It’s the end of 2008 and many editorial and photography organizations are posting
galleries of what they consider the best photos and photographers of the year.
I usually avoid mentioning these because contrary to what most people believe, they are not
objective selections. Great photography, like many things, is in the eye of the beholder and cultural, social, political, corporate and
personal bias on the part of judges play into every decision.
It is not uncommon to see wildly different photos in the European-based World Press Photo
annual and the
editorial photo annual contest, which have many common entries.
As the year closes I leave you with a collection of links to many of the “best
of” galleries and you can be the judge.
Some of these sites will be updated in January and February as contest
In my view, the best example of the power of multimedia in a web presentation is MSNBC’s collection.
And remember, the best photos of the year do not necessarily mean photos from the top
stories of the year.
MSNBC – The Year in
Reuters – 2008 Pictures of The Year.
Time magazine – 2008 Pictures of The
The Boston Globe’s BIG PICTURE – Pictures of the Year
(you have to look for navigation to 2nd and 3rd
The Age (AU) – 2008 Photos of
Travel Photographer of the Year –
The Guardian (
The Telegraph (
Natural History Society (
National Geographic – Readers Photo
World Press Photo (updated
in the new year)
Pictures of The Year – Missouri School of Journalism, POY
(updated in new
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