It is undeniable that 2012 has been an eventful year and here are the images to prove it. Below, is a compilation of the most spectacular photographs from the past 12 months by Agence France Presse, consisting of a collaboration of amazing, shocking, saddening, touching and even funny images from around the world. It really has been a whirlwind year!
Mo Farah celebrates winning his second gold medal at the men’s 5000 meter final at this years London Olympics. The British Athlete became the 7th man to complete a victory in both the 5,000m and 10,000m races during an Olympic games.
A Dutch local resident waits and watches inside his own home as water levels rise through his window. Gale force winds reaching up to 70 miles per hour, as well as heavy rains are not uncommon along the Dutch coast and as a result about a quarter of the country sits below sea level.
President of the United States Barack Obama does push-ups during basketball shooting drills while the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House takes place.
Giant gushes of water in China’s Henan province released from the Xiaolangdi dam to clear the Yellow river and prevent local flooding.
South Korea’s Hwang Woojin loses control of his horse during the London Olympics Show Jumping event, held at Greenwich Park.
An ice covered car on the frozen waterside promenade at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. This viciously cold spell swept across the whole of Europe, and the death toll soon rose to more than 260.
Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Prince Harry wave to the crowds during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London.
The world’s smallest man, 72 year old Chandra Bahadur Dangi measures just 56 centimetres in height. Here he is walking near his home in Reemkholi village in the Dang district on his way the capital city to meet Guinness World Records experts who awarded him the world title.
Supporters of Antonis Samaras, leader of the Greek conservative party New Democracy, wave flags during a pre-election speech in Athens last May.
Two women kiss in front of people taking part in a demonstration called by the “Alliance VITA” against gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Marseille, France.
A Syrian man holds his robe while walking through destroyed Salaheddin neighborhood of Aleppo, under the control of the Syrian army on September 3, 2012
By Louisa Davies