I wont give up - Anna cap

“Each image I hope conveys a sense of courage, beauty and determination to the viewer.” - Anne Geddes


When Australian-born and New York based photographer, Anne Geddes, was invited to photograph seven Australians whose lives have been impacted forever by meningococcal disease, she immediately agreed.

Anne, best known for her iconic images of children, became a global ambassador for meningococcal disease after witnessing a devastating outbreak in New Zealand while living there with her young family.

“Life after meningococcal disease requires strength, determination and a spirit of overcoming. I wanted these images to capture the impact of the disease and celebrate the resilience of each of the survivors,” said Anne.

I won't give up - Anne action shot


Meningococcal disease is a rare, but potentially devastating bacterial infection of the blood and/or membranes that line the spinal cord and brain. The illness can strike at any age, but children up to four years old and adolescents aged between 15 and 19 years old are at higher risk.1 Different strains cause invasive meningococcal disease and most Australians at risk are not fully protected.

Meningococcal disease can progress rapidly and be difficult to diagnose. The early symptoms such as fever and headache can easily be mistaken for a common cold. The distinctive meningococcal rash is an advanced symptom, which may or may not occur during infection. While most survive, if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly, meningococcal disease can lead to death or serious consequences within 24 hours.

Up to one in ten of those infected may die2,3 and around one in five may suffer serious long-term disabilities including brain damage, deafness or loss of limbs2


Anne had the opportunity to spend time with, and photograph, Australians from every state and territory in the country. Anne said, “It was important to me that I took the time to hear the powerful stories of the survivors and their families so I could do them justice as a storyteller.”

“Each journey is extremely personal, from diagnosis to living with the long-term consequences of the illness, including blindness, loss of limbs and sadly loss of life. It’s an incredible act of bravery for these seven Australians and their families to be part of this portrait series; to show their vulnerability. I am humbled they trusted me to capture their stories.”

Those photographed by Anne ranged in age from under 12 months to 36 years and each had their own story to tell. “I wanted people to look beyond the scars and the physical and emotional impact that meningococcal disease has had on each person to show the real power and emotion behind their individual story. I Won’t Give Up aims to educate and inspire by portraying the individual beauty and strength of each survivor or their family,” Anne said.

In helping to tell their stories, Anne wants Australians to be more aware about meningococcal disease and go talk to their doctor for more information about the disease and how to help protect their family.

knowmeningococcal.com.au logo.

Know the facts about meningococcal disease

Get facts and advice on meningococcal disease and how you can help protect your family

 Learn more



Daniel Tulloch survived meningococal disease in 2018 at age 5

 Read more


Rhainer was two years old when she lost her twin sister to the disease in 2017

 Read more


Mike, aged 36 is a motivational speaker who lost his legs because of the illness at 18 years old

 Read more


Erica, aged 36, who is legally blind after surviving the illness at 17 years old

 Read more


Jazmyn, aged seven, lives with chronic pain after surviving meningococcal disease in 2015

 Read more


Thorn, aged 19, lives with the physical and psychological impact of the disease he survived

 Read more

Speak to your doctor for more information on meningococcal disease and how you can help protect your family