2008: The Year in Photos

Japan Coastguard Review of Troops and Integrated Exercise
Japan Coast Guard Review Of Troops And Integrated Exercise
Fire-fighting vessels conduct tail water drills during the Japan Coast Guard 60th Anniversary Review of Troops and Integrated Exercise at Tokyo Bay on May 17, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. JCG implement increased security measures, eyeing on G8 Hokkaido Summit in July. (Getty Images)more pics »
MotoGP of France
MotoGP of France
Casey Stoner of Australia and the Ducati Marlboro Team during qualifying for the MotoGP of France at the Le Mans Circuit on May 17, 2008 in Le Mans, France. (Getty Images)more pics »

New York Parade Celebrates Dance
New York Parade Celebrates Dance
Revelers participate in the second annual New York Dance Parade May 17, 2008 in New York City. The event featured 3,100 dancers performing 29 dance styles highlighting New York's birthplace of dance styles such as salsa and tap. (Getty Images)more pics »
Adidas Track Classic Sets New Records
Adidas Track Classic Sets New Records
Jenn Stuczynski competes in the Womens Pole Vault during the adidas Track Classic at the Home Depot Center on May 18, 2008 in Carson, California. (Getty Images)more pics »

Tasmania Goes Green for Eco Tourism
Tasmania Goes Green For Eco Tourism
Freshly picked Tasmanian apples are prepared for sale at TasFresh's depot May 20, 2008 in Launceston, Australia. The Produce of Heaven Company was launched in Launceston, and it currently has 55 businesses as contributors in the region and up to 200 farmers. The produce from the company in North West Tasmania is being promoted as pesticide free - "green" food, which has attracted interest in exports from Taiwan, Hong Kong, India and Dubai markets. (Getty Images)more pics »
Thousands Gather for Long Beach Gay Pride Festival
Thousands Gather For Long Beach Gay Pride Festival
People participate in the Pride Parade at the conclusion of the two-day 25th annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Celebration on May 18, 2008 in Long Beach, California. The California Supreme Court voted 4-3 to overturn a ban on gay marriage in California on May 15, 2008 making it the second state where gays and lesbians can marry. Legal gay weddings will begin in about a month. Anti-gay activists vow to change the California constitution to disallow voters the right to approve same-sex marriages. (Getty Images)more pics »

A Fleet of Ford Model T Motor Cars Parades Through City Center
A Fleet Of Ford Model T Motor Cars Parade Through City Centre
A fleet of the Ford Model T motor cars arrive in Edinburgh to celebrate the centenary May 19, 2008 in Scotland. Eighty-nine of the cars,thought largest ever gathering of the Model T ever seen in Britain. (Getty Images)more pics »
Barack Obama Attends Town Hall Meeting in Billings
Barack Obama Attends Town Hall Meeting In Billings
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) attends a town hall meeting May 19, 2008 in Billings, Montana. Democratic primaries are being held tomorrow in Kentucky and Oregon. (Getty Images)more pics »

China Declares Three Days of National Mourning for Earthquake Victims
China Declares Three Days Of National Mourning For Earthquake Victims
(CHINA OUT) A candle lies on the ground during a memorial on the Tianfu Square, as China begins three days of national mourning for victims of the earthquake on May 19, 2008 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. The period of mourning will include a three minute silence which will be observed exactly one week after the earthquake hit. 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 is now estimated at over 34,000 people and is expected to rise, as 100,000 military troops continue rescue operations. (Getty Images)more pics »
South Korea Celebrates Confucian Coming of Age Ceremony
South Korea Celebrates Confucian Coming Of Age Ceremony
Young South Koreans and wearing traditional dress take part in the Confucian coming of age ceremony at the Seoul Town Hall on May 19, 2008 in Seoul, South Korea. The ceremony was organized to celebrate young people turning 20 and to increase their awareness about the responsibilities of adulthood. (Getty Images)more pics »

