GALLERY: The year in pictures

The Austinmer Otters in August. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
The Austinmer Otters in August. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
Cameron Geraghty sits on a park bench in the surf at Corrimal Beach after February floods. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Cameron Geraghty sits on a park bench in the surf at Corrimal Beach after February floods. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Cars and pedestrians try to negotiate a flooded Northcliffe Drive in Berkeley in February. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cars and pedestrians try to negotiate a flooded Northcliffe Drive in Berkeley in February. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Snow tuber Louis, 2, at the Illawarra Fly in September. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Snow tuber Louis, 2, at the Illawarra Fly in September. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Hang-glider pilot Nick Wilson at Stanwell Park's Festival of Flight in November. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Hang-glider pilot Nick Wilson at Stanwell Park's Festival of Flight in November. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

A billycart crashes at the Port Kembla derby in November. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

A billycart crashes at the Port Kembla derby in November. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Sisters Charley and Ruby at Fairy Meadow Fraternity Club's Italian festival this month. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Sisters Charley and Ruby at Fairy Meadow Fraternity Club's Italian festival this month. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Circus Wow girls at the opening of the North Beach Bathers' Pavilion in September. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Circus Wow girls at the opening of the North Beach Bathers' Pavilion in September. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Wave Warriors surf lifesaving event at North Wollongong this month. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Wave Warriors surf lifesaving event at North Wollongong this month. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Police at the Hoyts Warrawong 'siege' in November. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Police at the Hoyts Warrawong 'siege' in November. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Young Ebony plays on Bombo Beach in December. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Young Ebony plays on Bombo Beach in December. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A mum and baby whale put on a glorious show off the coast of Shellharbour in November. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A mum and baby whale put on a glorious show off the coast of Shellharbour in November. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Young Ciara tiptoes around the rockpools at Shellharbour in October. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Young Ciara tiptoes around the rockpools at Shellharbour in October. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Steven Sunderland and Anthea Horby at Wollongong Harbour in April. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Steven Sunderland and Anthea Horby at Wollongong Harbour in April. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Sketch the puppy with Assistance Dogs volunteer Jaimee-Lee Starr in September. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Sketch the puppy with Assistance Dogs volunteer Jaimee-Lee Starr in September. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Australia's Caitlin Foord battles New Zealand's Anna Green in June. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Australia's Caitlin Foord battles New Zealand's Anna Green in June. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Lance Hurdle of the Hawks in November. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Lance Hurdle of the Hawks in November. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Nick, 4, competes in the men's fashion competition at Kembla Grange in October. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Nick, 4, competes in the men's fashion competition at Kembla Grange in October. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Dapto vs Collegians in the U11 grand final in August. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Dapto vs Collegians in the U11 grand final in August. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Thirroul man David Porter with his wood veneer surfboards. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Thirroul man David Porter with his wood veneer surfboards. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Dean McAlary, 14, in the warm-up of the inter-school surfing competition at North Beach in May. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Dean McAlary, 14, in the warm-up of the inter-school surfing competition at North Beach in May. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

The World Skateboard Downhill Challenge on Mt Keira Road in April. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

The World Skateboard Downhill Challenge on Mt Keira Road in April. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Shannon Taylor spars with Brad Gallagher in July for the first time since his drug overdose. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Shannon Taylor spars with Brad Gallagher in July for the first time since his drug overdose. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Alyssa, 9 and Noah, 12, at Kiama's Jones Beach in January. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Alyssa, 9 and Noah, 12, at Kiama's Jones Beach in January. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Jay Marmont, Glenn Saville and Running Man from Anytime Fitness get set for a House With No Steps fund-raiser. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Jay Marmont, Glenn Saville and Running Man from Anytime Fitness get set for a House With No Steps fund-raiser. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Emilia, Jennifer and Loren at City Beach in January. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Emilia, Jennifer and Loren at City Beach in January. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

The HARS C-47 Dakota flies over Austinmer in May. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

The HARS C-47 Dakota flies over Austinmer in May. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Grace the wombat at the home of WIRES volunteer Kay Delaney in March. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Grace the wombat at the home of WIRES volunteer Kay Delaney in March. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Venus travels across the sun in June. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Venus travels across the sun in June. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Riley, 8, and Levi, 8, enjoy a spot of rock-hopping at Shellharbour Harbour in July. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Riley, 8, and Levi, 8, enjoy a spot of rock-hopping at Shellharbour Harbour in July. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Choreographer Maurice Causey leads a class at Fairy Meadow's Dance World in September. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Choreographer Maurice Causey leads a class at Fairy Meadow's Dance World in September. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Dragons Ben Hornby and Dean Young after their final home game in August. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Dragons Ben Hornby and Dean Young after their final home game in August. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Riley practices for the Wollongong Eisteddfod in June. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Riley practices for the Wollongong Eisteddfod in June. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Gwenda Markwell aboard Peal of Bells and strapper Karen Gillis at Kembla Grange in August. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Gwenda Markwell aboard Peal of Bells and strapper Karen Gillis at Kembla Grange in August. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Figtree dancer Chantelle Zaulich at the Hindu Temple, Helensburgh, in September. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Figtree dancer Chantelle Zaulich at the Hindu Temple, Helensburgh, in September. Picture: DAVE TEASE

John and Drew Spink at the Wollongong German Club's annual Oktoberfest. Picture: DAVE TEASE

John and Drew Spink at the Wollongong German Club's annual Oktoberfest. Picture: DAVE TEASE

Bob Carr tours Wollongong's Macedonian Orthodox St Dimitrija Solunski church in November. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Bob Carr tours Wollongong's Macedonian Orthodox St Dimitrija Solunski church in November. Pictures: DAVE TEASE

Ross Napoleoni and Luke Des-Baux at Port Kembla after being airlifted off Flinders Islet in February. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Ross Napoleoni and Luke Des-Baux at Port Kembla after being airlifted off Flinders Islet in February. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Leading Senior Constable Kym Hutton conducts random breath-testing at North Wollongong in April. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Leading Senior Constable Kym Hutton conducts random breath-testing at North Wollongong in April. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A Catalina aircraft near Kanahooka Point in May. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A Catalina aircraft near Kanahooka Point in May. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Barbara Wolak of Cootamundra at Austinmer Beach  in June. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Barbara Wolak of Cootamundra at Austinmer Beach in June. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Wollongong Lighthouse turned blue to highlight Autism Week in April. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Wollongong Lighthouse turned blue to highlight Autism Week in April. Picture: ROBERT PEET

The first roof panels go back on the new grandstand at WIN Stadium in April. Picture: ROBERT PEET

The first roof panels go back on the new grandstand at WIN Stadium in April. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Steve Turner from GPT overlooking the progress of the West Keira development in July. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Steve Turner from GPT overlooking the progress of the West Keira development in July. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Tara Roberts, 11, of Kanahooka in November. Picture: Robert Peet

Tara Roberts, 11, of Kanahooka in November. Picture: Robert Peet

Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A sunset over Lake Illawarra at Windang in April. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

A sunset over Lake Illawarra at Windang in April. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Veterinarian Sarah Frith with Tanzi the giraffe at Marulan truck stop in October. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Veterinarian Sarah Frith with Tanzi the giraffe at Marulan truck stop in October. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Emma Hatton auditions for the Kidzwish Fairy role in June. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Emma Hatton auditions for the Kidzwish Fairy role in June. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

Singer-actor Scott McRae assists Stevie Wright of the Easybeats at his South Coast home in February. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Singer-actor Scott McRae assists Stevie Wright of the Easybeats at his South Coast home in February. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A posy of flowers on Corrimal Beach where Eliachim Muteba died in January. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A posy of flowers on Corrimal Beach where Eliachim Muteba died in January. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Mark Luchetti looks at what appears to be a fresh landslide on Mount Keira in February. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Mark Luchetti looks at what appears to be a fresh landslide on Mount Keira in February. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Nick Hennessy and Elliot Gooding perform wheelchair long-jump in May to raise money for House With No Steps. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Nick Hennessy and Elliot Gooding perform wheelchair long-jump in May to raise money for House With No Steps. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Postman Simon McGovern delivers the mail to Coledale local Julia Bianco in August. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Postman Simon McGovern delivers the mail to Coledale local Julia Bianco in August. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Red algal bloom at Stanwell Park Beach in November. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Red algal bloom at Stanwell Park Beach in November. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Ryan McGoldrick directs a minimalist play with video projection. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Ryan McGoldrick directs a minimalist play with video projection. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Toydeath members Agent Orange and R Big Judy in July. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Toydeath members Agent Orange and R Big Judy in July. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Rene Gasser takes one of the El Caballo Blanco horses through its paces at the WEC in August. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Rene Gasser takes one of the El Caballo Blanco horses through its paces at the WEC in August. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Dragons forward Josh Miller, with coach Steve Price in November, announces that he's retiring from the game due to medical reasons. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Dragons forward Josh Miller, with coach Steve Price in November, announces that he's retiring from the game due to medical reasons. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

A moment's silence for Tyson Demos' father Kon in November. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

A moment's silence for Tyson Demos' father Kon in November. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Lance Hurdle during the match between Cairns and Wollongong in November. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Lance Hurdle during the match between Cairns and Wollongong in November. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Natalie Allen and Andrew Crawford ahead of an IPAC performance in November. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Natalie Allen and Andrew Crawford ahead of an IPAC performance in November. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Tim Day prepares for the Mt Keira downhill challenge in April. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Tim Day prepares for the Mt Keira downhill challenge in April. Picture: ADAM McLEAN