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2009 in photos (part 1 of 3)

The year 2009 is now coming to a close, and it's time to take a look back over the past 12 months through photographs. Historic elections were held in Iran, India and the United States, some wars wound down while others escalated, China turned 60, and the Berlin Wall was remembered 20 years after it came down. Each photo tells its own tale, weaving together into the larger story of 2009. This is a multi-entry story, 120 photographs over three days. Please watch for part 2 and part 3 tomorrow and the next day. (40 photos total)

Barack H. Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States as his wife Michelle Obama holds the Bible and their daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama look on, on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Chuck Kennedy-Pool/Getty Images)
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439 comments so far...


Posted by Slobodan Miskovic December 14, 09 12:21 PM

Show de bola....esse ano foi marcante pra todos nós que estamos vivendo.... simplesmente show as imagens

Posted by Tiago Campelo December 14, 09 12:24 PM

#39 was heart wrenching. While I may not agree with the way this war is being fought, nor necessarily with the rationale for it, I can only say "thank you" to those brave women and men in the forces (also picture #4).

I will be thinking of you all this Christmas, hoping you can stay safe.

Posted by R. Ed Neck December 14, 09 12:24 PM


Posted by lea December 14, 09 12:27 PM

33 yes we liberated from terrorisom

Posted by Lanka De Silva December 14, 09 12:31 PM

Fantastic - looking forward to the next instalments.

Posted by OSLSC December 14, 09 12:32 PM

Amazing images, love the Volcano one.

Posted by Alan December 14, 09 12:35 PM

2010 will be better! No more wars, no more tears...only happy people :)

Posted by Sert December 14, 09 12:36 PM

All photos as always great!

And yes, 39 is very sad.

Posted by Angar December 14, 09 12:39 PM

Amazing photos, especially the photographer in the hospital.

Posted by sergevn December 14, 09 12:46 PM

Wow! Very beautiful, interesting and shocking pictures from this year!

Posted by Welton December 14, 09 12:50 PM

Last year you had a baseball-in-focus-background-not shot and a big wave in australia shot!

Posted by Kenneth December 14, 09 12:51 PM

Great job as always.

Posted by goofydg1 December 14, 09 12:51 PM

I love #20. Any photographer should, although Im glad I don't have to deal with bombs

Posted by christopher huang photography December 14, 09 12:57 PM

What a great summary of the year.
#2 - The eyes of someone that lived through the civil rights era now seeing an African American elected President. Great capture.
#39 - Drives home the sacrifice that these great soldiers of ours and their families are making, that so many take for granted. Makes me want to hug my kids. Stay safe all.

Posted by Mike Fu December 14, 09 01:01 PM


Posted by t December 14, 09 01:07 PM

as always splendid work!

Posted by Tanay December 14, 09 01:09 PM

powerful pictures.

Posted by Bastien V. December 14, 09 01:11 PM

Amazing shots!

Posted by Randolf December 14, 09 01:21 PM

#4 made me laugh

Posted by Broomstick December 14, 09 01:23 PM

quite a year we've had

Posted by Jonathan Frei December 14, 09 01:24 PM

What a fantastic collection! I can't wait to see parts two and three!
Amazing timing.
Powerful emotions.
Colorful and graphic.
Something for everyone.

Posted by Mitch December 14, 09 01:42 PM

Outstanding! In my very own personal and humble opinion, picture # 14 is the greatest of all time. Thats just me. Thank you for the great pictures.

Posted by raul briseno December 14, 09 01:43 PM

La 39 es de verdad triste..... Odio la Guerra....Vaya año!

Posted by Hoanho December 14, 09 01:50 PM

amazing pics.
pity that again the israeli-palestinian conflict is represented by non-artistic and one-sided images.

Posted by adi December 14, 09 01:51 PM

My god, what a year.

Posted by sher December 14, 09 01:59 PM

Grande coletânea de fotos, gostei muito.

Posted by Ricardo Moreira December 14, 09 01:59 PM

Absolutely breath taking.

Can't wait for the next parts. I hope a few on MJ will make the cut.

Posted by Tim December 14, 09 02:00 PM

What a year!

Posted by Mario December 14, 09 02:08 PM

I realize violence occurs throughout the world. However, good things do too. As I view these images I notice much more violence depicted here than uplifting pics. Is this the best you can do?

Posted by Joseph December 14, 09 02:12 PM

thank you

Posted by Sean December 14, 09 02:13 PM

1 still gives me the chills. This country has come a long way baby.

32 was my favorite though. An absolutely stunning photograph.

Posted by Chuck Dog December 14, 09 02:14 PM

@39 Saddening :(
For some kids, nothing remains. May Allah (God) guide us all.

Posted by Muhammad December 14, 09 02:16 PM


...there are no words.

Posted by GDMIller December 14, 09 02:17 PM

39 too sad :(

Posted by Anonymous December 14, 09 02:22 PM

#39 :(

Posted by Mark December 14, 09 02:36 PM

I wish you would also show the good side of life!

Posted by Anonymous December 14, 09 02:40 PM

In the caption for #17, it states that Massa was hit by body work. He was hit by a spring from the suspension of a car in front of him.

Great pictures, especially #14 and #39

Posted by Jeff December 14, 09 02:48 PM
39. word

Posted by rza December 14, 09 02:51 PM

#32. Absolutely amazing photograph, yet in a way scary...

Posted by buttercupz December 14, 09 02:54 PM

Photography is about emotion.

#39 WIN

Posted by Eric December 14, 09 02:59 PM

Stunning, powerful and memorable images as always.

Posted by Richard Kendall December 14, 09 03:09 PM

No Scare Force One pictures? After how much we paid to scare the living feces out of New Yorkers? That's a shame.

Posted by TheScarecrow December 14, 09 03:23 PM

#4 it's just great.

Posted by Gafitescu Daniel December 14, 09 03:25 PM

#14 has to be one of the coolest sports photos I've ever seen (from a non-sports fan)!

Posted by Scott December 14, 09 03:28 PM

Number 8 will always haunt me. I recall watching the video and hearing the man with her shout something over and over. I found out later, as it was translated, that he was saying "Neda don't be scared, don't be scared", and then you can see the life fade from her eyes. I can never forget this and never want to, it reminds me of how precious each life is.

Posted by Patrick December 14, 09 03:30 PM

@ Anonymous #37
> I wish you would also show the good side of life!

Almost half of the pictures do.

Posted by Norbert December 14, 09 03:36 PM

What a year it has been...

Thanks for all the great pictures.

Posted by Dan December 14, 09 03:39 PM

these pictures are unbelievable

Posted by mike December 14, 09 03:58 PM

Am I the only one freaking out about 22?
I can deal with seeing corpses, but that blood dripping out of the car is just horrifying.

Posted by Andy December 14, 09 04:08 PM

39... just crushed me!

Posted by jeff December 14, 09 04:22 PM

All of these photos are amazing, just amazing.

Posted by Anonymous December 14, 09 04:29 PM

#39, very heart breaking.

Posted by Steven December 14, 09 04:31 PM

ugh. aside from the US president being sworn in, 2009 looks pretty bleak.

Posted by daltonic1 December 14, 09 04:41 PM

The Neda pic and #39 did it for me. A great set. Can't wait to see the next.

Posted by Shawn December 14, 09 04:47 PM

Ohhh impresionante!!!

Posted by sergi December 14, 09 04:47 PM

#38 - Sad photo. I can't imagine the amount of green house gases being pumped into our atmosphere by that volcano -- almost as sad as #13, 23, 32, and 33--foul CO2-emitting people-polluters.

Posted by Matt December 14, 09 04:48 PM

great photos, i liked the volcano most!

Posted by Emo December 14, 09 04:54 PM

Hi Aniel

Posted by Jalil December 14, 09 04:58 PM

I love #9, looks more like a painting than a photograph.

Posted by Jared December 14, 09 04:59 PM

thank you for these.

Posted by AndrewM December 14, 09 05:14 PM

#1,2,4, 14 & 16 are blah.. The rest are good.

Posted by R2d2 December 14, 09 05:14 PM

How many Americans understand the direct connection between photos 34 and 39?

Posted by Average Joe December 14, 09 05:29 PM

Thanks... wonderful

Posted by hossein December 14, 09 05:44 PM

Is this the world we created
What did we do it for?
Is this the world we invaded
Against the law?
So it seems in the end
Is this what were all living for today
The world that we created?

Posted by jelsomino December 14, 09 06:03 PM

Yeah, I agree R2d2, civil rights are so boring. Why do people bother?

Posted by MS December 14, 09 06:13 PM

great shots, love everyone of them.

Posted by Fred Silva December 14, 09 06:19 PM

Que ano! Que fotos!

Posted by Marcus Veras December 14, 09 06:21 PM

Stunning collection of the moments that unite us all! Brilliant to see! Thank you!

Posted by Laura Hamilton December 14, 09 06:31 PM

#4 is funny as hell, yet scary and sad at the same time. It shows true dedication on the behalf of our troops. Who needs pants anyway.

Posted by Nate December 14, 09 06:53 PM

The 39 was the saddest one! It gaves me kind of saddness i can't expalin, not becuase of dead of someone, while a little girl's most beautifule feeling has no answer ..
I felt if we could bring this picture to any meeting tables in that the war generals are planing for new war, maybe we would have less (or even no!) war in our world!

Posted by sherry December 14, 09 07:03 PM

You should make a best of the decade collection instead.

Posted by Alvaro Bravo December 14, 09 07:08 PM

39 made me cry...

Posted by Sam December 14, 09 07:17 PM

you missed out the death of Michael Jackson!! How could you?

Posted by mjfan December 14, 09 07:18 PM

16 and 39 both made me cry... for very different reasons

The joy our freedom can bring
And the pain that the sacrifices bring...

Posted by Amanda December 14, 09 07:44 PM


Posted by Francisco December 14, 09 07:47 PM

Yeah man...#39 is.........sad. Ughhhgod, I feel so........sad.
What a loss for everybody. I don't want to come off as being harsh but I feel for the young soldier in the casket in a terrible way. He is at least fortunate enough to not have to see the pain this has brought. It's too bad his "good fortune" only came from his being dead.
I have a new daughter and I couldn't imagine being away from her and her from me for any reason, especially because I died.

