Photos of the month

A month in photos from Illawarra Mercury photographers from August 2018. Photos are available for purchase from the Illawarra Mercury’s Wollongong office or call 4221 2273. Follow us on Instagram with @illawarramerc. 

August 8: Woonona woman Susanna Elliott washes her husband Michael's hair at the couple's home. After three surgeries for brain cancer, Michael is completely dependent on Susanna as she cannot get an appropriate aged care package for him. Picture: Adam McLean

August 8: Woonona woman Susanna Elliott washes her husband Michael's hair at the couple's home. After three surgeries for brain cancer, Michael is completely dependent on Susanna as she cannot get an appropriate aged care package for him. Picture: Adam McLean

August 8: Dog Bakery owner Melissa Malin with Ollie looking over some of the gourmet dog treats available in her new Wollongong store. Picture: Robert Peet

August 8: Dog Bakery owner Melissa Malin with Ollie looking over some of the gourmet dog treats available in her new Wollongong store. Picture: Robert Peet

August 15: A Rural Fire Service volunteer fights a fire behind properties on the Princes Highway in Bomaderry. Picture: Adam McLean

August 15: A Rural Fire Service volunteer fights a fire behind properties on the Princes Highway in Bomaderry. Picture: Adam McLean

August 19: Rain clouds roll over Ian Frith's alpaca farm in Berry as farms across the Illawarra and South Coast battle with low rainfall. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

August 19: Rain clouds roll over Ian Frith's alpaca farm in Berry as farms across the Illawarra and South Coast battle with low rainfall. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

August 24: A kangaroo hops near the tarmac at Albion Park Airport. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

August 24: A kangaroo hops near the tarmac at Albion Park Airport. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

August 11: University of Wollongong Professor Gordon Wallace poses for a photo at the Portraits of Gordon exhibition at the Red Point Artists gallery in Port Kembla. Picture: Robert Peet

August 11: University of Wollongong Professor Gordon Wallace poses for a photo at the Portraits of Gordon exhibition at the Red Point Artists gallery in Port Kembla. Picture: Robert Peet

August 22:  Artist David Ball and Shellharbour mayor Marianne Saliba pose with a sculpture in Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra. David's artwork is to be a new addition to the Lake Illawarra Art Trail. Picture: Robert Peet

August 22: Artist David Ball and Shellharbour mayor Marianne Saliba pose with a sculpture in Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra. David's artwork is to be a new addition to the Lake Illawarra Art Trail. Picture: Robert Peet

August 18: Current and retired military personnel, military cadets and loved ones paid their respects at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial on Endeavour Drive in Wollongong. Picture: Georgia Matts.

August 18: Current and retired military personnel, military cadets and loved ones paid their respects at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial on Endeavour Drive in Wollongong. Picture: Georgia Matts.

August 4: St George Illawarra players react to another try by the Auckland Warriors during their match at WIN Stadium. Picture: Adam McLean.

August 4: St George Illawarra players react to another try by the Auckland Warriors during their match at WIN Stadium. Picture: Adam McLean.

August 25: Logan Mitchell plays at the Obstacool inflatable course in Lang Park in  Wollongong. Picture: Georgia Matts

August 25: Logan Mitchell plays at the Obstacool inflatable course in Lang Park in Wollongong. Picture: Georgia Matts