The Australian’s photographers capture life in regional Australia

Image: Sean Davey/The Australian

Image: Sean Davey/The Australian

The coronavirus crisis has been particularly challenging for regional communities, with many still grappling with with impact of the recent drought and bushfires.

The Institute has provided funding to The Australian for its ‘Working with COVID’ project — a photographic series documenting the struggles and victories of people living outside the major cities who have been affected by the economic fallout from the virus.

Second generation oyster farmer Dom Boyton on Merimbula Lake, NSW, checking his oyster pots. Picture by Sean Davey.

Photographer Sean Davey, who has been working in the fire-affected communities in southern NSW, said the JNI grant had given him the time to meet people and photograph them without being rushed.

“This grant gave me the opportunity to play my part in communicating the stories of people in regional Australia, their voices and experiences to a wider population and to draw awareness to the continued hardships they face after a treacherous period of prolonged drought and recent bushfires,” Davey said.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with The Australian and the JNI on this project and I thank the JNI for its commitment to journalism in Australia.”

Brian Cassey said: “Of course, COVID-19 has played immense havoc with our lives and the makers of photojournalism are no exception.”

“I’m very appreciative that the Judith Neilson Institute saw fit to fund this project that portrays many of the less obvious effects of the pandemic on the lives of rural Australians generally out of the public gaze.”

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