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Oct 25, 2016

Welcome to the Australian ute culture

Welcome to the Australian ute culture

Ute is not a hip way of writing youth, it is street talk for utility vehicle. These utes, part truck and part car, were once a very popular car in Australia, but the big automakers have fallen out of love with them. Not so the Australian public, 20,000 of whom celebrate all that is the ute and it's culture during the Deni Ute Muster festival in Deniliquin.

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Men ride on the back of a truck driving through mud on the final night of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Mel Harris shouts whilst a pick up truck belches smoke on the final night of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Men wearing Australian traditional bushmen's hats are silhouetted against colourful amusement rides in the late afternoon sun at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Tags normally attached to cows' ears to identify them are used decoratively by a regular attendee of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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A couple kiss on the final night of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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A man dressed as a kangaroo bounces down the main thoroughfare at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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A bull rider dons a helmet before competition at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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One of several men dressed as a kangaroo is tackled by a drunk man at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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A bull rider's spurs feature images of golden kangaroos as he helps a competitor mount his steer at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Aboriginal bull rider Sally Malay from the Kimberley region in the Western Australian outback is thrown off a bull during competition at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Australian couple Darren McGarvie, 27, and Nicole York, 24, wake up after spending the night together in McGarvie's Holden Commodore Ute at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Robert Dowse, 35, from Frankston in the Australian state of Victoria powers his Australian 'ute' he calls "General Lee" through thick mud during a 'circle work' competition of vehicle handling skills at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Volunteers push a bogged Australian ute out of the mud during the 'circle work' competition at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Sheep shearer Chris Kermond from Ballarat in the Australian state of Victoria holds his can of pre-mixed rum and cola after losing control of his motorised 'esky' drink cooler at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 29, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Campers trudge through mud among hundreds of ute vehicles in a paddock in this aerial picture at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Operators of a monster truck bearing a skull and crossbones pirate flag alongside an Australian flag watch a national circle work championship of dirt driving at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Aboriginal bull rider Sally Malay from the Kimberley region of Western Australia tapes up his hands prior to the bull riding competition at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Sheep shearer Chris Kermond from Ballarat in the Australian state of Victoria rides a motorised 'esky' or drink cooler, while drinking a can of pre-mixed rum and cola at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 29, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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A pair of "truck nuts", decorative adornments dangling on the tow balls of many Australian bush 'utes', are pictured moments before swinging on the back of a ute taking part in a mud derby at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Bull rider Sam Woodall from Heywood in the Australian state of Victoria is thrown off a bull during competition at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, October 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed SEARCH "UTE CULTURE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Bull rider Tom Phibbs, 21, from Chiltern, smokes a cigarette before competing at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Jess Elderedge makes a 'mud angel' as a friend lays toilet paper around her during a party at sunset on the final night of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Brophy Bros travelling circus performer Warren Brophy spins a 70 foot long lasso during a show under the big top at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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A man holds a "tits out" sign on the final night of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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A spinning ferris wheel is reflected in mud after heavy rains flooded the sideshow carnival at the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, September 30, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Mud-covered revellers roam a campsite on the final night of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Revellers dance to a DJ's music blasting from a van on the final night of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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Men participate in a mud fight on the final night of the Deni Ute Muster in Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, October 1, 2016. JASON REED/REUTERS

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