A world of surprising splendor, captured by AP photographers

AP_Eyes_On_The_World_36351 A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, April 20, 2018, during a weekly protest on Gaza's border with Israel. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_31050 Members of a U.S.-bound migrant caravan cross a bridge between the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca after federal police briefly blocked them outside the town of Arriaga, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_07094 In this Thursday, March 8, 2018 photo, a security official walks through a curtained-off area during a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The annual conclave of China's National People's Congress is a carefully scripted affair, but the actual decision-making happens out of sight and away from prying eyes. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_28146 A woman wearing a painted design of a hand on her face takes part in a march against sexism and gender violence in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_20930 Supporters of President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan light flares during celebrations outside the party headquarters in Istanbul on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Erdogan, 64 who has dominated Turkish politics for the past 15 years, was the winner of the election and was set to extend his rule with sweeping new powers after winning landmark presidential and parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_62785 Monir al-Sharqi walks to his bed after nurses changed the dressings on his burns, at the Marib General Hospital in Yemen on July 25, 2018. Al-Sharqi, a lab technician, disappeared for a year, until he was dumped in a stream, half-naked, emaciated and bearing horrific marks of torture. He had burns from acid over his head, back and shoulders, so severe that his jacket stuck to his melted skin. Some members of his family believe he was detained and tortured by Yemen's Houthi rebels because of his past political activism. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_60240 The moon rises above piles of discarded life vests and dinghies used by migrants and refugees crossing from the nearby Turkish coast, at a dump on the Greek island of Lesbos on early Saturday, May 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_60026 Sub-Saharan refugees and migrants, mostly from Eritrea, wait to be rescued by aid workers of Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, in the lower deck of a wooden boat as they were trying to leave the Libyan coast and reach European soil, 34 miles north of Kasr-El-Karabulli, Libya, on Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_06022 Refugees and migrants wait to be rescued by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, 60 miles north of Al-Khums, Libya, on Sunday Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_09570 Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_63876 North Korean soldiers adjust their hats before posing for a photo on a viewing platform overlooking the caldera of Mount Paektu in North Korea, on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_65581 Tasha Hughes bathes her daughter, Madison, 4, as Jeffrey Dumich holds a flashlight outside their room at the damaged American Quality Lodge where they continue to live without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, in Panama City, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Simply getting through the day is a struggle at the low-rent motel where dozens of people are living in squalor amid destruction left by the hurricane. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_05288 A contestant has his body painted backstage during the National Amateur Body Builders' Association competition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. In the run up to the flex-off, men and women, young and old, Jews and Arabs from around the country worked together to get ready for the big show. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_38497 An unidentified man lies in a body bag after forensic examination at a mortuary in the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_14315 A flower vendor handles marigold flowers at a market in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. During the Tihar festival, Hindus decorate their houses with marigold garlands and worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_34252 FILE - In this Tuesday, June 26, 2018 file photo, migrants rest at the port of Algeciras, southern Spain, after being rescued in the Strait of Gibraltar. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_34318 Protesters burn a mask painted as a U.S. flag during a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. Manila's top diplomat has accused Human Rights Watch of deceiving the international community by making it appear "that the Philippines has become the Wild, Wild West of Asia where we just kill people left and right." Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano demanded an apology from the U.S.-based rights group for reporting a larger number of drug suspects killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on illegal drugs. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_34984 A woman makes the sign of the cross in a park during a pilgrimage in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Romanian Orthodox worshipers marched in a pilgrimage through the Romanian capital on the eve of the Feast of the Cross, a celebration of the cross used to crucify Jesus.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_21754 A slum colony is decorated with lanterns and lights as they celebrate the Hindu festival Diwali in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_07771 Sex workers model creations at the Daspu fashion show, an event during the Women of the World Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Daspu, a wordplay on the expression "Das putas" ("The hookers") in Portuguese, is a fashion house founded and run by the city's prostitutes. The company is owned by Davida, a Brazilian NGO that works towards better health, safety and legal conditions for sex workers. