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Year in Focus: Online book shows our best work (360, gigapixel, too)

January 29, 2013 | By Maria Dias | Art Of Photography, Photojournalism

A celebration of our most compelling editorial images and a collection of our best work throughout the year, the 2012 Year in Focus is out, and it’s more interactive, accessible and widely available than ever before.

This year’s book goes beyond print to offer readers something more – specifically an online version which incorporates video, 360 and gigapixel imagery, and an iBook version launching in February, which will be available for free through the Apple app store.

It’s a celebration of the best content we have, from all over the world, and a testament to our team and the power of our imagery.

But, of course, the real magic is inside.

Let’s begin with the cover. In a year packed with such iconic moments as the London 2012 Games, and the US presidential election, choosing just one breathtaking image to wrap the edition wasn’t easy.

Then, as production deadlines for the Year in Focus loomed, Superstorm Sandy rocked the eastern US, and saw many of our employees pull together to help each other through an otherwise dark time. Director, Editorial Content, Anthony Holland Parkin, who edited this year’s edition, said that after that, the cover choice was clear.

A beautiful aerial shot of a blacked-out Manhattan, shot by Reportage by Getty Images photographer Iwan Baan during the aftermath of the storm was powerful (here’s the story behind it), and really touched us on a personal level. Holland Parkin and the team at large agreed it should open the edition.

But that’s not the only example of the kind of teamwork it took to bring this Year in Focus to life.

“It’s a collaborative book,” Holland Parkin said. “It’s a project built on the strength of the team.”

In addition to the amazing photographers whose work is showcased throughout its more than 200 pages, many editors, directors of photography, marketing professionals, operations and production support worked to make this happen, as did our dedicated team of researchers, who were always up for the challenge of digging deeper into our collections to find the right images to showcase.

All versions – print and online — also highlight the work of our first Editorial Fellows, Getty Images staff photographers Pascal Le Segretain, Daniel Berehulak and Adam Pretty, who were honored for their commitment to both their craft and our Leadership Principles, the seven values that unite everyone who works for our company.

“So much of our success is rooted within our culture and values,” Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said. “By honoring Pascal, Daniel and Adam in the Year in Focus — not only as great photographers but also as ambassadors of our business – it really speaks volumes about who we are, what we do and what we believe in.”

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