How the Mercury reported on 2012

Cast your eye back on the year that was with this round-up of the best stories, photos, cartoons and entertainment. 

GALLERY: The year in pictures

Flick through more than 60 pictures selected by the Mercury's award-winning photography team.

GALLERY: The year in cartoons

A look back on some of Mercury cartoonist Vince O'Farrell's funniest work.

What made news in the Illawarra

It was a year of highs and lows for the region. Our reporters look back at 2012.

The highest-selling properties

See which million-dollar Illawarra homes made the top 10 list.

The five quirkiest stories

Revisit the weird, wacky and wonderful, including a Gong wedding proposal like no other. 

Five hard goodbyes in 2012

Were you sad to see these sentimental favourites go?

GALLERY: Weddings of the year

See who got married with this slideshow of jubilant Illawarra brides and grooms.  

Most memorable Dragons moments

Highlights of the 2012 season by Try Hard blogger Glen Humphries. What would you add to the list?

The Illawarra's biggest sporting moments

Gold medals, world titles and tearful farewells were among the standouts of a fabulous sporting year for the region. 

The world's biggest sporting moments

Empires crumbled and others were built in a remarkable year of sport across the globe, as voted by the Mercury sports team.

Hits and misses of the NRL season

A look back on a turbulent year for rugby league.

The best films of 2012

Favourite films grouped loosely by genre so as to compare apples with apples.

The worst films of 2012

The 10 dumbest, most misguided, wasteful, indulgent, soul-crushing Hollywood movies.

The year in music

The artists who dominated the charts in 2012, and the ones who deserved to.