2008: The Year in Photos

2008 was one hell of a year. There was the Beijing Olympics, a worldwide economic crash, Barack Obama was elected president of the United States and so much more. There's no better way to reflect on the year than through some awesome photos.

We've compiled some of the most memorable professional photos in current events, entertainment, sports, style and everything inbetween right here. Just scroll through some of our best images, if you'd like to see more of one event, simply click on the photo to go to that event gallery. Enjoy!

FIS World Cup Freestyle Day 2
World Cup Freestyle Day 2
Jacqui Cooper of Australia competes during of the 2008 Freestyle FIS World Cup aerial competition on January 19, 2008 at the Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, New York. (Getty Images)more pics »

Throngs Gather in New York City's Times Square on to Celebrate New Years
Throngs Gather In NY's Times Square For New Year's Eve Countdown
A man wears a pair of 2008 glasses at the barricades about two hours before midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square December 31, 2007 in New York. Many tourists stand for twelve hours or longer in Times Square on New Year's Eve staking out a good spot to view the evening's annual celebration. (Getty Images)more pics »
NHL Winter Classic - Pittsburgh Penguins v. Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres
Fans react to a helicopter flyover prior to the 2008 NHL Winter Classic game on January 1, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The stadium's football field has been converted into an ice rink for the game . (Getty Images)more pics »

Rose Bowl - Illinois v USC
Rose Bowl - Illinois v USC
A general view of the 'Rose Bowl presented by Citi' between the USC Trojans and the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2008 in Pasadena, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Ferrari Launches 2008 Season F1 Car
Ferrari Launch 2008 Season F1 Car
In this handout image supplied by Ferrari, The new Ferrari 2008 Season F1 Car is unveiled at Ferrari's Fiorano test track on January 6, 2008 in Maranello, Italy. (Getty Images)more pics »

Barack Obama Campaigns in New Hampshire
Barack Obama Campaigns In New Hampshire
Large letters spelling 'Obama' wait in the bleachers at Pinkerton Academy for volunteers to wave during a rally for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) January 6, 2008 in Derry, New Hampshire. Polls show Obama (-IL) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) running neck-in-neck prior to Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. (Getty Images)more pics »
SF09 - Ghostgarden
SF08 - Ghostgarden
Flowers a seen at the Ghostgarden during the 2008 Sydney Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens on January 8, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Ghostgarden, is a Global Positioning System (GPS) cinematic tale created by Anita Fontaine, Dr Michael Boyce and Mike Pelletier. It's a journey to discover an impossible romance between two characters, Jack and Lucy bound to each other upon one fateful meeting. Their story unfolds in 9 scenes throughout the Gardens. (Getty Images)more pics »

The Launch of Russian Winter Festival 2008
The Launch of Russian Winter Festival 2008 : Photocall
Large scale custom-made Russian nesting dolls are unveiled next to the British Airways London Eye on January 10, 2008 in London, England. The dolls, known as Matryoshka, are to launch the Russian Winter Festival which takes place on January 13, 2008 in Trafalgar Square. (Getty Images)more pics »
Barack Obama's Family Roots in Western Kenya
Barak Obama's Family Roots In Western Kenya
Family portraits, including one of US Senator Barack Obama's father (also called Barack) hang in his family house on January 12, 2008 in Kogelo, western Kenya. Barack Hussein Obama, father of US presidential candidate hopeful Obama, was born and raised in Kogelo. He died in a car accident in 1982. Senator Barack Obama's parents separated when he was young. (Getty Images)more pics »

New Year Dog Party Fashion Show
New Year Dog Party Fashion Show
Owners and their dogs experience Dog Yoga at the New Year Dog Party held at Tokyo Big Sight on January 12, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. The event is opened for 2 days on the weekend for the owners and their dogs to enjoy experiencing dogs' fashion and life style with dogs. (Getty Images)more pics »
Pope Celebrates Baptisms in the Sistine Chapel
Pope Celebrates Baptisms In The Sistine Chapel
A general view as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates baptisms in the Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, January 13, 2008 in Vatican City. (Getty Images)more pics »

