2008: The Year in Photos

Giant Squid Defrosts in the Te Papa Museum
Giant Squid Defrosts At The Te Papa Museum
(STRICTLY EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A giant squids as seen at the Te Papa Museum on April 30, 2008 in Wellington, New Zealand. The giant squid is currently defrosting to enable scientist to examine it and it will in the future be put on display at the Museum on Wednesday April 30, 2008 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Getty Images)more pics »
Haiti Struggles with Skyrocketing Food Prices
Haiti Struggles With Skyrocketing Food Prices
People line up as volunteers prepare food at Saint Clare's church rectory April 30, 2008 in Port au Prince, Haiti. The church, headed by Father Gerard Jean-Juste serves about 1,000 people a day. Haiti is currently faced with a major food shortage crisis and is one of a number of countries struggling with the ongoing rise in the cost of commodities. Widespread food riots in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere this month left at least seven people dead. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images). (Getty Images)more pics »

Kentucky Derby Preview Day 3
Kentucky Derby Preview Day 3
Steam pours off of Gayego while being washed after the morning training session in preparation for the 134th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs April 30, 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Getty Images)more pics »
San Jose v Dallas Stars - Game Four
San Jose Sharks v Dallas Stars - Game Four
Brooms sit on the boards during play between the San Jose Sharks and the Dallas Stars in game four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 30, 2008 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Getty Images)more pics »

Boris Johnson Casts His Vote and Campaigns on Election Day
Boris Johnson Casts His Vote And Campaigns On Election Day
London Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson departs with wife Marina after casting his vote at Laycock Primary School on May 1, 2008 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics »
Detroit Pistons v Philadelphia 76ers
Detroit Pistons v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six
Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers is guarded by Rodney Stuckey #3 of the Detroit Pistons in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2008 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Getty Images)more pics »

Golan Heights Residents Face Prospect of Peace with Syria
Golan Heights Residents Face Prospect Of Peace With Syria
(ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers catch up on their sleep after an all-night training exercise on April 29, 2008 on the slopes of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. Israel maintains a large military presence on the strategic volcanic plateau which it captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Dar War. Residents of the Golan Heights face an uncertain future as the two countries are reported to be discussing a land-for-peace deal. (Getty Images)more pics »
May Day Celebrations - Cuba
May Day Celebrations - Cuba
(NO SALES; MAGS OUT) Thousands march with the Cuban flag in front of the Che Guevara image at the Ministry of Interior at the Revolution Square to celebrate the annual May day parade May 1, 2008 in Havana, Cuba. Workers marched in cities all over the world, including Cuba, in solidarity for economic equality and change. (Getty Images)more pics »

Lipton Tea 250
Lipton Tea 250
Carl Edwards, driver of the #60 Save-a-Lot Ford, races during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2008 in Richmond, Virginia. (Getty Images)more pics »
Banksy UK Exhibition
Banksy UK Exhibition Opens To The Public
A giant new exhibition space created by famed graffiti artist Banksy opens to the public on May 3, 2008 in London, England. The disused tunnel beneath Waterloo station has been transformed by 30 artists from around the world. The three day event, tagged as the 'Cans festival', also invites the public to add their own stencil art. (Getty Images)more pics »

Jamaica International Invitiational
Jamaica International Invitational
Tyson Gay of USA on way to victory in the men's 200m during the Jamaica International Invitational meeting at the National Stadium, May 3, 2008 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Getty Images)more pics »
South Korean Buddhists Prepare for Buddha's Birthday
South Korean Buddhists Prepare For Buddha's Birthday
South Korean Buddhists carry colorful lanterns as they celebrate the forthcoming birthday of Buddha on May 4, 2008 in Seoul, South Korea. Buddha was born approximately 2,552 years ago, and although the exact date is unknown, Buddha's official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May, which is on May 12 this year. (Getty Images)more pics »

A Portrait of Israel at 60
A Potrait of Israel at 60
A woman listens to Israeli soldiers as they play the guitar at the Western Wall on May 04, 2008 in Jerusalem’s old city, Israel. The Jewish state was established 60 years ago. (Getty Images)more pics »
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Tickets Go On Sale in China
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Tickets Go On Sale In China
(CHINA OUT) Residents wait overnight to buy Olympic tickets at a ticket booth at the Olympic Green on July 24, 2008 in Beijing, China. Starting on July 25, the remaining 820,000 Olympic tickets, of which 250,000 are for competitions held in the capital city, will be available for purchase by individuals at ticket booths of the Olympic venues. (Getty Images)more pics »

Drop in Snowpack Exacerbates California Drought
Drop In Snowpack Exacerbates California's Drought
The California Aqueduct carries water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to southern California as urgent calls for California residents to conserve water grow on May 5, 2008 near Palmdale, California. The California Department of Water Resources has announced that its final snow survey of the season indicates that snow depth and water content in the Sierra Nevada Mountains was only 67 percent of normal levels. In the northern Sierras, March and April proved to be the driest months since the state started measuring the snow pack in 1921. The Sierra snowpack is vital to California water supplies and officials are preparing plans for mandatory water conservation in the face of continuing drought. Dry conditions across the West have already doubled the wildfires this year and fire officials are bracing for a devastating summer with the potential of repeating the southern California fire storms that charred 800 square miles, destroyed 2,200 homes, and killed 10 people last October. (Getty Images)more pics »
Britons Enjoy the Warm Weather
Britons Enjoy The Warm Weather
Four year old Kaleb Stanley from Dublin punctures a giant bubble on London's South Bank on May 9, 2008 in England. The south east of England has enjoyed highthan normal temperatures. (Getty Images)more pics »

Rapeseed Starts to Bloom
Rapeseed Crops Start To Bloom
Rapeseed blooms on May 6, 2008 at the Cotswolds village of Tormarton, near Tetbury, England. Vibrant yellow blossom of rapeseed, or oilseed rape (Brassica napus) has become one of the most popular crops for farmers in the UK because of its versatility and ease of growing. Rapeseed oil can be chemically altered to produce bio-diesel and the UK National Farmers Union predicts that bio-fuel could meet over five percent of the country's fuel needs if given government backing and investment. (Getty Images)more pics »
Bay Area Residents Take Advantage of Public Car Pooling Locations
Bay Area Residents Take Advantage Of Public Car Pooling Location
People wait in line to be picked up by a motorist willing to carpool May 8, 2008 in San Francisco, California. With gas prices reaching record highs, some commuters are turning to carpooling as a way to save money. (Getty Images)more pics »

Olympic Flame Summits Mount Everest
Olympic Flame Summits Mount Everest
In this photo released by BOCOG, the Beijing Olympic torch is ignited by Luobuzhandui (L) at 9:12 am local time on Mt. Everest, or Mt. Qomolangma, on May 8, 2008 in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region . A 30-metre relay on the world's highest peak has started with female climber Jiji (R) the first in the relay. (Getty Images)more pics »

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