Two books featuring 6,500 portraits of Australia’s WWII Veterans have been donated to the National Library of Australia by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

Some of the WWII veterans whose portraits are included in the books examine the outcome of ‘The Reflections Project – Honouring our WWII Veterans’.

The books are the result of ‘The Reflections Project – Honouring our WWII Veterans’, an AIPP initiative that spanned two years and involved over 400 photographers committed to capturing Australia’s remaining WWII veterans. AIPP members throughout Australia donated their time and skill to capture as many veterans possible.  Included in this collection are the men and women who served in the Australian, New Zealand and Allied Forces. On the 17 August 2017, the entire digital collection was donated to the Australian War Memorial and this collection of images is proudly displayed in a permanent looping slideshow in their WWII Galleries.

As a ‘grand finale’ for the project, at 10 am on 7 November, the two volumes of The Reflections Project Portrait Book were gifted to the Australian National Library in Canberra. Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial presented the books to the National Library in the presence of some of Australia’s WWII veterans.