* the most powerful images of 2011

this one is my favourite by far.  “all is fair in love and war” ?

Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer's riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. (Getty Images / Rich Lam)

imagine the day, when your only photograph from a wedding shoot is this one.  it would definitely be a notch up in hysteria ( of a different sort ), from a wedding i remember shooting a few years back, where the priest actually used the words “fellatio” and “erotica” in the wedding ceremony.  { his personal views on pre-marital sex, which he stressed cannot be intimate ( apparently ) but only be deemed as fellation and erotic ! }

A distressed bride attempts suicide in China after her fiance abruptly called off their marriage. Still in her wedding gown, she tried to kill herself by jumping out of a window of a seventh floor building. Right as she jumped, a man managed to catch and save her. (Reuters / CHINA DAILY)

here are a select few of my other favourites.   to view the entire 45 most powerful pics of 2011, click here./

A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July.

Office workers look for a way out of a high rise building in central Christchurch, New Zeland on February 22. A strong earthquake killed at least 180 people. (Reuters / Simon Baker)

A protester gets sprayed in the face with pepper spray at an Occupy Portland protest. (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14. (Reuters / Yuriko Nakao)

A man sits in front of a destroyed apartment building following the Joplin, Missouri tornado. (Reuters)

Firefighters of Ladder Company 4 — which lost seven men on 9/11 — perched together on their aerial ladder, watching a news bulletin in Times Square declaring that Osama bin Laden was dead on May 2. Source: lens.blogs.nytimes.com

Chile's Puyehue volcano erupts, causing air traffic cancellations across South America, New Zealand, Australia and forcing over 3,000 people to evacuate. (Reuters)

A woman cries while sitting on a road amid the destroyed city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan after the massive earthquake and tsunami. (Reuters / ASAHI SHIMBUN)

Police spray Ugandan opposition party leaders with colored water during demonstrations in the capital Kampala on May 10. (Reuters / James Akena)

A student is punched in the face by a police officer in Chile. Students in Chile are demanding a new framework for education. (Reuters / VICTOR RUIZ CABALLERO)

An aid worker using an iPad captures an image of a dead cow's decomposing carcass in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border on July 23. (Reuters / STRINGER)

A Libyan rebel is pictured with Gadhafi's golden gun. (Getty Images / Philippe Desmazes)

A phone hangs off the hook on Wall Street. (Reuters / LUCAS JACKSON)

A woman hangs onto a street sign in chest deep water along the flooded streets in Rangsit on the outskirts of Bangkok on October 24. (Getty Images / Paula Bronstein)

Two lights from the former site of the World Trade Centers shine for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. (Reuters / GARY HERSHORN)

Phyllis Siegel, 76, left, and Connie Kopelov, 84, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. (Getty Images / STAN HONDA)