BuzzFeed has released a list called The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011. I have to admit, I was impressed with the vast majority of their pictures. I don’t know if they really are the top 45 out of all pictures from 2011, but they are amazing to say the least.
My top 5 are:
A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July. Source: danbryant.com
Slain Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog "Hawkeye" lays next to his casket during funeral services in Rockford, Iowa. Tumilson was one of 30 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan on August 6 when their helicopter was shot down during a mission to help fellow troops who had come under fire.
US gay service members march in a gay pride parade for the first time ever. (Getty Images / Sandy Huffaker)
84-year-old Dorli Rainey was pepper sprayed during a peaceful march in Seattle, Washington. She would have been thrown to the ground and trampled, but luckily a fellow protester and Iraq vet was there to save her. (Joshua Trujillo / seattlepi.com)
Members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1. (Reuters / HANDOUT)
Have a look at the full list and see if you are as impressed as I am!