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Getty Images Gallery: 2019 in review

Getty Images has curated a collection of images from its archive that ‘encapsulates Australia’s 2019’ – both the ups and downs.

An aerial view as Garry Mooring feeds his sheep on February 21, 2019 in Louth, Australia. Local farmer and landowner Garry Mooring has lived in the region for 60 years and has a deep understanding of the land. He, along with other local farmers and community members, feel angry and disappointed with the mismanagement of the Murray-Darling River basin. Mooring believes the river is the lifeblood of the community and there is a need for federal policy change. Local communities in the Darling River area are facing drought and clean water shortages, as debate grows over the alleged mismanagement of the Murray-Darling Basin. Recent mass kills of hundreds of thousands of fish in the Darling river have raised serious questions about the way WaterNSW is managing the lakes system, and calls for a royal commission. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.

Over the last year, Getty covered more than 160,000 news, sport and entertainment events around the world. The largest number of events were in entertainment (70,000), followed by sport (50,000) and news (40,000).

The images Getty has provided Inside Imaging, and other publications, covers a range of events such as the sentencing of Cardinal George Pell, environmental crises including the bushfires and mismanagement of the Murray-Darling River, sporting moments in tennis and horse racing, and the closure of the Uluru climb.

Photographers include Cameron Spencer, Clive Mason, Jenny Evans, Lisa Maree Williams, Mark Evans, Mark Metcalfe, Michael Dodge, Ryan Pierse, and Sam Mooy.

Serena Williams of the United States looks on in her quarter final match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 10 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.

‘I’ve been curating the Getty Images year in review image collections for nine years now,’ says Cassie Trotter, Getty Images director of editorial for Asia Pacific. ‘Every December, when I start pulling together these collections, it allows me to really think about the year that has past. An image has the power to sum up a whole cultural movement, an entire news cycle, a story that sometimes words cannot do justice to.

‘To get the opportunity to review the most captivating, emotive and sometimes shocking pictures of the year provides us all with some much-needed reflection time and reminds us of the power an image can have. Working in this business has truly taught me the meaning of the phrase ‘a picture’s worth a thousand words.’

So here’s what Getty has supplied us. Let us know what you think. Do these images encapsulate the top breaking news stories from Australia in the last 12 months?

Visitors line up their vehicles to take in the sunset view of Uluru on August 12, 2019 in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board unanimously decided the climb up Uluru will close permanently on October 26, 2019. According to Parks Australia, Uluru has welcomed 244,075 visitors this calendar year, an increase of 18.7%. Sacred to the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people, climbing Uluru is strongly discouraged for its cultural significance and concerns for peoples’ safety. Over 30 people have died and numerous injured while attempting the steep ascent, less than 20 percent of park visitors take part in the climb. Photo: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images.
Andrew Adkins riding War Baron (right), and Glyn Schofield riding Persan (left) fall during race one the Kings Of Sydney Sport Mile during The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse on April 13, 2019. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images.
A woman wearing an Australian-themed hat poses for a portrait during 2019 Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty Images.
Australian tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, kisses the trophy as she celebrates victory following the womens’ singles final against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic at the 2019 French Open in Paris, France. Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images.
Former Labor Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, meets students at St Joseph’s Catholic College in Gosford on May 13, 2019. Labor released their ‘Fair Go’ Plan for students in the Central Coast. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images.
RFS Firefighters battle a spot fire on November 13, 2019 in Hillville, Australia. A state of emergency, as declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, is in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images.
Here’s something our fire-affected Australia celebrate after they claimed victory to retain the Ashes during day five of the 4th Specsavers Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford on September 08, 2019 in Manchester, England. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images.
For some reason Getty Images supplied this image from May 1, 2018 of Cardinal George Pell. Anyway. Cardinal Pell, Australia’s highest ranking Catholic and the third most senior Catholic at the Vatican, was charged by Victoria Police on 29 June, 2017 over multiple allegations of sexual assault. Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images.

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