To narrow the tens of thousands of photographs running on the wires each day down to 52 of best, or most important, memorable, et al, in chronological order, could seem like an absurd task. A vast majority of what gets filed has nothing to do with these tragic, at times earthshaking events. Like clockwork, as in years past, Holy week in Spain, Holi color run in India, tulip season in Holland, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand, the Olympics, the World Cup, the supermoon, extreme weather patterns, and the massive swells off the coast of Portugal proved themselves veritably gold-mines for colorful, exuberant wire photography. These images add balance, rhythm, maybe some levity to our gallery above, which undeniably features many discomforting images that are difficult to see. Combined, they are meant to show the interconnectedness of the our world and the far-reaching consequences of our behavior. As Ken Jarecke wrote in a perpetually quoted phrase in the pages of this magazine nearly 25 years ago, "If we're big enough to fight a war, we should be big enough to look at it."