In 2018 Ponch Hawkes embarked on a project to photograph 500 Victorian women. Calling on women from across the State over the age of 50 from all backgrounds, 432 women volunteered to be photographed in the nude to celebrate the diversity and reality of older women’s bodies. 500 Strong is full of images of older women with every right to be seen, ripping their clothes off, stepping out of public invisibility. Participants were encouraged to consider their anonymity and, if they wished, come prepared with a personalised face covering. Some women chose to show their faces. An official exhibition of PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography. Free entry.