Posted by Jeff December 14, 09 07:52 PM

#39 gut-wrenching.

Posted by JLab December 14, 09 08:22 PM

All pics are great but #39 just ruined it. It's too cruel. Stop wars. Not worth it. Poor little girl just had her life destroyed. That's just one in God knows how many million. That is wild.

Posted by Felipe December 14, 09 08:27 PM




Posted by JOHN B. December 14, 09 08:28 PM


so compelling

Posted by RobV December 14, 09 08:55 PM

@ 25...pity about you brain limitation.... it's muich easier capturing an image of thousands of rockets than the odd firecracker on the other side!

Posted by Constance December 14, 09 08:55 PM

Interesting to see the photographer continuing to shoot in the hospital (20) and then see two of his own images (25 & 31) that he shot prior to losing his foot covering the war. The images are amazing, and everyone needs to makes the read the names of the Photogs too ... and remember them.


Posted by Justin Ide December 14, 09 09:02 PM

Those were amazing but #39 hit me as no photo has ever before. That poor little girl. So very sad

Posted by Sandra December 14, 09 09:04 PM

#13: a ticket to soccer match, $10, a skull-shaped helmet, $30, the expression on that red shirted guy, priceless.. :)
#14: how did that guy focus on the ball???
#39: made my cry :(

Posted by Yusuf December 14, 09 09:04 PM

It's very sad, two mexican pictures are violent, now is a terrible reality but Mexico is more than that.

Posted by Ale December 14, 09 09:08 PM


Take a good look at the wages of lies.

And what happens to turning your life and decision-making over to the military.


Posted by Brad December 14, 09 09:14 PM

Awesome.Simply superb

Posted by varun December 14, 09 09:32 PM

#39 is the real Truth

Posted by BoSoxKris December 14, 09 09:41 PM

Muchawesome as usual.

Posted by Luke December 14, 09 09:57 PM

14, 18, 19 35, 38 and 39 r the best
and 39 is top picture i think......

Posted by barzan December 14, 09 10:09 PM


Posted by Fercho December 14, 09 10:31 PM

87 WASTE??? are you kidding me!!! As hurt as I am for that family Her father had the courage to defend your miserible life to spew your bull about the best country in the world...we may not be perfect bit better than any other!

Posted by Henry December 14, 09 10:45 PM

I dunno... it's heart warming... it's heart breaking and the hound shot waiting for to race is my favorite for many personal reasons... way to go! God Bless Photography!!!

Posted by Daffodil December 14, 09 10:52 PM

Remembering the Pastense of the year 2009... Superb...

Posted by Prakash Poongavanam December 14, 09 11:02 PM

93 - So sentimental he almost brings a tear to my eye. Spoken like a true Palinite.

Posted by MrM December 14, 09 11:27 PM

34 is sad

Posted by anonymous December 14, 09 11:32 PM

Thanks.. wonderful. Can't wait to see the next.

Posted by S.N. Verma December 14, 09 11:34 PM

That dead soldier is only a baby himself. What a waste of a life.

Posted by Alison December 14, 09 11:42 PM

#1 & 2 - woorst day ever
#36 - excellent!

Posted by Bob December 14, 09 11:46 PM

#33 .... The terrorist leader who invented suicide bombings and child soldiers is finally dead!

The US should take notes from Sri Lanka....Terrorism cannot be negotiated! IT MUST BE DEFEATED!...but don't ever ever profit from it!

Posted by Verendra December 14, 09 11:53 PM

kao ! yuan lai han yu bu bei yun xu !

Posted by abc December 14, 09 11:54 PM

Amazing shot, show the best moment of the year.
God bless us, Amen.

Posted by Benjamin Sunding December 15, 09 12:16 AM


87 WASTE??? are you kidding me!!! As hurt as I am for that family Her father had the courage to defend your miserible life to spew your bull about the best country in the world...we may not be perfect bit better than any other!

I think that you Henry misunderstand what Brad is saying.

He means that that man's life went to waste, because our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't really defending anyone. The wars are just wasting lives and money.

Also, one of the reasons this country has merit is the idea of freedom of speech, so for you to tell him to live seems kind of silly.

Posted by Ben December 15, 09 12:24 AM

#31 struck me most. The symbolism of the net adds so much more to what is captured in the image itself.

I hope one day he'll be free.

Posted by Alex O December 15, 09 12:43 AM

#25 pictures cartridges not bullets, a bullet is part of a cartridge (a part not pictured, only the case or brass and the primer are shown).

Furthermore those appear to be 7.62x51mm NATO rounds not the smaller 5.56x45mm NATO cartridges used by the Afghan National Army in their AR-15 patterned rifles.

It is my understanding that no ANA units are using Avtomat Kalashnikova type riles as standard issue (which use the Soviet 7.62x39mm cartridge.) As far as I know the ANA's AK rifles have all been relegated to storage, or transferred the Afghan National Police.

It is particularly unlikely that the ANA is using 7.62x51mm NATO for "daily training" as it's roughly twice the price of 5.56x45mm NATO and doesn't work in their standard service rifles, either the M16s, M4s or C7s.

However the ANA does use SOME M240s and M24s which do fire the 7.62x51mm NATO…

Posted by Pete December 15, 09 12:52 AM


That's no skull shaped helmet, It's a space station...
It's a darth vader helmet painted in Mozambique's flag colours, but yes it is still probably $10. and you can see the chest plate on the guys chest. teehee

Posted by guysmiley December 15, 09 01:10 AM


Posted by phoenix December 15, 09 01:13 AM

No.14 is the best. :)

Posted by Herman Rudy December 15, 09 01:24 AM

Thank you to all the men and women fighting in our Armed Forces that allow us all to enjoy these photographs in the comfort of our own home! Without their sacrifices, we would not be sitting here with our freedom to enjoy such liberties. God Bless America!

Posted by Brian December 15, 09 01:25 AM

World can't be better captured than this, kudos to all the graphers.

Posted by Joshi December 15, 09 01:33 AM

those are really wonderfully stunning!!!!

Posted by Bondar P. Azad December 15, 09 01:35 AM

absolutely beautiful

Posted by kimbui December 15, 09 01:39 AM

Germany took down their wall and we built one. We have lost so much of our moral high ground, it is so sad. Obama is helping us get it back but with the shenanigans that go on in the senate for the purpose of helping their fellow citizens the world must be laughing at how inept our political leaders are. Well, inept at helping the citizenry, pretty efficient at helping corporatism.

Posted by mary1 December 15, 09 02:11 AM

#39 won it in my book.

God bless all our soldiers and their families this holiday season. Merry Christmas and may this new year bring you peace and togetherness.

Posted by Amable December 15, 09 02:22 AM

93, sure, defending. Bombing a 3rd world country back into the stone age you mean.

Interesting how a country like yours always "support the troops" but don't critisize the way they were put in that war. And when its time to make your vote count things like sexual preferences or race are more important. You guys are weird!

Posted by Willem-v-Oranje December 15, 09 02:28 AM

As much as comments are worth on the internet, but here it goes...

Comment No. 93: I'm sorry, but it is a waste. That man did not die in defense of his little girl. He died due to the ambitions of our military. His life was wasted because of the errors of a presidency.

I also agree that while the picture is heartbreaking, I can't imagine bringing a child to her fathers funeral. I can only imagine the questions my own niece would ask me if she saw daddy ignoring her in a casket. How many of you have woken up to a child in your face in the morning? They don't give up. I don't think you can make that little girl understand.

On another note, the rest of these photos are breathtaking as well. A lot of hurt, and I'm glad you showed the joy as well.

Posted by Anon December 15, 09 02:35 AM

#39 was a very emotional picture. I am very thankful to the men and women in our military that support us. I appreciate your gift to me and my family, thank you.

Posted by commonsense December 15, 09 02:35 AM

#39 made me cry :'(

Posted by Naddie December 15, 09 02:36 AM

زیباترین عکس های سال با دیدکاه های مختلف دیده شد اما حضور سبز ایرانیان یسیار امیدوار کننده است

Posted by ولی وقیه )از ایرا&#160 December 15, 09 02:36 AM

#33 - YES WE DID IT!


--A relieved Sri Lankan

Posted by SDS December 15, 09 02:41 AM

@39 is very sad
that baby reaching out :(

Posted by Arafat December 15, 09 03:15 AM

Why the guy on the left of pic #13 is wearing a Darth Vader mask painted to look like a clown?!?!? O_o

Posted by Marcello December 15, 09 03:29 AM


Posted by inox December 15, 09 03:34 AM

Pakistan won the T20 world cup 2009., the picture of Pakistani team with world champions trophy should also be included...!!

Posted by Fahad Ali December 15, 09 03:45 AM

beautiful. simply beautiful

Posted by jessie December 15, 09 03:51 AM

Post #74 is a joke right...?

Posted by Todd December 15, 09 03:53 AM

#32 so white dress!!!

Posted by waftyua December 15, 09 04:13 AM

Grossartige Fotos, in wilden Zeiten

Posted by nikolaus bommert December 15, 09 04:15 AM


Posted by Serg December 15, 09 04:23 AM

39. No comment. War is for what?

Posted by Riccardo December 15, 09 04:25 AM

Muito bom!

Posted by Magrelo December 15, 09 04:43 AM

Wow, human tragedy, triumph & compassion.
Sadly most of the tragedy is brought upon ourselves.

Posted by Alison December 15, 09 04:54 AM

best wel mooi enzo...

Posted by madelon December 15, 09 05:05 AM

Great compilation!

Posted by Sheryl December 15, 09 05:05 AM

93 (Henry)... the US is better than any other country? Are you sure? Have you even been to other countries? What makes it so? And do you really think only people who agree with American policies should stay in the country? Now to me, your attitude is most frightening and shameful. You won't get it and probably you never will. I only hope you are part of an ever decreasing minority.

Anyway, powerful photographs....

