GALLERY: The week in focus

A collection of the best images captured by Newcastle Herald photographers during the past week.

Rehearsal for the play A Christmas Carol. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Rehearsal for the play A Christmas Carol. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter Valley Gardens opens its Christmas lights display. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Hunter Valley Gardens opens its Christmas lights display. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Baby Animals at A Day On The Green. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Baby Animals at A Day On The Green. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Headliners The Hoodoo Gurus at A Day On The Green. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Headliners The Hoodoo Gurus at A Day On The Green. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Roz Holme of Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Roz Holme of Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Long-table charity lunch for Soul Cafe. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Long-table charity lunch for Soul Cafe. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Orange Tree Tapas Bar, Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The Orange Tree Tapas Bar, Maitland. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

NSW Wheelchair Rugby League. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

NSW Wheelchair Rugby League. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Ben Kennedy and James Virgili re-sign with the Jets. Picture: Ryan Osland

Ben Kennedy and James Virgili re-sign with the Jets. Picture: Ryan Osland

Angie Di Lorenzo with foster dog Misty. Picture: Ryan Osland

Angie Di Lorenzo with foster dog Misty. Picture: Ryan Osland

Beach volleyball match at Nobbys Beach. Picture: Dean Osland

Beach volleyball match at Nobbys Beach. Picture: Dean Osland

Renovators Karstan Smith, Maxine Stokes and their dog, Duke. Picture: Dean Osland

Renovators Karstan Smith, Maxine Stokes and their dog, Duke. Picture: Dean Osland

Ann-Maree Putney, who is off to represent Australia for a 12th time. Picture: Simone de Peak

Ann-Maree Putney, who is off to represent Australia for a 12th time. Picture: Simone de Peak

Womens All Star Rugby League representative Nakia Davis-Welsh with her dad Paul Davis. Picture: Simone de Peak

Womens All Star Rugby League representative Nakia Davis-Welsh with her dad Paul Davis. Picture: Simone de Peak

Elly-Rose Okeno and Taylor Scanlon with a disco ball at the Morisset PCYC. Picture: Simone de Peak

Elly-Rose Okeno and Taylor Scanlon with a disco ball at the Morisset PCYC. Picture: Simone de Peak

Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrives at John Hunter Hospital. Picture: Simone de Peak

Westpac Rescue Helicopter arrives at John Hunter Hospital. Picture: Simone de Peak

Newcastle Herald cartoonist Peter Lewis with Jerry Ray. Picture: Marina Neil

Newcastle Herald cartoonist Peter Lewis with Jerry Ray. Picture: Marina Neil

Nippers event at Blacksmiths Beach. Picture: Marina Neil

Nippers event at Blacksmiths Beach. Picture: Marina Neil

Nippers event at Blacksmiths Beach. Picture: Marina Neil

Nippers event at Blacksmiths Beach. Picture: Marina Neil

James Brown and Taylor Regan clash at Jets training. Picture: Peter Stoop

James Brown and Taylor Regan clash at Jets training. Picture: Peter Stoop

Scene of fatal collision near Muswellbrook. Picture: Peter Stoop

Scene of fatal collision near Muswellbrook. Picture: Peter Stoop

Riding for the Disabled volunteer Michelle Bullen with Rider of the Year Jordan Brown and Horse of the Year, Wedge. Picture: Peter Stoop

Riding for the Disabled volunteer Michelle Bullen with Rider of the Year Jordan Brown and Horse of the Year, Wedge. Picture: Peter Stoop

Hot chips at Nobbys Beach. Picture: Peter Stoop

Hot chips at Nobbys Beach. Picture: Peter Stoop

Ozzy Towers at the SIDS Car Cruise. Picture: Peter Stoop

Ozzy Towers at the SIDS Car Cruise. Picture: Peter Stoop

Champion archer Laura Salter. Picture: Peter Stoop

Champion archer Laura Salter. Picture: Peter Stoop

Australia's Marlboro Man, Bruce Adams. Picture: Peter Stoop

Australia's Marlboro Man, Bruce Adams. Picture: Peter Stoop