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_03092 A tourist kicks up her heels as she and a friend wait for the driver of a hot pink private taxi, a classic American Chevrolet convertible, before they take a driving tour of Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_25815 Masked guests attend the "Grand Bal Christian Dior" during the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_31043 Helen Solcberg plays a video slot machine at the public opening of Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, N.Y., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. The casino, in the heart of the old "Borscht Belt," is being promoted as an economic boost to this historic resort area, but is opening in an increasingly competitive regional market. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_19045 A group of girls stand next to photos of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the opening of the Sports House, set up to support the Russian delegation of the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_00767 People clap during the Flamenco In Fire Festival on a street in the old city of Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_16584 A father and son spend time together over breakfast at a cafe in the North Beach Section of San Francisco on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_24598 A woman has an English-style breakfast during a viewing party of the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of Wales at the Plaza Hotel in New York on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_38515 Women wearing rose color hats cover their faces during a wine-tasting on the street to promote Spanish wine on a sunny spring day, in Pamplona northern Spain, on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Spanish rose wine is a typical wine of this region of Spain. (AP Photo/ Alvaro Barrientos)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_36541 A boy dressed as a dancing devil stands against a wall during a traditional celebration in Naiguata, Venezuela, Thursday, May 31, 2018. Carrying striking masks mostly animals and sea monsters, hundreds of men, women and children gathered to dance as if possessed by evil spirits in an ancient ritual known as Dancing Devils of Naiguata. This is the way Venezuelan coastal towns venerate God during the celebrations of Corpus Christi. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_39507 A spectator waits for the start of the Jeremy Scott show during Fashion Week in New York, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_06180 Contestants participate in the final round of the National Amateur Body Builders' Association competition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Dozens of glistening competitors took the stage for the annual body building and fitness competition. But behind the scenes, machismo makes way for cooperation. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_47428 Members of the Uzbekistan delegation gather, left, as two women sit in a public space near the United Nations headquarters during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_11265 A dog walks past a mural by street artist Alex Martinez outside a shop in the Psiri area of central Athens, on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_41368 A girl and a woman walk past a swimming pool at Ruben F. Salazar Park, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_43363 Skeletons of a human and a monkey await installation at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday, Feb 19, 2018. The museum's single exhibit on human evolution is situated on the top floor, allowing any visitors who may find the subject objectionable for religious reasons to easily bypass it. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_13900 Los Angeles Rams' Lamarcus Joyner runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_39838 Performers in traditional clothing pass through a security screening at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, before a visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_63522 Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_30049 Members of Ethiopia's Jewish community hold pictures of their relatives in Israel, during a solidarity event at the synagogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews gathered at the synagogue to express concern that Israel's proposed budget removes the funding to help them immigrate to reunite with relatives in that country, as representatives said they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates the funding. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_45857 A woman manually separates wheat from the chaff in a field on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. More than 70 percent of India's 1.25 billion citizens engage in agriculture. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_46596 In this Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, a mule stands next to color patterns painted on a school wall in New Delhi, India. The animal is used for transporting construction materials and other goods. (AP Photo/R S Iyer, File)
