Outdoors Queensland acknowledges our Visioning the Outdoors Competition judges, Chris Bray of Chris Bray Photography and Lachlan Ryan from Element Photo & Video Productions. Lachlan will be selecting the Best Film and best Youth Film 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. Lachlan is an outdoor enthusiast and a professional videographer who has produced all the finalist videos for the Outdoors Queensland Awards for several years.
Photo Competition Judge
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.
Film Competition Judge
Lachlan Ryan is an outdoor enthusiast, a professional videographer who has inspired and encouraged young and old across South East Queensland to get outdoors and play in nature. After several years working as an outdoor educator, Lachlan created Element Photo and Video Productions which quickly became the leader in high impact photography and video production for the outdoors community.
Lachlan and his team are skilled at outdoor adventures. They know how to rig safety equipment to put themselves right in the action, catching the adrenalin, fun and passion of participants and conveying the adventure of living and being outdoors. Lachlan is very active on Social Media promoting the work he does for clients, outdoor adventure, outdoor education and the Queensland environment.