrissy G December 26, 08 07:42 AM
808.

Thanks for sharing..peace on earth and goodwill to all..

Without us the the Earth lives, With us the Earth lives..without the Earth we die.

Posted by Garry S December 26, 08 08:04 AM
809.

Why is it that death and destruction are so prominently focused on in these photos? I have seen other "Great Photos of 2008" that depict what is wonderful about the closing year. Oh well, I guess the editor of this list has a different outlook on the world than others.

Posted by JohnJ December 26, 08 09:20 AM
810.

It kills me to see the brutality of conflicts, in photo #38 - more innocent civilians are armed than another other kind of people in conflicts like that. My heart goes out to those who've unfortunately perished in clashes, skirmishes, conflicts and wars. Rest in peace.

On a sidenote, photo #39, depicting a ski jumper, reminds me of KT Tunstall's music video for If Only :)

Posted by Terry December 26, 08 09:52 AM
811.

Awsome, sad, tragic and frightening.

Posted by From Illinois USA December 26, 08 10:10 AM
812.

I love how it's forbidden to show dead or injured American soldiers, but it's permissible to show dead brown babies.

Posted by Yousef December 26, 08 10:34 AM
813.

@744 (Max)

Who the hell cares? Civilians die in every war. We bombed the sh*t out of Dresden in WWII. That was a U.S. airstrike as well. Any complaints about THAT?

Posted by sfcmac December 26, 08 10:44 AM
814.

nerealiai...

Posted by Anonymous December 26, 08 10:44 AM
815.

Clearly photography is subjective and to me it serves us well in seeing what otherwise we would not..and teach us to appreciate, to live in graditude, and to change what we can.
My prayer is to unite us all as we are all human,we have different points of view,opinions etc.
But please let us appreciate the differents and learn from each other...God speed to us all.
These images are thought provoking and amazing. Thank you!!

Posted by Forever hopeful. December 26, 08 11:18 AM
816.

Supongo que a muchos de vosotros como a mi, os hubiera gustado que alguna imágen no se hubiera realizado porque deseáramos que no hubiera existido ese escenario, otras sí.
Somos eso, personas humanas... con miedos, rencores, sentimientos y ambiciones. También con ilusiones, ilusión de ser cada día mejores, más puros y más humanos.

Está en nuestra mano conseguirlo.
Por un 2009 mejor!
Paz, salud y amor.

Posted by Sergio December 26, 08 11:22 AM
817.

Me parece que laspersonas,sensibles y responsables,ya saben ,ke el mundo esta cargado de cosas horribles y destrucción,,es ke no hay fotos mas bonitas y ti
ernas en todo un año??gracias y esperó ke las del año 2009,sean mejores. Saludos desde España....Mariam

Posted by Mariam December 26, 08 11:50 AM
818.

Que todas estas fotos unas muy buenas que muestran la belleza indudable del mundo en que vivimos y al cual no estamos cuidando....pero las demas que muestran la injusticia basadas en la ansia de poder y control del hombre , nos hacen pensar que seguimos igual que hace miles de anos antes de que supuestamente enviara dios a su hijo Jesucristo al mundo a salvarnos.

Posted by Victor M. Paez December 26, 08 11:53 AM
819.

I'M CERTAIN THAT ALL THERS THINGS HAPPENED AROUND THE WORLD IN 2008. I'M EQUALLY CERTAIN THAT EVEN MORE GOOD, AND LIFE INSPIRING THINGS HAVE ALSO OCCURRED. GOD IS LOVE. GOD IS KIND, AND MOSTLY GOD DOES NOT ATTEMPT TO CONTROLL HIS PEOPLE THROUGH FEAR, AND CATASTROPHY, OR HUMAN SUFFERING. WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS POSTING, PERHAPS SHOULD GO BACK TO THE NEW TESTIMENT, AND THE TEACHINGS OF OUR LORD, AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. HE WILL LOVE, AND COMFORT YOU, AND MAKE YOU NOT AFRAID! IN HIS PRECIOUS NAME. SHARON SHARON Z0GRAFOS

Posted by SHARON ZOGRAFOS December 26, 08 11:53 AM
820.

bueno la foto 36 me refleja que no hay apoyo en algunos paises y la pobreza en la que estan no resiben ayuda

Posted by Maria December 26, 08 12:04 PM
821.

just ceases for minutes .......certainly cannot be expressed in words..

Posted by unknown December 26, 08 12:08 PM
822.

Ante el Creador infinito solo queda decir, Aleluya. Te alabamos. Aquí estamos, aquí nos tienes.

Posted by laudator December 26, 08 12:16 PM
823.

I have spent a lot of time traveling the world, and I believe you would be better served if you showed 50 % of these 'events' as you say, and 50 % of just the
every day lives of people, especially children, i.e. beauty and the beast.....

Posted by ray December 26, 08 12:49 PM
824.

To shredandride, whose comment was #441:

I know what you're saying about the blog itself doing some possible good by making people think or prompting them to action. My problem with comment 278 was that the writer seemed to be chastising people for looking at pictures while the actions of the author were no more productive. Imagine your neighbor's house is burning down, and instead of getting water or calling the fire department, you stand around and yell at someone else to get water or call the fire department.

Posted by Dennis December 26, 08 12:55 PM
825.

Is's fantastic! Amazing photos

Posted by Sasha December 26, 08 01:13 PM
826.

Hate, unlike dancing, takes only one to work. We do not have to hate each other to cause violence and destruction. It just takes one to hate us all.

Posted by Danny December 26, 08 01:17 PM
827.

Amazing Photographs! I look forward to the next series. I agree with some of the other comments posted, "Heaven and hell, beauty and sadness in our world. I hope we all learned something from them. I wish all the world leaders could sit with me and look at your photos. We might have an interesting conversation about them. God forbid we come up with an alternative to war and suffering. I can only hope that in 2009 we may have the strenght to try something new. Again, Amazing photography!

Posted by El' Gilmore December 26, 08 02:12 PM
828.

Amazing photos! :D Congratulations!

Posted by Raquel - Portugal December 26, 08 02:22 PM
829.

ADONDE VAMOS...................

Posted by Anonymous December 26, 08 03:10 PM
830.

Unas fotos impresionantes. Algunas de ellas no deberían de aparecer aquí porque no tenian que haber existido. Pero este es el mundo en que vivimos.

Posted by Paco Jarillo December 26, 08 03:14 PM
831.

very very very very very very very gooooooooooooooooood

Posted by williams ribeiro December 26, 08 03:15 PM
832.

Too many atrocities in our world ...
I hope 2009 th year will be better. I believe in Barack Obama! =)
Peace&Love
Kori4ka from Russia

Posted by Kori4ka December 26, 08 03:40 PM
833.

@ 813

Any complaints about Dresden?
Gee, I don't know.
Maybe Slaughterhouse-Five.

Otherwise, this is an amazing collection of photos.

Posted by Florida9 December 26, 08 03:42 PM
834.

Las fotografias son el modo de seguir viviendo de los seres, objetos, paisajes y cosas que fuguran en ellas. En nuestro interior; sus gritos mudos e inanimados ,se convierten en sentimientos y palabras y siguen viviendo para siempre.
Nos guste o no el mundo es asi, pero pensemos que todo lo que NO nos gusta lo podemos cambiar si de verdad nos ponemos a ello, ¡Enpecemos por nuestro entorno!
Felicidades a los fotografos por seguir dando vida a la vida.

Posted by Fray LOLO December 26, 08 04:41 PM
835.

Photos are great. But I have learned not to believe any photos I see or news I hear. You see exactly what you are suppose to see and allots of not suppose to see doesn’t matter what country you leave in.
Today in this world we are treated like dirt by our governments (ALL OF THEM) for a simple reason of greed for money and power. No mercy for their country man and defiantly no mercy for any one else. Its funny most people think every thing is fine as long as they have a roof on their heads; it is ok Israel gets at least a suicide bomber a month its ok people die in hunger in Africa its ok a Muslim child dies for no reason. It could all be solved, but me and billions like me have no power to do so and those that have the power, things are exactly according to plan. With today’s technology we don’t need oil to run things too bad it’s the easiest way for leaders to steel.

Posted by Dave December 26, 08 06:39 PM
836.

impresionante, menudas fotos, momentos increibles.

Posted by Jose Miguel December 26, 08 07:09 PM
837.

Amazing photography !!!!
Breathtaking pics

Posted by C. Lorenzen December 26, 08 09:26 PM
838.

WOW genial muy buenas fotos, algunas llenan de tristeza mi corazon.

Posted by Oss December 26, 08 10:43 PM
839.

ESTAS FOTOS SON DEMASIADO IMPACTANTES, SON EL RESULTADO DE CORAZONES VACIOS, ES DECIR, SIN DIOS.

ACERQUENSE A DIOS.

NUNCA LO OLVIDEN.

Posted by JAIR December 26, 08 11:10 PM
840.

People look at these and say, How can God be real if he lets this happen.

well, There is a God, and all these pictures show there is also a satan.

Posted by Kevin December 27, 08 12:00 AM
841.

vraiment c'est bon

Posted by MANIRAGUHA December 27, 08 02:02 AM
842.

Very good collection of unique photographs!Thanks

Posted by K> V> Iyer December 27, 08 06:36 AM
843.

Graficas de sucesos que quedaron para la historia en el año 2008
Excelente Trabajo

Posted by Dover Miralles December 27, 08 07:23 AM
844.

great photos.. When will we, human beings, realize that we all live in one planet and share our resources and fortunes together. We are too divided by color, religion, country, and hundred other things..

Posted by noussh.com December 27, 08 08:03 AM
845.

Dios mio aun esrtouy con la boca abiertra,como hay gente en el mundo asi ,BESOSSSSSSSSSSS PRÒSPÈRO AÑO 2009

Posted by GEMINISSSS December 27, 08 08:31 AM
846.

To micro the nub (#754)
Have you ever been to America? I have done a lot of traveling and love to see the different culture, but I am always thankful to come back home. We certainly have our problems, but if this country is so awful, why do so many people from the rest of the world want to come here -- legally or illegally?

Posted by Mimi - A proud American December 27, 08 09:19 AM
847.

kudos to the photographer. few more also could have been shown depicting the wonderful love, affection, beauty, natures wonders, ....

Posted by sankaran, d.p. December 27, 08 09:52 AM
848.

Essas fotos são impressionantes. Uma camêra e disposição fazem com que possamos ter uma idéia melhor do que é esse mundo na realidade.

Posted by Savio Silva December 27, 08 10:33 AM
849.

Las fotos son excelentes, lástima que la mayoría son sucesos lamentables!!!

Posted by Leslie Ponce December 27, 08 11:29 AM
850.

I hear the cries for all those who are oppressed, tortured, poor, starving...the list goes on and on. These posters rage against the USA that our wealth has made us passionless and unfeeling in spite of the fact that we come to the aid of all even when none of them come offering help when we have problems worldwide without threats of sanctions. I might suggest to you folks that these people also have the opportunity whenever they wish to brave the dangers of revolt and rise up against their oppressors. Yes, it may cost them their lives, but as I am acutely aware as a veteran, Freedom is not free. A welfare world will not survive, either, and we cannot save everyone. Our own welfare state is proof of that.

Posted by Gary J. Curtiss, CCR, CP, CM December 27, 08 11:42 AM
851.

Yo soy el alfa y el omega, el principio y el fin, el final de los tiempos se acerca, ...el que testifica esto dice ...amen...!ven señor JESUS !! Libro de las profecias del apostol Juan.

Posted by Anonymous December 27, 08 11:57 AM
852.

slike su do jaja!

Posted by miroslav buncic December 27, 08 12:24 PM
853.

God - Religion - Differences - War - Destruction - Politics - Technology - Hate


How many ways will PEOPLE continue to find and exploit the differences among each other.

We are all more alike than we are different.

Posted by Steve December 27, 08 01:21 PM
854.

Reality informs me of things we/I have seen in this presentation. It's a matter of time before you will see these things regardless of where ones domicile is.

Then again, it is not in our/your face everyday but when it is like now some still deny the past, the present and future. Saying 'have a great new year' is neither here nor there. No one will regardless of status but we can be humble and be a good neighbor.

Posted by Terry December 27, 08 01:21 PM
855.

un mundo maravilloso , y como los humanos lo podemos hacer terrible .

Posted by vicente December 27, 08 02:07 PM
856.

No quiero ofender, pero no os obligo a leerlo. Estoy indignada con la sociedad.
¿como podemos llegar a pensar en dios y toda su fantasia que le envuelve? ¿Pero no veis "desgraciados" lo que está pasando por el mundo? Miles de muertos, miles y miles de muertos, fuego, guerras, inundaciones, volcanes que estallan... Es imposible llegar a imaginarse, que alguien allá arriba "nos quiere, nos ama, nos protege..." y esas bobadas que dice esa gente que esta en la iglesias o comparte sus ideas. Y ahora no digais "nos lo hemos buscado".
Mi opinión: ¡¡soys unos sacadinero!! La iglesia y todas las religiones que obligan a pensar que hay alguien que nos ayuda allá arriba: Dios, Ala... ¡¡No lo veis que son una secta!!!
Por favor, solo pido que abrais un poco los ojos... nada más.
Gracias.

Posted by Patricia December 27, 08 02:32 PM
857.

I did not find photos from Georgia

Posted by Bio December 27, 08 02:51 PM
858.

What a wunderfull Creatur has this world... I love GOD cordialy.

Posted by Akbar December 27, 08 03:16 PM
859.

Wonderfull pictures

Posted by zafar123 December 27, 08 04:06 PM
860.

CHEVREES FOTOD

Posted by Anonymous December 27, 08 05:17 PM
861.

HUITA

Posted by Corovaneer 200 December 27, 08 07:45 PM
862.

muy bellas fotos algunas son impactantes pero eso es lo que vivimos no ha cambiado nada nuestra vida en ese sentido de ambiciones y bajas pasiones

Posted by jose December 27, 08 08:37 PM
863.

amazing and beatifull photos. they are great, in some of them show how man is not able to handle the power of nature, and i feel sorry about the one caused by man. we still do not learn

Posted by Eduardo de la Cruz December 27, 08 11:29 PM
864.

Been there done that...

Posted by caleb December 28, 08 01:46 AM
865.

So many photos with so many meanings.I wonder how many would really understand those meanings,rather than just evaluating the photos by its compositions.Just hope that the world will someday be a better place for all to live.

Posted by E December 28, 08 03:13 AM
866.

This is the best Photo i was see in my life thanks for make us enjoy......Amazing work....:)

Posted by Nader El-Saeed December 28, 08 04:03 AM
867.

Incredible photos...

Posted by soka91 December 28, 08 06:38 AM
868.

I'm really shocked by those incredible pics.
Let all of us love the world, heal the world, make it a better place.

Posted by Alex ÈΣ¨from CHINA£© December 28, 08 07:34 AM
869.

wow. amazing photography!

Posted by aaron dinham December 28, 08 09:01 AM
870.

Breathtaking Photos.

Posted by Swarup Javeri December 28, 08 09:02 AM
871.

Breathtaking Photos.Each has a story to tell.

Posted by Swarup Javeri December 28, 08 09:03 AM
872.

merveilleuses photos qui montretn bien la folie humaine

à quand Amour et Paix???
bonne et heureuse année 2009!!!

jean-marc

Posted by jean-marc December 28, 08 09:13 AM
873.

Que fotos mas impresionantes. Muy buen trabajo

Posted by Jorge December 28, 08 11:17 AM
874.

always....disasters, war, pain...... almost those photos are about that
is a shame........

Posted by Anonymous December 28, 08 11:53 AM
875.

Right on, Gary (#850)! Thank you for your service to our country. God bless you and yours.

Posted by Mimi - A proud Christian American December 28, 08 12:04 PM
876.

Breathtaking photos.
Outstanding in every way possible.

Posted by Milan from Serbia December 28, 08 12:54 PM
877.

Mon Dieu pardonnez leur ils ne savent pas ce qu'ils font

Posted by figus December 28, 08 01:34 PM
878.

Excelente trabajo fotográfico. Las mismas solo reflejan lo que ocurre en la realidad y la dualidad de la capacidad humana para hacer tanto el bien como el mal. Tal vez algún día, hagamos solo el bien...
Felicidades!!!!!!

Posted by wanda i. December 28, 08 02:42 PM
879.

Megrazo & csodalatos...

Posted by Eva December 28, 08 03:02 PM
880.

Realmente fotos impressionante. Adorei.

Posted by Scheylla December 28, 08 03:42 PM
881.

People follow the leader. If the leaders are irresonsible war starters, then their underlings are also murderers and torturers.

Our Father...thy Will be done on earth as it in Heaven.


The wheels of the gods turn slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.


If leaders are aggressive war starters, they are murderers of women and children.

themselves will feel the same pain.

Posted by nelson December 28, 08 05:21 PM
882.

Muito muito boas as fotos......excelentes, dificíl até de se escolher uma.
Parabéns a quem escolheu !!!!!!

[]s

Posted by centropomus December 28, 08 05:35 PM
883.

Whew, it is exhausting viewing such spectacular images. Thank you.

Posted by Davi- December 28, 08 06:21 PM
884.

All your phots are amazing..WOW.

Posted by Anonymous December 28, 08 06:53 PM
885.

This is OUR WORLD. Unfortunately so many of it are preventable.

Posted by FPL Lee December 28, 08 07:49 PM
886.

The most frightening photos to me are the ones showing evidence of crowded population. Too many people on the planet is the cause of all problems.

Posted by deerbarb December 28, 08 08:53 PM
887.

*
la del niñoo cargado
por un habitante de Baghdad :S
todavia trae escombros en la boca
pero muy buena pik aver si nos ase reflexionar
:D

Posted by elizabeth December 28, 08 09:03 PM
888.

gosh!!!

i'm from mexico, there's not only pictures...

I mean, in my place, ags, here is a lot of gun battles

when that sounds a gunshot, or something like this you have to be in ur house, it can be a gun battle, or hired assassins!!
I'm scared!!!, right now i heard one... they're goodless

Posted by Zereneth December 28, 08 09:16 PM
889.

el cambio debe empezar por cada uno de nosotros, hay que dar el ejemplo para que el que este al lado tuyo lo copie.

Posted by marcial sarmiento December 28, 08 11:05 PM
890.

gracias por acercarnos con estas fotos a la realidad de lo que viven muchos paises y cada momento que se ve es un momento en el que estoy seguro tambien esta Dios cuidando a cada alma. FELIZ AÑO A TODOS

Posted by aida December 29, 08 12:14 AM
891.

thanks so much from every one take this photo.these are another window to trust

Posted by nader hemati December 29, 08 01:25 AM
892.

These photo's have nothing to do with God or Satan, they are human beings with goodness knows what for a brain. I agree with comments from 799, 815, 824, 827, 835.

Please be careful with the children of the world.

Posted by Margaret December 29, 08 01:50 AM
893.

THESE PICTURES ARE GREAT. THEY PROJECT MACRO DIMENSION OF LIFE. LIFE IS BIG LIFE IS BIGGER THAN AN INDIVIDUAL. NATURE IS OMNIPOTENT. ALL CREATURES INCLUDING HUMANS ARE MERELY AT ITS MERCY. NATURE HAS NURTURED LIFE AND WE ARE COMFORTABLE AND ALIVE. IF NATURE DECIDES TO BRING IT TO AN END NOBODY COULD HELP THE SITUATION. IN SPIRITUAL MOMENTS AN INDIVIDUAL ACKNOWLEDGING HIS LIMITATIONS AND BOWS DOWN AND PRAYS, TO NATURE, TO GOD.

Posted by SUJAN SANDHU December 29, 08 02:03 AM
894.

Super photos , I like them wery much.

It has been a hard work for those that take this photos.

Respekt.

Posted by Kenan December 29, 08 02:48 AM
895.

I'm from Russia
2008 year is very bad year,because a lot of deaths is in him

Posted by ûûûûûûûûûû December 29, 08 03:56 AM
896.

Stupendous!
AND
Exhilarating!

THANKS FOR SHARING!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Sowmitha Dorairaj December 29, 08 05:02 AM
897.

ITS A GR8 COLECTION OF GR8 PHOTOS BUT IT DOSNT REFLECT ALL THE IMPORTENT EVENTS OF 2008.

Posted by Zeeshan December 29, 08 06:02 AM
898.

Stunning images with lots of visual impact to get the story across in a glance, outstanding work, I am in awe of these works

Posted by Beck December 29, 08 06:03 AM
899.

nice photos, but none of them was about a happy event!
did you notice most of them were about the events like war, death and destruction?
where are we going?

Posted by roya December 29, 08 06:19 AM
900.

You guys did tremendous job... hats of to you buddies.

Posted by Jeyush December 29, 08 06:36 AM
901.

Best collection of photographs I have ever seen.

Posted by Bill Maurits December 29, 08 07:22 AM
902.

Fenomenalne slike

Posted by Frezz December 29, 08 07:32 AM
903.

A photograph is a history of time. I want to thank the time keepers.

Posted by Donald December 29, 08 08:31 AM
904.

Muy buenas fotos. Parafraceando al grupo español SKAPE: "¡Que suerte hay que tener al nacer!!!!

Posted by Mónica M December 29, 08 08:33 AM
905.

Estoy de acuerdo con Patricia. Que lástima que n os dejemos engañar por las religiones. La religión debería ser la de erradicar el hambre, las guerras, la hipocresía... el hombre es lo peor que ha pisado la tierra...

Feliz año a tod@s!!!

Posted by David December 29, 08 08:40 AM
906.

El trabajo fotografico es realmente impresionante.
Los problemas de la humanidad se resolveran el dia que cada uno de nosotros respetemos el derecho ajeno, a pensar de diferentes maneras sin tener que agredirse el uno al otro, donde lo principal sea preservar el planeta donde vivimos y trabajar para que la sociedad sea mas equilibrada para todos. No estoy hablando ni de Capitalismo, ni de Socialismo, ni de Comunismo, sino de un Nuevo orden Social donde el hambre, la Miseria y la Ignorancia desaparezcan de la Faz de la Tierra.

Posted by Roberto Nunez December 29, 08 08:47 AM
907.

I agree with response 809. Why is everything about death and destruction as the best photos for 2008. Why can't they choose photos that are the best in something more positive.

Posted by Lainer December 29, 08 08:57 AM
908.

Great photos - but I am in the ranks of those who question authenticity in this day of Photoshop (poor old Photoshop! - always used as the example when discussing fraud!). Still, I am sure most are real. Also, I think there could have been included more "happy" or "light" or "inspiring" moments.

Posted by Kummin December 29, 08 09:40 AM
909.

where is one single photo for the greek riots?..

Posted by George December 29, 08 09:49 AM
910.

" 815. Clearly photography is subjective and to me it serves us well in seeing what otherwise we would not. Teach us to appreciate, to live in graditude, and to change what we can. My prayer is to unite us all as we are all human,we have different points of view,opinions etc. But please let us appreciate the differences and learn from each other...God speed to us all. These images are thought provoking and amazing. Thank you!!"

Well said Forever hopeful" on December 26, 08 11:18 AM. I could not agree with you more. Amazing photographs!

Posted by Amazed in Minnestoa, USA December 29, 08 10:48 AM
911.

Weather and other disasters,natural and man-made, seem to be universal benchmarks that define the state of the human condition, since I guess, from the days the first shaman scratched some pictographs on his cave depicting a flood or something. A photo that is memorable to me hasn't yet been posted here: The March 14, 2008 Atlanta Tornado which decended on the downtown at about 9 pm, just when all the sports and entertainment venues were emptying. Extensive property damage and one tragic death of a homeless man . The tornado moved East along the I-20 Interstate Highway. My home was right in its path. Damage? On-going PTS, but nothing else.

Posted by Sabagio Mauraeno, Decatur Georgia December 29, 08 10:49 AM
912.

To those of you who are upset that there are no pictures of bunny rabbits frolicking with bambi among these images: there are no happy photos here because there was just too much horror in 2008. The horror crowded out the happiness. If you want more happy photos, start working to end the horror. But, for many of you, I'm sure it's easier to go look at lolcat pictures than to get off your bums and help your fellow man, or alternatively protest the disgusting harming of your fellow man.

Posted by aluxeterna December 29, 08 11:16 AM
913.

Phenomenal documentation of this world's upsets, uprises, surprises and wonders!

Posted by KrisD Mauga December 29, 08 11:58 AM
914.

GRACIAS EEUU!!! dejamos nuestras vidas en sus manos para que agan lo mejor ;)

Posted by sebaman December 29, 08 12:06 PM
915.

Documentos fotográficos fantásticos...Parabéns.

Posted by Amadeu Campos December 29, 08 01:00 PM
916.

Lindas fotos, infelizmente a maioria das fotos são de acontecimentos ruim, que só destrói a população mundial!!!!

Posted by Rafael Martins December 29, 08 01:03 PM
917.

Documentos fotográficos fantásticos...Parabéns.

Posted by Amadeu Campos December 29, 08 01:05 PM
918.

Meu Deus, muito bom, trabalhos excepcionais!!!

Posted by Rodrigo Romão December 29, 08 01:09 PM
919.

Hope 2009 will be the peace year for all with stopping this devil killing machines in middle East..

Posted by wael swid December 29, 08 01:10 PM
920.

A paz de DEUS,o unico livro mais vendido no mundo é a BIBLIA SAGRADA onde tudo o q está acontecendo no mundo ja foi profetizado pelos profetas e discipolos de JESUS é só ler e entender as escrituras tudo isso ja estava p acontecer,não se escandalizeis pois o fim de tudo chegara...isso é cumprimento das profecias pois os proprios judeus até os dias de hoje não cre em cristo o filho de DEUS acham q ele é um profeta qualquer,imagine.agora bem aventurado os q não veem mais cre.DEUS É BOM DEUS É BOM DEUS É BOM...

Posted by maristela R.Hermann December 29, 08 01:17 PM
921.

awesome!!!!!! sometimes we have to see good and bad together this is the real world!!!! There is good and evil in this world and you did let us see both worlds. I thank you for that I didn't have to read the captions to see what was going on!!! great. Sometimes we have to rely on people like you to let us realize how the other people in this world are coping with their lives. We all need to pray for this world, also let GOD into our lives, everyday ask him to protect this world and not just pray when we need him ,because he is everywhere. THANKS AGAIN!!!!!!!!

Posted by eva rivera December 29, 08 03:00 PM
922.

Great photos... I think we are missing Mumbai firing in India among this lot. That is one event which the mankind must recollect to remind itself of the fight against terrorism...

Posted by Charles December 29, 08 04:33 PM
923.

es increible lo humano que somos, y lo tanto que nos creemos.

Posted by Victor December 29, 08 04:42 PM
924.

Excellent photography.

Posted by Terri December 29, 08 04:56 PM
925.

I can think of one more atrocity that wasn't covered by these photographs: the appalling lack of English and typing skills displayed by Americans. We have more opportunity for education than most countries, and our citizenry produces almost a thousand comments like "why so many bad things hapen? we shoud al be better to each other try too end suffering in the world! there is too many wars and murders!" Of course, many comments are either from other countries or from people who learned English as a second language, but the rest of you should be ashamed.

