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The Most Powerful Photos from 2013

If a picture's worth a thousand words, then these photos are novels in themselves. With one snap, they capture awe-inspiring moments from around the globe in 2013.

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Happy Trails December 16 2013 at 4:04 PM

If your print gets any smaller, please furnish me with new eyeballs.

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ballinoe138 December 22 2013 at 11:56 AM

The best shot I have ever seen is the whale underneath the whale watchers' boat. Those sneaky leviathans! We better look out for them!

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wbell50764 December 20 2013 at 3:26 PM

The picture of the year has to be the one that's not here........the one of Baumgarten just before he takes his 7 mile freefall with planet Earth in the background.....I've seen no better picture this year...

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Marilyn wbell50764 December 20 2013 at 7:02 PM

Yes, I agree! The picture of Felix Baumgarten about to jump from the edge of space was actually featured as "The Best Picture of The Year" in Sports Illustrated! The picture was taken by Jay Nemeth of Flightline Films of Las Vegas.

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sunsetorange2 December 20 2013 at 7:41 PM

well lets be real about the situation in Liberia and ask why is it the black people have an entire month dedicated to there heritage and none of them know anything about Liberia because the reality is that shamefull; the fact is a Black African queen is responsible for the work release of million of war captives that were to be put to death, so keep the sadness of that continant

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Vic December 20 2013 at 6:40 PM

It would have been nice if they explained what the pictures represent.

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santiamman December 22 2013 at 12:21 AM

"a special ceremony in honor of the Boston Marathon bombings"??? Boy, you AOL editors really do have a way with words.

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Scout santiamman December 22 2013 at 8:31 AM

I thought the same thing!

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suziebisback santiamman December 22 2013 at 10:38 AM

Freedom of the press? I see "dare to be stupid"... but what do I know?... LOL

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Velocity105 December 21 2013 at 3:32 AM

Wonder if the kid on the power cable survived.

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suziebisback Velocity105 December 22 2013 at 10:43 AM

Yeah... that would have been good to know. I always have mixed feelings about pics like these whose photographers could have been doing something ELSE besides capturing a moment on film.

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N2 December 11 2013 at 11:49 AM

Very few of those photos were "awe inspiring". Disappointing

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Being There December 21 2013 at 12:36 AM

Question? Why is there a Thai policeman saluting to anti-government protesters? Should we assume that no pro government Thai's live where this photo is being shown> IF the Thai government gets this picture what is the "guess" of how long this military person will be alive? Cover UP his face, Hide the face, or, just do not publish the face. Be safe

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Thomas Crown 111 December 21 2013 at 12:21 AM

Boring.

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