Gallery: The best of 2012

An idyllic wintry scene in Christchurch Park, the lighting of the Olympic torch and an army of swimmers setting off for the Great East Swim.

These are just some of the amazing images captured by the Star’s photographers this year.

As we near the end of the year, we bring you the top 50 pictures taken over the last 12 months.

Today, we reveal the first set of pictures.

From a Bradley Wiggins supporter at the Tour of Britain to a burst water main, our talented team of snappers have produced quality images to accompany stories.

Keep a look out to see which photos make our top ten list of the year.