Instagram had a big year. After all, eight short months ago the little photo-sharing app was purchased by Facebook for hefty $1 billion.
But what did 2012 look like through Instagram's filtered lenses? In a blog post looking back at the year that's passed, Instagram took note of the big events in 2012 -- from the horror of Hurricane Sandy to the pageantry of the London Olympics -- that had people taking out their phones and snapping striking photography to share with the world.
Check out some photos of the years most notable events as seen through Instagram below: