The year in Instagram: Photo-sharing website collects Top 10 images that capture the events of 2012 from freak weather to momentous politics
09:45 GMT, 27 December 2012
From Great Britain to the United States, to Argentina to the Middle East, 2012 was undeniably a big year.
And as one photo-sharing website will show, so was it for the people's ability to instantly share their experiences.
Celebrating the year's highlights, website Instagram has released this photo compilation of some of the world's top 10 biggest events captured by none other than their now more than 100 million users.
'With 2012 coming to a close, it’s only natural to look back at the history-making events that have defined this year,' they write in their blog posting showcasing their list.
February: Severe freezing in Europe earned first place on their list showcasing this picture of a vehicle remarkably drenched in ice
July 4th: This photo of a little girl posing before the Statue of Liberty in New York City earned second place on their list for the U.S.' Independence Day
INSTAGRAM'S TOP 10 GLOBAL LIST
February 10th: Severe Freeze in Europe
July 4th: U.S.' Independence Day
July 8th: The Running of the Bulls
July 20th: London 2012 Opening Ceremony
September 20th: Space Shuttle Endeavour Flies from Texas to California
October 26th: 2012 World Series
October 27th: Muslims Journey to Mecca for the Hajj
October 29th: Hurricane Sandy Descends Upon the East Coast
November 6th: U.S. Election Night 2012
November 9th: 300,000 Protest Government in Buenos Aires
Beginning in Europe last February, they
start with an astonishing photo of an ice covered car showcased for the
severe freezing that took place in parts of Europe.
Skipping a few months into July, a photo of an adorable little girl posing before New York's Statue of Liberty – her own pink, jeweled crown included – highlights the United States’ Independence Day.
Days later Spain's Running of the Bulls captured hundreds of spectators and participants in one frame alone.
They swamped around a lone black bull seen barrelling through the crowd, throwing at least two men on their backs.
On July 20th, London's 2012 Opening Ceremony filled their site with a collection of whimsical and grandiose photos.
July 8th: Spain's the Running of the Bulls earned third place with this astonishing photo of at least two men knocked flat on their backs from a loose bull
July 20th: London's opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics brought in this colourful photo featuring green pastures, clouds and a watermill
able to choose one photo for the event, they featured a bright green
field where the opening ceremony took place, seen decorated with clouds
and a corner watermill.
In September, the site honours Space Shuttle Endeavour's flight from Texas to California on the 20th, showing the massive spacecraft secured on the back of a plane.
Taking sixth place on their list was the World Series at San Francisco's AT&T Park where the Giants beat the Detroit Tigers in a 4-5 victory.
September 20th: The final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour riding on the back of an airplane between Texas and California earned fifth place on their list
October 26th: The 2012 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers was captured as number six
October 27th: Muslims journey to Mecca for the Hajj offered this photo taken by a participant lost in the many thousands around
Celebrating Muslims' journey to Mecca
for the Hajj on October 29th, a captivating photo taken by one
participant shows thousands of small bodies circling the structure, the
city's back dropped lights glowing in the sky above.
Days later on October 29th, Hurricane Sandy's descent upon the East Coast earned spot number eight.
There, a bench is seen slowly drowned by washing floodwaters rising from the Hudson and East rivers.
More than 800,000 photos related to Hurricane Sandy were uploaded during the East Coast super storm they reported.
October 29th: Hurricane Sandy's descent upon the East Coast came in as number eight on their list, with this flooded bench overlooking the Hudson River from New Jersey pictured
November 6th: U.S. President Barack Obama was reelected to the White House defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney, reaction to his win seen on the streets
On November 6th, the site celebrated the U.S.' Election Night where President Barack Obama was reelected to the White House.
On that night the website saw more than 100,000 photos under the hashtag of #iVoted and about 150,000 more using #election2012.
Lastly, listed as number 10 the site chose the 300,000 protest government in Buenos Aires, capturing just a frame of the thousands of people who turned out to represent their views.
November 9th: The 300,000 protest government in Argentina's Buenos Aires is seen, capturing in this photo just a sliver of the thousands of people who turned out
Strangely out of their 'just a few events captured with Instagram,' they failed to leave out one big milestone for their own site: Thanksgiving.
While it is an American holiday, at the time of the event they boasted a record-breaking rate of 226 photos per second uploaded to their page.
It was their biggest day for picture uploads with more than 10 million photos specific to the American holiday alone.