AP's Top Photos of 2013

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FILE - Typhoon Haiyan survivors ride motorbikes through the ruins of the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing at least a half-million people. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoDavid Guttenfelder, File)
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FILE - LaTisha Garcia carries her 8-year-old daughter, Jazmin Rodriguez, near Plaza Towers Elementary School, May 20, 2013, after a massive tornado carved its way through Moore, Okla., leaving little of the school and neighborhood. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoSue Ogrocki, File)
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FILE - People stand in a long, winding line to catch a bus to see the remains of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, Dec. 12, 2013. On Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, Mandela died at the age of 95. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoThemba Hadebe, File)
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FILE - A Syrian man with more than half his body burnt from an air strike leaves a field hospital to go back home at a village turned into a battlefield with government forces in Idlib province, northern Syria, Sept. 22, 2013. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoNarciso Contreras, File)
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FILE - A nun reacts after white smoke billowed from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo provided by the Holmes family, Tammy Holmes, second from left, and her grandchildren, two-year-old Charlotte Walker, left, four-year-old Esther Walker, third from left, nine-year-old Liam Walker, eleven-year-old Matilda, second from right, and six-year-old Caleb Walker, right, take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages near-by in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia. The family credits God with their survival from the fire that destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoHolmes Family, Tim Holmes, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY AUSTRALIA OUT NO SALES
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FILE - An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013 in Boston. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoCharles Krupa, File)
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FILE - Riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Police detained several gay activists, who were outnumbered by the protesters. Dozens of gay activists had to be protected by police as they gathered for the parade, which proceeded with official approval despite recently passed legislation targeting gays. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoDmitry Lovetsky, File)
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FILE - A Bangladeshi woman survivor is lifted out of the rubble by rescuers at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, April 25, 2013. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoKevin Frayer, File)
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FILE - A military police peper sprays a protester during a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, June 17, 2013. Protesters massed in at least seven Brazilian cities for another round of demonstrations voicing disgruntlement about life in the country, raising questions about security during big events like the current Confederations Cup and the following month's Papal visit. This image was chosen by the Associated Press as one of the top 10 news photos representing the top stories of 2013. (AP PhotoVictor R. Caivano, File)

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How to sum up an entire year of news in just 10 photos? The very notion is daunting when we consider that the AP's award-winning team of hundreds of staff photographers, freelancers and photo editors sends out some 3,000 photos every 24 hours - over 1 million photos a year - to our subscribers around the globe.

Photo editing is, of course, a subjective process of comparison and selection. It involves aesthetics, journalism, impact and memory.

In the end, AP photo editor Santiago Lyon chose 10 representative photos from some of the biggest stories of 2013.

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