Pictures get to very heart of us

Portrait of Australia celebrates 30 years of Australian Geographic magazine images

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Up the Birdsville Track/Colin Beard

Up the Birdsville Track/Colin Beard

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Collection of 60 photographs tells the stories of the nation.

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PHOTOGRAPHS and stories from the outback, bush and coast will tour the country as part of a partnership between the National Museum of Australia and Australian Geographic.

A Portrait of Australia: Stories through the lens of Australian Geographic features a stunning display of large-format photographic prints.

Colours of the desert/Bill Hatcher

Colours of the desert/Bill Hatcher

Opening first at Cobb+Co Museum in Toowoomba, the exhibition will tour Australia for at least two years.

The photos have been drawn from the book A Portrait of Australia, which was produced to celebrate 30 years of Australian Geographic magazine.

Over the next few years, venues around the country can select from a collection of some 60 photographs to tell their own regional stories - and the stories of the nation.

The exhibition will be on display in Toowoomba from August 15-November 24.

King of the mob/Raffaele

King of the mob/Raffaele

A Portrait of Australia will also travel to:

  • Bribie Island Seaside Museum, Bongaree, Queensland, February 28-May 24, 2020
  • SEEN@Swansea, Swansea Library, Lake Macquarie, NSW, June 5-August 2, 2021
  • Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Queensland (dates to be announced)
  • Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre, Katherine, Northern Territory (dates to be announced)
  • South East Arts Regional Development Association, NSW (dates to be confirmed).

Meanwhile, in a first, Western Australian Mat Beetson was named overall winner at Australian Geographic's 2019 Nature Photographer of the Year awards last month for his stunning drone picture of sharks circling a beached whale near Albany.

A real show stopper/James Pozarik

A real show stopper/James Pozarik

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