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TIME presents the top 10 photographs of the year — the images that moved us most in 2012, along with the backstories from the photographers who shot the now iconic frames.

RJ Sangosti. Denver, Colo. July 27, 2012:
I, like most of my community, was still trying to make sense of why a gunman would walk into a crowded Aurora movie theater and fire randomly. Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded. It was hard for me to imagine a crime of this magnitude in a movie theater — a place that I myself go to escape life for a moment. One of the lives lost that night was of Jonathan Blunk, a five-year U.S. Navy veteran, who left behind a wife and two children. In this photograph, Chantel Blunk, Jonathan’s wife, paused on the tarmac at Denver International Airport before boarding the same plane as her husband’s body. The plane was bound for their home in Reno, Nev., where a full military funeral would take place. As this was occurring, a faint rainbow appeared over the hearse.

In a moment of sorrow, a glimpse of Chantel’s innocence and youth appeared despite the overwhelming process of military tradition and personal chaos she was trapped in.”

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.

August 7, 2012. Ultra-Orthodox Jews listen to their rabbi speaking as they celebrate the completion of Shas (Siyum Hashas, or seven years of studying Talmud) at the ultra-Orthodox West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit, located south of Jerusalem. (Photo: Abir Sultan—EPA)


From the battle for Aleppo and prayers in Hiroshima to the second week of the London 2012 Olympics and sheep fighting in China, TIME presents the best pictures of the week. See more here.


June 9, 2012. A stray dog stands on a rubbish dump at the seafront in Sidon, southern Lebanon. The dump, located near schools, hospitals and apartment blocks in Lebanon’s third biggest city, has partially collapsed into the Mediterranean sea several times. (Ali Hashisho—Reuters)

From sectarian violence in Myanmar and wildfires in Colorado to protests in Egypt and the Euro 2012 soccer championships in Poland and Ukraine, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week. See more here.

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