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The best pictures of the week from the news and our exclusive assignments.

Earth From Above: The Blue Marble

Lightbox January 4, 2012

More than 40 years after Apollo 17 departed for space, NASA has recreated the "Blue Marble" image of Earth, which was the first comprehensive look at our planet from above.

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Lightbox February 1, 2012
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Pictures of the Week, January 27 – February 3

From deadly clashes in Syria and Egypt, to the first anniversary of the Tahrir square uprising and the walk-up to this year’s Super Bowl, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Rebecca Blackwell—AP Photo
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Pictures of the Week, January 20 – January 27

From the State of the Union and the Year of the Dragon to ballot boxes and backstage fashion, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Denis Balibouse—Reuters
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Pictures of the Week, January 13 – January 20

From Costa Concordia’s sinking and dog sled races in France to Chinese New Year celebrations and a panda farewell, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Tsering Topgyal
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Pictures of the Week, January 6 – January 13

From violence in Syria to the New Hampshire Republican primary and Uttar Pradesh’s giant stone elephant statues, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Ebrahim Noroozi—AFP/Getty Images
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Pictures of the Week, December 30 – January 6

From Iranian war games and the Nigerian oil spill to Korea after Kim Jong II and the Iowa caucuses, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Reuters
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Pictures of the Week, December 16 – December 23

From the death of Kim Jong II and a devastating typhoon in the Philippines to a violent assault by Egyptian soldiers on a woman protester TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Mario Tama—Getty Images
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Pictures of the Week, December 9 – December 16

From a shooting in Belgium and Congo protests to the lunar eclipse, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Green Renaissance—EPA
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TIME Picks the Most Surprising Photos of 2011

A cat with two faces, rail tracks buckled by the shifting earth after an earthquake in New Zealand, the police rescue of a girl held hostage by her father—these are just a few of the compelling and surprising images to have emerged beyond the main news cycle this year.

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Yannis Behrakis—Reuters
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Pictures of the Week, December 2–December 9

From suicide bombings in Afghanistan and the U.S. pullout from Iraq to the Ashura rituals in India and Russia’s elections, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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