Thousands of people have stripped naked for a mass nude photo on an Australian beach to raise awareness of skin cancer.

Bondi Beach in Sydney on Saturday saw a sea of ​​swimsuitless individuals led by bullhorn by American photographer Spencer Tunick.

Mr Tunick, known for staging mass nude photo ops at world landmarks, asked attendees to hold several poses on the beach before many took a dip in the ocean.

The New York-based artist collaborated with a charity on the nude art installation in a bid to raise awareness for melanoma, the fourth most common form of cancer in Australia.

The federal government estimates that this year more than 17,000 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in Australia and more than 1,200 Australians will die from the disease.

On a cool spring morning in Sydney, Mr Tunick said: ‘We have the opportunity to raise awareness about skin checks and I’m honoured… to come here and do my art and just celebrate the body and protection .”

About 2,500 people participated in the photo.

One attendee, Robyn Lindner, said she got over her nerves to get naked for the shoot.

“I was secretly terrified (and) last night I must admit I was thinking, ‘What have I done?

“But it was great, everyone was in a really good vibe, everyone was really respectful and it was really fun,” Ms Lindner told Reuters.

Tunick last carried out a mass shooting in Sydney in 2010, when 5,200 Australians posed naked at the Sydney Opera House.

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