MEGA GALLERY: The week in pictures Jan. 11, 2014, 9 a.m. NATIONAL: The 50 best snaps from our photographers. MEGA GALLERY: The week in pictures Louis Robertson, 16, from Cobden, flips into the water at Peterborough. Picture: Aaron Sawell Scenes from the Elvis Express arriving in Parkes. Pictures: Barbara Reeves and Roel ten Cate Laang dairy farmer and agate collector Brian Salmon with a polished Moonlight gemstone found in The Otways and a fossilized tooth from a giant mako shark — believed to be 10.5 metres long — found near Port Campbell. Amateur astronomer Paul Foley has compiled a book of science articles. Picture: Peter Weaving Tourists are flocking to the grounds of Morisset Hospital to see kangaroos in a natural setting. Picture: Peter Stoop Steve Quirk will walk from Wollongong to Western Australia and back to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Picture: Andy Zakeli Tristan Dillon with the letter he received from naturalist and filmmaker David Attenborough. Picture: Kirk Gilmour A woman is comforted at the scene of Thursday night’s double shooting in Towradgi. Picture: Adam McLean Excited students of Danze Gallery in the Illawarra prepare for a holiday workshop. Picture: Robert Peet Wagga sisters Lauren, 14, and Kayla Macleod, 15, are happy for their dog Roxy's return after she went missing on New Year's Eve. Picture: Addison HamiltonJack Paulka (left) finished second in the Shipwreck Coast Swim Series at Port Fairy. Picture: Damian White Riverina Aboriginal elder Lena Whyman marked her 90th birthday on Sunday, celebrating the occasion with her 14 children, 38 grandchildren and 83 great grandchildren. Picture: Les Smith Riverina Millinery Association president Rose Organ, Tracey Bell and Margaret Westblade prepare for the International Millinery Forum. Picture: Addison Hamilton Things are back to normal for Tarcutta farmer James Douglas, who lost 1000 cattle in the fires last year. Picture: Addison Hamilton Licensee of the William Farrer Hotel David Barnhill agrees that steps have to be taken to curb the alcohol-fuelled violence prevalent in certain areas of Sydney. Picture: Les Smith Rhys Nicholson, 14, and Ben Melton, 16, at a young pilots training camp at the Wagga air centre on Tuesday. Picture: Alastair Brook Marathon kayakers Peter Murphy, Bruce Graham, Jenny McIlquham and Glenys Noble at Wagga beach. Picture: Alastair Brook Nicholas Murray gets some air at the Bolton Parkskate park on Wednesday. Picture: Alastair Brook Bill Harris, 88, volunteers with Kurrajong Waratah and allows the students onto his farm for activities. Picture: Addison Hamilton Scenes from the Elvis Express arriving in Parkes. Pictures: Barbara Reeves and Roel ten Cate Scenes from the Elvis Express arriving in Parkes. Pictures: Barbara Reeves and Roel ten Cate Central Tablelands Livestock Exchange manager Nathan Morris says the big sell-off due to dire seasonal conditions is continuing but will have to end soon because there won’t be any livestock left to send to market. Picture: Brian WoodThe 2014 Orange Civic Theatre subscription season will have the classics, but it is designed to challenge the way people look at the world, according to Orange City Council performing arts and venues manager Michelle Pearce. Students from Blackheath Public School discover tadpoles and learn how to test for water pollution during a recent visit to Popes Glen Reserve. Grain broker Tom Roberts and Igrain operations manager Tracey Carolan in a local corn field, having achieved the milestone of sales of one million tonnes since they kicked off in 2009. Kaylee Grenfell is one of a host of young kids taking up cricket this season after the success of Michael Clarke's Australian team. Picture: Jude Keogh Dr Lucy Ducat is encouraging dog owners to vaccinate their pets against parvovirus. Picture: Louise Donges Mick Coon and his daughter Amira, 3, check out Sunnyside Orchard peaches with brother and uncle Paul Coon and his children Toby, 10, and Sienna ,8. Picture: Belinda Soole Duri alpaca breeder Di Sanderson is surprised the Tamworth region has emerged as the most ‘alpaca curious’ place in Australia, based on Yellow Pages searches for 2013. Picture: Geoff O’Neill Penny Turner with her winning tickets to the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia. Picture: Barry Smith Among the campers enjoying Chaffey Dam this week have been Cooper, 11, and Jonny Edwards, eight, from Brisbane, Layne MacPherson, 10, from Nemingha and Ben Edwards, 12, from Brisbane, who were visiting their Tamworth grandparents. Picture: Barry Smith Inverell teen Sarah Dean with her HSC major artwork, which was brought to life by a combination of curiosity and luck. Participants in Lingua Franca’s three-day dance and physical theatre workshop carrying out focus exercises at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. Picture: Chris Seabrook Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange manager Paul Christopher, Horsham Stock Agents Association president Andrew Adamson, Horsham Mayor David Grimble and acting chief executive Tony Bawden with outgoing Horsham Regional Livestock Exchange chairman Bernie Dunn, who has retired after 15 years. Picture: Paul CarracherKristy Rossi is going to scale Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money for cancer research. A bucket will be essential tool to wash your car at home in Port Macquarie when level three water restrictions begin, as Luis Baker demonstrates. Rixon (6) and brother Deklan (9) Green of North Nowra play with cicada shells in what has been a very noisy summer for Shoalhaven residents. South Coast Sea Snipers members Mitchell Bourke, president Max Gordon-Hall and Jack Loveday have urged spear fishers and skippers to be safe this summer. Picture: Dylan Robinson Cooma sheep farmer and singer-songwriter Ernie Constance is a finalist in this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival. Shari Armstrong helps change the filthy face of our beaches, one piece of rubbish at a time. At Saturday’s Pambula Show don’t miss Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zarins showing how to wash a chook. Malua Bay's Darcy Chalker is chief steward aboard the Aurora Australis, which rescued a stranded Russian ship in the Antartica. He snapped this shot of stranded passengers being winched aboard. Melanie Schmidt and Tykota Knight (13 months) from Eden meet lead Clydesdale Andy, watched on by Clydesdale strapper Lisa Morey (left). Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre marketing co-ordinator Lindsay Conway and manager Bob Mangan get ready to shred the ice in the entertainment centre. Crunch the five-metre Crocodile has taken up residence at the Ballarat Wildlife Park. Newman College Choir with La Compania at St Patrick's Cathedral. Chloe Russell, 9, and her sister, Amber, 11, of Wodonga, cool off at WAVES swimming pool. Picture: Peter Merkesteyn Kelly Underdown joined more than 200 others in protesting the Barnett government’s plan to bait and cull sharks at on Bunbury’s Back Beach on Saturday. An early morning fire in Collie left one man dead and destroyed two houses. Picture: Angela Clutterbuck Corcoran Parker’s Jed Parker leads cattle to waiting trucks yesterday. Picture: John Russell TweetFacebook of ╳exitThe story MEGA GALLERY: The week in pictures first appeared on Fairfax Regional Pages.