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2012's best photos explained: photographers tell WSJ how they captured stunning shots

WSJ POTY

Earlier this month the Wall Street Journal assembled a gallery of top-notch photos taken during the course of 2012. Now the publication has gone one step further, picking five of those shots and asking each photographer how they approached their respective image. Each scene is dramatically different; one freezes the thrilling celebration following a ninth-inning playoff victory by the Oakland A's. Another serves as a reminder of the utter devastation Superstorm Sandy brought to a coastal community in Queens, New York. Other images include a powerful portrait of a young man with a rare medical condition, along with a shot that showcases the dedication and discipline of Secret Service agents. But more importantly, accompanying each photo is the story of how that particular moment was forever preserved, which could eventually help you take a Photo of the Year candidate of your own.

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