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'Thank you for your service' – photographic exhibition

Black and white photo-portrait of a young woman.

Welcome to 'Thank you for your service'. This exhibition comprises remarkable photographs of 46 men and women who serve or have served in defence of Australia.

The photographs are by Alex Ellinghausen — one of Australia's most respected photo-journalists. He is the 2018 Press Gallery Journalist of the Year — the first photojournalist to win this prestigious award.

The images showcase people from a wide range of backgrounds doing a wide range of jobs in all three Services. Most of them have deployed to contemporary wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Some are veterans of the Second World War, Korea or Vietnam.

The exhibition itself was launched at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney on 5 April 2019 by Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester.  It concluded on 5 July 2019 with an estimated 800 visitors each week. From here, the exhibition will travel to other locations around Australia for other communities to experience.

The exhibition has been managed by the Department of Veterans' Affairs in partnership with the Australian Defence Force, The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age and the Anzac Memorial.

If you missed the exhibition in Sydney, we invite you to visit the photo gallery. Click on each image to read engaging information about the individual. Details of future locations are still being finalised and will be published on the DVA website when confirmed.

Photo Gallery | Media Release | Launch

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