This year, over 12,000 images were submitted to me by our professionals in the field as well as Mercy Corps staff members. Of that number, I tagged less than 2,000 as above average in quality. These 11 images represent the photographs that stuck in my mind over the year as having a special, engaging quality. Often, the images that stay with me are ones that don't have an obvious marketing use, but are visually dynamic and compelling nonetheless. The photograph by Thatcher Cook of the Ethiopian woman in green is a good example. The singing girl in Haiti by Miguel Samper is another. These images quietly draw us into the frame and allow us share a little in the moment they were created.