Pho­to­graphic phe­nom­e­non cap­tures best of Air­lie

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE pho­to­graphic phe­nom­e­non of In­sta­gram was brought to the Whit­sun­days last week when 10 key Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers at­tended an In­stameet in Air­lie Beach.

At the three hour event last Thurs­day, lo­cal In­sta­gram­mers min­gled with the group of pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers shar­ing knowl­edge and tips while cap­tur­ing the beauty of the Air­lie Beach fore­shore for a global au­di­ence of 2.5 mil­lion fol­low­ers to see.

Can­non­vale in­sta­gram­mer Rhea Hep­burn said she was thrilled to fi­nally meet some of her In­sta­gram idols such as Jewels Lynch, Lauren Bath and Pauly Vella.

“It was great to hang out with them and show them my town and to meet other lo­cal In­sta­gram­mers as well,” she said.

Ms Hep­burn said as a re­sult of the In­stameet she had started up a com­mu­nity based In­sta­gram group@whit­sun­days_ig to en­able lo­cals to meet up for reg­u­lar photo walks and fur­ther In­stameets.

Mean­while, hosted by Tourism and Events Queens­land (TEQ) in part­ner­ship with Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Lim­ited (WMDL), the group of pro­fes­sional In­sta­gram­mers went on to ex­plore the Whit­sun­day is­lands and coast.

WMDL’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Da­nial Rochford de­scribed their itin­er­ary as a taste of “some of the best the Whit­sun­days has on of­fer”.

“As a re­sult, the Whit­sun­days In­sta­gram ac­count as well as the #loveair­liebeach and #lovethe­whit­sun­days hash­tags have been flooded with stun­ning Whit­sun­days im­ages cap­tured by the pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers,” Mr Rochford said.

In­sta­gram is a so­cial pho­to­shar­ing ap­pli­ca­tion with around 100 mil­lion fol­low­ers from around the globe.

To en­gage with the Whit­sun- days and see some of the con­tent, fol­low @whit­sun­daysqld or search the #lovethe­whit­sun­days and #loveair­liebeach hash­tags.

DIG­I­TAL DE­LIGHT: In­sta­gram­mers Lauren Bath, Garry Nor­ris, Corby Brown, Pei Ketron, Wil­liam Patino, Rhea Hep­burn, Da­nial Rochford (WMDL), Racheal Kl­itscher (TEQ), Matt Glas­ton­bury, Mia Su­tami Bon­gaji, Masay Suzuki, Jewels Lynch, Pauly Vella, So­nia Car­roll, Christof­fer Collin and Angie Wal­lace, at last week's in­au­gu­ral Air­lie Beach In­stameet.

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