2012 has been an eventful year in news and media and one captured brilliantly by some inspiring, provocative and hard-hitting front-pages.
The most visually stunning front pages of the year were produced by The Times during the Olympics with a series of wraparound front and back pages, the first of which was this shot on the very first morning of the Games.
Once the Games began all eyes were on Team GB and once the gold medals started flowing, Bradley Wiggins provided The Times with an image worthy of its golden masthead:
The highlight of the Olympics for many was 'Super Saturday' when Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and the face of the London games, Jessica Ennis struck gold in the Olympic stadium. The Independent on Sunday perfectly captured the iconic nature of Ennis's triumph:
Mo Farah also won gold on Super Saturday and when he completed his incredible double of the 5,000m and 10,000m the Sunday Times rose to the occasion, aided as in all these cases by stunning photography:
The Olympic Games were followed by the most successful Paralympic Games ever which started with a jaw-dropping opening ceremony and delivered some of the most inspiring performances of an unrivalled sporting year. Across the board the newspapers all gave the Paralympics pride of place on their front pages:
One of the most poignant front pages of the year was produced by The Mirror following the publication of the Hillsborough Report on 12 September. The report confirmed a major police cover-up had attempted to falsely blame the victims for the stadium disaster and The Sun newspaper had played a major part in spreading malicious lies. The Mirror on 13 September referenced The Sun's infamous and entirely false 'The Truth' headline for its own front page:
It has not been a good year for public inquiries or the strained relationships between the media, the police and the government. At the heart of that love-hate-triangle was the Leveson Report which finally published its recommendations, only for David Cameron to reject them before he had even had time to read them. The Independent made clear its thoughts on the ultimate futility of Leveson's efforts:
The need for the Leveson Inquiry was cited often and vociferously during some of the year's more controversial media stories, including when The Sun decided to publish naked pictures of Prince Harry cavorting behind closed doors in a Las Vegas hotel suite. The publication of the actual photos followed a front page recreation of Harry's naked cavorting by The Sun using a reporter and an intern.
The papers were united in their over-the-top coverage of news that Kate Middleton was pregnant. It brought to an end months of intrusive speculation by the papers (see: Press speculation, a royal baby and a link to Leveson). The Sun marked the occasion with a trademark pun:
A major story throughout 2012 was the issue of tax avoidance - from multinational companies such as Starbucks to individuals such as Jimmy Carr who The Times exposed in June:
Another far more grave story throughout the year has been the harrowing conflict and killing in Syria. The Independent on Sunday's stark front page warned readers of the gruesome images inside the paper while spelling out the horror of the Houla massacre:
The year also saw the victory of President Barack Obama in the US election, seeing off the challenge of Mitt Romney to secure four more years in the White House. The Times marked the occasion with a return of the wraparound front page:
A tragic story at the end of the year saw the latest gun massacre in a US school. The Independent on Sunday again ran a very stark, sombre front page, telling the heartbreaking story of a heroic teacher who gave her life to protect her students: