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The best photography of 2012

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As another year comes to a close, publications have begun to highlight the most memorable moments from the past 12 months. All the significant news from the year is retold through the various photos, such as NASA's achievements in space, the US presidential elections, and the London Olympics. There's also attention paid to some of the smaller events that passed the world by, as well as a closer look at everyday life on parts of the planet that are often forgotten.

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Dec 10 4:58a

The best photos of 2012 as picked by The Wall Street Journal

Not to be outdone by the AFP, The Wall Street Journal has served up its own collection of the images that best portray the year of 2012. The large roundup comprised of 338 photos so far spans a huge variety of locations and topics across the year, including the US and French presidential elections, protests and violence in the Middle East, and everyday life in countries such as China and India. Not every photo has captured such serious subjects, though: there are some more lighthearted...

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Nov 30 3:34p

The year's best pictures get the spotlight in annual National Geographic photo contest

Today's the last chance for photography buffs to enter National Geographic's photo contest. The annual showcase has always been a stunning reminder of what's possible when you place a camera in the hands of a skilled photographer, and submissions collected thus far reveal 2012 will be no exception. Two of the prominent photography blogs on the web, In Focus and The Big Picture, have run several galleries of some standout entrants; landscapes, wildlife shots, and a number of unforgettable...

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Nov 29 5:00p

AFP's top photos of 2012 provide a stunning visual history of the past year

The end of the year often brings a flood of "best of" lists, but few will be as visually arresting as AFP's top photos of 2012. The collection of 99 images captures a huge variety of subjects, from lighter content like the 2012 London Olympics, Space Shuttle Enterprise buzzing New York City (our own picture from the flyover is above) Adele's big win at the Grammys and a portrait of the Obama's following the president's election win to more serious subjects like a Tibetan exile engulfed in...

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