Previous events – drones, photography, agtech workshops & conferences, commercial photography & farm tours

This page lists some 2016-2018 trips away, which will give you some idea of events which may appear in future.

There’s quite a range, around Australia and overseas, including:

  • Running workshops (drones, photography, social media)
  • Speaking at conferences (drones, agtech, agriculture, rural women)
  • Commercial photography work
  • Exhibitions, book launches, award presentations & ag tradeshows
  • Research, magazine stories & self-education/training
  • Farm tours

If you are interested in upcoming events (or 2019-2020), visit the Next Events page


  • “ANZ Smart Farms & Ag Tech” forum at the Sydney Convention Centre (Darling Harbour); 3-5 December (away 2 – 8 Dec). Presented on ‘Drones – sorting fact from fiction, plus predictions’; and on a panel session re ‘Thinking outside the box – to boost ag tech adoption’.
  • “Introduction to Drones” Rural Drone Academy, full day training, Townsville, 10th Nov. A feast of useful content, all day, worth travelling to attend. Townsville drone workshop information.  An independently run event.
  • Commission photography for JBS Australia, southern Victoria; 29 October – 2 November.
  • Far North Queensland, 2-5 Oct; commercial photography.
  • InterDrone – Las Vegas. 5-7 September 2018 (dates away; 3 Sept to 17 Sept). I ran a workshop titled ‘Maximising still photography results’ – based on 30 years of aerial photography experience – first via choppers then in recent years, also via drones. Plus on a panel discussing drone photography & videography tips & tricks. The first Australian to present at North America’s largest commercial drone conference, & one of the few female presenters.
  • Australian Women in Agriculture conference, Shepparton (Vic); 17-19 Aug (away 16 – 20 Aug). Presented a theory session on drones in agriculture, then a hands-on drone demonstration at Dookie Ag College.
  • RAPAD Outback AeroDrone Symposium, Barcaldine – 11-12 August (away 10-13 Aug); presented 2 sessions – an introduction to drones on farms & cattle stations, and aerial photography.
  • Central Queensland, 1 August; Injune. Rural Drone Academy, full day ag drone training. Away 31 July to 3 August – ‘Putting drones to good use on farms and cattle stations’; plus commercial photography. For the Roma-based Maranoa Regional Council.
  • Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Thargomindah & Morven (South Western Queensland), AgForce multi-topic workshops.  17-20 July (dates away – 16 – 21 July). Ran rural social media sessions: ‘Putting social media to work for the bush’; plus answering drone queries.
  • Birdsville (Far SW Qld); (during the Birdsville Big Red Bash); 10 – 12 July (away 7 – 15 July)
  • ‘Digital Farmers: Bringing AgTech to Life 2018’ – 13-14 June; Sydney. Run by the Australian Farm Institute. Away 12-15 June.
  • ‘Basalt Bash & Beauty’, Mt Surprise (Far North Qld); 29-31 May (away 29th May – 31 May 2018). Workshops on using drones on cattle stations (‘Drones, are they the future? and can they help?’) and effective use of social media (‘Social media – the do’s & dont’s’).  Organised by AgForce & the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group.
  • ‘Your produce, my plate, our future’ forum, Laura (Far North Qld);  (15-16 May; away 14-17 May). Run/organised/supported by AgForce & Cape York Natural Resource Management. Workshop on using drones on cattle stations.
  • Beef Australia, Rockhampton (Qld); 6th – 11th May (away: 5th – 12th May). As usual I was on a stand at Rockhampton’s Beef Week – but in 2018, rather than have my own stand in the Walter Pearce Pavilion, I was on Quadrant Australia’s.
  • Gulf Country, Queensland attending 2 workshops run by Northern Gulf Resource Management Group; drones & presentations; away 18th – 22nd April
  • AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award – Rural Drone Academy project, Queensland finalist interview & winner announcement, 20th – 23rd March, Brisbane.
  • Women on Farms Gathering, (Victorian Rural Women’s Conference) Mornington Peninsula (Victoria); away 15th – 18th March 2018. Workshops on social media/mobile phone photography, and an introduction to drones in agriculture.
  • USA; away from 20th February until 11th March.  Attended the opening of ‘Whispering grass – stories from Australia’s outback cattle stations’ – my exhibition in the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C.; opened by Australia’s Ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey.  There’s some info on the Washington exhibition blog post. I also attended a DJI drone photography academy day in North Carolina plus the New York City Drone Film Festival and Drone Day.


