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Thousands Of Australians Strip For Cancer Awareness Photoshoot On Sydney's Bondi Beach

Indiatimes logo Indiatimes 26/11/2022 Basit Aijaz
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As many as 2,500 people took off their clothes on a beach in Australia for an artwork designed to raise awareness of skin cancer.

Australians stripped for a cancer awareness photoshoot

On Saturday morning, thousands of people lined the shore at Sydney's Bondi Beach and stripped off for a photoshoot with renowned American photographer Spencer Tunick to encourage Australians to get regular skin checks.

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As well as posing, each of them also raised money for the organisation, which is hoping to use the money to launch a nationwide skin check pilot project.

Tunick, who is famous for staging mass nude photo shoots at world landmarks, teamed up with a charity, Skin Check Champions, for his latest work.

The photoshoot was aimed at raising awareness about melanoma, Australia's fourth-most common form of cancer. The federal government estimates that this year 17,756 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in Australia, and 1,281 Australians will die from the disease. 

"We have an opportunity to raise awareness about skin checks, and I'm honoured... to come here, make my art, and just celebrate the body and protection," Tunick said at the beach.

While the thought of being naked with a group of strangers had left many anxious, they said they soon got used to it.

Funds raised during the shoot will go towards the skin check program

One of the volunteers said that the organisers did a countdown and then everyone just did it at the same time, which was surreal. They said it was never going to happen again in Bondi, and for them, it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Funds raised during the shoot will go towards developing a national skin check program.

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Skin Check Champions ambassador Tim Dewhurst said any effort to even help save one person's life "is worth it."

"To stand there proud in our skin, knowing that we can be the generation that ends this thing," Dewhurst said.

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