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The Best TED Images of 2012

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2012 has been big for TED — it’s the year we reached a billion video views and upped the TED Prize to one million dollars. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, here is a glimpse of the year in photos, taken at TED events as far-flung as Long Beach, Edinburgh, Doha and New York. We hope that you enjoy our favorite TED photos of the year.

Above, cyborg artist Neil Harbisson explains how an orange sounds at TEDGlobal. Photo by James Duncan Davidson.


TED Fellow Robert Gupta warms up for his talk — about choosing between medical school and the violin — at TEDGlobal. Photo by Ryan Lash.


John Bohannon talks and Black Label Movement dances at TED2012; together they tell a moving story of sex ed. Photo by James Duncan Davidson.


Two modes of transportation to the TEDxSummit in Qatar — car and camel. Photo by Kris Krüg.


Salman Shaikh speaks on Middle East conflict at TED@Doha, one of our 14 Talent Search events, held on the TEDxSummit main stage. Photo by James Duncan Davidson.


From the mouths of muppets: A talk from Scooter at TED2012. Photo by James Duncan Davidson.


Amy Cuddy reveals the universal symbol for joy at TEDGlobal, as demonstrated by Usain Bolt. Photo by James Duncan Davidson.


High wire artist Philippe Petit speaks in the session “The Campfire” at TED2012. Photo by Ryan Lash.


TEDx organizers on a triumphant hike on Arthur’s Seat during TEDGlobal. Photo by Bret Hartman.


A TEDYouth attendee turns a yogurt cup into a speaker. Photo by Ryan Lash.


Bryan Stevenson gives one of the year’s most inspiring talks, at TED2012. Photo by James Duncan Davidson.


Ideas in the round: The classic TED University stage in Edinburgh. Photo by James Duncan Davidson and Ryan Lash.


TED curator Chris Anderson with 13-year-old inventor Richard Turere at TED@Nairobi, one of the 14 stops on the TED Talent Search.


Chip Kidd judges books by their covers at TED2012. Photo by James Duncan Davidson.


Quixotic Fusion rehearses a dance with light at TED2012. Photo by James Duncan Davidson.


Slam poets David Fasanya and Gabriel Barralaga jump around on the TEDYouth stage. Photo by Ryan Lash.


As TEDYouth attendees excitedly engage with a speaker, they give adults hope for the next generation. Photo by Ryan Lash.