Aftershock Fears Send Thousands of Chinese Out on to Streets
Aftershock Fears Send Thousands Of Chinese Out On To Streets
(CHINA OUT) Students sleep outdoors at the Sichuan University in an attempt to avoid the effects of any earthquke aftershocks on May 20, 2008 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. Thousands of Chinese have taken to sleeping outside on the streets and in parks after a major earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale, the worst in 58 years, jolted China's Sichuan Province May 12. The death toll is now estimated at over 34,000 people and is expected to rise, as 100,000 military troops continue rescue operations. (Getty Images)more pics »
Historic List of Most Endangered US Places
Historic Trust Releases List Of Most Endangered US Places
Dew drops cling to a spider web like jewels above Santa Ynez Canyon in Topanga State Park on May 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. California's entire state park system, the largest park system in the US, was included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" of 2008. Although California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently backed off from his threat to close 48 state parks - almost 20 percent - to save money for the $10 billion-plus state budget deficit, decades of chronic underfunding and $1.2 billion in deferred maintenance leave the system in danger of collapse. The wilderness park is considered the world?s largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city, surrounded within the Los Angeles city limits. Other American locations on the list include Manhattan's Lower East Side, the historic Art Deco icon Charity Hospital in New Orleans and the adjacent neighborhood, a modernist hotel in Dallas, and an Art Deco movie theater in Philadelphia. (Getty Images)more pics »

Iraqui Forces Move Into Sadr Stronghold in Baghdad
Iraqi Forces Move into Sadr Stronghold in Baghdad
Iraqi boys swim in a pond caused by an explosion from recent fighting on May 20, 2008 in the Shiite district of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraqi security forces have moved into Sadr city Shiite district, which is regarded as the main stronghold of supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi army militia. Earlier this month, al-Sadr bloc in parliament reached an agreement with Iraq’s ruling Shiite alliance to end the fighting between al-Mahdi army militia and Iraqi foces in Sadr city. (Getty Images)more pics »
Protestors Await Result in Abortion Time Limit
Protestors Await Result In Abortion Time Limit
A lady's tummy button bears her stomach with the words 'Mine Not Yours' on it as Abortion Rights group promote a Pro-choice campaign while Pro-Life supporters campaign for a shorter time limit for abortions outside the House of Commons on May 20, 2008 in London, England. MPs have a free vote tonight on the issue of whether to shorten the abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or less. (Getty Images)more pics »

Sky Seats Extra Launch- Lesley Garrett Aeirial Performance
'Sky Seats Extra' Launch - Lesley Garrett Aerial Performance
Opera singer Lesley Garrett performs suspended from a crane over The Tower of London on May 20, 2008 in England. Sky Arts television arganised the 'Opera in the Sky' stunt to promote it's offer of reduced price opera tickets to the public. 14,000 seats to the English National Opera will be available for a little as £20 GBP. (Getty Images)more pics »
Traditional Palestinian Wedding Celebration in Refugee Camp
Traditional Palestinian Wedding Celebration In Refugee Camp
(L-R) Palestinian bride Arej Ra'i, 22, her groom Mahmoud Mansor, 29, his brother Mohammad Mansor, 24, and his bride Samar Abu Armana, 22, attend their wedding reception May 19, 2008 in the Rafah refugee camp, Gaza Strip. During the traditional celebration, the Mansor brothers were led by friends and family through the town to the houses of their brides' families and then brought their brides to their new homes. (Getty Images)more pics »

Water Voles are Reintroduced into West Country Waterways
Water Voles Are Reintroduced Into West Country Waterways
Conservation manager Jane Willmott from the Severnside Project introduces one of 70 captivity-bred water voles into a nature reserve on May 20 2008 in Gloucester, England. In the UK the vole population has declined by 90 percent, but it is hoped that the new influx will grow into a stable population and perhaps spread to nearby areas and replace the ones that fell victim to last summer's floods. (Getty Images)more pics »
Arizona Diamondbacks v Florida Marlins
Arizona Diamondbacks v Florida Marlins
Third base umpire Dale Scott watches as third baseman Mark Reynolds #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks can't get to a double hit by Jorge Cantu #3 of the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Miami, Florida. (Getty Images)more pics »

3rd Infantry Places American Flags at the Graves of U.S. Soldiers
3rd Infantry Places American Flags At The Graves Of U.S. Soldiers
U.S. Army soldiers place flags on gravesites during the Flags-In ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery May 22, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. Over 1,300 soldiers place flags at each gravesite during the annual pre Memorial Day event to honor the veterans buried there. (Getty Images)more pics »
Carnival Color at Viareggio in Italy
Carnival Colour At Viareggio In Italy
Decorated masks made from papier mache are seen on parade during the carnival celebration on February 6, 2005 in Viareggio, Italy. The Viareggio Carnival was established in 1873 when some of the local land lords organized a procession of decorated floats which paraded up and down the main street of the city. On that first occasion a masked protest was also organized by a number of citizens, as they were aggrieved at having to pay so many taxes. Since then Viareggio has become the home of the Italian Carnival, with its masked parades characterized by allegorical floats made from papier mache, masked balls and parties in the various district of the city. The floats are considered works of art to which the local float makers dedicate an entire year of workmanship. (Getty Images)more pics »


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