Matthew Abbott/Panos Pictures

Ariah Park, New South Wales, Australia

A crowd gathers for the beginning of the 'Wet T Shirt' competition at the Ariah Park Bachelor and Spinster ball. The town's fire truck sprays water on to the crowd and shortly after the women are sprayed, many men and some women start play fighting and wrestling in the mud.

Known to locals as simply B&S balls, the events are held regularly in rural towns, run by local volunteers, the balls help raise funds for the community. Historically the B&S balls were centred on country people trying to find a partner, but now the focus has shifted to partying, heavy drinking and meeting up with new and old friends, some of who live many hours away.

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Matthew Abbott/Panos Pictures
Ariah Park, New South Wales
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5000 x 3333 pixels
42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.11 inch (300 dpi)
5.2 MB size on disk
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