The Most Powerful Photos of 2011

The diffusion of cheap, powerful digital cameras has seriously raised the photojournalism bar. Buzzfeed's 45 picks are a crazy trip through last year. My favorites:

Dust storm "Haboob" in Phoenix, AZ:

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Pepper spraying at UC Davis:

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Scott Jones and Alex Thomas kissing during the Vancouver riots:

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Christians protecting Muslims during prayers in Cairo:

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Woman mouring damage in Miyagi Prefacture after the earthquake and tsunami.