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The press conference, 2010

by Jeremy Thompson

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 Finalist

This picture was taken at a 'doorstop' interview with the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, in March, 2010. It was during the time Chinese authorities were prosecuting the Australian Rio Tinto executive, Stern Hu, over bribery allegations. The photograph shows both Samantha Hawley (ABC Radio, left) and Latika Bourke (Fairfax Radio, centre) taking close interest as Mr Rudd warns China, “The world will be watching” the outcome of the Hu case. I was struck by the intensity of the reporters' expressions – particularly the acute gaze of Bourke.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

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