It's impossible to include all of the best photos of 2012 in one gallery, but these images offer a fantastic glimpse of the year in pictures.

HuffPost photo editors curated a slideshow of serious eye candy from Getty Images and the Associated Press.

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The subjects are as varied as the emotions that these photos evoke. The gallery includes dazzling pictures from space, intimate portraits, funny moments with world leaders and heart-wrenching scenes of loss. The one thing that they all have in common is their power to convey what mere words cannot.

This summer, HuffPost Arts and Culture ran a gallery of amazing photos from the first half of the year, which was posted to one of Reddit's photography forums.

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    A penguin dives in a pool in the zoo of Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. (Michael Probst, AP)

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    The Grande Rio samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 21, 2012. (Victor R. Caivano, AP)

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    A woman experiences the 'Rain Room' art installation by 'Random International' in The Curve at the Barbican Centre on October 3, 2012 in London, England. The 'Rain Room' is a 100 square meter field of falling water which visitors are invited to walk into with sensors detecting where the visitor are standing. The installation opens to the public on October 4, 2012 and runs until March 3, 2013. (Oli Scarff, Getty Images)

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    A South Korean diver clad in Santa Claus costume swims with sardines at The Coex Aquarium on December 8, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. Even though the official religion of South Korea is Buddhism, about 30 percent of it is Christian and Christmas is one of the biggest holidays to be celebrated in South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun, Getty Images)

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    Indian camel herders walk with their herd as they arrive to sell their camels at the annual Pushkar Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. The annual camel and livestock fair attracts thousands of livestock dealers who bring thousands of camels, horses, and cattle. (Rajesh Kumar Singh, AP)

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    Thai-Swedish couple William Timhede, 23, left, and Napatsawan Timhede, 39, swing out on a rappelling rope as part of an adventure-themed wedding ceremony in Prachinburi province, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, on the eve of Valentine's Day. (Wason Wanichakorn, AP)

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    In this image provided by NASA the Expedition 32 crew onboard the International Space Station, flying an altitude of approximately 240 miles, recorded a series of images of Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, on July 15, 2012. NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, flight engineer, recorded the series of images from the Tranquility node. The Canadarm2 robot arm is in the foreground. (Joe Acaba, NASA / AP)

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    Kim Johnson looks over the destruction near her seaside apartment in Atlantic City, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The storm, which made landfall Monday evening, caused multiple fatalities, halted mass transit and cut power to more than 6 million homes and businesses. (Seth Wenig, AP)

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    Indians feed birds from a boat on the River of Yamuna as it is enveloped by winter morning fog in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. (Kevin Frayer, AP)

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    The sun sets over Basalt pinnacles known as 'The Old Man Of Storr,' that make up part of the Trotternish Peninsula and stand over the Sound of Raasay on the Isle of Skye on November 21, 2012 in Scotland, United Kingdom. The remote Islands of the Hebrides in North West Scotland enjoyed some brief respite today as heavy rain overnight has brought widespread disruption to many parts of the UK. (Dan Kitwood, Getty Images)

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    A view of sail boats taking part in the 44nd edition of the traditional "Barcolana" regatta in the gulf of Trieste, north-eastern Italy, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. The Barcolana is an annual sailing race in the Gulf of Trieste with hundreds of participants which is described by the organizers as "everybody's regatta." In foreground, the "Faro della Vittoria" (Victory Lighthouse) (Paolo Giovannini, AP)

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    Hindu devotees take part in worship on the banks of the River Ganges river during Chhath festival, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth, in Patna, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. According to local news reports, a bridge made of bamboo collapsed tripping electrical wires when devotees were returning after offering prayers to the setting sun. Many people are feared dead and several injured in the stampede. (Aftab Alam Siddiqui, AP)

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    A Japanese snow monkey relaxes in a hot spring in the Jigokudani valley in northern Nagano Prefecture in Japan Friday, Feb 10, 2012. The macaques descend from the forests to the warm waters of the hot springs in the mornings, and return to the security of the forests in the evenings. (Nick Ut, AP)

