GALLERY: The week that was, in photos

FROM one corner of the country, to the other - Fairfax photographers were snapping up a storm this week for our readers.

Julia Moloney with the koala at the Panmure swimming hole. Picture: Carl Moloney – Photo appeared in the Warrnambool Standard

Julia Moloney with the koala at the Panmure swimming hole. Picture: Carl Moloney – Photo appeared in the Warrnambool Standard

Photo:Darren Pateman - The Newcastle Herald.

Photo:Darren Pateman - The Newcastle Herald.

ORANGE: Central Western Daily sport journalist Matt Findlay shows off his not-so-secret identity ahead of voting in this year's Most Eligible Sportsman competition. Photo: MICHELLE COOK The Central Western Daily.

ORANGE: Central Western Daily sport journalist Matt Findlay shows off his not-so-secret identity ahead of voting in this year's Most Eligible Sportsman competition. Photo: MICHELLE COOK The Central Western Daily.

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is on again this weekend. Picture: Jeremy Bannister The Ballarat Courier.

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is on again this weekend. Picture: Jeremy Bannister The Ballarat Courier.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson visits a farmer in Somerton, near Gunnedah. - The Namoi Valley Independent.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson visits a farmer in Somerton, near Gunnedah. - The Namoi Valley Independent.

Nestles wicket keeper/batsman Matthew Williams, 20, is happy to be noticed for his performance this season. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE - The Warrnambool Standard.

Nestles wicket keeper/batsman Matthew Williams, 20, is happy to be noticed for his performance this season. Picture: ROB GUNSTONE - The Warrnambool Standard.

Joe Gaynor on the fly at Regional Stadium yesterday. Joe will be one of more than 4,500 particpants hitting Port Macquarie this weekend for the Junior State Cup touch football tournament.Pic: MATTHEW ATTARD - The Port Macquarie News.

Joe Gaynor on the fly at Regional Stadium yesterday. Joe will be one of more than 4,500 particpants hitting Port Macquarie this weekend for the Junior State Cup touch football tournament.Pic: MATTHEW ATTARD - The Port Macquarie News.

Real love: Port Macquarie mother Yvette Coulon with her son Aiden Harris, who is one of the many Australian children born with childhood heart disease every year. This brave boy is a living reminder of the importance of blood, tissue and organ donations. - The Port Macquarie News

Real love: Port Macquarie mother Yvette Coulon with her son Aiden Harris, who is one of the many Australian children born with childhood heart disease every year. This brave boy is a living reminder of the importance of blood, tissue and organ donations. - The Port Macquarie News

Photo:The Bendigo Advertiser.

Photo:The Bendigo Advertiser.

Today we bring you a selection of the best shots across the Fairfax Regional Media network.

Yackandandah sculptor Benjamin Gilbert with his peace monument at Wodonga’s White Box Rise. – The Border Mail

Yackandandah sculptor Benjamin Gilbert with his peace monument at Wodonga’s White Box Rise. – The Border Mail

Kurt, 7, mum April Schubert, twin brother Luke, 7, Harper, 3, her mum Cathie Kelly, and Noah, 15 months, want people to celebrate Sweetheart Day. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK – The Border Mail

Kurt, 7, mum April Schubert, twin brother Luke, 7, Harper, 3, her mum Cathie Kelly, and Noah, 15 months, want people to celebrate Sweetheart Day. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK – The Border Mail

Fun and gamesa t the annual Uralla Show, near Armidale. Photo:Matt Bedford, The Armidale Express.

Fun and gamesa t the annual Uralla Show, near Armidale. Photo:Matt Bedford, The Armidale Express.