Posted by Dennis December 29, 08 05:58 PM
926.

son muy hermosas estas fotos este es un muy buen trabajo felicitaciones

Posted by moncho2008 December 29, 08 06:42 PM
927.

The comments implying that we should not have a so-called "welfare state" because it "doesn't save everyone" are appalling. The usual inference with such remarks is that we all should look out for ourselves and leave the needy to be needy. We need only look at conditions in MOST of the world to understand what happens when there is no infrastructure and no decent effort to help those who need it. Saying we shouldn't have social assistance because "the poor are always with us" is like saying we shouldn't have hospitals because everybody dies. And to see such sentiments expressed by those calling themselves Christians is particularly appalling. Jesus was the biggest damn socialist you ever saw. He once said that if a man has two coats while his neighbor has none, he should give one coat to his neighbor. While you're looking at the verses saying you're gonna go to heaven because you say you believe in God, look at all the other ones too. And as a U.S. Army vet I am embarrassed by fellow and sister vets who claim to have fought for their right to free speech and yet do not utilize it to its full potential. If you're gonna talk, tell the truth. We are not the greatest country on earth just because people immigrate here; by that standard every country is great because every country gets immigrants. In point of fact we will never be the greatest country in the world until we begin walking our talk about liberty and justice for all. God bless the world, no exceptions.

Posted by Dana December 29, 08 06:51 PM
928.

Absolutely awesome shots, especially as so many of them required the photographer to be in dangerous situations to get the shot. I wonder, as newspapers go under and we expect everything for free, whether we'll get what we pay for in the photojournalism area as well.

In the end we need these people (who often die horribly) to go out and take pictures of the world so we know what is happening. Awesome shots...

Posted by Steven Clark December 29, 08 07:07 PM
929.

It is amazing to me the response people from all over the world have to pictures of nature, human or otherwise. The world is NOT always an atrocious or horrible place to live. Humans make it either good, bad, indifferent. I make my life happy and peaceful--noone else can do it for me.
It is also a shame that everyone seems to point to government as the problem for all the world's atrocities, yet so many want government (usually the US government) to fix every problem that ails us. I am a firm believer in "Give me liberty or give me death". That puts so much more of the responsibility for living a good life on ME, not anyone else. The world could be beautiful all the time if everyone focused on creating beauty and peace in their own lives and helping spread that from person to person. But, too often, we focus on land, control, money, and other materialistic things that really just do not matter. Government will never be the solution to war, peace, or hope---only we, as individuals, can make the world that we want. Let's all try being a little less hopeless, a little more grateful, and a lot more happy with what we have versus what we don't. Barrack Obama is not the solution to the world's problems...we are. My message to the world: STOP PUTTING UP WITH WHAT IS WRONG IN YOUR LIFE, YOUR COUNTRY, OR THE REST OF THE WORLD AND START LIVING THE WAY YOU WANT THE WORLD TO BE! STOP BITCHING AND MOANING AND PLACING BLAME! START TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY AND LIVING WITH LOVE AND GOD IN YOUR HEART.
God Bless this world and all her beautiful creatures:)

Posted by Elena December 29, 08 07:19 PM
930.

What amazing photography! Simply amazing!

The comment below is so appropriate that I want more people to THINK about what Mr Curtiss said. Thank you 4 THINKING and FEELING with your heart. And thank you Mr. Curtiss for serving the USA and any other countries you may have aided during that service. Bless you sir.
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850.I hear the cries for all those who are oppressed, tortured, poor, starving...the list goes on and on. These posters rage against the USA that our wealth has made us passionless and unfeeling in spite of the fact that we come to the aid of all even when none of them come offering help when we have problems worldwide without threats of sanctions. I might suggest to you folks that these people also have the opportunity whenever they wish to brave the dangers of revolt and rise up against their oppressors. Yes, it may cost them their lives, but as I am acutely aware as a veteran, Freedom is not free. A welfare world will not survive, either, and we cannot save everyone. Our own welfare state is proof of that.
Posted by Gary J. Curtiss, CCR, CP, CM December 27, 08 11:42 AM

Posted by Theresa December 29, 08 07:53 PM
931.

Fotos absolutamente fantásticas. De facto, muitas vezes "uma imagem vale mais do que mil palavras".

Posted by Cláudia Pais (Portugal) December 29, 08 08:17 PM
932.

Son fotos fantásticas. felicitaciones a los fotógrafos que estuvieron ahí, en el momento justo. Es una pena qué sean una realidad.... pero a pesar de todo hay que tener fe y esperanza en un mundo mejor.... Ojalá el 2009 lo sea..

Posted by nora December 29, 08 08:23 PM
933.

Magnificent! Awesome! Kudos to all the photographers!
Totally swept by the photos and stories.
Thanks for taking us through a window to the world, sitting on our armchairs in sheltered comfort.
I cant agree that all photos ought to be "The Year 2008 in Photos" cos some scenaries (mountains, sunrays, surfs etc) are there all the time, though.
They are invaluable still, no doubt.

Posted by Jacques, Singapore December 29, 08 09:29 PM
934.

Brilliant photography...opens a window to the world.

Posted by Joseph Lethbridge December 29, 08 09:35 PM
935.

Vraiment triste!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Karla Gallegos December 29, 08 09:55 PM
936.

Great stuff...ty for sharing it

Posted by jose julio December 29, 08 10:01 PM
937.

Wow cuz that was some collection. Very impressivethere's so much that could be said but it would all be in vain . I just hope someday we will ALL WAKE UP!

Posted by BADROC December 29, 08 10:32 PM
938.

Tiige meuje foto's! Kin it net eeuwrs seze! Hewwe jimme meu dien.

Posted by Eilander December 29, 08 10:59 PM
939.

wonderfull edition, human work

Posted by mahal December 29, 08 11:09 PM
940.

Great effort, my friend! Kyay Zuu Tin Ba De (means Thank you in Burmese)

Posted by Kyi Min, Writer. Burma December 30, 08 12:24 AM
941.

Really, wonderful job and I feel very lucky when I saw this pictute so, please keep it up.

Posted by Jiyan Chaudhary December 30, 08 01:46 AM
942.

Beautiful photographs. Thank you for posting them here. Just a thought: At least one poignant moment from the Mumbai terror attacks should have been put up here. That was a huge event in 2008.

Posted by Rahul Rao December 30, 08 01:52 AM
943.

If only all the inhabitants of the world could see these, and all try to make an effort to make it a better world.....we may be getting there, but a bit too slowly.

Posted by Angela December 30, 08 02:14 AM
944.

This is Saman from Nepal. Oh!!! great job..... I need to appreciate this effort..... Dherai..Dherai Dhanyabaad(Thank you very much) and keep it up to make nore effective in comong days.

Posted by Saman Raj Adhikari December 30, 08 02:16 AM
945.

These photographs are amazing. The quality and technical aspects of each reflects life as most of us fail to understand it to be. My heart is heavy for having viewed these photos. But my mind is reeling at the realization of all that is going on in the world and how fortunate I am.

God bless those who fight to keep us free...God bless the USA and God bless God who sheds His light on us daily.

Posted by BrendaFaye December 30, 08 04:15 AM
946.

Y todavia estamos pensando en crisis mundiales de la Banca y de la Economia, cuando en realidad la crisis es HUMANA. Somos nosotros mismos, cuando no actua la naturaleza, los que creamos las crisis en nuestro planeta. Reflexionemos todos y ayudemos a ser mejores y a no pensar en envidia, ambiciones y poderios.

Posted by Michelina Figueredo December 30, 08 04:54 AM
947.

great photos!!!!!

Posted by sudheer karumanchi December 30, 08 05:14 AM
948.

Torço para que a Humanidade realmente desperte para o CRISTO pois chegamos num estágio tão desumano que o mundo tem que ativar a centelha divina dentro de si para que possamos realmente viver em Paz e em Harmonia.

Espero que não seja necessário o despertar do homem através de mais catástrofes e fragelos.
PAZ AO MUNDO E VIVA A NATUREZA !!!

Posted by ANTONIO GUILHERME LUGAREZI December 30, 08 05:36 AM
949.

Vraiment tres triste
des enfants meurt pourquoi
Realy very sad
stop killing childrens

Posted by Phoenix44000 December 30, 08 06:00 AM
950.

VERY NICE
THANKS ALL

Posted by Mazen Ajjan December 30, 08 06:02 AM
951.

Tremenda realidad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Brenda Lescano Cordero December 30, 08 06:32 AM
952.

qué gonico!!

Posted by jórse December 30, 08 07:10 AM
953.

ESPLENDIDA DEMOSTRAÇAO DA DUALIDADE DO SER HUMANO, CASOS INSOLIDOS E OUTROS MUITOS SOLIDOS PROPORCIONADO POR ESSE AGENTE HOMEN QUE CRIA E SO ELE PODE DRESTRUIR COM ESSA MAGNITUDE ESSA BELEZA NA DESTRUIÇAO, GRAÇAS VC PROFIONAL DO SEGUNDO-IMAGEN!
ESTUPENDO..... ESTUPENDISSIMO!!!!

Posted by Renato Barbizan da Silva December 30, 08 07:46 AM
954.

Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Muthukumar Narayanan, India December 30, 08 08:13 AM
955.

sa me choque tellement j'ai tellement envie de les aider aussi chu encore toute petite mais j'ai vraiment envie de les aider si personnes va les aider et quand je serais grande je les aidrais le plus possible vous aussi faite le

Posted by océane December 30, 08 08:45 AM
956.

amazing photos, made me smile, made me sad, but most of all made me reflect. so much happens all the time. we need to remember so we can move on and we need to move on with our eyes open to what is beyond us and bigger than us.

the burning of the temple in south korea was a terrible loss. also would have liked to see something of mumbai, of global climate change, and the banking crash.

Posted by Ben December 30, 08 09:45 AM
957.

absolutely stunning!!!!

Posted by chi December 30, 08 10:01 AM
958.

wonderful and sad
such is our life here on earth.
dcv

Posted by Anonymous December 30, 08 11:02 AM
959.

El mundo se esta sacudiendo lo que uno mismo le a hecho!

Posted by rafael piña diez December 30, 08 11:19 AM
960.

thanks for these photos...marvelous !

Posted by jacques Vandesande December 30, 08 11:24 AM
961.

I-M-P-R-E-S-I-O-N-A-N-T-E-S

Posted by Marina December 30, 08 11:40 AM
962.

Tem tanto de comovente e de tristeza como de fantástico.
É impressionante. A imagem fala fala fala fala

Posted by João Pedro December 30, 08 12:11 PM
963.

Yo soy de Chaiten

Posted by Nano December 30, 08 12:48 PM
964.

Thanks for sharing! This is one of the most amazing groups of photos I have seen. Heart-wrenching to say the least, but necessary for the world to see the tradgedies that surround us. Makes us thankful for what we have!

Posted by Beverly Escobar December 30, 08 01:56 PM
965.

this is crouse!!!

Posted by ma3x December 30, 08 01:56 PM
966.

Fantastic Photos!!!
Thanks

Posted by Candy Frantz-Crafton December 30, 08 02:35 PM
967.

Why the photos of dead people and the usual refugee shots? The shock value isn't "artsy" anymore.

Posted by PJ December 30, 08 02:46 PM
968.

amazing photos. some of them i wonder how the photographer could just stand there and take the picture such as the one of the terrified boy in Kenya .

Posted by paz December 30, 08 02:57 PM
969.

amazing photos- I appreciate that the graphic images don't automatically come up too.

Posted by katiej December 30, 08 03:11 PM
970.

Makes me glad that I live in North America.

Posted by Carolyn December 30, 08 03:26 PM
971.

GOOD JOB BUT YOU FORGOT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.
THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES WINNING THE WORLD SERIES.

Posted by JORDAN December 30, 08 03:30 PM
972.

The pictures of the dead, wounded and frightened children break my heart. Let's pray for peace all over the world in 2009

Posted by Lynda December 30, 08 03:59 PM
973.

esta de lo mejor exelentes graficas y felicidades a los fotografos ke nos muestran alguna parte de nuestro entorno feliz año

Posted by jose December 30, 08 04:03 PM
974.

Wow! In a few minute I had travel to the world...thanks God for your passion and
sharing with us. Fantastic and awesome work!
Erica
Singapore

Posted by Erica December 30, 08 04:18 PM
975.

I love the photo "the lightning bolt from Chaiten volcano" Chile

Posted by Cristian Palomera December 30, 08 04:59 PM
976.

Adorei as fotos ! Rizoleta

Posted by Rizoleta December 30, 08 06:52 PM
977.

no hay nada que decir. la fotografia de mi hermano carlos gutierrez es la mejor sin duda. estan todas exelente. felicidades.

Posted by valeria December 30, 08 08:05 PM
978.

I'm going to pass this on, because it is so interresting,and educational.

Posted by Bobbie Scarberry December 30, 08 08:07 PM
979.

Amazing.. a lot of really good pictures from all the world. some of them are sad but they're good pictures!

Posted by marcos berthi (from Brazil) December 30, 08 10:54 PM
980.

esta muy buena las fotos

Posted by rafael December 30, 08 10:55 PM
981.

Simply amazing.....the fantastic photos also propelled deep thought as to how lucky I am....

Posted by Sudipto Mandal December 30, 08 11:47 PM
982.

Well Done , each image has its own story.

Posted by Shayne December 31, 08 12:11 AM
983.

very informative,nice pictures
still we should say: no war , please
hope we spend a year without war, full of happiness

Posted by persian gulf December 31, 08 01:06 AM
984.

Thank god I live in India. I am very thankful to God.

Posted by S. Ranjan December 31, 08 02:11 AM
985.

so impressive!
thanks...

Posted by Amir December 31, 08 02:50 AM
986.

Really a fantastic effort in bring the events of 2008 in one link. Thanks a lot for all the efforts put in to make this.

Posted by N.Ganesh December 31, 08 03:11 AM
987.

Brilliant pics but very sad at the loss of someone so young as the Child held up by the Soldier , it's a shame that there was so much fighting and so many killings and disasters in 2008,lets hope that these Pics will remind people of how short life can be when others take it on themselves to kill the innocent.

Posted by Trish December 31, 08 04:10 AM
988.

Mint photos, brings the world so close! Makes the story's you here come to life!!!

Posted by George Chissell December 31, 08 04:57 AM
989.

Nice collection.
Show both sides of life.
And the fact is life goes on

Posted by Herrig December 31, 08 05:07 AM
990.

A world so very different from that of mine - very heartbreaking.

Posted by K. McCord December 31, 08 05:40 AM
991.

First of all, I would like to congratulate the person or the persons who have done this marvelous work for us to observe this unique world with differnt angles. Nature is great and knows perfectly how to evolve under any circumstances. An human being is good and evil by nature. Believe me there is enough richness and space for everybody in this great world.The secret is to be generous and to share with one another. I wish all of you a very Happy New Year 2009 and Peace for this World. War only brings destruction, death, hatred and more violence but peace is the symbol of construction, life, love and more progress. Stay tuned and happy.

Posted by Nasir Khan December 31, 08 06:43 AM
992.

Excepcional....

Posted by Aga December 31, 08 06:57 AM
993.

muy impactantes fotografias .
un gran material para la historia venidera .
saludos desde chile

Posted by diamelly December 31, 08 07:46 AM
994.

fantastic fotos. Best whises from new year.

Posted by kostas December 31, 08 07:53 AM
995.

Son fotografias realmente fantasticas, pero la realidad que ellas nos mostran es de mucha importancia para nosotros, estamos muy preocupados con la crisis economica y nos olvidamos de la realidad que los hombres del mondo todos (hambre, muerte y muchas cosas más). Necesitamos de mucha paz, esperanza y amor en esta tierra.

Posted by Anileda Franchini - From Brazil December 31, 08 08:51 AM
996.

Por que los Humanos nos destruimos poco a poco.

Posted by amidey December 31, 08 09:21 AM
997.

Excelentes fotografias documentales. Muy buen trabajo.
Como estamos en la "esfera terraquea", traducido a infierno, el horror es lo que mas se destaca.
Que 2009 sea mejor. La esperanza nunca se pierde!

Posted by Luis Mena December 31, 08 10:47 AM
998.

...as imagens falam por si só...
...the pictures say by themselves!!!

Posted by Eliege December 31, 08 10:53 AM
999.

The lightning image has been stolen several times. I've seen it posted on numerous photo-contest sites under various names.

Posted by Chzyrider December 31, 08 11:06 AM
1000.

Maravilhosas fotos ... pessoas estão em lugares certos sempre !!!
Parabens a estes fotografos .

Posted by Patricia December 31, 08 11:10 AM
1001.

This is truly amazing work. Thank you for sharing. We see it everyday, we hear it every night before we lay down to sleep, and often we become numb to the reality. Your review forces us to open our eyes and ask ourselves, why. We all share the same world. We all want our children and grandchildren to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.

The question we should be asking is "I am but one person, what could I do today, to bring peace to my neighbor"? Alternatively, "What have I done, to restore the fading bond between a stranger and myself"? Even within the boundaries of America, it does not take much effort to seek out and find someone less fortunate than you. Challenge anyone to locate a single metropolitan area where there is not at least one homeless person.

Ask yourself, how you can help the homeless, under-privileged, sick, victimized, and uneducated overcome their obstacles and rejoin humanity in a compassionate manner. Do you remember the 2000 movie Pay It Forward? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897/) I challenge everyone reading this column to do “one thing” nice without any expectations of a return, to a stranger, or a different neighbor, once a week. Then, challenge them to do the same.

I moved into a neighborhood eleven years ago where people actually turned their heads so as not to have eye contact when they saw you working in the yard, walking your dog, or driving into your driveway. Three years ago, I started with a simple smile and hello, and then migrated to compliments on their landscaping or pets. Then left anonymous cards on their doorsteps wishing them peace, happiness and prosperity. Now, everyone smiles, waves, and watches out for the children playing. The neighborhood families, actually exchange small gifts during the winter holidays and share in the summer celebrations during Independence Day.

You may have seen the movie and thought, “how cute.” Nevertheless, the reality is that it really does work. In this day of travel-ease, just think about what a marvelous world it could be for our children and grandchildren, if we could spread this sense of compassion for our brethren across the globe. Think about our world, that we all share as inhabitants, if we could teach our children to walk away from the greedy and have respect for our different cultures and beliefs. Imagine what we, the human race, could accomplish, if we transcended beyond primeval tendencies of Darwinism and joined in a crusade of kindness, compassion, education, and generosity.

Eventually we will have to come to the realization that what happens on the other side of the world will eventually have an impact on your front yard. We can already feel the impacts of diminishing ozone on the climate and seasons, over-population on the demands to our rural farmers. We have witnessed the impact of uncontrolled use of pesticides on our food products, not just for ourselves, but also for our pets, rivers, and oceans.

What will it take for each of us to wakeup and realize we are but one species in a world of many interlocking species? We have to release our petty differences of race and religion and work together as the species charged with the keeper of the world, if there is to be a world left for our children and grandchildren. Each of us has the capability of brilliance within us. Each of us can bring to the table a different perspective that can enlighten the whole of us. We can no longer afford the luxury and ignorance of tunnel vision.
STG

Posted by stg December 31, 08 11:20 AM
1002.

Humanidade que não vê o próprio fim...

Posted by Mark December 31, 08 11:58 AM
1003.

Fotos, falam mais que palavras. Resumidamente. o Homem tem a capacidade de autodestruição, é uma pena, que as fotos que são chamadas de MARAVILHOSAS, mostrem imagens de tanta dor e de tanto sofrimento.

Posted by Eduardo December 31, 08 12:01 PM
1004.

Muito bom as fotos, adorei.
Very good this photos, I like a lot.
The world is too large and this photos says all about as the year was for the world.
Esses fotografos são muito corajosos, para estarem perto de vulcões e no meio de guerras para mostrar o que esta acontecendo.
abraços

Posted by Luiz December 31, 08 12:30 PM
1005.

Lindas fotos, grandes obras de arte. Contundentes, não têm meio-termo!

Posted by Elma Porto December 31, 08 12:45 PM
1006.

Tout simplement formidables photographies, irremplaçables photographies

Posted by Jean-François Kerroc'h December 31, 08 01:00 PM
1007.

belas imagens , infeslimente a maioria acontecimentos que nos deixam tristes e com dor no coraçao so de olha,mais o que nao podemos fazer e deixar de olhar e escondermos isso, deixando assim de ajudar ao proximo e lembrar quando estamos em nossos momentos mais mesquinhos que existem pessoas que estao em situaçoes piores que nosso jantar nao ter a carne que agente quer ,simplesmente existem pessoas que nao tem nada pra comer,beber,vestir...
e enquanto agente fica com pesar de perder um dia, muitas pessoas estao perdendo a vida ........affffff muita coisa mais acima de tudoo......FELIZ 2009

Posted by Thaise Fagundes December 31, 08 01:02 PM
1008.

Lindas fotos, parabés aos fotógrafos que nos presentearam com seus lindos trabalhos.

Posted by Carlos Bastos December 31, 08 01:23 PM
1009.

Extraordinaire et très impressionnant. Amazing.

Posted by Eric December 31, 08 02:24 PM
1010.

Imagens fantásticas, mesmo que algumas demonstrem a triste realidade da vida, da guerra, da pobreza. Mas 2009 está ai...porque não um pouco de esperança!!!
Feliz 2009 a todos!!!

Posted by Luana Mendonça December 31, 08 02:28 PM
1011.

Muy oportuno el fotografo q estuvo alli, realmente son profesionales. Lastima q reflejan nuestra propia miseria. Saludos, Sergio de Villa del Rosario, Argentina

Posted by Sergio December 31, 08 02:45 PM
1012.

buenisimas las fotos..:D

Posted by Criss December 31, 08 03:42 PM
1013.

It will take the power of the entire world to bring our world to peace, however it is time for our youth to take to the streets and revisit the ways we changed history in the past, everyone needs to play a role to preserve our mother earth. Every parent, mother, father, brother of the young must take a role in preserving the future.

Posted by Eric hernandez December 31, 08 03:44 PM
1014.

Peace ... peace please ,,,stop the killing machines in Palestine,Afghanistan and Iraq .how many years more should we suffer ?!
hope this year will bring peace

Posted by Heba December 31, 08 06:04 PM
1015.

Incredible photos! I'm biased as a surfer, but photo #40 is amazing to see. Here's the full sequence of that wave:

http://surftherenow.com/2008/11/08/kerby-brown-rides-40-ft-monster-wave-in-western-australia/

Posted by Evan December 31, 08 06:22 PM
1016.

War is religion. One's own belief that their God is the only true God has been the root cause of almost all wars throughout the history of the so called "Civilized World". Images of innocents being killed, arms being brandished by rebel armies and protests for wars to stop will continue until we evolve to a higher level of being.

The USA does not want to provide freedom and democracy to all, but rather Capitalism and Market Access to all companies and the millionaire stock holders that are elected to government. Russia, China Iran and a host of others fundamentally apposed to the US empire are no better as they try to impose their "ideals" on the rest of the world. This is how We end up with situations like what is going on in Lebanon, Gaza, Darfur, the Nigerian Delta, and The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony in Northern Uganda. This is where Communist weapon manufactures hand’s are covered in civilian blood.

The AK 47 the world's most successful Assault Rifle, has probably killed more civilians since 1947 than is has actual soldiers. But with than being said, how many weapon's produced by "The West's Military Industrial Complex" has helped murder innocent civilians.

The Jew's and most of the Arab world will never see eye to eye, as sadly as I first stated, War is religion. Ultimately there is probably no hope for Us in the long run. Eventually after successfully helping eliminate most of the endangered species of the past two centuries, Man's greatest achievement may be in letting the rest of the world's species continue forward and eliminating the Human Race... That’s unless We continue to take a hard look at these pictures year after year and realize what We are doing to Ourselves!

Posted by Garnet December 31, 08 06:38 PM
1017.

happy 2009

Posted by toni & aza December 31, 08 07:06 PM
1018.

"WOW' thats all I have to say!

Posted by Sheri December 31, 08 08:49 PM
1019.

This is seriously impressive.
it really does get you thinking about how your own life is so isolated from the rest of the world ..

Congratulations on the selection .. great work!

Posted by Amanda Bergman December 31, 08 09:48 PM
1020.

excellent specially they about Israel killers bombs .. bad guys

Posted by Anonymous January 1, 09 02:54 AM
1021.

Calamities taking away many lives other end world is loosing peace by various notorious activities by many activists.
Inventions, Discoveries, Illiteracy,Poverty etc are all showcased very energetically in all these photos.
The struggle & efforts put in photos is very much high as compared to the explanation given.
Overall all the photos are outstanding.

Posted by Rajesh January 1, 09 03:40 AM
1022.

These pictures are indeed mind-boggling. Well taken and well conveyed.

Earthquakes and man-made or natural disasters are usually one- time events. Surprisingly, not even one picture is from India. India needs to be given more attention, as people in poverty are sufferring in silence. There is not much being done to convey the pain and sufferring borne by millions of Indians. The normal life in broken homes, dirty surroundings, over-crowded lanes, lack of discipline, lawlessness, polluted environment makes people (both poor and the rich) suffer in silence. With your talent, you could well be an ambassador for the poor and the needy.

Just one intervention, i.e. bulding of cosier homes, can change the lives of many millions.

Thanks

While earthquakes and disasters are

Posted by Dev Vaish January 1, 09 03:44 AM
1023.

Simply superb

Posted by Ehsan January 1, 09 05:56 AM
1024.

Conmovedoras fotos que nos demuestran la insensatez humana llevada a extremos increíbles.

Posted by Enrique de Paraguay January 1, 09 07:26 AM
1025.

Pictures are great. But i begin to wonder... theyre more of pain and misery..hurt and disappointment. Of Bloodshed and Death.

Where is the love? Im left hopeless and my faith is going :[

I guess this is how its meant to be and what they taught us all in school was bullsh*t.

anyways... wish u all a better year. Blest!

Harbir

Posted by Harbir Singh January 1, 09 07:28 AM
1026.

São fotos impactantes! Ainda nem sei o que sinto. Estou em choque.

Posted by vera sodré January 1, 09 07:39 AM
1027.

What a great collection of pictures well done!!!

Posted by Chris Challouma January 1, 09 07:51 AM
1028.

Muy buenas todas las fotos... Gran trabajo...

Posted by Ricardo January 1, 09 07:52 AM
1029.

Painfully beautiful! THANKS

Posted by Irani January 1, 09 12:07 PM
1030.

muy buenas las fotos , cada una contando una historia diferente genial !!

Posted by simon January 1, 09 12:24 PM
1031.

Muchas de estas fotos generan en mí muchísimo odio, rabia e incluso impotencia. Tengo que hacer un esfuerzo por canalizar todo eso y llenarme las pilas para que todo eso cambie.

