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45 images that made us cry this year

Emotional for different reasons – some tragic, others victorious – these images touched us during 2012.

STORIES STRIKE A chord with us for different reasons – a tragic loss of life, a triumph over adversity, the bonding of a community or an unexplained evil.

This collection of photos from the past 12 months is an emotional mix. Some are happy memories that will stay with the main characters forever – Olympic pretenders beating their heroes, families reunited after war or natural disaster and athletes beating the odds to perform on the greatest stage of all.

Other images show the pain, hunger, loss, poverty and destruction that affects millions of people across the globe everyday. Be it family affairs or international conflict, their struggles  have touched us – no matter where in the world they are, no matter if we know them personally or not. It doesn’t even matter whether we can help or hinder.

That is the power of photography.

45 images that made us cry this year
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  • Connecticut School Shooting

  • Heroes

  • Coming Home

  • In Memory

  • When Home isn't Happy

  • Puppies in Buckets

  • A Good Samaritan

  • Syrian Victims

  • John McAreavey

  • Beating Your Hero

  • Passion and Emotion

  • Hunger Pains

  • Aran the Dog

  • Walk in my Shoes

  • Rescued

  • Syria

  • Grief

  • A beloved storyteller

  • I Love You, Mum

  • Katie's Moment

  • A long year

  • Heroes

  • A Mother's Calling

  • Ulster Mourns

  • A Village in Shock

  • April Jones

  • Sport Unites

  • Destruction

  • So close, so far

  • Ireland's Roads

  • Ireland's Crime Scene

  • The UK darling

  • Euro 2012

  • Abused Puppies

  • The Tit Bonhomme Tragedy

  • Homelessness - a growing problem

  • A Star is Lost

  • Sad Seal

  • Rescued

  • Afghanistan

  • Brick Work

  • Prayer Time

  • A Legend

  • Savita

  • Jill Meagher

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