The Pictures of the Year International (POYi) awards have been officially finalised and announced. Established in 1944, it is one of the most highly regarded annual international competitions for press
photography. Reuters extensive coverage of events in 2012 was recognised with a total of 19 awards.
As you all know we have a partnership agreement with Reuters and so what better way to thank them than by highlighting their great work.
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Republican presidential candidate Romney and his wife Ann are surrounded by their family before a campaign rally in Bedford. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Mushers and their dogs compete after the mass start of eighth stage of La Grande Odyssee sled dogs race in Bessans. Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Aide Jackson waits backstage while Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Romney speaks in Cape Canaveral. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A man walks down Shore Front Parkway surrounded by debris pushed onto the streets by hurricane Sandy in the Queens borough region of the Rockaways in New York. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A woman carries her dog while walking through charred homes in Breezy Point which were left devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the New York borough of Queens. Adrees Latif/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A worker looks up at a hole caused by a foundation destroyed by Hurricane Sandy to the home of Leslie Mahoney in the Brooklyn borough region of Belle Harbor in New York. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

The Collegers and the Oppidans teams compete during the Eton Wall Game at Eton college. Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Palestinian gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag the body of a man, who was suspected of working for Israel, in Gaza City. Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A cast iron bathtub sits among reeds after being deposited in a marshy area by the storm surge of superstorm Sandy in the Staten Island borough neighborhood of Oakwood in New York. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

An aerial view shows a house pushed into marshland almost a month after the Oakwood neighborhood in the Staten Island borough of New York was left devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Adrees Latif/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Mekki, a Sudanese migrant, shows scars on his back which he says were inflicted by Greek nationalists in Athens. Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Staff members reflected in the window on the room where Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney works before a campaign rally in North Canton. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Republican presidential candidate Romney and vice-presidential candidate U.S. Congressman Ryan talk on their campaign bus in Dayton. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A woman sits with her child in a boat during heavy rains at a flooded village in Kurigram. Andrew Biraj/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Competitors work to pull a woman up an obstacle where competitors must jump to the top of a half pipe during the Tough Mudder at Mt. Snow in West Dover. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Louis Smith of Great Britain cries during the men's gymnastics qualification during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Jamaica's Usain Bolt reacts as he wins the men's 200m final ahead of Wallace Spearmon of the U.S. during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Man clears rubble surrounding young girl who was killed during recent Syrian Air force air strike in Azaz. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Poland's Mamczarz competes in the men's High Jump Final F42 during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Republican presidential nominee Romney and his wife sit in the hold room before the first presidential debate in Denver. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Republican presidential nominee Romney offers to throw a football as he is greeted by Republican vice-presidential nominee Ryan and his family at the airport in Green. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney leaves his hotel room accompanied by aide Garrett Jackson in Toledo. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney walks across the tarmac at the airport in Des Moines. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shares a laugh with aide Garrett Jackson in his hold room in Ames. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney talks to U.S. Senator Rob Portman while aide Garrett Jackson works in an adjacent room at the airport before a campaign rally in North Canton. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A dead deer is pictured with debris left by storm surge from Hurricane Sandy and high tide in Southampton. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A playground apparatus stands surrounded by water pushed up by Hurricane Sandy in Bellport, New York. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrives at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waits with aide Garrett Jackson backstage while he is introduced at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida. Brian Snyder/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A young boy rides his bicycle on a flooded street in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood of the Staten Island borough of New York. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A family works with snow shovels to clean the mud and flood debris out of their home in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A woman weeps as she is overwhelmed by emotion after finding her family photographs inside of her heavily damaged home in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A woman weeps after learning that a neighbor presumed missing is okay while cleaning out her home in a neighborhood heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy in the New Dorp Beach neighborhood. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Liu uses a broom to clean up mud and water from extensive flooding in a laundromat due to superstorm Sandy in Coney Island. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

A woman stands in front of a waterline showing the depth of the flooding while working to clean the mud out of the Celestial Church of Christ in the Coney Island area of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

People salvage food from bags thrown out of a flooded store in the Coney Island area of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Reuters' Pictures of the Year International Winners

Racing pigeons are seen being released from their racing boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside. Nigel Roddis/Reuters