Palestina Libre
Sahara Libre

Posted by José Antonio B January 1, 09 01:00 PM
1032.

It shows that there is another world out there with so much human suffering!!
Thanks

Posted by Dalya January 1, 09 01:11 PM
1033.

In fact , it is a very valued efforts.
Yet , i could not understand the criteria of the collection ?
B.Regards,,,

Posted by Mohammad Mansour January 1, 09 02:02 PM
1034.

Words can not describe some of these events. That is why it is said a picture is worth a thousand words.
Thanks for the pictures to all who took them, what a story you have told to all the world.

Posted by ellenor fraley January 1, 09 03:18 PM
1035.

Una selección de impactante filosofía visual.
Todo está aquí a nuestro lado, tan lejos....

Posted by mbi January 1, 09 04:01 PM
1036.

Choro, choro e choro. Nunca pensei que ser adulto é ter consciência e sentir impotência para assistir a tanta crueldade e leviandade.
Sofro pela Mãe Terra
Rezo pelos inocentes. Meu Deus olhai pelas criancinhas e trazei paz, pão e amor a quem tanto precisa.

Posted by Ana Bessa January 1, 09 04:52 PM
1037.

Mira las fotos...

Posted by Jose alberto January 1, 09 05:37 PM
1038.

Such devastation and hardship in 2008 was for hundreds of thousands around the world. Wonder if we are learning anything. These pics just rock me into a realm of gratitude.

Posted by maya January 1, 09 06:26 PM
1039.

Very powerful. Too bad people can't help each other more.

Posted by Cyndy Schley January 1, 09 08:08 PM
1040.

Pray for world peace in one hand and poop in the other and see what happens first.

Posted by ernie January 1, 09 09:09 PM
1041.

wow..these pictures are so amazing with a story to tell with it also. I absolutly enjoyed it, but i would have also liked to see pictures to the terror attack on mumbai, india and also the american presidential election pictures since they were very important event of 2008

Posted by reena January 1, 09 09:17 PM
1042.

c vraiment beau c beau pour le monde et pour les humains.. que Dieu vous benisse tous.. Amour a tous

Posted by Anonymous January 1, 09 09:51 PM
1043.

Very good work done the photo graphers. It is the destiny. It supposed to happen it has happened.

Posted by saggu krishna January 1, 09 10:38 PM
1044.

Estupenda coleccion de fotografias, se demuestran muchos aspectos de nuestro mundo actual, FELICITACIONES

Posted by Pixel Grafico January 1, 09 10:43 PM
1045.

la lamentable y triste historia del ser humano frente a la grandeza de la naturaleza.

Posted by jose Ortiz January 1, 09 10:49 PM
1046.

Excellent photos which show the glory, the triumphs, the poverty and the contradictions of humans beings living in different parts of Earth. May the Lord Jesus whose birth is celebrated on Christmas Day finally may bestowed on us "Peace on Earth to men". My congratulations to all the photographers who often risk even their lifes just for taken these amazing pictures.

Posted by ROY D. MELÉNDEZ January 1, 09 10:59 PM
1047.

remove the disgraceful propaganda picture of Israeli smoke canisters!

Posted by Anonymous January 1, 09 11:25 PM
1048.

Outstanding pics!

Posted by Prateek Shah January 2, 09 12:49 AM
1049.

keep the picture of Israeli smoke canisters!

Posted by Anonymous January 2, 09 01:10 AM
1050.

Happy new year to all visitors


Absolutely stunning images........

Posted by Premkumar Nayar January 2, 09 01:57 AM
1051.

Marvellous, stunning and brilliant...

Posted by Amir Mahmood January 2, 09 02:03 AM
1052.

Fotos espetaculares. Dão a visão de algum do caos para onde o Mundo caminha. Será bom, começarmos a ponderar os nossos actos enquanto seres humanos, para não passarmos a ser desumanos. Situação que já ocorre em alguns dos paises. A vida não tem preço, mas como vemos nas fotos, para alguns, não tem qualquer valor. Votos de mais tolerancia, paz e entreajuda entre os povos. Era maravilhoso, que a unica realidade possível de ver nas fotos fosse a de uma criança a brincar, pessoas a alimentar-se, seres humanos a ajudar-se e a abraçar-se, e que esse fosse o mundo real. Bom ano 2009.

Posted by Antonio January 2, 09 04:10 AM
1053.

Spectacular photos. They give the view of some of the chaos into which the world moves. It will be good, begin to consider our actions as human beings, not to move to be inhuman. Which already occurs in some countries. Life is priceless, but as we see in the photos, for some, has no value. Votes for more tolerance, peace and mutual among peoples. It was wonderful that the only possible reality of seeing the pictures was that of a child to play, people to feed themselves, human beings to help themselves and embrace it, and that this was the real world. Good year in 2009.

Posted by Antonio January 2, 09 04:11 AM
1054.

verry nice collection

Posted by jateen January 2, 09 04:31 AM
1055.

oh, extraordinary and amazing scenes. thanks for sharing
am saarathi, chennai, India

Posted by am saarathi January 2, 09 05:16 AM
1056.

Picture number 31 is taken by José Cendón an spanish photo journalist who has been kidnapped by a gruop of lorwards somalies last december.

Since then nobody knows if he is alive or dead.

Posted by Adolfo January 2, 09 06:44 AM
1057.

O HORROR E A BELEZA, O BOM E O MAU,
QUE ACONTECE NÓS SÓ
FICAMOS SABENDO E TOMAMOS CONCIÊNCIA DO MUNDO EM QUE VIVEMOS
ATRAVÉS DESTES MARAVILHOSOS PROFISSIONAIS !
ONDE MUITOS DELES PAGAM COM SUAS VIDAS PARA REGISTRAR O QUE HOJE VEMOS E ANALIZAMOS,
PARABÉNS A TODOS PELO TRABALHO.

eduino de mattos- porto alegre rs /brasil - cinegrafista e fotógrafo


Posted by eduino de mattos January 2, 09 07:02 AM
1058.

So wonderful

Posted by Amy January 2, 09 08:03 AM
1059.

A great job compiling these pictures, but so sad at times to see where all the hatred and killing is taking place all over the world. And, hats off to the photographers who put their lives on the line trying to capture these images.

Posted by RAJPAL JANDU January 2, 09 08:17 AM
1060.

Awsom Mannnnnnnnnnnnnn

Posted by Malay Jha January 2, 09 08:32 AM
1061.

thanks

Posted by Anonymous January 2, 09 09:35 AM
1062.

A marvellous collection of pictures

Posted by Hamish Brodie January 2, 09 09:58 AM
1063.

tragedy sees no color, religion or sex it randomly chooses its victims. life goes by quickly so grab it fast and enjoy the good times. lifes what you make it. i wish everyone in the world peace, love and happiness.....God Bless....

Posted by tracy January 2, 09 10:06 AM
1064.

Wonderful , for some time i was directly connected with nature $ god. Amazing scenes . Thanks for sharing am anu from jaipur. verry nice photos and again heartly thanks.

Posted by anu choudhary January 2, 09 10:19 AM
1065.

Merci!

Posted by xea January 2, 09 10:23 AM
1066.

Very impressively!!!

Posted by Norberto Helil Pasqua January 2, 09 11:07 AM
1067.

to 1020, first learn how to write, then learn some facts, and then write talkbacks

Posted by to the Stupid anti-Semitic January 2, 09 11:45 AM
1068.

A very GREAT captures of different events around our goble.
kombizz

Posted by kombizz January 2, 09 12:12 PM
1069.

That picture of Kerby Brown is intense. It's as if three waves are converging into one. But do realize that waves such as these are only possible with the assistance of personal water craft.

Posted by Jack January 2, 09 12:14 PM
1070.

Really awesome snaps........

Congrats and best wishes for all the photographers to keep up and continue their good work. The photos are perfectly portraying how and where the world community is moving on. Let's all pray,hope and take resolution for the peace atleast on this new year.

Posted by Prasad January 2, 09 12:29 PM
1071.

The Western Kenyans engaging in bow-and-arrow war: at first glimpse I thought I was seeing scientists doing something in a verdant field. How sad is war.

Posted by Lynn Chong January 2, 09 12:43 PM
1072.

A bit National Geographic - ish, as if all that drama and suffering only existed to create photos which cynical editors considered (in their professional opinion) would entertain ignorant people for a few seconds.

Posted by Nick Capri January 2, 09 12:50 PM
1073.

Whoah, very cool Mark

Posted by Alexander Stanuga January 2, 09 04:14 PM
1074.

A wonderful collection of photos.

Posted by William Esdale January 2, 09 05:07 PM
1075.

wow

Posted by ROSS KAVOOSSI January 2, 09 05:39 PM
1076.

fantastic , realy fantastic

Posted by Samuel Chiesa January 2, 09 05:40 PM
1077.

Viewer comments are as enlightening as the photos. May peace prevail over all the world.

Posted by NJB January 2, 09 05:45 PM
1078.

infelizmente, nada sei de inglêz; dai não conseguir traduzir.

Posted by waldyr naves January 2, 09 06:04 PM
1079.

One of the people commented that "War is Religion" and I disagree completely. Wars are conducted for economic gain, whether it's power or land or both. Cloaking such horrible destruction as deeds done under the mantle of religious beliefs is insulting to my intelligence and should be to others.

Posted by N. Hawks January 2, 09 06:13 PM
1080.

Las imagines de los periodistas y pueblo bombardeados por misiles o cohetes israrelis no es noticia para los medios de comunicacòn venezolana, sencillamente, no existio,..... para ellos alli no se viola la libertad de expresion y no se persiguen a periodistas; pero en Venezuela si. Juzguen Uds.

Posted by jorge pedroza January 2, 09 07:59 PM
1081.

The comments to these photos are as human as the photos themselves. Even in this microcosmic sliver of humanity, there is bickering and hate, right alongside awe and love. It's beautiful in it's emotional depth and human complexity.

I love you all!

Posted by Human Being January 2, 09 10:09 PM
1082.

What a different outlook of the world. We who live in America to often take our freedom, our rights and our many blessings to lightly. Thanks for the pictures every household in the United States needs to take a good hard look.
Thanks.

Posted by cynthia johnson January 2, 09 11:01 PM
1083.

Beautiful pictures, really.
They're stunning and truthful.

But doesn't one ever wonder,
is the photographer helping the starving child in Africa? Or just using him to take a picture.

The images are eye opening, but does anyone see exploitation in them?

Posted by Jaynette January 2, 09 11:03 PM
1084.

When I see these photographs I thank God I'm an Australian, living in Australia where we are (so far) spared most, if not all, of the scenes of Man's inhumanity to Man so graphically shown here.

Posted by Peter C Winwood January 3, 09 12:19 AM
1085.

Fantásticas fotos, maravilhosas!

Posted by Filipe_rhod January 3, 09 12:48 AM
1086.

The work of art is a unique result of the unique temperament - Oscar Wilde

Posted by Rajabudeen January 3, 09 01:03 AM
1087.

A picture is worth a thousand words but sometimes that is not enough

Posted by Joseph January 3, 09 01:10 AM
1088.

outstanding pictures......

Posted by nandini January 3, 09 01:17 AM
1089.

Magnificent! I sure don't like the way Reuters gives over news.. very biased.. but pictures? They have to have the best potographers in the world!! Just so awesome!!

Posted by Vardit January 3, 09 02:12 AM
1090.

Really I am astonished and completely bemused after viewing these pictures.

Posted by smita January 3, 09 02:22 AM
1091.

fantastic!

Posted by ahmad January 3, 09 02:26 AM
1092.

Stunning and amazing collection ....with all the truths of life

Posted by Raheel Siddique January 3, 09 02:54 AM
1093.

Great pics

Posted by Pranay Jain January 3, 09 04:00 AM
1094.

Stunning photos.
Sad to see to many of man at his worst and not his best.
Will the world ever get along?

Posted by Russell January 3, 09 04:41 AM
1095.

Thank you for the gorgeous and often troubling photographs. I feel like the image of the dead child held aloft by grieving family members should be turned into billboards, shirts, bumper stickers, and posters. It should be plastered everywhere with the words "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in red white and blue underneath. I imagine that sort of imagery is what our unfortunate troops and their victims see all the time...in person.

Also, that volcano pic is truly insane. Wow!

Posted by Val Hall January 3, 09 05:00 AM
1096.

Wonderful and most captivating pictures, good timing and real dedication, showing both the Light and the shades, of our life.... really very impressive when we see the beautiful side of it and gloomy when we see the hidden truth of death....

Posted by Dr.O.T.Lepcha January 3, 09 06:31 AM
1097.

Rewelacyjne, wrecz zajebiaszcze. Gratuluje.

Posted by Korab January 3, 09 06:49 AM
1098.

great share thanks

Posted by turkonur January 3, 09 07:12 AM
1099.

All those impressive images are stunning; but I have two questions:
1) why only tragic events are displayed; there were no nice and positive things happening during 2008??? I am sure there were a lot of good things too !!!!
2) Has it not occured to you that all the wars, killing, deaths, sufferings are happening just because all the heavy artillery factories around the world have to stay alive and not go broke? If there are no wars there are no arms sales !!!!
THIS IS THE TRUTH AND IT IS DISGUSTING !!!!!!!

Posted by Lydia Lykiardopoulou - Athens/Greece January 3, 09 07:48 AM
1100.

Only one word: wonderful !

Posted by Luc Bosquet January 3, 09 07:52 AM
1101.

I ve said it for some pictures for the others when we see the ordinnary of a lot of people ,we have, i think, a lot of chance....

Posted by Luc Bosquet January 3, 09 07:56 AM
1102.

where the pictures of Palestine's Crisis?? Ghazza's been attacked by israely air forces must put some pictures about that..

Posted by Jaxter January 3, 09 08:12 AM
1103.

sencillamente fantastico,un gran derroche de sincronismo de fotos y de realidades.

Posted by vicenterodriguez January 3, 09 09:06 AM
1104.

God help us all

Posted by Samuel Udongo January 3, 09 09:38 AM
1105.

Super slike, bas su lepe :)

Posted by Milos January 3, 09 09:59 AM
1106.

Una imagen dice mas que mil palabras.

Posted by angela January 3, 09 10:09 AM
1107.

Wonderful pictures, but some so sad. Life is so amazing.

Posted by Nancy Buchanan January 3, 09 10:24 AM
1108.

Foto fantastica

Posted by montenegro January 3, 09 10:35 AM
1109.

Fotografias impresionantes que reflejan nuestra realidad ¡¡¡¡¡¡

Posted by angel January 3, 09 11:21 AM
1110.

Amazing Photos! Incredible presentations of life that most of us have not experience, but are able to view in such remarkable encapsulation through the apertures of expert photographers. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by LaBelleFleur January 3, 09 11:29 AM
1111.

Des images belles et poignantes.La nature est si grandiose et l'humain tellement cruel...Mais les photos sont vraiment magnifiques!

Posted by Sabine L. January 3, 09 01:01 PM
1112.

los odio a todos

Posted by Anonymous January 3, 09 01:01 PM
1113.

There are more humans on this world than ever before. It is in human nature to defend your possessions, territory, family, and beliefs. It is no wonder that there is an abundance of "war-like" photographs. Along with population increase comes turmoil.
Most of us in America, it seems, are masked of these realities. Regardless of the content of these images, they are artistically impressive. These images of pain and destruction should not eclipse the fact that triumph, hope, and love still do exist on this planet.

Posted by Jason Morrison January 3, 09 01:13 PM
1114.

Awesome!

Posted by ttanaka9@gmail.com January 3, 09 01:33 PM
1115.

massive monster wave of Kerby Brown, thats the scariest pictures of all.

Posted by Luis Osuna January 3, 09 02:16 PM
1116.

GREAT JOB!

Posted by jOSE r. OERTIZ January 3, 09 02:25 PM
1117.

Es un contenido increible y fantastico. Es una lástima que algunas de las más impactantes sean a su vez tan crudas, en lugar de que todas fueran de agrado para todos...

Posted by Rodrigo Aguilar January 3, 09 04:04 PM
1118.

life is beautiful but the world is painful and a suffering for so many. we are surrounded by contradictions every where we look. but we can not forget that the human dream is our dream! it belongs to us and hopefully during 2009 every one of us can make a personal change opening up our mind, be less selfish and take steps towards peace

amazing expression of realism and art
the Kenyan boy on picture 28 is powerful!

Posted by shirin January 3, 09 05:59 PM
1119.

Amazing and interesting pictures. They are a corner of our life. There were more sadness than happiness, so I wish peaceful world in 2009.

Posted by Mehdi Razavi January 3, 09 07:01 PM
1120.

nice photography collection

Posted by nivaasseo January 3, 09 07:14 PM
1121.

VIVE HOY CADA MOMENTO COMO SI FUERA EL ULTIMO.
VIVE, SUEÑA,
PIDE Y DA A LA VEZ,
NO NECESITO NADA PERO OTROS
NECESITAN UN SIMPLE TE QUIERO
NECESITAN COMER Y SENTIR QUE ESTAN VIVOS
SE FELIZ Y HAZ FELIZ A LOS DEMAS

Posted by daniel January 3, 09 07:38 PM
1122.

IS THIS POSSIBLY SLANTED TO FORGET ABOUT ISRAEL? THE WORLD IS CRUEL AT TIMES. THE ARABS ARE A PAIN IN THE BUTT. TO SEND YOUR CHILDREN AND FAMILY IN HARMS WAY IS TRULY WHAT WE CALL CHICKEN POOP. I AM NOT OF JEWISH HERITAGE AND I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT IT IS NOT FAIR TO TREAT THE JEWS THIS WAY. THIS IS COMING FROM A VIET NAM VET. IF THIS COUNTRY WOULD HAVE SOME PEOPLE WITH TRUE VALUES WE WOULDN'T PUT UP WITH THIS CRAP. IF THE BLOGGER WANTS TO REVEIW THIS, WHY? IS IT SO YOU CAN MAKE IT SAY WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY. THIS IS THE TRUTH , WHY NOT PRINT IT.? WHEN YOU SAY SOMETHING SOME ONE ELSE DOES LIKE, USUALLY ARE LABELED A TROUBLE MAKER.
THE PICTURES AND PHOTOGRAPHY ARE BEAUTIFUL. TROUBLE MAKER

Posted by jerry January 3, 09 08:29 PM
1123.

Please send me Part 2 and 3 when you post them.

Posted by John Thompson January 3, 09 09:00 PM
1124.

I've gotta say, comments posted on the Globe online are the most interesting I've come across.

Posted by thefunkelastic January 3, 09 09:22 PM
1125.

Life, love, losing and luck are all a fabric of the human condition. These are outstanding photos that depict life as most of us will never experience. Beautifully expressed and unbelievably emotional. They all nudge us out of our every day existence.

Posted by Patricia Parker January 3, 09 09:56 PM
1126.

Amazing photography... history in pictures.. History is important to our society.. we hopefully learn from every aspect of life in the photos.

Posted by sabrina January 3, 09 11:09 PM
1127.

The dead iraqi boy photo is by an airsrike by US. Thanks for posting a photo that shows the ugly side of the american invasion. Let the world know the truth behind the iraqi suffering. Greedy zionist capitalists are a curse in this world

Posted by hamza kamal January 3, 09 11:58 PM
1128.

Super-beautiful journalistic photography...

Thank you for the photo

Posted by Indra January 4, 09 02:01 AM
1129.

Sad

Posted by Anonymous January 4, 09 03:29 AM
1130.

Unbelievable collection of photos.....I wonder if all are authentic or are some photo-shopped? Just the cynic in me, who also wonders why any seemingly intelligent person would deny that religion is the major underlying cause of almost every war in history ~ perhaps they are somewhat intelligent, but too lazy to fully investigate causes ~ economies and greed are only on the surface. On another note, it is so very depressing to see man's inhumanity to his own and the planet as a whole. I honestly believe that we will pay the ultimate price, and soon. Nature always finds a balance, and we haven't been kind to this world, or each other.

Posted by Marilyn K. Valkenburg January 4, 09 03:30 AM
1131.

Gewoon prachtige beelden, maar ....
sommige zijn droevig, triest,
hoe kan dat nog allemaal gebeuren ?
(nb: ik ben een Nl-talige Belg, en hou van mijn taal)

Posted by Zawa January 4, 09 03:47 AM
1132.

The photoes are amazing, no doubt about that, but showing 2 pictures of the Palastinian side in the Israeli-Palastinian conflict, and the captions written below them, makes this look like propaganda.
While in the first picture you do not state that the palastinians and the peace activists were sabotaging and cutting the boarder fence and throwing rocks at the Israeli soldiers (and i know, i've had alot of stones thrown at me by "peace activists" when i was in the army), in the second picture the caption makes things look as if Israel intentionaly tried to kill the Rueters reporter, while it was a mistake (and an unfortunate one),

Posted by Franklin January 4, 09 05:24 AM
1133.

amazing photography its very important to our society
it was a great job!!!

Posted by monique January 4, 09 06:45 AM
1134.

LOS NIÑOS DEL MUNDO NO TIENEN LA CULPA DE LAS ATROCIDADES DE LOS ADULTOS, POR FAVOR A ELLOS NO, NO LES MUESTREN LO QUE PUEDEN SER DE MAYORES, ELLOS NECESITAN QUE LOS CUIDEMOS Y NOSOTROS LOS ADULTOS, NECESITAMOS DE SU INOCENCIA PARA SER VERDADERAMENTE HUMANOS.

Posted by LAURA VAZQUEZ January 4, 09 09:46 AM
1135.

The photography is excellent. There is so much sadness in this beautiful world. Thank you for this magnificent display.

Posted by Marg January 4, 09 09:54 AM
1136.

La Humanidad ha caído en una etapa de decadencia fatal. Los no-valores de la codicia, la corrupción, el egoísmo, la xenofobia y la insolaridad nos gobiernan.
Este es un trabajo maravilloso de quienes poseen todavía sensibilidad, corazón y amor al prójimo. Es el documento sincrónico más vivo de nuestra realidad.
Sería fantástico realizar una exposición de las fotografías, de forma itinerante y
global, así al menos, daríamos un sentido positivo y humano a este último término. Gracias.

Posted by Martha Rojas January 4, 09 10:41 AM
1137.

het is ni echt leuk voor die mensen vind je niet hè dat is wel waar met al die bommen en zo doode ook en oorlog is dat ni eng
soms wel hè vind je ni?
xxxjes franck kelly

Posted by franck kelly January 4, 09 11:51 AM
1138.

Hermosas y tristes, las dos caras, como la vida...
No se puede reflejar solo lo bello, seria negar la realidad.

Posted by Susana January 4, 09 12:09 PM
1139.

Es una autentica exhibición de belleza y horror, que nos acerca a todo aquello que o no nos enseñan habitualmente o no nos quieren enseñar...
A mi personalmente me ha impresionado la nº 28, el niño keniata aterrorizado por la presencia del policia con el garrote....
En conjunto deduzco que Africa es la niña fea del mundo, mientras que Europa es la más guapa y educada...
Fantástico trabajo.

Posted by Eugenio Montón, Zaragoza, Spain January 4, 09 01:06 PM
1140.

La infancia entra a este mundo tal y como el personaje de la pelicula "el niño de la piyama de rayas" sin saber al infierno en el que muchas veces será su hogar(like in the movie "the boy with stripped pyjamas" infancy comes in into this world with out knowing what will happen)

Posted by guillermo turrent January 4, 09 01:40 PM
1141.

Beautiful, sad, so real like WORLD is, without blind naivety and emtpy talking. That poor girl at the end make me cry...

Better new year 2009 for all good people!

Posted by Peter, Liberec, Czech Republic. January 4, 09 02:20 PM
1142.

Brian (comment 269) is absolutely incorrect with his comments... any chances for peace ended with Sharon and his Israeli neo-con counterparts. And frankly, I sick of hearing how victimized the Jewish people are in Israel. No. No. No. Anyone placed in the horribly demeaning, and isolated situation the Palistinians have been place in for decades would find themselves in a "nothing to lose" mindset. So, see how it's working out?!

Great photo of my very first volcanic explosion in Chaiten. Wonderful photos.

Posted by Vicki January 4, 09 02:23 PM
1143.

Realidades de este mundo.Fotos excepcionales algunas y otras prevalece el dolor y el hambre.Combatamolos entre todos

Posted by gabriel January 4, 09 02:42 PM
1144.

Fantastic photographs of a wonderful world.
it is pity to see some of human made disasters- for what?
imagine if there were no human beings living on this planet earth !
or they knew how to control their "ego and greed" to live in harmony with nature.

Posted by P Singh January 4, 09 03:36 PM
1145.

the condition is chaotic! !!!....extra ordinary pictures??? LET US PRAY AND ASK GOD'S MERCY ...ONLY GOD CAN SAVE THIS PLANET!!!

Posted by MARINA BALTAZAR ORODIO January 4, 09 05:02 PM
1146.

amazing pictures .....

Posted by Brigette from the UK January 4, 09 05:33 PM
1147.

Excelente,amostra nos a ''outra'' realidade do mundo a nossa volta...

Posted by Eduardo Jose January 4, 09 06:44 PM
1148.

great pics

Posted by Rick January 4, 09 06:58 PM
1149.

66
Wonderfu l!!!! Hoping for a world without war

Posted by Mohammad Rasul from the IR January 4, 09 07:30 PM
1150.

excelentes imagenes ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
muy buena calidad de las fotografias y los colores espectaculares

Posted by Mario Calderón Pino January 4, 09 07:37 PM
1151.

espectaculares. gracias :)

Posted by anavic January 4, 09 08:48 PM
1152.

espectaculares imagenes

Posted by brayan January 4, 09 10:54 PM
1153.

the photos are fantastic

Posted by C.Senthilkumar January 4, 09 11:45 PM
1154.

Really heartrending and indispensable images.

Posted by Meenakshi Saharan January 5, 09 01:15 AM
1155.

simply great

Posted by bala January 5, 09 01:42 AM
1156.

Spectacular !!!
amazing guys ... keep up the good work ...
al d best ..
thumbs -up

Posted by gesu datta January 5, 09 05:20 AM
1157.

It's really amazing photos! So unusially and extraodinary! But some of them are very dramatic...

Posted by Lena January 5, 09 06:30 AM
1158.

Awesome pics

Much love from WBB

Posted by Inc January 5, 09 06:37 AM
1159.

The capricious and the horrendous of the Nature side by side the beauty and the madness of the mankind. Extraordinary photos. Thanks for this fantastic work, that in silence I thanks God for living in one of the most peaceful countries of the World: Cape Verde.

Posted by Gilberto Lopes January 5, 09 07:38 AM
1160.

what realy happen to the people of gaza is unfair and injust .they are extremely deprived from their human rights not only that but dead alife .i tell to them that they are chuhadaa.and it is clear that we want to give them ahelp and wen t for al gihad.but forbidden for us.we have to them a duhaa and allah is going to save them inchaallah.by the way i address my words to israelians to stop bombarding innocent peaple like children .they are brutal and dead inside .they are crual so please stop killing people injustly

Posted by imene January 5, 09 07:46 AM
1161.

