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Winners 2019

As the quality of the entries in 2019 was, for the most part, quite exceptional, the judging was quite challenging. While the entries below were selected as the winners, almost all the entries were outstanding in some way and many will go on to feature from time to time on the QORF website, and in social media, to help us promote the outdoors and outdoor activity in Queensland.

Best Photo

Cod Hole by Christian Botella 

A well-timed, well-positioned and well-lit shot that absolutely conveys the excitement and wonder of the outdoors! Great shot Christian, as are all your other entries this year! Chris Bray, Photo Judge

Best Film

New Zealand 9 by Anthony Gordon

I would like to extend a warm thank you and congratulations to the film entrants in the 2019 Visioning the Outdoors competition. There’s no better place to film and share your experiences than in the great outdoors. All the films presented this year had strengths, whether it be the quality of the filming, the editing, the soundtrack or the locations shown. The selected winner, NZ9, demonstrated all of these qualities. This was all achieved despite what was quite obviously a very difficult filming environment – long, drawn out sections of Great Walks in New Zealand, rain and snow, and fatigue. I am thoroughly impressed at what the crew achieved, both on foot and in terms of the movie they have put together. Lachlan Ryan, Film Judge

Best Youth Photo

Beach Time by Lydia Ellingsen

I like how the leading line formed by the coast guides the viewers eye into this colourful coastal landscape. 
Chris Bray, Photo Judge

I love the beach

Beach Time was taken at Coolum Beach, Coolum on 22 October 2018 while visiting for the day with my family.
I love the beach and photography so I take my camera everywhere for whenever I can get a good photo like Beach Time.

by Lydia Ellingsen

K2 Basecamp Rockclimbing

Best Forgotten Art by Hannah Vasiliades

Special Mention

Cootharinga Vision by Jarrah Brand-Adams 


People’s Choice Photo

Lake Monduran by Julie Whalley

An amazing part of the world

My People’s Choice Photo was taken at Lake Monduran near Gin Gin Qld.  

It is a freshwater impoundment lake where people can fish for Barramundi and Australian Bass.  

Because it’s a freshwater lake the fish must be stocked, they do not breed in the waterway.
My husband and I are part of the stocking association. 

The waterway is used by kayakers, skiers and fishermen alike.  

Nearby the lake is Lake Monduran Holiday Park where people can camp and do bush walks, photography and chill.  

I often put photos I’ve taken on our Stocking Facebook page and so many people have commented how beautiful the lake is, so I thought I would enter (not expecting to win anything).  

Every photo is different. This lake is an amazing part of the world. 

I don’t think I’ve ever won something that means so much to me. Really shows other people think its special as well to win the People’s award.  

We are holding a fishing competition in October to raise money to restock the lake. I have attached a video just to show you how amazing this place is. 

 by Julie Whalley

People’s Choice Film

Immerse Yourself by Lisa Marshall & Greg Cartwright 

Inspiring others to get outside

Immerse Yourself was created by two friends who combined their passion for the outdoors and videography, with the aim of inspiring others to get outside and explore Queensland on foot.  

Greg and Lisa, who both live in Noosa, set out over a series of days to capture the beauty and magic of the trails in Noosa National Park, Mt Cooroora (Pomona), The Sunshine Coast Great Walk (Mapleton) and the Falls at Buderim.  

After many many hours of editing, they created a story around connecting to nature through hiking. Lisa’s passion for giving people the tools and resources to get outdoors and to make time for adventure, was the back story. Greg’s ability to capture the colours, movement and stunning scenery and weave it together in a way that leaves you feeling like you’ve been immersed in the moment, was key to creating the film and bringing emotion.  

The film competition “Visioning the outdoors” run by QORF, was the perfect platform to showcase “Immerse Yourself” as it focussed on the many benefits of spending time outdoors and the natural environments available to us in Queensland for walking adventures on foot.  

We hope this film will encourage locals and tourists to the region to discover the many National Parks and natural treasures from the mountains to the sea. 

 by Lisa Marshall & Greg Cartwright


SUP by Kate Richards (AdventureMumma)

The Great Barrier Reef on a SUP

The photo was taken on an island just off Cairns Queensland – Frankland Islands.

My kids, Josh & Charlie Mitchell, had just gone off to explore the Great Barrier Reef on a SUP Board and were coming back to the beach when I snapped this pic.

I run a blog called Adventure Mumma, all about the adventures our family gets up to in the great outdoors, particularly around our home town of Cairns so when I heard about your competition I knew we’d have some photos that would highlight how much fun we have in the outdoors. It’s great to hear that we won the Instagram People’s Choice….. 

 by Kate Richards (Adventuremumma)

Highly Recommended

 Photos (Chris Bray)

Screaming Insanity by Antoine Moussette
Broadwater 1 by Christian Botella
Just keep Swimming by Christian Botella


Please note:
There were NO entries in the Best Youth Film category.
There were NO suitable images for the Equipped Outdoors Best Gear Photo category