2008: The Year in Photos

Washington's National Cathedral Illuminated by Swiss Lighting Artist
Washington's National Cathedral Illuminated By Swiss Lighting Artist
Spectators gather to watch the illumination of the Washington National Cathedral by Swiss lighting artist Gerry Hofstetter May 8, 2008 in Washington, DC. For three nights, Hofstetter will illuminate the Cathedral with a series of slides titled "Lighting to Unite" in celebration of the Cathedral's centennial. (Getty Images)more pics »
Ancient Monasteries Perch Among Meteora in Greece
Ancient Monasteries Perch Among Meteora In Greece
A view of the Varlaam Monastery at Meteora, central Greece. Monks and hermits have found refuge for over 1,000 years at the gigantic rock formations in central Greece, which still puzzle scientists as to how they came to be formed and are visited today by thousands of tourists. The Holy Meteora have been acknowledged as maintained and protected monument of humanity by UNESCO. (Getty Images)more pics »

Cyclone's Death Toll Expected to Reach 100,000
Cyclone's Death Toll Expected To Reach 100,000
(ISRAEL OUT) A woman stands by wreckage May 11, 2008 in the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. The death toll from Cyclone Nargis could reach up to an estimated 100,000 people. International Aid Agencies are continuing efforts to deliver aid into Myanmar in order to assist an estimated one million people made homeless. (Getty Images)more pics »
Fears of Civil War Grip Lebanon
Fears Of Civil War Grip Lebanon
Blood stains the wall of a garage, marking the site of reported killings of three Druze during sectarian clashes, May 12, 2008 in Shweifat, near Beirut, Lebanon, May 12, 2008 in Shweifat, near Beirut, Lebanon. Hezbollah fighters carried out attacks on Mount Lebanon in predominantly Druze areas two days after Druze leader, Walid Joumblat's, Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) members killed 8 Hezbollah fighters upon entering the Druze area of Ras el-Jaba to set up a checkpoint. Residents in Shweifat suffered significant damage to their property. So far 42 people have been killed across the country during five days of clashes with dozens more injured. (Getty Images)more pics »

Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game 3
Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 3
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers does his pregame ritual of applying powder to his hands and tossing it in the air prior to the start of their game against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 10, 2008 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 »
Carnival of Cultures
Carnival Of Cultures
A masked performer participates in the annual Carnival of Cultures parade through the district of Kreuzberg on May 11, 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The annual carnival draws 4,500 participants of 80 nationalities. (Getty Images)more pics »

Henry Hager and Jenna Bush Wedding
Henry Hager And Jenna Bush Wedding
In this handout image provided by the White House, Henry and Jenna Hager pose for photographs along the lake at Prairie Chapel Ranch following their wedding ceremony May 10, 2008 near Crawford, Texas. (Getty Images)more pics »
Commuters Flock to Mass Transit as Gas Prices Soar
Commuters Flock To Mass Transit As Gas Prices Soar
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers board a train at the Powell Street station May 12, 2008 in San Francisco, California. BART and other mass transit systems across the country are experiencing a surge in ridership as commuters get out of their cars and take advantage of buses, trains and ferries as in an effort to save money as gasoline prices continue to climb to record highs. (Getty Images)more pics »

Kalash Tribe Celebrates Spring in REmote Mountain Valley
Kalash Tribe Celebrates Spring In Remote Mountain Valley
Bibi Kai, age 65, of the polytheistic Kalash tribe, stands in the doorway of her extended family home May 15, 2008 in the remote Chitral village of Rumbur in northwest Pakistan. The Kalash people, who number only about 4,000, claim to be decendents of Alexander the Great and worship their own gods. The tiny minority group, in a Muslim nation of more than 165 million people, holds the annual Joshi spring festival to bring good crops and honey to its agricultural communities. The Kalash are connected to the rest of Pakistan by a single road, and lack phone service. (Getty Images)more pics »
South Korea Celebrates Buddha's Birthday
South Korea Celebrates Buddha's Birthday
South Korean Buddhists prays during a celebration of the birthday of Buddha at the Chogye temple May 12, 2008 in Seoul, South Korea. According to historians, Buddha was born approximately 2,552 years ago, though the exact date is unknown. (Getty Images)more pics »

