Here are the top photos of 2012, as judged by the 56th annual World Press Photo contest. The winners were announced Feb. 15.
Photo of the YearThis Nov. 20 photo by Paul Hansen, of the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter, won Photo of the Year. It shows the bodies of 2-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her 3-year-old brother Muhammad being carried to a mosque for a burial ceremony after they were killed when their house was destroyed during last year’s Israeli airstrikes on insurgents in Gaza City. The children’s father, Fouad, was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Paul Hansen/Dagens Nyheter via AP
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.