AP Reviews The Year In Pictures

Dec 12, 2012
A Syrian man cried while holding the body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo in October. AP Photograph by Manu Brabo
A Syrian man cried while holding the body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo in October. AP Photograph by Manu Brabo

Looking back on the news of 2012, Associated Press photography director Santiago Lyon and deputy director Denis Paquin have assembled a gallery of the year's top images from AP's photojournalists around the world. And on December 17, a 150-image version of Lyon's personal favorites will launch on AP Mobile.

AP's photography director says that AP photographers distribute 3,000 photographs a day, more than a million images over the course of a year. Some of the images Lyon selected for the gallery were because they illustrated a major story, but the others he picked "because the photography is spectacular."

The AP 2012 picture gallery is online here.