This image won Readers Choice in The Week in Pictures the week of Aug. 7 - 14, 2008. This week's slideshow was short, with only nine images, but packed with stellar choices. However, the readers chose this moment that captures the grandeur of one of the most epic Olympic Opening Ceremonies of all time over other images of devastation from the conflict in Georgia that started this same week. This image was also included in the Sports Year in Pictures.
Fireworks explode during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium, August 8, 2008. The stadium is also known as the Bird's Nest.