If you know me it’ll be no secret that I really bloody love instagram. Admiring photographers with far more talent than me is my favourite past time and I’m more likely to be found engrossed in the feed of the #exploreTNQ hashtag than scrolling through baby photos and Britain First posts on Facebook.
The people I follow post photos with a mix of friends, food photos and travel inspiration. A pretty accurate description of my priorities in real life to be honest.
But there are a select few that I really eyeball, because they post snaps of my favourite part of the world. A region that is truly a photographers dream, with every sort of subject imaginable. Showing off the underwater world, dreamy rainforest and amazing outdoor lifestyle.
My home – Tropical north Queensland!
So if you’re looking to follow a few more on instagram, simply looking where to start or feel like brightening up your Monday then take a look at these guys.
Warning: side effects may include serious wanderlust and scanning flight comparison websites for cheap Cairns getaways…
A local TNQ blogger, Adventure Mumma posts pictures of the adventures she has with her family. Not only are her brood adorable but they also always seem to have so much fun, something which shines through the photographs she posts. There’s a reason I think this is a fantastic place to raise a family, and Kate reinforces my opinion on that daily.
A good ‘un if you like climbing, Life Long Weekend posts photos of his days scaling local rock walls and abseiling down from gorgeous lookout points. Makes me wish I had the courage and upper body strength to do similar activities.
With a penchant for above/below water shots follow this guy if you love aquatic adventures. Often using his gorgeous partner (see below) as a muse this account showcases natural beauty of water both out on the reef and on land. Will make you want to buy an expensive casing and fish eye for your DSLR.
The Angelina to One.Breath’s Brad, expect glorious underwater shots of her appearing half mermaid half supermodel and pastel washed sunrises. Always makes me wonder how she looks quite so elegant while snorkelling, I suspect some form of sorcery.
A local marine bio turned TNQ blogger Alyssa shares shots of her enjoying the beauty of Cairns and it’s surrounds. Her feed pops with colour and often contains interesting info about the reef, plus advice on conservation. Also has some killer swimwear.
I am still waiting for Andrew to post a photo that doesn’t make my jaw hit the floor. The quality of his work is astounding, especially when you consider he posts everything from reef pictures to epic outback astrophotography. Even his ‘dud shots’ make me quake with jealousy at the skills he has. Superb stuff.
Jemma had the sort of childhood that even Enid Bylton couldn’t dream of – growing up on Green Island in a crocodile park! Clearly part fish she shares pictures of her homes above and below the ocean surface, smiley crocs and stunning views across Cairns from her frequent hikes. Oh, and some of the best Nemo shots I’ve seen!
The tropics of Australia are home to a seemingly infinite array of creatures and, despite what you might have heard, not all of them are out to get you. Damien manages to snap some of them making his feed a veritable zoo, with occasional landscapes thrown in for good measure.
The big Daddy of course has to get a mention. Sharing the best photos posted on instagram with the #exploreTNQ hashtag, they have a high variety of images from pro-photograhphers to excited holidaymakers. It’s a feed that does a close to perfect job of visually describing the place I’ve chosen to call my home.
I mean, you should already follow me on instagram *stern face* but I’ll forgive you if it’s slipped your mind to do so, if you buy me a gin. With a job that sends me on adventures each weekend I try to document my exploration of this amazing corner of Australia from epic turtle selfies to aerial shots of the reef to some of the many local waterfalls (especially now I’ve worked out how to do long exposures, score). Sure I’m biased, but I’m not too shabby and I think my photography is improving, slowly. Come and say hello, you’ll make me very happy indeed.