Reflections: Honouring our World War II Veterans

You may have seen news of this through the media across the country...

With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2, and 100 years since Gallipoli and the start of our ANZAC tradition, professional photographers around the country are involved in a truly mammoth and important combined project. 

And time is running out to achieve all we'd like to do. This is a completely not-for-profit community service, with portrait sessions involved free of charge.

Read on, with links should you be able to help or to find out more... we hope you can.

 

The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) is launching one of the most ambitious photographic projects ever undertaken in Australia - to photograph every veteran of the Second World War.

There are an estimated 14,000 WWII veterans living in Australia.
We want to photograph WWII servicemen and women for the national archives, honouring their service to us all.

Accredited professional photographers across the nation are donating their time and unique skills to produce portraits which commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and honouring 100 years of ANZAC tradition. 

The AIPP has partnered with the Australian War Memorial and the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) for this project, with all portraits created gifted to the Australian War Memorial’s collection to commemorate and honour all those Australians who served in the Second World War. The Australian War Memorial will archive the images which will be kept for posterity and made accessible to the veterans and their families, and to researchers. 

Each veteran will receive a complimentary printed portrait free of charge for their participation.

Letters and printed photographs meant absolutely everything to our diggers during the war, telling the story of their lives in their youth. It’s only fitting to contrast this with their senior years in the same way, in a timeless gift to them, their families and the nation. 

In this digital age when images can be lost in an instant, photographers know it’s the power of quality photographic prints that will live on, capturing a person, a moment in time and preserving it forever. 

Veterans are encouraged to register at www.aippveterans.com/veterans 

For more information on the AIPP Reflections project visit www.aipp.com.au/about/the-aipp-reflections-project