Pick of the 2012 pics: PETER GLEESON

Port News photographer Peter Gleeson took thousands of frames during 2012. Here's his personal showcase of the best.

The big fire at Dunbogan. Right place right time, knowing the area helped and a back street we took I shot the firies hard at it with some big flames and the helicopters working overtime. I tried the look-out for a vantage spot and with the wind, smoke and sun in the right spot, I got the choppers doing circle work. Pic: PETER GLEESON

The big fire at Dunbogan. Right place right time, knowing the area helped and a back street we took I shot the firies hard at it with some big flames and the helicopters working overtime. I tried the look-out for a vantage spot and with the wind, smoke and sun in the right spot, I got the choppers doing circle work. Pic: PETER GLEESON

These ironmen and women blow me away and to see your kids on the finish line cheering you on, must be an amazing feeling. Local Mick Baldwin crosses the line cheered on by his daughter Tia. Pic PETER GLEESON

These ironmen and women blow me away and to see your kids on the finish line cheering you on, must be an amazing feeling. Local Mick Baldwin crosses the line cheered on by his daughter Tia. Pic PETER GLEESON

It’s not often you see a chook that looks like a drowned rat. Port High students give ‘Henny’ a bath before the Royal Easter Show. Pic: PETER GLEESON

It’s not often you see a chook that looks like a drowned rat. Port High students give ‘Henny’ a bath before the Royal Easter Show. Pic: PETER GLEESON

The cyclist/motorist debate rages. Try telling my good mate Mark Cornish that. Pic: PETER GLEESON

The cyclist/motorist debate rages. Try telling my good mate Mark Cornish that. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Aussie golf star Craig Parry splits the fairway at Port Macquarie. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Aussie golf star Craig Parry splits the fairway at Port Macquarie. Pic: PETER GLEESON

This poor old bloke Athel Lee was shattered after a fire in his house caused by some hot chips, took his best mate, a cockatiel.  Pic:  PETER GLEESON

This poor old bloke Athel Lee was shattered after a fire in his house caused by some hot chips, took his best mate, a cockatiel. Pic: PETER GLEESON

The situation at Herons Creek and the contaminated soil. A quick photo of the soil testers before a security guard told us to move on. Pic: PETER GLEESON

The situation at Herons Creek and the contaminated soil. A quick photo of the soil testers before a security guard told us to move on. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Police investigate a tragic accident in Hill Street, Port Macquarie that claimed a life. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Police investigate a tragic accident in Hill Street, Port Macquarie that claimed a life. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Competitor Sarah Koen finishes the swim leg during the triathlon in Port Macquarie in October. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Competitor Sarah Koen finishes the swim leg during the triathlon in Port Macquarie in October. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Jesse Fisher and his family were special guests when the Parramatta Eels played the Newcastle Knights. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Jesse Fisher and his family were special guests when the Parramatta Eels played the Newcastle Knights. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Ryley Batt shows the form that has turned him into a household name in the Port Macquarie region. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Ryley Batt shows the form that has turned him into a household name in the Port Macquarie region. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Rugby league's next generation - the schoolboys - played in Port Macquarie. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Rugby league's next generation - the schoolboys - played in Port Macquarie. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Gotcha. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Gotcha. Pic: PETER GLEESON

I have walked through that cemetry plenty of times late at night on my way home from town. Glad I didnt run into these guys. Pic: PETER GLEESON

I have walked through that cemetry plenty of times late at night on my way home from town. Glad I didnt run into these guys. Pic: PETER GLEESON

 Dr Alford saves many lives. His helmet saved his. Pic: PETER GLEESON

Dr Alford saves many lives. His helmet saved his. Pic: PETER GLEESON