2008 Pictures of the Year

It’s the end of 2008 and many editorial and photography organizations are posting galleries of what they consider the best photos and photographers of the year.

 

I usually avoid mentioning these because contrary to what most people think they are not, like all judges contests, objective selections. Great photography, like many things, is in the eye of the beholder and cultural, social, political, corporate and personal bias on the part of the individuals and organizations play into every judging or editorial decision.

 

It is not uncommon to see wildly different photos in the European based World Press Photo annual and the US based Pictures of The Year (POY) editorial photo annual contest which have many common entries.

 

As the year closes I leave you with a collection of links to many of the “Best of” galleries for your viewing pleasure and you can be the judge. 

 

The best example of the power of multimedia in a web presentation is on MSNBC and their 2008 picks for the best pix. No accident considering the editors their are experienced photo editor and video producers.

 

…and remember, the best photos of the year do not necessarily mean photos from the top stories of the year.

 

MSNBC – The Year in Pictures 

REUTERS – 2008 Pictures of The Year. 
TIME Magazine – 2008 Picture of The Year 
The Boston Globe’s BIG PICTURE – Pictures of the Year
(you have to look for links to 2nd and 3rd pages. Not the most intuitive navigation design I've ever seen.) 

 

The Telegraph (UK) – Pictures of The Year 
Natural History Society (UK) – Wildlife Photos of The Year.

 

I guess we should do a Newfoundland & Labrador Pictures of The Year?? Any suggeestions?

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