12/24/2012 12:27 EST | Updated 12/25/2012 01:02 EST

Best BC Photos 2012 By The Canadian Press

For West Coast news photographers, it's been an extraordinary year marked with natural disasters, tragic loss and public pipeline pushback.

The images captured by The Canadian Press are snapshots of the elation, shock and heartbreak experienced by some British Columbians and shared across the province.

Some photos that stayed in our memory long after the news event include the haunting face of a six-year-old Peachland fire evacuee, the grief of a mother days after daughter was found murdered, and the excitement over federal Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau.

Our gallery below celebrates 2012 Canadian Press photos that left some powerful impressions:

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