Posted by sjr December 15, 09 05:06 AM

Here's hoping 2010 will have more photos with happy moments! I can't get #8 out of my mind and #39 as well. The surfer on the big wave is beautifully captured!

Posted by Grace Sandie December 15, 09 05:29 AM

so much hatred, so much needless pain & suffering, we are such idiots, the answer is so simple

Posted by dr dmo December 15, 09 05:35 AM

Wow I hate how many people are saying #39 made them cry.

It's a funeral, he's in one piece.

What about the people in #34. Where are their funerals?

Posted by Coreo December 15, 09 05:52 AM

Coooooooool Stuff

Posted by Abdul Ershad A.K December 15, 09 05:58 AM

what about balloon boy??

Posted by Alex December 15, 09 06:05 AM

32 was abt perfect march

Posted by stella December 15, 09 06:25 AM

"Can Humanity Change?" by J. Krishnamurti. Because it needs to change so badly. Yes it can. In fact it is always changing. Sounds like rhetoric of obamamania, but only now I understand that change is the only thing we really need. So - happy changing everyone! And the only purpose of photojournalism is to inform, to help understand, so that you and me could make up our minds and change the way we act.

Posted by augis December 15, 09 06:27 AM

39th was heart sinking! It make a war fought for peace worthless in a moment! 22nd was probably the best picture. It says a lot without any caption!
Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Abhishek December 15, 09 06:32 AM

this world is full of death, sadness , horror, is also full of love ,and happiness.
So, this is the true earth.
When will there be no wars ?

Posted by Ning December 15, 09 06:36 AM

These are all great photos. Photography is so powerful, it grabs our attention, tugs at our heartstrings, and tickles our funny bone, all in thousandths of a second.

Posted by Peter Camyre December 15, 09 06:37 AM

Hella disappointing to see Mr. Alan Taylor ignoring the Copenhagen. Amy Goodman from was right answering to the question about mainstream media coverage of COP15 in the USA: it is perhaps very little.

Posted by augis December 15, 09 06:38 AM

great big picture! I think I like #3 best

Posted by chris December 15, 09 06:52 AM

Das ist 2009 in allen Facetten
This is 2009 with all facets

Posted by M Noeth December 15, 09 06:58 AM

#39 hit me so hard. I'm a father and I imagine my wife in the same situation with my little girl.

War for what? money? power? territories? religion? f*ck that !

Posted by cedgud December 15, 09 07:02 AM

great pictures!!

where are the other 2 pages btw? thx

Posted by Felipe Butcher December 15, 09 07:02 AM

wow ... amazing.

Posted by Sally December 15, 09 07:05 AM

Simply amazing..

Posted by abhishek December 15, 09 07:08 AM

Geniales todas, no escogería ningún nº.

All are great.
I ´ll not choose any number.

Felicidades y que haya Paz, en la tierra y en los blogs...

Posted by Isabel December 15, 09 07:20 AM

Harshhhh and also happy...but somehow more sad than the art of arguing life....thank you!!!

Posted by brenda de klerk December 15, 09 07:23 AM

Beautiful compilation. Happiness, sadness, fear, contemplation, all mixed together ... each photo, a different feeling! I barely cant wait the next two posts!

Posted by Luciano Stabel December 15, 09 07:24 AM

as always, great great stuff. thanks.

Posted by hidalgo December 15, 09 07:26 AM

fabulous! but what about what happened in Gaza, Palestine?

Posted by yasmin December 15, 09 07:32 AM

Several pics appalled 2 me. :D

This year , as like any other years for that fact , seems to ve its share of horror n happiness.

Lets make t world a bet'r place 2 live in! :)

Posted by Arun December 15, 09 07:32 AM

Wow! It may seem I'm just repeating the words already posted here but these are really amazing photos!

Posted by Lyn Vallejera December 15, 09 08:11 AM

Wow!!! all the emotional picture is incredible

Posted by Covernitg December 15, 09 08:12 AM

Hey #114: The Soviet Union built a wall to keep people IN. We are building a wall to keep people OUT. BIG difference!

Posted by The Wookie December 15, 09 08:25 AM

Amazing panorama!

Posted by nFormas design December 15, 09 08:36 AM

Nothing beats still photography. Like the song"...every pitcture tells a story don't it..."

Posted by Owlhowl December 15, 09 08:52 AM

@57 are you stupid or what? The volcano is a natural phenomenon, the Earth lived with it for more than 4 billion years (in fact, the Earth causes the volcano!). So, don't bother us saying those stupidities. Nothing to say about the other photos, only the crap about the volcano.

Posted by James December 15, 09 09:01 AM

show show e show... simplismente belas imagens...

Posted by Brasília December 15, 09 09:05 AM

For all of those pouring empty blessings here and there for the brave soldiers, I wish you feel the same exact way for the thousands of veterans that are homeless. Remember your BS praise next time one of those guys asks you for money in the street.

Posted by Jesus December 15, 09 09:25 AM

#39 made me feel deep pain. How can U.S. tell the truth to that little baby? Will she accept that her father was killed in a war for oil and money?

Posted by rodmaia December 15, 09 09:29 AM

the pic of a baby reaching for her dead dad is so horribly sad.

Posted by lep December 15, 09 09:39 AM

The pictures are great as usual. I get goose bumps just thinking about the #39. Congrats for that selection!

Posted by Matthieu Gorisse-Mondoloni December 15, 09 09:43 AM

Michael Jackson..... are you kidding me. he doesn't even deserve mentioning! #39 RIP! God Bless America!!!!!!! God Bless Our Troops!!!!!!!!!

Posted by twisted December 15, 09 10:02 AM

Maravilha de fotos. A do Beisebol, que foco.

Posted by Genilson de Lima December 15, 09 10:28 AM

A Foto 31 foi a coisa mais brilhante que eu já vi. =]

Posted by ana sartelli December 15, 09 10:44 AM

A pleasure to the eyes, an outstanding collection. Every time that I stop watching your posts the world seems bigger. Thanks

Posted by Mihalis December 15, 09 10:50 AM

Pictures such as US dead soldier make us think how stupid is still the human race. Beautiful flowers, coffin and flag are honouring him. What does the baby would prefer?

Let's face it: until we respect other's rights to live, possess, choose, love and belief we will still be watching mothers, sisters, wives and daughters trying to grab dead bodies..... and memories.

Posted by Charles December 15, 09 10:55 AM

Best photoblog on the net, bar none.

Posted by zammo mcguire December 15, 09 11:13 AM

Um pouco das misérias e maravilhas do mundo. Esta fotos são documentos das vidas do terceiro milênio. Valoroso trabalho! uma honra poder vê-los!

Posted by Livia (Brasil) December 15, 09 11:20 AM

The emotions of these images, better than words, express the hopes of our dreams and pain of our failures in a yet imperfect world.

Posted by Wally Turnbull December 15, 09 11:23 AM

The real sad one is number 40. Those kids are obviously smiling with terror as a grown man shoots fireworks at them out of a pagan bull monster. When will Spain learn that their bull worship only leads to death and destruction.

No Blood for Fireworks

Posted by Gunsmoke December 15, 09 11:26 AM

Amazing shot, show the best moment of the year.

Posted by macran December 15, 09 11:34 AM

Great collection!!!! Congrats for this work. It's a shame that today México is viewed with such violence. It's true and is a big trouble but is a magic country and we need more "happy" images. Please post them in the next 2009 photos series, it will help a lot. Thanks.

Posted by Luis Saint Martin December 15, 09 11:36 AM

@ 171 He deserves more mentioning then the white sox in preseason He was the king of pop.

Posted by can i bus December 15, 09 11:39 AM

39 is a direct result of 34. It is our foreign policy that must be questioned.

Posted by shadysider December 15, 09 11:46 AM

@ 168 . .

there's no Oil or Money in Afghanistan. We are there fighting alongside that nation to get rid of the people that have attacked us, on our soil, and killed our people. Say what you will about Iraq, but OEF has nothing to do with finacial gain. It's all about confronting, engaging and destroying the enemies of the United States. # 39 shows the consequnenses of that reality and is certainly sad but wars will never stop and it's apparent from pictures like #7 and # 13 where people feel like they have the right to do whatever they want just because they feel strongly about something as trivial as a soccer game. Seriously, look at what happens everyday in cities all over the world and tell me how wars will ever stop when there's always evil praying on good.

Posted by SSG December 15, 09 11:46 AM

No comments for the #39 picture... the truth hurts n' make me fell so bad

Posted by Nigro December 15, 09 11:52 AM

No. 39 is the type of picture people need to see. That's great photojournalism.

Posted by bradluttrell December 15, 09 11:54 AM

Very good,years gold.

Posted by Alan Fidelis December 15, 09 11:56 AM

I'm vastly surprised by the intelligent and sympathetic responses in the comments. Kudos, everyone.. #39 really was heartbreaking. :[

Posted by Joe December 15, 09 11:58 AM

#80. John. B

You are worthless. It is a MOTHERS CHOICE to bring her
child to a funeral in the last time she will ever see her father.
She obviously has to be told that her father is gone.

How dare you. You have absolutely no right to judge that mother.

Posted by Allison. q December 15, 09 11:59 AM

It is horrible seeing the pictures(39) of dead US soldiers. If they were not out protecting us then we would have all the radicals from around the world here on our soil killing us here in our own home land. They are not out there fighting a war for money, power , or land. They are fighting to protect the country and the people they love.

Posted by Dan December 15, 09 12:07 PM

#39 is just an amazing photo, despite the sadness of the moment.

Posted by Preco December 15, 09 12:07 PM

#39 very sad....very very very sad.... i can't explain it in word....just sad.

Posted by Igor Escobar December 15, 09 12:15 PM

So if everyone is against us being in Iraq..... maybe we should just bail.. like Vietnam and allow millions to be lead to the slaughter. . . again. Pick up a history book and find out what happens when we leave a country leaderless. . .
SSG Josh Melton died defending the innocent. He was murdered by a coward with a ied. He had a sworn oath to defend the US against all threats foreign and domestic. It is horrible that his wife and daughter will go on through life without him, but he died doing something honorable and they should be proud of him for it as all Americans should. SSG Josh Melton is a hero and he will be remembered as one. God Bless our soldiers and their families. God Bless America!

