The Most Surprising Photos of 2013

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While the culture of social media did its best to ensure that 2013 had its fair share of entertaining, surprising and, above all, shareable photo moments, ultimately the past twelve months included as many genuinely shocking as surprising pictures. The year left us in varying states of outrage, bewilderment, bemusement and astonishment.

But there were some wonderfully unexpected and unusual images—a shark inside a shark and selfies with the Pope to a bear on a tightrope and a bundle of baby pandas—that delighted, enthralled and distracted us. Here, LightBox looks back over the past twelve months and presents a selection of underreported, improbable and astounding images that caught the attention of TIME’s photo editors—and which, we trust, maintain their ability to utterly, thoroughly surprise.

Phil Bicker is a senior photo editor at TIME.

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MiinnieBjornson
MiinnieBjornson

The photographer of the huge wave at Nazare, Portugal. made it seem as if the wave would destroy that old fort..  If one uses google earth of the area.. you can see that the wave would never have touched  the fort...since it is up on a high cliff, and the reason for placing a light house on its roof... The town itself is even higher than the old fort.. which I found to be a weird place.. Nothing but replacements of the old  beautiful Portugese housing with blah new ones..    

anyamnovere
anyamnovere

Maybe you cannot help. i have no problem ignoring her.

SusanNichols
SusanNichols

was devestated last fall by Superstorm Sandy."


See anything wrong?

micbedn
micbedn

Don't get the fascination with one animal killing another.

Campag_Kid
Campag_Kid

The priest on the left seems to be saying, "Calm down Sisters, calm down!"