S1 – E8 – Australia Burning

EP 008: Australia Burning

Show Notes

Toby and Mez are back from the festive break, but it’s been a bitter sweet holiday thanks to the Australian bushfire crisis. Some of the photography from the fire zones has been nothing short of phenomenal, and in this episode, we pay tribute to all the photographers working in some of the most dangerous conditions imaginable, and we also give you some options on where to donate if you want to help the relief effort.

There has been some very brave and outstanding photojournalists on the ground over the last few months covering the active fire situation that is engulfing NSW, VIC and SA. These Photographers have not just been covering the active fire grounds but also capturing, the Firies, volunteers, the devastation left behind and the people that have been affected. 

We are taking a moment with a special episode to send a shout out to the photographers who have really put their lives on the line to bring us and the world these stories. 

Be sure to check out the Sydney Morning Herald Spotlight on their Australia Bushfire photography. View it HERE

Photojournalists in the Field

Matthew Abbott –  Photographer based in Sydney. Represented by @panospictures and member of @oculi collective.

Covering for: the New York Times, the Guardian (UK)


Insta: @mattabbottphoto

Nick Moir – Chief Photographer Sydney Morning Herald.

Covering for: Oculi, Sydney Morning Herald


Insta: @nampix

Dean Sewell – Documentary photographer and Co- Founder of the @oculi photographic collective.

Covering for: Oculi, Sydney Morning Herald


Insta: @dean_sewell

Mike Bowers – Photographer at Large for Guardian Australia and host of Talking Pictures on ABC TV.

Covering for: Guardian Australia

Insta: @mikepbowers

Twitter: @mpbowers

Alex Ellinghausen – Photojournalist for The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age / The AFR / blogs with @srpeatling

Covering For: Sydney Morning Herald,  The Age 

Insta: @alexellinghausen

Twitter: @ellinghausen

Kate Geraghty – Photographer at The Sydney Morning Herald.

Covering For: Sydney Morning Herald.

Insta: @kate.geraghty

Twitter: @geraghtyk

James Brickwood – Staff photographer at The Sydney Morning Herald & Australian Financial Review and member of the Oculi.

Covering for: Sydney Morning Herald, Oculi.

Insta: @jamesbrickwood

Twitter: @JamesBrickwood

Wolter Peeters – Staff Photographer for Sydney Morning Herald

Covering for: Sydney Morning Herald

Insta: @shooterwol

Twitter: @shooterwol 

Stephen Dupont – Freelance Photojournalist and Artist.

Covering for: NRC Handelsblad


Insta: @stephenmdupont


Andrew Quilty – Freelance Photojournalist based in Afghanistan

Covering for: The Guardian Australia


Insta: @andrewquilty

Twitter: @andrewquilty


Fire Services


Donations made to the NSW Rural Fire Service directly benefit volunteers fighting fires on the frontline. To donate, you can contact your local brigade or via the RFS website.


The efforts of Victorian firefighters can be supported by donating to the state’s Country Fire Association on the CFA website.

Donations to CFS volunteer firefighters in South Australia can be made through the CFS foundation website.


To help wildlife victims of the bushfires in NSW, you can donate to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) here.

Wildlife Victoria
To help wildlife victims of the bushfires in Victoria, you can donate directly to Wildlife Victoria.

The Word Wildlife Fund have set up a “Help Save Koalas Fund”. Donations can be made on their website.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

To help ensure the survival of koalas in around Port Macquarie, NSW, a donation can be made to the Port Macquarie Koala hospital on their GoFundMe page.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park

Kangaroo Island has had their Kangaroo and Koala populations decimated, you can donate to the KIWP’s GoFundMe campaign here.


RSPCA are helping members of the public keep their pets and livestock safe from the fires. Inspectors are now entering the cleared fire zones, working alongside Local Land Services, Department of Primary Industries and district veterinarians, and are assessing any injured animals. Their work will continue over the coming months, even after fires around the state will have ceased. You can Donate Here


Foodbank is delivering emergency food and water relief to bushfire affected communities in Victoria’s East Gippsland region.

Donations can be made via their website.

 is a service that lists the exact needs of individuals through charities so that the public can directly donate exactly what is needed. Givit is currently running two campaigns for NSW and Queensland bushfire victims.

Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross have launched a disaster relief and recovery fund to provide short and long-term support to people and communities impacted by the bushfires. Donations can be made via their website.

Show Credits

Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.

Edited by Meredith Schofield & Sean Brokenshire

Production Assistant, Jake Lowe

Music by Simon Figliuzzi

Brand design by dingdingding.co

Thanks also to Bandit for his help in the studio.