The best images from 2012 include images from Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Women mourn during the crying ceremony during the seven day ceremony, part of Azerbaijan’s elaborate funeral rituals that include gender segregated commemorations of the deceased three days, seven days and 40 days after their death in Zayam, Azerbaijan on January 3, 2012. Zayam is approximately four kilometers from the BTC pipeline. Compensation funds paid totaled under $1,000 during the pipeline construction went to keeping the deceased healthy and caring for her daughter who suffers from tuberculosis.
Sabina Babayeva gives an interview to Ictimai TV after being named the winner of Azerbaijan’s national Eurovision Song Contest finals at the Heydar Aliyev Palace in Baku, Azerbaijan on February 12, 2012.
Khaliq Bagirov, 72, stands in the shell of his former living room in his partially demolished apartment at 5 Agil Guliyev Street, a building which was previously occupied by military families and stood beside the newly built Crystal Hall, the planned site for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Baku, Azerbaijan on February 18, 2012. Bagirov lived in the apartment with his son, his wife and his two grandchildren until the government forced their eviction to clear the area surrounding Crystal Hall ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest.
A young girl plays with a stick on the street beside a kiln for making bread just beyond the old city wall as seen from the old city wall in Diyarbakir, Turkey on February 24, 2012. Diyarbakir is home to approximately one million people, the majority of whom are Kurds, Turkey’s largest ethnic minority.
Syrian children play in a junkyard of old, abandoned and destroyed vehicles at the entrance to the Reyhanli tent city in Reyhanli, Turkey on February 26, 2012. As the year old rebellion against the rule of Bashar Al-Assad continues just across the border in Syria, Turkey has seen a continued influx of refugees from the Syrian conflict but has not granted them refugee status and instead considers them to be “guests” of Turkey.
Women dance on the tables at Shakespeare bar in Baku, Azerbaijan on March 18, 2012.
Asiman Tagili, 20, sits at the living room table under a portrait of his father, Rafiq Tagi, a journalist who was stabbed to death outside his home several years after an Iranian cleric, Grand Ayatollah Fazil Lankarani, placed a fatwa against him for writings deemed critical of Islam and the Iranian state, in Baku, Azerbaijan on March 20, 2012.
A woman looks out her window as her street is being dug up at the edge of an enormous construction site where a parking garage, park, and tunnel are planned after the government forced the eviction of her neighbors and several other people in surrounding blocks to make way for the new project in the Besh Mertebe neighborhood of Baku, Azerbaijan on April 12, 2012.
Plain clothes police officers line up in formation after managing security during the Eurovision Fan Club concert on the Bulvar seaside promenade in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 29, 2012.
After a certain hour, relatives of the groom Farid Aliyev, 23, are joined by the village in dance into the late evening on the second day of a traditional three day wedding in Givrakh, Nakhchivan Autonomous Region, Azerbaijan on July 14, 2012. Traditional Azerbaijani wedding dancing is a traditional way of celebrating the bride’s arrival the following day at the groom’s home where she will live with the groom and his family.
Girls disembark from a boat that travels along the Baku Venice, a long arificial canal built around the new carpet museum on the Bulvar in Baku, Azerbaijan on August 9, 2012.
(Center) Gamar Tagili, 15, is quizzed on biology by her cousin Ayten (right) as her cousin Fatima (left) looks on in the Tagi family bedroom in Baku, Azerbaijan on August 18, 2012.
A woman fetches fresh water from a pipe perched high in the mountains in Xenaliq, Azerbaijan on August 19, 2012. Xenaliq is one of the oldest continuously inhabited mountain villages in Eurasia and the last village on the road before the Azerbaijani border with the Russian North Caucasus territory of Dagestan.
Two women are seen in the backseat of an SUV exiting Istanbul Fashion Week outside Antreppo 3, a warehouse-like venue on the Boshporous in Tophane, after the Soul by Ozgur Masur fashion show in Istanbul, Turkey on October 12, 2012.
A crowd is seen outside Antreppo 3, a warehouse-like venue along the Bosphorous in Tophane, after the adL+Cengiz Abazoglu Spring/Summer 2013 fashion show at Istanbul Fashion Week in Istanbul, Turkey on October 12, 2012.
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