Large Amounts of Snow Brings Skiers onto Slopes Early
Large Amounts Of Snow Bring Skiers Onto Slopes Early
Skiers and snowboarders enjoy some fine conditions at Nevis Range January 14, 2008 in Fort William, Scotland. All five of Scotland's ski centres have been reporting superb snow conditions after recent winter weather. (Getty Images)more pics »
Tailgating Nation
Tailgating Nation
An eagle mascot sits on a tailgating bus in a carpark during the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 18, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born and bred into American sporting culture the act of tailgating is a tradition practiced unlike anywhere else in the world. Tailgating by definition is the act of partying or picnicking around a vehicle in a car park prior to the start of a sporting event. At any major sporting event in the United States you will find die hard fans, all settling into car parks surrounding the stadium, hours before the event even begins. Tailgaters, young and old drink, play games, barbeque and party, rain, hail or snow and often in unusual places, just about anywhere its possible to park a car and setup a barbeque. What started as a small pre-game picnic held out of the back of a pickup truck has now evolved into a multibillion-dollar business, with participant numbers estimated at over 50 million over the course of a season. The tailgating industry has taken off, with thousands of websites devoted to tailgating, a magazine, a convention and even its own trade association. Specialized tailgating equipment such as trailers fully equipped with everything from full bar facilities, specially designed cooking areas, flat screen TVs, toilets, satellite dishes and generators have also been introduced. Tailgating has become as much of a sport as the football games it was born around, so much so many fans turn up just to tailgate and never even see the inside of the stadium. (Getty Images)more pics »

Salmon Fishing Season Opens on the River Tay
Salmon Fishing Season Opens On The River Tay
Anglers mark the opening of the salmon fishing season on the River Tay at Kenmore January 15, 2008 in Kenmore, Scotland. New guidelines have been recommended by the Tay District Fisheries Board, warning that stringent conservation measures are needed.(Getty Images)more pics »
Police Shoot Several Protestors as Rioting Continues in Kenya
Police Shoot Several Protestors As Rioting Continues
(ISRAEL OUT) Kenyan police search supporters of Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga during clashes in the Kibera slums January 17, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya. International mediators have attempted to unlock political gridlock in the East African nation has had at least 600 people killed in severe post-election violence, amid allegations that the incumbent president manipulated the December elections. (Getty Images)more pics »

Shiites Gather for Ashura Festival in Karbala
Shiites Gather For Ashura Festival In Karbala
Iraqi Shiite pilgrims gather in front of Imam Hussein holy shrine on January 19, 2008 in the holy Shiite city of Karbala about 70 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq. About 2.5 million Shiite pilgrims marked the last day of Ashura religious festival in the holy Shiite city of Karbala . Ashura is the anniversary of the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Ashura means the tenth day in Arabic. (Getty Images)more pics »
Yanquing Ice Festival
Yanqing Ice Festival
Visitors view ice sculptures at Yanqing Ice Festival on January 18, 2008 in Beijing, China. The Ice Lantern Show in Longqing Canyon, with the theme of "Olympic Songfest", is divided into two elements: ice lantern and fancy lantern. (Getty Images)more pics »

Clean-Up of Taean Seashore Continues After South Korea's Worst Oil Spill
Clean-Up Of Taean Seashore Continues After South Korea's Worst Oil Spill
Volunteers continue work to remove oil at the seashore on January 19, 2008 in Taean, South Korea. South Korea's worst oil spill occurred last December 7, when 10,500 tons of crude oil spilled into the West Sea. About 15,000 protesters gathered at mass demonstration yesterday against the government and the Samsung corporation for avoiding responsibility for the spill and demand compensation. (Getty Images)more pics
Barack Obama Attends "Stand Together for Change" Rally
Barack Obama Attends
Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) kisses five month old Daryn Bailey Binns during a 'Stand Together For Change' rally at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center January 20, 2008 in Columbia, South Carolina. Obama came in second after Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in the January 19 Nevada caucus and is now campaigning for a win in the Democratic South Carolina primary January 26. (Getty Images)more pics »
Construction of Beijing National Aquatics Center
Construction Of Beijing National Aquatics Centre
A worker pokes out his head from the sewer in the snow at the construction site of the National Aquatics Centre (the Water Cube) on January 17, 2008 in Beijing, China. The centre, built for the Beijing Olympics, will host its first event - the 'Good Luck Beijing' Swimming China Open - from January 31 to February 5. the Water Cube that will be completed soon lights the exteriors for the first time today. (Getty Images)more pics »

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