A magnificent sunset overlooking the fast-flowing Leichhardt River towards Mount Isa Mines. – The North West Star

A magnificent sunset overlooking the fast-flowing Leichhardt River towards Mount Isa Mines. – The North West Star

Bayside Physie Club members staged a flash mob dance at Victoria Point Shopping Centre last Saturday in which Diego Suarez proposed to his girlfriend and club member Jaymee Chelman. The kissing couple, pictured, will marry at Manly in June.Photo courtesy of Bayside Physie Club

Bayside Physie Club members staged a flash mob dance at Victoria Point Shopping Centre last Saturday in which Diego Suarez proposed to his girlfriend and club member Jaymee Chelman. The kissing couple, pictured, will marry at Manly in June.Photo courtesy of Bayside Physie Club

Making a difference: Port Macquarie bodyboarder Ben Collins is on a mission to surf 100 beaches in 10 days and all in the name of charity. – Photo:The Port Macquarie News

Making a difference: Port Macquarie bodyboarder Ben Collins is on a mission to surf 100 beaches in 10 days and all in the name of charity. – Photo:The Port Macquarie News

Actor Samuel Johnson crosses the finish line of his epic, year-long ‘‘Love Your Sister’’ unicycle trek. Picture: EDDIE JIM – The Illawarra Mercury

Actor Samuel Johnson crosses the finish line of his epic, year-long ‘‘Love Your Sister’’ unicycle trek. Picture: EDDIE JIM – The Illawarra Mercury

DUBBO: St John's College student Harry O'Mally cools off in yesterday s heat. Photo LOUISE DONGES

DUBBO: St John's College student Harry O'Mally cools off in yesterday s heat. Photo LOUISE DONGES

ORANGE: The drought is forcing local farmers such as Des Taylor to take drastic measures as they wait for the rain to fall. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ORANGE: The drought is forcing local farmers such as Des Taylor to take drastic measures as they wait for the rain to fall. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

ORANGE: Police search Lake Canobolas on Monday for the body of missing backpacker Arvid Stenzel . His body was later recovered. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0210LSRESCUE7

ORANGE: Police search Lake Canobolas on Monday for the body of missing backpacker Arvid Stenzel . His body was later recovered. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0210LSRESCUE7

MUDGEE: Kay Whitehall, Christine Goodwin, Bob Clarke, Sandra Paterson, Sue Hughes and Rebecca Redfern are ready to take to the Cudgegong with Mudgee’s new dragonboat.

MUDGEE: Kay Whitehall, Christine Goodwin, Bob Clarke, Sandra Paterson, Sue Hughes and Rebecca Redfern are ready to take to the Cudgegong with Mudgee’s new dragonboat.

Mother Tracey Barnett with her twins Blake and Tyler, and pet dog Rosie. – Photo:Matt Bedofrd, the Armidale Express

Mother Tracey Barnett with her twins Blake and Tyler, and pet dog Rosie. – Photo:Matt Bedofrd, the Armidale Express

PRIZED POSSESSION: Bill Peden at home yesterday with the Knights jersey he wore in the 1997 grand final. Picture: Dean Osland – The Newcastle Herald

PRIZED POSSESSION: Bill Peden at home yesterday with the Knights jersey he wore in the 1997 grand final. Picture: Dean Osland – The Newcastle Herald

DUBBO: Lewis Richards has attracted plenty of attention on the internet since fixing up and respraying a young boy's bike for him free of charge. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

DUBBO: Lewis Richards has attracted plenty of attention on the internet since fixing up and respraying a young boy's bike for him free of charge. Photo BELINDA SOOLE

Kelvin Crutch, Richie Middleton and Darcy Penrose make a shark cull statement at Edenhope's Henley on Lake Wallace parade. The Conniwerico Tennis Club always has a political float. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER – The Wimmeral Mail Times

Kelvin Crutch, Richie Middleton and Darcy Penrose make a shark cull statement at Edenhope's Henley on Lake Wallace parade. The Conniwerico Tennis Club always has a political float. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER – The Wimmeral Mail Times

COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE: Local farmer and anti-coal seam gas protester Cherie Robinson, sitting, right, claims police officers used excessive force while arresting her at a protest in the Pilliga forest this week . Photo:Submitted to The Norther Daily Leader

COMMITTED TO THE CAUSE: Local farmer and anti-coal seam gas protester Cherie Robinson, sitting, right, claims police officers used excessive force while arresting her at a protest in the Pilliga forest this week . Photo:Submitted to The Norther Daily Leader


DON'T PANIC: Fire authorities have urged Wimmera people not to call triple zero if they see smoke in the region unless they can see flames. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI – The Wimmera Mail-Times

DON'T PANIC: Fire authorities have urged Wimmera people not to call triple zero if they see smoke in the region unless they can see flames. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI – The Wimmera Mail-Times

