One of the most intimate human gestures, a kiss can convey greetings, give comfort, express joy, and above all, show love. Gathered from news photos over the past few months, this collection of kisses features playful moments, emotional reunions, public displays of affection, and some pure expressions of love.
A tourist poses for a picture with the Sphinx at the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt, on October 19, 2011.
Actress Claire Danes is kissed by President of Hasty Pudding theatricals James Fitzpatrick (left) and Cast Vice President Ryan Halprin, both dressed in drag, as Danes is honored as the "Hasty Pudding Theatricals Woman of the Year" at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 26, 2012.
Couples participate in a kissing contest in Hefei, Anhui province, China, on February 18, 2012. A total of 63 couples took part in the contest in which men must hold their partners off the ground while kissing, trying to last as long as possible. The winner was awarded a 1-carat diamond ring, local media reported.
Veterinarian Livia Pereira kisses paralyzed lion Ariel who she is caring for in her home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 13, 2011. An Internet and Facebook campaign was launched in Brazil to obtain funds needed to treat the lion that had been paralyzed for the past year. The campaign was launched by Raquel Borges, the owner of Ariel, a three-year-old, 310 pound (140 kilogram) lion that was unable to use his four legs due to a degenerative disease affecting his medulla. Ariel was unable to recover, and passed away a couple of weeks after this photo was taken.
(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo (seated) is visited by Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as he undergoes medical examinations in a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 27, 2012. Both Lugo and Lula are undergoing treatment for cancer.
(Reuters/Ricardo Stuckert-Instituto Lula)
Charles Wolf kisses the name of his wife Katherine Wolf, a British citizen who died at Ground Zero during the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York, on March 15, 2012. He accompanied British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha on their visit to the site.
(John Moore/Getty Images)
Pearl Harbor survivor James Cook smiles after getting a kiss on the cheek from a member of the Andrews Sisters-styled group "The Victory Belles" at a ceremony observing the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 7, 2011.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A wax figure of British actor Robert Pattinson at Madame Tussauds in London is kissed by Hayley Wales. Ladies wore wedding outfits and posed with the waxwork to celebrate the upcoming film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" in which Pattinson's character, Edward, marries Kristen Stewart's character, Bella, on November 14, 2011.
(AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta (left), assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill, kisses her partner Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, following the ship's return to homeport after a three-month deployment in the Caribbean, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on December 21, 2011. History was made on a Virginia Beach pier on Wednesday when the two women sailors, one just home from 80 days at sea, became what was believed to be the first same-sex couple to share the Navy's traditional first kiss.
(Reuters/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Mann)
Sgt. Brandon Morgan, right, is embraced by his partner Dalan Wells in a helicopter hangar at a Marine base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, upon returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in this February 22, 2012 photo. The photograph, made some five months after the repeal of the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy prohibiting gay servicemen from openly acknowledging their sexuality, is among the first showing a gay active duty serviceman in uniform kissing his partner at a homecoming.
(AP Photo/David Lewis)
Thai couples kiss during a competition for the "World's Longest Continuous Kiss" in Pattaya, on February 12, 2012. Seven couples took part in the kissing marathon in the hope of breaking the Guinness world record, also hoping to receive prizes totaling more than 200,000 Thai baht ($6,666 USD) and a diamond ring.
(Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman kisses a fish after catching it during an ice fishing competition at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival on January 7, 2012 in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea. The annual Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival attracts millions of visitors annually who gather to try their luck at ice fishing with traditional lures or with bare hands.
(Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Jigmy Tamang, 6, an injured boy kisses his mother as he awaits medical treatment in a civil hospital in Gangtok, India, on September 20, 2011. Thousands of survivors of a Himalayan earthquake that killed many people and shook parts of India, Nepal and China crowded had crowded into shelters and relatives' homes or stayed out in the open for fear of aftershocks.
(AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
A soldier from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division kisses a family member during a homecoming ceremony at Fort Hood, Texas, on December 21, 2011. The 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division was the last U.S. military unit to depart Iraq.
Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates by kissing his girlfriend and cheerleader Mariel Dunlap after the Cowboys won 41-38 in overtime against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on January 2, 2012.
(Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
An Afghan child kisses his brother's gravestone in a cemetery in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 9, 2011.
(AP Photo/Ahmad Jamshid)
Jane Cosar hugs her guide dog Cubbe in Lima, Peru, on October 6, 2011. Cosar is a blind lawyer and former congressional candidate who fights for the rights of blind people using guide dogs in Peru, where shops, banks, buses and others do not allow the blind to enter with their guide dogs.
A woman kisses a girl looking at tributes at the 't Stekske primary school in Lommel, Belgium, on March 16, 2012. The memorial was for the victims of the March 13 bus crash near the town of Sierre in southern Switzerland. Twenty-eight people died in the accident, including 22 children from two schools in Lommel and Heverlee, returning to Belgium from a skiing holiday.
(Yorick Jansens/AFP/Getty Images)