The Ararat Advertiser's photographer Peter Pickering doesn't miss a beat, year after year he captures the moments others don't.
As 2013 comes to an end he has chosen just a few of his favourite photos from the many he has taken throughout the year.
Peter has captured some great moments, from news and sport to the many and varied local events that keep our country towns ticking over.
Take a journey through the year in pictures with our interactive photo gallery.
ARARAT 2013: YEAR IN PICTURES
Harold and Sylvia Bright cut the cake at the celebration for their 70th wedding anniversary in December. Pictures: PETER PICKERING
There was no holding back Ruby Klemm ahead of this year's Stawell Gift athletics carnival. Klemm is pictured training with Jaqui Scott, Sarah Blizzard, Sarah Anderson and Marcus Cooper.
A Granan Lady lashes out at the 85th annual Moyston Sheep Dog Trials.
Assistant Commissioner Jack Blayney signals the start of the fifth annual Grampians Ride to Remember in February.
Caroline Rafferty, Sarah Leggett and Kelli Felini (right) celebrate the Ararat Eagles grand final netball win. The win had added significance with Felini returning to court after undergoing treatment for Breast Cancer.
The Mininera Football League's 2013 premiers Wickliffe/Lake Bolac.
Former SES controller Brian Rickard with the array of memorabilia and documentation he donated to the Langi Morgala museum.
Ararat Clay Target Club President Bill Harris with State Junior Highgun champion Tim Pilgrim.
The then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was in Ararat in May and took a tour of AME Systems. Manager Dean Pinniger is seen showing the now Prime Minister and Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan around the plant.
Member for Western Victoria David O'Brien, Minister for Sport Hugh Delahunty and Ararat Mayor Cr, Paul Hooper as work began on the Alexandra Oval redevelopment in November.
Minister for Corrections Edward O'Donohue during a visit to the Hopkins Correctional Centre. Completion of the project is expected next year.
Annie (left) and Hannah take their horses over the jumps in sync under the watchful eye of coach Daniel Taylor. The young riders got some last minute practice ahead of the Midland region state try out hosted by the Ararat Pony Club.
Aaron Searle makes a splash during one of the Ararat Rats damp encounters in the Wimmera Football League.
A flooded railway underpass as soaking rain drenched the town early in the year.
Mark Rudolph in the midst of a bicycle jump.
Maddy Vernon and Karly Harris in full flight duringan Ararat Dance Centre concert.
Brian Burke was a very worthy recipient of this year's Ararat Australia Day Citizen of the Year.
Up early to remember the fallen. Chelsea, Hudson and Cameron Bahl are pictured with their candles at this year's Anzac Day Dawn Service.
It was a bumper year for farmers. Bailing is captured being undertaken at Tatyoon.
Ararat Fire Brigade supervises a burn off as the region enters the Fire Danger Period.
This year's Golden Gateway Festival King Ambrose Cashin and Queen Millicent Reid.
2013 Golden Gateway Festival: Escorts (back) - Sam McColl, Matthew Jerram, Damian Moorfoot, Ben Higgins, Josh Bywater, Bernie Peoples, Jake Koziansick, Timothy Hollis. Front (Queens) - Lisa Purnell, Alexandra Davies, Elizabeth Brown, Millicent Reid, Jessica Hammerstein, Jess Stoneman, Maddison Dalgleish, Jessica Klemm.
Santa is always a favourite and it was no different at this year's Carols in the gardens.