There were grand gestures and small acts of great compassion, war and peace, or the simple play of light against dark. OK, and a lucky break or two. The Sun's photographers spent the past year as they always do, documenting events earthshaking and everyday, tales moving, mundane and magical. Today, they present their favorite photos of the past 12 months, images that, when all is said and done, make up an impressive portrait of a year. On this page and three more inside the section, The Sun's photographers share their images and impressions of 2003.