2008: The Year in Photos

Sixth Annual Festiva Internacional de Cine Pobre
Sixth Annual Festival Internacional del Cine Pobre
(AGENTS OUT; MAGAZINES OUT) Two musicians carry a contrabass through the streets at the end of a gala dinner for the festival jury members, during the Festival Internacional del Cine Pobre, April 19, 2008 in Gibara, Cuba. The festival was founded by Cuban film director Humberto Solas. (Getty Images)more pics »
Beijing Olympic City 2008
Beijing - Olympic City 2008
A general view of the Great Wall on December 3, 2006 in Beijing, China. Beijing will be the host city for 2008 Summer Olympic Games. (Getty Images)more pics »


Burma's Unique Fisermen of Inle Lake
Burma's Unique Fishermen Of Inle Lake
INLE LAKE-MYANMAR-MARCH 2: U Aung, 53 years old, an Intha leg rowing fisherman holds his cone shaped net, used to catch fish March 2, 2007 on Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma). The 22 kilometre long lake is also eleven kilometres wide.The fisherman of this region are famous for their leg rowing technique, standing on the stern on one leg and wraping the other leg around the oar. According to the Intha this allows the fisherman to better see the many obstacles in the large lake, offering relief to their arms. The fisherman usually catch Nga-hpein, which is a type of carp, selling for about USD1.00 per fish. With economic sanctions crippling the Burmese economy its people are eager for change and a better life. According to government experts who are working on a seven step road map to democracy, within the next few months the Draft Constitution will be finalized which will hopefully bring a Referendum for Constitution by the end of the year. After that a Democratic election will be held in 2008. According to the current scenario the change may happen soon but many say that Burmese will be afraid to vote with their heart but will cast their vote to prevent trouble. (Getty Images)more pics »
California Dreaming
California Dreaming -
385279 01: A large replica of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is reflected in a storefront window sporting signs of landmark California roadways during grand opening days of Disney's ''California Adventure theme park February 6, 2001 in Anaheim, CA. The 55-acre park next to Disneyland is based on California themes and opens to the public on February 8, 2001. (Getty Images)more pics »


Camels and Palaces in Rajasthan
Camels and Palaces In Rajasthan
Camel traders sit as sun rises at the largest camel fair in the world November 11, 2005 in Pushkar, India in the state of Rajasthan. Thousands of camels and traders come to the annual event which some say has been going on for centuries. (Getty Images)more pics »
Full Moon Parties in Thailand
Full Moon Parties In Thailand
A flame thrower puts on a show for party goers March 7, 2004 in Koh Phangan, Thailand at the monthly 'Full Moon' party where thousands of foreigners and Thai citizens come to have an all-night beach party. The lucrative party will continue despite the efforts of the Thai government to shorten bar hours in Bangkok and all resort areas to 1:00am starting April 1. The government is targeting teenage drinking, drug use and youth crime. (Getty Images)more pics »


Historical Sites of the Holy Land as Israel Turns 60
Historical Sites Of The Holy Land As Israel Turns 60
(ISRAEL OUT) Religious Jews descended from the biblical priestly caste cover themselves with prayer shawls as they perform the priestly blessing during Passover festivities at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, April 8, 2004 in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel. Following Jewish tradition, observant Jews make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times per year for the ceremony. (Getty Images)more pics »
Surf's Up - Wave Action Around the World
Surf's Up - Wave Action Around The World
A surfer performs an ariel manouvre in large swell at Bondi Beach January 4, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Huge waves up to three metres high have been pounding Sydney's beaches and is expected to continue for the rest of the week. (Getty Images)more pics »


New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles
Hideki Matsui #55 of the New York Yankees is hit by a pitch during the game against the Baltimore Orioles April 18, 2008 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Getty Images)more pics »
Japanese Spa Launches New Noodle Bath
Japanese Spa Launches New Noodle Bath
Ichiro Furuya, founder and cook of a popular noodle store "Nantsuttei" throws the imitation noodles bath agent into "soup noodle spa" at the Hakone Yunessun Spa on April 19, 2008 in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The spa, which has previously offered customers spa baths filled with chocolate and Beaujolais wine, is celebrating their 10 millionth visitor since their opening in 2001 with the Soup Noodle Spa until June 30. (Getty Images)more pics »


