TIME LightBox - Top 10 Photos of 2013 / by Steve Jin

Photography is such a subjective and personal exercise that to pick the top 10 photos of any genre or topic is a virtual impossibility. But here are TIME’s picks… of the most something of the past year. I don’t know what that something is but if it’s anything, for me it’s the timeliness (and sometimes bravery) of the photographer to stay and get the shot – to know when the moment is there and when it has passed.

-sj