Firefighters at the scene of a fire in Alstonville Industrial Estate.
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in Alstonville Industrial Estate. Marc Stapelberg

STUNNING: Our best photos of 2018

AS WE launch head-first into a new year, we thought it was a good time to reflect on some of The Northern Star's best photos of 2018.

Star snapper Marc Stapelberg said photography played an important role in conveying to the reader the context of a situation, and the emotions or atmosphere with what is going on.

"Whether it is a portrait, an event or a tragedy photography can sometimes show things in a way words cannot," he said.

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