Year in Pictures - Out: I find this to be an incredibly powerful moment. Members of the media team joke that we all have odd elements that we're repeatedly drawn to in images, and that mine is arms reaching into the frame. In this case, I think it works well to convey the empathy the person in pink is trying to show the woman and her child - whose perfectly lit face is looking to the heavens in a way reminiscent to me of Renaissance depictions of the Virgin and Child. All of their body language and quiet expressiveness work so well for me that I don't mind the messiness of the background. But it came just shy of qualifying for the Year in Pictures: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22200921
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A mother holds her child as a replica of the seism hits their improvised refugee camp on a street of Chincha, more than 250 km south from Lima 17 August, 2007. Powerful aftershocks rattled rescuers as they clawed through rubble Friday in a desperate search for survivors two days after a massive earthquake claimed some 500 lives in Peru.