Here’s the winner. Photographer Carlos Gutierrez captured lightning bolts crackling around a towering column of ash as southern Chile’s Chaiten volcano began to erupt for the first time in thousands of years. The runner-up was this picture of President-Elect Obama taken on election night.
Here are a few others to wet your appetite. Take a few moments and give it a look, it’s well worth it.
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