GALLERY: Our week through the lens Jan. 31, 2014, 1:51 p.m. A photographic look back at the week that was in the NSW South-East. GALLERY: Our week through the lens KIAMA: Jacob Luhr, Zac Dudek, Josh Dudek and Dylan Crowe with their sand volcano. BEGA: Year 7 students begin their secondary schooling journey at Bega High this week. MERIMBULA: Getting ready for the big Australia Day float on Merimbula Lake were cousins Mel Stafford, left, of Merimbula, Abbey Stafford, Bega and Emma Caddey, Tathra. TATHRA: New Tathra Primary School Kindergarten pupils (from left) Henry Baxter, Cooper Finnegan, Mia Brown and Lani Child take their first excited steps to school this week. MERIMBULA: Channel 7’s Sunrise weather girl Eddy (Edwina Bartholomew), revs up the big crowd at Merimbula’s Short Point on Friday morning. COBARGO: Cobargo dairy farmer Jim Salway (middle) receives the Lex Bunn Dairy Industry Achievement Award – he believes he is the first New South Welshman to do so. BEGA VALLEY: Five residents taking the pledge to become new Australian citizens at the Bega Australia Day ceremony are (from left) David Beck, John Lea, Tazeen B Taj, Juls and Brian Silvester. COOMA: Young leprechaun Declan Bewert met an older one at the weekend in the form of John McLoughlin, the organiser of the Irish Cultural Festival at Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains. BEGA: Australia Day Ambassador Catriona Rowntree shares stories of her television career and travels with the Bega crowd. BEGA: Manning the Australia Day barbecue are Bega Lions Club members Denny Wiley and (back, from left) Ross Suter, Phil Benny and Mike Gowing. PAMBULA: Members of the Pambula Surf Lifesaving Club Chris and Margie Briggs,left, and Kristi and Leo Papalia were among the many guests rejoicing in the club’s 100th centenary at the weekend. BEGA VALLEY: Bega Valley Shire Citizen of the Year Ryan Campbell is congratulated by Ambassador Catriona Rowntree and Mayor Bill Taylor. BEGA: Steven Watt shows off his 1955 FJ Holden as part of Australia Day celebrations in Littleton Gardens. KIAMA: Australia Day celebrations in Gerringong - Olivia, 7, Georgie, 5, and India Cunningham, 8, from Gerringong. BEGA: Hayden, Laila and Grace Lee of Bega, with Taco the blue heeler, take part in Bega’s Australia Day celebrations. NUMERALLA: It’s known as the little festival with the big heart – the 40th Numeralla Folk Festival which was held over the Australia Day long weekend. The Numeralla Fingerplunkers (above) strummed and plucked their way through the festival which attracted hundreds of laid-back folk enthusiasts. KIAMA: Australia Day at Kiama Downs - Charli Brooks, Macey Guy, Zoe Brooks and Zali Guy.COOMA: After 43 years working at the Cooma Ex-Services Club, operations manager Barry Ager has retired and was fondly farewelled by about 90 friends and colleagues. KIAMA: New Australian Citizens - originally from South Africa - are Brett, Mila, 8, Geraldine and Marlow Nortje, 1. KIAMA: Gerringong's Keeley Doherty and Zoe Cook shelter their prize bear from the rain. Pictures DYALN ROBINSONPAMBULA: The Pambula Fishing Club is hooked on Australia Day when they have their traditional Australia Day Fishing Competition with a barbecue and presentation of prizes. KIAMA: The 2014 Kiama Showgirl Melissa Tierney. KIAMA: Gerringong farmers Fiona Weir Walmsley and Adam Walmsley with new Farmers Market manager Tricia Ashelford. ‘KIAMA: Lake Illawarra Local area Command Superintendent Wayne Starling received the Australian Police Medal on Australia Day.MORUYA: Sixty-seven-year-old pilot, family man, volunteer and former police superintendent John Gillett was recognised with an Order of Australia Medal on Sunday. KIAMA: Shellharbour City Council Australia Day Citizens of the Year awards recipients Corey Belsito and Ron Dryburgh. KIAMA: Albion Park OAM recipient Illawarra Hockey stalwart Mary Marley with the letter she received confirming her selection. EUROBODALLA: Technology trainer Tricia Pye can't wait for the NBN's fixed wireless internet service to be installed in the Eurobodalla. TUROSS HEAD: Eurobodalla Shire Council's Warren Sharpe received an Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day honours for his contribution to engineering, education and the life of the Eurobodalla. MERIMBULA: Part of the big crowd at the Merimbula Australia Day celebrations hosted by the Rotary Club of Merimbula in Rotary Park. MORUYA: Steve Heffernan of Moruya with his 1”6 ‘Manning Pride’ corn, which won champion exhibit in the vegetable section of the Eurobodalla and District Show on the weekend. BROULEE: Hundreds of surfers took to the waves at North Broulee Beach on Sunday to attempt to break the world record for the most surfers on one wave at one time. TweetFacebook of ╳exitThe story GALLERY: Our week through the lens first appeared on Bay Post.