Here's a look at the pictures of the year for 2012.
Firefighters look at the emerged side of the
Firefighters look at the emerged side of the cruise liner Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy. (Jan. 17, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
A man rides a horse through a bonfire
A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, in honor of St. Anthony, the patron saint of animals. (Jan 16, 2012) (Credit: AP )
Underprivileged Indian children dressed in costume to look
Underprivileged Indian children dressed in costume to look like revered leader Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi arrive on a bus before attempting a world record in Kolkata, India. A total of 485 children took part in the rally ahead of the anniversary of Gandhi's death. (Jan. 29, 2012) (Credit: AP )

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A woman pays her respects at a statue
A woman pays her respects at a statue of longtime head football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of his death in State College, Pa. (Jan. 22, 2012) (Credit: AP )
The calligrapher of the world's biggest copy of
The calligrapher of the world's biggest copy of the Quran turns a page at a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mohammad Saber Yaqoti Hussaini Khedri claims to have completed the giant copy of Islam's scripture in five years with help from his nine students. (Jan. 12, 2012) (Credit: AP )
Adele poses with her six trophies at the
Adele poses with her six trophies at the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Feb. 12, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims
Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world's shortest man at 22 inches in height, walks near his home in Reemkholi village in Dang district, some 335 miles southwest of Kathmandu. (Feb. 21, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
A man walks past an ice-covered car on
A man walks past an ice-covered car on the frozen waterside promenade at Lake Geneva in Versoix, near Geneva. The death toll from the vicious cold snap across Europe has risen to more than 260, with the winter misery set to hit thousands more. (Feb. 5, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves as she crosses a crowd of supporters while arriving for a political rally as part of her electoral campaign at a stadium in Pathein, west of Yangon. (Feb. 7, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
A woman waits to hear about her sister,
A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Dec. 14, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who claimed victory
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who claimed victory in Russia's presidential election, has tears in his eyes at a massive rally of his supporters at Manezh square outside the Kremlin in Moscow. (March 4, 2012) (Credit: AP )
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reaches to shake
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reaches to shake supporters' hands at his home in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat was due to report to a prison in Colorado to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (March 14, 2012) (Credit: AP )
Actor and activist George Clooney and his father,
Actor and activist George Clooney and his father, journalist Nick Clooney (center), are arrested for trespassing at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington. (March 16, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

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A woman cries as she recovers from severe
A woman cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian army shelled her house in Idlib in northern Syria. Her husband and two of her children were killed after their home was shelled. (March 10, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he
Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi, 27, runs as he is engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire during a protest in New Delhi. (March 26, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the sky
Chinese artist Li Wei performs in the sky at La Villette in Paris. Wei's work often depicts him in apparently gravity-defying situations. (March 20, 2012) (Credit: AP )
A bear that wandered into a dorm complex
A bear that wandered into a dorm complex on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder falls from a tree after being tranquilized by Colorado wildlife officials. University police spokesman Ryan Huff said the bear was likely 1 to 3 years old and weighed somewhere between 150 and 200 pounds. (April 26, 2012) (Credit: AP )
President Barack Obama does push-ups during basketball shooting
President Barack Obama does push-ups during basketball shooting drills during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. (April 9, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
North Koreans pay their respects in front of
North Koreans pay their respects in front of two portraits, one of founding leader Kim Il-Sung (left) and the other of his son Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang. North Korea is counting down to the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth on April 15, 2012. (April 9, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
This photo provided by NASA shows space shuttle
This photo provided by NASA shows space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flying near the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan. (April 27, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
The carcass of the world's most well-preserved baby
The carcass of the world's most well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, is displayed in Hong Kong. Lyuba, whose carcass is 42,000 years old, was found by a reindeer herder in Yamal Peninsula in Russia in 2007. (April 10, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
A tornado touches down in Lancaster, Texas, south
A tornado touches down in Lancaster, Texas, south of Dallas. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (April 3, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park
Hikers watch an annular eclipse from Papago Park in Phoenix. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun, leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific, to be seen in parts of the Western United States. (May 20, 2012) (Credit: AP)
A police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy
A police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in Manhattan. (May 1, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Wrestlers perform during the Lucha Va Voom's Cinco
Wrestlers perform during the Lucha Va Voom's Cinco de Mayan show at the Mayan Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Lucha Va Voom is a mixture of elements of lucha libre, or masked Mexican professional wrestling, with comedy and striptease. (May 4, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Elderly people lay on their beds after they