Posted by Joe December 15, 09 12:18 PM

Lot's of people people seem so affected by #39 (which is indeed very sad), but how is it any sadder than any of the other tragic pictures? Is it because you are American and you don't really wish to acknowledge the human tragedy going on all around you in the rest of the world? America is not the world.

Posted by Michael Dougherty December 15, 09 12:24 PM

nice pic,, more.. where we can find it??? thanks and god bless

Posted by Lawrence December 15, 09 12:29 PM

38 Yes, isn't it funny that a natural act such as a volcano eruption could negate all the climate control efforts of mankind.
39 very sad, but dying for oil or money? He was killed in Afghanistan, perhaps some of you should review the pictures of the twin towers Sept. 2001. When it comes to terrorism I have to agree with the Sri Lankans

Posted by Lena Wagner December 15, 09 12:33 PM

#39 made me cry as well. All I can think is that she see's her daddy and she can't touch him or be with him. She doesn't know that she never will again. It is the last time she will see his face other than in a photograph. Devastating.

Posted by Morgan Speak December 15, 09 12:42 PM

# 34 is great ! I hope those missles hit Hamas terrorists. They have had their 70 virgins. I hope they weren't using innocents as human sheilds. Hamas uses all the money from poor Palestinians for building warfare. Israel wants peace and Hamas backed by Iran wants to destroy. I had all my property seized by Hamas. They shot my uncle and aunt through family from their house. Israel is our friend Hamas and Iran our enemy.
Allah Blesses USA

Posted by Ahmed Rajimi Tajad December 15, 09 12:47 PM

I am grateful this decade is coming to a close. So much death, destruction, greed, selfishness and hate. These last 10 years haven't been the world's finest. We can do better.

Posted by Chris December 15, 09 01:29 PM

Incredible images of one of the memorable years of my lifetime. The pictures trigger good, bad and memories that i didn't even knew i had of 2009. The U.S. Air Hudson River memory is one i'll never forget. Great work.

Posted by moe abdou December 15, 09 01:34 PM

LOVE the baseball shot.

Posted by winelips December 15, 09 03:06 PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words these are worth a million. Without the soldiers in our Armed Forces and photographers putting themselves in harm's way, we would not have the freedom to safely enjoy these photos. Taking, displaying, and viewing photographs like these in countries that do not advocate freedom of press or information could be life threatening. As an American Army-brat stationed in Berlin, Germany when the wall went up in 1961, I know this from experience.

Posted by Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos December 15, 09 03:23 PM

39 is painful. It says more than any other photo I have ever seen in my life. If you have a kid you’ll understand it very well. Her hands will never reach him again. Poor kid. Why he died? Ask yourself.

Posted by Rade Kljajic December 15, 09 04:08 PM

39 made me cry, my dads deployed right now and the thought that he can die within a second is horrible God bless our soldiers

Posted by kathryn December 15, 09 04:39 PM

No. 39 is sad, without doubt. However, people here think is the best shot just because of the flag. What about the other ones who show what's real consequences of war and violence? Yes, No. 39 is sad, but it is also confortable for people, that's why it is loved. The other ones, as sad or even more, are not pleasant, as truth isn't neither.

God Bless Humans, not just a country, but a race....

Posted by Uriel December 15, 09 04:40 PM

@Michael Dougherty,

I think the sadness that a lot of us feel towards #39 comes from the actions of the baby. We can tell from the evidence in the image that the father and the child were very close. The most painful part is seeing the child reach for her father, knowing that she doesn't understand the situation. The viewer is lgiven an open-ended story, left to think of what the wife and child will do immediately after the picture is taken, and then for the rest of their life without the father.

The picture is shocking to me, because the horrors of war are juxtaposed against a pleasant background, rather than a grotesque war scene. The sorrow stands out more because of the stark contrast. The element of war just makes me wonder, "how often does such a terrible thing happen on either side?" It doesn't matter where you're from, because the pain felt is universal.

Posted by Greg Ironwood December 15, 09 05:44 PM

83 is a waste. I did leave because I could not allow myself to contribute taxes to this useless killing. It is so much better elsewhere. The US is killing people for the WRONG reasons. These troops are protecting NOTHING. They carry machines designed to punch holes in people to make their bodies leak so they will die. Doesn't sound like protection to me. They go to foreign lands to do so. They protect NO ONE. They incite attacks such as 911 and breed hatred for our kind over here. They are counter productive. Any real human would stand up for his brother and leave the US in protest as I did. I have relinquished my US citizenship and now work in the political field in an effort to stop the destruction of humans. Have no doubt the US war is WRONG.

Posted by Chris December 15, 09 05:50 PM

estranho ver o sofrimento,assim tão perto, na nossa frente e ao mesmo tempo estar tão longe dele.
Magníficas as fotos,mesmo que muitas delas mostrem nossa incapacidade
de mudar o mundo,de aceitar de cabeça baixa a injustiça e permitir que isso não só continue,como piore...
Parabéns,pela coragem.

Posted by Vanessa December 15, 09 07:14 PM

Compilation of poems thru a lens..
Horrors of war, humanity's resilience,
people's madness, nature's beauty and fury...

#39 is touching. Hope all war mongers happen to
view this reality happening to OTHERS and stop
further madness and waste of young lives.

Posted by N Gangadharan December 15, 09 07:38 PM

probably per one picture #39 in US there are hundrets of Afgans living the same reality! Wake up from your boring dream!

Posted by chalo December 15, 09 08:20 PM

I stared at #39 for 10 minutes crying....poor baby and poor woman and that poor guy who gave his life for the biggest hoax of history!!

Posted by julien December 15, 09 09:08 PM

In response to post 114:

There are huge and vast differences between the Berlin Wall and the border wall being built in the US - you can't compare the two.

As for Obama, he is part of the shenanigans that go on in Washington and he has not helped a darn thing!

Posted by Camelriders December 15, 09 09:56 PM

34. what a horrible sound, what a huge explosion, and what a masscar, the really ironic, there is no mention for the 1400 who dead there, more than half are women and children.
Don't know what we may do if there is a war like this inside our beloved country...? i really cried for the kids and family who killed by the 1st country that we supports, and wondering what the rest of the homeless families are doing over there during this winter

Posted by maria alan December 15, 09 10:03 PM

@ Greg Ironwood

Sir, I deeply appreciate your sentiments and am in agreement with you - #39 is a very poignant and telling picture. Perhaps of all the pictures, for us Westerners, it brings home most keenly the full impact of war in the home-life.

But consider the photos of the young woman shot dead in Iran, the displaced boy in Pakistan, the displaced girl in India - are they any less poignant?

What is most telling to me is the distribution of comments that the #39 photo has garnered on this page, clearly from Americans. It seems to me that the essence of human tragedy, which runs through many of the photos featured here, is only felt keenly in # 39 for Americans because of your ubiquitous and ineffable sense of patriotism.

Forgive me for saying so, but the US is one of the most heavily propagandised and extremist nations in the modern world (not to mention the most powerful). For example, how many other nations exaggerate the size of their own country on geographical maps that they show to their schoolchildren?

Take another look at these international tragedies. Open your eyes, open your minds, open your hearts... and please, open your arms. No man is an island, and no nation is a rock. We all need each other. A tragedy for a child in any country is a tragedy for us all.

Posted by Michael Dougherty December 15, 09 10:27 PM

39 i cryed hard before i could post this. God bless those who die in service. and forgive the sins that which they have done, so that they may be in heaven,

Posted by Gerald Cook December 16, 09 12:57 AM


Posted by SV December 16, 09 01:07 AM

#32, amazing!!!
PLA soldiers are so powerful and mighty!

Posted by Donald December 16, 09 01:10 AM

@184, you better go do your homework.
Afghanistan is in the middel of an oil producing region, the war is all about influence of oil transport.

Now, turn off Fox News and go browse the internet for some real information. Maybe start with wikipedia?

Posted by Willem-v-Oranje December 16, 09 02:27 AM

#39 hit me hard also. I did not expect to see that here. I went to high school with that young man. I know his widow and child. He was a good man, respected and well liked in his community. We miss him and he died a hero.

Posted by OaeneoMianadja December 16, 09 03:16 AM

Too bad, nothing on European Union (either elections or Lisbon treaty) or Apollo XI. Otherwise, good selection, as usual!

Posted by Thomas December 16, 09 03:41 AM

It's a bizarre experience for me, seeing that shot of Emilio Morenatti. My brother-in-law was in the same Stryker vehicle with Morenatti when they hit that IED. My brother-in-law was one of the 2 soldiers also injured in that explosion. It's strange how something which has hit me so close to home is featured right here alongside the inauguration, rocket launches, riots, and events that affect so many on a vast scale.

Posted by Mary Lorraine December 16, 09 05:08 AM

I'm mostly moved by the pics from mexico... teh most beautiful country in the world, getting screwed by narcoviolence... this is just sad...

Posted by Chantal Perignon December 16, 09 05:32 AM

#38, the from the space station is pretty f'ing awesome.

I'm tired of seeing war photography.

We should be fighting wars not war. (read that again if it was too deep for you).

I realize people enjoy arguing about the Iraq war and the Israeli/Palestinian war and the Sri Lankan war, but since you can't really do anything about any of them unless you go over there and join the fight, why don't you just relax and enjoy the photos.

Your anger is the reason we have war to begin with.

Posted by Daniel December 16, 09 07:05 AM

Photo #1: "I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly that I will faithfully execute the office of and will to the best of my solemnly swear that I will faithfully protect, preserve and preserve the constitution of the States United". 1/20/09.

Posted by Jim December 16, 09 07:27 AM

Very american, not really the world more whats concerned the US. I say its pants missed out alot of important things, like australian PM saying sorry to the orphans that were sent in the 50's, cricket, football world cup draw etc etc

Posted by Anonymous December 16, 09 08:09 AM

I miss Michael Jackson here. No doubt was the name of the year!

Posted by patricia December 16, 09 10:02 AM

@post # 80 Posted by JOHN B.