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    A full moon behind the Empire State Building in New York (photo dated 06/04/12) (Julio Cortez, dapd / AP)

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    The Chinese team's performance win the gold medal during the teams free final synchronized swimming at the 9th Asian Swimming Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (Hassan Ammar, AP)

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    In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 photo, people run for cover as smoke rises from the site of a fire at a fireworks factory on the outskirts of Sivakasi, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) southwest of Chennai, India. Police in southern India said they have arrested six employees of the fireworks factory for a massive blaze that killed 40 workers and injured 60 others Wednesday. (AP)

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    Grain bins are silhouetted against approaching storm clouds that unfortunately contain very little water Thursday, July 26, 2012 in Pleasant Plains, Ill. The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating. This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report highlights that the drought's severity is rapidly expanding across the nation. (Seth Perlman, AP)

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    The Northern Lights are seen in the skies near Faskusfjordur on the east coast of Iceland Thursday March 8, 2012. A solar storm shook the Earth's magnetic field early Friday, but scientists said they had no reports of any problems with electrical systems. After reports Thursday of the storm fizzling out, a surge of activity prompted space weather forecasters to issue alerts about changes in the magnetic field. (Jonina Oskardottir, AP)

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    Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (Manu Brabo, AP)

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    Indians fly hundreds of kites from their rooftops, a common activity while celebrating Independence Day, near the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. India marked its 1947 independence from British colonial rule Wednesday. (Kevin Frayer, AP)

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    A Red Deer stag roars in the early morning mist in Richmond Park on October 10, 2012 in London, England. Autumn sees the start of the 'Rutting' season where the large Red Deer stags can be heard roaring and barking in an attempt to attract females known as bucks. The larger males can also be seen clashing antlers with rival males. (Dan Kitwood, Getty Images)

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    A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man, takes a dip at Sangam, confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus bathe at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (Rajesh Kumar Singh, AP)

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    A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ. (Charles Sykes, AP)

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    Morning mist floats above the water of Lake Orfu, decorated with autumn colours, at Orfu, 206 kms south of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (Ferenc Kalmandy, MTI / AP)

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    Lampposts are covered in ice in the Adriatic coastal town of Senj, Croatia, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Europeans across the continent have been battling more than a week of extreme weather, with thousands still trapped by snow in remote, mountain villages in the Balkans; hundreds - most of them homeless - dead after temperatures hit as low as minus 33 Fahrenheit (minus 36 Celsius); and authorities now facing the prospect of flooding caused by melting snow. (Darko Bandic, AP)

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    In this Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 photo, a rebel sniper aims at a Syrian army position, seen with another rebel fighter reflected in a mirror, in a residential building in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria. Syrian fighter jets pounded rebel areas across the country on Monday with scores of airstrikes that anti-regime activists called the most widespread bombing in a single day since Syria's troubles started 19 months ago. (Narciso Contreras, AP).

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    Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard (33) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Tennessee Titans free safety Michael Griffin, right, defends during overtime of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. The Colts won 19-13. (Joe Howell, AP)

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    A Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) watches over a pond in Walpole Park in Ealing on November 11, 2012 in West London, United Kingdom. (Jim Dyson, Getty Images)

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    People dive off Manly Wharf on November 30, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s are expected to hit parts of the state over the weekend. (Brendon Thorne, Getty Images)

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    People walk from Glastonbury Tor as flood water in the fields below is seen, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Matt Cardy, Getty Images)

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    A lobster boat heads out to sea at dawn, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, of South Portland, Maine. A red sky in the morning often indicates a storm system is moving east. Weathermen are calling for showers by the afternoon. (Robert F. Bukaty, AP)

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    Muslim pilgrims pray at the top of Noor Mountain, near where the Hiraa cave is located on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws three million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (Hassan Ammar, AP)

