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The National Geographic Photo Ark is a travelling exhibition of photographer Joel Sartore’s quest to create a photo archive of biodiversity around the world. So far, Sartore has captured studio portraits of more than 6,000 species – a number that he hopes to double. On 1 July, the ark will open at Melbourne zoo – the first time it has been exhibited in the southern hemisphere. More than 50 portraits will be on display, including many of Australian endangered animals being protected by programs at the zoo itself. These captions have been edited from text supplied by Melbourne zoo. Here: Barking owl. So-named because its call sounds like a barking dog, these birds are native to Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. In Victoria they are listed as an endangered species, and in 2003 there were estimated to be fewer than 50 breeding pairs. The main threat to the species in Victoria is loss of habitat, especially large trees with hollows in which they can nest and on which many of their prey depend. Apart from a bark, they may utter a chilling scream when they feel threatened. (Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark/The Guardian)

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a travelling exhibition of photographer Joel Sartore’s quest to create a photo archive of biodiversity around the world. So far, Sartore has captured studio portraits of more than 6,000 species – a number that he hopes to double. On 1 July, the ark will open at Melbourne zoo – the first time it has been exhibited in the southern hemisphere. More than 50 portraits will be on display, including many of Australian endangered animals being protected by programs at the zoo itself. These captions have been edited from text supplied by Melbourne zoo. Here: Barking owl. (Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark/The Guardian)
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01 Jul 2017 07:45:00
Alice Cooke at the Sydney Women’s Reformatory in 1922. By the time she was 24 Alice Cooke had created an impressive number of aliases and at least two husbands, and was convicted of bigamy and theft. (Photo by My Colorful Past/Mediadrumworld)

Alice Cooke at the Sydney Women’s Reformatory in 1922. By the time she was 24 Alice Cooke had created an impressive number of aliases and at least two husbands, and was convicted of bigamy and theft. (Photo by My Colorful Past/Mediadrumworld)
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17 Mar 2017 00:00:00
Two women wearing bejewelled bras kiss during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

Two women wearing bejewelled bras kiss during the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival in Sydney, Australia March 4, 2017. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)
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06 Mar 2017 00:02:00
Haley nears the top of the tree. (Photo by Steven Pearce/The Tree Projects/The Guardian)

The Tree Projects team spent 67 days documenting one eucalyptus regnans in the Styx valley of Tasmania. Using a combination of tree-climbing and elaborate arboreal rigging techniques, they produced an intimate portrait from an impossible perspective of one of the world’s largest individual flowering trees, which goes by several common names. These photos document the process that resulted in an extraordinary ultra high-definition photograph. Here: Haley nears the top of the tree. (Photo by Steven Pearce/The Tree Projects/The Guardian)
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01 Feb 2017 06:37:00
Men dressed as Elvis Presley carry a volunteer during a street parade at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

Men dressed as Elvis Presley carry a volunteer during a street parade at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, January 14, 2017. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)
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16 Jan 2017 10:09:00
Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher puts on eye make-up in the mirror before competing in a singing contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

Elvis Presley tribute artist Stephen Fletcher puts on eye make-up in the mirror before competing in a singing contest at the 25th annual Parkes Elvis Festival in the rural Australian town of Parkes, west of Sydney, Australia January 13, 2017. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)
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15 Jan 2017 10:42:00
Jason Ramsay and Amy Laverty, from Arbroth, Scotland, pose beside a large Christmas tree at Bondi Beach on December 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Bondi Beach is a popular tourist destination on Christmas Day. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)

Jason Ramsay and Amy Laverty, from Arbroth, Scotland, pose beside a large Christmas tree at Bondi Beach on December 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Bondi Beach is a popular tourist destination on Christmas Day. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
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27 Dec 2016 08:16:00
Dressers make last minute adjustments to the costumes of dancers performing as horses during a press preview of American artist Nick Cave's first major work shown in Australia, entitled HEARD.SYD in Sydney, November 8, 2016. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

Dressers make last minute adjustments to the costumes of dancers performing as horses during a press preview of American artist Nick Cave's first major work shown in Australia, entitled HEARD.SYD in Sydney, November 8, 2016. Over several days the live art performance will feature 30 “horses” dancing to live percussion beats in suits made from coloured raffia plant fibres. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)
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09 Nov 2016 06:16:00