Our global network of photographers has been busy portraying the uncertain political landscape of 2012. From the U.S. presidential campaign to the economic crisis in Europe, they defined moments in time with striking images. From President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle embracing during the DNC, to Thailand's prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra's efforts to pass a law that may exonerate her brother and an artful reflection in a poster advertising the Greek national elections.
Left, Joanne Smith speaks during an interview at an election night rally in Chicago, Illinois, on Nov. 6, 2012. Obama was projected the winner in the battleground states of Wisconsin and New Hampshire, according to television networks, as well as in Pennsylvania, thwarting Republican challenger Mitt Romney's late bid for a victory in that state.