2020 was a strange old year. Here are some of my photography highlights from a lowlight of a year.
Obviously Covid was a massive part of the news agenda, but the year started in Australia with horrendous bushfires which tore through huge parts of NSW and Victoria. Other major stories included the Black Lives Matter protests which were triggered by the death of George Floyd in the US, but which stirred up a lot of feelings in Australia which connected with the treatment and deaths of hundreds of Aboriginal people in Police custody.
Vanessa Williams stands on the remains of Mogo Pottery, the business she ran with her husband Peter Williams (not pictured) in Mogo. Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Bushfires swept through Mogo on New Years Eve 2019 destroying several homes and businesses. Peter and Vanessa Williams lost both their home and their business which were adjacent to eachother in Mogo. (AAP Image/James Gourley)
Surf life savers maintaining a distance between them on an empty Bondi Beach after It was closed. Sydney, Saturday, March 21, 2020. Beachgoers drew condemnation the day before when tens of thousands of people flouted social distancing rules, which were put in place in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. (AAP Image/James Gourley)
A NSW Health worker dressed in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) testing a person for COVID-19 in their car at the Crossroads Hotel testing centre in Sydney, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AAP Image/James Gourley)
Thousands of protesters kneel and salute at a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney, Saturday, June 6, 2020. A protest against the deaths of Aboriginal people in custody and solidarity with the US protests for George Floyd. (AAP Image/James Gourley)
Police spraying protestors with pepper spray inside Central Station after a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney, Saturday, June 6, 2020. A protest against the deaths of Aboriginal people in custody and solidarity with the US protests for George Floyd. (AAP Image/James Gourley) NO ARCHIVING
The Perth Wildcats and Sydney Kings practicing on court in an empty arena ahead of Game 3 of the NBL Finals match at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AAP Image/James Gourley)
Ashleigh Barty in action during her Women’s Singles Semi Final match. Shot for Shutterstock Editorial
A view of damaged houses along Terrigal Beach on the Central Coast, NSW, Monday, July 27, 2020. A severe weather warning was issued for the NSW coast from the southern border to Newcastle on Sunday night. (AAP Image/James Gourley)
People waiting in the toilet paper aisle for a delivery of toilet paper, paper towel and pasta at Coles Supermarket, Epping in Sydney, Friday, March 20, 2020. Supermarkets have been struggling to keep up with demand for products such as toilet paper in recent days, as panic buying as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in people purchasing far more than usual. Supermarkets have put in place limits on the quantity people can purchase of many everyday items. (AAP Image/James Gourley)
Fireworks erupt from the roof of the Sydney Opera House as 2020 begins
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