2012 Best 12!

Top 10 Nature Photos from 2012 (Podcast 355)

It's great to be back after the longest break since starting this Podcast back in 2005. Just four days off two months! For those of you that listened to me and stayed subscribed, thanks! For those of you that didn't, let's get back into iTunes and hit that subscribe button...

Thank you for visiting!

Martin Bailey has been releasing weekly podcasts and blog posts since 2005! Almost all of the 760+ posts here contain a full text article with photographs and illustations, and take at least one day, sometimes three to four days to produce.

You are welcome to listen to the Podcast with the audio player and follow along with the images discussed below.

If you value what we do, please consider a Patreon contribution of $3 or more to unlock the full text of more than 760 posts and gain access to the exclusive MBP Community. There are also higher tiers with various benefits, some including one-to-one Mentorship.

Please visit our Patreon site for full details, and take your photography to a whole new level! Become a Patron!
Existing Patrons please login to access posts and benefits. Thanks for being awesome!

Image Gallery

If no images are displayed here, please refresh your browser.

To view this content, you must be a member of Martin's Patreon at $3 or more
Unlock with Patreon
Martin Bailey
Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Nick Nieto
    Posted at 00:35h, 05 January Reply

    Martin – fantastic work this past year. I think my favorite 2 images are the King Penguin Tender Moment and the Monumental Iceberg

    I too did a top ten of the year – and was amazed at my selection and what it revealed about my development as a photographer over 2012. This year I embraced landscapes and nature more than ever before and that is probably why I’m drawn very much to the Monumental Iceberg image. I love darkness in the sea and how that contrast so strongly to the soft blues in the iceberg. I think that gravitational feeling of movement you mentioned in the image really helps convey the massiveness of these slabs of ice. Again great work this year.

    Here’s a link to my top 10 if you would like to check it out http://nicknieto.com/blog/photos/favorite-images-of-2012/

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:51h, 05 January Reply

      Thanks for the kind words Nick!

      Thanks for the link to your top ten too. I love that first shot with the orange leaves. Spectacular! The rest are beautiful too of course.


  • Ray
    Posted at 06:51h, 06 January Reply

    Just recently discovered your podcast so I’ve been listening 2 hours a day to and from work so I could catch up. Monumental Icebergs is fabulous. It’s got this 3D “you are there” look to it and the “black hole” effect especially in the ripples of the ocean just adds to the fun. Since I’ve heard so many podcasts recently it seems like in this one you really made a conscious effort to avoid adding “ya-knows” to the dialog and the result was a more polished, professional sounding podcast. Keep up the good work!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:26h, 06 January Reply

      Thanks for listening to the Podcast and for the kind words Ray!

      Hee hee, you must still be on the early episodes, when I would speak from rough notes. The “ya-knows” as I think used to bug the hell out of me too. I actually started to right out the entire script before I record many years ago, and that helps a lot.


  • Tony
    Posted at 10:31h, 06 January Reply

    Martin, so great to hear you again. Welcome back.

    After a 15 year hiatus I returned to my roots February 2012. Not exactly like getting back on a bike for me. I just don’t know what it is, yet I hope that 2013 is lucky for me and things start to click again.

    All your images are incredible and seeing ones like the Monumental Icebergs give me a place to reach, very inspiring, thanks so much for sharing.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:34h, 06 January Reply

      Thanks Tony! It’s great to be back. 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words too, and good luck with your own photography in 2013!

      All the best,

  • Glenn Walker
    Posted at 07:03h, 07 January Reply

    Great to see your shots Martin. After your workshop in Antarctica I’ve been trawling your website – loads of excellent stuff here, thanks for all the effort.

    You inspired me to do my top 10 – you can check them out here: http://walkerphotoblog.blogspot.com

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:43h, 07 January Reply

      Hi Glenn,

      Great to see you here!! I have been busy with a private tour until the end of 2012, so am really just getting settled to whittle that horde of shots down to a reasonable number before posting.

      That’s a beautiful set of images from 2012 Glenn! I’m happy to have been sitting beside you when you shot the last one. 🙂

      Have a great 2013, and I’m looking forward to meeting again at some point.


  • Leslie Granda-Hill
    Posted at 14:26h, 12 January Reply

    Beautiful work Martin. It is obvious that you are living every day to its fullest-bravo! My top 10 images are an extreme contrast to yours.

    All the best in 2013 to you!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:21h, 12 January Reply

      Thanks Leslie!

      It’s lovely to hear from you, and I love your top ten! Beautiful images, and quality work as usual. Thanks so much for sharing!

      All the best in 2013 for you too.


  • Sparky
    Posted at 08:35h, 05 February Reply

    Hi Martin,
    Big fan of your podcast…Thanks for all your efforts!
    My favorites of yours are Surveillance (love the head-on view and the sharp face and blurred wings), Monumental Iceberg (simply awesome!), and Synchronized Gentoos (fun and funny).
    Every year I do a Top Ten. This year I did a Top Twenty and combined my wildlife with my other stuff. Like you say, it is always a tough winnowing process…but a blast reviewing the year. I’m based in northern Minnesota.
    Here is the link:

Post A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.