Yes you do, I never got to go to my grandads funeral as I was "too young" I never got closure I never got to truly say goodbye nothing is more confusing than not getting closure and nothing is more regrettable than not getting to say goodbye and I love you one more time.

Posted by T G December 16, 09 10:24 AM

Very creative photos,amazing work! Really well done...

Posted by Slavka December 16, 09 10:31 AM

I'd have to say that picture #1 is the most tragic of all the pictures in the set.

Posted by Jon December 16, 09 12:08 PM

Ótimas fotos!
Amazing photos!

Posted by Daniel FL December 16, 09 01:03 PM

it took me 5 seconds and my eyes were wet when i came across photo # 39.

Posted by Johl December 16, 09 02:12 PM

c'est incoroyable comme photos c'est que de male note monde est cruel c'est un tres bon travail et oui c'est l'annee 2009 j'espere que 2010 soit meilleure

Posted by yasmine December 16, 09 02:13 PM

what a world ...

Posted by Anonymous December 16, 09 02:55 PM

The first tiem I saw 39, I find it so tearfull and so human in the same time. I saved this picture at the time and seing it here just enhence the drama of this picture.
Overall brilliant compilation as usual

Posted by Alex December 16, 09 03:26 PM

The guy's face in #13 is priceless.

Posted by Mark December 16, 09 03:43 PM

excelentes fotos lastima q las de mexico solo sean en relacion a la violencia en este pais

Posted by knibal December 16, 09 04:20 PM

in response to number 139-it doesn't matter, he still died and left his family behind, just like those who didn't have a funeral. Funeral or not, they passed away. Their families are still grieving. Have a heart.

Posted by Michelle December 16, 09 08:29 PM

i realy love this photos,they make me to beleve that photography is the last way to tell the real story, like.if u get my english,.sorry.

Posted by giorgosz December 16, 09 08:44 PM

USA don't close your eyes, pic. 36, police and good people die everyday in Mexico because you need to sell your old guns in a new war called "mexican mafias", pic 37 and 22, don't kill your own good people and families for money, pic 39, 20 and 4. Can you imagine an USA without war? pic 1, 14 and 12

Posted by louis December 16, 09 10:33 PM

what a great collection of photos! thank you.

Posted by stephanie moran baldwin December 16, 09 11:33 PM

nr 8

Posted by John Faez December 17, 09 12:50 AM

#14 and #32 are just AMAZING!
good job xD

Posted by shweetikle December 17, 09 01:09 AM

this is really great collection of pictures which just remind us what all has been happened in during year 2009 that can be remembered in this way and thank you for sharing it with us.

Posted by Gaurav Deshta December 17, 09 01:30 AM

hay no no no , casi pura pura tragedia unos ni siquiera son hechos caracteristicos del 2009, me lo suponia.

Posted by veronica montalvo December 17, 09 03:25 AM

Great photos to reflect on. Wonder how many are taken to get a "great" shot? Got to be a tad suspicious about #17 ... ball could so easily be Photoshop-added. From the look of it, to be "real" would need a BIG telephoto, leading to low light --low exposure or high ISO-- and critcial focus/depth of field in which to capture ball. Sharp image might be possible with triggered flash near ball, but it's supposedly a real game. Even if faked, it's a GREAT composition. What a load of rubbish about #39. Yeah, death and family grief is sad BUT these are PROFESSIONAL SOLDIERS ... they join voluntarily, learn to kill/destroy, and get PAID. Why? .... in the hope of giving out ice-creams to orphans? So when the crunch actually comes, everyone wants to blame the government, or anyone else rather than the soldier himself, and also his family who allowed him to take on the "job" and enjoy the financial benefits of that career choice. PS. I joined the Army but left when I discovered how badly it is run. All the Regulars were busting to use their training be in live-fire situations, and GET THE EXTRA PAY that comes from BEING IN A WAR ZONE !!

Posted by Greggo December 17, 09 07:12 AM

again, a lot of talk about pic 39, which is indeed poignant, but what about for instance Neda in pict 8? Imagine her family...Just one example of another tragedy. I agree with one reader 214 who noticed that Americans tend to pull the blanket to them and nothing else matters.

nice selection of pictures. No way to please everybody of course....

Posted by ben wilhelmi December 17, 09 08:46 AM

"a lot of talk about pic 39....I agree with one reader 214 who noticed that Americans tend to pull the blanket to them and nothing else matters."

I know some people want to shoehorn the "Americans are naive" angle into everything but give it a rest already. That was an amazingly composed shot that captures an entire story. The kid innocently reaching out captures more emotion than any other picture on the list; that's why everyone is commenting on it.

Posted by mark December 17, 09 11:07 AM

I would show the MJ'death for 2009 !

Posted by Anonymous December 17, 09 11:07 AM

#39 ~.001 scnds it made me teary eyed. I believe all pics are great this one hurt a little more than the others. Thanks....Von in San diego.

Posted by Von December 17, 09 12:34 PM

Awesome clicked, superb quality images.

Posted by Khalsa December 17, 09 12:55 PM

Thank you #207 Chris...(for leaving)

Posted by Bob December 17, 09 01:26 PM

#39 was way too depressing. Besides that all were great.

Posted by Seth December 17, 09 04:09 PM

absolutely amazing , thank you for posting

Posted by Debbie December 17, 09 04:43 PM

Mi más sincera felicitación a todos, pero mi mayor abrazo con diferencia, para Emilio, has sido, eres y serás un ejemplo a seguir.
Un abrazo.

Posted by David Clares December 17, 09 05:49 PM

damn that picture of the army guy in the coffin is really sad there./

Posted by Anonymous December 17, 09 06:08 PM

Extraordinario, buenisimas ...

Posted by Claudio Pizarro. December 17, 09 06:21 PM

39 too depressing

Posted by Anonymous December 17, 09 06:23 PM

Sow heeeee

Posted by Sytze Vliegen December 17, 09 06:50 PM

#39 chills and saddens me greatly ... I hate to see other people's pain, it feels like mine.

Posted by Teoh December 17, 09 07:49 PM


Posted by foi malungo. December 17, 09 08:11 PM

#179 U don´t know what u are talking about!
Everybody in Spain has run when were kids The "Fire Bull".
This party nothings have in relation to the Bull Fight.
I had run several times when i was a kid and i don´t like bullfighting never and forever.
Have you ever been here once? I think that you are sad.Don´t you see the face of the kids? They are enjoying!
What do you thing about pic. 4,25 and 36? Beautiful pics!!!
Hasta la vista!

Posted by Kike Albeniz December 18, 09 02:32 AM

coincido con algunos comentarios como por ejemplo la mirada parcializada que enfoca según interés político..
mas allá que también felicito la buena calidad fotográfica;
siempre es lindo ver buenas fotos.
si es una era fotgrafica esta che

Posted by alex December 18, 09 03:13 AM

Scrolling Down, enjoying photo by photo, could not rate, which one was better ... tlll .. that baby is trying to reach her dead fellow. My gosh. could not move down further .. could not stop tear out ...Frozen. Amazing capture. Aftrer seeing all the pictures down, while reading the comments, felt that I am not just only one here stunned by that great shot. Hey, great. Still there exists a humanity. (Not just looking like human is humanity)

Posted by GP December 18, 09 05:38 AM

As fotos são ótimas, mas o comentário 198 é definitivamente esclarecedor para quem ainda não entendeu quem são os inimigos dos palestinos.

Posted by Anonymous December 18, 09 06:29 AM

These photos are amazing!!!!!

Posted by Sandra December 18, 09 07:29 AM


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Posted by marta December 18, 09 07:58 AM

Tapez votre commentaire ici ... Quarante photos Qui démontrent le piètre résultat de l'HOMME CONQUERANT. Victime: La planete ... Où es-tu Gandhi? ... Giselène Rambaud

Posted by Rambaud Giselène December 18, 09 08:12 AM

Striking images, raw and real. Of course there are many images missing, as just seeing these wakes our imagination up to all the events in the world recent and current. Loving the hippo skin, and the Sydney orange glow... and many more. Pity really to see the postings get into a pro/con rant of American foreign policy. Yes, the pictures reach to a global theme, a human story. War is terrible, for EVERYONE, so save the propaganda for another venue- inappropriate here... Peace

Posted by Rob December 18, 09 08:26 AM

Imprescindible por excepcional. Gracias!

Posted by ramon December 18, 09 08:33 AM

# 39 ...
Nobody should die far from his homeland and his family. No justification can be given to a baby girl, explaining that she'll never see her father again because he died to save people he did not even know. This war is a dirty business !
I hope with all my heart that a lasting solution be found to save this country from darkness and misery ... without your sons, brothers, fathers or friends do continue to die...

PM from France
(sorry for ggle translate)

Posted by pm December 18, 09 09:07 AM

Excelente recolha!

Posted by Marco Antônio de Araújo Bueno December 18, 09 09:17 AM

Beautiful picture

Posted by vincent jary December 18, 09 09:57 AM

Nicely done, a great collection, thank you.

Posted by Jelte December 18, 09 10:39 AM

#39 is heartbreaking...

Posted by Orange Julius December 18, 09 11:08 AM

amazing, brilliant, inspirational...thank you

Posted by Justin December 18, 09 11:56 AM

#39...very sad...

Posted by didin December 18, 09 12:27 PM

Culpeper, not Culpepper.

Posted by Nik December 18, 09 12:50 PM

It´s funny, US milicians ar shown as victims and they never fired a gun, as the rest of the world is a place to be saved. Has someone think on that?

Posted by Not innocent December 18, 09 01:04 PM

@ comment 271
"Nobody should die far from his homeland and his family. No justification can be given to a baby girl, explaining that she'll never see her father again because he died to save people he did not even know.

PM from France"

Whatever anyone's feelings are on the current war games, I find this comment ironic from a French citizen.

and before anyone gets upset about my term "war games" I have been to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by Scott December 18, 09 01:08 PM

Answering to comment 179 by Gunsmoke, who wrote:

"The real sad one is number 40. Those kids are obviously smiling with terror as a grown man shoots fireworks at them out of a pagan bull monster. When will Spain learn that their bull worship only leads to death and destruction.
No Blood for Fireworks"

I'm not the biggest fan of bullfighting, but at least I'm spanish and I guess I know enough about it to say that reducing it to "terror, shooting, pagan, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION" is just so stupid, apocalyptic and biased.

