A year in pictures

Andrew Tolson, Maclean's director of photography, picks more of the best shots from 2009

This Year in Pictures 2009 was unusual in one way: despite western news media being kicked out Iran after their election, images of that government’s crackdown still found their way out of the country through social media sites such as Flickr and Twitter. Citizen journalism has never been so effective.

We also saw elections in the US and India – and almost one here in Canada. President Obama dominated the world stage. The war in Afghanistan began a new chapter with a US troop surge and the weather continued to wreak havoc with the planet – all caught by the world’s photojournalists.

Putting together an issue of the year’s best photographs is a daunting task – there were hundreds we could have published in the magazine. (Maclean’s Year in Pictures issue is on newsstands now.) For that reason, we present the best of the rest here on

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