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Wandella firestorm, 2020

Dion Georgopoulos

Living Memory Finalist

The property is almost unrecognisable: sheets of corrugated iron twisted and warped, grass burnt to bare dirt, vehicles flung across the landscape, and the charred remains of livestock. The Badga Forest Road fire manifested as a firestorm, consuming the tiny hamlet of Wandella on New Year's Eve 2019. This is what fourth-generation farmer Jade Corby came back to after returning to his parents' Wandella property a week later. Although most of his family and his wife's family had lost their homes, he still maintains his resilience and yearns to rebuild what is lost.

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People's Choice Award

Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize

Vote for your chance to win...
1 x Living Memory catalogue (RRP $49.95)
1 x night at Midnight hotel Autograph Collection
1 x annual family membership to the Circle of Friends
1 x double pass to any exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 2022

The photographer who receives the most votes in the People’s Choice Award will receive $5,000 from The David Roche Foundation.

Voting closes Sunday 5 December 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

Living Memory

Other NPPP photos from Dion Georgopoulos

The Salway family, 2020 Dion Georgopoulos
2021 Finalist

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Drought story, 2020 Joel B. Pratley

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