TIME's Top 10 Photographs of 2012

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It's that time of year again when we're flooded with "End of Year" lists. Some good, some bad, some great--but most focus on things that are easy to rate: movies, games, television and books. But the one we look forward to the most each year is TIME's top ten photographs. Without further adieu, here are ten photos hand selected by the TIME editors to be worthy of your appreciation. It's just too bad how more than a few of them were taken during or after some kind of disaster or heartbreak.

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Colorado Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

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