Deni

Every year thousands of Australians gather on the small riverside community of Deniliquin, NSW to appreciate all things 'Ute'. A mecca for rev-heads Australia wide, the Deni Ute Muster has grown into more than a car appreciation weekend and is now one of Australia's biggest parties, where the interest in the characters attending, far outweighs the  automobiles. Photograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsPortrait of Sinead. Photograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsHeavy drinking and machismo is part and parcel of outback life and the Ute muster is no  exception. This gentleman takes a sip during a push-up challenge. Photograph by Chris Hopkins Lyndon and Troy after a long day of drinking in the Ute Muster campsite. Photograph by Chris HopkinsMatt and cousin Sinead flanked by members of the Get Keen As racing team from Werribee. Formed as a tribute to a late friend the group come to the Muster 'most' years. Photograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsAaron Gregorovich and Paige Turner from Mullewa in Western Australia. Prior to this image being made Aaron was being led around the Muster by a piece of string by another woman. Photograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsA Professional Bull rider awaits his ride. The Ute Muster is one of many on the Bullriding circuit and draws one of the largest crowds. Photograph by Chris Hopkins Photograph by Chris HopkinsYoung boys clamber to gain a better vantage point to see the Bullring. As is the country Australian way, the men at the top made the boys work for their effort, offering no help, but gained a pat on the back after making it. Photograph by Chris Hopkins Diane Cambell with partner Brooke in the 'camp ground'. Photograph by Chris Hopkins Ratty and a girl (unknown) whom he asked for a kiss. She didn't oblige but he did think his 'misses' would be angry. Photograph by Chris HopkinsDeni Ute Muster. First time Musterer Jacob Bennet with friend Dale Lowther. Photograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsThe horse mounted police lead in the CFA fire truck to put out bonfires in the Deni campsite. Photograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsOn the Saturday at the 2014 muster boredom set in after hours of consecutive drinking and large bonfires were set by campers. The CFA was called in to put out anything deemed dangerous and provided the campers with some much needed entertainment. Photograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsThe ute muster is seemingly an unlikely place to find love, but some do! Photograph by Chris Hopkins Photograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris HopkinsPhotograph by Chris Hopkins