The Most Surprising Photos of 2013

Sydney Festival's giant Rubber Duck installation
Damian Shaw—EPA
Jan. 3, 2013. A giant Rubber Duck installation in Darling Harbour, Australia, the latest incarnation of artist Florentijn Hofman's famous oversized toy which measures 15m high and 18m wide.

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.


Related Topics: , , , , , , ,

Latest Posts

Laura Pannack - Halloween Kids 03

Trick or Treat: Kids in Their Halloween Costumes

Halloween is the one night when children dress up as the characters that haunt their nightmares, says British photographer Laura Pannack

Read More
Students were seen in a schoolyard in El Dorado Country, Calif.

Photojournalism Daily: Oct. 31, 2014

The Week That Was In Asia Photo Gallery

Pictures of the Week: Oct. 24 – Oct. 31

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 17,931 other followers