The making of the Year in Pictures

Maclean's director of photography on the selection of 2013's top images

A new prince and a new Pope. Floods in Alberta, fire in Lac-Mégantic. Hadfield soars and Miley Cyrus shocks. The Maclean’s Year in Pictures issue captures 2013’s most breathtaking moments from Canada and around the world.

Below, Maclean’s director of photography Andrew Tolson delves into the process of selecting the year’s most powerful images for the 96-page special issue, on newsstands Thursday: