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TIME Picks the Best Viral Photos of 2011

Spontaneous snapshots. Intimate moments. Unexpected exposures. There was no one formula for this year’s most viral photographs. Most were based on news events, such as the death of longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi—but these photos ended up becoming the news themselves. They shocked us. They awed us. They inspired us to feel. But the most powerful feeling was the impulse to share.

The best viral images of 2011 are those we found flooding our email inboxes and Twitter feeds this year. One thing weaves the images together: each photographer netted a once-in-a-lifetime picture. From Royal Wedding mania and a bloodied despot to an utterly unexpected leopard on the loose, photographers both professional and amateur brought us the scenes of unpredictability and chaos that gripped our world over the past 12 months. As shocking as the subject matter is the simplicity of some images. A few came from mobile phones. Most were snapped without a thought of—or time to handle—composition or lighting. One was even taken by a man who would be dead minutes later.

Given that the Internet is a notoriously fickle beast, it’s impossible to predict which photos will score a hit. Here, LightBox looks back on the photos we couldn’t help but share. —Nick Carbone

Photographer #293: Aaron Feaver

Aaron Feaver, 1978, USA, is a Los Angeles based fashion photographer. For a long time he was interested in merely the technical aspects of the photographic medium concentrating on landscapes and objects. Recently he started shooting people and hasn’t looked back since. He delicately photographs young women in landscapes and interiors. His soft toned, often poetic and in evening sunlight images show the women in a vulnarable yet strong way. Aaron mixes familiar fashion poses and awkward body positions when shooting his sometimes partially clothed or nude females. He is interested in the way people are capable of unique and unpredictable expressions which is why he prefers to use film; due to its unpredictability which he says is partly the same unpredictability he sees in people. The following images come from various portfolios on his website.

Website: www.feaverishphotography.com