Photographers stationed throughout the world documented an increase in violence and war that spread in 2008 from traditional hotspots to nations facing new aggression and turmoil.
Citizens of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Pakistan, and the Gaza Strip know how to navigate their daily lives amid tensions on the verge of boiling into bloodshed. But in Kenya, residents and photojournalists covering the contested 2007 presidential elections were propelled instantly into an atmosphere of destruction and riots in January that claimed more than 1,000 lives.
The former Soviet state of Georgia became an unexpected battleground in July 2008 when regional strife between Ossetian separatists and Georgian armed escalated into a full-scale contest between Russian and Georgian troops in South Ossetia. Several weeks of media attention, complete with images of war and suppression, caused global outrage so vociferous that the Russian government halted their attack in mid-August.
Whatever the locale or customary level of unrest, photojournalists pushed the limits of personal safety to stand in the line of fire and capture the look of terror, the consequence of differing ideologies, and indiscriminant loss worldwide.