Here are some of the most eye-catching moments from the year.
They aren't always the best picture aesthecically, but they record a moment in 2012 which caused us all to stop and stare, amazed at what the image represents.
Image: Firemen look at the emerged side of the cruise liner Costa Concordia on January 17, 2012.
The Costa Concordia grounded in front of the harbour of Isola del Giglio after hitting underwater rocks on January 13. Rescuers searched for 29 people still unaccounted for from the wreck of a luxury liner off the coast as the arrested captain faced a hearing with investigators.