AP Eyes on the World This Oct. 13, 2016 photo shows brown tidemarks halfway up the trunks of trees lining the banks of the Doce River, in Paracatu, Brazil. It has been almost a year after a dam holding back a giant pond of mine waste broke open, unleashing a tsunami of mud that killed 19 people, buried entire towns and polluted hundreds of miles of rivers, streams and forest land in Brazil's Doce River Valley. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_33587 This aerial photo shows competitors crossing sand dunes as they take part in in the 33rd Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert near Merzouga, southern Morocco, on Wednesday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_75488 This March 27, 2018 photo shows a dragon fly floating on a pond of oil at an oil field controlled by a U.S-backed Kurdish group, in Rmeilan, Hassakeh province, Syria. Since the Syrian government left the predominantly Kurdish area in northern Syria, the Syrian Kurds have been in control of some of the country's largest oil fields in the Hassakeh province in the northeast starting in 2013. Many former government employees stayed on, and their salaries continued. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_41920 A resident walks past the shattered window of a room at a damaged motel, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Panama City, Fla., where guests continue to stay in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_40245 A wooden boat used by 450 refugees and migrants, mostly from Eritrea, remains abandoned off the Libyan coast after they were rescued by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, 34 miles north of Kasr-El-Karabulli, Libya, on Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_49834 Farmworker Elias Solis, of Mexicali, Mexico, picks cabbage before dawn in a field outside of Calexico, Calif., on March 6, 2018. For decades, cross-border commuters have picked lettuce, carrots, broccoli, onions, cauliflower and other vegetables that make California's Imperial Valley "America's Salad Bowl" from December through March. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_46916 A phone displays an image of Pakzat Qurban, now 18, who was imprisoned in China when he was 16, sits on a table surrounded with plates of watermelon and nuts at the home of his parents in Istanbul, Turkey, on Aug. 24, 2018. Qurban and his family moved to Turkey from in 2015, and Qurban was arrested at a Chinese airport when he went back to visit his grandparents. His parents, Qurbanjan Nurmemet and Gulgine Mehmut, say they received an 8 second video from an officer of their son strapped to a torture chair to try to coerce them to spy for Chinese police. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_04967 Palestinian protestors are seen through mirrors used to reflect sunlight towards Israeli soldiers during a protest next to the Gaza Strip border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Monday, April 2, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_35967 Plumes of smoke flow towards the Pacific ocean as seen Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, from a helicopter over the Malibu section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_01819 Candelaria Cabrera plays with a soccer ball in Chabas, Argentina on Sept. 8, 2018. "Cande," as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children's soccer league in the southern part of Argentina's Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_79843 A woman closes her eyes as she holds an unloaded weapon during services at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018, in Newfoundland, Pa. Worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles participated in a commitment ceremony at the Pennsylvania-based church. The event Wednesday morning led a nearby school to cancel classes for the day. The church's leader, the Rev. Sean Moon, said in a prayer that God gave people the right to bear arms. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_02867 Russian athlete Ilia Burov jumps during a training session before the men's aerial final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_04608 Revelers play in and around a huge burning papier mache bull full of exploding fireworks, in the Santiago Teyuhalco neighborhood of Tultepec, Mexico on July 30, 2018. The previous year there were 40 fireworks accidents in the state of Mexico, where Tultepec is located, that claimed 24 lives and injured more than 100, according to the government's Mexican Institute of Pyrotechnics. Through July 5 of 2018, there have been 16 accidents with 40 dead and more than 70 hurt. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_41825 Ragpickers ride a garbage truck before it unloads in the Cite Soleil slum of Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Aug. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_78848 A woman walks past the a mural by British street artist My Dog Sighs in Rome's Trastevere neighborhood, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_62821 Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_75530 Anthony Torres poses for a photograph at his brother's home in Atco, N.J., Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Torres says he was the rider caught shaving on a New Jersey Transit train in a video that went viral. Torres said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_47566 A migrant who was expelled from Algeria sits in a transit center in Arlit, Niger on Friday, June 1, 2018. The only certainty about the man is that he was expelled from Algeria with thousands of others before ending up in this transit camp in a decaying mining town in the heart of the Sahara. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_41218 M's daughter, right, hands over her baby brother to their mother in their shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. M was raped by six soldiers from Myanmar's security forces after they strangled her 2-year-old son to death. The Hague-based International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says she is launching a preliminary investigation to establish if there is enough evidence to merit a full investigation into deportations of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_39354 Maribel Julio Meneses weeps over the body of her son, Daniel Julio Julio, a "community police" vigilante in the village of Huamuchapa, near Tecoanapa, Guerrero state, Mexico, Feb. 8, 2018. The 22-year-old vigilante was ambushed and killed while on duty. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_44623 Muslim Shiite women mourn during the holy day of Ashoura, at the Sadat Akhavi Mosque in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Sept 20, 2018. Ashoura is the annual Shiite commemoration of the death of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq in the 7th century. