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Featured Finalist: Dallas Kilponen

Dallas Kilponen’s Head On Portrait Prize finalist image first ran on page one of the Sydney Morning Herald.

The portrait of Lynnie Plate and her twin sister Annie Trevillian was taken whilst on assignment in Oodnadatta for The Sydney Morning Herald during January’s nationwide heatwave.

Lynnie has been running the Pink Roadhouse with her late husband, Adam for the past 39 years and since Adam’s sudden passing last year, the roadhouse is now up for sale. Lynnie’s twin sister Annie had travelled to Oodnadatta from her home in Canberra during this time to help her sister in preparing the business for sale.

While talking with Annie in the roadhouse about the recent heatwave, her twin sister appeared from out the back to introduce herself. I was struck by the sight of these two wonderful sisters together with their matching floral dresses and beautiful beaming smiles. As the late afternoon light filtered across the gravel driveway, it was simply a matter of standing them together outside The Pink Roadhouse for this beautiful portrait.

Kilponen also shot a short video to go with the portrait: Oodnadatta from pelagicpictures on Vimeo.

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Image detail: Gary Ramage