The Queensland Creators program engages twelve talented content creators from across the state to inspire more people to travel to Queensland through the creation of inspiring and authentic content.
Each creator shares a common passion for Queensland and for promoting and driving advocacy of the range of experiences the state has to offer.
The creators range from marine biologists to adventure athletes, with each specialising in different types of content creation, including photography, videography and blogging.
Through the content, TEQ will be able to showcase the breadth and depth of experiences available across the state in an authentic way and target more high value travellers, boosting Queensland’s tourism economy.
The content will be used to support TEQ’s marketing activity across many different channels, including social media, out of home, digital, print and TV.
2020-2021 Queensland Creators
Courtney Atkinson is a professional endurance athlete. His adventures have ranged to all corners of the globe from multiple Olympic Games in triathlon to the toughest adventure races on the planet. Although Courtney may be geographically hard to pin down at times, day to day he resides on the Gold Coast - the ideal location to raise his young family. In many ways, his life revolves around the outdoors. A man of family, fitness, running, paddling, ocean and the mountains.
The beautiful beaches of Queensland are home for Mark who loves seeking out ocean adventures and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. When he's not busy swimming with turtles, you'll find him behind a camera and on social media exploring amazing coastlines and enjoying the best of the great outdoors.
A marine biologist and underwater photographer, Johnny Gaskell calls the Whitsundays home. He currently works as a marine biologist on Daydream Island and is a Research Assistant with Sharks and Rays Australia. Johnny is obsessed with the ocean and loves finding new places to explore, particularly in the Great Barrier Reef. He spends as much time as possible filming and photographing marine life in their natural environment to help create awareness and inspire others to protect our oceans.
Katie Purling is a pharmacist turned photographer from Tropical North Queensland with an obsession for all things colourful. She loves nothing more than getting outdoors and capturing the amazing natural wonders that make up the state.
Reuben Nutt is a 21-year-old adventure and travel photographer who splits his time between Port Douglas and the Gold Coast. With a keen passion for the outdoors, Reuben’s imagery tells stories of wild and picturesque destinations. Growing up in Tropical North Queensland, surrounded by rainforest-clad mountains and tropical beaches, he developed a love for the wilderness and adventure. Reuben’s images inspire his audience to get out and explore the world, outside of their regular comfort zone.
Sean Scott is one of Australia’s most well-known photographers. His highly accredited work is held in the homes and hearts of many Australians. Sean’s photography is the result of a career built on amazing memories and the story behind each image is timeless. Together with his trusty 4x4, Sean often embarks on epic road trips across the state to lesser-known locations. View his work at his gallery in Burleigh Heads.
A Cairns local and active adventurer, Phil has been involved in the Australian tourism industry since he was selling mangoes and coconuts to travellers at Trinity Beach as a five-year-old. He is the owner operator at PhlipVids, a video and content production house based in Cairns and has actively worked with a range of tourism businesses around Cairns, Queensland and Australia. Phil has a deep passion for exploring and uncovering the stories and beauty of the places he visits and telling the stories of the brands he works with.
A former corporate suit turned adventure photographer, Jesse has travelled his way through over 40 countries across 5 continents. Currently based on the Sunshine Coast, you'll most likely find him hiking in the Glass House Mountains or exploring the region's endless coastline on a mid-week micro adventure. Jesse's imagery is built on natural light and vibrant colours, designed to showcase the natural beauty of the sunshine state and inspire others to explore it for themselves.
Keiran has lived and worked in iconic locations including the Cape Moreton lighthouse on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), where he worked as a park ranger and lighthouse caretaker, and K'gari (Fraser Island), where he worked as a tour guide and 4wd bus driver. Passionate about enjoying and protecting our natural and cultural heritage, Keiran and his young family now live full-time in a self-converted bus and are slowly exploring Queensland’s stunning beaches, national parks and desert country.
Hayley is a 28-year-old photographer, blogger & social media influencer who has travelled to more than 45 countries, documenting and sharing her experiences along the way. She is a self-taught photographer of five years whose style focuses on travel and lifestyle photos. Through her large following on Instagram she hopes to inspire her following to explore her beautiful home state of QLD.
Kyle is a 28 year old Travel Photographer from Palm Beach on the Gold Coast. For the past 4 years travel has been his main focus, visiting over 45 countries along the way. Through following his passion of travelling he found a new love - photography. If he’s not on an overseas trip you can find Kyle and his partner Hayley hanging down the southern Gold Coast,visiting secret spots in the GC hinterland or heading up north exploring the Great Barrier Reef! Through his images and videos Kyle hopes to inspire others to get out there and explore this big beautiful state that we live in!
Jacinta is a marine biologist and underwater videographer living on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Jacinta spends her days snorkelling with a wide range of marine creatures including manta rays, sharks and turtles. She is a passionate conservationist and through her work she seeks to educate the next generation about the importance of the ocean and its incredible inhabitants.