Skin Cancer Awareness: Thousands Strip Naked At Bondi Beach
Sydney, Australia: On Saturday, November 26th, 2022, over 2,500 individuals bared everything on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, to raise awareness about skin cancer prevention.
A portion of the beach was labeled “temporarily nudist” as part of a shooting organized by the photographer Spencer Tunick.
Tunick stated that 2,500 volunteers attended the ceremony to celebrate individuals who have died or fought skin cancer, which he referred to as Australia’s “national cancer” due to its prevalence.
“Strip for Skin Cancer” was organized in partnership with the Australian nonprofit Skin Check Champions, which gives free skin cancer tests to disadvantaged individuals.
More than 2,000 Australians die annually from skin cancer, represented by the number of volunteers who stripped for the photo session.
Tunick previously organized nude photoshoots outside the Sydney Opera House in 2010 and twice in Melbourne between 2001 and 2018, the latter two being in 2001 and 2018.
He has also directed events of a similar nature in Barcelona and Mexico.
The event was staged against Australia’s National Skin Cancer Action Week.
Approximately two-thirds of Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer throughout their lifetime, the highest incidence rate in the world.
“Around 2000 Australians will die from this disease this year, and it is estimated that almost twice as many men as women will die from melanoma this year alone,” the nonprofit Cancer Council said in a statement.
Commemorating the start of National Skin Cancer Action Week, which concludes on Sunday, the Australian government unveiled a multimillion-dollar, two-year skin cancer prevention program.