MILLIONS of viewers around the world have seen the wonders of outback Queensland through the lens of one of the country’s most renowned landscape and nature photographers.
Gold Coast photographer Sean Scott has just completed a seven-week snapping expedition around the state, which took him from the tiny town of Thallon to the expansive plains of the northern Queensland gulf country.
Mr Scott is an ambassador for Tourism Queensland and Tourism Australia and was also engaged by several regional councils for the outback photography project.
In a coup for tourism in the south west, Mr Scott began his journey of roughly 10,000km in the Maranoa and Balonne regions, publishing photographs of some of the areas’ icons along the way.
Mr Scott told the Caller that an image he of took of the renowned grain silo mural at Thallon has been viewed more than one million times online.
“A lot of people are asking where these places are and how to get there, so it has a great impact on tourism,” he said.
“The free camps once you get out there are great, being able to pull over a light a fire and camp in the middle of nowhere.
“And those old country pubs are great.”
Mr Scott’s images from along the Australian coastline, from his hometown of Burleigh to the remote beaches of Western Australia, has been widely acclaimed.
Stunning images of a shark feeding frenzy at The Bluff on the WA coast in 2017 made national headlines and ricocheted around the world when they were shared to his hundreds of thousands of social media followers.
Mr Scott said working in the remote west forced him to adapt his photography techniques and procedures.
“Once you get out west, the photography is a lot different to the coast,” he said.
“That red sky at night is spectacular. The sky is as clear as you can get. You haven’t got the humidity that you do on the coast, and that dry air at night is pretty awesome with the stars.”
“There’s a bit more work involved to keep the dust out of all your gear and keeping things clean.
“You’ve got these big open and wide spaces which makes for pretty great photography, and there’s not many people around, so that makes it bit easier.”
Mr Scott some of the highlights from his time in the Maranoa and Balonne included camping at Judd’s Lagoon at Yuleba and visiting the Nindigully Pub.
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