A Curation of Powerful Photos — The Best of 2012 [43 images]

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Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

While the New Year stands for new beginnings, resolutions, and clean slates, it’s also a chance to look back at 2012… a fascinating year. From the eyepopping athleticism of the Summer Olympics in London and the drama of the U.S. Presidential Election to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the wildfires that ravaged Colorado, there was no lack of engaging photography in 2012. I browsed some of the collective “best of” 2012 and created the roundup below.

Human exaltation, powerful and heartbreaking photojournalism and awe-inspiring sports + nature photography. These photos made me pause and look for an extra second – enjoy.

[I've put the names of photogs/agencies credited under each image - if you're feeling extra sassy, look these photographers up for more great work. Links at the bottom for the galleries from which these images were curated. #respect to all the great photography of 2012. Great year for pictures.

[Also, a little aside... a humble thanks and much gratitude to you for paying attention to what I put out into the world in 2012 and for sharing my feeds / work / love. Big Happy New Year to you and yours. ]

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Photo: Francesco Carrozzini

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Photo: AP

Pete Souza, White House

Photo: Pete Souza/White House

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Photo: Manish Swarup / AP

Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP

Photo: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP

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Photo: Vadim Ghirda / AP

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Photo: Maks Levin / AP

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Photo: AP

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Photo: Susan McConnell

Bradley Wiggins by Scott Mitchell

Photo: Scott Mitchell

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Photo: Reuters

Victor R. Caivano, AP

Photo: Victor R. Caivano/AP

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Photo: Rajesh Kumar Singh

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Photo: Michael Benson

ChaseJarvis_2012highlights_AmyRollo-MattSlocum

Photo: Matt Slocum

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Photo: RedBullStratos

Pier Paolo Cito, AP

Photo: Pier Paolo Cito/AP

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Photo: Matt Cardy

ChaseJarvis_2012highlights_AmyRollo-KevinFrayer

Photo: Kevin Frayer

Yida refugee camp by John Stanmeyer

Photo: John Stanmeyer/VII

Misha Japaridze, AP

Photo: Misha Japaridze/AP

Mike Hutchings:Reuters

Photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Maxi Jonas:Reuters

Photo: Maxi Jonas/Reuters

The Obamas by Jim Watson

Photo: Jim Watson

Manu Brabo, AP

Photo: Manu Brabo/AP

Joe Acaba, NASA : AP

Photo: Joe Acaba/NASA/AP

IwanBaan_GettyImages

Photo: IwanBaan/GettyImages

Syrian snipers by Javier Manzano

Photo: Javier Manzano/AFP/Getty Images

Horse runs through fire by Jasper Juinen

Photo: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

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Photo: Helen Richardson

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Photo: Gregory Bull / AP

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Photo: Getty Images

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Photo: Charles Sykes

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Photo: AP

Ian Joughin:Associated Press

Photo: Ian Joughin/Associated Press

Diptendu Dutta:AFP:GettyImages

Photo: Diptendu Dutta/AFP:GettyImages

Dan Kitwood, Getty Images

Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Aris Messinis:AFP:Getty Images

Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

ChaseJarvis_2012highlights_AmyRollo-AlveroBerrientos

Photo: Alvero Berrientos

Parkour in Gaza by Ali Ali

Photo: Ali Ali/EPA

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Photo: Adrees Latif / Reuters

Here are links to some of the “best of” galleries that I curated from:
Huff Post
Boston Big Pic
Boston Big Pic II

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35 Responses to A Curation of Powerful Photos — The Best of 2012 [43 images]

  1. Ismail Atiev December 31, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Great photos! My favorite is the horse in the fire, great shot.

    • Qua Veda January 1, 2013 at 7:01 am #

      Wow, me too!!

    • Anonymous February 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

      Your thing is stupid bitch

  2. Gabriel Bonino December 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Great curation, some of Spain, and some of spanish photographers. Happy new year Chase.

  3. nik December 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Father holding slain son gets me. Makes all those sports ones seem so trite (and I love sports).

    • Rainer Behrens January 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      I very much agree.
      So touching. One can’t even imagine the sorrow.

      • Drag January 6, 2013 at 9:02 am #

        I used to live in Baltimore and I was cracking up reinadg your post!! (which was good b/c I bawled my eyes out reinadg about Dollbaby too sad for words).What!??! Don’t you want to go to TWO stadiums at the same time!! ; ) lmao oh and driving is an olympic event between the 2 cities the mere mention of inner loop’ or outer loop’ send shivers down my spine ugh

  4. Kevin December 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    I LIKE :-) nuff said

  5. DQ December 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Thanks, Chase. BUT, PLEASE!!! “CURATION” ???? this is one of those BS words creeping up on us. How about “my picks” or Pictures I Liked, or A CJ Selection, or CJ’s Best of List… Curation… c’mon… please???

    Happy New Year, despite my criticism, I’ll be reading all you write in 2013.

    Cheers Brosef!

    :-) )))

    • Anonymous December 31, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      DQ, did you bother to sort through thousands of images to come up with 40+? Then stop hating and start enjoying the work someone else did for you/

      • Eubie December 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

        Anonymous… Stop hating? Really?

  6. Mark December 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Not at all feeling the football photo. Theres nothing special about it. No faces, no catch, no real good action.

  7. derwinism January 1, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Great shots, I would like to read the stories behind them. I was deeply emotional with what I believe is the dad holding his dead son.

  8. Chris Futcher January 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Really amazing shots telling amazing stories. Thanks for sharing.

    • Anonymous March 23, 2013 at 2:34 am #

      BEST PHOTO IS JIM WATSON HUG

  9. faisal January 2, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    super awesome shots, really awesome

  10. Schweet Life January 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Happy New Year! This is a great collection but one minor complaint is that there should have been either captions or links to articles about the images. The significance of the well-known and obvious photos are clear but some of the other photos seem out of place because there’s no context.

  11. Jon Brooke January 6, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    Captions would be good too.

    Nice selection though.

  12. vikram rabari January 16, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    best photooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  13. stephen February 6, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    i don’t think you got enough photos of obama in there.

  14. Marc February 6, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    powerful!

  15. Chasefan February 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Certainly interesting choices. Man on fire is shocking and the man holding a dead child is moving. Why no pictures of Obama behaving like a petulant child. Oh wait, those are scrubbed….

  16. Tamara February 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Some really fantastic images in there, but the image of The Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland doesn’t belong IMO (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images). It’s a cliche image in the UK, a million exist just like it all in the same tripod holes in the mud and this one is really not that special. But some of the others that tell a story are very powerful.

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