2012: The Year in Photos

Take a look back at 2012 in pictures: A year marked by Olympic trials, a Royal invasion, constant campaigning and an impending apocalypse.

Photos

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Clean waves and a clear day are in place in the Aleutian Islands, also known as the "Cradle of Storms". Surfer Alex Gray lets his fins loose on this wave along the coastline. Find out more about Chris Burkard's adventures in our Q&A interview and get his photography tips, best beach picks and more. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

Surfer Keith Malloy finds solitude up north near Homer, AK, where he enjoys the entire coastline to himself to prepare to surf. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

This photo of Big Sur showcases its cold beauty on an unexpected snowy day not far from home. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Big Sur Stargazing

Big Sur Stargazing

High above the clouds in Big Sur, CA, is one of the most magical places to camp and gaze at the stars. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Art in Motion

Art in Motion

Big Sur is a place where people -- like surfer Crystal Thornburg -- journey to find peace. It?s the only word to describe her elegant dance down the line. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Guadalupe Dunes

Guadalupe Dunes

The Central Coast of California offers a variety of amazing landscapes. Two surfers trek through steep sand dunes along the coast in search of waves. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Colors

Caribbean Colors

From the turquoise waters to the vivid sunsets, the colors in the Caribbean fully bloom at sunset. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Caribbean Surf

Caribbean Surf

Our efforts paid off traveling to the Caribbean to surf undiscovered waves. Here, is a glimpse into the view each surfer had countless times while on the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Beach

Jökulsárlón Beach

There are very few places in the world where you can find ice on the shores of a beach. On the way to the water, we walked around huge glacial ice chunks. There was no question that this was going to be the coldest photo session of the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Iceland Surf Trek

Iceland Surf Trek

Surfer Phillip Gold watches his step along snowy rocks en route to a chilly point break. 960 1280

Chris Burkhard  

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

We chased the sunset as we made our way back up the cliffs over Vik. We hadn?t seen sun the entire trip, and moments after setting up camp we caught of glimpse of it before it dropped behind the mountains in the distance. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

A hiker explores the stunning Godafoss waterfall, located off a beaten path in north-central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Ice chunks drift from nearby J?kuls?rl?n Lake and scatter the beach on the edge of Vatnaj?kull National Park. Apparently, they make nice ice recliners. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Picture Perfect Iceland

Picture Perfect Iceland

As the weather shifts in the southern tip of Iceland, the clouds part to give way to a perfect rainbow. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

As the sun fades away and the Arctic begins to turn dark and cold, Dane Gudauskas finds enough warmth to take flight in Lofoten -- an archipelago and traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

With air temperatures just as cold as the water, Sam Hammer hopes to be found somewhere in between as he pulls into another arctic barrel. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Reine, Norway

Reine, Norway

A man looks across the bay at the dynamic city of Reine in Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Norway's Northern Lights

Norway's Northern Lights

With the reflection of the dropping tide below and the bursts of Northern Lights above, this scene in Norway was as close as you could get to a natural light show. It seemed that the greens of the Northern Lights were reflecting off everything in sight. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

South Falls (Oregon)

South Falls (Oregon)

The largest state park in Oregon, Silver Creek Falls has a series of waterfalls that are accessed by the Trail of 10 Falls hiking trail. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon impresses visitors with its dynamic coastline and sheer cliffs. One of many gorgeous views along Oregon?s coastal Highway 101, this beautiful headland is located near the famous Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

A climber in Oregon?s Smith Rock State Park hangs on tight as he inches his way up a tough route. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

This inviting road awaits the next off-roader near the Teton Range in Jackson Hole, WY. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

With the Snake River in the foreground, this picture captures the majestic Mount Moran located in Grand Teton National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley awakens to another sunny day. Snow-capped Half Dome is one of the most majestic rock formations in Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

The Grandeur of Yosemite

The Grandeur of Yosemite

A hiker basks in the early morning light on a hike up Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Want more photos? Visit Chris? website, Chris Burkard Photography, to see more eye-catching photography. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Beach Huts at Sunset

Beach Huts at Sunset

"The sun sets over the beach in Cromer, England. The landscape's beauty and vibrant colors of the sky, grass, and huts helped make every night in Cromer a memorable one. Cromer had gorgeous sunsets, private huts, a beach, and a beautiful English village that keep the family busy and happy for our entire stay!" -- Skywall 960 1280

  

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

Winner: A Europe Roundabout

A small little lighthouse, shining out over the Edinburgh coast line. A beautiful sunset for a beautiful night. After saving for 2 years, my wife and I are traveling Europe for the summer. It's a crazy adventure for a young couple in love. We are trying to hit 17 countries before we leave Europe. Can we do it?" -- Shem702 960 1280

  

Celebrating the Sunrise

Celebrating the Sunrise

"Taken at Wildwood Beach, NJ." -- DPK 960 1280

  

Hiking up High

Hiking up High

"Hiking up high by Silverton, Colorado, requires a little extra oxygen. Taken this summer while hiking outside with a group of women." -- MANelson 960 1280

  

