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Silver 2021 People / Family

The Yarrick Family of Kunhanhaa

  • Photographer
    Brian Cassey
  • Prize
    Silver in People / Family

Mornington Island - also known as Kunhanhaa - is a remote indigenous community in the Gulf of Carpentaria in remote northern Australia. Many of the approximately 1000 Lardil residents on the island live in sub-standard vastly overcrowded housing leading to social and psychological problems. This family portrait (made in December 2020) shows Lardil mother Shaylene Yarrick and five of her children that sleep in the lounge of her 2 bedroom house that regularly sleeps more than 22 of her extended family members. It starkly portrays how the island population exist … and the neglect by government.

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