HOW to sum up an entire year of news in just 10 photos? The very notion is daunting when we consider that the AP’s award-winning team of hundreds of staff photographers, freelancers and photo editors sends out some 3,000 photos every 24 hours – over 1 million photos a year – to our subscribers around the globe.
Photo editing is, of course, a subjective process of comparison and selection. It involves aesthetics, journalism, impact and memory.
In the end, I chose 10 representative photos from some of the biggest stories of 2013.
In the 10, we see a woman being removed, alive, from a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh.
A Bangladeshi woman is lifted out of the rubble by rescuers at the site of a building that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 25. Picture: AP
We see a mother carrying her 8-year-old daughter through the wreckage after a tornado levelled sections of Moore, Oklahoma.
LaTisha Garcia carries her 8-year-old daughter, Jazmin Rodriguez, near Plaza Towers Elementary School, May 20, 2013, after a massive tornado carved its way through Moore, Oklahoma. Picture: AP
A family in Australia takes shelter in the water under a bridge as wildfires rage around them.
Tammy Holmes, second from left, and her grandchildren, Charlotte Walker, 2, left, Esther Walker, 4, third from left, Liam Walker, 9, Matilda, 11, second from right, and Caleb Walker, 6, right, take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages nearby in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of Hobart, Australia. Picture: AP
A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing is rushed to safety after losing the lower part of his legs in the blasts.
An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in his cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Picture: AP
Gay rights activists are protected by police in Russia after being beaten at the hands of anti-gay demonstrators.
Riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorised gay rights rally in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 29. Picture: AP
A nun’s face lights up as white smoke billows from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected.
A nun reacts after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, March 13. Picture: AP
A protester gets a face full of pepper spray from Brazilian police.
Military policeman pepper sprays a protester during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 17. Picture: AP
A Syrian man covered in bandages leaves the hospital after being injured in fighting.
A Syrian man with more than half his body burnt from an air strike leaves a field hospital to go back home at a village turned into a battlefield with government forces in the Idlib province of northern Syria, September 22. Picture: AP
A devastated landscape in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan struck.
Typhoon Haiyan survivors ride motorbikes through the ruins of the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines on November 14. Picture: AP
Hundreds of mourners line up to see the body of Nelson Mandela as it lies in state in South Africa.
People stand in a long, winding line to catch a bus to see the remains of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, December 12. Picture: AP
The choice of these photos is meant only to represent the broader spectrum of human experiences captured in all the other images. Every experience is, in some way, a valid one.