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2019-20 Bushfire History Project

Photograph of a fire in the distance

The 2019-20 Bushfire History Project is an initiative of the Royal Commission into the National Natural Disaster Arrangements.  It is an opportunity for people to record their personal experience and share photos and videos taken during the 2019-20 bushfires or the ongoing recovery. The material received by the Royal Commission will form part of the official records of the Royal Commission. 

The Commission invites people to:

  1. Contribute videos or photographs taken during the 2019-20 bushfires or the ongoing recovery and/or
  1. Submit a short video account explaining what you experienced during the bushfires.

 

Photograph of a fire in the distance

Please follow the instructions below to upload video or photos to the Commission:

Online

  1. Email the Royal Commission to register your interest in contributing video or photographs to the 2019-20 Bushfire History Project.

Please include:

  • Your full name
  • The date you experienced the bushfire
  • The city, town or locality where you experienced the bushfire
  • A brief description of the material you would like to contribute.
  1. Once you have registered, you will receive an email from the Commission with a guide on how to upload your contribution to the history project along with a release form.

By post

  1. Download your video or photographs to a USB drive or gather your photographic prints
  2. Complete this online form.
  3. Label the USB drive with your full name
  4. Mail the USB drive and/or photographs along with the completed form to:

Royal Commission Bushfire History Project
Locked Bag 2000
Manuka  ACT  2603

The Royal Commission reserves the right to exclude material which is not in the spirit of the project including offensive, inappropriate or potentially defamatory material. The Commission cannot accept material unless the release form is completed.

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Tips for photos and videos taken during the 2019-20 bushfires or the ongoing recovery

Check that you have permission to use the photo or video:

  • If a photo or video was not taken by you, get permission to use the photo or video, from the person who took it
  • If you can identify a person in a photo or video, get permission to use the photo or video, from that person
  • If someone else’s house or property is in a photo or video, get permission to use the photo or video, from the owner

Tips for recording a video account

Your video should be 3 minutes or less

Your video should include things like:

  • When you experienced the fire
  • Where you were
  • What happened
  • What you saw and heard
  • What you did
  • How you felt

Remember, this is about recording your personal experience – it’s not an opportunity to criticise others.

  • Find a quiet space with plenty of natural light
  • Think about what is in the background
  • Turn your phone or tablet on its side (in landscape mode) and place the device on a stable surface or have someone record it for you
  • Check your audio is recording and be aware of background noise
  • Imagine you’re telling your story to your family or your best friend – think about the details you would share to convey your experience

When you are finished recording, play the video back to check the quality of video and sound.