20 Most Powerful images 2011

The YOURLifeChoices list of the most powerful images of 2011. What will #1 be?

The social content website BuzzFeed has published its list of the 45 most powerful images of 2011. We have whittled it down to our choice of the top 20, in order.

20 Harold Camping speaks about the end of the world. The world was supposed to end on May 22 of this year.

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19 A Libyan rebel is pictured with Gadhafi’s golden gun.

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18 A distressed bride attempts suicide in China after her fiance abruptly called off their marriage. Still in her wedding gown, she tried to kill herself by jumping out of a window of a seventh floor building. Right as she jumped, a man managed to catch and save her.

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17 A student is punched in the face by a police officer in Chile. Students in Chile are demanding a new framework for education.

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16 A demonstrator shows his bottom to riot police during a protest by European workers and trade union representatives to demand better job protection in the European Union countries in Brussels on March 24.

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15 A woman jumps from a burning building during the London riots in August. (Amy Weston / WENN.com)

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14 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)

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13 Facebook played an extremely important role in the uprisings throughout the Middle East.

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12 Slain Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson’s dog “Hawkeye” lies 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.

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11 Firefighters of Ladder Company 4 — which lost seven men on 9/11 — perched together on their aerial ladder, watching a news bulletin in Times Square declaring that Osama bin Laden was dead on May 2.


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10 Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate. (Reuters)


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9 A University of California Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an “Occupy UCD” demonstration in Davis, California. (Jasna Hodzic)


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8 A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14.


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7 Christians protect Muslims during prayer in Cairo, Egypt.


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6 A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July.


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5 A before and after shot of Joplin, Missouri after a massive tornado on May 22.


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4 A protester gets sprayed in the face with pepper spray at an Occupy Portland protest. (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)


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3 Phyllis Siegel, 76, left, and Connie Kopelov, 84, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office.


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2 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.


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1 Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza in 9/11, pauses at his son’s name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial.

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