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Hell's mouth, 2019

Cam Neville

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

A dedicated firefighter conducting a backburn, as we attempted to construct containment lines in the early days of the 2019 Sarabah bushfire near Canungra in Queensland. Nearly four weeks later – after thousands of volunteer hours – the fire was contained, but not before it had ravaged the Gold Coast hinterland and destroyed thirteen homes, including the historic Binna Burra Lodge. At the height of the fire, wind gusts reached nearly 90 kilometres per hour.

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Hell's mouth, 2019 Cam Neville
Hell's mouth, 2019 Cam Neville
Hell's mouth, 2019 Cam Neville
Hell's mouth, 2019 Cam Neville

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15 April 2020

Tara James speaks to Cam Neville about his portrait series, Firefighters.

The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer
The mahi-mahi, 2019 Rob Palmer

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Previous exhibition, 2020

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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.