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Marco Longari: TIME Picks 2012’s Best Photographer on the Wires

Marco Longari—AFP/Getty Images

TIME acknowledges the distinctive and powerful work of Agence-France Presse chief photographer Marco Longari, our pick for the best photographer on the wires in 2012.

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Daniel Ochoa de Olza—AP
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TIME Picks the Most Surprising Photos of 2012

Police officers doused in milk, Kim Jong Un meeting an octopus, people dressed as birds and a 45-foot paper airplane — just some of the most surprising (and indescribable) images of 2012.

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2012: A Year of Deja Vu

TIME embarks on an anthropological dig through our collective visual memory, unearthing images from the last twelve months that awakened in us a familiar sense that we’ve seen them somewhere before.

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Narciso Contreras—Polaris
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From the Front Lines: Syria by Narciso Contreras

Over the last five months, TIME has witnessed the emergence of a new voice — that of Mexican-born freelance photographer Narciso Contreras. Here, LightBox showcases Contreras’s work from Syria, illustrating his commitment and distinct vision to covering the bloodshed of an intractable war that’s stretched through 2012.

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Barcroft Media / Landov
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Finding Beauty: Fractal Patterns on Earth as Seen from Space

Over the past two years Professor Paul Bourke has scoured all four corners of the world—via Google Earth—to find incredible geometric structures of a similar nature.

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Oded Balilty—AP
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The Ultimate Prize Fighters: Practicing Peace through Boxing in Israel

Oded Balilty explores how young Israeli Arabs and Jews come together as equals in the boxing ring.

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Adek Berry—AFP/Getty Images
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Silhouettes in the News

More than 200 years ago, the silhouette was the foremost way to document one’s appearance, but it’s still widely used in photographic frames today. From capturing the world’s protests and politicians to wildfires and war zones, LightBox looks at the use of silhouettes on the wires this month.

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Rafiq Maqbool—AP
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Gimme Shelter: Umbrellas Around The World

Come rain or shine, TIME presents a collection of recent umbrellas around the world.

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Oded Balilty—AP
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The Stone Throwers of Palestine

Israeli photographer Oded Balilty’s portraits offer a unique take on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Gregory Bull—AP
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So Long, Swoosh: Bidding Farewell to Callista Gingrich’s Famous Bob

With Newt Gingrich leaving the presidential race, LightBox looks back on Callista Gingrich’s now-famous Swoosh, which seemed to captivate photographers all along the campaign trail.

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