Elderly people lay on their beds after they were evacuated from the nearby hospital in Mirandola in northern Italy. A powerful earthquake killed at least 15 people, injured at least 200 and left 14,000 people homeless after it rocked a swath of northern Italy. (May 29, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kisses the hand
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kisses the hand of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on stage as British singers Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John and other performers look on after the jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace in London. (June 4, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
The Rev. Fabio Colindres speaks with a member
The Rev. Fabio Colindres speaks with a member of Mara Salvatrucha gang during a Mass at the prison of Ciudad Barrios, east of San Salvador, El Salvador. (June 19, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
A fully grown male wild leopard climbs a
A fully grown male wild leopard climbs a net after it fell into a water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Haskhowa, India. The animal was rescued by the Sukna Forest rescue team from the Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary. The team lowered a ladder and a net into the tank. (June 20, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Flanked by bodyguards, Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi salutes
Flanked by bodyguards, Egyptian President-elect Mohamed Morsi salutes tens of thousands of Egyptians he addressed in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square. (June 29, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a
Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. He is the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls. (June 15, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Fire from Waldo Canyon moves into subdivisions and
Fire from Waldo Canyon moves into subdivisions and destroys homes in Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 26, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo. A judge sentenced Mubarak to life in prison after convicting him of involvement in the murder of protesters during the uprising that ousted him in 2011. (June 2, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
A Pakistani worker pulls on a wire he
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, west of Karachi. (July 10, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy, the Venus
Serena Williams celebrates with the trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles victory over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London. (July 7, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
A boy swims among the debris as he
A boy swims among the debris as he tries to salvage belongings from destroyed homes hit after two barges smashed into an informal settler area in Manila after strong winds and rains from Tropical Storm Saola hit the capital. (July 30, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District
James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Holmes was being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and facing additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. (July 23, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Visitors gather to view giant gushes of water
Visitors gather to view giant gushes of water released from the Xiaolangdi dam in central China to clear up the sediment-laden Yellow River and to prevent localized flooding, in Jiyuan, Henan province. (July 6, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
The Olympic rings light up the stadium during
The Olympic rings light up the stadium during the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (July 27, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney takes his family for a boat ride on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. (July 14, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Free Syrian Army fighters take cover as they
Free Syrian Army fighters take cover as they exchange fire with regime forces in the Salaheddin neighborhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo. (Aug. 22, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
China's Zheng Tao celebrates breaking the world record
China's Zheng Tao celebrates breaking the world record after winning the men's 100-meter backstroke event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre in east London. (Aug. 30, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
A Syrian boy who was injured when a
A Syrian boy who was injured when a shell fired by regime forces hit his house waits to be treated at a hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo. (Aug. 24, 2012) (Credit: Getty)
First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama
First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama hug after delivering remarks during a campaign event at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa, during his three-day campaign bus tour across the state. (Aug. 15, 2012) (Credit: Getty)
Residents evacuate their flooded neighborhood in LaPlace, La.,
Residents evacuate their flooded neighborhood in LaPlace, La., as Hurricane Isaac staggered toward central Louisiana. (Aug. 30, 2012) (Credit: AP)
Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik makes a salute
Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik makes a salute after arriving in the courtroom at a courthouse in Oslo. Breivik, who admitted killing 77 people in Norway in 2011, was declared sane and sentenced to prison for bomb and gun attacks. (Aug. 24, 2012) (Credit: AP )
A worker is seen partially submerged underwater as
A worker is seen partially submerged underwater as he tries to repair a broken pipe in Caracas, Venezuela. (Sept. 26, 2012) (Credit: AP )
People run for cover as smoke rises from
People run for cover as smoke rises from the site of a fire at a fireworks factory on the outskirts of Sivakasi, about 310 miles southwest of Chennai, India. (Sept. 5, 2012) (Credit: AP )
A Syrian man carries his wounded daughter outside
A Syrian man carries his wounded daughter outside a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo. (Sept. 18, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William and his wife, Katherine, the
Britain's Prince William and his wife, Katherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, wave to the local Solomon Islanders as they leave the airport aboard a truck decorated as canoe in Honiara. (Sept. 16, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)
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