Each year the Guardian's editors and readers nominate and vote for the person they consider to be most important and a headline-maker for the year. This year the winners were Bradley Manning, followed by Malala Yousafzai.
In response to suggestions and ideas by their editors and staff, The Guardian asked their readers to nominate their Person of the Year for 2012.
Suggestions included everything from scientific and Olympic heroes to whistleblowers, and even included other celebrities like Psy, composer and performer of Gangnam Style.
The most popular nominations were as follows:
Malala YousafzaiMalala Yousafzai, promoter of education for girls in Pakistan, recently shot in the head by the Taliban and surviving the experience. Suggested by global development editor, Lucy Lamble:
Malala in her house in Swat Valley in 2009.
"I would nominate Malala Yousafzai, for the simple reason that she is fighting for education for all, which is the first step on universal progress. Her bravery really is incredible, as are her family."
Nominated by a reader, mhenri, Manning, who is in military prison and undergoing pretrial hearings for the release of classified documents to WikiLeaks, including the "Collateral Murder" video, showing civilians and Reuters journalists cut down by the US Military:
"Bradley Manning, who after blowing a very necessary whistle, has survived yet another year of cruel and unusual pretrial punishment at the hand of the US military, which was designed to break him psychologically...."
Members of the persecuted-- and prosecuted-- Russian female punk band Pussy Riot.
The feminist punk rock collective, Pussy Riot, was nominated by reader stuv. Arrested for staging a performance on the soleas of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior:
"Pussy Riot AND Yousafzai because they both resisted totalitarianism and both paid a price for so doing. And because totalitarianism of whatever variety is the greatest threat to all our hopes for health and happiness in this 21stC."
Culture editor, Alex Needham, and reader, Mary2006, nominated Danny Boyle, who staged the Olympic opening ceremony in London 2012:
"For me it has to be Danny Boyle - for defining Britain in a way I recognised and could celebrate and be proud of. It was a glorious moment amidst all that nonsense about monarchy. It set the tone for people who didn't expect to engage with the Olympics to feel as though it actually did have something for them after all."
CERN's Fabiola Gianotti
Science correspondent, Ian Sample, as well as reader badbadthepirate and studentgrant75, nominated CERN's Fabiola Gianotti, the woman hunting the Higgs Boson:
"Simply put; in such politically tense times where nations are divided and our young uphold the superficial and vapid as celebrity, we need to embrace and endorse the unifying power of science to better our lives and answer questions bigger than "How good do I look?" or "How fast can I run".
Nominated by SonOfTheDesert, Nathaniel Read "Nate" Silver is an American statistician, sabermetrician, psephologist, and writer:
"I'm going to say Nate Silver. Not just because he was right, and kept being right despite a string of ludicrous attacks - although that was both laudable and deeply amusing - but also because he represents the importance of sticking to science and mathematics and evidence in the face of an ever-growing barrage of nonsense and abuse from those who wish to impose their own groundless beliefs."
Once the nominations were in, the poll was run and winners are as follows:
Result of the poll.
The results of the poll show that 24-year-old former US Army intelligence analyst, Bradley Manning, came a resounding first with 70%, followed by Malala Yousafzai at 22%.