Instagram became nothing short of a social media phenomenon during 2012. The wildly popular smart phone app has flat out revolutionized the way that we share photos and has given us another way to connect to each other.
Admittedly, most of the time Instagram is used by people to take pictures of their breakfast foods and run it through a sepia filter. That being said, Instagram has also become a sort of “year book” for the human race during chaotic, celebratory and mournful times.
Here is our roundup of 2012 as told through Instagram:
Memorial outside of the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
Cake for Queen Elizabeth during her Diamond Jubilee.
Obama supporter at the Democratic National Convention.
View of crowd during Mitt Romney speech at the Republican National Convention.
President Barack Obama during his election night victory celebration.
The capsule used by Felix Baumgartner to set a world record. Felix base jumped from 24 miles above the earth’s surface to set the record.
View from inside Baumgartner’s capsule.
Couple taking advantage of new laws allowing same-sex couples to marry.
One of Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile stations.
Rockets shells collected from the Israeli city of Sderot.
Picture taken from the East Village of New York after Hurricane Sandy.
Picture of New York streets after power outage during Hurricane Sandy.
Memorial for Whitney Houston.
Opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic games.
American athletes celebrating US dominance at Olympic Games. USA finished with 104 medals, 46 of them gold.
Photo of Michael Phelps celebrating another record breaking Olympic games. Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete in history during the London games.
Memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre.
It was a big year for Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook owner bought Instagram and turned Facebook into a publicly traded company.
Photo of the Mars Curiosity rover taken on Mars.
Eitan Levine is a New York City based comic. Follow him on Twitter at @Eitanthegoalie .