Obviously, kids aren't allowed to run in front of the real bulls, to your information, and this is just a picture of a typical spanish fiesta where the boy on the right has been captured scared.

C'mon, don't be such a pussy, it's not about deranged pagan toreros setting little kids on fire with a flamethrower. You are just taking an instant out of context.

Posted by albers December 18, 09 01:27 PM

USA profits from war. Who do you think had all the contracts to make to weapons. Clue (do research on bush junior & co. ) goto youtube and listen to the aritect of the twin towers!!! They wer built 2 with stand plane collisions!!! Were are the Weapons Of Mass Destruction? Only USA and few others have these!!!

War is a profitable business!! And only the rich have their fingers in these pies!! Oil is the target of the USA in Iraq, and they need afganistan to to build the oil pipline from the caspian sea.!!

Who caused the Recesssion??? Whoz suffering? it aint the rich beaurcats, but common ppl like me n u. (95% of world pop)

Can some explain why Obama got the Noble Peace Prize? then promises more soliders abroad?

Posted by Frm December 18, 09 02:22 PM


Posted by RADU December 18, 09 03:05 PM

@184 Why don't you ask your country to stop making guns and bombs first.

Posted by f December 18, 09 04:21 PM


Posted by brice wachnick December 18, 09 04:30 PM

what amazing

Posted by drbal December 18, 09 05:34 PM

Falta una foto del Barcelona FC levantando alguno de los muchos trofeos que ha ganado en 2009.

Posted by Cule December 18, 09 05:36 PM


Posted by phippi December 18, 09 06:08 PM

Agree with Allison q. John B #80, where is your head at? Can you imagine when the girl is older and she asks about her dad's funeral and having to explain to her that she was left at home?????? Denied the final chance to see her father? Sorry but as someone who has been through similar you have NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT and yeah HOW DARE YOU JUDGE THAT MOTHER?

Posted by Maddie December 18, 09 08:30 PM

Regarding Comment #194. The sadness we feel from #39 is that it portrays a mother and child who have lost and are now saying good-bye to an evidently very loving father and husband. We would feel this same profound sadness if a Russian family was protrayed, or African, or Chinese, or French, etc. It saddened me that you chose to introduce the "America is ignorant of the world" issue here. We are aware and moved by sadness and loss everywhere. And it should be expected that we'd feel a special burden the closer to home it hits.

Posted by Jefferson December 18, 09 10:31 PM

Nice collection of pictures, even if it focuses too much on the USA. Thanks for gathering and sharing them!!!

As many people, I was struck by the girl on #39. It's a shame because other people would deserve as much compassion (#27, #30,...)

Posted by Creamy December 18, 09 10:50 PM

#39. Hero or not, you got to decide weither you want to serve your country or serve your family, can't do both and leave them behind.

Posted by Matthieu C December 19, 09 01:45 AM

it so sad

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 09 02:51 AM

#39 is Sad, very sad....more because of the baby. So many people are sad seeing this picture. Hey but we all know America has caused such trauma and pain to millions through out the ages. Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Remember Vietnam.... Afganistan...Iraq? In the name of protecting people, America has been the Slaughter machine for the whole Humanity. And you say " God Bless America"? Why?
Why do you think God will ever Bless America?

You are sad seeing this picture. What about the million other babies who have not got their pictures clicked. What about the babies who do not have any one to feel them?

And now the current Recession that triggered off from America has rendered millions job less. Do you know the pain when you cant put food on the table for your hungry children?

Why would God bless America?

Posted by Souemn December 19, 09 02:52 AM

oh my .... 39 ..

Posted by ji-sun December 19, 09 04:07 AM

#39 baay want to say 'good night' but ... that's ..oh i cried

Posted by stop December 19, 09 04:09 AM

The girl on 39. God be with her.

Posted by Akeno December 19, 09 04:29 AM

theses pictures don't need more comments, ..expressives, significants.. ces photos sont tellement expressives qu'elles ne necessitent pas plus de commentaires...

Posted by Pascal Cordier. FRANCE December 19, 09 05:07 AM

pas de commentaires....

Posted by Anonymous December 19, 09 07:23 AM

I am a Belgian History student, and I must say hat some of the comments i read here were very schocking. I mean this in a way that some people only look at events from a year ago from a singleminded perspective.
How can you claim someone had died fighting for the innocent when he was 5000 miles from home? where was the threat? tell me, please. I'd like to understand.
By the way: an answer like: "they are terrorist, that lead an extremist life, and they're out to get us, the 'free' world." is not good enough.
Let's do a little excercise: I'll try to defend the American approach in Iraq, and you Americans try to look at the whole thing from the Iraqi perspective. This should give a nice discussion I think...

Posted by Bram December 19, 09 07:59 AM

tears felt down when i saw #39 . sad

Posted by true December 19, 09 09:07 AM

Nice collection of pictures, even if it focuses too much on the USA. Thanks for gathering and sharing them!!!

Posted by sameermanjeri December 19, 09 09:18 AM

38 is amazing. 39 and 31 are both incredibly sad. and really show how awful war is.

32 is just scary, and a real symbol of China as a rising power.

Posted by Ryan December 19, 09 10:44 AM

The tragedy of these photos is the violence represented. It is an accurate journal as we live in an extremely violent world, sad to say. why the US is still fighting this war is beyond most American's comprehension. Obama is not fullfilling his campaign promises and is a supporter of a war that is costing the US billions of dollars a wonder why there is a worldwide recession. The world is in trouble, especially the US. Loved the picture of the surfer, what an extraordinary shot!!

Posted by allen December 19, 09 12:26 PM

#39 made me cry

Posted by tecn December 19, 09 01:56 PM

I'm not easily affected by pictures, but damn, #39 did it for me.

It's true that the dead soldier volunteered to fight. However, his daughter did not, yet, in the end, she's the one who has to live with the consequences. Nationality doesn't mean anything to a baby her age, and it shouldn't to us either, this is just plain sad no matter where you come from.

/not American

Posted by xhs December 19, 09 07:49 PM

So it's ok for the US to build a wall to keep out Mexicans (#36) because Mexicans take jobs and real estate and social security payments from the Americans.
Why, then, is it not ok for Israel to build a wall to keep out Palestinians who want to blow them up?!
There have been many walls built all around the world throughout history to keep certain peoples apart including The Belfast Peace Lines in Northern Island and The North/South Korean Demilitarized Zone. The list goes on. Now the US have one to protect their sovereignty.
Well, Israel must protect it's citizens and sovereignty too. The world must stop criticizing the only legitimately democratic state in the Middle East region, and allow Israel the right to defend it's national interests. In this case, the defence must come in the form of a wall. Alas!

Posted by Tull Kidron, Sydney Australia. December 19, 09 07:49 PM

i can cry if i see the most of the pics...
only violence and war..the whole world is a f*cking battlefield

Posted by bulletproof December 19, 09 08:14 PM

simplemente sin palabras

Posted by angel barrera December 19, 09 09:44 PM

how many of these events are fake or staged?

Posted by macaras December 20, 09 03:11 AM

very nice

Posted by Anonymous December 20, 09 04:02 AM

To see all those who do not know what a photo reportage, or how to switch from laughter to tears.

Posted by Alain December 20, 09 05:30 AM

I’m quite surprise by all the comments about pic #39.. What is the deal here, you are only touched by the death of an American soldier? Can you even feel somethg for non-american peoples? :/ at least the guy had proper funerals…

Posted by Toto December 20, 09 05:43 AM

oui ce n'est pas mal mais les personnes mortes ça met plutot mal à l'aise ...

Posted by benji December 20, 09 06:09 AM

#39 gave me goosebumps and I cried.

Posted by nikko December 20, 09 10:52 AM

The photos together very well evoke a variety of emotions in me: amazement and relief, horror standing next to awe, lamentation holding hands with joy, the common made eloquent. No, I realize that I do not place myself on the chancy edges of life, nor have I been forced there out of circumstance. I am an American who lives in a (safe?) pocket, like others around me.

Posted by Emily Ann Bess December 20, 09 12:05 PM

this collage of pics was not an american point of view,,or any was alot of great pics, from ALL over the world,and outer space for that matter. excellent shows why this world is doomed..because everybody has to make an issue out of EVERYTHING..the hippo was my fav..cuz noone can incrimnate that pic in ANY way..unless hipos learn to talk of course. :)

Posted by chillin December 20, 09 12:06 PM

Brilliant photos ...a real collection of the stories of the year...

Posted by Glynn McGrath, Cork, Ireland December 20, 09 05:16 PM

Didn't expect to come across Josh in #39. Made my heart stop for a moment. He was a great guy and left a wonderful wife and daughter behind.

To post #292 Josh was serving his family by serving his country. Everything he did was for his wife and daughter. Larissa understood this and someday so will Aubrey

Posted by CavScout December 20, 09 09:43 PM

# 39 shows how life is such unfair......

Posted by Brad December 20, 09 11:56 PM

All of you commenting about #39 and the terrible waste of war and how awful the US is for engaging in war, let me put it this way: It has always been so, and always will be so. Plato (remember him, definitely not American) wrote 3500 years ago, only the dead have seen the end of war. So all of you who think that somehow war is mainly a manifestation of a uniquely American psychological disorder or whatever passes for elite armchair psychoanalysis can go back to sipping your lattes and naively thinking that there would be peace if not for those #$%^ing Americans, blissfully ignorant of what the world will be like once the Americans go home and tell you all to go screw off and see how you like it with the Chinese running the show.

Posted by Scott December 21, 09 01:55 AM

Just a crazy world that just keeps on spinning.

Posted by canuck December 21, 09 04:39 AM

big is best

Posted by simon December 21, 09 04:40 AM

I love the diversity of the pictures. From ones that make your heart ache, to the beauty of the nature..

