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Brian Cassey November 10, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Australia.
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Boxing Match. Cairns, Queensland Australia

Brian Cassey (b.1959, England) is based in Australia and freelances for various national and international media. He is also a member of the Australian photojournalist collective ‘fotostrada’. He has covered Tsunamis in Asia (Aceh,Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar 2004/5 and Sissano, Papua New Guinea 1998) the evacuation of refugees from East Timor (1999), George Speights coup in Fiji, the World Economic Forum riots in Melbourne (2000) and the victims of the 2002 Bali terrorist bombs. Brian won the “Australian Sports Photo of the Year” and has recieved recognition in the Walkley, Moran, Hurley and Rothmans photo awards. In 2010, Brian was selected as a finalist in “Australia’s Top Photographers” in both the Editorial and Photojournalism categories.

About the Photograph:

“A Boxing and Muay Thai Explosion – Australia vs Thailand”  … at least that’s what it said on the posters advertising a night of kick boxing (Muay Thai) and fisticuffs (traditional boxing) in the small tropical City of Cairns in Far North Queensland Australia. An enthusiastic crowd of two hundred fifty odd turned up at the local Police Youth Club hall to drink, yell and spur on kids, girls and men to kick and punch each other into submission. The young girl, her first real fight, didn’t know what hit her as her more experienced opponent kicked the living day lights out of her in the first round. The evening’s entertainment came to a crescendo well after midnight as the one real Thai boxer from took the ring against his local Australian opponent. Predictably He won … easily.”

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