A SWARM OF LOCUSTS, A mayor with an idea, and a photograph of a pizza—it was the recipe for a global sensation.
In April 2010, the southeast Australian country town of Mildura, population 35,000, was plagued with the biggest swarm of locusts the area had seen in decades.
Seeking a creative way to cover this unprecedented invasion, the Herald Sun newspaper approached Mildura mayor Glenn Milne, who is also a freelance photographer. Milne initially wanted to take a photo of a local chef using the locusts in a chocolate dish, but after that chef rejected his idea, the mayor turned to one of his favourite local eateries—the Pizza Café, owned by Joe Carrazza.
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