Posted by Sneha December 21, 09 05:06 AM

Have any of you people who keep talking about number 39 seen part 2 and 3 of this series? If so, shame on you for only being affected by the death of a fellow American.

@320: sorry bud, but it's the other pictures, of famine, oppression and religious extremism that show the world is unfair

Posted by Arnaud December 21, 09 09:31 AM

How sad that #292 doesn't see how some things are bigger than ourselves and even our families. Yes, #325, the world is unfair and we are all moved by the sorrow of the innocent wherever they are.
These galleries are wonderful because of the perspective they bring.

Posted by Dan Milham December 21, 09 12:17 PM


Posted by Marta December 21, 09 01:53 PM

Scott (#321), your resignation and fatalism do not make you more clever than your peers. It's simply crass and a sign of laziness.

Posted by Shawn December 21, 09 02:00 PM

I cannot believe the picture of the young daughter seeing her dead father. This is unacceptable, but worst of all, is the mom letting thelittle kid see all that.
I was 12 when my grandma dyed of natural causes and I was not allowed to go to her funeral!!! I think its the best my mom could have done.

Posted by JPC December 21, 09 02:42 PM

#39 hits hard

Posted by Andrew December 21, 09 03:30 PM

nice work

Posted by s.shijit December 22, 09 12:57 AM


Posted by AppaRao Chintha December 22, 09 05:32 AM

The world at its gloomiest this year. So much innocent suffer to be encountered. Let´s hope that next year would be better. There´s almost nothing else we can do.Let us respect other human beings. They are our sisters and brothers.

Posted by Anja-Riitta Bergius December 22, 09 06:32 AM

What a wonderful world!
Ask the woman in # 39, and she´ll tell you.
Of course that, by both herself and the little child being so pretty much all-american-dream-like in their figures, it gets all the more sorrowful to everyone whom behold it. It is as if they suffered more like most of us, so it becomes more striking.
I like to point out the picture of the pig kissing the dike on #16.
It shows more than the others, on how splendid our society has become in terms of values and oddities.
I´m not prejudice. Not at all. They could be my friends, sisters and all else. For real, I could love them, and I have nothing against them.
But, although that is a far more joyous shot than all the other ones, it shows our total loss of reference nowadays.
This is the real killer, as far as I´m concerned.
God bless the star sprangled union jack flag with the David cross in the middle. No wonder Stalin almost chocked to death laughing when he saw the state of Israel being founded where it is today. Both the chinese leader, and himself, realized there and then that they had just won the war for that matter.
They saw it in a long term perspective, and it is all coming about and showing just now.
But what the hell! I´m in Rio de Janeiro City, the sun is shinning, and I have got to get back to work. Back to the ratt race.
I was almost forgotten: sorry pig and dike. Don´t take it ruefully. Come to Rio on Carnaval and you´ll find lots of your sort. Confutiscate them all.
Happy 2010! I guess.

Posted by B Delayti December 22, 09 07:11 AM

#13 is the best.

Posted by Sergio December 22, 09 07:49 AM

americans have built the border to prevent mexicans from entering their areas. there is no dispute regarding the boundary neither is there any encroachment. but israelis encroached the areas which were palestinian land. they killed many to and used violence to forcibly take over the land from the palestinians. they have no right to take some one else's land pushing the original inhabitants into a corner and built a wall claiming west bank as their land.
the israelis are not protecting their sovereignity rather, they are denying palestinians their rights and are spreading violence. palestinians didn't blow up the israelis. it was the israelis themselves who burnt up the houses of the palestinians and organised protests and violence when their own government took policy against them. they broke into the houses of palestinians pushing them out.
one or two murders of the israelis are because they have driven the palestinians to their limit. but comparing it with the thousands of palestinians killed by the israelis, it cannot be taken into account.
i wonder how u can stand by this atrocity. if you take a impartial stand, you'll see that iam right. by the way, iam not a palestinian or even a mideast citizen if you think that iam having a partial view.

Posted by radz December 22, 09 08:14 AM

too much to take in ... Lot of losses i am not sure for what ...

Great work putting great pieces together

Posted by kris December 22, 09 04:49 PM

I DO respect the iranian protestor (pic7)

Posted by Anonymous December 22, 09 05:43 PM

Really Beautiful Picture.....
means a lots

Posted by Rupa Chatterjee December 22, 09 05:49 PM

super evokative photos! wow.

Posted by jessica lowery December 22, 09 06:40 PM


Posted by TOM December 22, 09 09:39 PM

what more can de said?pictures says it all.

Posted by dantas December 23, 09 06:20 AM

Her yilin icinde barindirdigi iyiliklerde var kötülüklerde. Israf ekonomisine dunya buyuk kayiplar veriyor oysa ki bizim dinimizde israf haramdir. Haramin binasi olmaz derler benim ulkemde umulur ki bu dunyada egemen olur. Gecmisimizi bu imajlarla analim ama önemli olan bizlerin tarihe neler biraktigidir. Biz ne yaptik? Sevgili arkadaslar temennim odur ki iyilik dunyada hakim olur (insallah) Du'a ile...

Posted by AYDIN AYCAN December 24, 09 03:34 AM

Precisa de comentários?

Posted by Andressa December 24, 09 08:21 AM

extraordinary photos, that capture people and places in a way that moves the soul. Good work!

Posted by RoRo December 24, 09 01:53 PM

Great photos, thanks for putting them up

Posted by Guybrush December 24, 09 07:34 PM

breath taking

Posted by Meutia Ananda December 24, 09 09:49 PM


Just rips my heart out.

Posted by Justin December 25, 09 08:15 PM

Mucha injusticia!!!!!!!!

Posted by Luz December 26, 09 05:58 PM


Posted by SAJJAD LATIF December 26, 09 10:34 PM

#39 is not depressing, it´s life. If you go to war, you die. What had you expected?

Posted by Tarao December 26, 09 11:32 PM

Beautiful, as always! Thank you to the photojournalists who risk their lives to inform the world through their photos.

Please note - the most gorgeous photo of a sleeping child (#31) was taken by the wounded photographer shown in #20.

Posted by june December 27, 09 04:24 PM

Me quedo sin palabras. Gracias.

Posted by fnikon December 27, 09 07:00 PM

As usually, violence everywhere. Depressing!
Good photos, i have to admit.

Posted by Dan December 28, 09 08:07 AM

39 is so sad...., war is so sad

Posted by F.Bewin December 28, 09 01:13 PM

nice pictures for remember!! well done!!

Posted by craywinckel December 28, 09 02:13 PM


Posted by LURDES QUEIRÓS December 29, 09 10:36 PM

Nice Photos

Posted by Anonymous December 30, 09 05:42 AM

Speechless...the pictures says it all.

Posted by Ganesh R Iyer December 30, 09 08:38 AM

pic number 4 is so fun, lol

Posted by Ehsan Adam December 31, 09 03:19 AM

good collection !

Posted by D Srinivasan December 31, 09 04:22 AM

Absolutely amazing pics! The old saying that a great picture speaks more than a thousand words would describe the selection perfectly!

Posted by Chris December 31, 09 12:34 PM

leaning back to 2009 in Great pictres

Posted by rupendra December 31, 09 11:00 PM

Fantastica colección de fotos a cual más impactante. Reflexión hacia donde vamos y lo que somos.

Posted by nuria January 1, 10 06:57 AM

Amazing !!!!!!!!

Posted by Yusuf January 1, 10 07:27 AM


Posted by Mina January 1, 10 08:01 AM


Posted by Ed Helbling January 1, 10 08:13 AM

38 is amazing!!

Posted by Antonette Barrett January 1, 10 09:45 AM

Olha só estas fotos.

Posted by rafael January 1, 10 02:21 PM

very nice collection thanks.

Posted by daya shankar vishwakarma January 2, 10 01:33 AM


Posted by HIREN TRIVEDI January 2, 10 02:18 AM

We think these photos are extraordinary. We see art on them but we also see the importance of the message they contain.

Posted by Violeta Waterland January 2, 10 07:10 AM

THey are all Ammazing
I love 32

Posted by Deborah Kolb January 2, 10 08:33 AM

This message is about post 93...

Dear Henry, It seems to me that you forget the fact that there is nothing for America to defend in Afghanistan. America lost the war in Afghanistan years ago! They just don't want to be seen as losers, which they already are...

Happy Holidays

Posted by Anonymous January 2, 10 09:29 AM

#39 is about the least interesting of the photos. Shock horror, soldiers die! They signed up for the risk. There are photos like that taken every day in a load of countries, and many of them are from soldiers who DIDN'T CHOOSE to join the armed forces of their country.

Every death is tragic but there are far more sadder cases than that even in much of the USA, never mind the rest of the world. Try thinking outside your recently stolen colonial land for a change. (I'm from the UK so I'm not saying my country are any better, the UK are obviously among the worst in history for imperial atrocities. We done what much of the Nazi's done but managed to pull it off a few years earlier. Lets hear more about the British concentration camps and genocide/slavery of much of the world.)

Posted by U.G.H. January 2, 10 10:58 AM

Life can be though, but there is always a place where life can be better. Charles Darwin´s Theory applys also for Humans. every single death soldier was not smart enough to survive. Look at Clinton, he was smart, he didnt took any silly risk. Dont get sentimental here, its always the same . the weak one has to go.
Great pictures thought.

Posted by Still alive and mostly happy. January 2, 10 02:30 PM

the crown of aragon (spain) miss a picture of one of their teams (barcelona) winning a cup.

thank you

Posted by respiroche January 2, 10 03:22 PM

So many things in few pictures.

The one hits me is the #34. You can see the devasted underground, you can see the missiles, but Israël is still not considered as "in war", and still not considered as "terrorist".

But it's the same as the US done in so many country, or the France done in others, or every powerfull country does ... I think this is the worst.

Power & Money, humans are still dreaming about you.
(They are the only god or devil on earth...)

Posted by Sebastien January 2, 10 09:33 PM


Posted by niaz January 3, 10 01:02 AM

tellement riche en émotion,
tellement enrichissante,
merci 1.000.000 de fois pour ces prises !

