GALLERY: 2012 in focus

Simone De Peak snapped World War II veteran Alf Carpenter as he prepared for a trip to Egypt to commemorate the campaign in North Africa.
Simone De Peak snapped World War II veteran Alf Carpenter as he prepared for a trip to Egypt to commemorate the campaign in North Africa.
Jonathan Carroll captured a short moment when a mourner visited the scene of a fatal car accident in Belford in which 20-year-old Michael Beckett was killed.

Jonathan Carroll captured a short moment when a mourner visited the scene of a fatal car accident in Belford in which 20-year-old Michael Beckett was killed.

Max Mason-Hubers caught Central Newcastle's Albert Kelly and Wyong's Jayson Mackenzie going head-to-head in a rugby league match.

Max Mason-Hubers caught Central Newcastle's Albert Kelly and Wyong's Jayson Mackenzie going head-to-head in a rugby league match.

Ryan Osland snapped firefighters attending to a house fire in Georgetown.

Ryan Osland snapped firefighters attending to a house fire in Georgetown.

Brock Perks snapped Abigail Clark cuddling a furry friend at Oakdale Farm in Salt Ash.

Brock Perks snapped Abigail Clark cuddling a furry friend at Oakdale Farm in Salt Ash.

Dean Osland captured whales frolicking off Port Stephens from a new helicopter tourism venture.

Dean Osland captured whales frolicking off Port Stephens from a new helicopter tourism venture.

Simone De Peak was on the spot as zombies walked the streets of the city during Newcastle Zombiefest.

Simone De Peak was on the spot as zombies walked the streets of the city during Newcastle Zombiefest.

Dean Osland documented the landing of a Catalina flying boat during the Catalina Festival at Rathmines with a portrait of Dick Udy.

Dean Osland documented the landing of a Catalina flying boat during the Catalina Festival at Rathmines with a portrait of Dick Udy.

Simone De Peak captures a candid moment at the Tiny Tutus recitals at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre.

Simone De Peak captures a candid moment at the Tiny Tutus recitals at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre.

Dean Osland took this portrait of Nourishing Newcastle's Jaime Pomfrett at the Ernie Hughes Memorial Community Gardens.

Dean Osland took this portrait of Nourishing Newcastle's Jaime Pomfrett at the Ernie Hughes Memorial Community Gardens.

Peter Stoop found it almost surreal as a fire from adjacent swamplands threatened Maryland properties.

Peter Stoop found it almost surreal as a fire from adjacent swamplands threatened Maryland properties.

Marina Neil focused on Zac Watt, director of Signor Piggy Wigg Productions, and his team as they prepared for a performance at Brisbane's Harvest Festival.

Marina Neil focused on Zac Watt, director of Signor Piggy Wigg Productions, and his team as they prepared for a performance at Brisbane's Harvest Festival.

Anita Jones was there when Kira the dog gave Hunter Animal Rescue's Jaime Abbott an appreciative lick after being rescued from a locked house where she'd been left to die.

Anita Jones was there when Kira the dog gave Hunter Animal Rescue's Jaime Abbott an appreciative lick after being rescued from a locked house where she'd been left to die.

Ryan Osland's portrait featuring Graham Rundle of Bucketty, who was in a story about horrific sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

Ryan Osland's portrait featuring Graham Rundle of Bucketty, who was in a story about horrific sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

Peter Stoop nailed this crushing moment when Newcastle Knights' Kurt Gidley hit up against St George's Ben Creagh.

Peter Stoop nailed this crushing moment when Newcastle Knights' Kurt Gidley hit up against St George's Ben Creagh.

Brock Perks captured Ruby, a five-month-old fox terrier, who is prepared for surgery at the RSPCA hospital in Wickham.

Brock Perks captured Ruby, a five-month-old fox terrier, who is prepared for surgery at the RSPCA hospital in Wickham.

Max Mason-Hubers scored a different view of orphaned juvenile wombats at Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue.

Max Mason-Hubers scored a different view of orphaned juvenile wombats at Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue.

Jonathan Carroll captured a candid moment in the lives of sporting champions Lateisha and Siennah Pirona, who tragically lost their father this year.

Jonathan Carroll captured a candid moment in the lives of sporting champions Lateisha and Siennah Pirona, who tragically lost their father this year.

Peter Stoop created this image to illustrate a story in which Maitland Council created a web page for the historic Maitland Jewish Cemetery featuring a virtual tour.

Peter Stoop created this image to illustrate a story in which Maitland Council created a web page for the historic Maitland Jewish Cemetery featuring a virtual tour.

Marina Neil's portrait of Michael Smyth graced the cover of Weekender for a story on going grey.

Marina Neil's portrait of Michael Smyth graced the cover of Weekender for a story on going grey.

Darren Pateman found a surfer waiting for a wave at Nobbys Beach as high tide approached.

Darren Pateman found a surfer waiting for a wave at Nobbys Beach as high tide approached.

As the speed of life goes by at what feels like an ever-increasing pace, it often takes the eye of a photographer to put things in perspective. This gallery of work by Herald photographers shows some special moments and outstanding images from the year 2012 in the Hunter Region.