  • Victoria & Southern NSW – farm photography plus 2 day TAFE drone course training; away 7-15 December.
  • Mareeba (Far North Queensland) National Agricultural Day – Farmer Meets Foodie forum & Food Truck Feast, 21 November (away 20-22 Nov). #AgDay presentation on making the most of social media; plus a panel session on social media for business.
  • Townsville (North Queensland)‘Politics in the Pub’ event run by Agforce – forum at the Commonwealth Hotel in South Townsville, with North Queensland state election candidates in attendance. 16 November (office shut in the late afternoon, only).
  • Narrandera (Southern NSW) – at the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, ‘Women Culture Land – just add water’, 27-29 October (away 26 Oct to 1 Nov); ran 2 workshops: How to get the best photographs from mobile phones, and rural travel.
  • Townsville (North Queensland) – 24 October; ‘Managing risks: Securing the Future’ live export forum; run by AgForce in conjunction with ALEC (Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council).  Presentation: ‘best practice’ live export story (& traps to avoid).
  • Emerald (Central Queensland)Queensland Rural Regional & Remote Women’s Network conference, ‘Building vibrant communities, developing future gems’; 19th to 21st October (away 19-22 Oct); ran 2 unique workshops – How to get the best photographs from mobile phones, and rural travel.
  • Victoria & Southern NSW – away 5-12 October (completing magazine stories)
  • USA – attended InterDrone – the largest drone conference in the world. Plus workshops on drone cinematography & drone night flying. Away 30 Aug – 14 Sept.
  • Prairie (North Queensland) – Kooroorinya Ladies Day – 26th August (away 25-27 August); workshops on ‘Drones in Agriculture’, ‘Better Mobile Phone Photography’ & ‘Grants & Scholarships for Rural Women’.
  • Charleville (Western Queensland) – 27 July (away 26-28 July); ‘Managing risks: Securing the Future’ forum; run by Agforce. Workshops on drones in agriculture & mobile phone photography.
  • Corner Country trip (north-eastern South Australia, north-western NSW & far south-western Queensland) – 8 July to 23 July; for photography purposes (including an Outback Magazine story).  Remote area – limited communication while away.
  • Malanda; Atherton Tablelands (Far North Queensland) – 21st June (away 20-22 June); ‘Managing risks: Securing the Future’ forum; run by Agforce, the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group & the Queensland Farmer’s Federation. Keynote speaker: Drones in Agriculture. Workshops: mobile phone photography & how to use social media efficiently & effectively.
  • South-east Queensland; Brisbane – 3rd June to 6th June; ‘She Flies’ drone instructor training.
  • Far North Queensland – 9th to 12th May; tropical pasture field day on Olive Vale station, Laura & corporate photography.
  • Victoria & southern NSW – RM William’s Outback Magazine business story; away 13th April to 21st April.
  • Southern Gulf country (Qld); RM William’s Outback Magazine station story. Away 3rd April to 10th April.
  • Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) event at the Toowoomba Show Speaking about the ‘Trial and Terror’ involved in running an entrepreneurial rural business, triumphing over obstacles (even when such persistence borders on crazy), the compromises women make and changes I have seen in the bush. Away 31 March to 2 April.
  • Northern Beef Producers Expo, Charters Towers – away on 3rd & 4th of March.
  • Queensland Rural Press Club – monthly luncheon in Brisbane; 16th February (away 15-17 Feb).  The February speaker was Simon Crean, talking about Australia’s place in the global livestock trade (and our live export industry).  The annual Rural Media Awards were also presented – this year I was delighted to win the Rural Social Media category.


  • Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise (RICE) 40th anniversary dinner – Great to be invited to be the guest speaker at the 40th anniversary dinner, and take photographs of the children’s end-of-year activity day. (Away 8-12 December 2016). Loved visiting Whyalla, Port Augusta & other towns around Spencer Gulf (South Australia).
  • RICE – full day ‘Photography with Purpose’ workshop, at Mannahill, South Australia (Monday 31st October 2016).
  • NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, Broken Hill (NSW); ‘Rocks Rust Stars & Dust’. 28-30 October 2016; presented 2 workshops – “Rural travel around the planet – without costing the earth” and “Make photography work for you”.
  • QRRRWN Conference, Roma (Qld).  6-8 October conference days (away 5-9 October 2016).  Presented 2 workshops – “Rural travel around the planet – without costing the earth” and “Make photography work for you”.
  • BIRDSVILLE – late August/early September & mid May 2016; taking photographs & making short videos for the OBE Organic, a unique organic beef producing business; and the Birdsville Roadhouse.
  • HEADON PHOTO FESTIVAL OPENING & WORKSHOPS 29 April (away 29 April-3 May 2016).  I entered this prestigious photography competition for the first time this year and one of my photographs was a finalist.  It was included in the HeadOn exhibition in NSW Parliament House, from 2 May until 9 June, in the Fountain Court Gallery.
  • SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW (the show ran from 17 to 30 March 2016 & I had a stand in the Home, Garden & Lifestyle pavilion).
  • RIRDC RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD  As a Queensland finalist in this year’s awards, I was in Brisbane 23-25 February 2016 for the interviews and announcement of the winner.

If you are interested in attending an event or meeting in person – details of upcoming events (and 2019-2020) are found on the ‘Next events’ page

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