Modern Australian life is captured in a set of stunning photographs

Muslim men perform prayers for Eid al-Fitr on the Wangee road outside the Lakemba mosque.

Modern Australia in all its diversity and glory has been captured in a set of illuminating photographs for the Australian Life photography exhibition.

From city life and paradisiacal beaches to Australia's sunburned bush, the Sydney-based exhibit reflects the many places, cultures and lifestyles of the entire country.

The Australian Life contest received almost 2,500 presentations this year, the most in its 16-year history.

Muslim men perform prayers for Eid al-Fitr on the Wangee road outside the Lakemba mosque.

Muslim men perform prayers for Eid al-Fitr on the Wangee road outside the Lakemba mosque.

Guy Warren in 96 still goes to his studio and paints every day.

Guy Warren in 96 still goes to his studio and paints every day.

Guy Warren in 96 still goes to his studio and paints every day.

A total of 22 finalists were selected by the jury, which included Australian artist Ken Done, photographer Tamara Dean and Sydney festival director Wesley Enough.

The exhibition presents powerful images of Aboriginal children playing in a group of rocks, Muslim men who perform a public demonstration of prayers for Eid al-Fitr and a young woman defying a storm while swimming in the ocean.

Locals and tourists hang their thongs at the Australian attraction Thong Shack in Washington.

Locals and tourists hang their thongs at the Australian attraction Thong Shack in Washington.

Locals and tourists hang their thongs at the Australian attraction Thong Shack in Washington.

The energy and excitement of Aboriginal children in the upper rock pools in Middle Springs.

The energy and excitement of Aboriginal children in the upper rock pools in Middle Springs.

The energy and excitement of Aboriginal children in the upper rock pools in Middle Springs.

Spectators reveling under the lights and confetti of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Spectators reveling under the lights and confetti of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Spectators reveling under the lights and confetti of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The sheet-size photographs will be displayed along the Hyde Park St. James walkway from September 13 to October 7, and the winning photographer will receive a cash prize of $ 10,000.

Australian Life is part of Sydney's Art and About program throughout the year, which is celebrated sporadically in different areas of the city.

Exploring cultural stereotypes and clichés through flamenco dance in a nursing home.

Exploring cultural stereotypes and clichés through flamenco dance in a nursing home.

Exploring cultural stereotypes and clichés through flamenco dance in a nursing home.

A young lady swims during an afternoon storm in Bilinga, Queensland.

A young lady swims during an afternoon storm in Bilinga, Queensland.

A young lady swims during an afternoon storm in Bilinga, Queensland.

Landscape photography that reflects society and human behavior.

Landscape photography that reflects society and human behavior.

Landscape photography that reflects society and human behavior.

Uncle Henry Atkinson balls a marngrook- an indigenous term for football.

Uncle Henry Atkinson balls a marngrook- an indigenous term for football.

Uncle Henry Atkinson balls a marngrook- an indigenous term for football.

Students who could not afford shoes ran against the player of Berane French Indigenous NRL and Parramatta Eels.

Students who could not afford shoes ran against the player of Berane French Indigenous NRL and Parramatta Eels.

Students who could not afford shoes ran against the player of Berane French Indigenous NRL and Parramatta Eels.

Surroundings of the couple of travelers on a tram after leaving the National Gallery of Victoria.

Surroundings of the couple of travelers on a tram after leaving the National Gallery of Victoria.

Surroundings of the couple of travelers on a tram after leaving the National Gallery of Victoria.

  A young man faces a massive explosion of water in North Bondi.

  A young man faces a massive explosion of water in North Bondi.

A young man faces a massive explosion of water in North Bondi.

A house that is the epitome of Australia with the fragment of the Milky Way.

A house that is the epitome of Australia with the fragment of the Milky Way.

A house that is the epitome of Australia with the fragment of the Milky Way.

Domestic violence almost cost Jasmine's life. This is your 6 months after your surgery.

Domestic violence almost cost Jasmine's life. This is your 6 months after your surgery.

Domestic violence almost cost Jasmine's life. This is your 6 months after your surgery.

  In Dee, why be pregnant with Don.

  In Dee, why be pregnant with Don.

In Dee, why be pregnant with Don.

The union of Bohemian Cosmopolitan citizens in Fitzroy, Victoria.

The union of Bohemian Cosmopolitan citizens in Fitzroy, Victoria.

The union of Bohemian Cosmopolitan citizens in Fitzroy, Victoria.

Muay Thai Fighter Rhys Lightning receives advice from his corner team between rounds.

Muay Thai Fighter Rhys Lightning receives advice from his corner team between rounds.

Muay Thai Fighter Rhys Lightning receives advice from his corner team between rounds.

Delicately balanced patterns, colors and textures of Big Lagoon in Western Australia.

Delicately balanced patterns, colors and textures of Big Lagoon in Western Australia.

Delicately balanced patterns, colors and textures of Big Lagoon in Western Australia.

An Australian corner shop par excellence.

An Australian corner shop par excellence.

An Australian corner shop par excellence.

Watching the waves in Golden Bay in Western Australia.

Watching the waves in Golden Bay in Western Australia.

Watching the waves in Golden Bay in Western Australia.

A tour operator expects his tour cycle to be completed at the Royal Brisbane Show.

A tour operator expects his tour cycle to be completed at the Royal Brisbane Show.

A tour operator expects his tour cycle to be completed at the Royal Brisbane Show.

A crowd saw a motocross show at Langley Park during Australia Day.

A crowd saw a motocross show at Langley Park during Australia Day.

A crowd saw a motocross show at Langley Park during Australia Day.

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