I sweep the Web for best-of-year photo collections, because when it's all said and done, it's all about the photographs. Here's my top 10 Year In Pictures collection round-up.
1. Time's Year in Pictures
48 outstanding news photos, from politics to war to police to science to inspiring moments, Time's outstanding photo department never fails.
2. National Geographic BEST pictures for the year 2009
Someone who is not National Geographic has put together a compilation of his favorite National Geo shots, and we must say, he's got taste. Some of these photos are gonna make you want to take a long lens, a good camera and solid tripod out on a safari.
3. Magazine 13: Most Viewed Flickr Photos in Year 2009
I'm not sure how Magazine 13's writer chose these particular photos from Flickr, but again, he has good, if ecclectic, taste.
4. UPI Photos of the Year
United Press International divides its collections of top images into several categories: News and Features, Washington DC, Sports, Inauguration, Entertainment, with scores of photos in each.
5. Denver Post: Captured, The Year in Photos 2009
Solid news photos of some of the key events of the year, mostly picked up from the Associated Press.
6. Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2009
Courtesey Discover magazine, here are ten amazing images that are literally out of this world. Some of the images come from the Hubble space telescope, others from various manned and unmanned space craft, and a few were shot through earthbound cameras.
7. Best Reuters Photos of the Year 2009 - Santa Barbara Forums
An interesting mix of news photos from around the world, including relatively obscure images. The images lack captions, so we don't necessarily know what's going on, but we can still enjoy the photos.
8. Photos of the Year 2009: Suburban Chicago News
Local news photography tends to get limited play online, but the Chicago Sun-Times's Herald-News photographers get their day in the sun with this collection of the staff's favorites.
9. Today.Az - History of outgoing year 2009
Despite the annoying watermarks that obscure the enjoyment of the images, there are some good ones here mixed in with photos we've seen. Without captions, however, we are left to wonder what's going on with the less familiar images.
10. Southwest proudly presents our 2009 Flickr Photos of the Year
A clever idea here: Southwest Airlines decided to pick out the best photos on its Flickr photostream. The winners, which included Southwest employees and passengers, got round trip tickets to wherever.
Did we overlook a worthy "Photos of the Year" collection? Leave us a link in the comments!