A topless Ukrainian protestor, photographed by Anja Niedringhaus, protests at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Saturday, January 28, 2012. Anja Niedringhaus has been shooting as a freelancer since she was 17. She covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and began working full-time as a photojournalist in 1990 for the European Pressphoto Agency. She moved to the Associated press in November of 2002, at which point she began covering the Middle East. In 2005, Niedringhaus was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, along with a team of 11 other AP photographers, for their coverage of the Iraq war; she was the only women on the team. AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus
Mitt Romney cuts into a roast pig, photographed by Charles Dharapak at a restaurant in Hialeah, Florida on Sunday, January 29, 2012. Charles Dharapak is an Associate Press photographer who covers politics and general news. He joined the Associated Press in 1995 as a staffer based in Southeast Asia. There he covered the Cambodian Civil War as well as the pro-democracy movement in Burma. After joining AP, he spent much of 2002 covering the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Since 2003 he has worked out of Washington D.C., primarily covering politics and the campaign trail. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
Chicago Sun Times photographer John J. Kim captures Nike Lentz getting hit by Evan Dunham during a lightweight UFC bout on January 28, 2012 at the United Center. Dunham won in the second round. Kim has been with the Chicago Sun Times for the past seven years. Before that, he spent five years shooting for the Oakland Tribune and its sister newspapers. In 2011, Kim and two other Sun Times reporters were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for their coverage of violence in Chicago neighborhoods. AP Photo/Sun-Times, John J. Kim
A competitor in the annual British Tough Guy race emerges from a water obstacle. Shot on January 29, 2012 by Jon Super. Jon Super is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Manchester, England. He works for a variety of clients including the Associated Press, the Times, The Independent and the Guardian newspaper. His subject matter is as diverse as his client list and includes everything from straight news, to sports, rock and roll and portrait photography. AP Photo/Jon Super
A frame grab taken from a video made available by Italian Firefighters Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, showing an underwater view of the cruise ship Costa Concordia grounded off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy. AP Photo/Italian Firefighters
Tom Brady fields questions at Super Bowl Media Day, shot by David J. Phillip on Jan 31, 2012 in Indianapolis. Phillips is a veteran sports photographer for the Associated Press. He has covered 15 Super Bowls, 14 Masters Tournaments, eight Olympics and six World Series since joining the AP in 1994. His skills extend beyond sports: During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he logged over 100 hours in a helicopter, covering the flooding from the sky. AP Photo/David J Phillips
Egyptian protestors standing atop a concrete wall in protest of the lack of protection offered by police when a soccer match turned into an all-out riot. In all, 74 people were killed as a result of the violence. Getty stringer Ed Giles is an Australian freelance photojournalist currently based in Cairo, Egypt. He has won numerous awards for his work in both still and multimedia, including a 2011 Walkley Award for Online Journalism for work he did alongside ABC’s Investigations Unit. He also won a United Nations Media Peace prize for Online Reporting in 2010. He’s filed photographs from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Greenland, Burma, Nepal, the Caribbean and French Polynesia, among other places. Ed Giles/Getty Images
Egyptians crowd a train station waiting for their friends and relatives’ arrival from Port Said in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. AP Photo
An unidentified woman throws flour on French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections, Francois Hollande, in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. AP Photo/SZG
A woman looks out of a window covered in frost on a bus in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia’s mountains, authorities said Thursday, as the death toll from Eastern Europe’s weeklong deep freeze rose to 122, many of them homeless people. AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda
Sifting through the torrent of visual journalism that comes through the news wires every minute of every day is ultimately a humbling experience. It’s a reminder that the world is a big place, host to literally billions of stories that unfold all around us. It’s also humbling to witness the work of the incredibly talented photographers who seek out these stories so that we can see them told on our screens and in our newspapers.
We’re going to be tapping into this wealth of images on a weekly basis, pulling a dozen or so of our favorite images and rounding them up here on Friday. You can follow the Photojournalism of the Week tag here to keep in the loop.
Wherever possible, we’ve tried to gather a some information about the photographers who captured these images, so we can learn a little about their own stories.