Some Powerful Pictures, i really feel for the Haitians in the flooding, and the Palestinians.

Posted by Mabs January 5, 09 07:58 AM
1162.

Some comments are outrageous.
It is easy to say that a group of people or a nation is terrorists after putting them in hell for decades in this f*cking ghetto and walled city called Gaza strip..
Talking about the Jewish pain is easy while we can (often) see it on TV. Remember that Gaza strip is forbidden to any journalist... in order to hide the reality of their misery. So when a pictures come up, you say it is propaganda.. lol
Anyway, if a country as strong and rich than Israel cannot find a way to peace for more than 60 years, it means they don't want to.
What a shame for humanity :-(

Posted by Jack January 5, 09 08:17 AM
1163.

Viendo tanta barbaridad, a uno sólo le quedan ganas de decir: "Virgencita que me quede como esté". Qué hemos hecho para llegar a tanta miseria? Por favor, no me digais que la respuesta está en el viento.

Posted by Aixopluc January 5, 09 09:35 AM
1164.

If raising conscieousnes is your purpose for showing these pictures, you have accomplished that. I want to cry1 So much suffering and so much beauty at the same time. It is overwhelming. After reading "three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortensen, about building schools in poor outlying villages in Pakistan and now seeing this, i cannot help but wonder what humanity is doing wrong? We need to be set straight about what is really happening there and in other parts of the world. We, who have so much and only seemed concerned with ourselves. Children deserve a better world.

Posted by Norma January 5, 09 09:44 AM
1165.

"This photo contains objectionable content"

Well that's the problem, isn't it? That people would find reality objectionable and prefer to live in ignorance of the consequences of war is the reason for so many of the problems in the world.

People need a good dose of reality whether they like it or not. Images like that should be mandatory for everyone to view.

Posted by Michael January 5, 09 10:36 AM
1166.

A sad world for millions of people , how we are lucky to live on the good side of the planet.
Will it be better with barak obama ? Let's hope but i doubt it.....
greetings from Belgium.

Posted by Johan January 5, 09 10:52 AM
1167.

QUITANDO UN PAR DE FOTOS QUE SON DE LA MISMA NATURALEZA COMO LA DEL VOLCAN, LAS OTRAS FOTOS SON SOLO Y EXCLUSIVAMENTE DE PRODUCCION HUMANA, Y PERDONAR POR LO DE "HUMANO"

Posted by Manuel M. Posada y Naya January 5, 09 12:22 PM
1168.

Who's the cynical one, Nic? And presumably you sat down and were entertained by the pictures for a few seconds too.

Posted by WL January 5, 09 01:58 PM
1169.

never seen such incredible well-taken photos... outrageous..

Posted by Sara H SWE, January 5, 09 02:20 PM
1170.

exelent nature and political photos, I hope the reporters don´t only take fotos of injured peoples but started to help them

Posted by Michael Koster January 5, 09 03:35 PM
1171.

In response to Jaynette (comment 1083). The photographers who bravely go into these battlegrounds to provide us with such graphic photos are to be commended for their heroism. Even if they initially sought to do this job for monetary gain, I dare them to remain untouched by what their cameras reveal - not if they've got loved ones! Their pix are their contribution towards making the world aware of not only the evidence of beauty, but of the atrocities being perpetuated. We who were blissfully unaware now have a choice about what we will do about the information they have made available to us. May God bless and protect them as the venture into the various places worldwide to bring the world to us in picture form.

Posted by Wendy January 5, 09 03:37 PM
1172.

INCREIBLES TODAS!!! hasta las mas crueles y tristes, no hubo una que no me haya dejado boquiabierta...

Posted by Lore Teitel January 5, 09 05:20 PM
1173.

realmente são imagens que marcaram 2008, muito bem escolhidas e o mais legal foram as legendas que explicam tudo!!

Posted by zadiel junior January 5, 09 05:35 PM
1174.

Que tienen en la cabeza estos fotografos?, como pueden ser capaces de subir esta clase de fotos, la mayoria son sobre guerra, inundaciones, hambre, pobreza, muerte, como generar conciencia si vemos las imagenes del tipo artistico, hay que darles tambien su importancia social y eliminar estas escenas en nustra vida, para que el fotografo no tenga que retratar la muerte, bombas, y todo esto, mejor retratar la vida, y la paz.

Posted by karina January 5, 09 07:12 PM
1175.

thank you

Posted by cathal January 5, 09 07:59 PM
1176.

Unbelievable!

Posted by Lien Hoang January 5, 09 10:05 PM
1177.

Truly haunting pictures, the beauty of the natural world side by side with the human destruction of it...and of each other.
I wish to end all wars as much as anyone does, but until that is possible, I ask you pray to whatever god or gods you believe in,for those involved, both soldiers, victims of genocide, and the ones they leave behind.

Posted by Meg January 5, 09 11:10 PM
1178.

Amazing pictures !
One of them:*The Polar bear* at the zoo of St-Félicien in Québec reminded me the visit I made there last year , Thank you for that souvenir and all the beautiful photos.

Posted by Marcelle Bouchard January 5, 09 11:36 PM
1179.

AWEOME !
IT'S UNBELIEVABLE !!

Posted by Tom January 5, 09 11:48 PM
1180.

He visto las fotos y algunas con lágrimas en los ojos, es una cruda realidad la guerra en paises de nuestro mundo, las que más golpean mi corazón son las de niños inocentes que sufren y mueren por nuestra propia culpa. Estas fotografias nos hacen adentrarnos en la naturaleza bonita y cruel, el volcán Chaiten en Chile (mi pais) borró el pueblo y hubieron familias que sufrieron mucho también, pero lo más cruel son la miserias de las guerras. Impactantes y sobro todo pensar que el ojo humano a través del fotografo ve lo que a veces nuestros propios ojos no quieren ver.

Posted by Adriana Villa Azócar January 6, 09 12:55 AM
1181.

Amazing...unbelievable pictures !!

Posted by Kann January 6, 09 01:24 AM
1182.

all very nice & thank you for sending me this great pictures.

Posted by Bahaneh4U@aol.com January 6, 09 02:08 AM
1183.

Oh, my God!!!

Posted by Dexx January 6, 09 02:15 AM
1184.

en 50 años nos morimos todos

Posted by Agustin January 6, 09 02:52 AM
1185.

A ropui lutuk tlat!! Thehthang mai2 phal chi rual anilo. Very very much impressive Collection.

Posted by KT Liana January 6, 09 03:12 AM
1186.

Truly unbelievable and metamorphing pictures

Posted by Anonymous January 6, 09 05:01 AM
1187.

Photos superbes. Merci

Posted by Wilfrid Heerman January 6, 09 05:12 AM
1188.

What a truly beautiful world we have.
Why are we so bloody war-minded, that we destroy everything of beauty around us.?
We are a cancer in the universe, and like cancer, I believe that we must be destroyed so we do not destroy further planets.

Posted by Rodney Jackson January 6, 09 05:43 AM
1189.

simply amazing

Posted by Mark Don January 6, 09 07:10 AM
1190.

Greetings from denmark. Enjoyed this very much, and looking forward to part 2 and 3. Thanks for sharing..

Posted by Martin U January 6, 09 08:03 AM
1191.

"Semper Fi Marines", thats true dedication! The war in Iraq is truly run its course, but we marines still know our job and how to do it well!
The lightning with the volcano was outstanding, truly unbelievable!

Posted by Robert Parker January 6, 09 08:33 AM
1192.

JUST IN-CRE-DIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Thomas Hall January 6, 09 08:38 AM
1193.

Milhões de palavras em um duzia de fotos

Posted by Portojo January 6, 09 08:56 AM
1194.

tremendas fotos!!! lastima que solo sirvan para mostrar la mierda que somos como especie.

Posted by francisco martinez January 6, 09 09:24 AM
1195.

Amazing very interesting to look at.

Posted by Nichole Ortlieb January 6, 09 10:13 AM
1196.

me encanta la constitucion dela fotografia de ronaldinho...miro la gloria de una jugador que casi estava caido....la alegria que muestra la pikapika....el sentimiento de grandesa k siente el jugador....vanagloriado por muchos....ronaldinho y nada mas

Posted by jose manuel January 6, 09 10:49 AM
1197.

Most beautiful but sad pictures! Even sadder that some viewers take a biased approach to appreciating them. Regardless of the ethnicity of victims depicted in the pictures, I personally feel that the take back from them should be a better awareness of the evils and perils of wars and conflicts.

Posted by Belacan January 6, 09 11:50 AM
1198.

wow that is great picture...

Posted by nikk0 January 6, 09 12:03 PM
1199.

yo mugasta el pics

Posted by santi aponte January 6, 09 12:12 PM
1200.

Yin and the Yang. Love and Hate. Life and Death. Hope and Despair. Peace and War. Kindness and Cruelty. Wealth and Poverty. You can not have one and not the other, but we can live and learn and when the negative side (hate, death, despair, war, cruelty, poverty) occurs, we can all shine by smothering it with the positive side. Looking forward to part 2 and 3.

Posted by Steven January 6, 09 12:16 PM
1201.

Picha za ajabu sana hizi

Posted by Mwafrika Flani January 6, 09 01:20 PM
1202.

Loucuraa heim,

Posted by Cassio F January 6, 09 02:26 PM
1203.

Super nice photography collection............ ;o)

Posted by Bent Ursin January 6, 09 03:05 PM
1204.

Wonderful work!
Unfortunately, the sad and cruel pictures from last year I am afraid are going to be multiplied in 2009 when our world will be tested for the worst.
I hope I am wrong and at the same time next year all of us will take a look at photoes full of joy and will read positive comments.
Have a great year 2008 you all!

Gabriel

Posted by gabrielmoisescu@yahoo.com, Romania January 6, 09 03:40 PM
1205.

"...ver en la oscuridad es claridad
saber ceder es fortaleza
usa tu propia luz
para retornar a la fuente de la luz
esto es practicar la eternidad."

Posted by Lao tse January 6, 09 03:56 PM
1206.

Wonderful work!
Unfortunately, the sad and cruel pictures from last year I am afraid are going to be multiplied in 2009 when our world will be tested for the worst.
I hope I am wrong and at the same time next year all of us will take a look at photoes full of joy and will read positive comments.
Have a great year 2009 you all!

Gabriel

Posted by gabrielmoisescu@yahoo.com, Romania January 6, 09 04:19 PM
1207.

Superbes photos. Certaines aussi dures que réelles. Bravo aux photographes... une pensée aux sujets!
Merci

Posted by Samuel January 6, 09 05:02 PM
1208.

The photos are awesome and fantastic.

Posted by HEMA January 6, 09 08:40 PM
1209.

A superb job of capturing reality. Certainly a truly awakening of the soul, reminding us that we are all one... humans... with full emotions...

Posted by J.P. Maxwell January 6, 09 11:26 PM
1210.

Photos are good and effective towards the situation

Posted by Suganthi January 6, 09 11:31 PM
1211.

this is an exceptional collection of photography that has stirred the conscious of many viewers of many parts of the world. it should be passed on to many others! we should send this site to everyone because of its universal ability to communicate in this ever shrinking world.

Esto es una colección excepcional de fotografía que ha batido el consciente de muchos espectadores de muchas regiones. ¡Debe ser pasado a muchas otras! Nosotros les debemos enviar este sitio a todos a causa de su capacidad universal a comunicar en este mundo siempre encogiendo.

Posted by bp January 7, 09 02:34 AM
1212.

I luv No.40 .
It 's so powerful.

Posted by PPP January 7, 09 05:12 AM
1213.

Turely IN-CREDIBLE & Mind Blowing.

Each of these photos speak a million words.

Hats off to those who captured it,

Posted by KIRAN TJ January 7, 09 05:56 AM
1214.

ya no hay vuelta atras....hemos cruzado el PUNTO DE NO RETORNO.....

Posted by FERNANDO January 7, 09 07:08 AM
1215.

it's so amasing...and sad

Posted by Siya January 7, 09 07:49 AM
1216.

Amazing photography!! Great job by those who captured many facets of society as a whole. Yes, the world is full of beauty and splendour, along with pain and hardships. I believe life is a test for us all. How we live it, how much time we give to others besides ourselves, depends on us and our altruism or empathy. Regarding the comment on wars and that they are started by religion, does that mean that no one should be religious? (Rhetorical question of course :))

Posted by Khudija January 7, 09 08:08 AM
1217.

Vicki (1142), We are not acting like victimized, we are proud of what we are, we like the gentle giant, you didn't here nothing while we got boomed but the moment we wake-up and return all the world are in focus, I would hide my kids in war times wouldn't allow them to ride on bikes, frankly I believe the photographer ask the kids to play in front of him, do you ask yourself why only Gaza are under fire? What about Beit-Lehem? Hevron? Or the rest of the Palestinians city's? The Hamas are controlling Gaza!! And for 8 years not they are booming southern Israel. Don’t talk about things you don’t know.

Posted by Moti January 7, 09 08:56 AM
1218.

Jack (1162) some of the Palestinians are great people (I used to served there) but they are suffering because of Hamas terrorist, btw Gaza are free to enter for all journalist except last two weeks, and not for hiding, but to save there life, i don’t know if you are familiar with the Israeli peace agreement but we do have one with Egypt and Jordan, and it works great. They are good partners. You are probably understand who isn’t, We do not fight anyone unless we have to.

Posted by Moti January 7, 09 09:06 AM
1219.

WONDERFULL PICTURES.....

Posted by BHARATH January 7, 09 09:12 AM
1220.

wonderful picture story, pictures don't lie " wonderful coverage "

Posted by Md Tindel January 7, 09 09:15 AM
1221.

Estas fotos estan increibles!!! felicitaciones a las personas que a traves del lente , han podido captar, lo que la mayoria del mundo no puede ver.

Posted by leonor January 7, 09 11:03 AM
1222.

wonderful !! no more comments

Posted by Anonymous January 7, 09 11:13 AM
1223.

Maravillosas fotografías,,,,nos presentan lo portentoso de la naturaleza, pero por otro lado nos muestra las miserias de la vida misma. No puedo más que elevar una oración por la vida de tanta gente inocente atormentada por la guerra, causa de intereses económicos. En especial me impacto la cara del niño de Kenya (28) su cara es la misma expresión de la muerte. Dios perdone tanta miseria y a aquellos que en su afán de dominar el mundo, se pierden también a si mismos.

Posted by Ciro Hernández January 7, 09 12:02 PM
1224.

Maybe one of your viewers can answer my question. In pictures like 18, 21, & 22, they show children that are hungry & diseased. Why do these people in war torn & 3rd world countries keep having all these children? They can't feed themselves without help from strangers, so why keep bringing more & more of these babies into the world knowing they will probably die of starvation or related diseases? Don't tell me it's about LOVE because it cannot be. Watching your child die a little each day from starvation is not LOVE. Oh well, life is cheap, one dies & we'll just have another one.

Posted by Edna Zimmerman January 7, 09 12:02 PM
1225.

Excelente

Posted by beltran January 7, 09 02:31 PM
1226.

I love them

Posted by jasmina January 7, 09 02:43 PM
1227.

I think the pictures are amazing!!

Posted by Brandon January 7, 09 03:36 PM
1228.

wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by maddy January 7, 09 04:30 PM
1229.

Edna Zimmerman, (1224) asks why "these people in war torn & 3rd world countries keep having all these children". The most important answer to this is strategy of surviving.
"These people" are the same whereever in the world, and whenever in history you find poor people in a desperate situation, where the resources are not enough to feed themselves, for instance due to lack of equal resource allocation. The psychology of the human nature, in this desperate situation, is in the long run that more children will secure your support as you grow older. And the knowledge that some of them maybe dies, is a part of that strategy of surviving.
When the standard of living gets better, when some form of care taking of old persons is created by society, the nativity is decreasing.

Posted by M. Wilson January 7, 09 06:18 PM
1230.

Awesome stuff!!! I particularily liked the photograph of the legs of the kenyan athletes.
Some of the other photographs made me wonder whether the world in which we live is so bad?

Posted by Gokul M January 7, 09 08:17 PM
1231.

I am both amazed by the incredible beauty and saddened by the vicious cruelty of this world. I give my heartelt appreciation to the photographers who share their experiences with the world, I realize that their occupation is a chosen one... that few others could stomach. Thankyou.
To others...Please pray to whatever God you may have that these atrocities may cease, if not for us and our children, then for our planet's survival!

Posted by DHadler January 7, 09 08:19 PM
1232.

amazing & very heart felt and special

Posted by lena January 7, 09 09:07 PM
1233.

muito doida as fotos, parabens!

Posted by arteiro January 7, 09 09:17 PM
1234.

....Amazing,awakening,sad and spectacular..The children of the world suffer because of the ideology of a few who live only to hate. Hamas continues to cause suffering to the Palestinians.They "DO NOT CARE" about their people. And one other thing why haven't the other Arab countries offered humanitarian help to the people?Why ,instead of "lip service",don't they build schools,roads,housing to help.All they seem to "offer" is condemnation. Good grief people.

Posted by USSAUTRY January 7, 09 09:46 PM
1235.

The happenings around the world are captured in their real & raw forms.I salute the
people who have contributed to this extraordinary venture

Posted by ramachandran. india January 7, 09 10:12 PM
1236.

great pics, wish the future has more peace in life...

Posted by Tanto January 7, 09 11:23 PM
1237.

Las imágenes nunca muestran todo, aún asi, lo que enseñan es suficiente para comprender que la lucha por seguir vivos es importante.
Gran trabajo.

Posted by Dr. Fco. Javier Flores Martínez January 7, 09 11:40 PM
1238.

Amazing,awakening,spectacular,saddening.Thank you to those that put themselves in harms way to show us the "world" we only read about.**I think God should "erase" our memories of all religions and we could all go back to worshipping the "Sun" again. Afterall we all know there is only one 'SUN".. Good grief people.Anger+hate = ugly ,stupid people..

Posted by USSAUTRY January 8, 09 12:17 AM
1239.

Hey Jar-head, hope you had your helmet on before that round hit the wall. That deafness is generally just temporary.
SEMPER FI my good man.

Posted by Old Marine January 8, 09 01:12 AM
1240.

Awsome

Posted by Shiney January 8, 09 02:11 AM
1241.

Just excelent, i love those pictures and at the same time i think is so sad how in some countries we have war, i can´t believe some kids are hearing the noise of the war...

impresionantes fotografias, lo que mas me impresiona es el sufrimiento de los niños, como quisiera poder arreglar eso...

Posted by Natalia , Mexico January 8, 09 02:16 AM
1242.

very beautiful. these are great pictures...

Posted by B.I.G. BIG Phil January 8, 09 02:39 AM
1243.

That's LIFE Dude....

Posted by zico daniel January 8, 09 04:44 AM
1244.

you left me with no words

Posted by irina January 8, 09 04:44 AM
1245.

The pics are sooooo Real. Feels very sad to know what a disaster 2008 was.
Hope for the best and happy living in this new year 2009

Posted by Bhavi January 8, 09 04:51 AM
1246.

congragulations

Posted by ozlem January 8, 09 05:03 AM
1247.

Some of these pictures make me realize a few things, particularly how poorly the national press here in Ireland report what is going on around the world and how our problems here with recession etc are nothing compared to the horrors that some have to face every day of their lives. Lets hope its a better 2009 for all.

Posted by Paul R Ireland January 8, 09 05:32 AM
1248.

es impactante.
Tanta belleza y tanto horror...
deberiamos tener mas acceso a este tipo de imagenes.
Gracias

Posted by ARANTZA January 8, 09 05:36 AM
1249.

BEATIFULL PHOTOS, REAL PHOTOS, SAD, VERY VERY SAD PHOTOS.
MOST OF THEM SHOW THE WAR AND THEIR VICTMS. WHILE RICH NATIONS JOCKE WITH THEIR LIFES...

Posted by ROSELY TRANJAN January 8, 09 05:38 AM
1250.

What a truly beautiful world we have.

Posted by Faiyaz January 8, 09 07:06 AM
1251.

More bad news photography yet again!! Why don't you print more positive stuff and make us all feel good? Life goes on! the world goes on! This stuff has always gone on! There is positive photos aplenty in the world out there to print. Hate begets hate, anger begets anger, sadness begets sadness. These are our emotional vices which only serve to diminish the human soul. Lets have more substance and less sensationalism in these dark times!!
Brilliant photography nonetheless.

Posted by Jude January 8, 09 08:10 AM
1252.

BEAUTIFUL Ostao sam bez reci

Posted by nikola January 8, 09 08:10 AM
1253.

Por que no?
Alabo la labor de estos fotografos pues para hacer estas fotografias han estado donde nadie ha estado y lo estan compartiendo con todos.
Por otra parte si estas fotos estan es por que el hecho existe, no se trata de no subir estas fotos, sino de que no existan estas cosas para no poder sacarlas.
Eso de lo que no se ve no existe ya no vale.
Mi ENHORABUENA A TODOS

Posted by Carmen Garcia January 8, 09 08:30 AM
1254.

fantasticas... un pincelazo de la vida ...

Posted by mokuba January 8, 09 10:48 AM
1255.

I wonder... Why can´t we see these pics at newspapers?? Of course, some of them we can (most of the times with no colour...), but, I mean, I'm a journalist and I know that some newspaper don't let that pics like that apear. Maybe it's ideological... or maybe just money.... I don't know.

Me pregunto... Por qué no podemos ver estas fotos en los perodicos?? Por supuesto que algunas si las hemos visto (la mayor parte de las veces en blanco y negro), pero, quiero decir, yo soy periodista y sé que algunos periodicos no permiten que fotos como estas aparezcan. Quizás es algo ideológico... o quizás solo dinero... no lo sé.

Posted by Anonymous January 8, 09 11:02 AM
1256.

Absolutely breathtaking...!!!

Posted by Mwai Kasamale January 8, 09 11:49 AM
1257.

Es la muy tristemente llamada realidad o es el poder de los que mucho tienen.....o quizás será que la tecnología no nos deja solos ni un minuto......lo cierto es que el ver esta "realidad" ya no nos afecta. Si nos afectara, haríamos algo por el cambio.
Muy buenas fotos, aunque sean la realidad.

Posted by Maximiliano Jiménez, Chile. January 8, 09 01:16 PM
1258.

EXCELLENT AND AMAZING COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS

Posted by RAKESH January 8, 09 02:16 PM
1259.

All simply superb.

Posted by PHOTOSVASION - www.photosvasion.eu January 8, 09 02:34 PM
1260.

Muy buenas fotos. Reflejan lo grande del mundo de la fotografía.

Posted by Paco January 8, 09 02:35 PM
1261.

so many extraordinay pictures!!

Posted by Gysah January 8, 09 03:08 PM
1262.

extraordinary**

Posted by Gysah January 8, 09 03:08 PM
1263.

Fotos sensacionais, chocantes e belas ...
Incrível, surpreendente !!!!

Posted by Antonio January 8, 09 04:52 PM
1264.

I can't believe so much good and bad things happen in this world, or even outside our planet, at the same time. What we had just viewed merely contributed a minute fraction of things happening, and even right now. Everything happen for a reason, be it good or bad. So who's the mastermind behind all these? Mankind and nature forces? We can never outbeat the nature no matter how intelligent we become or how much work we have progressed. Nature forces is far too unfathomable and invincible!

Posted by Teri January 8, 09 07:19 PM
1265.

These photographs are absolutely beautiful. I really enjoyed seeing so many aspects of the past year. I agree that it's awful to see so many suffering. However, I didn't like the one-sided presentation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Showing only Israeli's tear gassing protesters and injured Palestinians is not very balanced. I am not saying that Israel has never been at fault, but both sides have been cruel and foolish at times. Suicide bombings were a facet of every day life for Israelis' before the security barrier was built. Hamas' stated goal is to wipe Israel out of existence. It is too bad that both sides were not presented. I hope others can recognize this bias. I think it is important to present both sides of the issue, regardless of one's own opinion.

Posted by B L January 8, 09 08:05 PM
1266.

PADRISIMAS IMAGENES

Posted by MAYRADELGADOSALGADO January 8, 09 09:42 PM
1267.

...A beleza de algumas das fotos
contrapõem-se...
à desumanidade
e
à consequência terrível das grandes catástrofes.

...não há belo sem horrível... infelizmente,
contudo o resultado é sempre um amálgama de desconcerto e inquietação.

Posted by la salette sá January 8, 09 09:47 PM
1268.

Awesome shots....keep up the good work,

Posted by Francisco January 8, 09 10:57 PM
1269.

awesome, astonishing, i am not getting the word to express, really superb pictures.

Posted by Ajay January 9, 09 04:08 AM
1270.

This is really amazing photograph's ... Enjoyed it ...

Cheers

Saravana ( India )

Posted by saravana kumar January 9, 09 04:22 AM
1271.

Astonishing pictures, although most of them are very sad.
I think the world really needs to see what is actually happening. Most of these pictures I've never seen before. A big eloge to the photographers who risk their lives in order to give us a view of what is happening around the world.

Posted by Per, Sweden January 9, 09 04:47 AM
1272.

AMAZING COLLECTIO OF PHOTOGRAPHS,BREATHTAKING!

Posted by gordana January 9, 09 04:56 AM
1273.

Espetacular, deslumbrantes, maravilhosas fotos.

Posted by Haroldo Jobim January 9, 09 05:07 AM
1274.

Breathtaking indeed!!! Wow!

Posted by AndréTeixeira January 9, 09 05:30 AM
1275.

Awesome!!........................Pity there was no record of Manchester United winning everything

Posted by MUFC Champions of the wold (official) January 9, 09 06:34 AM
1276.

great collection.. keep going.

Posted by jinesh p. p January 9, 09 07:25 AM
1277.

From 4o photos just 8 (20 %) are peacefull...! Quo vadis, Terra ?!

Posted by Nina Zidaru January 9, 09 07:26 AM
1278.

Extraordinário as fotos, um excelente trabalho.

Posted by Jorge January 9, 09 07:43 AM
1279.

Its scary to think what we will see next year.

Posted by Jackie January 9, 09 08:47 AM
1280.

Outstanding........we are so evil...too bad...

Posted by Anca January 9, 09 09:45 AM
1281.

El instante mágico. La oportunidad aprovechada. Y la valentía de todos estos profesionales de la fotografía, sin cuyos testimonios gráficos "nada" hubiera transcendido.

Posted by Manuel Martín Ramos January 9, 09 11:13 AM
1282.

I cannot thank the photographers enough for capturing life, beauty, living and dying. The photographers must have been in danger, risking their lives to capture what really is. Thank you so much, all of you for giving this gift to us, God Bless you all. You have given us compassion, love, sadness, and most of all, the awe of life.

Posted by Marlene S. Battaglia January 9, 09 11:27 AM
1283.

I liked very much the photos;

They'd be worst, but no, they are wonderful;

Naumim Aizen

Posted by Naumim Aizen January 9, 09 11:33 AM
1284.

