When I arrived in Australia, I had an ambition to experience some of the unique outback culture that Australia has to offer. With that in mind one event jumped out at me as a must-see, The Deni Ute Muster.

For one weekend each year 20,000 people pile into the desert near the tiny NSW town of Deniliquin for a weekend celebrating Utes, country music, rural culture and rum. A wild weekend where rural Australians let loose for 72 hours in the dust, truly the most Australian thing I’ve ever experienced.

I shot this for Getty Images using the following kit:

  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon Z6
  • Nikon 24-120mm f/4
  • Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8

It was a real pleasure to be able to join in the fun in the sun, and witness some incredible scenes with a 24 hour orchestra of engine and exhaust noise from hundreds of some of the best and worst looking Ute’s ever, impressive skills in the bull riding arena, and the overall brilliant festival atmosphere that overtook the people, many of whom were in the midst of suffering the effects of one of the worst droughts Australia has ever experienced.

Let me know what you think of my work below, it was my first time photographing anything like this, including the bull riding, so it was a real pleasure to be involved and as welcomed as I was. To see more examples of my work in Australia, click here.

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  1. Thelma Motzel 7 October 2019 at 23:43

    Fabulous photos James.


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