The 40 Most Powerful Australian Photos Of 2013

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

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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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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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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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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.