2008: The Year in Photos

Hamburg City Man
Hamburg City Man
Daniel Unger and Jan Frodeno of Germany celebrates after the Mens World Cup at the Hamburg City Man Triathlon on July 5, 2008 in Hamburg, Germany. (Getty Images)more pics »
Bog Snorkeling Triathlon
Bog Snorkelling Triathlon
A competitor takes part in the third annual World Bog Snorkelling Triathlon at Llanwrtyd Wells on July 6 2008 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales. The event, were competitors are required to complete a fell run of approximately 12 miles, a bog snorkel of approximately 120 yards through the bog trench and a 19 mile mountain bike ride, is seen as a preview to the annual Bog Snorkelling World Championships which takes place this year on August 25. (Getty Images)more pics »

Running of the Bulls During the Fiesta de San Fermin Day 1
Running Of The Bulls During The Fiesta de San Fermin Day 1
A young reveller jumps from a statue during the first day of the San Femin running of the bulls fiesta on July 6, 2008 in Pamplona, Spain. Fighting bulls are run through the streets of Pamplona during the festival, which starts on July 7th and was made famous by U.S writer Earnest Hemingway. (Getty Images)more pics »
Annual Bud Day Celebration Lets Kids Gety Dirty
Alyssa Braun, age 12, of Canton, Michigan, jokes around with her mother while lying in a giant lake of mud at the annual Mud Day celebration July 8, 2008 in Westland, Michigan. Sponsored by the Wayne County Parks Department, the event consists of 200 tons of topsoil mixed with 20,000 gallons of water, and about 1000 children 12 and under. (Getty Images)more pics »

Butt Lightning Firest in Northern California Grow to Force Evacuations
Butte Lighting Fires In Northern California Grow To Force Evacuations
Trees are silhouetted by the orange glow of fire July 9, 2008 in Concow, California. Firefighters are battling the Butte Lightning Fire Complex fires that have charred nearly 49,000 acres, burned 50 to 60 buildings, and have prompted the evacuations of close to 10,000 people as the fire threatens the towns of Paradise and Concow, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Children Undergo Rehabilitation after Losing Limbs in Earthquake
Children Undergo Rehabilitation After Losing Limbs In Earthquake
(CHINA OUT) Artificial legs made for those who lost their legs in earthquake are seen at the Sichuan Province Orthopedic Center on July 9, 2008 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. Since the deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake on May 12 that took the lives of more than 69,000 people, efforts have been made to provide care and rehabilitation to the thousands of children who lost their limbs. It was reported that nearly 7,000 classrooms collapsed in the quake, crushing to death nearly 10,000 children and teachers under the debris. (Getty Images)more pics »

People Wait in Line for Apple's 2nd Generation iPhone Release
People Wait In Line For Apple's 2nd Generation iPhone Release
People wait on line in front of the Apple store on 5th Ave. for the new Apple iPhone 3G to go on sale July 9, 2008 in New York City. The phone will go on sale this Friday at Apple and AT&T outlets in the United States and other 22 countries. Among other improvements, the 3G is expected to simplify the process of using the mobile phone to access web services. (Getty Images)more pics »
Running of the Bulls During the Fiesta de San Fermin Day 4
Running Of The Bulls During The Fiesta de San Fermin Day 4
Two runners fall in front of charging fighting bulls at the Mercaderes curve during the third San Fermin running of the bulls on July 9, 2008 in Pamplona, Spain. Fighting bulls are run through the historic heart of Pamplona for eight days in this fiesta made famous by the 1926 novel of U.S. writer Ernest Hemmingway called 'The Sun Also Rises'. (Getty Images)more pics »

Man Made Salt Caves Offer Traditional Eastern European Salt Therapy
Man Made Salt Caves Offer Traditional Eastern European Salt Therapy
John Montgomery relaxes in the Galos Caves salt cave July 10, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Sessions in the cave, which was made with Black Sea iodine salt, are reported to help with a host of medical issues including sinus and respiratory problems, allergies, and high blood pressure . (Getty Images)more pics »
Winter Frost Covers Dunedin
Winter Frost Covers Dunedin
Mist rises over Blueskin Bay on July 10, 2008 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Much of Dunedin was covered by frost after overnight temperatures plunged to minus 6 degrees celsius. (Getty Images)more pics »

Tour de France 2008 - Stage 7
2008 Tour de France - Stage Seven
The peloton makes their way during the 7th 2008 Tour de France stage on July 11, 2008 in Aurillac, France. (Getty Images)more pics »
Preview of James Brown Collection at Christie's
Preview Of The James Brown Collection At Christie's
Stage outfits belonging to the late James Brown are on display for the auction entitled "James Brown Collection" at Christie's in New York on July 11, 2008. (Getty Images)more pics »