Posted by Nio January 3, 10 07:56 AM

Ca y est j'ai vu les infos du monde de cette année a l'année prochaine

Posted by Anonymous January 3, 10 04:34 PM

Thankyou, for all your work to display these wounderful, experances. We might never seen ,what the rest of he world is going through. It really breakes my heart to see the youth of today, just waste there life away, doing drugs or playing hookey from school.they just don't get it.These pictures,each one say thankyou dear GOD in heaven for our freedmon, These photoshooters are really to preased. Thankyou,

Posted by Anonymous January 4, 10 02:31 AM

Fantastic Photos....the photos capture the moment where one can express feeling without any words!

Posted by sue hom January 4, 10 05:53 PM

Nice Colection... And The Best Moment ...

Posted by Abdul Halik January 4, 10 09:09 PM

Faltou uma foto do Flamengo levantando a taca do hexa no Campeonato Brasileiro 2009.

Posted by Ivan Maia January 4, 10 09:49 PM

Nossa! que lindo ficou, muito show, no momento que eu estava vendo as fotos pensei, será que um dia chego ai, quero agradecer as dicas, são de muito valor para mim, busco a cada dia conhecimento, e essas dicas sao exenciais para meu conhecimento, obrigada e sentimos sim sua falta neste poquinho de tempo que ficou ausente, parabens! trabalho lindo que esta fazendo conosco, principiantes no mundo da fotografia sem mais,
Edna Okada.
Feliz 2010!

Posted by Edna Okada January 5, 10 04:41 AM

Agree with Maddie! What if the girl asked?

Posted by Emily January 5, 10 04:21 PM

I was lost for a i was going through each and every photograph. Great collection (some good, some sad and some inspiring)..........

Posted by Ravi Andrews January 6, 10 07:13 AM

Increibles momentos, que "momentos" es la fotografía.

Posted by Carlos Valcarcel January 6, 10 03:34 PM

these pictures are so depressing

Posted by lady gaga January 6, 10 04:34 PM

Really outstanding photos.. I was mesmerized by them all. Interesting discussions, which really great pictures will bring on, although I care to just enjoy the photographs....period

Posted by Jimbo January 7, 10 01:53 AM

Non ci sono parole per esprimere la tristezza della foto Nº 39. Per le altre, purtroppo, ci siamo giá abituati. Eppure, la vita, continua ad essere bella!!

Posted by Luigi January 7, 10 04:40 AM

Of course when you're far and have no contact with the countries directly affected by the war YOU CAN DESCRIBE WAR AS BEING SAD!!! Just SAD I mean HELLO, people die loose their homes, their lives, their EVERYTHING, and all you can say is "WAR IS SAD"!?. Unfortunately, many people accept things as presented by others, without trying to find another meaning to it (which might actually be the right meaning).
I wish we had more beautiful, pure and living moments.

Posted by Linda January 7, 10 05:02 PM


that photo make me cry....

Posted by Tedybear January 8, 10 12:55 AM

I am really touched by photo of sixteen-month old Aubrey Melton whose father was killed in Afganistan!!!

I would not comment further!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Ivan January 11, 10 04:49 AM

Simplesmente Incrível. Junto-me aos outros comentários sobre a foto 39. Profundamente triste. Mais ainda ao se imaginar as consequências futuras para a orfã... Parabéns pelo lindo trabalho.

Posted by Harlis (Brazil) January 11, 10 06:46 AM

Foto 39, sem duvida a melhor.

Posted by Joaoxp January 11, 10 06:56 AM

What a beautiful, touching, painful and emotion-stirring set of pictures.

I don't understand why everyone keeps saying that 39 made them cry....what about No.8 - an innocent woman shot dead? No.11 - a child who has lost everything because of a natural disaster? No.37 - a photo that portrays the violence in Mexico that surrounds people every day? Every loss counts, not just because he was a soldier. I don't know, it just seems quite shallow to me.

Thankyou for an interesting portrayal, I will be sharing the link.

Posted by Priya January 12, 10 05:36 PM

Very beatiful photos but... Spain is not only bulls!!!

Posted by Montse January 13, 10 11:59 AM

They say a photo is worth a thousand words....
Thank you for this portrayal of life

Posted by Elle January 13, 10 05:21 PM

To 307 (Tull Kidron, Sydney Australia)

Israel would have the right to build a wall on its own land, albeit the whole land of what you now know as Israel was Palestinian only in 1948. Only through killing and masacares Israel was able to live and prosper displacing millions of innocent people.

Moreover, the wall engulps and seperates many 1976 Palestinian areas, some people have to live on one side of the wall with their lands (used for agriculture) on the other, so you have your land just meters from your hosue, but you can't get to them. How would you think if someone did that to you?????!!!!!

In fact I wonder why there is no picture showing the suffering of innocent Palestinians in Gaza?!! Although all the tears in the wold would not be enough to ease their pain.

Posted by Eyer January 14, 10 06:53 AM

Nice pics, though it is telling that of all the pictures of war , they depict the suffering of the militarily, economically stronger party (the US, Israel)...who have played the role of aggressor in the course of the history of the wars. How come no pictures of the hundreds of Afghans or Palestinians killed with little recourse for grand funerals?

Posted by Aditi January 14, 10 10:23 AM

Absolute Great Photos
#39 really torn my heart.

Posted by Tony Lee January 15, 10 04:07 AM

so good i like it

Posted by roselyn romero January 19, 10 02:59 AM

exicellent photos captured. great work.


Posted by sohaib January 19, 10 07:47 AM

Excelente seleccìon de testimonios visuales del 2009

Posted by a. munoz l January 20, 10 03:25 PM


Posted by RONALD C. January 20, 10 07:02 PM

wonderful work.

Posted by Christina Rotari January 23, 10 03:37 PM

You know photos talk to people in difference ways, they make you think and wonder what if it was me and that how would I feel at that time in life. This world is so big and so uneven its hard to till were the world is headed and how will it end. All we can do is pray.

Posted by Adrian January 24, 10 10:14 PM

real genuine photos like these tells real life stories and if not passed on is a big loss to the world mankind.there's no take2 in life.

Posted by christinayong January 26, 10 09:28 AM

but my heart feel pain in some photo...

Posted by xinhui January 30, 10 05:11 AM


Posted by V.BALAJI RAO February 1, 10 03:05 AM


Posted by V.BALAJI RAO February 1, 10 03:07 AM

Nº39-Fue a un país que no era el suyo a agredir. Pudo haber cometido crímenes de guerra como otros tantos soldados. Encontró lo que le causó o pudo haber causado a tantos otros. Y su niña y esposa quedaron como quedaron o pudieron haber quedado otros por su causa y la de sus cómplices. Justicia poética.

Posted by Cristo Rebelde February 1, 10 08:40 AM

32 is mesmerizing: like some kind of optical illusion

Posted by Giles February 3, 10 11:02 AM


Posted by Des.D. February 3, 10 04:03 PM

WOW! these are great the are very emotional!

Posted by Cheyenne Farley February 11, 10 06:32 PM

i like this.
Sir, Plez mail me all this & new photos.

Posted by salim February 13, 10 09:33 AM

unfair? why? he went to afghanistan to kill people. of course they want him to die as well.

Posted by simon February 15, 10 01:43 PM

# 39 , there is no picture here showing how may father got killed by the rifle of Josh Melton, its a sad end but the misery of afghan people continues by the hands of josh's comrades thats is even more sad a fact

Posted by Umar Tanwir February 16, 10 08:16 AM

i jst shocked............
i havent words 4 all this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
itz brilliant afford 4rm all the photographers.....

Posted by hussain February 16, 10 01:31 PM

admirables en verdad

Posted by fco monter February 23, 10 07:54 PM

Exelentes imagenes...

Posted by GAM March 7, 10 02:32 PM

The idea behind making a collection of such an assorted work is as great as the work itself.

Posted by shamsher chandel March 11, 10 02:26 AM

best and nice pics in the world

Posted by subhash kolli March 16, 10 06:28 AM

it was jus sad how you guys put a funeral picture of there i would be in sain for doing dat kinda thing, Just one dont do it again

Posted by robert April 28, 10 02:41 PM

just loved it..............

Posted by rahmanparsi May 2, 10 06:59 AM

Picture 39 is very moving... It may be suprising but it is natural to let children go to funerals of beloved one. This has been the tradition almoast everywhere until the modern period when death became a sort of taboo... For example...

Posted by JS May 16, 10 10:25 AM

i like good.........

Posted by satyajeet prasad June 6, 10 08:20 AM

inspiring pictures!!!!....amazing pieces.!

Posted by RMH June 16, 10 11:48 PM

39 ,sin palabras.

Posted by ruben July 1, 10 05:21 PM

Muito in teressante!
Cada uma fala por si!
Gosto mais d algumas, menos d outras;
Uma bela colecção.
Parabens a quem se lembrou d junta-las .

Posted by Lua.1962 September 5, 10 12:41 PM

#16 I'm glad gays are approaching equality (finally) but I'll never understand why ANYONE would want to marry.

#39 didn't have to happen. Peace.

Beauty in celebration, beauty in tragedy.

Posted by roostertree September 12, 10 07:50 AM

Meridia :-[

Posted by Meridia September 29, 10 02:50 PM

These Pictures are Really Great.

Posted by Mohammad Nurul Amin October 17, 10 09:53 AM

"Amazing! Wow! Beautiful!"

are those the correct words for calling all that terror depicted??

Posted by Anonymous November 2, 10 04:25 PM

Great Pictures!!! Shame theirs a lot of negativity in some photo's, but hey if you want smiling families running through flowered fields I'm sure theirs lots of stock image websites you can look through. Love No. 27 walking on electrical wires in a flood, isn't that like going up in a hot air balloon to get away from a hurricane?

Posted by Anonymous November 2, 10 06:18 PM

sweet .photo .........but about 39 ..USA gouvernement false .because they sent to kill very very poor pepol in the world ....i think im right pls try to think

Posted by mohamed November 8, 10 03:58 PM

It's Thom Yorke on photo # 15

Posted by Daniel November 28, 10 05:51 PM
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