2008 Hong Kong Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition
2008 Hong Kong Bodybuilding And Fitness Championships
(CHINA OUT) Competitors flex their muscles during the 2008 Hong Kong Bodybuilding And Fitness Championships on April 20, 2008 in Hong Kong, China. (Getty Images)more pics »
Caymen Islands Stingray City
Cayman Islands - Stringray City
The Cayman Islands most famous attraction, Stingray City and the nearby shallows know as the Sandbar provide the only natural oportunity to swim with Atlantic Southern Stingrays on 24 April, 2008 in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. (Getty Images)more pics »


Cloned Sniffer Dogs Begin Training in Korea
Cloned Sniffer Dogs Begin Training In Korea
Toppy (Tomorrow's Puppy) a cloned puppy are seen at the detector dog training centre of the Korea Customs Service on April 24, 2008 in Incheon, Korea. The seven Golden Retriever clones were born in 2007 and have so far passed all tests during training as sniffer dogs and will begin working for the Korean Customs Services later in the year. (Getty Images)more pics »
ATP MAsters - Monte Carlo
ATP Masters Series - Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point after his 6-1,7-5 victory during his quarter final match against David Ferrer of Spain on day seven of the Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club, April 25, 2008 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Getty Images)more pics »


California Rice Farmers Plant New Crop Amid Global Shortage
California Rice Farmers Plant New Crop Amid Global Shortage
Rice seeds make splashes in a flooded field as a bi-plane from Williams Ag Service drops rice seeds on a field April 25, 2008 in Biggs, California. California rice growers are in the midst of planting nearly 549,000 acres of rice throughout the Sacramento Valley as rice consumers around the world face rice shortages and higher prices. (Getty Images)more pics »
Dog Trained to Sniff Out DVDs Are Demonstrated by the MPAA
Dogs Trained To Sniff Out DVDs Are Demonstrated By The MPAA
Five-year-old labradors Flo (L) and Lucky correctly choose which box of several holds a counterfeit movies during a demonstration of their ability to sniff out optical discs, like DVDs and CDs, on Captiol Hill April 29, 2008 in Washington, DC. The Motion Picture Association of America employed Flo and her partner Lucky's ability to sniff out discs made of polycarbonate to locate about $3.5 million in pirated discs in Malaysia earlier this year. When attempts to mask the discs with charcoal failed, the pirates put a bounty on the dogs' heads of 100,000 Malaysian Ringgit, or about $30,000. (Getty Images)more pics »


New York City Food Bank Feeds the Hungry
New York City Food Bank Feeds The Hungry
Volunteers prepare meals at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen April 29, 2008 in New York City. The kitchen currently serves 1,100 meals each weekday, the most it has ever served, as rising food prices and a slowing economy are affecting citizens nationwide. (Getty Images)more pics »
Multiple Tornadoes Touch Down in Central and Southeastern Virginia
Multiple Tornadoes Touch Down In Central And Southeastern Virgina
The home of resident Kenny Guzwa is shown , destroyed by one of a spate of tornados to touch down Monday, on April 29, 2008 in the Elephant's Fork area of Suffolk, Virginia. Three tornadoes touched down in central and southeastern Virginia, injuring more than 200 people. (Getty Images)more pics »


Aushwitzz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
Aushwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
A child's shoe lies among thousands of others, victims of genocide, at the Nazi Concertration Camp of Aushwitz on April 30, 2008 in Krakow, Poland. For five years the name Aushwitz aroused fear among the populations of Nazi occupied territories. It was established in 1940 for Polish political prisoners but as time passed the Nazis began to deport people from all over Europe to the camp, mainly Jews but also Russians, Roma, Czechs, Yugoslavs, Austrians and Germans. As the number of inmates increased so did the area covered by the camp until it was transformed into a gigantic factory of death. From 1942 Aushwitz became the biggest centre for the mass extermination of Jews. Figures vary but a conservative estimate puts the number of murdered Jews at an approximate 1.5 million. (Getty Images)more pics »
Beltane Fire Festival Held in Edinburgh
Beltane Fire Festival Held In Edinburgh
Members of the Beltane Fire Society,celebrate the coming of summer on Calton Hill April 30, 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The procession which celebrates the ending of winter is a revival of the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane it is watched by around 12 thousand people. First organised in the mid 1980s the Beltane has become a popular feature of Edinburgh. (Getty Images)more pics »








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