Muy buenas imágenes tomadas en el preciso momento, con altos contraste de lo bello y la crueldad de la realidad de la vida diaria. Un 10 para los artitas de las fotografías.... Ricardo Rodríguez – Punta Del Este - Uruguay
Ricky_Rodman@hotmail.com

Posted by Ricardo Rodríguez January 9, 09 11:43 AM
1285.

Extraordinare imagini!!! sunt "gelos"pe ei!

pentru ca au avut sansa de a fotografia aceste lucruri!!
Apreciez munca lor mai ales ca sunt in bransa!!
Toata stima si aprecierea mea!

Posted by ADRIAN ERDELI January 9, 09 12:52 PM
1286.

Fotos de rara beleza, embora sejam capturas que vão do "céu ao inferno".

Posted by Ricardo Vicente Freitas Alves January 9, 09 01:34 PM
1287.

Impresionantes fotos!!!!!!!!!!! Lástima que la mayoría sean terriblemente crueles... Ojalá el 2009 nos salga más bonito en la foto.

Posted by Fabiana January 9, 09 02:33 PM
1288.

Sorry, could not appreciate a wonderful wave ride or a great ski jump after seeing what we are capable of doing to innocent lives! Nonetheless, excellent photography...

Posted by Yasmine Khadr January 9, 09 02:43 PM
1289.

2008 was a very bad year for all

Posted by K. Garr January 9, 09 02:53 PM
1290.

How very, very sad. Why do we do this to each other?
Thank you to the brave photography’s that attempted to tell this story to the rest of the world. policeman

Posted by Natasha January 9, 09 03:55 PM
1291.

O Homem é capaz de tudo fazer coisas belas e coisas más tais como as GUERRAS em nome da PAZ e de DEUS que só trás miséria e destruição

Posted by Tonho Zé January 9, 09 04:07 PM
1292.

Excellent rendition of pictoral 2008....

Posted by Anita Tepper January 9, 09 05:04 PM
1293.

Fabulosa série de Fotos.
Parabéns

Posted by Santos Silva January 9, 09 05:20 PM
1294.

Chocante!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous January 9, 09 05:45 PM
1295.

No comments requered. Just watch, contemplate and think about it.

Posted by Carlos Llanos January 9, 09 06:22 PM
1296.

Viver é muito louco. Nem sempre faz sentido. Mas é isso aí... Essas imagens refletem o caos da vida na Terra!

Posted by Paula Máiran January 9, 09 06:57 PM
1297.

How can Moti say there is a Peace Agreement with Egypt and Jordan when Israel still occupies part of those countries?
8 years of Hamas? what about 61 years of Israeli invasion?.

Posted by bunjay dodd January 9, 09 07:10 PM
1298.

whow

Posted by josearmando January 9, 09 08:25 PM
1299.

What the f**k is superbe , extraordinary?... It's f***ing sad! F**k USA! it's all because of the USA! it's such a wonderful world and we destroy it with this personal, economic war....

Posted by Adrian January 9, 09 09:12 PM
1300.

beautiful images

Posted by rafael leyva January 9, 09 09:57 PM
1301.

Very good! Excellent pictures, some of them sad, but I guess this is the photographer/artist role, to capture the moment and the reality. I have discovered this site by accident, and I´m pleased to find it. Congratulations

Posted by Pedro Ribeiro - Brazil January 9, 09 10:08 PM
1302.

photos were very beatiful and sadful

Posted by Anonymous January 10, 09 12:08 AM
1303.

Amazing ................collection

Posted by Manish Pandey January 10, 09 03:20 AM
1304.

Fotografii foarte frumoase!

Posted by Doru A. Danciu January 10, 09 05:34 AM
1305.

photos with all that our world brings to us in this era...beutiful, sad, funny, scarry but all displaying the truth

Posted by bogy January 10, 09 05:44 AM
1306.

Que lastima que la cruel realidad se tenga que mostrar en fotos,pero aun asi son fotos preciosas.Gracias a todos esos fotografos.

Posted by Maika Marcos García January 10, 09 08:29 AM
1307.

dramatic but real, the world every day go back, we can help, of course!!

Posted by rafael leyva January 10, 09 10:06 AM
1308.

Amazing photos ! Great job !
My compliments to the photographers.

Posted by valentina sarosi/ Romania January 10, 09 11:03 AM
1309.

Merci pour cette exceptionnelle série de photos. La plupart sont très émouvantes.

Posted by Claude Pelletier, Québec, Canada January 10, 09 11:07 AM
1310.

a Year very traumatic

Posted by Fernando Pernes January 10, 09 12:29 PM
1311.

Impactantes!

Posted by Angélica January 10, 09 01:34 PM
1312.

Dear Edna - Having children is about having HOPE. Each one of us, even those of us who cannot have children, have HOPE that we would. New life means that we believe in the future. We who live in priveledge do not realize that hope is wasted on things like "I hope to be wealthy, I hope to lose weight", but rather, "I hope my people will be in peace, I hope our race will live on, I hope humanity will one day learn to love." It is HOPE that spurs life on. Without it, we give up, we die. May you be blessed and pray for their hope, that it is not in vain.

Posted by Krissa Laz January 10, 09 01:52 PM
1313.

As a photographer I found them very unique and exceptional photographs. Some of the scenes captured could only happen once in a lifetime of photographer. And about those pro-Israeli naggers, I don't blame them, because they are raised in a culture of lies and trust whatever their Zionist regime says. I feel sorry for them as well, they are modern slaves of US imperialism and let to believe that they are an independent country. The truth is they are nothing but a front for wealth seekers and this path has existed through out history. Prophet Moses(PBUH) left his nation for 40 days and Goldseekers took over and tried to steer direction. When Prophet Jesus(PBUH) tried to re-capture the old teaching of Moses(PBUH) and Ebraham(PBUH), they tried to kill him. It's the same old story. Now, about Gaza following article by a credible Israeli would be eye openner, Professor Avi Shlaim of Oxford, an Israeli himself that has also served in Army. I am not sure If I provide the link would be allowed by the site or not, I hope they find it relevant to help some of previous comments:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/07/gaza-israel-palestine .
Mike

Posted by Mike January 10, 09 03:56 PM
1314.

they say that one picture tell us more than 1000 words, well this is really the thruth.

Posted by Anna January 10, 09 05:19 PM
1315.

Photography is amazing and some of their lives were at risk to take them. However I agree that the photos of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict are one sided - nothing is shown of the destruction of homes from Hamas rockets.

Posted by Adrienne January 10, 09 08:01 PM
1316.

The pictures are mind blowing........

Posted by Heta January 10, 09 08:56 PM
1317.

FANTASTICO TRABALHO...DE REALIDAES BEM PRESENTES....

Posted by Francisco Garrett January 11, 09 07:45 AM
1318.

REALIDADE QUE NOS CHOCA E NOS EMBELEZA,PELA QUALIDADE DAS FOTOS EXPONTÃNEAS...ESTE É O MUNDO EM QUE VIVEMOS E APRENDEMOS A AMAR E DETESTAR..QUE DEUS NOS PROTEJA.

Posted by HELIOMB January 11, 09 08:31 AM
1319.

wow amazeing ,sad ,scary

Posted by carolyn marsh January 11, 09 09:55 AM
1320.

Amazing pictures! Some of them reveal the darker side of life while the others are so beautiful. To Edna Zimmerman's comment as to why poor people have so many children, I think bearing children is the most primitive and natural instinct of life. I don't think its just a survival strategy. Its more escapist. Its also due to certain values, customs and power structures. Many women in poor countries do not have the power of choice - they have to bear children, whether they want to or not! V sad.
Ivy

Posted by Ivy Hansdak January 11, 09 10:44 AM
1321.

Magnifique et si troublant...

Posted by Josée Cardinal January 11, 09 10:49 AM
1322.

superbes photos dures et vraies
certaines font frémir d'autres sont simplement de toute beauté
Nous vivons dans un monde tellement varié où à chaque instant se reproduisent dans des contextes différents des choses similaires,horribles tendre effrayantes,
toute la panoplie du bon petit humain sur de son bon droit sur cette terre qu'il croit à lui et qu'il ne respecte pas à sa juste valeur .

Posted by Véronique January 11, 09 11:24 AM
1323.

Great job!! This picture are amazing!

Posted by AdinaGAM January 11, 09 12:07 PM
1324.

WOW..A picture really can capture a thousand words. This makes me sad.

Posted by Keira January 11, 09 01:54 PM
1325.

this pictures are perfects.

Posted by Anonymous January 11, 09 02:55 PM
1326.

Fantásticas, y muchas hablan de lo arriesgado que es la fotografía de prensa..., pues hay que derrochar mucha paciencia para estar allí, y que a lo mejor no consigas una buena foto....

Posted by Jomalva January 11, 09 03:20 PM
1327.

hating the undemocratic world.... what the hell are they thinking about? if we have a amaizing place why should they destroy it :S

Posted by chube January 11, 09 04:55 PM
1328.

Simplesmente chocantes, realistas, imagens de realidades cruéis, mostram o lado desumano e outras o que o homem consegue realizar, façanhas impressio-nantes.

Posted by Geraldo Pacheco January 11, 09 06:48 PM
1329.

Acho que são as fotomais mais lindas que vi.
Arte, arte, arte, arte.............................................

Posted by Estevão Lima January 11, 09 08:15 PM
1330.

i am still after 54 years of living amazed at the beauty and evil of the world. i can always pray that the beauty will win out over the evil. and that the world will except the beauty and stop seeking the evil. peace and good bless us all

Posted by markee January 11, 09 09:16 PM
1331.

To the photographers Great job in capturing the beauty of the world and at the same time helping the rest of us to realize by these photos the true reality of war poverty and Environmental chaos happening all around the world.
We should all be grateful for what we have especially our health.
God Bless everybody and remember make Love not war!

Posted by Elizabeth Bradford, Sydney Australia January 12, 09 01:48 AM
1332.

cool..

Posted by cherry January 12, 09 02:33 AM
1333.

Absolutely stunning pictures , which have captured such beauty and colour, but also the reality of hardship and the sad times we live in.

Posted by Eleni Savva January 12, 09 03:44 AM
1334.

hola

Posted by hu January 12, 09 04:22 AM
1335.

Really Nice Pictures Good Job By Ur team who colect them :)

Posted by Lykos January 12, 09 06:41 AM
1336.

Our life could be changed in one second...!!!
Extraordinare foto, din pacate nu doar natura distruge, ci si omul!

Posted by mihaela January 12, 09 07:40 AM
1337.

Maravilhosas as fotos. Preocupante as cenas. Mas de qualquer forma é o nosso trabalho do dia a dia fazer com que somente as fotos de cenas belas e de paz façam parte da retrospectiva de 2009.

Posted by Ivan Violin January 12, 09 07:50 AM
1338.

Nice pictures

Posted by Arun January 12, 09 09:08 AM
1339.

Man's Inhumanity to Man is unbelievable.
Man's humanity to Man is reachable.
The creators world is unimaginable, inspiring, remarkable.
We need to achieve the balance, and soon.

Posted by Cecilie, Californa, USA January 12, 09 09:38 AM
1340.

great photographs. shows that photography is truly an art.

Posted by donald zeiger January 12, 09 11:46 AM
1341.

Absolutely profound!
Thank you to the photographer who risked his/her life to take these photographs.
I pray to God that 2009 is less painful for all.
May God bless the world and lead us to peace.

Posted by Rachael Roberts January 12, 09 12:34 PM
1342.

Espectacular.
oRIGINAL.

Posted by jesus January 12, 09 01:51 PM
1343.

C'est surprenant comment les photos de guerre et de misère nous fascinent. dommage que ces dernières prennent le dessus sur d'autres aussi belles. Probablement que le sensasionnaliste nous rejoint davantage.

Posted by Benoit Couture January 12, 09 03:47 PM
1344.

LINDO!!! COM ALGUMA ANGUSTIA....

Posted by laurita January 12, 09 05:30 PM
1345.

Espectaculares fotos, parabens

Posted by gouveia January 12, 09 05:52 PM
1346.

Great pictures. Sums up the year very well.

Posted by Grant January 12, 09 08:02 PM
1347.

I think that the images here actually paint a better image overall of last year. Personally I think that it was worst.

Posted by Taeko January 12, 09 10:18 PM
1348.

Werry sad, that all this is happening around us. All of us, who can be happy and satisfyed today, shall be grateful. For all the others: I wish them luck.

However: the photos are Fantastic

Posted by Doris from Slowenia January 13, 09 03:20 AM
1349.

they were very nice and quality.

Posted by aangha January 13, 09 05:14 AM
1350.

thirst for POWER has taken mankind to such painful happenings.
change should come from individual mindset to share whatever little we have
atleast by next year let us pray for peace loving LEADERS.

good pictures indeed

Posted by vaishnava devi January 13, 09 05:18 AM
1351.

LJUDSKA RASA RATUJE I UNISTAVA SEBE I PLANETU A SVEDOCI SU OVE UZASNE SLIKE NASEG ZIVLJENJA. SVI SMO MI SAMO DVONOSCI A SAMO NEKI OD NAS SU ZAISTA LJUDI !
HUMAN RACE FIGHTS AND DESTROYS ITSELF AND EARTH, AND WITNESSES ARE THE AWFUL PICTURES OF OUR LIVING. WE ALL ARE JUST TWOLEGGED, AND SOME OF US ONLY - ARE HUMANS !

Posted by FIKRETA January 13, 09 06:27 AM
1352.

Extraordinarias y chocantes

Posted by Llanos Villa January 13, 09 07:36 AM
1353.

w0w
how
the year 2008 be very colorful year
loook so serious

Posted by noor January 13, 09 07:55 AM
1354.

Some pictures are great, but some couse a lot of pain in my heart.the pictures with the hearted man, the soldier that was olmost shot , ther are terible.

Posted by Razvan January 13, 09 09:11 AM
1355.

são belas e deixam uma pessoa a pensar sob a vida real.

Posted by emília de fátima gonçalves azevedo barroso January 13, 09 09:41 AM
1356.

This photos are the reason (one in many) why I didn't continued with my photojournalism course.
I could never press the shutter button if I ware in some of those scenarios.

My son is one year, 26 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes old...
I look to this pictures (and the other series) and can't stop thinking... What have I done !?

Tears of frustration and anger jump from my eyes and there is not a glimpse of hope in my heart for human race... sorry!


Posted by José January 13, 09 10:25 AM
1357.

Superbe poze! That's a good way to remember 2008. Let's not forget though that 62 journalists have been killed in 2008.

Posted by Filon January 13, 09 10:39 AM
1358.

En esta excelente calidad de las fotos, se muestra que la belleza y exhuberancia de la tierra va acompañada del dolor, heroismo, miseria y egoismo inherente de los humanos.

Posted by Fausto Leguizamo January 13, 09 12:22 PM
1359.

A commentary on our times, both good and bad. It shows the many of the harsh realities of life and assumes that the viewer is knowledgeable as to the root causes. Not entirely balanced, but still a good presentation and they should be commended for it!

Posted by C Grimmer January 13, 09 12:49 PM
1360.

AWESOME pictures!

Posted by Ihssan January 13, 09 02:21 PM
1361.

NUNCA VI NADA IGUAL ....

Posted by SILVIA January 13, 09 02:55 PM
1362.

¡Una imagen vale mas que mil palabras! Cierto

Posted by Olga Marìa Torres Duarte January 13, 09 03:10 PM
1363.

c'est tout simplement génial

Posted by Marc January 13, 09 04:19 PM
1364.

all i have to say is wow.
wow
that was alot to take in.

Posted by Shari brown January 13, 09 11:48 PM
1365.

Amazing Photography

Posted by Vinay January 14, 09 01:54 AM
1366.

i love the shoots! so great!!!

Posted by rybaxs January 14, 09 03:53 AM
1367.

all the holy books contains this idea of Hell and Heaven with devils and angels. These pictures truly show whom they are referring to...human kind...

Posted by Umut Bat January 14, 09 05:15 AM
1368.

Nous vivons dans un monde tellement varié où à chaque instant se reproduisent dans des contextes différents des choses similaires,horribles tendre effrayantes,
toute la panoplie du bon petit humain sur de son bon droit sur cette terre qu'il croit à lui et qu'il ne respecte pas à sa juste valeur .

Posted by tanmay January 14, 09 06:46 AM
1369.

magnificent...no more comments

Posted by ciux January 14, 09 09:01 AM
1370.

l'etre humain n'a finalement rien a faire sur cette terre..il ne sait que l'abimer pour se détruire...

de belles images..parfois dures..

Posted by hot import January 14, 09 09:59 AM
1371.

Pues a mi no me gustan.
Son tristes hasta las alegres, elijo ademas mal día para verlas puesto que acabo de terminar de ver el telediario con lágrimas en los ojos y despues esto.
Solo me invitan a pensar. ¿qué estamos haciendo?

Posted by susanasomos5 January 14, 09 10:08 AM
1372.

i really have no words to describe what I feel after seeing this pictures. I can only thank God above for having mercy on me. :|

Posted by Franky3rd January 14, 09 10:27 AM
1373.

Bravo aux photographers qui ont reussi surprendre la variete ,la diversite et la complexite de la vie du monde, du long en large.
Comme dans la vie, on pleure et on rit en regardant ces terribles et extraordinnaires photos,car elles nous poussent dans l'agonie et dans l'extase.Apres les avoir regardees, on ne peut avoir que le coeur gros ou sentir l'imponderabilite par une tete qui est sur le point d'exploser.C'est de la vie comprimee, avalee en pilule, qui provoque le tourbillon et qui donne le vertige.

Posted by Maria Ghidel January 14, 09 11:09 AM
1374.

Esperamos que em 2009 as fotos de tragédias sejam enexistentes e que as pessoas se comovam com as condições desumanas dos nossos irmãos mais pobres!

Posted by Eduardo Queiroz January 14, 09 11:11 AM
1375.

Essas fotos mostram a realidade do nosso mundo. Não devemos só pensar, mas agir como um só povo, ou seja, HUMANOS ! Parabéns pelos fotógrafos que colocaram em muitas delas a sua própria vida. Essas fotos tem que rodar o mundo para que todos reflitam o que estão fazendo.

Posted by Lairton January 14, 09 11:56 AM
1376.

sssssssssuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuupppppeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by elena January 14, 09 01:14 PM
1377.

A Terra é linda, o ser humano faz com que nós a veja-mos na parte mais sombria.
Tanta beleza e o homem a destruir.

Posted by António Costa January 14, 09 03:50 PM
1378.

Wow.It was very nice pictures.

Posted by Ali Saeb January 14, 09 06:06 PM
1379.

Is that life, Was that all what we did to each other?

Posted by Alex January 14, 09 11:43 PM
1380.

This is a tour of global photo-journalism that rivals, if not surpasses, a museum of fine arts experience. Thank you Alan Taylor. The sad, tragic, hopeless, amazing, and beautiful wonder of who we are as occupants of this world should teach us something. Yet, it pains me to realize how many may grow complacent by graphic exposure, and even deeper into disassociating these living and dying realities from the comforts of their safe lives. As if the whole word was not connected to the piece of earth that each of us stand and breathe on. We must somehow learn how to both bring these images to the world of how we receive images that tell our story, without forgetting that we must connect the others to ourselves. Why do we become passive, why do we enslave our eyes of understanding and care, only to consume a safe and fearful distance from the realities that --in a blink-- could be our own?

Posted by C.C. Arshagra January 15, 09 12:20 AM
1381.

The pictures are Awesome....
Done very well by the camera men...Good Job.

Posted by Dhiraj Ahlawat January 15, 09 01:14 AM
1382.

Uff...lastima es la realidad de la vida...hermosas y crudas

Posted by Oscar Reyes J January 15, 09 01:35 AM
1383.

damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
amazing...

Posted by boy January 15, 09 02:46 AM
1384.

hi this is tinku paudel in India i love photograph so i serch but i d't no hiw can open
best pgotograph pls. inform me my e mail I.D tinkupaudel2@gmail.com thanks
all photograph are nice

Posted by tinku paudel January 15, 09 03:05 AM
1385.

INCREIBLES!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JSELGAS January 15, 09 04:21 AM
1386.

wow.... nice pictures ROMANIA

Posted by valy January 15, 09 04:56 AM
1387.

WOW .. I have a long way to go

Posted by paul watson January 15, 09 05:02 AM
1388.

Belissimo! Mama Mia!(((=

Posted by 2Alex January 15, 09 06:32 AM
1389.

cool pictures

Posted by Anonymous January 15, 09 06:33 AM
1390.

cualquier amante de la fotografia desearía hacer fotos como éstas, y algunos de sus autores desearían no haberlas hecho nunca.

Posted by isidro....castellon January 15, 09 10:38 AM
1391.

The photographer has got a very strong heart to face all the reality very close GOOD JOB :) ... It is not FAIR for what is happening in some other countries, Its not right to kill anybody especially look at those innocent kids who die :(

STOP WAR AND START LOVING EACH OTHER! LIFE IS TOO SHORT!

Posted by UNKNOWN January 15, 09 11:23 AM
1392.

Wonderful pictures, very, very sad and cruel reality. Hope most of those scenes never occured so that most of these pictures didn't have to be taken. But reality must be shown repeatedly so that people knows it and work hard to change it. Good work and congratulations.

Posted by Teresa Ferraz January 15, 09 01:47 PM
1393.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by BASILIO M. MONTEZ JR January 15, 09 02:49 PM
1394.

super

Posted by Anonymous January 15, 09 03:05 PM
1395.

I feel badly eventhough thanks to all the reporters who makes people to think about our real word and share more love,tolerance,respect.........

Posted by CARMEN NIEVES BRITO January 15, 09 03:17 PM
1396.

ESTAS FOTOS DAN A REVELAR TODO TIPO DE DOLOR QUE PASA EN ESTE MUNDO, CUANDO COMO HUMANOS PODRIAMOS CONTRIBUIR A NO SEGUIR DEVASTANDO A LA NATURALEZA, DESTRUYENDO LO QUE NOS BRINDA HASTA AHORA, UN HOGAR, COMIDA Y VIDA. DENTRO DE UNOS AÑOS SE NO REFLEXIONAMOS, LE ESTAREMOS QUITANDO A NUESTROS HIJOS UN HOGAR, COMIDA Y HASTA LA VIDA MISMA.

Posted by TERE OCHOA January 15, 09 04:11 PM
1397.

THANK YOU, this photos are absolutely AMAZING

Posted by enrique January 15, 09 05:45 PM
1398.

wonderful photos

Posted by Subramanya Pailoor January 15, 09 05:52 PM
1399.

wonderfull!!!! thank you photogs for your actions

Posted by billsaia January 15, 09 06:12 PM
1400.

Did anybody stop to think that we didn't have global warming until NASA started sending spacecraft through the atmosphere? Everytime one is sent up it has to puncture another hole in the atmosphere.

Posted by joaski January 15, 09 06:22 PM
1401.

just amazing pics!

Posted by Nacho! January 15, 09 06:58 PM
1402.

Thank-you. I feel humbled.

Posted by Tania January 15, 09 07:05 PM
1403.

A collection of great photos
He became a favorite blog

Posted by mcostiniuc January 15, 09 09:23 PM
1404.

This are really amazing pics... hatoff to the pic takers

Posted by Rajan Chugh January 16, 09 12:03 AM
1405.

DEMASIADO BUENAS....

Posted by EFRAIN January 16, 09 01:38 AM
1406.

foto N 40 - wonderful wonderful wonderful

Posted by supervis moscow January 16, 09 06:26 AM
1407.

i am crying like a baby

Posted by danielalena January 16, 09 06:47 AM
1408.

These are exceptional photographs.. i think though that they could show more positive imagery from the third world.. but really good, i hope that they serve to stir passion in others to help fix some of the world's problems and remove the apathy of our generation.

Posted by Samuel Morgan January 16, 09 09:09 AM
1409.

Great photos, but in the first image (the Chaiten volcano) the country is CHILE, no CHANA.

Thanks.

Posted by Ialmonacid January 16, 09 09:11 AM
1410.

How blessed we are to be Americans! Count your blessings day by day! Beautiful pictures of many very sad conditions.
Gig'em!

Posted by Stormy Kimrey '58 January 16, 09 10:06 AM
1411.

The Kirby Brown surfing photo appears to be a hoax. Copy it, blow it up, and you will see in top left portion of the wave a triangle and severe discoloration of water. This is not even well done.

Posted by Larry Zane January 16, 09 10:21 AM
1412.

mans Inhumanity to man as a picture book. Makes me sad.

Posted by Anonymous January 16, 09 10:24 AM
1413.

Fantastic photographs -- have given up any hope of being a world class photographer after seeing these.
Many thanks for publishing them.

Posted by Tom January 16, 09 10:39 AM
1414.

The human barbarian destroy more than the natural fenomenoes, destroy the spirit. What are we doing with our planet?, what are we doing with our human brothers? Great pictures and poor reality. Congratulations photographers. May we see more pleasure photos and no more about death and destruction.

Posted by Joel Rangel January 16, 09 12:09 PM
1415.

frumos tare ma manca-v-as la mine la smardan nu am vazut niciodata trucaje,,,mai aveti?

Posted by adi muschilosu January 16, 09 01:16 PM
1416.

super, la mine la smardan nu am vazut niciodata trucaje,,,mai aveti?

Posted by mihalcea adrian January 16, 09 01:18 PM
1417.

...and america

Posted by sabino January 16, 09 02:25 PM
1418.

espectacular ! !
no hay muchas palabras
es imagen

Posted by rodrigo January 16, 09 04:10 PM
1419.

fk war and the ones which are interested in it!
let's live the life and stop fighting for others interest.
nice job, beautiful photos!

Posted by T January 16, 09 04:21 PM
1420.

i have never seen such pictures till now. horrible, terristric and horrified...most of them are very sad. there were only one or two I liked what is too few. it was the ice bear and black balls...

Posted by hana, slovakia January 16, 09 05:11 PM
1421.

So where are the ones of USA and some happy KODAK moments to make ya SMILE??? HOPE 2009 is a HAPPY HEALTHY AND WISE ONE!!!
GOD BLESS AND KEEP SMILING!! Ya never know whos got a camera in thier pocket??

Posted by patti minix January 16, 09 07:51 PM
1422.

These photos make me wonder where in the world I was when this happened. Why didn't I know about it? I need to read the news more - I need to see the world more even if it's dangerous and unpleasant. There's so much to appreciate.

Posted by Sara Wayland January 16, 09 10:44 PM
1423.

As usual, nature fillls me with awe and happiness. As usual, some photographs of humankind fill me with dread and grief. I am so lucky to be living in Australia a wondrous land of peace and equality. A land that speaks to those who will listen. A vibrant land you dan feel if you try. Thank you to all photographers, especially those who risk their lives to bring truth to the rest of us.Love to all those who want it.

Posted by Anonymous January 17, 09 12:45 AM
1424.

bonitas, maravillosas???? la fotografía es luz, por lo tanto existe lo fotografiado. ls parece revelante que aquellas tomas tengan lugar en la existencia. otro año que pasa y seguimos esperando que algo pase, no quiero decir aldo, sino 40 fotos de cosas que nos hagan querer seguir viviendo....
como fotografias documentales, exelentes....

Posted by Anonymous January 17, 09 01:38 AM
1425.

Unhui! Oh! my God! I'm so touch on that picture,you make me cry,but anyway,It's realy happened now,but anyway we need to keep move on,and hope it will last,but the question is When?

Posted by Anonymous January 17, 09 02:36 AM
1426.

a photo that speak thousand words ...
Great job !

Posted by Anonymous January 17, 09 04:42 AM
1427.

For once great quality pictures at descent sizes. Excellent job.

Posted by Kenneth Watt January 17, 09 07:38 AM
1428.

Realmente incrível. É um segundo da vida real capturado para a eternidade.

Posted by Krístian Carlos Silva Amazonas January 17, 09 07:47 AM
1429.

Thanks for these great picture-compilation.

Posted by zackwinter January 17, 09 08:21 AM
1430.

One cannot believe the sadness in this world of ours
surely we can come together as a nation and have peace
our hearts go out to those in suffering.
Wonderful photography.

Posted by Bunny Shaw January 17, 09 10:01 AM
1431.

demasiado hermosas,y tambien demasiado tristes,este documento deberia ser un testimonio ,de k a pesar de tanto avance tecnologico .......y tanto hablar de derechos humanos .................... estasserian lasrespuestas

Posted by loli January 17, 09 10:40 AM
1432.

sublimes photos incontestablement d'un artistique grandiose .Preuves aussi des horreurs de la guerre .L'homme devrait commencer à tenter de devenir humain.

Posted by Tourel Marie January 17, 09 12:44 PM
1433.

Great pictures.
That said, I always find it rather interesting how in more than 5.500 missiles exploded in Israeli soil by Hamas (an absolute record) and the numerous Israeli civilians killed by them, only pictures of Palestinians accidentally killed by Israeli missiles or peace activists hit by Israeli tear gas are ever showed.
Same thing goes for the war between US soldiers and Iraquis.
"Big Picture"? It's hardly "Half Picture", let alone "Big Picture".

Posted by Filipe Governa January 17, 09 03:09 PM
1434.

muy buen trabajo fotografico exelentes tomas.. felicidades....

Posted by ro_ja January 17, 09 04:45 PM
1435.

I'm speechless... I can not say more than that. I want to cry but I can't.... Maybe because I have yet to face reality

Posted by Olivia C January 18, 09 07:04 AM
1436.

Todos os dias dou graças a Deus pala paz que existe há minha volta.
Chega não podemos ficar de braços cruzados ao ver tanta miséria á nossa volta.

Posted by Anonymous January 18, 09 08:08 AM
1437.

Parabéns aos fotógrafos pelas fotos conseguidas. Pena é que exista tanta violência, desgraças, misérias, falta de respeito entre os humanos que dêm possibilidades a que existam este tipo de fotos. Que 2009 seja um ano melhor para que os fotógrafos do mundo nos possam presentear com a recolha de momentos de alegria, ternura, abundância...captados pelas suas objectivas.
BEM HAJAM!

Posted by Maria January 18, 09 08:48 AM
1438.

PRAY. IT DOES NOT MATTER TO WHOM: PRAY. IT IS OUR ONLY WAY TO BETTER OURSELVES. PRAY.

Posted by GONZALO T. PALACIOS, Ph.D. January 18, 09 10:59 AM
1439.

Bellísimas fotografías, nos recuerdan la grandeza de la naturaleza y la miseria del ser humano.

Posted by German January 18, 09 01:02 PM
1440.

Sem Palavras...... As fotos mais "chocantes" revelam a nossa atitude e vontade de destruir o próximo. O Mundo em constante auto-destruição. É MAIS QUE TEMPO de nos questionarmos. O que valemos nós afinal??? Que principios eticos e morais nos regem?????
Sem palavras.

Posted by Maryam El Hasnoui - Oporto / Portugal January 18, 09 01:05 PM
1441.

thank u

Posted by Anonymous January 18, 09 03:02 PM
1442.

All I can say is wow.Elaine 1-18-09

Posted by Elaine Higgins January 18, 09 03:46 PM
1443.

Why do we continue to destroy our marvelous Earth?
Why isn't there more love on this planet??

Posted by Jacqueline Brownell January 18, 09 04:06 PM
1444.

Incriveis! Por isso pretendo ser um fotojornalista, para mostrar a realidade, às vezes bela, às vezes cruel.

That's why I want to be a photojournalist, to show reality, sometimes beaty, sometimes cruel.

Posted by Eduardo Guimarães January 18, 09 05:12 PM
1445.

Gostei muito...apesar de não querer recordar nada deste ano tão triste para mim.
Afinal,as dores individuais são tão insignificantes em relação às grandes catástrofes...para mim,só morreu a minha mãe,mas era a minha mãe!

Posted by Cândida Ferreira January 18, 09 05:59 PM
1446.

É impressionante como imagens de destruição e morte se misturam com animais em movimento e fenômenos devastadores da natureza ou do homem para forma o q marcou um ano... É como os fatos da história q são marcados por guerras e destruição e não por vida e renascimento. Na verdade, muitas vezes vemos tudo isso só não nos importamos pq não é conosco, não nos dói pq não nos tira nada além de um pouco do nosso tempo pra "apreciar" o q acontece de ruim...

Posted by Evelyn Lindholm. São Luís - MA. Brasil January 18, 09 09:26 PM
1447.

I am speechless, breathless ~~~ but not hopeless.
The photographers were courageous as well as experts in their field.
Though many pictures were appalling , some were appealing, all revealing!
May God have mercy upon us. Only He can heal~~~~.

Posted by claire fillinger January 18, 09 10:55 PM
1448.

thank you very much for these pictures.

Posted by mbhuju January 19, 09 12:14 AM
1449.

It just makes your heart ache with all this misery and misfortune.

Posted by Fataneh Khajavi January 19, 09 05:57 AM
1450.

What we see in theses incredible pictures is THE TRUTH.

Posted by Patricia Besse Peres January 19, 09 06:07 AM
1451.

absulotly perfect

Posted by kaveh January 19, 09 06:08 AM
1452.

very powerful photos

Posted by Sally Simpson January 19, 09 06:27 AM
1453.

Fascinante,

Essas fotos são a marca do que os seres humanos são, essas fotos são remedios para a mente das pessoas que reclamam de barriga cheia, essas fotos mostram a verdade sobre o mundo, que o mundo não é só Sexo, Festas, Vaidade, Luxuria e etc. O ser humano enquanto não aprender a ajudar uns aos outros, caminhará mais e mais para a nossa propria extinção.

Posted by Alemokiller January 19, 09 08:03 AM
1454.

Veramente fenomenale...complimenti al fotografo ;-)

Posted by mily January 19, 09 09:41 AM
1455.

nossa é muito louco isso ae...muito lindo e triste..mas é a imagem real da humanidade...deveriamos nos alegrar? ou nos envergonhar...?a resposta esta dentro do coraçao de cada um de vc's ao olharem estas fotos...parabens ao site por nos permitir ver alem do nosso horizonte...

Posted by dom marcony January 19, 09 09:47 AM
1456.

Verdadeiramente fantástico...revela o lado bom e o lado negro da humanidade.

Posted by Manuela Guedes January 19, 09 10:43 AM
1457.

where are pictures of missiles atttacking Israel ? Why is the world always taking the palestines side ?

Posted by michael January 19, 09 02:50 PM
1458.

Zajerypiste foty

Posted by BUBU January 19, 09 04:14 PM
1459.

these pictures are quite impressive.
Very good!

Posted by dsntmatter January 19, 09 04:21 PM
1460.

SENCILLAMENTE ESPECTACULAR, CRUDA Y AMARGA REALIDAD EN MUCHAS DE ELLAS, UN GRAN LLAMADO DE ATENCION PARA EL MUNDO ENTERO, PERO MUY PERO MUY BUENAS.

Posted by Alfaro Molano Molano Cali - Colombia - January 19, 09 07:13 PM
1461.

Belo e horrível. Maravilhoso e terrível. As imagens mais espetaculares do planeta contrapondo-se às imagens mais devastadoras.

Posted by Alcivan Gama January 19, 09 08:33 PM
1462.

It's our world. What shall we do when al birds died? Fall in love with a butterfly?

Posted by Simon Belgium January 20, 09 02:28 AM
1463.

Sim, a técnica das imagens, é perfeita, mas é pena que se faça "gala", e "exibicionismos", á custa da desgraça, miséria, pobreza, catastrofes, e de toda a destruição e arrogância do homem perante a Natureza, bela e perfeita...
Não gostei!

Posted by Fernando Bastos January 20, 09 02:28 AM
1464.

how do you live with yourself after seeing this? u know that all this things are real but the impact o seeing them is so big that it leaves u empty inside ....extremely powerfull images

Posted by Georgi January 20, 09 05:44 AM
1465.

Very important pictures...Country leaders should see these photos , hoping that they should wake up one day and save the nations ...well done by the photograghers

Posted by Fayez Makarem January 20, 09 05:51 AM
1466.

WOW!! Those are awesome!

Posted by Carter January 20, 09 07:11 AM
1467.

Verdadeiramente fantásticas.... :-)

Posted by Romy January 20, 09 07:58 AM
1468.

fantastic!!!! it was really nice photographs, i enjoyed alot, it is exciting that you see one complete year in photos!

Posted by zohreh January 20, 09 08:31 AM
1469.

tare...

Posted by bebe January 20, 09 08:46 AM
1470.

very very nice
i like this picture
please send me anything picture
best regards
naraghi from IRAN

Posted by AMIR MOHAMMAD NARAGHI January 20, 09 09:01 AM
1471.

with many thank,I,m just in shock!!

Posted by S-Mousa January 20, 09 09:04 AM
1472.

awesome and very powerul pictures.!!!!! do we have any right to complain about anything when such things happen..? the worst thing is that we usually don'y care as long as these things are far from our "selves".

Posted by Andrei Savenkoff January 20, 09 09:17 AM
1473.

damn

Posted by kore January 20, 09 09:58 AM
1474.

Absolutely fantastic Pictures .... Gratulations to the photographer !

Posted by Thomas Krenski January 20, 09 11:05 AM
1475.

Fantastic!! Just fantastic, it's just amazing at how each photographer captured, life, pain, death and we are so privileged to view the world thru their eyes.

Posted by LauraG January 20, 09 01:52 PM
1476.

FOTOS ESPETACULARES E DISPONÍVEIS A TODOS ! PARABÉNS !
DEVEMOS NOS PREOCUPAR, SERIAMENTE, COM O QUE ESTAMOS FAZENDO NO NOSSO PLANETA...
O PROBLEMA É CÍCLICO E ESTÁ SE REPETINDO A ÉPOCA EM QUE O MUNDO CADA VEZ MAIS ESTÁ INDO PARA O FUNDO DO POÇO...

B R A S I L

Posted by MARCELO January 20, 09 03:18 PM
1477.

Its great to see these picture's but yet so cruell .To think that u are so lucky to live in a peacefull country and not so far from u its a struglle for life.....there is still so much to do before we can change that...We can only dream and help..

Posted by anita January 20, 09 03:21 PM
1478.

wonderful photos .......

Posted by hanna dawaliby January 20, 09 04:16 PM
1479.

Love more....hate less..embrace all that is different NEVER FORGET but try to forgive....Enjoy the moment for that is all we have.
Provocative pictures Thanks

Posted by Christine January 20, 09 06:18 PM
1480.

Beautifully taken ! all the actions and moment.

Count your blessing and give thanks. Be humble and be contented.

Posted by Edmund Chan January 20, 09 07:17 PM
1481.

SIMPLESMENTE FANTÁSTICAS.....
OBRIGADA AOS AUTORES E A QUEM AS PUBLICOU. MUITAS RETRATAM O LADO CRUEL DA VIDA, MAS ELE EXISTE E TEM DE SER MOSTRADO.SÓ ASSIM UM DIA PODERÁ DEIXAR DE EXISTIR.

Posted by CÉU CARDOSO January 20, 09 07:28 PM
1482.

This is a wondrous planet to live on, but tough. It takes a brave soul to come here, as evidenced by all the risk-taking and violence portrayed in these amazing photos. Kudos to the photographers!

Posted by Lois Fry January 20, 09 07:39 PM
1483.

que coragem para tudo isto.................................

Posted by algarvia January 20, 09 08:45 PM
1484.

thanks for all the memories. excellent work.

Posted by Jackson Tan January 21, 09 12:30 AM
1485.

how are you Mr.
che khabara , chi kara mikoni?
their was very interesting
EIVAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by hamid January 21, 09 01:56 AM
1486.

Amazing photos!!!
Some of them amazing and shocking at the same time!!!
Let's hope that 2009 will be a more peaceful year.

Posted by Phil January 21, 09 04:47 AM
1487.

In one word,...AMAZING

Posted by Anonymous January 21, 09 08:46 AM
1488.

Fantastic !

Posted by Jacques Vandesande January 21, 09 10:03 AM
1489.

your pictures are very good but you forget to show the israeli side suffering
for seven years qassam roquets on the south of israel
nexet time try to be more objective

Posted by yacov January 21, 09 10:09 AM
1490.

hi ..very good
thanks

Posted by jet January 21, 09 10:37 AM
1491.

De tres belle photos qui pour certaine donne à reflechir sur la betise humaine merci

Posted by jean-paul January 21, 09 10:41 AM
1492.

photos extraordinaires
remarquable travail et merci

sam de pont audemer france

Posted by sam January 21, 09 12:35 PM
1493.

Amazing!!!!

Posted by Anonymous January 21, 09 01:39 PM
1494.

Great shots! Check out mines at www.flickr.com/anahon

Posted by Anonymous January 21, 09 01:40 PM
1495.

Wow!!! These are realy amazing photos.

Posted by Harold January 21, 09 02:23 PM
1496.

ongelooflijk mooie adembenemende foto`s dat het allemaal gebeuren moet om tot dit resultaat te komen,daar is het nu de tijd voor om bij stil te staan geweldig !!

Posted by Rene Michels Turnhout Belgium January 21, 09 02:33 PM
1497.

Wow ! A collection of great photos
This are absolutely .......AMAZING !!!

Posted by Bukipropovednika January 21, 09 05:25 PM
1498.

Greatest photography I have ever seen.
WCCARTER

Posted by Rev. W.C. "Bill " Carter January 21, 09 05:48 PM
1499.

SIMPLESMENTE........MAGNIFICO


EXCELENTE SELECÇÃO..... PARABENS.

Posted by Jose Pascoa January 21, 09 07:46 PM
1500.

Algunas fotos dan escalofríos, es increíble que los hombres hagan estas cosas a otros hombres...
La coleccion de fotos es un gran testimonio de la época en que vivimos.

Posted by Blanca January 21, 09 09:05 PM
1501.

excellent pictures...very much enjoyed!

Posted by Anonymous January 21, 09 10:46 PM
1502.

excellent,fentastic amazing........

Posted by jlm January 22, 09 04:05 AM
1503.

indrukwekkend,fantastic,mooi en soms zo emotional, geweldig om dit bekeken te hebben,ik laat ze op mijn pc. zodat ik ze meerderemalen kan bekijken,mijn dank aan onze vrienden Jac en Carla die de moeite hebben genomen om ze aan ons toe te zenden. Ellen en Rene Michels Kneepkens Turnhout Belgium.

Posted by Ellen en Rene Michels January 22, 09 04:18 AM
1504.

Wow, amazing photos

Posted by Peter Gutschow January 22, 09 04:23 AM
1505.

exceptional..realy fascinating

Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 04:54 AM
1506.

Absolutely breath taking photos! I cant pick a favourite

Posted by Ben January 22, 09 05:15 AM
1507.

amazing to see how much talent and gutts those photo-reporters have, not eay to be at the right place, the right time to let us share exceptional moments, I only wished to see more happiness than sadness in today's world. I'm sure there's laughter ou there somewhere too!

Posted by kiki bokassa January 22, 09 06:39 AM
1508.

Exceptional!

Posted by Stefan Florin January 22, 09 08:01 AM
1509.

horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Beniuta January 22, 09 08:09 AM
1510.

SENCIBILIDADE humana X IMBECILIDADE humana. Aos fotografos e a alguns personagens retratados pertencem os méritos do primeiro time. As penalidades máximas registradas neste jogo da vida são responsabilidade de governos estúpidos e humanos coniventes. Parabéns aos profissionais, amadores da arte.

Posted by Roberto C. Barboza January 22, 09 08:24 AM
1511.

esta cabrón!

Posted by Leo January 22, 09 10:27 AM
1512.

Maravilhoso! São fotografias fantásticas, parabéns aos autores dessas façanhas. Pena que além das maravilhas naturais temos que aturar também as monstruosidades do ser humano contra o ser humano!

Posted by Cristiano Tavares - Belo Horizonte / MG - Brasil January 22, 09 11:58 AM
1513.

It seems that lately I have noticed that a world class photograph is only one that has been deemed to be "Politically Correct". Are we swaying to the left on what is a great photograph. Every photographer should think about this very clearly and non politically. I hope I am incorrect, and photography will remain unpolitical in it's acceptance of what is deemed "great or good photography."
I believe the subject matter should not influence whether or not an editor accepts a photograph as having all the attributes to deem it "great".

Posted by Carolyn January 22, 09 12:05 PM
1514.

Fantastic...

Posted by Anonymous January 22, 09 01:57 PM
1515.

GANDA LOUCURA!!!
Obrigado por partilharem.

Posted by NRM January 22, 09 01:57 PM
1516.

Its a wake up call. See what is going on around you. I don't like it. I wish everyone Peace and Harmony. I wish we could wake up NOW and there would be no more fighting, or any kind of violence. We all deserve to be here.

Posted by Linda January 22, 09 03:17 PM
1517.

sooper, you are verry good!!!!

Posted by dann_runner January 22, 09 04:05 PM
1518.

Cada cap em sembla més increïble que les persones siguin capaces de crear l'art que han fet (en tots els sectors, inclús aquestes fotografies) i, també les persones, els actes més horribles.

Posted by Robert COMET. January 22, 09 06:07 PM
1519.

magnifico, as maravilhas da natureza, e a inteligencia do homem utilizada no seu acto de mais pura ganancia... se desenvolvemos a inteligencia para sermos gananciosos, e utilizarmos essas inteligencia contra nós proprios.. pergunto-me então porque deus criou o homem à sua imagem!? prefiro antes ser animal irracional e ser um simples ser primitivo...

Posted by sandra santos January 22, 09 08:47 PM
1520.

Simply FABULOUS. Conflictuality is Human Nature - see the Photos.

Posted by Luis Arriaga January 22, 09 10:41 PM
1521.

Los contrastes de la vida en el mundo son impresionantes. En pleno 2009 y aún hay gente sin un hogar y comida y otros en guerra aún. Nos falta respeto entre todos. Estamos en lo último, de la peor que puede existir entre los seres vivos, violencia=desamor.
Viene un cambio en el mundo, como la historia nos lo ha demostrado, cuando no lo sé. Hoy por hoy vivire con amor y repeto y dejaré vivir a los demas.

Posted by Ivonne Vargas January 22, 09 10:59 PM
1522.

...I'm numb...

Posted by Rose January 22, 09 11:28 PM
1523.

Incroyable travail, clichés impressionnants...
Dommage qu'à nouveau cela soit la presse à sensation qui soit mise à l'honneur. Il est clair qu'il ne faut pas se voiler la face au sujet de la bêtise humaine. Mais pourquoi la sélection des photos 2008 ne traite pratiquement que des malheureuses tragédies de l'année. N'y a-t-il rien eu de positif durant ces derniers 365 jours? Faisons de 2009 une année un peu plus positive, avec moins de violence…

Posted by Olivier January 23, 09 02:32 AM
1524.

I was truly amazed at these pictures. They were of wonderful quality...but some of the content was horrifying!

Posted by Patti January 23, 09 03:00 AM
1525.

Its a wonderfull and Fabulous..

Posted by Ashok January 23, 09 03:14 AM
1526.

Maravilha! Essas imagens nem precisam de textos!...

Posted by Diogenis Santos January 23, 09 04:08 AM
1527.

AMAZING - CAPTIVATING - OPINING

Posted by Sundeep Chowdhury January 23, 09 04:16 AM
1528.

amazing!!

Posted by Dayakar Dharmareddy January 23, 09 04:19 AM
1529.

Amazing pictures!!! some of them were heart breaking

Posted by Reshma January 23, 09 04:49 AM
1530.

Sensibilitat, emoció, realitat i, tècnicament, perfectes!

Posted by Carles Rius Vidal January 23, 09 05:35 AM
1531.

VERY GOOD SNAPS ...AS IT COVERS ENTIRE PICTURES OF 2008 YEAR.

Posted by Vijay More January 23, 09 06:24 AM
1532.

Fotos impressionantes, montram fotos fascinantes, mais também monstram a triste realidade de paises em conflitos.

Posted by Felipe Oliveira - São Paulo - Brazil January 23, 09 07:24 AM
1533.

nice snaps.

Posted by arun.a January 23, 09 08:00 AM
1534.

oh my lord! i wish that someday i'll be able to take pictures like that...
i love them all

^^

Posted by Fresia January 23, 09 09:23 AM
1535.

A human world that is slowly dying...
The image of wild planet, where many people is crying and prying for the peace and the hope to live better lives...

Posted by Colette January 23, 09 10:37 AM
1536.

if god is there he must be crazy to see his children in pathetic conditions. some of the photos r excellent. but few r horrible to go through. Harikant from mumbai india

Posted by harikant January 23, 09 11:38 AM
1537.

O nosso mundo!
Onde lutamos, vivemos e amamos, a natureza é a mãe das sensações mais estranhas, absorve os nossos olhares e une-nos com os seu incrível poder.
Será a nossa natureza tão grande, ou somos simplesmente egoístas?

Posted by PP January 23, 09 12:04 PM
1538.

fOTOS MUITO BOAS, RETRATAM BEM O QUE É O MUNDO EM QUE VIVEMOS OU SOBREVIVEMOS!!

Posted by ANTONIO CAETANO January 23, 09 12:13 PM
1539.

Muy buenas fotos.
Gracias a ellas podemos saber que passa en otros lugares del mundo, y quizás darnos cuenta que no estamos solos y que lo que hagamos en nuestra ciudad o pueblo puede llegar a repercutir a otra zona al otro lado del globo terràqueo.
Salut desde Barcelona (Spain).

Posted by Carles January 23, 09 12:52 PM
1540.

magnificas sensasionales fotos
tomadas seguramente por profesionales

Posted by joe levy January 23, 09 04:16 PM
1541.

Ce sont des images dures, cruels, mais aussi de belles photos extraordinaires,` oui les guerres sont présentes depuis le début "des hommes" qui cherche le pouvoir. Ils y a aussi des photos, de persévérence, d'aides, sacrifices, d'amour envers notre prochain, notre planete et nous mêmes.

Posted by Anonymous January 23, 09 04:21 PM
1542.

Wonderful pictures to share with us all, thank you.

Posted by Irene Won January 23, 09 07:52 PM
1543.

¡Cuadros asombrosos! (Amazing pictures!)

Posted by Can not say. sorry. January 23, 09 08:04 PM
1544.

You people are the best......Thank you so much...R.W.

Posted by R Woodford January 23, 09 08:47 PM
1545.

The pictures are wonderful but some are sad to look.

Posted by Karen January 23, 09 09:47 PM
1546.

It's a New Year. USA has a new President. I think we can all do better to love and help one another. We are all the same...we bleed red. Stop the hate and violence.
Make someone happy and you'll be happy too. Everyone smiles in the same language.

Posted by Jay M in Hawaii January 24, 09 12:41 AM
1547.

cuando nos daremos cuenta que nuestro peor enemigo es el hombre

Posted by charly Zaragoza SPAIN January 24, 09 04:27 AM
1548.

hello this photos is very great

Posted by amin fathollahzadeh January 24, 09 12:13 PM
1549.

This is the world we have. Let's try to make it better. Yes we can.

Posted by Micky Ricart January 24, 09 12:20 PM
1550.

ce sont des images qui montrent la realité et la vie! images inpressionnantes,realistes,elles montrent la realité en face ,elles ne nous laissent pas les choix et sont de tres bonnes qualitées!un tres bon site

Posted by laura January 24, 09 02:38 PM
1551.

Muito bonito e muito triste...É pena haver este tipo de histórias, vivências, tragédias, é duro perceber que em vez de estarmos a caminhar para sermos seres melhores, estamos cada vez mais a caminhar para sermos seres desprezíveis e vazios.Estas imagens seriam, efectivamente, fantásticas se trouxessem ao HOMEM a ponderação, a bondade e o AMOR.Tenho pena dos que estão nestas e noutras imagens de tristeza, pobreza e devastidão, mas tenho mais pena de TI que não és capaz de um simples gestor de AMOR, de TI que não sentes compaixão, de TI que não tens mais nada que azedume e ódio nesse espaço destinado ao coração. Tânia Taís

Posted by Anonymous January 24, 09 03:41 PM
1552.

Wow.... Just an amazing look back. The camera can really capture some beautiful and nitty gritty things .

Posted by Ivey January 24, 09 06:15 PM
1553.

FORTE DEMAIS...A PURA REALIDADE DA INCRÍVEL BELEZA E INSANIDADE DA NOSSA CIVILIZAÇÃO...MAS TEM LUZ NO FIM DO TÚNEL, TÁ CHEGANDO A HORA!

Posted by EDUARDO January 24, 09 07:13 PM
1554.

Fantastyczne .....

Posted by Edyta January 25, 09 04:10 AM
1555.

Este é o nosso mundo cheio de crueldade e violencia onde o ser humano sofre toda uma série de injurias quer da Natureza quer dos outros seres humanos.
O mais aflitivo para mim é que há belesa estética nestas fotos de desgraça e isso me deixa imensos remorsos.

Posted by Eduardo Maio January 25, 09 10:17 AM
1556.

what a world !!!!! The only thing we complain about is in what car we want to drive as soon as possible, preferebly a Porsche ! we don't know half about having misery ! Mark Claesen, Sunday 26th of january 2009. Shame on me.

Posted by Mark Claesen January 25, 09 10:44 AM
1557.

fantastic photos!!!

Posted by holly January 25, 09 11:47 AM
1558.

Epic pictures... can't say anything else. Got tears in my eyes.

Posted by Andreas Suojanen January 25, 09 01:31 PM
1559.

Isto é simplesmente o mundo onde vivemos na sua crueldade ( e não toda )
Parabens aos jornalistas que as conseguiram estão espetaculares.
Com amizade
aquele abraço
ºJo

Posted by ºJo January 25, 09 04:01 PM
1560.

Amazing, I was astonished, moved and impressed. Well done and congratulations

Posted by Robert Howard January 25, 09 04:50 PM
1561.

