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The Judges

QORF acknowledges our Visioning the Outdoors Competition judges, Chris Bray of Chris Bray Photography and Ben Southall from Best Life in the World. Ben will be selecting the Best Film and best Youth Film for 2017 and Chris both the Best Photo and best Youth Photo.

Chris is an Australian Geographic photographer who is well known to QORF as he presented at the annual Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards dinner, was the very first photo competition judge back in 2009 and again 2016. Ben also presented at a Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards dinner on his expedition to climb the highest peaks in all states, and is most well known for his adventures as Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, the Best Job in the World.

Photo Competition Judge

Chris Bray

Chris Bray Photography

Chris Bray

Photographer, Adventurer, Conservationist & Author.

Chris grew up sailing around the world and then leading world-first cart-hauling expeditions across the arctic before becoming an award-winning Australian Geographic photographer, Lowepro ambassador and Canon’s Australian ambassador for five years.

Chris’s work has appeared in National Geographic (along with Australian and Canadian Geographic) as well as TIME Magazine and Discovery Channel. He’s written a successful book ‘The 1000 Hour Day’ (now a multi award-winning documentary ‘The Crossing’), sits on the advisory committee for The Australian Geographic Society and is also founder and CEO of Conservation United, crowd-funding the world’s critical conservation projects.


See Chris Bray’s Online Photography Course

Film Competition Judge

Ben Southall

Best Life in the World

Ben Southall

Television Presenter, Journalist & Adventurer.

In 2009 Ben beat 35,000 people to win Tourism Queensland’s ‘Best Job in the World’ to become the ‘Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef’ in Australia. He set world records for trail running up mountains in Australia and along the Great Walks of New Zealand. Ben and his trusty old Land Rover have driven around Africa and from Singapore to London with his wife Sophee in 2015. He’s presented his own series The Best Job in the World on Nat Geo’s Adventure Channel, which aired in more than 315 million homes in 165 countries and 34 languages.

Ben works with television networks across Australia and writes for a number of print and online communities, and runs his own production company, Cinomad.