The 40 Most Powerful Photos Of 2013

In 2013, photographers that demonstrate the unspeakable pain of war, heartbreak of loss, and devastating natural disasters. This is a collection of 40 of the most powerful pictures of 2013.

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A couple pauses between salvaging through the remains of a family member’s home one day after a tornado devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma.  ADREES LATIF / Reuters



Aerialist Nik Wallenda walks a 2-inch-thick, quarter mile long steel cable over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona in June.  AP Photos/Discovery Channel, Tiffany Brown



A demonstrator is shot by rubber bullets as riot police charge after clashes erupted during a protest against corruption and price hikes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Christophe Simon / AFP / Getty Images



A man dressed as Superman smiles at patient Joao Bertola, 2, and his father at the Hospital Infantil Sabara in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Nacho Doce / Reuters



Tammy Holmes and her grandchildren take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages in the Australian town of Dunalley. Tim Holmes / AP



An anti-government protester gives a rose to a Thai soldier at the Defense Ministry during a rally in Bangkok. AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn, File



Thania Sayne leans on the headstone marking the grave of her husband, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP




Garrett McNamara attempts to break the Guinness World Record for largest wave ever surfed on in Nazare, Portugal. Tó Mané / Barcroft Media / Landov



A boy carries his dog through floodwaters brought by the monsoon rain in Manila, Philippines. Reuters/Romeo Ranoco



Catholics take photos with their phones and tablets of the newly-elected Pope Francis as he speaks from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Michael Sohn / AP



Renata Teodoro, 25, right, holds hands with her mother, Gorete Borges Teodoro, who was deported six years ago from the U.S., through the bars of a border fence in Nogales, Ariz.  Samantha Sais /The New York Times / Redux Picture



A woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded person after clashes between security forces and opposition groups that left hundreds dead in Cairo.  Mohammed Abdel Moneim / AFP / Getty Images



An Indian youth dangles from a power line before diving into the floodwaters of an overflowing Ganges river in Allahabad in August.  Sanjay Kanojia / AFP / Getty Images



A Pakistani man carrying a child rushes away from the site of a car bombing in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan. Mohammad Sajjad / AP



A man kicks a topless activist of the Ukrainian feminist movement Femen as she raises her fist to protest against Islamists in front of the Great Mosque of Paris. Fred Dufour / AFP / Getty Images



A young man jumps from the Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, China, into the river following another person who committed suicide minutes earlier. STR / AFP / Getty Images



A man rescues a woman from her car on a flooded road in the Athens suburb of Chalandri in February. John Kolesidis / Reuters



A boy looks into the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., which was temporarily closed due to the government shutdown. Superbonnie via Reddt / Via



Afghan boys play with toy guns on the first day of Eid al-Adha in October. Parwiz / Reuters



A Bahraini anti-government protester is engulfed in flames after a shot fired by riot police hit the gasoline bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw. Hasan Jamali / AP



Bill Iffrig, 78, lies on the ground as police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe / AP



Visitors watch water gushing from a section of the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on China’s Yellow River during a July 6 operation to remove built-up silt. China Stringer Network / Reuters



Sue Rochman, left, and Robin Romdalvik hug their son Maddox Rochman-Romdalvik, 8, at San Francisco’s City Hall, after the Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. Noah Berger / AP



Figo, a Kentucky police dog, pays his last respects to his human partner, Officer Jason Ellis, who was killed in an ambush five days earlier. Jonathan Palmer / Herald-Leader



Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left 1.9 million homeless, take part in a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte. Philippe Lopez / AFP / Getty Images



Riot police guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia. Dmitry Lovetsky, File / AP Photo



Rescuers pull out a female survivor, Reshma, alive 16 days after a garment factory building collapsed in Bangladesh. AP Photo



Newly-born Bea Joy sleeps as her mother recuperates in a makeshift birthing clinic at the airport in typhoon-devastated Tacloban. Ortega was in an evacuation center when the storm hit and had to swim and cling to a post to survive. Erik De Castro / Reuters



A boy holds his mother’s leg as he cries in front of their damaged house after a strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake at Longmen village, Lushan county in Ya’an, Sichuan province. Jason Lee / Reuters



Capt. Michael Potoczniak marries his partner Todd Saunders, in a ceremony in San Francisco on June 29. Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP



A Turkish riot policeman uses tear gas against a woman as people protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul. Osman Orsal / Reuters



An Air Force sergeant surprises his wife and daughter during the second quarter of a game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports



A couple runs near riot police gathered at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sept. 7 before the international friendly soccer match between Brazil and Australia. Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters



Inmate firefighters prepare to battle the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, Calif., in August. Jae C. Hong / AP Photo



Women carrying children run for safety as armed police hunt gunmen who went on a shooting spree in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya that left 67 dead. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters



Rescue workers carry a child who was rescued from the rubble at the site of a collapsed residential building in Mumbai, India, in September. Reuters



Pope Francis blesses and prays with a severely disfigured man. Claudio Peri / EPA / Landov



An Indonesian child watches as ash spews out of Mt. Sinabung. Roni Bintang / Reuters



The first same-sex couple to be married in France kiss on the balcony in front of the crowd after their marriage at the city hall in Montpellier. Jerard Julien / Reuters



Miles, a five-year-old battling leukemia, is dressed as “Batkid” as part of a day arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco on Nov. 15. Make-A-Wish Bay Area / / Via Twitter: @SFWish