2016 in pictures: The moments that made history

THEY'RE the moments that will go down in history and a Getty photographer was on hand to capture all of them. 

From Oscar Pistorius walking in a courtroom, to wreckage on Sydney's Collaroy Beach after one of the biggest swells to ever hit the country's east coast - the most memorable photos shot this year have been collated into a collection - The Getty Images Year in Focus 2016. 

"In 2016, we saw images capture heartbreak and triumph around the world," Getty's VP of editorial imagery Stuart Hannagan said.  

"From the Bastille Day terror attack and the Syrian Civil war, to the highly anticipated Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

"Through our archive collection, we celebrated the lives of music greats, David Bowie and Prince, and the legendary icons, Muhammad Ali and Harper Lee."