Matt Reynolds (left), Andrea Fahey, Rob Swinton and Zita Ritchie from the winning Farmer Challenge team Crouching Cow, Hidden Tractor, make a scarecrow. – The Warrnambool Standard

Matt Reynolds (left), Andrea Fahey, Rob Swinton and Zita Ritchie from the winning Farmer Challenge team Crouching Cow, Hidden Tractor, make a scarecrow. – The Warrnambool Standard

Jennifer Sheean of Corrimal has her $22,000 engagement and wedding rings back. at the weekend Picture: KIRK GILMOUR – The Illawarra Mercury

Jennifer Sheean of Corrimal has her $22,000 engagement and wedding rings back. at the weekend Picture: KIRK GILMOUR – The Illawarra Mercury

Scenes from the Lara Lupish fashion show in Newcastle on Thursday night. Picture: Ryan Osland – The Newcastle Herald

Scenes from the Lara Lupish fashion show in Newcastle on Thursday night. Picture: Ryan Osland – The Newcastle Herald

GREAT GETAWAY: Brett and Sue Doolan will pack their bags for XXXX Island in July. Photo: Barry Smith 100214BSD05 – The Northern Daily Leader

GREAT GETAWAY: Brett and Sue Doolan will pack their bags for XXXX Island in July. Photo: Barry Smith 100214BSD05 – The Northern Daily Leader

SIGN LANGUAGE: Bo’s messages of love – and apology – to Jess. – The Maitland Mercury

SIGN LANGUAGE: Bo’s messages of love – and apology – to Jess. – The Maitland Mercury

Crusty Demon Seth Enslow is in town to tattoo some of his fans. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK – The Ballarat Courier

Crusty Demon Seth Enslow is in town to tattoo some of his fans. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK – The Ballarat Courier

SEEKING ACCESS: Bill O’Brien with his family, Bailey, 7, Rick, Mel, and Kaitlin, 5, will be at the rally. Picture: Marina Neil The Newcastle Herald

SEEKING ACCESS: Bill O’Brien with his family, Bailey, 7, Rick, Mel, and Kaitlin, 5, will be at the rally. Picture: Marina Neil The Newcastle Herald

WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?: Amber James says I do as she marries Adam Newcombe on Valentine's Day. Picture: Michael Frogley - The Daily Advertiser, Wagga

WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?: Amber James says I do as she marries Adam Newcombe on Valentine's Day. Picture: Michael Frogley - The Daily Advertiser, Wagga

 Taylah Canny, of Devonport, at last year's Rotary Teddy Bear Fly-In and Kite Festival. There is no excuse for boredom this weekend with a number of events being held on the Coast. Picture: Katrina Dodd. - The Advocate

Taylah Canny, of Devonport, at last year's Rotary Teddy Bear Fly-In and Kite Festival. There is no excuse for boredom this weekend with a number of events being held on the Coast. Picture: Katrina Dodd. - The Advocate

HAIR-RAISING: Romaine Park Primary pupil Jessica Williams and school business manager Aleta Radford are ready to lose their locks in support of the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave. Picture: Grant Wells. - The Advocate

HAIR-RAISING: Romaine Park Primary pupil Jessica Williams and school business manager Aleta Radford are ready to lose their locks in support of the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave. Picture: Grant Wells. - The Advocate

The Adelaide Fringe parade has kicked off the festival season in Adelaide.

The Adelaide Fringe parade has kicked off the festival season in Adelaide.

The Adelaide Fringe parade has kicked off the festival season in Adelaide.

The Adelaide Fringe parade has kicked off the festival season in Adelaide.

16-year-old Margaret River local Jack Robinson has been in the eyes the surf industry for most of his life, and has just signed with Billabong. - appeared in the Augusta Margaret River Mail

16-year-old Margaret River local Jack Robinson has been in the eyes the surf industry for most of his life, and has just signed with Billabong. - appeared in the Augusta Margaret River Mail

On the album: WAM Song of the Year 2011 regional winner Junior Bowles from Boyanup is featured in Songs of the South West. Pic: Elements Margaret River

On the album: WAM Song of the Year 2011 regional winner Junior Bowles from Boyanup is featured in Songs of the South West. Pic: Elements Margaret River