AP's Top 10 photos of 2013

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 Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

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, I chose 10 representative photos from some of the biggest stories of 2013.

In the 10, we see a woman being removed, alive, from a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh. We see a mother carrying her 8-year-old daughter through the wreckage after a tornado leveled sections of Moore, Oklahoma. A family in Australia takes shelter in the water under a bridge as wildfires rage around them. A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing is rushed to safety after losing the lower part of his legs in the blasts. Gay rights activists are protected by police in Russia after being beaten at the hands of anti-gay demonstrators. A nun's face lights up as white smoke billows from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel indicating that a new pope has been elected. A protester gets a face full of pepper spray from Brazilian police. A Syrian man covered in bandages leaves the hospital after being injured in fighting. A devastated landscape in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan struck. Hundreds of mourners line up to see the body of Nelson Mandela as it lies in state in South Africa.

The choice of these photos is meant only to represent the broader spectrum of human experiences captured in all the other images. Every experience is, in some way, a valid one.

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Santiago Lyon is VP and Director of Photography at the Associated Press