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The Most Powerful Images Taken During Australia's Bushfire Crisis

Powerful images from the country's bushfire-ravaged communities tell stories of the intense camaraderie and hope shared by the thousands of Australians who have been forced to either flee or fight during the crisis.

Firefighters, many of them volunteers, have worked long hours, day after day, to help defend homes, cars, and lives.

And as the drama and tragedy unfold, thousands of pictures are coming through from all corners of the country, sharing an intimate look at how those affected are responding.

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A few of them are shown below.

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A father holds his daughter as the skies above turn red in Mallacoota on January 4, 2020. Image: Getty.
Evacuees embrace family at the Sommerville relief centre on January 4, 2020 in Somerville, Australia. Image: Dominic O'Brien/Getty
Navy crew unload luggage as bushfire evacuees from Mallacoota arrive aboard MV Sycamore on January 4, 2020 at the port of Hastings. Image: Ian Currie-Pool/Getty
Firefighters tackle a bushfire in thick smoke in the town of Moruya, south of Batemans Bay, in New South Wales on January 4, 2020. Image: Getty.
A mobile phone image of the aftermath in heritage town Mogo, NSW after fire destroyed a family business there. Image: 10 News First
Crews monitor fires and begin back burns between the towns of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in east Gipplsland on January 2. Image: Getty
A view of fire damage on January 3, in Sarsfield. The HMAS Choules docked outside of Mallacoota to evacuate thousands of people stranded in the remote coastal town. Image: Getty
Scott Morrison (L) and MP Darren Chester (R) visit a wildflower farm in Sarsfield, Victoria on January 3. Image: Getty
CFS members put out a fire that reached Hay bails on a property at Mount Torrens in the Adelaide Hills on January 3. Image: AAP
Lorena Granados with her son Dante Roman. Their family lost their business and home at Mogo, NSW. Image: 10 News First
Donated goods are seen at the Lucknow Memorial Hall, Victoria, Friday, January 3. People in Victoria's worst-hit bushfire spots are being encouraged to leave before conditions worsen. Image: AAP
Bushfires burn between the townships of Bemm River and Cann River in eastern Gippsland on January 2. Image: Getty
Firefighters struggling against the strong wind in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in NSW on New Year's Eve. Image: AFP
Bushfires are seen between the towns of Orbost and Lakes Entrance in east Gippsland on January 2. Image: Getty
The afternoon sun glows red as smoke fills the air in eastern Gippsland on January 2. Image: Getty
Smoke billowing from a fire burning at East Gippsland, Victoria. More than 800,000 hectares of bushland has been burnt in the area. Image: AAP
RFS firefighter Geoffrey Keaton's son Harvey receives a bravery award for his father, at his funeral on January 2, Keaton died while battling fires south of Sydney. 
Image: NSW RFS
A burnt-out van is seen in Ulladulla, NSW on January 2. Image: AAP
The remains of a house destroyed by a bushfire seen just outside Batemans Bay NSW on January 2. Image: AAP
Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield, Victoria on January 1. Image: AAP
Firefighters hose down trees as they battle against bushfires around the town of Nowra on New Year's Eve. Image: Getty
Cars line up to leave the town of Batemans Bay, NSW on January 2. Image: Getty
A firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses near the town of Nowra, NSW. Image: Getty
A brief rest while fighting at Mallacoota. Image: Victoria Police
Finn Burns, 11, driving his family's boat as they fled the bushfires at Mallacoota on New Year's Eve. Image: ABC / Allison Marion
A horse trying to move away from nearby bushfires at a residential property near the town of Nowra. Image: Getty
Firefighters create a back burn ahead of a fire front in the New South Wales town of Jerrawangala on January 1. Image: Getty
A sign saying "NO GLADYS WE HAVNT BEEN DESTROYED" is seen after catastrophic bushfires in the Southern Highlands village of Balmoral, 120km south-west of Sydney. Image: AAP
Tables and chairs are seen among debris at the Tutti Frutti cafe which was destroyed by bushfires in the town of Bilpin, on December 29. Image: AFP
Firefighters working to contain the Pelham Rd Fire in Southern Tasmania, December 30. Image: AAP
A kangaroo trying to move away from nearby bushfires at a residential property near the town of Nowra, NSW. Image: Getty
Members of the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade have a group hug on December 22. Image: AAP
ABC photographer Matt Roberts reacts to seeing his sister's destroyed house in Quaama, NSW on January 1. Image: AAP
Tourists walk through dense smoke from bushfires in front of the Batemans Bay bridge as cars line up to leave the town on January 2. Image: Getty
Steve Shipton shoots an injured calf in his paddock after a bushfire in Coolagolite, NSW, January 1. Image: AAP
Embers from bushfires are fanned by strong winds in the area around the town of Nowra, NSW on December 31. Image: Getty
The afternoon sky glows red from bushfires in the area around the town of Nowra, NSW on December 31. Image: Getty
Smoke from bushfires near Sydney causes the sun to appear red during Sydney Racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse on December 28. Image: Getty
The remains of a car that was destroyed by bushfires near a home in the town of Balmoral, NSW on December 30. Image: Getty
Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets with Blossom the baby wombat who was rescued by Monique Newson at Ilford/Running Stream RFS fire shed at the Blue Mountains. Image: AAP
After the fire... Image: Supplied
A note from the Victorian fire service apologising for being unable to save a car. Image: Twitter / Alex Anastassiou
A blood-red sky surrounds a firefighter as bushfires approach Mallacoota in East Gippsland, Victoria on December 31. Image: AAP
Rebecca Turner (WIRES), Sheila Bailey and Clinical Director Cheyne Flanagan treat a koala named Sharni from Crowdy Bay National Park for burns at The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on November 29, 2019 in Port Macquarie. Image: Nathan Edwards/Getty