Judging from the best images of the past week, photographing the Olympics must photographers' favorite time of year. There are tons of great images from the Games (and some football, baseball, golf and NASCAR thrown in).

London Bridges

Smoke from fireworks surrounds the iconic Tower Bridge over the River Thames in central London, decorated with Olympic rings, during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday in London. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick of the United States dives for the ball during his match against Martin Klizan of Slovakia at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Aleksandrs Samoilovs

Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia sets the ball during a beach volleyball match against the Republic of South Africa at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Weightlifting

In this multiple exposure photo, Annie Moniqui of Canada competes during the women's 58-kg, group B, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, in London. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Manuel Minginfel

Manuel Minginfel off Micronesia competes during the mens 62-kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, in London. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Fencing

Britain's Corinna Lawrence participates in a women's individual epee fencing round of 64 against Chile's Caterin Bravo Aranguiz at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Sand storm

A lone golfer tries to get in a few more swings on the practice range as a sand storm hits the Phoenix metro area Sunday in Laveen, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Brandon Marshall

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, top, catches a ball against cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Family affair

Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams, center, laughs as his daughter Rhiya Willams, 2, wears his helmet and his mother Risalyn Berzynski, right, takes a photo before practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Ben Spies

Ben Spies crashes on the corkscrew during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP world championship motorcycle race, Sunday at Laguna Seca raceway in Monterey, Calif. (AP Photo/The Monterey County Herald, David Royal)

Yu Minobe

Japanese gymnast Yu Minobe performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Kenseth catches fire

Matt Kenseth's car catches fire after an accident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday. (AP Photo/Ron Sanders)

Casey Kotchman

Cleveland Indians' Casey Kotchman bobbles but makes the catch on a ball off the bat of Minnesota Twins' Danny Valencia in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Huang Qiushuang

Chinese gymnast Huang Qiushuang performs on the beam during the Artistic Gymnastics women's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Dana Vollmer

United States' Dana Vollmer, center, reacts after winning gold and setting a world record in the women's 100-meter butterfly swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday. Vollmer set a new world record with a time of 55.98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Watching Brazil and Belarus

Spectators watch in front of a large screen during a group C men's soccer match between Brazil and Belarus at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Diego Occhiuzzi

Italy's Diego Occhiuzzi reacts after defeating Italy's Aldo Montano during the men's individual sabre round of 16 fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Bruna Kuroiwa Yamamoto

Brazilian gymnast Bruna Kuroiwa Yamamoto Leal botches her dismount on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's qualifications at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Eye on the ball

Camaroon's Sarah Hanffou keeps her eye on the ball during a first round table tennis match against France's Yifang Xian at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, in London. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Brian Dozier

Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier makes a diving catch on a line drive by Cleveland Indians' Brent Lillibridge during the seventh inning in a baseball game, Saturday, in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 12-5. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

Ahmed Abdulkareem Ahmed

Iraq's Ahmed Abdulkareem Ahmed walks away from the ring after losing to South Africa's Siphiwe Lusizi after a men's welterweight 69-kg boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)