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Following Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese around Australia in 2022 federal election campaign

Why leaders choose to campaign in certain electoral seats.

Six weeks of campaigning. Six weeks of images. 

While some could argue there was a lack of policy announced during the 2022 election campaign, there were plenty of photo opportunities. Intentional or otherwise.

Let's have a look. 

Where it all started

Governor-General David Hurley and Prime Minister Scott Morrison meet as Mr Morrison asks for the election to be held on May 21.  (Supplied: Governor-General of Australia)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison locked in the date on April 10 after meeting with Governor-General David Hurley. 

Let's get this out of the way early

ABC News photographer Matt Roberts was on hand to capture the moment Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared to tackle a child during soccer training on Wednesday.

It was a high shot. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)
The pair hit the ground. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)
But Luca, the Devonport Strikers player, and the Prime Minister weren't injured. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Figures were fumbled

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese felt the heat early.

Anthony Albanese checks his phone shortly after saying he did not know the unemployment rate. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)
There were plenty of questions from the media pack. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Scott Morrison played plenty of sport, like basketball

A basketball appeared to surprise Scott Morrison. (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

And footy

Scott Morrison seems at home on a rugby league pitch. (By Nick Haggarty)

Of both codes

Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes a punt.  (ABC News: Marco Catalano)

There were also rockets

Scott Morrison visited TAE Aerospace, a global aerospace company, in Queensland. (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

A birthday cake

Prime Minister Scott Morrison celebrated his birthday on the campaign trail. He blew out the candles on Friday, May 13.  (ABC News: Marco Catalano)

And other sweets

Scott Morrison pipes the filling of a macaron while on a visit during the federal election campaign. April 26, 2022. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Plenty of Indian food

The PM put his culinary skills to use in an Indian restaurant. (ABC News: Marco Catalano)

No, really

And again, this time at a Sikh Gurdwara in Perth. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

And a tin to wash it down with

Scott Morrison with branded beer can. (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

For Mr Albanese, babies featured

Anthony Albanese campaigning in Perth. (ABC News: James Carmody)

A lot

Anthony Albanese wasn't one to turn away a coffee and a cuddle. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)
Here Anthony Albanese revels in discussing his party's childcare policy.  (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)
On Friday, former prime minister Julia Gillard left Anthony Albanese carrying the baby. (AAP: Lukas Coch)

Along with children

There was more childcare policy talk with a captive audience.  (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

He met with Father Bob

Anthony Albanese having a sneaky joke with Father Bob Maguire. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

And a big candidate

Anthony Albanese backed a big candidate in the Hunter in former Olympian Dan Repacholi. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

There were debates

The first leaders' debate in Brisbane was friendly enough. (AAP: Toby Zerna)
But the second leaders' debate got very shouty. (AAP)

And a car crash

When following the Prime Minister, two federal police and two Tasmanian police officers escaped serious injuries when their car rolled in northern Tasmania. (ABC News: Michael Brooks)

Even Speckles the croc

The prime ministerial candidates on the line at a croc enclosure in Darwin. (ABC News: Michael Franchi)
Speckles chose the bait attached to an image of Anthony Albanese, apparently making his pick for PM. (ABC News: Michael Franchi)

But other animals were kinder to the PM

Scott Morrison met a llama during a visit to the Easter Show in Sydney. (ABC News: Luke Stephenson)
As well as a friendly pup in Sydney. (ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

Morrison was a hard hat regular

Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Super Pit gold mine in Kalgoorlie. (ABC Goldfields: Jarrod Lucas)

Former prime ministers were enlisted

Former prime ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard sat with Mr Howard's wife, Janette, at the 2022 Liberal campaign launch in Brisbane. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd, Anthony Albanese and former PM Paul Keating shared a laugh during the ALP campaign launch in Perth. (Instagram: Anthony Albanese)

Signs were not missed

This sign at a Townsville factory was quickly covered up when visited by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)
A worker promptly covered it with a high-vis vest. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)
The covering happened right before Scott Morrison walked past. (ABC News: Matt Roberts)

It was the same for Albanese

Anthony Albanese passed this sign on a suburban street. (ABC News: Ian Cutmore)

The Opposition Leader tested positive to COVID-19

Anthony Albanese tested positive to COVID-19 shortly after visiting this nursing home. (ABC)

But he was back on the road after a week

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese was mobbed while visiting his old high school in Sydney. (ABC News: Toby Hunt)

And how could we forget the Deputy Prime Minister?

Whose office shared this image with the nation.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce took a dip in Katherine with Northern Territory Country Liberal Party Senate candidate Jacinta Price watching on. (Supplied: Deputy Prime Minister's Office)
Antony Green says it will be a long night of counting