Graeme Roy, director of photography for Canadian Press has compiled some of his favourite photos of 2011. 

News photography brings life to stories that may be otherwise devoid of imagery. It captures moments and feelings, and can articulate them in a way that a print reporter could only dream of.

Graeme Roy, director of photography for Canadian Press has compiled some of his favourite photos of the year and talks about them in this video on The Globe and Mail. Included is the iconic shot of Jack Layton amid a sea of NDP orange during the 2011 federal election; his back to the camera and right arm raised, his cane clasped within a fist held high above his head. The shot is Roy's favourite of the year, and one he believes "will stand the test of time."

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Check out Roy's video and explanation for his favourite photos here