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.