As 2012 comes to a close, we reflect on this amazing year that has had its fair share of triumphs and hardships. At the forefront of many of the most memorable moments, both in the victorious and devastating sense, there have been photojournalists capturing images that would travel all around the world. Their dedication to their craft has produced some remarkable images over the year, many of which are included in global press agency Agence France Presse’s 2012 Best of the World in Photos list.
From the image of New York taxi cabs in a parking lot flooded in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to the jarring sight of a young Tibetan exile setting himself on fire in protest, photographers across the globe have managed to document some of the most astounding scenes in the past year. While the images themselves are beautifully composed, it’s the story behind each one that truly makes them worthy of attention. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and each one of these speaks volumes, enough to leave us speechless.
Top photo: Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire during a protest against an upcoming visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao in New Delhi on March 26, 2012.
A Dutch local resident, standing in his house, looks to high waters level through his window, in Dordrecht on January 5, 2012.
Motorists cross a damaged road destroyed at the height of the powerful earthquake in Guihulngan town, Negros Oriental province, central Philippines on February 9, 2012.
New taxi cabs in a flooded car park in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October.
Palestinian men gather around a crater caused by an Israeli air strike on the al-Dallu family’s home in Gaza City on November 18, 2012.
A demonstrator clashes with riot police during a 24-hour strike in Athens on October 18, 2012.
Firefighters of Alcoy and Elda try to extinguish a fire in Torre de Macanes near Alicante, on August 13, 2012.
A child looks out from a make-shift tent as under heavy rain during a visit by Under-Secretary General of United Nation for Humanitarian affairs Valery Amos to the refugee camp of Kibati in Goma on August 8, 2012.
A man walks past an ice covered car on the frozen waterside promenade at Lake Geneva in the city Versoix, near Geneva on early February 5, 2012.
This picture taken on July 6, 2012 shows visitors gathering to giant gushes of water released from the Xiaolangdi dam to clear up the sediment-laden Yellow river and to prevent localized flooding, in Jiyuan, central China’s Henan province.
In this photograph taken on July 10, 2012, a Pakistani worker pulls on a wire he will connect to a thick chain that will in turn be used to peel away a slab of the outer structure of a beached vessel in one of the 127 ship-breaking plots in Geddani, some 40Kms west of Karachi.
A foreign tourist sits next to a large art display of a shark displayed at a shopping mall in Bangkok on July 9, 2012.
This photo provided by NASA shows space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flying near the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on April 27, 2012, in New York.
Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world’s shortest man at 56 centimetres (22 inches) in height, walks near his home in Reemkholi village in Dang district, some 540 kilometres southwest of Kathmandu on February 21, 2012.