2013 was a big year — President Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term, same sex marriages took place in San Francisco, and a royal baby was born in England.

What better way to reflect on the past twelve months, than through the eyes of Instagrammers?

The ability to snap a photo on your phone and immediately share it with the world has created powerful new opportunities for photojournalism. It allows anyone with a smartphone to capture momentous events and tell international news stories, as seen through their eyes.

Photo-sharing app Instagram now has 150 million members and 55 million photos are uploaded everyday. Amidst the millions of teenage selfies, food photos, and snapshots of Bangkok malls, are images of what stories captured the hearts and minds of the world in 2013.

We’ve got Catholics bidding farewell to Pope Benedict XVI and welcoming Pope FrancisEgyptians revolting against President Morsi, and same sex marriages taking place in San Francisco.

We got a rare glimpse into life in North Korea, and followed breathlessly as new babies were born to Kate Middleton and Prince William, and celebrity “royalty” Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. 

First Lady Michelle Obama participated in “Throwback Thursday” with her college graduation photo, and saw basketball star Kobe Bryant walking again after an injury.

We watched horrified as a devastating typhoon hit the Phillippines, cried when Batkid saved “Gotham City” (San Francisco) with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and celebrated Nelson Mandela’s life.

What a year.

Related:  The top locations, photos and hashtags of 2013, as seen on Instagram


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