Mr. Turtle

Mr. Turtle

"While snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii, I got this shot of Mr. Turtle staring right at me. It truly captures the experience of swimming with dozens of turtles in the Pacific Ocean." -- Jewell 960 1280

  

Lincoln Memorial at Night

Lincoln Memorial at Night

"It was a rare summer night in our nation's capital when the temperature was perfect and there was a nice breeze. This was just after sunset." -- LMAN 960 1280

  

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

Winner: Bubble Cheeks

"I was enjoying a fun afternoon with my 4-year-old nephew, who is learning to swim. He was showing me how to make 'bubble cheeks.'" -- Susan 960 1280

  

Nantucket Sunset

Nantucket Sunset

"Nantucket Summer Sunset 2013 taken with a Samsung S3 phone camera." -- jig 960 1280

  

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

Seeing Our Roots in Switzerland

"These are some sheep that had already posed for me as I was on a morning run in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Back in 2010, I saw a cousin of mine that I have only seen once since 1976. We knew that our family originated in Switzerland, so we decided to plan a trip to the home of our ancestors, Merishausen, in 2013." -- Switzerland 2013 960 1280

  

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

Winner: Heavenly Thoughts

"Tintern Abbey, is situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthsire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye, which forms the border between Monmouthshire in Wales and Gloucestershire in England." -- Tintern Abbey 960 1280

  

Midnight Sun in Iceland

Midnight Sun in Iceland

"Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at 11PM on July 11, 2013. The lagoon is located on the southeast coast of Iceland. These are photos from a recent two week backpacking trip in Iceland." -- MikelDallas 960 1280

  

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

"Cute cub. Very aware of mom. We grabbed this close-up while on safari at Tanda Tula. Thought the cub was very cute. Noticed later that mom was much more observant than we initially believed." -- Patrick M. 960 1280

  

Beautiful Bryce

Beautiful Bryce

"A view from below. My husband and I spent a day at beautiful Bryce Canyon. The views were spectacular." -- Casper 960 1280

  

Mingling With the Natives

Mingling With the Natives

"Making pals along the way on our trip in South Africa. Hanging out with our pal, Abby (Adorably Big Baby)." -- Danielle 960 1280

  

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

My Boy at Plantation Course, HI

"Two years old and already has a great back swing. Arms straight, head down, eyes on the ball, pasy in the mouth. Playing Maui, HI. What more could you ask for?" -- Ryan 960 1280

  

The Harbor

The Harbor

"On the bridge, going into Kennebunkport, looking up the river." -- TH 960 1280

  

Color-Splashed Sunset

Color-Splashed Sunset

"My husband and I were on a romantic diner cruise in Cabo, beautiful views!" -- SICSL 960 1280

  

Tuscan Paradise

Tuscan Paradise

"Most photographed church in Italy … don't mind if I do. Chapel of The Madonna de Vitaleta." -- Sybil 960 1280

  

Winner: Sun Catcher

Winner: Sun Catcher

"My daughter was trying to net fish in a tide pool. She lost her balance on the slippery surface and Voila! I got the shot!" -- Heather B. 960 1280

  

A Day in Paradise

A Day in Paradise

"Hawaii is one of our top destinations. We love to go there every year. This picture was taken at Big Island, HI, on a beautiful day. Look at that sunset -- it's so peaceful." -- Annie L. 960 1280

  

African Dream

African Dream

"An unforgettable journey that lasted 6 months through Africa." -- Rochi 960 1280

  

Winner: Floating in Paradise

Winner: Floating in Paradise

"My husband and I went to the beautiful island of Bora Bora on our honeymoon. Each morning, I would jump off of our balcony into the blue lagoon below. One morning my husband saw me floating and snapped my favorite shot of the trip!" -- Tiffaney 960 1280

  

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

It's True Kid, Blondes Do Have More Fun

"Two 'blondes' having a moment at Irvine Park Zoo, Chippewa, WI." -- Kimberly 960 1280

  

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

"Emerald Lake and Cilantro Cafe in Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada." -- EL & CC 960 1280

  

Mediterranean Marvels

Mediterranean Marvels

"Sunshine over the Colosseum! My adventure to the Mediterranean this Summer was life-changing. I was captivated by the history and beauty of several of the amazing sites throughout Italy, Greece and Turkey!" -- Sable's Travels 960 1280

  

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Yellowstone National Park, WY

"Bison crossing the Lamar Valley.
 @mcclenmike 
#yellowstonenationalpark #lamarvalley #bison #studentuniverse #theoutbound #findyourpark #findyourselfoutside #foreverwest #wy125 #livetravelchannel"  - @jaenriquez 960 1280

  

Maui, HI

Maui, HI

"Found Crush in Maui! #ExperienceMore #BestInTravel #BestVacations #Instagood #Travel #TravelInChic #TLPicks #Wanderlust #Adventure #Explore #instatravel #travelgram #travelingtheworld #contiki #LiveTravelChannel #FindingNemo #Crush" - @sarahfunky 960 1280

  

Zion National Park, UT

Zion National Park, UT

"There's amazing and then there's AMAZING. Zion was definitely the latter. #myexpedition #utahgram #utahisrad #natgeotravelpic #livetravelchannel #bbctravel #rei1440project #projectexplore" - @jimmy_kvw 960 1280

