How to judge & how to enter rural photography awards & competitions

February 2nd, 2020

Photography competitions can be incredibly useful in rural and regional areas. The multiple potential benefits range from encouraging existing talent to inspiring new photographers, to educating re agricultural industries and promoting the uptake of new methods and best-practice, improved environmental management, heritage protection plus tourism and event attendance. I enjoy judging photography competitions as much […]

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Drone safety & drone laws

December 31st, 2019

All countries have a national aviation authority, in charge of anything man-made that is airborne, apart from small kites and party balloons.  While each country makes their own drone laws there are discussions between individual countries and via the IATA (International Air Transport Association), so most have a similar height limit for drones plus other […]

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Introduction to drones workshop

November 3rd, 2018

On Saturday 10th November I’m running a unique ‘Introduction to Drones’ workshop in Townsville (North Queensland). This workshop will give you a solid base for useful, enjoyable, safe & legal recreational or commercial drone flying and a leg-up to another level if you already have a drone. This drone training runs for a full day, […]

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Why are so few women flying drones?

April 25th, 2018

In the US it’s estimated that just 5% of drone pilots are women. In Australia the estimate is just 1-2%, and as of April 2018, there were 1275 men who with full CASA drone operation certification (RePL + ReOC) – and just 15 women. As men and women typically think so differently (illustrated by the […]

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Australian women who have full CASA drone operator certification

April 13th, 2018

You’re more likely to be called Andrew than be an Australian woman with full CASA drone certification. There’s 16 Andrews plus 3 Andys, at last count – IE 19 in total. And right now I can only find 17 fully licenced Australian women flying drones. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has two tiers of […]

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro – recording sound with your drone videos

April 3rd, 2018

This is an addition to a blog post written last year about the updated DJI Phantom 4 Pro software that now allows the recording of drone video sound via the inbuilt microphone on the phone or tablet being used as a screen.  These drone video sound recordings are filed with the cached videos on the […]

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The Rural Drone Academy

March 15th, 2018

Like every project I undertake, the Rural Drone Academy was created to solve an unaddressed problem. Spotting gaps then addressing them has been the hallmark of my rural advocacy business over several decades. The problem that the Rural Drone Academy tackles? There’s several: 1.  Drones have become men’s business and this has long-term implications for […]

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Drone photography

March 15th, 2018

If you dismiss drone photography as just ‘pretty pictures’, then you’re either not doing it right or you’re not looking at images taken by the right photographers. Above is the glorious sight of the mighty Burdekin Falls dam overflowing yesterday, after heavy wet season rain. The Burdekin dam is one of Australia’s largest dams and […]

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Drone and aviation safety

December 1st, 2017

At present there are no standard drone laws across the EU. Instead, each EU member country has their own set of UAS regulations.  By 2019 the EU plans to have formulated a uniform set of UAS rules which will include registration of all drones and the ability to remotely identify drones, as part of an […]

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Drone F.A.Q. – Farming & Photography

August 10th, 2017

I’m asked a lot of questions about drones and drone photography. Here’s a few answers to F.A.Q: What is the difference between a ‘drone’, ‘RPA’ & ‘UAV’? None! ‘Drone’ is the commonly used name for pilotless aircraft. R.P.A. stands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS stands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, which may also include other […]

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