They are taken by Gold Walkley winning journalist for the West Australian newspaper Steve Pennells. As tragic as the images are, I think his work is some of the most impressive photojournalism I’ve seen so far this year. The more attention on this crisis the better. And, as Pennells point out, brings some perspective to the ongoing debate in Australia about refugees.
The captions accompanying the photos below are as Pennells wrote them on Twitter on 9 July 2013.