Nov 11, 2015

Australia’s Diggers Commemorated Through the Art of Photography

Around the country today Australian’s gathered in honour of the men and women who have died and suffered in battle. This year marking the 97th anniversary, which saw an end to World War 1 in 1918.

In recognition of the 14,000 World War II veterans still living and adding a valuable contribution to society all over Australia, The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) has made it their mission to find those living veteran’s and recognise them through the art of photography.

The photography group AIPP commenced this not-for-profit project 7 months ago to photograph all the surviving veterans of World War II in Australia. So far they have photographed around 6,000 servicemen and women which they intend to create a compelling pictorial record for the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and National Archive.

It is anticipated that between 1939 and 1945, 750,000 Australians were enlisted to defend Australia in the World War II. With many young boys and girls choosing to put their age down so that they would be considered to join the army, not completely understanding the road they would be taken on. Something many of us today will never completely understand.

Today is the last day to enter the project if you have friends, family or patients that you believe may be interested.

The video above provides a snapshot of the project and a Veteran’s personal story or visit AIPP’s website to register interest or learn more about the project.

We will always remember them.

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