The Best Photos of the Year

What makes photojournalism so powerful? It could be this: even in its raw state, it is finished work. No amount of varnish can change the message. Could anything say more clearly than the picture on the next page that those soldiers are a long way from home? For this special section, our photo editors have reached for 2003's most arresting photojournalism. The pictures, many taken on assignment for TIME, include searing images of the Iraq war. All the emotions get played out for the camera during wartime, from the terrified child with his hands up, to the exuberant soldier swooshing down...

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