Most Powerful Images of 2011 recently released the 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011. Below are a few of my favorites. 

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.

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.

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

A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July.
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.
Cars are abandoned on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive during the “Snowpocalypse” in February.
Facebook played an extremely important role in the uprisings throughout the Middle East.
An aid worker using an iPad captures an image of a dead cow’s decomposing carcass in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border on July 23.

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