Bob's face of resilience is an award finalist
AN IMAGE of Yeppoon State Emergency Service volunteer Bob Jeacocke has been named as a finalist in a national award for disaster resilience.
Taken by former Queensland-based photographer Karin Calvert, the image is a powerful black-and-white portrait of then 73-year-old Jeacocke, who worked on the frontline following the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Marcia on Queensland's Capricorn Coast in February 2015.
The image is one of three finalists in the photography category of the 2016 Resilient Australia Awards.
Sponsored by the Attorney-General's Department and delivered in conjunction with the states and territories, the awards recognise individuals, groups or organisations that demonstrate excellence and innovation in projects that help communities to be better prepared and more disaster-resilient.
The national awards ceremony is hosted by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.
Now based in Albany, Western Australia, Calvert is a professional freelance photographer with over 25 years experience.
She covered Tropical Cyclone Marcia for Getty Images and marked the first anniversary of its landfall on February 20 this year with an exhibition of her work.
Titled 'Twenty: Cyclone Marcia - Rescue, Resilience, Recovery', the exhibition features 20 portraits and is on permanent display at the Yeppoon Town Hall.
"The portraits are of members of the community who were all instrumental in the rescue and recovery efforts,” Calvert said.
"It acknowledges their resilience through the worst of times and illustrates how their determination to regroup and rebuild is unshakeable.
"For me Bob Jeacocke is the face of resilience.”
Dr John Bates, director of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, said the image represented the approach taken by so many Australians when they are faced with disaster.
"Bob Jeacocke has been a member of the SES for more than 40 years and has seen more than his fair share of natural disasters over that period,” he said.
"This image portrays a cheerful and humble 'can do' approach to pitching in and helping a community to rebuild.”