1. Central Queensland through my lens

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    From the floods in January to winter country race meets, Central Queensland has had a very intense time in 2013. I've pieced together five of the most special and important moments I was privileged to photograph throughout Capricornia this year.

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    • The faces of poverty

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      A 13-year-old boy escorts me through a dark tunnel on the outskirts of Rockhampton. The confined space is littered with scrunched up plastic bags. They have been filled with glue and paint to sniff out of. My young tour guide *Edward doesn’t live on the streets that he walks me through. He sleeps on the couch at his Auntie’s home, where five to six other people crash at any given time. Sometimes more. Edward’s mother abandoned him and his siblings years ago. She lives a few hours out west but he doesn’t really see her that often, if at all. His father died years ago, but he’s not sure how. He doesn’t go to school, and fills the void of his day by roaming the streets and sniffing paint or glue. Whatever is easier to steal at the time. It is estimated that approximately 15 per cent of people in regional Queensland are living in poverty. This means they are living on less that 50 per cent of the Australian median income. Poverty can also be determined by the amount of disposable income someone has after taking out cost of living expenses. Essentials such as housing, food and healthcare become negotiable depending on how much is in the wallet at the time. The statistics are even grimmer if you are from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. Unemployment rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in Queensland are three to four times higher than the rest of the population, and they are 2.5 times more likely to be in the lowest income bracket. The aim of Anti-Poverty Week is to shed light on these issues, and to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems. As you’ll see in the video above, poverty is a multi-faceted issue. It encompasses different people from different walks of life, all with different problems. Edward is just one of the thousands of people trying to get through their day living in sub-standard conditions. *Edward is not his real name. http://open.abc.net.au

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      • Simon Cox: Collector of rhinoceroses

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        Simon Cox has been collecting rhinoceroses for over 15 years, and has over 165 different pieces in his collection. They come from all over the world, from China to Thailand, and even Zimbabwe. Simon himself, has been featured on the front cover of the phone book with a rhinoceros, but is yet to see one in the wild. Film by ABC Open Capricornia producer Lisa Clarke and Simon Cox Music: GOOD MORNING by Tom Hillock and JAZZ CUBANO by Stephen Sechi

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        • The Village Festival Road Trip

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          Musician Kate Leahy took to the road in July to bring music to small central Queensland communities who otherwise wouldn't get access to live concerts.

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          • The medicine man

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            Woorabinda is an Aboriginal community in central Queensland, 170 kilometres south-west from Rockhampton. A chance meeting with local man Steve Kemp lead to a very interesting interview with himself and his 91 year old father Tim. They are both traditional medicine men who use Australian flora and fauna to cure a variety of ailments.

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            • Buckle Up!

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              There is a story behind every buckle. This year at the Paradise Lagoons campdraft in central Queensland, not everyone's eyes were on the action in the ring. Some were drawn to all the bling. Music: THE MARSH by Jason Altshuler, Jeremy Smith and Stuart Hart.

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              • Respect for self, respect for others

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                • The Indian faces of capricornia

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                  2013 marked the 100 year anniversary of Bollywood. The Indian Association of central Queensland celebrated the occassion by putting on a music and dance festival. This is a series of portraits I took at the festivities.

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                  • Under the bridge

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                    Every Friday night a group of volunteers gather under the bridge in Emerald to offer a hot meal to those in need.

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                    • Roping it in

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