Matthew Abbott/Panos Pictures

Ariah Park, New South Wales, Australia

A woman accidentally pushes a man into a fire created from a pick up truck's exhaust while 'Key Banging', a process where the driver creates a series of small explosions from a vehicle's exhaust, during the Ariah Park Bachelor and Spinster ball.

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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5078 x 3385 pixels
42.99 x 28.66 cm (300 dpi)
16.93 x 11.28 inch (300 dpi)
3.9 MB size on disk
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