This image made it to the last round in the Year in Pictures edit, and I was surprised, at first, that it didn't make the final edit. Global, colorful, slice of life images like this tend to work well with other world news features, and the composition really drew me in, I thought it was a shoe in! But the years of experience represented by the multimedia team here at MSNBC.com make for many great editing debates, and this image wasn't quite as unique as many of those that were included. See them at yearinpictures.msnbc.com
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A Tibetan climbs high to tie prayer flags on the third day of the Tibetan New Year in Dharmsala, India on March 2, 2006. Believed to spread prayers on wind, different colored flags represent the five elements.