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A rock, a shuttle, a King and a Batman: The best KPCC news photos of 2012

The space shuttle Endeavour leaves Los Angeles International Airport in the early morning hours of October 11 on its way to the California Science Center. The 12-mile journey through the streets of south Los Angeles took three days.
The space shuttle Endeavour leaves Los Angeles International Airport in the early morning hours of October 11 on its way to the California Science Center. The 12-mile journey through the streets of south Los Angeles took three days.
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This is one in a series of year-end stories that look back at the most memorable pieces KPCC reporters worked on in 2012 and look ahead at a key issue that will be the focus of coverage in the coming year.

The year 2012 was a rich one for visual storytelling in Southern California, starting with the color of the annual Rose Parade (which included a contingent of Occupy protesters).

During the year, our photographers captured the festive atmosphere of the LACMA Rock's journey through Los Angeles in March, a commemoration of the 1992 L.A. riots in April, the poignance of Rodney King's passing in June and the tumult of the year's political campaigns in the summer.

The fall brought us the majesty of the Shuttle Endeavour's overflight of Los Angeles, as well drama of the presidential election in November.

Along the way, there were moments of joy and tragedy and everything in between, including immigrants, protesters, pole dancers and Batman.

We invite you to enjoy the best of 2012 in pictures, above, and let us know which were your favorite moments.

If you have photos of your own from the past year, please share them with us and we'll share the best of them with the KPCC audience.

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