Animal Rescue Center Cares for Dogs Disabled in Earthquake
Animal Rescue Center Cares For Dogs Disabled In Earthquake
(CHINA OUT) Disabled dogs outfitted with wheelchairs walk at an animal rescue center on July 12, 2008 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. The center has adopted over 100 stray dogs and cats from quake-struck areas. Those who were hurt or disabled are outfitted with a cart to help support they're body and make them mobile. Many people have stepped forward to adopt the pets and temporary shelters were built to house the animals until their owners come to retrieve them. (Getty Images)more pics »
Nude Rugby Match Played at St. Kilda Beach Ahead of All Blacks Test
Nude Rugby Match Played At St. Kilda Beach Ahead Of All Blacks Test
NUDITY) Naked rugby players walk along the beach after finishing a nude rugby game at St Kilda Beach on July 12, 2008 in Dunedin, New Zealand. The nude rugby match on the beach is a traditional prelude to a New Zealand All Blacks Test match in Dunedin against a visiting team. (Getty Images)more pics »

Sand Sculpture Festival Opens to the Public in Weston Super Mare
Sand Sculpture Festival Opens To The Public In Weston Super Mare
People stop to look at the sand sculptures at the Sand Sculpture Festival as it opens to the public on July 12 2008 in Weston Super Mare, England. Sand artists from across the globe have gathered at the festival to create themes, buildings and landmarks from 360 tonnes of sand representing the seven continents of the world. The festival runs until the end of August. (Getty Images)more pics »
Bahai Gardens ADded to World Heritage Site List
Bahai Gardens Added To World Heritage Site List
Gardeners tend to one of the 18 terraced gardens that flank the golden-domed Shrine of the Bab of the Bahai faith July 14, 2008 in the northern Israeli city of Haifa. One hundred and twenty gardeners tend to the world spiritual center of the Bahai faith, whose devotees number less than six million worldwide, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO last week. (Getty Images)more pics »

60,000 Blooms are Arranged in City Center Square
60,000 Blooms Are Arranged In City Centre Square
Manchester artist Jo Vickers puts the finishing touches to her flower installation in the city's Albert Square on July 16, 2008, Manchester, England. Over 60,000 flowers have been used to create the intricate Damask pattern on the floor of Albert Square as part of the Manchester in Bloom festival (Getty Images)more pics »
Endangered Blue Whales Spotted of California's Coast
Endangered Blue Whales Spotted Off California Coast
A pod of common dolphins surf the bow wake of a boat during an excursion to search for rare and endangered blue whales feeding off Long Beach Harbor in the Catalina Channel, spouts near offshore oil rigs after a long dive on July 16, 2008 near Long Beach, California. In decades past, blue whales were rarely seen anywhere along California's coastline but their migration and feeding patterns are changing. In the past four years sightings in southern California have increased dramatically and blue whales have been reported almost daily this summer. Scientists suspect that climate change is having an effect on the food of the blues but other factors are have not been ruled out. Before whalers stepped up their kill rate in the 1800s, there were at least 220,000 to 300,000 around the world. Today less than 11,000 survive worldwide with 1,200 to 2,000 in the Pacific waters off California. Blue whales are the largest animals on the planet, growing up to 110 feet long and reaching a weight of 200 tons with hearts the size of a Honda Civic automobile and arteries large enough for a child to crawl through. The US Navy uses loud sonar blasts in submarine detection training exercises off Southern California that can harm or kill whales at great distances, a controversial issue that has reached the US Supreme Court, and the high price of gas has increased political pressure to increase oil drilling in the waters where the whales live. (Getty Images)more pics »

Tall Ships Head to Dock at Liverpool
Tall Ships Head In To Dock At Liverpool
A figure from Antony Gormley's 'Another Place' welcomes one of the Tall Ships to Merseyside as it sails past the Burbo Bank windfarm on the approach to the Port of Liverpool on July 18, 2008, Liverpool, England. As the European City of Culture, Liverpool is hosting part of the Tall Ships racing festival over the weekend. Up to 100 sailing ships will be on display to the public before the race to Norway begins on monday. Event organisers are expecting crowds of up to one million people. (Getty Images)more pics »
British International Motor Show 2008
British International Motor Show 2008
The Morgan concept LIFEcar, which is a hydrogen car on display at the British International Motor Show on July 23, 2008 in London, England. The 2008 British International Motor Show will run from July 23 to August 3 at the Excel Centre. (Getty Images)more pics »

John Cleese Meets Colin the Lemur at Bristol Zoo
John Cleese Meets Colin The Lemur At Bristol Zoo
Actor John Cleese stands with his friend and co-star Colin, a red ruffed lemur at Bristol Zoo on July 22 2008 in Bristol, England. The Monty Python star - who grew up in Weston-Super-Mare and went to school in Bristol - was there to promote a series of performances he is conducting next week in aid of the Zoo. John Cleese has a passion for lemurs and their conservation, he says started from school boy visits to Bristol Zoo and he has even had a species of wooly lemur's named after him. (Getty Images)more pics »


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