Parabéns aos autores e fotógrafos......muita coragem e profissionalismo.
Só tenho pena das atrocidades que se continuam a cometer num mundo que poderia ser perfeito.....enfim......natureza humana, assim o danifica....

Posted by RMaia- Portugal January 25, 09 04:54 PM
1562.

this is a sad one,,,

Posted by diana January 25, 09 07:58 PM
1563.

Não sou invejoso, mas como amante de fotografia, gostava de ter sido eu a fazer estas fotos!!!!
Estão excelentes! A sua beleza, o contraste, a cor estão uma maravilha

Posted by Raul Ferrão January 26, 09 06:23 AM
1564.

Great photos indeed!
Too much WAR!!!

Posted by chromeboy January 26, 09 06:26 AM
1565.

Simplesmente Brutal.

Posted by Carlos Gomes January 26, 09 09:07 AM
1566.

That's unbelieveble,I was surprised when I saw these pics

Posted by Ali Forghani January 26, 09 10:25 AM
1567.

Very good...

Posted by Dante January 26, 09 11:44 AM
1568.

FOTOS INCREIBLES, FELICITO A LOS QUE LA SACARON, PERO QUE PENA QUE SEAN LA MAYORIA DE CATASTROFES Y GUERRAS, ORIGINADAS LA MAYORIA POR LA AMBICION DEL HOMBRE, Y QUE TRISTEZA VER A TANTA GENTE MURIENDO. EN FIN ES LA REALIDAD QUE NOS TOCA.

Posted by MARIA CRISTINA ITURRALDE January 26, 09 04:42 PM
1569.

FOTOS INCREIBLES, FELICITO A LOS QUE LA SACARON, PERO QUE PENA QUE SEAN LA MAYORIA DE CATASTROFES Y GUERRAS, ORIGINADAS LA MAYORIA POR LA AMBICION DEL HOMBRE, Y QUE TRISTEZA VER A TANTA GENTE MURIENDO. EN FIN ES LA REALIDAD QUE NOS TOCA.

Posted by MARIA CRISTINA ITURRALDE January 26, 09 04:42 PM
1570.

FOTOS INCREIBLES, FELICITO A LOS QUE LA SACARON, PERO QUE PENA QUE SEAN LA MAYORIA DE CATASTROFES Y GUERRAS, ORIGINADAS LA MAYORIA POR LA AMBICION DEL HOMBRE, Y QUE TRISTEZA VER A TANTA GENTE MURIENDO. EN FIN ES LA REALIDAD QUE NOS TOCA.

Posted by MARIA CRISTINA ITURRALDE January 26, 09 04:43 PM
1571.

fantastico, felicitaciones a todos los que entraron en esta etapa final...!

Posted by Carlos Feijoó January 26, 09 09:22 PM
1572.

Wow the pictures are amazing some made me tear up

Posted by Karen January 26, 09 10:05 PM
1573.

Yes, indeed, you have some awesome pictures here ..... but where are the ones of the joy that people have shared in 2008.... Why not show pictures of love, of brotherhood, of goodness, of beauty, of peace, of harmony, of constructive positive action..... Pictures influence the subconscious mind of each one of us.... why not show people the images that can sustain our hope, our optimism, our will to live. Many people really need some help so that they may find reasons to trust in the goodness of people and the miracle and goodness of life. There is till much of that around, you know....
Blessings...
Jasmine

Posted by Jasmine January 26, 09 11:33 PM
1574.

Best pics..

Posted by Anonymous January 27, 09 01:33 AM
1575.

Amazing.... :O

Posted by Grave D. January 27, 09 02:16 AM
1576.

In all, some stunning photography here, including those of 'objectionable material'

Posted by Peter Mann January 27, 09 04:01 AM
1577.

Respect to all that do jobs like this in order to show the world. Thank you

Posted by James Norton January 27, 09 04:18 AM
1578.

Very alarming pictures, we haev huge problems on earth. This will end in disaster.
SAD!!!

Posted by David January 27, 09 05:00 AM
1579.

its absolutely brilliant...........
superb

Posted by Sanket Dias January 27, 09 09:26 AM
1580.

Les fotografies son impresionats, també els contiguts, penso que obligan a reflexionar sobre la crueltat humana.

Posted by Joan January 27, 09 12:27 PM
1581.

Simplesmente maravilhosas as fotos, elas retratam a diversidade dos povos a maravilha das cores e a tristeza das guerras......Parabéns

Posted by Lirian January 27, 09 12:29 PM
1582.

Concuerdo con muchos comentarios sobre la fuerza de las fotografía mostradas. Sin palabras la crudeza de las imágenes tomadas en zonas de guerra, de conflictos religiosos, étnicos o raciales, el hombre vs el hombre.... Es impresionante lo indefensos que somos ante los fenómenos naturales que, en muchos casos, son causa del maltrato que hemos dado a nuestro hogar: la Tierra.

Posted by Carlos Calderón / Mex January 27, 09 01:32 PM
1583.

Como aficionada a la fotografia , son absolutamente espectaculares,pero no megustaria estar en algunos de esos desastres que comete la humanidad, ¿ que mundo les dejamos a nuestros hijos?

Posted by Anonymous January 27, 09 01:58 PM
1584.

intradevar iesite din comun, foarte reusite, cu bune cu rele acesta e OMUL, acestia suntem noi, aceasta este planeta noastra.
Multumesc

Posted by florin January 27, 09 02:55 PM
1585.

these pictures are very graphic and were taken very well

Posted by Erion Knighton January 27, 09 03:05 PM
1586.

espectacular. de cortar a respiração numas e de doer o coração noutras

Posted by gil ferreira January 27, 09 03:44 PM
1587.

It is truly amazing to see the world sitting at a computer and watching
happiness and suffering at the hands of man.
Your photo gallery is truly a wakeup call
Thank you for sharing

Posted by Kay January 27, 09 04:51 PM
1588.

magnifique!!!! special photografie......amazing!!!!!

Posted by syl January 27, 09 08:03 PM
1589.

BEAUTIFULL PICTURES, EXCEPT HORROR LIKE WAR, KILLING PEOPLE, THAT'S IT. THANK YOU !

Posted by SCACFCK January 27, 09 09:28 PM
1590.

It's great to watch such a wonderful collection of photos...............
Thanks for sharing those with all the people.....

Posted by Ashwin January 27, 09 11:50 PM
1591.

Fotos muito bem conseguidas.
O que é de lamentar, é o facto de algumas delas serem cada vez mais comuns nos nossos dias.
Parabéns pelas fotos magnificas
Carlos Furtado
Ponta Delgada - Azores

Posted by Carlos Furtado January 28, 09 06:31 AM
1592.

lo lamentable es admirar la imagen del horror planetario ,más allá de que la captacion pertenezca al arte de la fotografía. Felizmente ,colijo que ,quedan muchas maravillas ignoradas por la lente . Beba Gomez -Cordoba -Argentina

Posted by nydia sosa January 28, 09 09:51 AM
1593.

So sad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wish a world full of peace and happiness........

Posted by Nassim January 28, 09 12:19 PM
1594.

Simplemente fascinantes

Posted by Cesar January 28, 09 01:05 PM
1595.

Realmente maravilhosas fotos, cada uma delas retrata a verdade de cada lugar e região deste planeta que aos poucos tentamos destruir.

Posted by Nigrus January 28, 09 01:16 PM
1596.

FANTASTIC...

Posted by Roxana January 28, 09 01:23 PM
1597.

Amazing pictures, but I couldn´t help but wonder: What the hell are we doing with the world? We are not humans anymore, some of us are real monsters...

Posted by Marie January 28, 09 01:47 PM
1598.

great pictures BUT what in the world is going on, nothing but slaughter

Posted by Sonja January 28, 09 03:38 PM
1599.

clicher impressionant

Posted by Anonymous January 28, 09 03:53 PM
1600.

superbe , genial a voir et a revoir !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by breizhdelaz January 28, 09 04:48 PM
1601.

you are bless and talented, I'm really inspired of your amazing picture.

Posted by DP January 28, 09 10:35 PM
1602.

simply superb........

Posted by nikhil yeole January 29, 09 12:49 AM
1603.

wow really amazing pics here .... i wish i can follow you anywhere you go ....

real amazing

Posted by razifembi January 29, 09 01:58 AM
1604.

Precious photography, most of them are to be reconsidered about the humanity suffering from war. Such documentary pictures remind me of what is going around the world other than where I live, and gives the oppurtunity take a deep look inside my soul. Since they are true stories captured at the right moment, and right angle, thanks for the photographers who shares them with us.

Posted by Ozlem Sadic January 29, 09 02:42 AM
1605.

Da-Honto de (Mamma mia!)
So Katu ne (So beautiful!; Foarte frumos!)
Da konno boku jyben te mma do ny ozuky vyredsu akku yo ne (This is the most interresting picture collection for 2008 I've seen until now; Aceasta este cea mai interesantă colecţie de imagini pentru anul 2008 pe care am văzut-o până acum).
Arybu se tsu (Thank you; Vă mulţumesc!)

Posted by Ryo-Sumy January 29, 09 04:50 AM
1606.

Everything appears as a fight or as a flight
depends of your mood;
a continuous transformation that stares you in the face for an instance,
and after that runs miles away leaving you with emptiness in your stomach.
Everything becomes and after a while reshapes itself in something else,
which might unravel a way of listening the speech of the silent things.
Beautiful!

Posted by Alina January 29, 09 05:59 AM
1607.

Boeh.

Posted by dg January 29, 09 06:35 AM
1608.

Cata durere si suferinta! Nu cred ca exista limba care sa poata explica tragedia unor oameni.

Oameni care omoara oameni.

Posted by Oana January 29, 09 06:55 AM
1609.

A beleza e a monstruosidade em simultâneo!!!

Posted by Cristina January 29, 09 09:30 AM
1610.

No words for that

Posted by José Coelho January 29, 09 09:56 AM
1611.

Congratulations!!!

Posted by Deryckere Patrick January 29, 09 10:51 AM
1612.

Sem comentarios.miseria humana

Posted by a,guerreiro January 29, 09 12:21 PM
1613.

yo, www.boston.com great name for site)))

Posted by pikezelippels January 29, 09 12:51 PM
1614.

Superbes clichés, mais tant de choses négatives !! Si cela fait partie de nos vies, la joie et le bonheur en sont aussi une part importante. N'y a t il pas d'aussi bons clichés pouvant nous redonner espoir de voir l'être humain cesser de se détruire ?

Posted by Serge January 29, 09 02:27 PM
1615.

triste humanidade a nossa

Posted by Paula January 29, 09 03:43 PM
1616.

all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous January 29, 09 04:50 PM
1617.

Tão belo e tão horrível.
Quanto mais conheço e tomo "consciência " da realidade menos entendo o Homem como SER HUMANO. HUMANO?????!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Essência humana January 29, 09 07:43 PM
1618.

it's a sad world we are living in at this moment..
great photos, but sad moments.
we must stop the wars, take care of our planet and o our souls

Posted by ioana doroftei January 30, 09 07:49 AM
1619.

que DEUS CONTINUE ABENÇOANDO....ESTES PROFISSIONAIS QUE RESUMEM EM SEGUNDO ESTES MOMENTOS HISTÓRICOS DESTE APOCALIPSE PROFETIZADO....
VAMOS NESSA QUE JC TEM PRESSA
Almir Lima
Sâo Paulo-Brasil

Posted by Almir Lima www.oprodutor.com January 30, 09 07:59 AM
1620.

life begin's and life will end the question is how ?the picture are very well taken , with love and knowlege of the past for the future let's just wait and see ...

Posted by Jim Gadsby January 30, 09 10:11 AM
1621.

Amazing!! Does anyone have the links for parts 2 and 3?

Posted by Fraser Bell January 30, 09 11:05 AM
1622.

verdaderamente increibles.

Posted by Juan January 30, 09 11:26 AM
1623.

Pictures are wonderful thanks a lot

Posted by Angela ramírez Prom January 30, 09 01:58 PM
1624.

omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg
omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg
omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg
omgomgomgomgomg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Joe Rocko January 30, 09 02:10 PM
1625.

son impresionantes joyas de la historia del hombre tambien da tristeza ver como el hombre se esmera por destruirse a si mismo el como somos los que ocacionnamos nuestra propia destruccion ahora bien en desastres naturales las imagenes nos muestran la vulnerabilidad del ser humano ante ello y el ver como nuestros hemanos al otro lado del mundo sufren me hace ver como uno se queja de que le va mal y en realidad estamos en la gloria son de reflexxion para saber de donde venimos y hacia donde vamos.

Posted by JUAN MANUEL ANDALON UGALDE January 30, 09 04:02 PM
1626.

amazing.simply amazing.i had to stop and just STARE at the dead child..that could be me one day (well it will be obviously,but i mean i could die as a youth too).As a child myself I was just astounded,it really took me by surprise to see another child dead,just a life over.Its so horrible to see,it breaks my heart.Such a transfixing and poignant image.
just looking at how pale and cold the child looked and the faces of the men around the body.Its awful.
i feel disgusted at how lucky I am.These pictures were a shout for help..thank you,they were perfect.
xxx

Posted by katie January 30, 09 04:10 PM
1627.

Brasil!!!!!!!

Posted by ugabugarei January 30, 09 05:51 PM
1628.

wow, a nice collection of pictures indeed. Definatly some big things that happened last year.

Posted by Jose I De Anda January 30, 09 05:55 PM
1629.

It is so sad to accept that half world is suffering while the other half do nothing to stop it. I can not understand human kind...................Sensitive pictures!!!
No more war, please!!!!

Posted by Yolanda January 30, 09 06:38 PM
1630.

This photos show the best and the worst in the world and in the mankind. Nonetheless I believe that the love will prevail and we will keep walking towards a better world, though, always with things that we will have shame of.

Posted by António Ramos - a citizen of the world January 30, 09 09:50 PM
1631.

If we all have one thing to learn . We are all so fragile. Let's all get together and stop the war's and hate for each other. We need to be united as one people. In one world. We can all make A difference.

Posted by Truman January 30, 09 10:50 PM
1632.

UFFDA

Posted by UNCLE LARRY January 31, 09 12:36 AM
1633.

Since the dawn of mankind there has always been wickedness in the world.
As the world gets more crowded, violence increases and liberty decreases.
If you can't feed em don't breed em! Meanwhile, we pray for the end of all suffering!
Dwell on the beauty and love whenever you see it!

Posted by Why we need Jesus! January 31, 09 11:29 AM
1634.

Há beleza até no horror! Impressionante!

Posted by maria lindeza January 31, 09 02:20 PM
1635.

poate ca viata nu se rezuma la micile nemultumiri cotidiene..poate ca e nevoie de asemenea tragedii pentru a intelege ca unii am fost binecuvantati..iar altii nu..

Posted by roxana January 31, 09 03:24 PM
1636.

SENSACIONALISMO BARATO EN MUCHOS CASOS, la guerra NO es un negocio y si no, que se lo pregunten a las víctimas

Posted by BAILACA January 31, 09 06:40 PM
1637.

I saw damage done by Israel in Gaza but I didn't see any of the pictures of Hamas rockets hitting Israel!!!!!!!

Posted by Clyde King January 31, 09 08:25 PM
1638.

Loved/hated these extremely poignant photos

Posted by vivienne January 31, 09 08:26 PM
1639.

Thanks for this collection of diverse photos

Posted by Tony February 1, 09 12:46 AM
1640.

The pictures are remarkable but it's wonderful and strange that most of them belong to tragic events.

Posted by faraz February 1, 09 06:37 AM
1641.

EXCELENT PHOTOS . THEY SHOW WHAT IS GOING AROUND THE WORLD SOMETIMES IN A BRUTAL WAY BUT THEY ARE TRUE EVENTS

Posted by Miguel Teixeira February 1, 09 08:42 AM
1642.

First of all, Thank you for the beautiful pictures, about the sad pictures, hopefully as a world of basically good people, we can and will learn to be better people in 2009. There is always hope which can also be photographed.

Posted by Donna Lansdowne February 1, 09 08:58 AM
1643.

espectcular

Posted by Anonymous February 1, 09 11:08 AM
1644.

Espetacular!...................

Posted by Anonymous February 1, 09 02:40 PM
1645.

just amazig

Posted by nj February 1, 09 09:14 PM
1646.

Thank you for depicting our world, and the very nature of mankind, in these vivid photos. Let´s hope the 2009 edition will bring less horror pictures and a bit more harmony. As someone posted before: "We all smile in the same language!"

Posted by anonymous February 2, 09 07:27 AM
1647.

Olaganüstü yaþam kareleri. Herbiri inanýlmaz ve fantastik bir roman gibi...

Posted by Osman Gurel February 2, 09 09:12 AM
1648.

Es maravillosao poder apreciar la belleza de la naturaleza pero, es mas lamentable ver como el ser humano poco a poco se va destruyendo asi mismo. No importa la raza, nacionalida, religion, color o inclinacion politica nos toca a todos y cada uno de nosotros reflexionar y empezar a cambiar en nuestros corozones para dar ejemplo y tener un mundo mejor, el mundo q Dios nuestro Padre celestial nos dio para q vivieramos en paz y armonia y llenos del amor q Jesucristo nuestro Señor y salvador nos dio al morir por nosotros. Queremos un mundo mejor? Solo depente de cada uno de nosotros.

Posted by Anonymous February 2, 09 01:29 PM
1649.

Just Beautifull.....keep with good work

Posted by Anonymous February 2, 09 01:42 PM
1650.

magnifiques !! allons-nous un jour apprendre à vivre ensemble ?

Posted by Phil February 2, 09 02:03 PM
1651.

very beautiful photos and wat a beaut

Posted by Anonymous February 2, 09 02:41 PM
1652.

WOW!!

Posted by Betty Morgan February 2, 09 03:05 PM
1653.

1653.Ao que chegou a humanidade...é triste
Laylyan

Posted by Anonymous February 2, 09 04:54 PM
1654.

WOW.........Excellent..........Superbbbbbb.............

Posted by Maruthi M February 3, 09 01:45 AM
1655.

I have seen these all, I can't say anything about it.
I will just say this is fantastic.
Thank You!

Posted by Qamar Momin February 3, 09 03:46 AM
1656.

Complimenti agli autori di queste meravigliose immagini.
Ognuno di noi fotografi ha sognato almeno una volta di avere la fortuna di assistere a un evento come quelli ritratti nelle foto, e, dal vivo trovarsi con la macchina da presa riuscendo ad emozionare il mondo con un "clic".
Grazie!

Posted by Angelo Longo February 3, 09 06:26 AM
1657.

SIMPLESMENTE..... ESPECTACULARES !!!!!!

Posted by JORGE CARMO February 3, 09 06:38 AM
1658.

Uma relíquia de fotos que nos mostram os lados bons e maus, da natureza e dos humanos.
Mas não deixo de expressar aqui a minha admiração pela argúcia e alto profissionalismo dos artistas que bateram essas fotos, pois conseguiram fazer tremer de horror perante umas imagens, e, observando outras, nos levaram ao êxtase da sublime admiração da beleza pura.
Distinto.

Posted by Fernando Rui Carinhas February 3, 09 09:54 AM
1659.

mirific

Posted by spEEdEE February 3, 09 10:52 AM
1660.

wtf}!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous February 3, 09 03:42 PM
1661.

Belas fotos, infelizmente nem todas sobre os temas mais agradaveis.

Posted by Vítor Silva February 3, 09 07:52 PM
1662.

amazazing!!!!

Posted by bob February 3, 09 08:57 PM
1663.

good job

Posted by Anonymous February 3, 09 09:50 PM
1664.

File was too big consumed lots of waiting time though nice and clear. hahahaa

Posted by phang wok chu February 3, 09 09:56 PM
1665.

nice..some thing to think....hamid

Posted by hamid-bayati February 3, 09 11:29 PM
1666.

Esplêndidos testemunhos de um mundo cada vez mais perigoso. What men are doing with this world!

Posted by António Netto February 4, 09 10:48 AM
1667.

Thank you for sharing these overwelming photographs with us, but I became sad by seeing all this pain and destruction we are inflicting all over the world. Let us also think a moment of the people who help the world to become a better place with love and understanding. In Belgium we say "hoop doet leven".

Posted by Ria Van Buggenhout February 4, 09 11:11 AM
1668.

the best picture whis is close to heart

Posted by prince February 4, 09 11:23 AM
1669.

me impactaron demasiado en especial la del niño negrito que gritaba mientras un soldado llegaba a su casa

Posted by johana February 4, 09 11:44 AM
1670.

The photos are incrdible. Works of photographic geniuses! So much beauty in our world that most of us ignore or take for granted, and so much ugliness that has become part of our lives.

Posted by Michelews February 4, 09 07:15 PM
1671.

It is clear the "artist" that put together these spectacular natural photographs and pictures of conflict, has put forth an anti American and anti Isreal collection here.
Few if any images of positive human interaction in 08' Why? Not dramatic enough?

Posted by GP February 4, 09 09:14 PM
1672.

Como fotógrafo pienso al ver estas imágenes que me queda mucho por vivir y mucho por retener en mis ojos....

Gracias a todos los que fueron capaces de conventir vida en una foto.

Penélope

Posted by Penélope Sierra February 5, 09 03:01 AM
1673.

Belas fotos mas tambem contem muinta tristeza, mas algumas são um mimo.

Posted by Ângelo Miguel Jerónimino February 5, 09 03:04 AM
1674.

This is the best man,u will never ever got to see better than this.its really good

Posted by mukthar February 5, 09 04:35 AM
1675.

Chocantes ou não todas elas são de facto espantosas e simplesmente documentam o que os maus desígnios do Homem provoca.

Posted by jorge February 5, 09 07:15 AM
1676.

excellent thanks to all

Posted by Anonymous February 5, 09 07:59 AM
1677.

They made me cry these photos why are we doing all this Why?

Posted by Heleen February 5, 09 08:42 AM
1678.

todas,
simplemente impresionantes

Posted by abelchema February 5, 09 09:58 AM
1679.

Como apreciadora dedicada de fotografia e foto-jornalismo faço uma vénia ao que aqui vi exposto. os meus SINCEROS PARABÉNS. :)

Posted by Tatiana Ferreira February 5, 09 10:47 AM
1680.

Como apreciadora dedicada de fotografia e foto-jornalismo faço uma vénia ao que aqui vi exposto. os meus SINCEROS PARABÉNS. :)

Posted by Tatiana Ferreira February 5, 09 10:55 AM
1681.

These pictures are realy heart touching and realy give you an image on what is realy going on in the world. i may of not lived here long but i do know things go bad and arnt alway a agood thing. its sad to say but these pictures realy show the suffering and hardships that happen in the world. there are also some that show the good parts of life. these pictures are amazing. thank you for sharing them

Posted by a high school student February 5, 09 12:41 PM
1682.

i really appreciate the pics about the israelies attacking palestine (gaza)!!
people need to know whats going on out there in this very cruel world!!
maybe seeing pictures would make people think about whats going on and help take action..It very very sad..but thanks for putting pics like that up there to open up some peoples minds. Also all the other pics were great. i loved em.

Posted by Lana February 5, 09 12:47 PM
1683.

Para além do valor fotográfico,(como trabalho) está o valor histórico dos factos para memória futura .

Posted by benita February 5, 09 07:16 PM
1684.

Des photos d'un peu partout autour du monde... Certaines qui vous donnent des frissons de beauté, d'autres d'horreur ou de désespoir... De succès ou d'échecs cuisant. Bref, des clichés qui vous font passer par toute une palette d'émotion et vous font prendre conscience de l'ampleur de notre monde et de toute sa complexité. On est si petit à côté de certains des événements qu'elles racontent...

Posted by Maxime Renaud February 5, 09 08:26 PM
1685.

fantastic photography. moments are captured with skill and foresight

Posted by ARMEN SHAMAMIAN February 5, 09 09:41 PM
1686.

Spectacular Shots !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Arvind M.Reuben February 5, 09 10:09 PM
1687.

Dìos mìo !!! cuànta miseria en el mundo y pensar que el mismo hombre la origina, me gusta con pasiòn la fotografìa, desde ese punto de vista, las tomas son impecables, pero espanta esa realidad que muchas de ellas muestran.
La fotos es un instante, como bien se dice, y esos instantes fueron captados con mucha excelencia.

Posted by Marìa Alicia February 6, 09 05:31 AM
1688.

Espectacular e impressionante...

Posted by DomAntonius February 6, 09 07:11 AM
1689.

bindaass...

Posted by manikandan February 6, 09 07:13 AM
1690.

=

Posted by entivatrard February 6, 09 04:16 PM
1691.

Life is precious, created by an eternal God!! Pics are amazing. What about the 8+ years that Hamas (from Gaza) has been shelling DAILY into Israel? Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me." Was he a great teacher? Great teachers do not lie. Was he a crazy man? No he was not a lunatic. The only other choice: HE IS LORD of Heaven and Earth!!!

Posted by EmmaJane February 6, 09 04:19 PM
1692.

Fotos que provocam emoção, dor, espanto, alegria, raiva... reflexões sobre os dias de hoje. Excelente trabalho. Paz para todos.

Posted by Bifanas February 6, 09 04:22 PM
1693.

soube como abortar o tema mundial ,da beleza natural ao desastre causado pelo ser humano ...isso é a realidade é um fato,essas fotos servem para nós refletimos sobre a situacao do mundo atual ...
lys borges-rio de janeiro-brasil

Posted by lys borges February 6, 09 06:23 PM
1694.

ñëóøàþ .C.Catch - Heaven and Hell

Posted by agohoalla February 6, 09 06:24 PM
1695.

Amazing pictures, some pictures touched my heart , we are blessed.

Posted by Alice February 7, 09 05:34 AM
1696.

best of the best

Posted by ali ghasemi February 8, 09 03:04 AM
1697.

hi
very very beauty

Posted by Anonymous February 8, 09 03:12 AM
1698.

Verdeiramente impressionante o ser HUMANO pode fazer...desde as proezas magníficas assim como consegue o pior que é AUTO DESTRUIR-SE pelas suas próprias mãos...
Estas imagens que sirvam de reflexão que é urgente mudar-mos de atitude para fazer bem melhor que temos feito até a data.
Acredito de "nós" com esta postura vamos fazer bem melhor em 2009 o que não fizenos em 2008.
Bom Ano 2009 para todos.

Posted by Ilídio Caires February 8, 09 09:35 AM
1699.

I find it hard to belive that there were more pictures of bad things than good because no matter what happens in this world of ours there is always more good than bad people just seem to want to look at the bad kinda like looking at a train wreck

Posted by Jim Cantrell February 8, 09 10:15 PM
1700.

Though it takes 2 much time 2 open but 2 see these pics the word comes in my mind is "distruction of the world"

Posted by shumaila February 9, 09 08:47 AM
1701.

Your anti Israeli sentiment is 'worth a thousand words' in your photos, illustrating clearly how photography as journalist can also be used as instigator. As if the terrorists in the Middle East did not have already enough hatred in their souls for Israel. A black mark to you for fueling the fires.

