From the controversial appearance of Cardinal George Pell in court, to the dire environmental impacts of the nation’s bushfires, floods and droughts, Getty Images has pulled together a collection of images that 'encapsulates Australia’s 2019'; both the ups and downs.
In 2019, Getty Images’ editorial team of photographers covered more than 160,000 news, sport and entertainment events at home and abroad. Of the 10 images, five were captured at sporting events, with tennis player Ash Bartey's triumph at the French Open and the Australian cricket team's victory over England in September featuring. As expected, in a year where droughts and fires have occupied many news headlines, they also feature.
Getty Images’ Director of Editorial for Asia Pacific, Cassie Trotter, who compiled the list, said that reflection-time at the end of the year is an important opportunity.
“Every December, when I start pulling together these collections, it allows me to really think about the year that has past. 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’”.
You can see Getty's selection of the 2019 defining moments below.