December 6, 2012 6:03 am

Best photos from 2012


TORONTO – From Hurricane Sandy and the U.S. presidential race to the Syrian civil war and London Olympics, photojournalists from around the world captured every moment in 2012. Whether it’s a natural disaster or a human triumph, their cameras freeze a moment in time and record history.

Global News takes a look at some of the best photos from 2012.

Photos of the year 2012 - 1
First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama hug after delivering remarks during a campaign event at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa on August 15, 2012. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 2
Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in Torre de Macanes, Spain, on August 13, 2012. One person was killed and three injured during the wildfires. Pedro Armestre/AFP/GettyImages
Photos of the year 2012 - 3
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt wins the men’s 100m final at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 in London. Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 4
Syrian rebels hunt for snipers after attacking the municipal building in the city centre of Selehattin, near Aleppo, on July 23, 2012, during fights between rebels and Syrian troops. Bulent Kilic/AFP/GettyImages
Photos of the year 2012 - 5
Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world’s shortest man at 56 centimetres in height, walks near his home in Reemkholi village in Dang district, some 540 kilometres southwest of Kathmandu on February 21, 2012. Prakash Mathema/AFP/GettyImages
Photos of the year 2012 - 6
Aerialist Nik Wallenda tightropes over the Niagara gorge June 15, 2012 in Niagara Falls, Canada. Wallenda walked across the 1,800-foot-long, 2-inch-wide wire, making him the first person to cross directly over the falls from the U.S. into Canada. John Moore/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 7
A large crowd fills The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace to watch The Diamond Jubilee Concert on June 4, 2012 in London, England. For only the second time in its history the U.K. celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of a monarch. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 8
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry wave as they pass the Houses of Parliament aboard the Royal barge ‘Spirit of Chartwell’ in central London, on June 3, 2012, during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 9
Supporters of the leader of the Greek conservative party wave flags during a pre-election speech in Athens on May 3, 2012. Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 10
A former Taliban fighter looks on after joining Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat province on March 26, 2012. Twelve fighters left the Taliban to join government forces in western Afghanistan. Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 11
A man walks past an ice-covered car on the frozen waterside promenade at Lake Geneva in the city of Versoix, on February 5, 2012. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 12
Firemen look at the emerged side of the cruise liner Costa Concordia on January 17, 2012. The Costa Concordia grounded in front of the harbour of Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 13
A leopard attacks and wounds an Indian labourer in the residential Silphukhuri area in Guwahati on January 7, 2012. Three people were seriously injured in the leopard attack before it was tranquilized and taken to Assam State Zoo. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 14
A local resident looks at the high water level through his window, in Dordrecht on January 5, 2012. Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 15
A scientist delegate yawns on stage during the closing session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China inside the Great Hall of the People on November 14, 2012 in Beijing, China. Feng Li/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 16
Space shuttle Endeavour is transported to The Forum arena for a stopover and celebration on its way to the California Science Center from Los Angeles International Airport on October 12, 2012 in Inglewood, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 17
A crowd watches an F/A-18 Hornet fighter of the Swiss Air Force on October 11, 2012 during a flight demonstration. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/GettyImages
Photos of the year 2012 - 18
A police officer guards members of the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot in a Moscow courtroom on October 10, 2012. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/GettyImages
Photos of the year 2012 - 19
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge adjusts her scarf outside a mosque at KLCC in Kuala Lumpur on September 14, 2012, on the second leg of a nine-day Southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 20
Actor Clint Eastwood speaks to an empty chair during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 21
Police set up a perimeter outside the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto on June 2, 2012 after a shooting that killed two people. The Canadian Press/Victor Biro
Photos of the year 2012 - 22
Accused movie theatre shooter James Holmes makes his first court appearance at the Arapahoe County Courthouse on July 23, 2012 in Centennial, Colorado. Police say Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 others during a shooting rampage at an opening night screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20, in Aurora, Colorado. RJ Sangosti-Pool/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 23
Accused killer Luka Magnotta is taken by authorities into protective custody pending arraignment in Montreal. Rex Features/The Canadian Press
Photos of the year 2012 - 24
Brian Schratz hugs a colleague as he celebrates the successful landing of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on August 5, 2012 in Pasadena, California. Brian van der Brug-Pool/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 25
College student Jajuan Kelley covers his mouth with a Skittles wrapper as he stands in a crowd of thousands rallying at the Georgia State Capitol in memory of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on March 26, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Protests were nationwide in reaction to the death of Martin, the Florida teenager whose shooting by a Neighbourhood Watch captain has led to questions about the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida and other states. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images
Photos of the year 2012 - 26
South Korea’s Shin A Lam sits on the field at the end of her Women’s Epee semi-final bout against Germany’s Britta Heidemann as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on July 30, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London. The match was interrupted after Shin’s coach claimed the winning hit she conceded was performed out of the regular time but Heidemann’s victory was later validated. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/GettyImages
Photos of the year 2012 - 27
The iconic Princess Cottage, built in 1855, remains standing after being ravaged by flooding on November 21, 2012 in Union Beach, New Jersey. Little more than half of the home remains and more than 200 homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in the town. Mario Tama/Getty Images


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