Photos have a way of transporting us to a place that words cannot. What's captured in the fraction of a second it takes to snap a picture can live forever. During 2012, we saw some truly inspiring moments; moments now seared into our minds because of the photography that captured the subtleties of emotion, triumph and grace in the face of adversity.
An Afghan boy sells balloons on the side of a road on November 11, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
Gavin Shaw, 5, flashes a smile as he hugs his father, Master Sergeant Adam Shaw, during a Welcome Home Ceremony for approximately 230 4th Brigade Combat Team soldiers, November 4, 2012 in Fort Carson, Colorado. The soldiers had been deployed for nine months in various regions of Afghanistan. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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