Surrounded by the waters of the India and Pacific Oceans, Australia is the world's smallest continent. However, driven by the stifling summer heat and lured by its vast attractive coastline, the vast majority of its population gravitates in only one direction — toward the beach. Many of Australia's beautiful beaches are located within highly populated areas, bringing city living to the shoreline; many drag along everything but their backyard. The beach is far more than a holiday destination; it is an important part of the national identity and culture. I fell in love with the Australian beach culture over the past few years while documenting its people, vibrant colors and seascape.
Photos by Lisa Wiltse
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Lisa Wiltse is a photojournalist based in La Paz, Bolivia. Her work often focuses on "the young, poor, and powerless," and she recently received a 2010 PDN Emerging Photographer Award. You can see more of Lisa's work on her Web site.
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