Disasters natural and man-made have dominated the attention of Fairfax Regional Media photographers this year.
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Scott Gelston: A Year In Photographs (The Examiner)
Ballarat's wild storm (The Courier)
Leeton floods, March 2012 (The Irrigator)
Carriage on track to reclaim past glory (Southern Cross)
Balloon fiesta floats on high (Newcastle Herald)
Riverina floods 2012 (Daily Advertiser)
Warrnambool cut off from the world (Warrnambool Standard)
Orange Roller Derby League Training (Central Western Daily)
2012 Edgell Bathurst Jog (Western Advocate)
Derby Day (Daily Liberal)
Mum and baby whale frolic off Shellharbour (Illawarra Mercury)