Alaska's natural beauty is legendary. From glaciers to mountains, bears to birds, it's a land unparalleled anywhere on earth. Over the past year, Alaska Dispatch has travelled almost 20,000 miles across the state, from Alaska's largest city to villages so small they are barely more than ghost towns.

By foot, car and small airplane, sometimes in temperatures so cold even Musk Ox shiver, Alaska Dispatch trained their cameras on quiet landscapes and chaotic scenes of natural selection. A frosty, silent early morning sunrise along Turnagain Arm gives way to a bunch of noisy trumpeter swans alighting from Potter Marsh for warmer climates, the calm moonrise after the clash of moose in the fall rut.

Alaska Dispatch itself alighted many times from our offices at Anchorage's Merrill Field Airport. Whether it was to capture the glow of the city as the spring sun set, or to travel north for Denali's Ruth Glacier, in 2012 we flew thousands of miles in publisher Alice Rogoff's Cessna 206.

See Alaska Dispatch's best Life photos of the year, here.

See Alaska Dispatch's best Iditarod photos of the year, here.

Contact photographer Loren Holmes at loren(at)