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    An isolated five-floor building stands in the middle of a new road on November 21, 2012 in Wenling, Zhejiang Province of China. Zhejiang Province of China. 67-year-old Luo Baogen and his 65-year-old wife from Xiazhangyang village still live in the half-demolished residential building, because they are dissatisfied with the relocation compensation. The road, which leads to the Wenling Railway Station, has not been put into use. (ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images)

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    In this handout image provided by NASA, team members gather around the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft shortly after it landed with Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA and Flight Engineers Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) in a remote area on November 19, 2012 near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko returned from four months onboard the International Space Station. (Bill Ingalls, NASA / Getty Images)

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    Mist lingers in fields viewed from Glastonbury Tor as the sun rises over the Somerset countryside on November 6, 2012 in Glastonbury, England. Parts of the UK have experienced one of the coldest starts to November for many years and the Met Office is predicting that the coming winter could be a colder one than average. (Matt Cardy, Getty Images)

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    Indian soldiers from the Border Security Forces atop camels stand at attention in front of the Presidential Palace during a ceremony in preparation for the annual Beating Retreat in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012. India marks Republic Day on Jan. 26. (Kevin Frayer, AP)

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    Tourists enjoy a camel ride at dawn at Uluru in Central Australia, November 5, 2012. (Glenn Campbell, The Sydney Morning Herald / Fairfax Media / Getty Images).

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    The sun rises behind Damien Hirst's bronze sculpture of a pregnant woman on October 17, 2012 in Ilfracombe, England. The bronze-clad, sword-wielding 65ft (20m) statue, named Verity, has been controversially given to the seaside town by the artist, on a 20-year loan and was erected yesterday by crane onto the harbour pier. (Matt Cardy, Getty Images)

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    A tourist does a handstand under a yellowing tree in Hyde Park on October 12, 2012 in London, England. Autumnal colours are beginning to show in parts of the United Kingdom. (Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images)

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    The Zac Posen Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (John Minchillo, AP)

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    A Greenpeace activist, dressed as a polar bear, sits inside a police car after being detained outside Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Russian and international environmentalists are protesting against Gazprom's plans to pioneer oil drilling in the Arctic. (Misha Japaridze, AP)

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    People fish from Inversnaid Pier on November 30, 2012 in Loch Lomond, Scotland. Weather warnings have been issued as temperatures start to fall below freezing across many parts of the UK. The cold snap follows recent, severe flooding, which has affected areas of Western and Northen England. (Jeff J Mitchell, Getty Images)

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    Homeless people sleep at the Komolapur railway terminal in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (A.M. Ahad, AP)

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    The construction of One World Trade Center, now up to 104 floors, is seen Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, across the Hudson River as a runner glides his hand at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., along the wall of 'Empty Sky,' New Jersey's memorial to the 749 people from the state lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremonies, but also a sense that it's time to move forward after a decade of remembrance. (Mel Evans, AP)

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    A model presents a design by Bora Aksu during his Spring/Summer 2013 show at London Fashion Week in London, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (Alastair Grant, AP)

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    A roller coaster sits in the ocean after the Casino Pier collapsed when Superstorm Sandy hit, on November 25, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Mayor Bill Akers has asked the Coast Guard to find out whether the coaster is structurally stable, adding that it would make a great tourist attraction. (Mark Wilson, Getty Images)

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    This time exposure photo shows the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifting off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The rocket is carrying supplies to the International Space Station. (Terry Renna, AP)

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    Northern lights (aurora borealis) illuminate the sky over Potter Marsh, foreground, and in the distance, Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 shortly after midnight. (Dan Joling, AP)

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    Spanish acrobat David Pereira is silhouetted as he performs on the roof terrace of a hotel with the 368 meters high television tower in the background during a photo call in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Pereira and other artists presented parts of the new show "Made in Berlin" of the Wintergarten Berlin Variety, which will premiere Aug. 9, 2012. (Gero Breloer, AP)

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    Beach visitors of different sorts watch the sunset in Dauphin Island, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. (Dave Martin, AP)

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    Athletes jump over water during the men's 3000m steeplechase heats at the 2012 Summer Olympics at Olympic Stadium on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. (Adam Pretty, Pool / AP)