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AFP's Most Powerful Photos of 2012

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.

See the photos at Trendland and Denver Post

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