When Louise Hawson realised she was a stranger in her own city, she set herself a mission – to explore and photograph one new Sydney suburb a week for a year.

Originally presented as a weekly blog that developed a strong following among Sydneysiders as well as fans from across the world, 52 Suburbs reveals the Sydney beyond the postcard clichés of harbour and beaches – places most tourists would never think to explore.

Inspirational, adventurous and eye-opening, 52 Suburbs captures the beauty of the ‘burbs – often contrasting the faded beauty of the built environment with the vibrancy of multicultural communities – in a refreshingly unconventional way.

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Head On Photo Awards 2024

Entries to the Head On Photo Awards 2024 open in May/June.

Image detail: Gary Ramage