Posted by Victoria Bingham February 9, 09 09:19 AM
1702.

Absolutely PHENOMINAL!!! Thank you for the wonderment !

Posted by Debbie February 9, 09 01:48 PM
1703.

es algo increible, dificil de explicar con simples palabras artistas q se juegan la vida, poetas de 35 mm, que lindo es transmitir con la fotografia, ojala todos sientan lo que yo cuando veo o saco una foto....
un saludo.

Posted by MARCELO MARCOS February 9, 09 06:30 PM
1704.

Just awesome

Posted by toula kourtides February 9, 09 09:21 PM
1705.

Excellent.

Posted by Gail DePry () February 9, 09 09:46 PM
1706.

great job

Posted by arturo February 9, 09 10:10 PM
1707.

The truth hurts, doesn't it , GP? Ever wonder what would happen if they held a war..
and no one came?

Posted by Rick February 9, 09 11:32 PM
1708.

Good photography ... typical bias. Where are the pics of Hamas & Hezbollah firing rockets into Israeli villages? How many cease fires have the Palestinians violated? Christians & Jews do not strap bombs on their children and send them into pizza parlors to murder civilians. Real journalism is dead. Truth in journalism is an oxymoron.

Posted by Freedom Lover February 9, 09 11:49 PM
1709.

Amazing pictures! It reminds me to live every day fully, because each one is a gift that i will never have back again. How can i make a difference in my world with this incredible gift that God has given me?

Posted by Carol February 9, 09 11:58 PM
1710.

AS A PHOTOJOURNALIST, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU PAID FOR THESE
IMAGES. DID YOU PAY THE PHOTO AGENCIES? DO YOU KNOW IF THE SHOOTERS GOD ANY SERIAL USE PAYMENTS FOR THE CONTENT THEY
PROVIDED?

JUST CURIOUS


Posted by Lawrence Jackson,Jr. February 10, 09 12:27 AM
1711.

Not fair..you just show the tradgedy of this world-except for the polar bear. Alot of good happened. Why add to the grief? Everyone is already depressed...show accomplishments!

Posted by Christine Hunt February 10, 09 02:17 AM
1712.

Some of the pictures are good, but most of them show tragic events...like somebody sid, we're living in a sad world....
Let's make this a better place...
Hope to see happy pictures in 'The year 2009 in photographs'

Posted by radha February 10, 09 04:02 AM
1713.

Impressionante!
Guerra, guerra, mais guerra!!! - ódios...violência...catástrofes...destruição...morte...etc...
Mas, também, há desafios!
Desafios com paz, harmonia e tranquilidade!
O Mundo precisa de mais desafios.
Desafios com amor, muito amor. Desafios para um Mundo Novo.

Posted by Toninho February 10, 09 05:01 AM
1714.

These Pictures Are amazing, they capture the world we live in.. We must Love one another,may God bless each of us!

Posted by Roseann Hornickle Luckham February 10, 09 07:44 AM
1715.

These pictures bring it all home, both the beauty and the horror. We need to find inner strength, be grateful for what we have left and pray to our individual supreme beings for help. The mess we have collectively made of our beautiful world and the state of fellow human beings that try to exist in that world belongs to everyone.
The sad thing is we have so far to go to collectively turn things around. IS THERE TIME?

Posted by Ann P February 10, 09 08:08 AM
1716.

the world is a wonderous picture. Full of amazing good and just terrible sights. This is our world. We can make it better each year.

Posted by peggy salazar February 10, 09 08:39 AM
1717.

Very beautiful pictures, refletant the forces of the nature and the horror which the man can engender. Continue to inform us about all these events that they are sad or joyful. Still bravo to the photographers.

Posted by Yasanagi February 10, 09 09:10 AM
1718.
Posted by anonymous February 10, 09 10:39 AM
1719.

Owesome pictures but life is also that way in reflecting and recognizing what the cycle of life can be.

Posted by Bob February 10, 09 01:03 PM
1720.

One picture says a thousand words. Too bad we don't all speak the same language. Live, Love, Laugh. We are all different in many ways but we all share a common human DNA. We need to come together as humans for a common cause SURVIVAL. I would have liked to see more joyous occasions and discoveries in these photos. The birth of a grey whale instead of the killing of one is an uplifting positive reminder of nature at its best. Uplifting and positive.

Posted by John Bateman February 10, 09 01:07 PM
1721.

Fantastic photography. I feel truly blessed to have received this from a friend who is a true artist.. Joe Edwards Feb 10. 2009

Posted by Anonymous February 10, 09 02:46 PM
1722.

man these pics are great
marvolous job.yR

Posted by Y R Awan February 10, 09 03:10 PM
1723.

SIMPLESMENTE FANTASTICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ESPETACULAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ANA MARIA February 10, 09 05:25 PM
1724.

These pictures truly can remind some of us how blessed we truly are. Even those who live in poverty, there is always someone worse off than you. Yes, some are sad, some are just awful things that happen to people, some are beautiful, some are celebrations of life, some are struggles in life. But they all tell a story of someone you'll never meet. They show the wonderfulness of God and the treachery of people who don't know Him. Those who know Him do good, and those who have never seen Him, or will ever know Him, do evil. Acts10:34, 3John 1:11..

Posted by Jennifer February 10, 09 05:28 PM
1725.

I'm reminded of the redundant phrase that Wolf Blitzer of CNN in The Situation Room uses every evening as he stands in front of sundry, interesting and usually "eye-pleasing" photos from around the world, uttering "pictures often worth a thousand words."

Perhaps if photos such as these were shown throughout the world, the lives of individuals and creatures great and small - EVERYWHERE - might somehow become more sacred, meaningful, and VALUED.

Posted by Michelle Monroe February 10, 09 05:51 PM
1726.

Such powerful images, very moving. Well done indeed.

Posted by Jamie Mink February 10, 09 06:11 PM
1727.

Très impressionnant. J'aurais aimé cependant voir quelques photos illustrant des evénements positifs et pas seulement des tragédies...

Posted by Guy Lampron February 10, 09 06:37 PM
1728.

Spectacular!

Posted by Jerry Mulnick February 10, 09 10:21 PM
1729.

amaising pictures of history and our lifes whats next will it ever end or .......

Posted by michaelle February 10, 09 10:48 PM
1730.

Thanks for the great pictures. They were probably never seen before by most people.
Knowing how to use a camera is still a skillful art for anyone to learn if they really want to.

Posted by JohnJoseph February 11, 09 12:02 AM
1731.

Très belles photos mais majoritairement avec comme sujet la violence!!
il n'y a que ça de beau dans le monde???

Posted by Alain Freixanet February 11, 09 03:52 AM
1732.

JUST AMAZING.

Posted by MARIA February 11, 09 10:56 AM
1733.

A magnificent portrayal of life around the world and it makes me appreciate the life we lead in the United States of America warts and all. Let us all try to live in peace and harmony instead of strife and conflict.

Posted by Tom Joyce, California February 11, 09 11:16 AM
1734.

me too, i saw israel attacs to gaza, but not the pictures of why the did it...

Posted by Ronit Rojas February 11, 09 11:54 AM
1735.

This is awesome!!!

Posted by Obed February 11, 09 12:37 PM
1736.

Amazing pictures.
They just dig deep...
Thank you..
But what is also amazing is those israelies wondering why you did not "put pictures of Hamas rockets".. Certains gens sont vraiment bornés et n'arrivent pas à voir plus loin que leur nez.
Même s'il leur suffisait de lire leur propre histoire, pour savoir qu'ils font aux autres pire que ce qu'ils ont vécus il y a 50 ans.

Posted by Rudy Paris February 11, 09 04:18 PM
1737.

nice pic ,but there are some more good pic too see

Posted by nanda February 11, 09 04:34 PM
1738.

I must say as a father of 3 children, i find it very hard to view pictures of children that are either in pain, wounded or have died. However, with that said this is real life, and death does not discriminate. All i can say is "Be at peace little ones, you are in a safer place now".

Posted by Jamie February 11, 09 10:23 PM
1739.

great photos for every single piece......

Posted by allen February 12, 09 03:06 AM
1740.

_ Ao que chegamos, vivemos num planeta unico e estamos destruindo o nosso futuro por nada, tudo muda, estamos só de passagem ........

Posted by Helder J February 12, 09 06:50 AM
1741.

Great and unique Picturs.

Posted by sagar Patil February 12, 09 10:33 AM
1742.

beautiful set of photos, good public service.

Posted by alberto February 12, 09 10:49 AM
1743.

Amazing photographs. !!! Should be required viewing for all amateur photographers. I suspect 2009 pics will be eve more spectacular

Posted by Rosemary February 12, 09 05:32 PM
1744.

awesome

Posted by wasim February 13, 09 03:18 AM
1745.

Carry on my friends

Posted by Anonymous February 13, 09 11:49 AM
1746.

This photos are spectacular!!!!!!Expecially for the moments!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous February 13, 09 01:25 PM
1747.

awsome pix show us both poles of our world

Posted by foczo February 13, 09 01:57 PM
1748.

The world in all its glory and sadness. Amazing and thought-provoking.

Posted by CAS February 13, 09 03:25 PM
1749.

Imagens simplesmente fantásticas!!
Grande selecção.

Posted by João Fidalgo February 13, 09 05:47 PM
1750.

estas fotos son la realidad, espero que algun día esto se acabe, sobre todo la guerra

Posted by Anonymous February 13, 09 06:40 PM
1751.

increible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by Leyti February 13, 09 07:35 PM
1752.

Estas fotos son muy tristes y tambien hermosas gracias
Paul

Posted by Paul February 14, 09 10:47 AM
1753.

Wow. Your photos are truly inspirational and amazing. I am stunned an speechless.
Absolutely fantastic.

Posted by TallyWay February 14, 09 10:55 AM
1754.

Deep respect - photographs are full of people and moments as well as emotions. you can really step into it!

regards,
Hermann
www.peopleandmoments.at

Posted by hermann pavelka February 14, 09 11:03 AM
1755.

Very Touching

Posted by ashraf February 14, 09 11:50 AM
1756.

great shot very nice congratulations

Posted by pablo embry February 14, 09 03:13 PM
1757.

Excelentes!!! Cautivadoras!!

Posted by malakh February 14, 09 11:56 PM
1758.

Nice!

Posted by Ch. Stefanov February 15, 09 06:55 AM
1759.

I'm sure that photographer trying to get picture of Hamas firing rockets, or preventing it's own children to leave school used for firing those rockets will
be shot before they get their camera out. Totally agree with comments 1701, 1708, 1736: "Good photography ... typical bias. Where are the pics of Hamas & Hezbollah firing rockets into Israeli villages? How many cease fires have the Palestinians violated? Christians & Jews do not strap bombs on their children and send them into pizza parlors to murder civilians".

Posted by Victor Rivkin February 15, 09 06:10 PM
1760.

These photos very clearly depict the utter chaos and destruction that our world has become. While there are positive things going on everyday, we must recognize what we are doing to our planet, our children and each other. These photos may not be pretty, but they are real. Humanity is suffering and we need to wake up! Let's take that hard look and see what we can do to change things! There may not be as much time as we think! Life is so, so short!

Posted by Mary Pat Sullivan February 15, 09 06:35 PM
1761.

Amazing photos

Posted by Anne February 15, 09 07:41 PM
1762.

i was not interested in jornal photos.
but a few seconds moved me.
adorable....

Posted by hyorin February 15, 09 10:06 PM
1763.

superb, heart touching work. keep going

Posted by sarath February 16, 09 12:15 AM
1764.

The trouth of life

Posted by Panikos Stelikos February 16, 09 01:33 AM
1765.

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Nizar February 16, 09 03:43 AM
1766.

Very nice!
Missing some great photos from the greek riot at December.

Posted by Dimitri February 16, 09 03:53 AM
1767.

MARVELOUS !!!

HVALA!

Posted by Gavrilo February 16, 09 04:20 AM
1768.

DYJE GARNO

Posted by MANGUST February 16, 09 07:10 AM
1769.

these are really cool pictures..........but i wish the reporters had gotten more good things than bad.

Posted by rebecca February 16, 09 11:40 AM
1770.

Excelentes fotografias, impresionantes documentos. Cuanta miseria podriamos evitar.

Posted by josé ángel February 16, 09 01:13 PM
1771.

Both the IDF and US government are responsible for terrible and brutal actions against other's GP...it is not showing any special enmity to show the things that have happened this year...More positives would be good, but these are serious times we live in. I think this is a great collection...nice job.

Posted by Anonymous February 16, 09 06:21 PM
1772.

WOAH neat-o pictures! i like 'em lots!
(i'm meghan's friend)

Posted by Carly H February 16, 09 10:53 PM
1773.

ohhh GOd..........

Posted by Arif February 17, 09 12:23 AM
1774.

great images, what they captured.

Posted by nandhagopal February 17, 09 01:53 AM
1775.

Guess you forgot the most notorious incident of South Asia -- The attacks on Mumbai in November.

Srikanth

Posted by Srikanth February 17, 09 04:57 AM
1776.

why all this people are so ridiculous and ignorant?
this is nothing, cultivate yourself!
find that there's always alot more behind of what you see.

Posted by ze February 17, 09 09:40 AM
1777.

.....hunting images that touch -are deeper then words.

Posted by evetta February 17, 09 08:16 PM
1778.

Stunning and beautiful pictures. Some serious talent illustrated in the pictures presented here here - one of my favourate would have to be the 'Time exposure of the Swiss mountain resort of Grindelwald'

Posted by Usman Siddiqui February 18, 09 10:17 AM
1779.

Que fotos bonitas , puta q pariu ,
bonitas demais !!!!!

Posted by boyzão February 18, 09 12:47 PM
1780.

This is an amazing collection of pictures, emphasizing the beauty and fortune of perfect timing.

Posted by Sam Smool February 18, 09 08:49 PM
1781.

Que tan bella y dificil es la vida.
Estos imagenes de espacio-tiempo magnificas, solo nos hacen reflexionar sobre la cruda realidad del ser humano.

Posted by Angel Llanas February 18, 09 09:17 PM
1782.

This is AWESOME....
WOW...
Good Job...

Posted by Ahmed February 19, 09 02:12 AM
1783.

NICE AND REALY BRILLIANT WORK....

Posted by KASHIF NAVEED February 19, 09 05:45 AM
1784.

Some people just have a good eye!
I wish I am one of them...

Posted by JM February 19, 09 04:10 PM
1785.

Tanta beleza e tanta miséria,é o mundo.Parabéns pelas belissimas fotos.

Posted by Francisco Martins February 19, 09 07:17 PM
1786.

realmente son fotos que hacen sentir la presencia del observador en la propia escena

Posted by Enrique Pérez Villegas February 19, 09 09:24 PM
1787.

fotos impactantes que hacen vibrar , la realidad es cruda,pero esta es la realidad en la que el mundo vive, debemos cambiar el ser humano debe ser feliz, no podemos dejar esto a nuestros hijos. El mundo debe ser bello, no triste.

Posted by patricia diaz infante capdevielle February 19, 09 11:56 PM
1788.

"Your anti Israeli sentiment is 'worth a thousand words' in your photos, illustrating clearly how photography as journalist can also be used as instigator. As if the terrorists in the Middle East did not have already enough hatred in their souls for Israel. A black mark to you for fueling the fires." VERY well said friend, this is ludicrous, God forbid we actually look at anything good here or show two sides too a story, absolute disgrace....

Posted by Scott February 20, 09 05:08 AM
1789.

Exelentes fotografias, verdaderamente conmovedoras. GRACIAS POR PUBLICARLAS.

Posted by JUAN REYNAGA C. February 20, 09 05:34 AM
1790.

SON FOTOGRAFIAS IMPACTANTES !Y DOY GRACIAS POR PODER VERLAS SENTADA EN MI CASA:
CADA UNA DE ESAS FOTOS ME TRANSPORTO A ESE LUGAR Y ESA SITUACION!

Posted by LILY February 20, 09 07:25 AM
1791.

very good

Posted by mohsen farsad February 20, 09 12:05 PM
1792.

Pictures are outstanding, but it is a human tradgedy that the 40 best photos of 2008 are about human tradgedy. Why aren't there more pictures like #s 20, 35 & 39 depciting the better part of life? Are people natural hounds for the morbid?

Posted by Roanoke February 20, 09 12:55 PM
1793.

Victoria, Perhaps photos of victims or destruction incured by Israeli forces should just not be shown at all. The fact of the matter is that Israel and the US has caused more death and destruction than any of the "Middle Eastern Terrorists" have in the past 50 years. Please do not be naive.

Posted by Chris Ennis February 20, 09 02:13 PM
1794.

Most images are devoted to the sad and tragic side of our life BUT yet there are many happy and positive moments to be captures.

Posted by Martina Gyori February 20, 09 11:57 PM
1795.

It is a reflection of life, just like the TV media shows and promotes, violence & nudity, 95% of the sad and negative. It is long over do for positive, beautiful and encouraging photos of life to be the majority shown and most importantly, desired to see over the sad and negative images that's been force fed for decades. God is our Source! Let's reflect His Love!

Posted by Vonda February 21, 09 01:00 AM
1796.

Hi
these pics are great
i hope once upon a time my pictures take place in this page...(for Next years :) )

Posted by Mojtaba Fotouhi February 21, 09 05:34 AM
1797.

I am astounded by such positive response to a relatively mediocre selection of
globally recognised photographs, sorry chaps let's bring up our standards a notch or two .

Posted by Shahrokh S February 21, 09 11:36 AM
1798.

How did you do that.... very nice....BRAVOOOOO!!!

Posted by JAYPEE noche February 22, 09 04:27 AM
1799.

DU CARALHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by aes February 23, 09 10:19 PM
1800.

Victoria, why show a puny hamas rocket that most likely missed its target by miles, ran out of fuel and landed on a barren stretch of land? We might as well show the Palestinians throwing rocks at armoured tanks and apache gunships

Posted by jorge February 23, 09 11:54 PM
1801.

there's no question there is no shortage of injustice and tragedy in this world. As technology advances we can become aware and unfortunately indifferent, I mean we must be. While rocket from palestinians arent to be ignored neither is the reason they are launched in the first place. How do we stand idle while international treaties and laws and the geneva convention is completely ignored from the use of white phospherous to preventing humanitarian aid even food from entering that country. There should be more outrage over all atrocities, even those commited in our name.

Posted by marc February 24, 09 02:45 AM
1802.

why can't everyone just accept the fact that the world is full of horror and disappointment, but most of the worlds problems are caused by people. If we could work together, we won't live forever but at least we'll last longer

Posted by annonymous February 24, 09 01:31 PM
1803.

god save lebanon

Posted by elie February 24, 09 02:10 PM
1804.

Awesome pictures... breath-taking...

Posted by Petar Vukmanovic February 24, 09 06:56 PM
1805.

¡Absolutamente maravilloso registro! Sensibilidad, oportunidad, conexión, vitalidad!!! Gracias por compartir este gran trabajo que da cuenta del sentido humano y su lectura desde el artede la fotografia fija.

Posted by Gloria Ortega Pérez February 24, 09 08:51 PM
1806.

I find it amazing how photographers capture a photo at the exact time.... these are truly wonderful pictures!

Posted by LIndsay D. February 24, 09 09:15 PM
1807.

Some very nice pictures.........and some with an obvious liberal slant.

Posted by Gary February 25, 09 07:36 AM
1808.

Cada gota de sufrimiento y de sangre que aparecen en estas magníficas fotografias, ipso facto, deberían transformarse en escorpiones malignos que pudieran llegar a introducirse en las camas, donde, en esos mismos trágicos instantes, hay quienes muy placidamente con sus santas esposas duermen...
Son los perversos gerifaltes del mundo que, con sus egoismos e indiferencias , son ellos precisamente quienes han producido esas dolorosisimas situaciones. ¡Malditos sean ellos y sus estirpes sufran de lo mismo, ojalá !!!!!!!!! Vale

Posted by jose luis muro February 25, 09 07:37 AM
1809.

Great Pictures. Cold and true. Really nice works . I look for year 2009

Posted by nebuto February 25, 09 05:07 PM
1810.

Wonderfull Pictures

Posted by A.Karim February 26, 09 03:28 AM
1811.

Great work.. Keep it up :)

Posted by DINO February 26, 09 03:46 AM
1812.

A question for Lawrence jackon Jnr

Why do you feel the need to POST IN CAPITALS? Does it make you feel important?

Just curious

Posted by Orlando February 26, 09 04:31 AM
1813.

great photos by brave wise photographers....thanks to all of them

Posted by Nasrin Hirmandiha February 26, 09 07:10 AM
1814.

Excelente... all i can say

Posted by ♥ February 26, 09 10:03 AM
1815.

Really good :))

Posted by Anonymous February 26, 09 02:34 PM
1816.

It´s very beutaful... I don´t have got words foe this

Posted by Anonymous February 26, 09 03:12 PM
1817.

again its proved that one image is woth a million words

Posted by Walter Pacheco February 27, 09 06:46 AM
1818.

ineffable,leaves an indelible mark on your conscience.

Posted by Abhishek Somvanshi February 27, 09 09:45 AM
1819.

soy de peru y esto es fantastico es hermoso

Posted by yobel pachamoro herrrera February 27, 09 12:58 PM
1820.

There are v beutiful photos in this page i am very happy to see it

Posted by sabir February 27, 09 01:21 PM
1821.

Hermoso tu trabajo Enri
Felicidades

Posted by Gerardo February 27, 09 01:25 PM
1822.

Amazing images of life and death, good and bad, our world and it's great achievements, and the pain many or most of the people have experienced. Now that we have seen some of these images, where people are suffering beyond our comprehension, we can do something to help. I hope this will inspire people to become more compassionate human beings, help where we can. I do and will continue to do.

Posted by Sonya Melescu February 28, 09 08:20 AM
1823.

E assim vai o mundo. Bom seria que em 2009 as fotos nos mostrassem coisas maravilhosas

Posted by José Duque March 1, 09 09:32 AM
1824.

makes me realize how lucky i am and how trivial my problems are!

Posted by Flo March 1, 09 10:33 AM
1825.

Thought provoking pictures, altough I was left with a feeling of sadness...

Posted by Blanca March 1, 09 10:45 AM
1826.

Increible y real...2008! Incredible and real 2008!..Otroligt och sant 2008!

Posted by Betsy March 1, 09 10:46 AM
1827.

Wow! these pictures are amazing! whoever took them is outstanding! I wish I could take pictures like that. If anyone is looking for good photography, this is the place to go. I will recommand this website to all my friends!!!!

Posted by Reyna March 1, 09 04:39 PM
1828.

it's amazing pictures
i can't find the suitable words to describe these pictures!

Posted by hadeer.sherif March 1, 09 05:54 PM
1829.

Where was I in 2008? Bows and arrows? 148,000 dead? The politics of international aid? OMG? Will we ever wake up?

Posted by Joyce Smith March 1, 09 10:09 PM
1830.

wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow it is very wonderful pictuers

Posted by shimaa mahrous March 2, 09 12:38 PM
1831.

Como o Mundo é Belo quando bem observado. Fantástico, Incrivel.

Posted by Nelson Ferreira March 2, 09 01:59 PM
1832.

wow
its really great i love it

Posted by siavash sol March 2, 09 03:12 PM
1833.

Great job!!:)

Posted by Omar March 2, 09 04:27 PM
1834.

Real live
Human not created to destroy lives, but create live.....
So take cre of this world and your life

Posted by Kanakaraj Cheram March 3, 09 05:37 AM
1835.

Good Collection of snaps

Posted by Mohan March 3, 09 09:18 AM
1836.

Don't you wonder where Chris Ennis has been all this time!

Or is it his arithmetic?

Or just his prejudice!!

1793 Posted by Chris Ennis February 20, 09 02:13 PM

Posted by Arthur Merlin March 3, 09 04:16 PM
1837.

These are some of the most amazing pics!!! The human condition, no matter how unhuman they seem to be, should shake us all - whether we live in a huge mansion or a cardboard box. I always smile when I see a baby or a child. It's a God given reflex. I sincerely hope that all the world has it.

Posted by G.E. Wise, Sr. March 3, 09 05:06 PM
1838.

Excelentes graficas, conjugan cada una de ellas una verdadera enciclopedia sin palabras..Felicidades

Posted by Cirilo Mújica R. March 3, 09 10:51 PM
1839.

wow exellent~~~

Posted by jungook March 3, 09 11:19 PM
1840.

I cried when i saw the dead body of that poor boy..Shame on you BUSH!

Posted by Barrack March 4, 09 03:25 AM
1841.

Como o reporter pode fazer um grande testemunho. A objectiva não define um dos lados do conflito APENAS e só um momento do acontecimento.

Posted by Jose Arruda March 4, 09 08:25 AM
1842.

all these photoes are amazing

Posted by asal March 4, 09 02:07 PM
1843.

the god in the sky defending poeples not weapon. god is the superpower nothing like him. the week poeples god will supporting them

Posted by mohammed hussein said ali March 4, 09 02:26 PM
1844.

WOW. I am speachless. These pictures are worth more than 1,000,000,000 words.

Posted by Lorraine Wriaght March 4, 09 07:27 PM
1845.

Great job!
Amazing!!!!

Posted by Anonymous March 4, 09 11:04 PM
1846.

Wonderful pictures, no comments

Posted by Hashmat March 5, 09 06:48 AM
1847.

Doloroso, increible, bello y a pesar de todo da dolor saber que esto existe la mayor parte de las veces la causa es el ser "humano" .Sigo creyendo en el ser humano

Posted by Carlos González March 5, 09 11:44 AM
1848.

bellisimas fotografias, algunas me han puesto la piel de gallina...

Posted by yani March 5, 09 09:23 PM
1849.

son excelentes fotos pero a lavez tambien son muy tritres y te dejan como en shock por todo lo que pasa en el mundo y tu disfrutas las fiestas de fin de año sin saber que pasa alrededor del mundo y lo que la gente pasa en verdad son muy buenas

Posted by lupis_princess March 6, 09 11:29 AM
1850.

AMAZING.CONGRATULATIONS. GREAT WORK

Posted by Onder Y. March 6, 09 04:41 PM
1851.

absolutamente fantásticas, que servem para nos levar a pensar em algumas situações.

Posted by josé pinto March 6, 09 05:42 PM
1852.

Exelentes fotos. Pena algumas serem tão tristes...

Posted by manuela simões - Portugal March 6, 09 08:12 PM
1853.

La luz manifiesta todo. En sus múltiples parámetros permite impresionar lo que se ve en realidad. Sentimientos, emociones, lo mucho , lo poco, bullicio, llanto, soledad. Todos los tiempos parecen contenerlo en un precioso instante. Pero la vida venía sucediendo y prosigue después, aunque el cazador comprimió el segundo en su digital expresión, en detenerlo y dejarlo quieto... largo instante. ¿Nos permitiremos acaso la sutil persuación reflexiva de tanto recibido?

Posted by careda March 6, 09 10:58 PM
1854.