Our collection of the best photojournalism of 2012 concludes with a look at the months of September, October, November, and December. While hurricane Sandy devastated the American northeast coast, numerous powerful typhoons wreaked havoc on several Asian nations. The battle for Syria further devolved into a bloody abyss as the conflict dragged on well into its second year. Protests against austerity measures roiled Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and other European countries, China picked a new leader during their once-a-decade power transition, and a new burst of violence scarred relations between Israelis and Palestinians. Through it all, the ordinary lives of people in our multifaceted cultures shined bright. [Editor’s note: The Big Picture will not publish during the week beginning December 23. We will return on December 31.]– Lane Turner (43 photos total)

A woman, dressed in a Halloween costume, takes a rope jump from an old water pipe bridge 144 feet high in the Siberian Taiga area outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia on October 28, 2012. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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