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Roo shooter's offsider, 2017

by Adam Ferguson

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

Dwayne John, aged 30 from Broken Hill, works as a kangaroo shooter’s offsider. 70 times a night, after a roo jolts and falls in the spotlight, Dwayne hauls the carcass onto the back of a truck. I made this picture of Dwayne in the early hours of a hot morning on Plumbago Station in South Australia. To me, Dwayne holding this kangaroo symbolises the human attempt to tame the land.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

Other NPPP photos from Adam Ferguson

Jokowi, Indonesia, 2014 by Adam Ferguson
NPPP 2015 Finalist
Morteza Arefifar, Manus Island Detention Centre, 2017 by Adam Ferguson
NPPP 2019 Finalist

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.