Thousands Killed in Chengdu Earthquake
Thousands Killed In Chengdu Earthquake
(CHINA OUT) Earthquake survivors walk on the debris of collapsed houses, in search of relatives on May 14, 2008 in Beichuan County, Sichuan Province, China. A major earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the worst in 58 years, jolted China's Sichuan Province May 12. The death toll has already risen to nearly 15,000 and is expected to rise with 25,000 still missing. A large dam near the hard-hit city of Dujiangyan, the Zipingpu Dam, has been damaged by the quake causing serious cracks; some 2,000 troops have been sent to stabilize it. (Getty Images)more pics »
ASP World Tour - Billabong Pro Tahiti
ASP World Tour - Billabong Pro Tahiti
(EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and Covered Images, Bobby Martinez of the United States of America competes on his way to a round one heat victory over Travis Logie of South Africa and Leanorado Neves of Brazil during ASP Men's World Tour evetn the Billabong Pro Tahiti at Teahupoo on May 13, 2008 inTahiti, French Polynesia. (Getty Images)more pics »

Cyclone Aid Begins to Trickle in Burma
Cyclone Aid Starts To Trickle In To Burma
A Burmese child sits under a big basket as he waits for food on May 13, 2008, in Dedaya, Myanmar. It has been estimated that more than 100,000 people were killed by Cyclone Nargis. International Aid Agencies are continuing efforts to deliver aid into Myanmar in order to assist up to one million people made homeless. (Getty Images)more pics »
Dogs Attend Britains Biggest Tea Part for Blue Cross Animal Charity
Dogs Attend Britain's Biggest Tea Party For Blue Cross Animal Charity
Romi enjoys a tea party in the Oxo Tower restaurant on May 14, 2008 in London. The Blue Cross animal charity is starting a nationwide fund raising initiative to help animals in it's care. Similar tea party events will be held by nearly a thousand animal-lovers this week. (Getty Images)more pics »

South Korean Soldiers Hold Anti Terror Exercise
South Korean Soldiers Hold Anti-Terror Exercise
South Korean Capital Defence Command soldiers take part in an anti-terrorism exercise at their Seoul military camp on May 14, 2008 in Seoul, South Korea. The exercise is intended to ensure the troops are prepared in the case of a large scale emergency, be it as a result of terrorism or other disaster. (Getty Images)more pics »
California Supreme Court Rules on Gay Marriage
California Supreme Court Rules On Gay Marriage
Stuart Gaffney (L) and his partner John Lewis hold a California flag in front of the California Supreme Court May 15, 2008 in San Francisco, California.The California Supreme Court voted 4-3 to overturned a ban on gay marriage in California making it the second state where gays and lesbians can marry. (Getty Images)more pics »

2008 ITTF China Table Tennis Open
2008 ITTF China Table Tennis Open
(CHINA OUT) Persson Jorgen of Sweden returns a shot against Wang Hao of China during the first round of Men's Singles Competition of the 2008 ITTF China Table Tennis Open at the Changchun Five Rings Stadium on May 16, 2008 in Changchun, China. (Getty Images)more pics »
Black Eyed Susan
Black Eyed-Susan
Channing Hill celebrates aboard Sweet Vendetta after crossing the finish line to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Getty Images)more pics »

North Carolina Education Lottery 200
North Carolina Education Lottery 200
Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink Toyota, leads the pack to start NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 16, 2008 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Getty Images)more pics »
US Olympic Team Trials - Weightlifting Day 1
U.S. Olympic Team Trials- Weightlifting Day 1
Sarah Davis prepares to make a lift during the clean-and-jerk competition of 2008 Olympic Weightlifting Trials on May 16, 2008 at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sarah Davis (Getty Images)more pics »

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