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Pictures That Caught Every Australians’ Eye in 2019

Most gripping shots of 2019.

Cardinal George Pell Committed To Stand Trial On Historical Child Abuse Charges
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: Cardinal George Pell leaves at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on May 1, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Cardinal Pell was charged on summons by Victoria Police on 29 June 2017 over multiple allegations of sexual assault. Cardinal Pell is Australia's highest ranking Catholic and the third most senior Catholic at the Vatican, where he was responsible for the church's finances. Cardinal Pell has leave from his Vatican position while he defends the charges. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

From Ash Barty’s victories on the tennis courts to George Pell’s fall from grace, 2019 has been full of memorable events. We’ve experienced triumphant sporting achievements, environmentally destructive bushfires, floods and droughts and historic moments such as the final climb of Uluru.

Here is our pick of some of 2019’s most pivotal pictures thanks to Getty Images.

Serena Williams, Australian Open, pictures
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 23: Champion tennis player Serena Williams is totally in the zone as she pits herself against her opponent Karolina Pliskova from theCzech Republic during the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
French Open, Ashleigh Barty
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 08: Australian tennis star Ash Barty kisses the trophy in sweet victory following the ladies singles final against Marketa Vondrousova from The Czech Republic at the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Flemington racecourse
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 07: A woman wearing an Australian themed hat poses for a portrait during 2019 Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
Uluru, pictures
ULURU, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 12: Visitors line up their vehicles to take in the sunset view of Uluru in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia. Uluru having welcomed up to 244,000 visitors in 2019, and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park board announcing the date of its permanent close on October 26, 2019 has naturally sparked tourism to the area. Over 30 people have died and numerous injured while attempting the steep ascent, less than 20% of park visitors take part in the climb. The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, jointly managed by Anangu traditional owners and Parks Australia includes Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Area. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Garry Mooring
LOUTH, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 21: The red earth takes shape in this spectacular aerial view of farmer Garry Mooring feeding his sheep in Louth, Australia. Garry has lived in the region for sixty years and is one of the many Australians facing the difficulties of the drought. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Melbourne Cup, pictures
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 13: Andrew Adkins riding War Baron (R) and Glyn Schofield riding Persan (L) fall during the Kings Of Sydney Sport Mile during The Championships Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Cardinal George Pell
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 01: Cardinal George Pell leaves at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. Charged for child sex abuse, Pell is currently being held at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and is set to face six years in prison. He is Australia’s highest ranking Catholic and the third most senior Catholic at the Vatican, where he was responsible for the church’s finances. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Bill Shorten
GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA – MAY 13: Labor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten meets students at St Joseph’s Catholic College in Gosford, Australia. Labor released their ‘Fair Go’ Plan for students in the Central Coast. The federal election was held 5 days later. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
cricket, pictures
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 08: 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 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
bushfires, pictures
HILLVILLE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: RFS Firefighters battle a spot fire on in Hillville, Australia. Firefighters battle the catastrophic-level bushfires ravaging NSW. Some areas have eased off, but dozens remain active and violent. Government officials have declared it a state of emergency. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

Do you remember these momentous events? If so, where were you, what were you doing and which picture do you like the most? Let us know in the comments section below!

You can visit gettyimages.com.au for plenty more pictures.

Written by Emeric Brard

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