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Mother's Day 2020, 2020

Kim Tonelli

Living Memory Finalist

The threat of the coronavirus is creating unprecedented fear and uncertainty for everyone. The elderly are particularly vulnerable and lonely during the time of quarantine. I am in lockdown with Mum in our family home. Mum is 80; she is experiencing an unfamiliar sense of fear and isolation. Cleaning her home gives her a sense of order and control, and tending her garden provides solace during this time of uncertainty. Her quirky belongings give her an enormous sense of comfort and companionship. As a widow, she misses her husband – always her protector – and prays persistently for these challenging times to end.

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People's Choice Award

Living Memory National Photographic Portrait Prize

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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 17 October 2021. Terms and conditions apply.

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Living Memory

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