It was the year we lucked-out on the America's Cup, Nelson Mandela died, the Boston Marathon was bombed and 60 people lost their lives in a four-day shopping mall siege in Nairobi.
The most thoughtful and downright tragic moments of 2013 will be on display at the Auckland premiere of the World Press Photo Exhibition in July.
In its 57th year, the exhibition features the best images from almost 100,000 entries across the world.
Judged in Amsterdam, the prize-winning photographs are assembled into a travelling exhibition viewed by more than a million people in 40 countries.
The top prize went to American photographer John Stanmeyer, for a National Geographic magazine shot of African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night.
The migrants were raising their phones, trying to get reception from neighbouring Somalia.
"If they move their phone in the air they will get a signal," said Stanmeyer.
"That is the tenuous link that connects us all together."
Wellington-born human rights photographer, Robin Hammond, also features in the exhibition with his documentation of the treatment of mental health sufferers in South Sudan.
Getty Image photographer Ezra Shaw also stars with his coverage of the America's Cup.
This is the fifth consecutive year Auckland Rotary Club has brought the exhibition to New Zealand.
"Each time we host this exhibition, we are reminded how relatively peaceful New Zealand is and how fortunate we are given all that is happening in the world," said Craig Dealey, president of Auckland Rotary.
"We hope that bringing this exhibition to Auckland will make people more internationally aware and perhaps more socially responsible."
WORLD PRESS PHOTO EXHIBITION
What: The World Press Photo Exhibition
Where: The top floor of Smith & Caughey's, Queen Street, Auckland
When: July 5 - July 27
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for students
Where: New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, Wellington
When:Saturday 30 August - Sunday 21 September.
Parental discretion is advised.