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_60941 Seen from the Tijuana, Mexico side of the border wall, Honduran migrants who jumped a wall wait on the U.S. side for U.S. Border Patrol agents after surrendering, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. Thousands of migrants who traveled via a caravan want to seek asylum in the U.S. but face a decision between waiting months or crossing illegally, because the U.S. government is only processing about 100 of cases a day at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_60982 In this July 29, 2018 photo, a young participant of the "Temper of will" summer camp, organized by the nationalist Svoboda party, takes position with her unloaded AK-47 riffle during a night exercise in a village near Ternopil, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_81252 Rohingya refugee boys greet each other as girls ride in a ferris wheel, specially brought in to the camps for Eid al-Adha celebrations, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are celebrating the Feast of Sacrifice in sprawling Bangladeshi camps where they have been living amid uncertainty over their future after they fled Myanmar to escape violence. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_16491 Holocaust survivor Galina Gurevitch, 82, has her hair done during a Beauty Heroines event in Ramat Gan, Israel, Monday, April 9, 2018. Seventy Holocaust survivors, representing the country's 70-year anniversary, took part in a beauty event titled Beauty Heroines. Organizers said the "makeover" event was a gesture toward elderly Holocaust survivors who endured the horror the Nazi genocide of World War II that killed 6 millions Jews. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_48385 A temporary worker using a lantern collects white asparagus from a field in Caparroso, around 85 km (52 miles) from Pamplona, northern Spain on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Dubbed the "white gold" of these northern Spanish farms because of their color and the high prices they fetch around the world, the stringy delicacy is planted every fall and picked each year between April and June, at the height of the spring. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_70039 Rows of parked cars are covered by the first snowfall at a shopping center in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_68917 Two members of the New York City fire department look towards One World Trade Center through an opeining in the ceiling of the Oculus, part of the World Trade Center complex in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, the anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks. The transit hall ceiling window was opened just before 10:28 a.m., marking the moment that the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_05855 Tree-climbing goats feed on an Argania Spinosa, known as an Argan tree, in Essaouira, southwestern Morocco, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. By eating the fruit and spitting out the seeds, the goats help in the process of manufacturing Argan oil. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_87543 A tranquilized elephant lies on the ground during an operation to attach a GPS tracking collar in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The battle to save Africa's elephants appears to be gaining momentum in Mikumi, where killings are declining and some populations are starting to grow again. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_14976 A thoroughbred horse walks off the track after a race before the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_02095 A church and remains of an ancient village which are usually covered by water are seen inside the reservoir of Sau, in Vilanova de Sau, Catalonia, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. The reservoir, built in the early 1960s submerging a village called San Roman de Sau and its 11th century romanesque church, is so low on water that the ruins of buildings are re-emerging. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_08950 A diver carries lobsters during a fishing journey near Cay Savannah, in the Miskito coast, Honduras on Sept. 9, 2018. A diver receives 75 lempiras (three dollars) per pound of lobster. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_08965 Germany's Alexander Zverev serves to Italy's Thomas Fabbiano during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara )
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_00932 Spectators watch the women's quarterfinal between Ukraine's Elina Svitolina and Belgium's Elise Mertens on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
AP_Eyes_On_The_World_06716 Paratroopers drop into the Mediterranean Sea before an air show during Independence Day celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of the state in 1948, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Through the eyes of Associated Press photographers, the world of 2018 was always captivating, sometimes comical, often awe-inspiring — and above all, beautiful.

They saw beauty in the disarray of clothing left behind by 450 refugees and migrants, rescued from a boat off the Libyan coast; in the clouds of smoke from a California wildfire, captured from aloft; in the toil of a Mexican farmworker, surrounded by a carpet of cabbage.

They found splendor in some of the most unexpected places. At an Israeli bodybuilding exhibition, competitors flex and glisten; at a Brazilian fashion show, sex workers shimmy and strut.

There are oddities: goats in a tree in Morocco. Painted aboriginal performers in traditional dress passing through airport security in Papua New Guinea.

But some of the most striking images mingle beauty, tragedy and even horror. We glimpse a young man in a body bag, one of thousands of migrants gone missing in South Africa. A South Carolina man, hand to his face, is battered by the winds and storm clouds of Hurricane Florence.

And a Rohingya woman takes her infant son, the product of a rape by six Myanmar soldiers, from her 8-year-old daughter as the girl looks away — a family arrayed like the figures of a Renaissance painting, in Bangladesh, in the terror of the 21st century.

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