Bunburra: Indigenous touch football festival on the beach

Bunburra means beach in Yugambeh, the language of the Kombumerri, Traditional Custodians of the Gold Coast region. Earlier this month 20 touch football teams from across Queensland came together on the Gold Coast for the inaugural Bunburra Indigenous Beach Touch Football tournament on the Surfers Paradise beachfront. The players were aged between 14 and 17 years of age and represented areas including Inala, Bundaberg, Logan and Thursday Island and were joined by NRL legend Petero Civoniceva, Ambassador for the event and fellow NRL great, Scott Prince.

My role in this event? Nil, although I did have the opportunity to learn from local photography teacher Danielle Lancaster of Bluedog Photography, whilst taking photos of the event. Danielle was there as part of an arrangement with PCYC Queensland and the Indigenous Special Projects Coordinator. Photographing sport on the beach is not something I’ve done before and in the evening there was a spectacular fireworks display, something else I’ve never had the chance to photograph.

It was a magical day for all involved with plenty of competition, big smiles, traditionally cooked food, a fire lighting ceremony and dancing on the sand. These are some of my shots from this memorable event.


4 thoughts on “Bunburra: Indigenous touch football festival on the beach

  1. restlessjo April 1, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Great action shots, Sam. So hard to do! Particularly like the youngsters dancing, and that spectacular ending. 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies April 2, 2015 / 3:50 pm

      Thanks Jo, it was a pretty amazing day and the dancing and music really got the crowd going. It was such a successful day that they’re talking about doing it again next year 🙂

  2. elisa ruland April 8, 2015 / 3:47 am

    Festivals on the beach are so much fun! Your photographs are wonderful, a great chance to experience the event without being there.

    • twoblackdoggies April 8, 2015 / 2:56 pm

      Thank you Elisa! So glad you enjoyed seeing the photos from Bunburra, it was very special and so wonderful to see lots of smiling, happy faces on the day.

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