In the midst of battle – iReporterJamie McCaffrey from Ottawa captured this victorious pull by soldiers from the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment of the Canadian Army Reserves during the annual Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville Ontario, Canada. "While not of Scottish heritage I have been drawn to the sounds of the bagpipes since I was a child," said the 45-year-old civil servant.
"The sight of these soldiers in a brutal test of raw strength while combined with the skirl of the pipes, the colours and flash of the different tartans on the kilts, and the cheer of the crowd was a feast for the eyes and ears. Although, I understand that the music of the bagpipes may not be for everyone- subtle it is not," he added.
Jumping in! – iReporter Jenna Adams captured this quintessential summer day photo at an annual youth group retreat at Lake Arietta in Auburndale, Florida."It had been raining all day, and finally in the evening it stopped so everyone decided to go out on the lake for a couple of hours and I happened to capture this photo of one of the students jumping off the dock," she says."This moment in particular may not be the most memorable, but the emotions that it stirs up within me remind me of all the moments that were memorable in 2012."
Against the odds – On September 11, 2001, iReporter Beth Woods and her husband John were given the devastating news that they would never be able to have children without medical help. "In 2008 [however], we defied the odds and had a boy," she says. "This year, we defied the odds again and without help gave birth to our beautiful son, Alex." Beth took this photo of her husband holding Alex in the hospital two days after he was born.
Golden Gate at sunrise – Instagrammer Lindsay Crowder aka @lec101 from San Francisco took this stunning photo of the Golden Gate Bridge just after sunrise from the Marin Headlands, just north of the city. "It's memorable to me because I was hiking down back to my car after sunrise, believing I had already seen the extent of this gorgeous moment. But as I looked up before driving away, the sun had risen above the fog, casting the most perfect shadow of the bridge. It brought me to tears. I believe that sunrise is the most special time of day."
Hey-ho let's go – iReporter Charlotte Bröcker took this photo of her son Malik rocking his Ramones t-shirt on a bike in August.
Malik was born with clubbed feet and a physical condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenitas which means he has little muscle strength in his limbs.
His mum Charlotte, a 35-year-old trainee teacher from Berlin, took this photo in August after the casts on Malik's legs had been taken off: "He loves playing with mud and water so we were all very happy when the casts were removed."
"I was a bit down for a few weeks before the photo was taken, but at some point in the summer the weight got lifted of me. Watching my cheerful and determined young man helped me to realise what matters in life and what doesn't," she said.
An Olympic performance – Kate Alley of London, England, was one of the lucky thousands to perform in Danny Boyle's spectacular opening ceremony of London's 2012 Olympic Games. She took this photo of her fellow performers just moments before their final dress rehearsal, which was carried out before a full audience."I've never been so terrified in my life! But only until we entered the stadium, then I became excited and thrilled," she said. "Beyoncé does things like this, Bono performs in front of crowds this large, not me. I still can't believe I was in it,"
Majestic creatures – This year iReporter Kathy Brogan experienced her first encounter with one of nature's most majestic creatures, the humpback whale. During a holiday in Main in the summer Kathy and her husband decided to go whale watching and they were not disappointed. "Being so close to these beautiful, majestic creatures literally took my breath away. The picture I chose is a quintessential shot of a humpback's tail. I was pleased beyond words to catch the moment, what a gift!"
The giant Buddha – Karthik Balachandran took these photographs of the giant Buddha whilst on a rare family holiday."This moment was special to me because I went there on a family vacation, my first time traveling with family in a very long time. It's different from everything else this year for the same reason," said the 38-year-old from San Francisco, California."I photograph a lot but this time it was with family and I am also a 'fan' of the Buddha, have a tattoo of the saint on my left arm. I am not Buddhist, just spiritual. 2012 has been an interesting year with many personal risks and ventures, I hope for these ventures to become successful in 2013," he added.
Crab hunting with friends – Roger Seerspad snapped this magical night time image whilst crab hunting with friends in his native Trinidad.Although he has lived on the Caribbean island all his life, this was the first time he actually experienced a crab hunt. More importantly though, he got to relax and have fun with those close to him."The picture encapsulates some of my best 2012 moments because my friends were present," he says.
Portuguese street protests – Photojournalism student Teresa Teixeira took this photo during October protests against the Portuguese government in her native Lisbon.People had gathered to put pressure on their elected representatives who were debating the national budget for 2013. "That night there was a feeling of revolt in the air. It's difficult to explain, but we could feel it,""People incited the police to join them and as the police did not reply, they started to burn banners and other objects. You could feel the emotional appeal and it was then two [masked protestors] took their self portrait in front of a big fire."