The 40 Most Powerful Australian Photos Of 2013

Australia endured fires, floods and tragedy. Warning: this post will move you.

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Chris Hyde / Getty Images

A man comforts his daughter on their roof in Bundaberg, Queensland, after record flooding in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

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AP Photo/Holmes Family, Tim Holmes

Tammy Holmes and her grandchildren escape with their lives under a jetty during bushfires in Dunalley, Tasmania.

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Craig Sillitoe / Getty Images

Victorian farmer Michael Dennis stands beside the charred corpse of one of his pure bred Angus cattle after a catastrophic bushfire.

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Dan Peled / AAP

Bundaberg residents negotiate flood waters after 2000 homes were inundated.

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Dean Lewins / AAP

RFS firefighters protect a property from bushfires near Nowra, NSW.

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Chris Hyde / Getty Images

A boy walks through ocean foam in Snapper Rocks, Queensland after storms caused by Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

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Lukas Coch / AAP

Dead sheep near Yass, NSW. More than 10,000 sheep died in January’s bushfires.

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Stretch of road near Seven Mile Beach NSW before and after a tornado in February.

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Alex Coppel / Newspix

Dramatic finale at the 2013 Melbourne International Airshow in Victoria.

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Andrew Redington / Getty Image

Golfer Adam Scott of Australia wins the US Masters at Augusta National.

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Joe Castro / AAP

Members of the Finks motorcycle gang as police attempted to prevent bikie war spilling onto Melbourne’s streets.

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Sydney blanketed by amazing autumnal fog in May.

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Chris Hyde / Getty Images

A rider dices with disaster during Queensland’s Mareeba Rodeo.

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David Rennie/Australian Geographic / Via museum.wa.gov.au

Near miss: ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year winner captures an osprey and spoonbill’s mid-air close call near Mandurah, WA.

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Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

A man hangs onto a railing at North Curl Curl as winds and rain battered Sydney.

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Naomi Jellicoe/Newspix

Adelaide’s Findon Skid Kids successfully perform a fire jump six months after a failed stunt left three teens in hospital.

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Brian Cassey / AAP/Nikon-Walkley Awards Photo of the Year / Via Flickr: walkleyfoundation

As a child at school in Ravenshoe in Queensland, Bim Atkinson was routinely raped by his teacher. Now, decades on, he learnt that his abuser continued to sexually assault children right up until his death.

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Brendan Esposito/Fairfax Media/Nikon-Walkley Awards Portrait Prize Winner / Via Flickr: walkleyfoundation

Dini Coral with her husband. Papua New Guinean Dini was brutally attacked after she was accused of being a witch.

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Scott Barbour / Getty Images

Peter and Donna Lane, parents of murdered Australian baseball player Christopher, who was shot dead in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Scott Barbour / Getty Images

The Essendon Bombers baseball team bat during the Chris Lane Memorial Game.

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Paul Miller / AAP

Spectacular sunset during a Swans v Tigers AFL match at the SCG in Sydney.

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Barat Ali Batoor/The Global Mail/Nikon-Walkley Awards Photo of the Year / Via Flickr: walkleyfoundation

An asylum boat bound for Australia takes on water as passengers frantically wave their life jackets in an attempt to attract other boats.

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Reuters

An Indonesian police officer carries an unconscious asylum seeker child who was onboard a boat that capsized on route to Australia.

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Beawiharta / Reuters

An asylum seeker who lost her husband and two sons at sea while on route to Australia cries as she sits beside surviving son.

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AFP / Getty Images

Bodies of dead asylum-seekers on the beach near the coastal village of Cianjur, Java.

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Colin Murty/News Corp Australia/Nikon-Walkley Awards Photo of the Year / Via Flickr: walkleyfoundation

The coffin of a 10 week old boy who died when an asylum seeker boat capsized leaves Christmas Island.

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Bilal Jawich/Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Ambulances in Beirut carry the bodies of 34 Lebanese who drowned in the waters of Indonesia while on route to Australia.

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Bilal Jawich/Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Relatives of 34 Lebanese asylum seekers drowned on route to Australia wait in Beirut for their bodies to be returned.

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Asher Hirsch / Flickr: hirschandsons / Via Getty Images

Rally for Refugees march to protest the Australian government’s draconian refugee policy.

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Graham Denholm / Getty Images

200 Animal Liberation activists hold dead animals in Federation Square in Melbourne to publicly grieve their deaths.

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Cassie Trotter / Getty Images

Sydney CBD shrouded in smoke haze as bushfires raged in the suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.

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“Make up your mind Aussie skies”. Stunning contrast during bushfires.

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AAP/Dan Himbrechts

RFS firefighter assesses a bushfire advancing on homes in the Blue Mountains.

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Alex Coppel/Newspix

Debbie Hague, 4, cares for a pet kangaroo named ‘Joey’ during the NSW bushfires.

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Dan Himbrechts / AAP

RFS crews fight a fire as it threatens to cross the Bells Line of Road, NSW.

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Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images

Lyndon Dunlop and his father inspect the remains of his grandparent’s home of 41 years, destroyed by bushfires in the Blue Mountains.

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Brendon Thorne / Getty Images

An orphaned baby Swamp Wallaby who survived the Blue Mountain bushfires.

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Marc McCormack/The Cairns Post/Nikon-Walkley Awards Photo of the Year / Via Flickr: walkleyfoundation

A newly hatched Krefft’s turtle, no bigger than a 50 cent coin, picked up by a reptile keeper at Cairns Tropical Zoo.

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Lindsay Moller / Via lindsaymoller.com.au

Shark attack victim Zac Young’s friends form a memorial circle off Port Macquarie’s Town Beach to remember the young surfer.

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Lindsay Moller / Via lindsaymoller.com.au

Zac’s mates Kurt Gillan (18), Shayden Schrader (15) and Lindsy Isaac (14) pulled the stricken surfer from the ocean after the attack.

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Mark Kolbe / Getty Images

The Australia team celebrate victory and a 3-0 series win after taking the wicket of England’s James Anderson on day five of the Third Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth, Western Australia.

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