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Photograph by Mohammed Elshamy—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Dec. 27, 2013. Egyptian pro-democracy protestors and police clash during a demonstration against Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘terrorist label’ in the Alf Maskan district of Cairo, Egypt.

From celebrations ringing in 2014 around the world and the swearing in of New York City’s new mayor to crackdowns on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the first legal sales of recreational marijuana in the United States, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Photography by Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME

Having covered the Arab Spring since 2011, Yuri Kozyrev returned to Egypt in the first days of July — on assignment for TIME — to capture the abrupt, almost neck-snapping changes that exploded in Cairo after the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

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Jan. 26, 2013. An Egyptian soccer fan holds a smoke flare above his head in celebration after learning that 21 fans of the Al Masry football club, involved in a football stadium massacre last year, were sentence to death, in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Ed Giles—Getty Images)

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Nov. 28, 2012. Cairo, Egypt. A protester finds cover behind a destroyed vehicle at the scene of clashes with Egyptian police near Tahrir Square. (Photo: Moises Saman—Magnum for TIME)

Throughout 2012, TIME’s unparalleled photojournalists were there. At a time when so much hangs in the balance, bearing witness can be the most essential act — and that’s what we do. Here’s the best of our commissioned photojournalism from 2012. See more on LightBox.

As a photographer, I have exquisitely bad timing: In nearly 23 years of marriage, my wife points out, I have only taken about 10 pictures of her with her eyes open. Instagram helps make my images look better, but it can’t fix bad timing.

In my job, I get to hang out with some of the best photographers in the world, and over the years, shooters like Yuri Kozyrev and Franco Pagetti have patiently explained to be what makes a good picture — composition, lighting, the whole nine yards. I’ve also looked over the shoulders of TIME’s photo editors, the best in the business, and learned a few things.

But photography is a mystical art, and for all my knowledge, I could never take a great picture.

Until now.

The image you see here, taken in Cairo last week, is the best picture I have taken. It may be the best picture I will ever take. If you will indulge a little arrogance, it is perfectly composed, perfectly lit, and perfectly captures a moment of high drama.

It was a fluke.

It happened as TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel, photo editor Patrick Witty, Cairo correspondent Ashraf Khalil and I were making our way to Tahrir Square. We’d heard that the protests against President Mohamed Morsi’s recent emergency decree were growing, and there was a sense of something big about to happen. As we turned into one of the entrances to the square, we stopped to watch a street battle between young men (some mere boys) and the Egyptian riot police. This was taking place some 200 yards from us, so we felt relatively safe. I pulled out my iPhone, and started taking some shots.

Suddenly, things changed. The young men turned away from the police and started running up the street, directly toward us. It took me a moment to realize why: the police had started to fire tear-gas canisters into the crowd.  Ashraf and I have been gassed enough times over the years to know what to do next: get the heck out of there. Patrick was a few yards away, out of the firing line.

I grabbed Rick and pushed. Out of the corner of my eyes, I saw the smoke trail of a canister coming in our direction. I told Rick to close his eyes, and kept shoving him through a panicking crowd. There was no strategic thinking going on, we just needed to get out.

We did, but not before we’d taken a blast of the gas in our faces. All things considered, it wasn’t the most noxious gas I’d encountered: Ashraf agreed it was a mild dose. (The really nasty stuff can burn skin.) By the time we got to the square, the effects of the gas were already clearing.

It wasn’t until much later that I looked at the pictures I’d taken, and realized that I had somehow captured the moment the gas canister landed at our feet. I have no recollection of taking that picture, but there it was, perfectly framed and lit. Instagram helped sharpen it up. Rick and Patrick liked it, and the photo editors back in NYC decided to run it in the magazine.

So there it is: the best picture I’ve ever taken, published in TIME Magazine, no less. And it’s a total, utter fluke.

Bobby Ghosh, Editor-at-Large

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Protestors throw rocks at Egyptian security forces protecting the area near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. 

Magnum photographer Moises Saman photographed clashes on the streets of Cairo for this week’s issue of TIME.

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A mural near Tahrir Square serves as a backdrop to the continuing revolution. Painted over and re-painted, it endures as a reminder of history and hope for the future.

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Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME

To illustrate this week’s cover story on the Egyptian elections, TIME turned to contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev, who’s been documenting the Arab Spring since it’s beginnings in early 2011. Covering Egypt’s electoral process and runoff, Kozyrev captured the celebrations and protests after Mohamed Morsy was declared President. One of Kozyrev’s more powerful photos  of a Morsy supporter was chosen for the cover of this week’s issue. 

"We originally mocked up more than a dozen covers," explained Victor Williams, TIME’s international art director, "but we were looking for a single, arresting image. We finally settled on this image [of a masked protestor] staring directly at the viewer. That the new President’s face appears on his mask is so powerful, with his disguised but commanding allegiance. We loved that he was staring directly at the viewer." 

Visit LightBox for more of Kozyrev’s photographs from Cairo. To read TIME’s cover story, How The Military Won The Egyptian Election, click here.

Egyptians celebrate the election of their new president in Tahrir Square.

On Sunday, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy was announced as the winner of Egypt’s first democratic presidential election. Daniel Berehulak captured the tension and euphoria surrounding the announcement in Cairo.

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Newsha Tavakolian

Six women photographers from across the Middle East have pooled their resources, contacts and talents to not only strengthen their work, but also to expand their reach. See more here

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