Most-viewed photo galleries of 2012

10. Sandy leaves death and destruction in its wake

There were many powerful images of the aftermath of the hurricane-turned-superstorm, which killed hundreds and affected millions when it bore down on the US east coast. The morning after, Americans woke to sights like this one.

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9. Photos1440 Challenge - Winners

A 24-year-old mechanical engineer who has been taking pictures for only two years won the Sydney Morning Herald's Photos1440 Challenge with his three-piece submission that captured the hard work and physical exhaustion of gymnasts in training.

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8. Hurricane Sandy strikes US coast

Sandy makes a second appearance in the most popular galleries of the year. This collection of more than 80 images showed scenes of devastation from the US east coast, including the rare sights of empty New York City streets.

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7. Snapped: Readers' travel pics

We asked for readers to send in their best travel photos - and the results were extraordinary.

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6. London 2012 opening ceremony

James Bond, Mr Bean, and industrial revolution, a music spectacular ... and the Queen jumping out of a helicopter. Danny Boyle's opening ceremony for the London Olympics was breathtaking.

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5. Melbourne Cup 2012: Birdcage and Fashion

Because the Cup is just as much about fashion as it is about the track...

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4. Golden Globes red carpet

Hollywood's second-biggest awards night was our fifth most popular gallery.

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3. Brownlow Red Carpet 2012

Another local red carpet event makes the top ten list.

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2. What they wore - Oscars 2012 red carpet outfits

Undoubtedly the red carpet/Hollywood event of the year, the Oscars also proved very popular with readers, pushing this gallery to the #2 spot.

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1. Goodbye London - Olympics closing ceremony

If there was one thing that could beat the Olympics opening ceremony for pure spectacle this year, it was ... the closing ceremony.

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