  

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

"I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I kinda love inspirational travel quotes 😜 Sometimes a well-written sentence just perfectly captures little moments of clarity and truths we stumble upon about travel, adventure & life. #copenhagen #Denmark #nyhavn #nyhavnkanal #houses #coloursplash #exploringtheglobe #Scandinavia #beautifuldestinations #finditliveit #instagoodmyphoto #exploretocreate #passionpassport #citylimitless #exploremore #summerbabecation #eurotrip #travelawesome #teamtravelers #justgoshoot #lifeofadventure #livetravelchannel #vscocam #boats #canal #postcardperfect" - @charbibabx
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Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

- @ansile_17 960 1280

  

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

"It's easy to see why Cinque Terre is so famous. Photo: Manarola, Italy" - @je.suis.kelly 960 1280

  

Chateau d’Annecy, France

Chateau d’Annecy, France

"Sunday at leisure along the cobbled streets of Vieux Annecy. Mais oui! #France #coffee #wine #architecture #pedestrianzone #traveldeeper #LiveTravelChannel @afarmedia @cntraveler" - @benbrueshoff 960 1280

  

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

"Horse-shoe bend on Colorado River! #page #arizona #colorado #river #landscape #nature #natureAddict#picoftheday #horseshoebend #huffpostgram #lonelyplanet #livetravelchannel #guardiantravelsnaps #pro_IG #bbctravel #gothere" - @eachplacearhapsody 960 1280

  

Blue Lagoon, Malta

Blue Lagoon, Malta

"This view brought us back to Formentera Island in Spain. #nofilter #TLpicks #malta #travel #wanderlust #livetravelchannel" - @hudamrn 960 1280

  

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

"#dubrovnik #sunset #adriatic #gameofthrones #igstravel #walkingthewallwithabrokenfoot #croatia #wonderful_places #destinosimperdiveis #bestplaces_togo #travelandleisure #passionpassport #thegoldlist #awesome_globepix #blackadventuristas #TravelStoke #lonelyplanet #forbestravelguide #travellushes #globaltouring #LiveTravelChannel #blackgirlstraveltoo @cocoatravelersintl @welivetoexplore @natgeotravel #explorepedia" - @v_intl_maravilha 960 1280

  

Echo Park, Los Angeles

Echo Park, Los Angeles

"Hopefully the last stop of this long fun day. Relaxing by the fountain, counting palm trees. #Californialovin #LiveTravelChannel #LA #DiscoverLA #LAstory" - @jyrabee 960 1280

  

Portovenere, Italy

Portovenere, Italy

"Fairly untouched by mass tourism, the tiny port town of Portovenere is considered a hidden gem of the Liguria region in Italy #portovenere #italy #destinationunknown #jobatheavenonearth @hillsidebeachclub" - @crazytravelista 960 1280

  

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

"Aspen, Colorado! Another pic I had taken when we were celebrating my sisters birthday #Aspen #colorado #prettyday #LiveTravelChannel #vacay #mountains #USA #Gorgeouscountry #reflecting_perfection #denverliving" - @beth88g 960 1280

  

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

"#Amsterdam #holland #canal #summer #TravelerPhoto #lpInstaTakeover #livetravelchannel @gettyimages @instagram @bestplaces_togo @travelchannel @travelandleisure @tripadvisor @thephotosociety" - @andresf74 960 1280

  

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

"A llama point of view." - @Whatnottomiss 960 1280

  

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

"#tbt to this gorgeous structure! #LiveTravelChannel #athens #acropolis #greece @visitgreecegr @discover.greece #ruins #travel #nofilter #thisisathens" - @Monicagoes2 960 1280

  

Paris, France

Paris, France

"Here's to looking back #livetravelchannel #allshots_ #primeshots #instagood #dailyescape #liveauthentic #parisfrance #natgeotravel #efcollegestudytours" - @jordanpenix 960 1280

  

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Piazza San Marco, Venice

"This morning, I saw this quote by one of my favorite travel blogger. She said, "You'll go further and faster when you go it alone." I immediately understand her POV. I guess it's time for my next solo. Where shall it be? I'm looking at the South this time. Chilean Patagonia seems like a great destination. #piazzasanmarco #venice #italy #europe #tower #saintmarksbasilica #travel #travelmadedifferent #world #wanderlust #worldtraveler #globe #gopro #instatravel #backpack #backpacker #backpackaway #HWtravel #onlyforeign #travelstoke #travelog #warrenjc #travelgram #LiveTravelChannel #heylets #vacation" - @Learntotravel 960 1280

  

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

"Roma - the land of ancient history and tourbus's  #rome #italy #piazzavenezia #worldplaces #tbie #ig_italy" - @CareBearAbroad
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Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach, Thailand

"Just found a few old shots from a trip to Thailand." - @Daywithsasha 960 1280

  

Miami Beach, FL

Miami Beach, FL

"Traveling somewhere awesome this weekend? Tag your fun-filled photos with #LiveTravelChannel and they might be featured on the Travel Channel social pages! #livelifelivetravelchannel" - @SaraBabs 960 1280

  


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